The Pearl
The Pearl

The Pearl

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepearlcolumbus.com/
  • Phone: 6142270151x
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Pearl opens at 4:00 p.m. daily for dinner.
    We also offer a fantastic Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-3:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Paisley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buttles
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Pearl offers valet service for $8 as well as public on street parking.
A word from The Pearl
A Jewel Long in the Making. And well worth the wait. Cameron Mitchell’s first new restaurant concept in five years, The Pearl, is a well-polished culinary jewel that showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of Ales, Lagers & Stouts. All within one urban and cozy tavern. White exposed brick, original hard wood floors, over-sized iron beams and windows that open to High Street complete this unique gastropub, located in the Short North Arts District.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Pearl reviews from OpenTable diners
319 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)hot spot (168)neighborhood gem (158)special occasion (121)vibrant bar scene (116)good for groups (80)great for brunch (63)romantic (59)notable wine list (35)late-night find (30)great for lunch (25)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Nice late night dining
    qotu
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We stopped in for a late dinner after attending an event. The place was still hopping at 10 pm. We could not have had a better server. Eva was attentive, efficient and fun. The food choices were great for any size appetite and taste. Our food was served quickly and was delicious. There was no room for their signature sugar pie dessert, but I took a piece to go. It was fantastic and made for a great breakfast the next day. I would highly recommend The Pearl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Gluten Free Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Always looking for GF as I have celiac. This is the place! Ask for Eric or Andrew - fantastic waiters! Informed, and enhanced our meal. The restaurant has an extensive gluten free menu and were willing to discuss all options without making me feel they were rushed. Took all my questions to the chef and came back with clear answers for me. The Arctic Char was the best I have ever had and the puree of cauliflower exquisite. Came two nights in a row because the food and experience was so fantastic. The atmosphere is eclectic, there is something for everyone. When you travel for a living this is the kind of restaurant you want to find. The Pearl is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, happy hour prices
    frequentcolumbusdiner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We come for here for the oysters, smoked salmon and cheeseburger. All of which are excellent. Even better, oysters and salmon, along with many other items are half price 4:00-6:00. Parking is a headache, as always in the short North, but there is a valet next door at Marcella's. Their chicken wings and cheese curds are also a favorite with my teen children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We have been to The Pearl several times -- for brunch; for a quick, light supper; or for a nice dinner before a show. The food is always wonderful, and the servers are very informed and attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Steve
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Always a great selection of oysters. Ive already reccomended this place to a friend for an anniversary dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    spreadedjelly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Came in for brunch with a few girl friends and we all had a wonderful time. The bloody marys, mimosas, and food were all delicious! Jon was the perfect server! He was both fun and attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday celebration
    enjoyerofgoodfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant for our birthdays and were very happy with the choice. It had the quaint feel of this restaurant we just recently dined at in Evanston Illinois. The food at the Pearl was delicious, recommend the baked oysters and smoked salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    Crunch
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a lovely experience at your establishment. The gluten free menu was very nice ( lots of choices) and our server was quite accommodating and attentive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies Rejoice!
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amaaazing oysters and best burger in Columbus!!! It doesn't get much better than this! Fun, energetic yet cozy atmosphere for gathering with friends. The Pearl is a real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicacy
    finishim
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I love this place. They always have great food and great service. Ambiance is great. A wide variety of foods although the menu is not very crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The oyster bar is outstanding, after growing up on Chesapeake Bay oysters it is a delight to enjoy their fresh oyster selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Definitely has the modern rustic classy thing going that is popular right now, but no doubt a gem in Columbus. Cocktails are excellent, beer list is refreshing, and they have a nice mix on of things on the menu. Everything I tried including the Cuban sammie, oysters, muscles, and salmon were excellent. This isn't your gourment hotel food, it's rough hewn and satisfying. Slightly on the expensive side for this city, but well worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal and service
    Hollya14VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of the best restaurants in the Short North. Service was great - server was knowledgable and kind. Meal was very good with interesting preparations. Definitely plan to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    Columbusnewbie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Pearl was an enjoyable evening. The food was quite good...but chef and company tried a bit too hard with their sauces. Some sauces overpowered the dish instead of enhancing. The grilled cheese was great, the oyster selection fabulous, and fish prepared well. The atmosphere is laid-back, casual, and definitely lively and loud. The tables are a bit too close for my liking; two to four more inches would make a big difference in the dining experience. Overall, though, a very fun night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome find!
    Charlottetorpedo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were traveling from out off town and found The Pearl online. Everything about it was amazing!! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Pearl is a pearl!
    rumblings
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We enjoyed everything about The Pearl, especially the oysters from several states and the lively ambiance. All of our food was outstanding and the service was very friendly. It lives up to the Cameron Mitchell reputation and its location in the Short North is exceptionally fun. Definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Atmosphere great...Waitress great...slow on cocktails...shrimp entre was boring no sides...over-rated restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was very good, but not outstanding. Service was excellent, but prices were excessive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Still The Same"
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Same great food, drink & service. And if you sit up front, free entertainment (High St players).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dining experience
    Pearlfirsttimer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made reservations for my birthday at The Pearl and was blown away by the atmosphere and the food. Our waitress Sam was very friendly and helpful throughout our dining experience. The food combinations were delicious and unique. Will definitely be visiting this place again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, the Pearl was great
    kasheed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    For the first time, though, I deviated from gorging solely on their amazing fresh raw bar and ordered an entree. The shrimp and grits was amazing and has to be tried to be believed. Additionally, Annie and Alison at the bar concocted an amazing drink out of house made pepper vodka to help clear out my sinuses. I'm not sure what was in it but I'm calling it Short North Nyquil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Were warned... listen to the locals
    FHEH
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I made it clear I do not eat meat and asked for balsamic vinaigrette instead of bacon balsamic vinaigrette on my spinach salad. I was serviced the bacon balsamic vinaigrette. The oysters were fresh. I enjoyed the variety. Reservation was for 9:30pm. Our food was serviced around 10:15pm. The $15 muddled mule nowhere near worth it. We were warned about the poor service and long food wait but were hoping for the best... Learned to listen to locals.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sisrer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Too expensive!! A glass of wine is $16 come on!!!!! Ridiculous
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, great food
    CarrieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first time here. Nothing jumped out from the main course selection so we ordered several "snacks", "appetizers" and a salad. Starting with the bacon wrapped dates was fantastic and it went up from there. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    Riles
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was the first time I have ever been to Pearl and I loved it! It is now my new favorite place to go in Columbus! I can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    nessnesskittyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was unique and utterly delicious! Try the spoon bread and mashed potatoes with any meal, you will not be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    Ben5104VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Comfort food good service great bar food . Window tables let you see all the short north action
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Addition - Short North
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Outstanding- the food, the service, the energy - what can I say? Cameron got it right again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slightly Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have dined at The Pearl several times and have been very happy. On this recent visit, we had to wait 10 minutes over the reservation time. This wasn't a big deal but I feel like the point of making a reservation is so that you are walked in and seated at that time. The restaurant was very busy, but I feel like it was poor planning on their part. As for our service once we were seated, it was outstanding. The waiter made a great recommendation regarding the Shellfish Tower-getting the clams baked instead of raw. They were excellent! I'll definitely be back to The Pearl, just probably not on a Saturday evening again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    Eric
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took my parents and Aunt & Uncle to dinner. We had the server just bring us food from every aspect of the menu without ordering. It was just perfect. Everything was excellent from the minute we sat down to the time we finished. Service and food is top notch. Could not have went better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SDLTTE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I would have given an overall 5 stars, but they were having a major gnat issue that evening, so me and my friend had to cover our wine glasses and waive them off the whole time we were there. Other than that all was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calling All Foodies...
    CelestialCuisine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love, love, love this place. I have been twice in the same week even. I have sat at the bar, (the bearded bar tender is hot!!!), and I have brought 5 of my friends and sat in a booth. Cozy, but also full of energy. Last but NOT least...the food...FABULOUS....the greens are out of sight, cornbread...to die for...and the deviled eggs...couldn't get enough!!! I have become a part of the "Pearl Crew", forever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very popular and very noisy.
    Danae
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is jumping. We've been here twice. The food is delicious. Try the deviled eggs and the dates for appetizers. Yum! The entree portions are large. Everyone is very friendly and professional. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love The Pearl!
    ASnewyorker
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I'm a snobby New Yorker when it comes to food so have high standards. The Pearl is my favorite restaurant in Columbus and can count in a great meal and experience whenever I visit. The corn bread skillet is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only bad thing...
    Nf5013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Was the water. Unreal food. Appetizers, entrées and dessert, mouth watering. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice place
    angelo
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Solid all the way around. I'll go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We did not like our food - my french fries were overcooked and had a burnt taste. The southern fried chicken had an unusual spice - maybe cinnamon to the batter which was not a pleasant addition. The cinnamon roll was dry and lacked flavor. Although the restaurant's atmosphere was appealing, the noise level was too high. We had a very difficult time hearing each other. We will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the girl favorite
    JulieALibrarian
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    "Everything looks so good I don't know what to pick." - the girl favorite. Scottish salmon with corn hash (special) was generous and rich. Corn and bacon hash underneath - delicious. Pork trio served over sauerkraut - so good even the one who doesn't like sauerkraut loved it. Service in the early evening on Sunday was unhurried but attentive. Brown sugar pie - a must. Ice cream on the side tasty, but not necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Raw bar is great as are the appetizers but the rest of the menu is weak. Ran out of the weekend special by 7pm Saturday--poor planning. Wine list is unimpresive; caters only to those looking for sweet, glorified fruit juice rather than a full-bodied red that can pare with the surf as well as the turf. Expect and hope to see more in the future as the atmosphere and service are notably good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not enthralled
    ColumbusFoodieGirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was excited to try this restaurant, only hearing great things about it. Our service was great and LOVED the ambiance BUT the food quality was just FINE. The price of the entrees and Seafood appetizers is not worth the quality and amount of food you get. I will not try this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate