Pearl Oyster Bar

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5634 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA

Pearl Oyster Bar Oakland Reviews

Eric Eric
408 reviews
Feb 11, 2006
This is an ultra-trendy restaurant in the Rockridge area of Oakland. It

is so trendy that you hardly can tell it's a restaurant. When you walk

by it, you just see an industrial facade with a narrow entryway, and if

you don't look carefully you might mistake it for a club or swanky

apartment building lobby rather than a place to eat. The inside of the

place is even more stylish, with dim blue lighting and music that

sounds like the unfortunate offspring of techno and 80's pop. While you

are waiting for a seat to open up, they give you a wireless pager

shaped like a lobster that beeps when your table is ready.

On to the food. To start things off, they neglected to tell us that

they ran out of bread, and only mentioned it to us when we asked for

some. They didn't offer us any substitutes to snack on. This is

unfortunate, because the portions were so small and pricey that some

complimentary bread might have gone a long ways towards alleviating our

hungry stomachs and empty wallets. That's not to say that

the food wasn't good. It just wasn't good for the price. The meals are

served "tapas" style, which basically means you order a bunch of small

dishes to share among your table. Split among four people, each $10-$15

dish was enough for maybe two bites per person. The oyster sampler dish

was tasty, but the nimian ranch beef skewers, while tender at first

bite, became rubbery and almost inedible as you chewed more and more.

Bottom line: It's hard to justify paying this much for food when there

are so many other great, cheaper places to eat in nearby Berkeley.
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