My wife and I are from Arizona but are huge oyster fans. We got a tip from another restaurant (Nate's West End, also excellent) to go to the Black Pearl. On a cold and rainy day we stopped by after doing some site-seeing. We had read a lot of reviews both good and not so good (although most are 5 stars) so were anxious to see how the food and service was. We ordered a bottle of wine and started out with a dozen oysters on the half shell. When she put them down we were amazed as they were some of the largest oysters we had ever seen! My wife usually doesn't care for large oysters as she prefers the smaller more "salty" ones but these were fantastic. They were so large that you couldn't eat a whole one at the time. We mentioned to the server at the bar (she was excellent) that we had read reviews that their oysters were "small" and the prices excessive. She said there's no "standard" size for an oyster and they get all sizes in from the gulf. As for prices, has anyone ever bought oysters in a seafood restaurant in Phoenix? We've paid anywhere from 2-4 dollars an oyster and they weren't anywhere as good as these fresh ones! We paid $16.95 for a dozen. After eating these big boys I could have called it a meal but we also had fish tacos and calamari which were both excellent. After having these three items and a bottle of wine we paid $75. We walked out of there full and satisfied. We highly recommend visiting this oyster bar if you're in Galveston. You won't be disappointed!