Pearl Tavern

Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: Monday-Saturday
Closed Sunday
Open late: Saturday till 11

Price: $$

Oyster bar that urges you to "dive into a new experience."

Restaurant Details

This Loop oyster bar sports all the trappings of its ilk: marble bar, brass fixtures, black-finished wood paneling—and a giant flat screen above the bar tuned to financial news channels. The oysters here—one west-coast and one east-coast variety each day—are well shucked; no shrapnel present, plenty of liquid reserved in the shell. They aren't served with any silly stuff to dump on top. But you shouldn't bother because you'll want to be able to pick up the nuances in these fresh, clean critters unadorned. That's what makes another signature offering so strange—razor clams. They're some of the smallest I've ever come across; fragile shells cradling a delicate, ivory noodle of clamflesh that's overwhelmed by julienned fennel, big briny dollops of trout roe, and a spritz of absinthe. Otherwise Pearl Tavern has a small but varied menu of other familiar seafood preps: ceviche, scallops on the half shell, mussels, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster rolls, fish tacos, and a Wagyu burger for the pescaphobe in your group.

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Price: $$

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover

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