Pearl Café
Pearl Café

Pearl Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pearlcafe.us/
  • Phone: (406) 541-0231
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Stop seating after 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Pearl Cash
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pearl Café
Chef-owned and operated, Pearl Cafe is an aptly named jewel of a restaurant serving regional cuisine with a country French accent. The massive beams and peach toned bricks of the historic warehouse provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. Specialties include bison with huckleberry-zinfandel sauce, duckling with dried cherries and pomegranate sauce and beef tenderloin with port and Roquefort. Fresh fish dishes change daily and local products are used whenever possible. The menu is rounded out with a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, house made bread and a list of sinfully delicious desserts. Custom wedding and special occasion cakes are produced in the bakery as well. The restaurant serves wine and beer, with a list of 15 wines by the glass, local draft beer, a broad selection of half bottles and over 100 full bottles.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Pearl Café reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)romantic (61)fit for foodies (51)notable wine list (44)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (9)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • great as usual
    RichVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    great service, great food. Great staff. Always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    Sheila
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very charming restaurant. Good food and wine. Recommend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect food
    Tommy2
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Nothing served comes out of a box, which lends to some of the best local food. The steak is served exactly the way it's ordered, arriving tender and fat free. The appatiser list didn't inspire me to order anything but deserts I could not pass up. My only complaint is the volume of wine served in the glass. That's a very minor thing in the overall experience. P.S. Try to get a table on the second floor for a more intimate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Our Favorite
    gershepd
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been going to the Pearl for many years and have always enjoyed being there. The planets must have been in alignment during our recent visit because everything seemed especially outstanding. The server was exceptional, the food was presented well and tasted great and the wine was exceptional. Pearl was, as always, gracious and friendly. It was a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Experience
    native2missoula
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was a work-related dinner. The guests who were from out of town said this was their favorite restaurant on their entire trip. The Bison Steak was amazing....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fantastic!
    dinelocalMT
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I love dining at The Pearl. We always take out of town guest and recommend it as one of our top three favorite restaurants in Missoula. The food and service are consistently fantastic and the atmosphere is simply lovely. My favorite is to get one of the few outside table in the summer...it's my little Paris in Missoula!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty much perfect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a party of five, and everybody's food was outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable & efficient. The only negative was my shrimp entree was overcooked. (I hate to mention it as everything else was so good.) I'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't prepared to be this wowed!
    PickyPalette
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Have heard about The Pearl for years. I live out of town, so first opportunity. Will bring my husband next time. So romantic and food was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    AliceN
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We chose The Pearl for our anniversary celebration and it didn't disappoint. We dined upstairs with few other diners so it was nice and quiet. The service was efficient but felt a bit condescending. The food was excellent and presentation was lovely. All in all a very special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service and atmosphere
    Chap
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My son and I had a great meals here - we ordered a little out of our norm by getting the rabbit and the trout but it was highly recommended. It was great but I think we were both in the steak mood. If you love your food with interesting sides and great sauces, this is the place. The scallop app was great and the service absolutely perfect! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    UMMom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We found this little gem almost by accident, after thinking there was just no excellent non-pub restaraunts in Missoula. Ambiance was incredible. Wooden beams, wrought iron railings, felt like a Parisian bistro. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding. The smoked trout appetizer was so good. There were proteins that are not typical on the menu. My husband had rabbit that he loved. My daughter had a mushroom crepe that melted in her mouth. And I had halibut with a delicate olive tamponade and roasted Brussels sprouts. Yum! Portions were moderate, similar to European restaraunts. But nobody went hungry. The house wine was excellent. Deserts were also off the chart delicious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality Going Down - Stagnant
    PAJReview
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have eaten at the Pearl many times over the years, and it is one of our favorites - atmosphere. This last visit, October 18th, the food quality seemed average and service was sporadic. For $40, the filet is not special, the rice is bland, and the broccoli is uninspiring. My wife and I both noticed that given how small the portions, and we get the fact the Pearl is focusing on French cuisine, etc., these dishes are not very satisfying. Ending on a high note, desert was amazing. We are hoping the Pearl will re-examine some of these dishes and really try and improve the quality of the food and consistency in service. Again, my steak, for example, was so mediocre I needed to get some steak sauce to make it interesting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reminds me of Ratatouille!
    Beagle
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a very romantic restaurant with fine food to round out a perfect evening. Our favorite spot for Anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Pearls is a very special place. Missoula Montana is lucky to have this quality of a restaurant. We have been there many time's with larger groups and just the two of us and it is always excellent food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • excellent as always
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    From the mushroom/escargots appetizer to the plum sorbet, everything was perfect. The green salad was delicately and perfectly dressed. Wine pairings as recommended by the server were excellent. Service was attentive and discreet, never intrusive. There are enough servers and bussers to make everything flow smoothly and unobtrusively. All in all, a relaxing and indulgent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    pickyeater
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Beautiful! Lovely atmosphere, world-class cusine, fabulous service. Is it it high-end Paris or Missoula, Montana?! Add to that great value for your money. A labor of love from restaurant owner/chef, Pearl Cash. Lucky us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My personal favorite
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Pearl is and has been for quite some time, my favorite restaurant in Missoula. Great food, fabulous service, lovely ambiance. I have never had a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    discriminatingtaste
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Pearl never fails to provide an exceptional dining experience. The food, atmosphere, and service are consistently the best Missoula fine dining has to offer. It is always my first choice for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little gem in Missoula MT
    Craig
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have dines here multiple times and NEVER been disappointed. The food, service, servers and ambiance is top rate. I'd feel like it was New York City at it's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Pearl Cafe is just that!
    666mafia1in1the1mountains
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Nice quiet place with great food and good wine. Moderate price. Good service. I would eat here frequently if I lived in Missoula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    BasilLove
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The French Onion soup was the best. The broth alone was heavenly. Loved the sourdough bread. A perfect salad. Filet mignon with the port wine sauce was delicious. Everything was divine. And the red blend wine was just right. Everyone was gracious and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food in Missoula
    Foodfan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a treat to visit The Pearl, particularly following several days of eating "national park food" in Glacier Park. The trout with crab meat was perfectly prepared and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place! Would highly recommend it. Food, service-----everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pearl Cafe was 5 *****'s
    mary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved Pearl Cafe so much that we went back again! What a treasure it is, fabulous food, excellent service, and a must go to place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Over the year hasn't gotten older, she and her restaurant have gotten better!! Ben is a great server...humble, kind and genuine! Thanks, Ben!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a Special Occasion
    MickeyS
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We selected the Pearl for our 47th Anniversary. Although the staff was not told in advance of our anniversary, we were seated at a corner table above the entrance atrium, which was much quieter and intimate than seating downstairs, almost like they knew why we were there. The presentation of our food, and guidance given by our waitress, was elegant and helpful, at the same time. The service was prompt, but not intrusive. One course flowed into the next. We were done in 1.5 hours, although we tried to drag it out as much as possible. We went for a walk by the river (1/2 block away) on a beautiful late summer evening. It was simply a PERFECT night. We highly recommend the Pearl for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night
    Happyman1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The Pearl was the venue I chose to ask the most wonderful woman in the world to marry me. Everything was perfect. Oh, and she said...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missoula "Pearl"!
    scosprey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I, my wife, and son had dinner here two nights ago. This was based on reviewing Yelp for the best restaurants in Missoula. The Pearl lived up to the reputation it earned on Yelp. My wife and son both very much enjoyed the main salmon entrees. I had the duckling. I'm a particular fan of duck/duckling. It was cooked right, and very enjoyable. It was pricey, but a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite MIssoula Restaurant
    TheDawg
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wonderful ever changing menu....enjoy the variety and creativity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance reclaimed
    Satisfiediner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant is in a restored building with old wood beams and exposed brick. The ambiance is great the perfect place for a leisurely dinner. The service and food are both sophisticated and pleasant. Parking is a breeze in the nearby city parking structure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    rcmt
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent service and wonderful food. The best place in Missoula
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ftlkegfd
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a delicious seafood grill dish with scallops, shrimp & fish. The House Salad & bread were tasty too. A bottle of red wine and a lemon tart with berry sorbet topped off the dinner. The ambience and service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this café with an exciting menu to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible fish
    moda
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good food with the exception of the halibut entre. Halibut was rubbery, over cooked and tasteless. Price was $32. Should have been sent back to kitchen. Extraordinarily bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Pearl is one of our favorite places to dine out in Missoula. Always good food and ambience! We both had the walnut encrusted prawns and they give you plenty of them along with a salad and a side...their mashed potatoes are the best I've had! Desserts are heavenly as well. Would definitely recommend the Pearl to anyone who wants a fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best spot in Missoula
    PDXPippiLongstockings
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our daughter heard about Pearl Café and wanted to go for her birthday dinner. So, okay. We were graciously greeted. Attentive, but not intrusive wait staff. Dined for 3 hours of wonderful conversation around the table; the staff always seemed to check on us when there was a slight lull in the conversation. Never felt rushed. FABULOUS food. We shared two appetizers and each had a different entre. Beautiful presentation; delightful tastes. Would love to do a 'Tapas' evening. Oh, and they claim sinfully delicious desserts; they aren't kidding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pearl's Pearl
    Brityank
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A wonderful place to eat. My wife and I had dinner here on our first date in '06. Two nights ago, I took my son here while I was visiting from Washington state. I had the rabbit with red wine sauce -- divine. He had the fillet with green peppercorn/Dijon/brandy sauce -- sublime. I've eaten in French restaurants in New York, Montreal, Chicago and San Francisco. This beautiful little bistro in fussy little Missoula holds its own easily with those great dining venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut to die for!
    MaryO
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the most amazing dinner to celebrate my 25th anniversary for work. I had the Halibut served with Polenta, my husband had the filet with port and roquefort - both were perfectly cooked and the flavors balanced. Service was attentive without being overdone. In all it was one of the best dinners I have had at the Pearl in years -- and that is saying a lot as it is one of our favorite restaurants. I highly recommend the Pearl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missoula best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Ate in several good places while in Montana but they did not compare to Pearl Cafe's fine dining in quality and creativity and attention to detail. Our hats off to hard working staff in kitchen as well as in dining room. Too bad we live too many staes away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-concert dining place.
    livetoeat
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My son and I came to Missoula for the Paul McCartney concert and wanted a nice meal close to venue. We had eaten @ The Pearl previously and loved it, so it was an easy choice. Our waiter was courteous and prompt and the food was excellent! We were able to walk to stadium after and the timing was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative combinations
    Cabernet
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent Alaskan halibut with carrot purée, wilted greens, rice, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.