Pearl French Bistro
Pearl French Bistro
  • Address:
    703 Thimble Shoals Blvd
    Suite A-1
    Newport News, VA 23606
    Neighborhood:
    Newport News
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $30 and under

Pearl French Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pearlfrenchbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7572235370x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Pearl French Bistro
The Pearl French Bistro offers the Hampton Roads area Parisian flare and casual elegance with contemporary variations of classic French cuisine. Unforgettable ambiance and relaxing atmosphere exudes at this neighborhood bistro, with a menu of French mainstay dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Pearl French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Always a great meal.
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have dined at Pearl approximately 8 times over the past three years. They now have a new chief that maintains the high standards of the previous chief. Great place for escargot and foie gras. Great seafood specialties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third time is a charm
    disappointed
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After tryimg to get to the restaurant three times, we finally made it. What a great date night! The food was wonderful and so are the staff. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Pearl
    Lvfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was my birthday and had a fabulous time. We have been to this restaurant several times and understand they have a new chef. The food was good but not as good as we have had before. Service was a little but very pleasant. I would give it another chance and hope it continues to grow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    New chef does a nice job. Great appetizers. Nice variety to the new menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Pearl French Bistro reviews archive.
  • Exceptional Find in Newport News
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Stumbled on this place a couple of years ago and returned this week. Food is exceptional and you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better in the area. Service is prompt and friendly--see if Regina is working. Sommelier on staff (shout out to John) and very good with wine pairings. Had the Coquilles St Jacques--three large scallops--very tasty--for $12. Main was the Ahi tuna special over polenta and greens for $24. Both were paired with great wines at an affordable price of $12/glass. Thought given the quality of the food that you can't beat the price either. Chef is awesome and very accommodating. You must check it out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining in Newport News
    LeoandEna
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A gem of a restaurant in Newport News! This restaurant was an unexpected find as it was a standout among the food chains in Newport News. The food is excellent - wonderfully prepared and presented. The staff is outstanding! This is a restaurant of choice for fine dining for us in Newport News.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have dined here 3x in 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have dined here 3x in 2013 before changes My experience last year each were memorable dining experiences; in food preparation & creativity, service knowledge of wine matching to meal, and a comfort in atmosphere of confidence I am no snob but when one experiences a consistent pleasing sensual meal with one two or three friends the experience will be compared to the next and the next This most recent experience did not deliver
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food needs some work
    Larry
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Felt that the restaurant is overpriced for the quality and quantity of what you get. Our crab and lobster crepes had very little of either. My rib eye steak was only of fair quality. Doubt we will be back; too many others to choose from.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Dining in NN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had an excellent meal at French Bistro. Everyone had something different and we had a few appetizers and all were of excellent quality. My recommendation, however, is to get more comfortable seating. The chairs were very stiff and reduced the ambiance which in general was quite charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find in Newport News
    Snowbird
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Pearl is an excellent French bistro. The menu is excellent and the specials, imaginative and delicious. We had a fabulous meal and really enjoyed the ambiance. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Wmburgfinefoodaddict
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    First time experience at the Pearl French Bistro. Had a great dinner. The food was quite good (compares favorably to as Le Yaca). Our server was pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable. I had the tenderloin which was delicious and cooked to perfection. My wife had the seafood special which she thoroughly enjoyed. The portions were surprisingly large for a French restaurant. The décor and lighting was not what I would have expected for a fine restaurant but it would not keep me away. Our bill was about $50 per person (including tax). We will definitely return. I would recommend it without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Foodie109
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Pearl offers delicious options of light and hearty fare. The quiche is always delicious as are the soups. Amibence is very cozy. Great place for business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    Chris
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food and service are great! Tile floors make for a rather noisy and cold ambience, but the food and service make up for it! Great wine list too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we will be back!
    bigbrova
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The Scallop appetizer is big enough to be an entree! And the desserts were very good. too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely try it!
    GreenFlamingo
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    The food here is always great! I went with a group of five for lunch. I had made reservations prior to arriving and the hostess was all set up for us when we arrived. They had a large table ready for us and there was no waiting. Everyone enjoyed their meal and left fully satisfied. For about the same amount of money you would spend on a good lunch anywhere around town you get a great lunch at Pearl! For those who like to cook you will appreciate the quality of ingredients as well as the presentation. You must try Pearl if you have never been. Your taste buds and tummy will thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect portion meals
    12396
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I loved the quiet atmosphere romantic table for two. The food was incredible, the portions were perfect. The steak was cooked perfectly our hostess made sure our glasses were full. The best food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in Newport News
    FineDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We went to Pearl for our anniversary and had a wonderful evening- attentive, engaging staff, great food, and a "special occasion" atmosphere. We will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Excellent Service!
    Liss
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    No complaints about the food or service. Everything was fantastic! The black and white checkered floor needs to be replaced with something more contemporary and luxurious. However, the food far outweighs the outdated decorating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kevin
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    My wife and I went to Pearl French Bistro for our anniversary and had a great time. The food was very good, the service was tremendous and the price was reasonable. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 27th april 2013 - Delicious
    Kellis
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    This was our first time at the Pearl and we were not disappointed. The Food was delicious and the service professional. The chef came to our table to make sure everything was OK........and it really was. Look forward to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out in Newport
    redsun33VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We had heard about the Pearl from others so the expectations were high. The cold hard fact is we felt let down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place knows how to have
    diner
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    This place knows how to have a fine food and a great dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm service and well-conceived
    backbayfoodie2VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Warm service and well-conceived and executed food made for a lovely evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise in Our Neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    My wife and I were very pleased with the excellent service and the outstanding food at Pearl. This is definitely a place we will visit again and again. We were also excited to find out about the Pearl wine pairings that are held frequently. We are definitely going to try that out also. Overall we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happened to stumble across
    Chris
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Happened to stumble across Pearl through open table while coming back in from out of town. What a great find! Service was VERY good. They were on top of it. Food was fabulous! The tile floors make it seem a bit cold, but otherwise a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I love, love,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    My husband and I love, love, love this place! The food is outstanding as is the service. Pearl never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prix fix menu. Good food
    Tbone
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Prix fix menu. Good food for 3 course $30 meal. You choose 1 from 4 items available for each course. $50 w/ wine pairings which were great. Service was very good, but they were not busy on a Friday night at 8pm. Decor is very simple in fitting with the bistro name; did not waste money on decorations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our favorite for french
    MrPipsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    This is our favorite for french food and we took my wife's 88 year old mother here forr her birthday dinner.It's her favorite too. And again, Pearl did not disappoint.The food is french inspired and definitly delicious.The service again, as always was impeccable. another fantastic dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed the prix fixe menu
    CindyHVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    Enjoyed the prix fixe menu on a Monday night. We had the place to ourselves, which was surprising. The location is a little off the beaten path, but very near the Town Center in Newport News - definitely worth it, though. Pearl feels like a French country inn...very cozy. Food was fresh and delicious, but not fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a very quaint and a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    It was a very quaint and a lovely place that works for romantic settings as well as a nice place to take your mother on Mother's Day!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice, but not pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    We went to dinner at Pearl French Bistro before heading off to see an Opera, and the entire experience was positive. The atmosphere was comfortable. We were quite dressed up and fit in, others were not and also fit in just fine. The prices were reasonable for quality dining, serving sizes were surprisingly generous (but not too big). The wait staff were very helpful, well informed, and friendly (without being intrusive). The chef obviously took pride in his work, and when he was unsatisfied with the quail in one dish he suggested substitution of duck, which worked very well. I will definitely eat there again given the chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent evening from the
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Excellent evening from the initial greeting to dessert! We had the specials instead of choosing from the limited the menu. The pork tenderloin and beef was superb. Chef Ihsan visited our table briefly and offered wine pairing suggestions. The Pearl has a very good selection of wines, several are unique in the local area and are 90 pt or higher reasonably priced jems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a great way tp celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    It was a great way tp celebrate Admin Professional's Day. The restaurant was crowded, but the service was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and Fabulous
    TravelingMan
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    We made a last minute reservation on OpenTable but due to an admin mix-up there weren't supposed to have been any OpenTable reservations available. Pearl was having a five course wine dinner, which was sold out. Despite this, the owner honored our reservation and placed us in a quiet event room. I ordered a dish one doesn't often think of in fine French dining: liver and onions. It was superb. Without a doubt the best I've ever had. My guests' dishes were equally delicious. This is such a wonderful restaurant and the staff are very friendly. We always get the lemon posset, especially on warm days because it's so refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, had a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    As always, had a great meal at Pearl! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was appealing and
    Polly
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    The food was appealing and delicious, as always; the sole server could have used some assistance as 3 parties of 3 were seated within 5 minutes of each other, in addition to the 4 or 5 tables already present. But she maintained her poise as she struggled to handle everything in a timely manner, and her smile was always present. The lemon posset is the most perfect dessert ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Service was not
    Awesome
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Good Food, Service was not up to standard for the caliber of restaurant this isa trying to be. The atmosphere was loud and annoying.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal of the year.
    2Bears
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    The food was the best i have had this year. I have recommended it to all my friends! I rank it up there with Vintage Tavern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Other than the fact that The
    Tammy
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Other than the fact that The Pearl is not connected to OpenTable and didn't receive my reservation, it was outstanding. They were very accommodating and sat us anyway even though they were quite busy. The food was fabulous! I can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best French Restaurant in the Area
    MayoplanVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Best French restaurant in the region. So much I want to try from the menu, can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet