NH Bite Spotlight: Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar

This Peterborough restaurant uses ingredients from around the corner to create dishes that are out of this world.

Although this restaurant has been tucked away in the small town of Peterborough for more than eight years, Pearl Restaurant and Oyster Bar feels like the kind of place you’d find in a swanky metropolitan area – and it’s no wonder. Executive Chef Harris Weldon got his culinary skills and innovative flavor combinations when working at a Chicago eatery (rumored to be President Barack Obama’s favorite in the city). He brought that authentic style back with him, and opened Pearl, the place that is cool, creative, and unlike anything else in the area.

The Vibe

There are two words that come to mind for Pearl’s decor: metropolitan and chic. The color scheme features sage green, orange, and white to create a space that feels as vibrant and fresh as their dishes while still feeling intimate and classy.

The Crowd

Pearl is still a bit of a hidden gem, but because it is only open for dinner Monday through Saturday, it does fill up quickly. We recommend calling ahead to make a reservation.

Fare in Focus

Despite the exotic, Asian-inspired menu, the food is still in touch with Greenfield native, Chef Weldon’s roots: locally sourced and seasonally appropriate ingredients.

Taste to Try

“Roll Your Owns” are the perfect dish for particular and adventurous eaters alike. The entree is a plate filled with moo shu wraps, fresh herbs, house pickled veggies, Asian slaw, and your choice of crunchy tofu or spicy ground chicken and peanut sauce or Thai basil. Then, as the dish suggests, you customize each bite and roll your own!

Know Before You Go 

The menu is constantly changing based on seasonal availability, so what you see online isn’t always what you’ll find in house, but you can always depend on plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Price Range

$5-10 smaller bites, $15-20 entrees