The Miller Legacy
Humble Begginings

The Oyster House

The iconic Oyster House in Everglades City was first opened in 1983 by resident, Billy Potter and served as the area’s heart and soul for both dining and entertainment. As Potter’s health began to decline, the Miller Family purchased the restaurant in 1992.

“Damn Yankees”

Coming from the north, Mr and Mrs Miller or, “Poppa Bob” and “Miss Patti” as they are now affectionately known as, had to overcome the fact that the locals saw them as “Damn Yankees”.  Not an easy task, but one that would would ultimately make them trusted family friends.  

The Millers went on to continue the legendary, Old Florida dining experiences that attracted tourists from across the globe. Commonly referred to as “Florida’s Last Frontier’, Everglades City was a trip back in time, a city built of

hard work in the hot sun from burly crabbers and salty sea captains – some of which suffered from the smuggler’s blues. The Oyster House was where everyone, locals and visitors came to eat, drink and be merry.

In recent years, two of the Miller children, James and Jillian had begun to take the helm with bright ideas and clear visions of new directions for their family business. Even greater success seemed imminent.

Change Happens

Then Came Hurricane Irma…

Providing spirited dining, catering and event facilities, The Oyster House provided fresh seafood and local fare until that fateful day in September 2017 when a nasty old sea witch named Irma came blustering through and toppled her to ruins. The 28 year legacy had come to an end.

But, as “Miss Patty” says, “Out of something bad, something good will come.”

and so, a star is born. An oySTAR….

the pearl

The Next Generation

Rebuilt with a more modern design and a fresh outlook to the future, we hope to serve your friends & family for years to come, we love our community and appreciate all the support you have given us over the years!

Why Choose Us?

For a truly memorable dining experience, cuisine and atmosphere are paired as thoughtfully as food and wine.

Modern Vision

From the atmosphere to the food, we have lots of new dishes as well as a respect for the old hits.

Rich Experience

When you come to the pearl you experience not just great food, but great people with our events constantly changing things up.

Food For All

We have options for every taste palate, vegetarian/Vegan. Our Salads have various options that will not disappoint.

Master Chefs

Our Chefs are the backbone of our success and we make sure that our food will keep you coming back for more.


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