Pearl Café
Pearl Café

Pearl Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pearlcafe.us/
  • Phone: 4065410231x
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
Pearl Café reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)romantic (60)fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (10)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town?
    Irrig8tor
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Probably no. 1 or 2 in Missoula restaurants, rivaling the Red Bird in food preparation and quality. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    FoodCourt
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I'm always impressed by their food and wine. The pate is heavenly. I was hoping I wouldn't like the soup since I was already full from the page and a glass of Prosecco but the tomato soup with orange and fennel was fantastic. The duck was divine but I was too full to enjoy it. Next time, no app!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swine among pearls
    Piggish
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent appetizers...varied entrees...we ate like pigs.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and presentation were fantastic as usual. you cannot go wrong at the Pear Café.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another fantastic meal
    GlutenfreeFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner the night before the Missoula Marathon. I have Celiac Disease, so I am high-maintenance with my food ordering...strictly gluten-free. The friendly waiter didn't bat an eye and helped me pick out a soup and entree that were safe for me to eat and absolutely delicious. Wine selection was fantastic, as well. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous neighborhood find
    David
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    When ever I am in Missoula on business or passing through for the night I never miss an opportunity to have dinner at Pearl Cafe. The is a true gastronomic gem in the heart of Missoula. The service and food have always been superb. An extensive wine list and many libations offered as well. Don't miss out....you won't regret a meal at Pearl Cafe!! Bon appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Generally The Pearl lives up to its' reputation, but unfortunately my wife and I felt that this evening it did not. Our waiter was very reserved and minimal, seemingly not that approachable or friendly. Our appetizer was excellent, as well as the wine and cheesecake dessert, but our main course was nothing memorable. Perhaps we had too high of expectations for a special birthday dinner, or perhaps we didn't make the best choices for our main meal, but for the money spent, we would have liked our palettes to be a bit more wowed.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently exceptional
    luvtogoout
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Pearl restaurant in Missoula provides a dining experience, not just a good place to eat. The food is thoughtfully prepared. The service is caring and attentive. The atmosphere homey and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have lived in the area for over 10 years and this is our first visit. The dining experience was lovely, the food was perfectly prepared, and the service was spot on. From various assortments of seafood which is all prepared differently to a filet prepared to melt in your mouth perfection. The wine list is extensive and our server was knowledgeable and able to recommend a perfect red to pair with the filet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner
    onthetown
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Champagne cocktails, outstanding entrees and desserts, and a warm and friendly staff. Pearl is always a special place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still fabulous!
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We found this restaurant a couple of years ago and loved it then. We live in London, England. When we knew we were coming to Missoula again we booked it from London. We were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. Best restaurant in the Rockies!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PaulA
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My boyfriend cleaned not only his plate, but mine as well. Delicious food and our server was very helpful and attentive.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This place was a wonderful experience. The minute you walk in your greated and the environment of the restaurant was elegant and relaxing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was superb; everything we had was the perfect blend of seasonings, cooked just right, and presented very nicely. It was so good I didn't want it to be gone. Definitely a place I would go to again and recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We often choose the Pearl for special occasions. Our latest visit was as exceptional as in the past. Two things hardly worth quibbling over - the server got pretty busy in our section and was probably less attentive then even she wanted to be and the tables upstairs are a little close together for very private conversation. Our dinners were excellent. Price is high but in line with the quality of the establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtimefan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The halibut was awesome. The green salad with ranch dressing and ceasar salad were delicious. The trout-crab was fair. The chocolate mousse and decaf coffee were superb. The service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place.
    Sylvanfoodlover
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Fine food and wine is the emphasis with quiet ambiance of fine French bistros. Food is outstanding using fresh local ingredients. Have been many times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place for special occasions
    luveatinggud
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food and service. ...upper end on price range but very nice place. ... you will be well taken care of.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Feedbagdaddy
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The Pearl Cafe's food is just ok, maybe more seasoning, it just lacks in flavor. My partner had the fillet with a port reduction and roguefort. The fillet was cut too thin and was grisly, and way too much of the sauce. Average by any means. I had the halibut special, and that was just average in flavor. We also ordered their asparagus soup, which was also bland. Season your food!!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not necessarily a Pearl
    Fatfoodguy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I enjoyed my food for the most part but overall this restaurant failed to live up to the hype I had heard about it. My salad was very good but my main entree was fairly bland and flavorless except for a balsamic reduction that was cloyingly sweet. My dessert was fine but left much to be desired. I ordered German chocolate cake that was entirely deconstructed the cake was crumbly and not held together well the "frosting" was more like a caramel sauce with way too many pecans in it and the spun sugar accent was impossible to eat since it was rock hard. The service was excellent but overall the price for the quality of the food received was just not what it should have been.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife had the fillet with port and Roquefort. Steak was cooked well and flavorful. I had the seafood stew. Broth was good, seafood was not great and the mussels smelled like a barnyard. This is from someone that usually loves mussels.
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