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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Pearl reviews from OpenTable diners
323 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (206)hot spot (171)neighborhood gem (158)special occasion (119)vibrant bar scene (111)good for groups (87)great for brunch (64)romantic (61)notable wine list (36)late-night find (31)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (8)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We love coming to The Pearl for all our special occasions in life. We enjoy the drinks, the oyster bar, and the incredible food they have to offer! My fiancé claims they have the best Manhattans in the city! This past trip, I was disappointed after making a reservation and still had to wait 20 mins to be seated. Overall, excellent dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supper Menu
    Radioactive
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The braised short ribs are fantastic. Don't pass them up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    GoodEater
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a 6:30 reservation - got there at 6:25, place was packed. We were told we needed to wait until a table opened up. Waited 30 minutes and ended up ordering food at the bar because we needed to run off for a concert. Guess a reservation doesn't mean much to Pearl. Bright spot was the bartenders did a great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit didappointing
    Tanj
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was the first time I have ever been disappointed in the service and food at a Cam's restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for brunch
    Brentz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    always like the Pearl for brunch. The drinks are good, and the food isn't too bad. Other meals, not so much - food is mediocre and high priced and the restaurant is a bit noisy. I would stick to brunch where I think they are among the best in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was wonderful beginning at the hostess stand. Food was delicious. Fun and vibrant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very hipster
    kick
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was excellent and our service was great. The Pearl definitely caters to a younger crowd. The cuban sandwich that my partner got was amazing. I got the fried chicken. It was good but I regretted getting something that I could make at home or buy from a fast food chain. It was excellent fried chicken and came with the best cinnamon roll I've ever had in my life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You can't go wrong at the Pearl
    mfredVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, great bartenders, great all around. Not sure I liked the new Pho soup on the menu...not enough broth...the noodles absorbed what there was...but all other dishes were great! Especially the short rib poutine!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodiepop
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food, beautiful presentation, and charming atmosphere! Can't wait to go back. The brown butter brown sugar pie was a standout!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed The Pearl!
    Yankeebelle
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    First time here and will definitely be back! The happy hour offerings are good and a great deal. Loved the buzz but not so noisy you couldn't hear your tablemate. Great service and the shrimp and grits was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • old school charm but beware valet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The valet ruined the experience inside the rest. Aside from charging $10 to park my car ($2 is tip), they left me waiting in the rain for :30 minutes and returned my car with a slashed tire I didn't find until I ran out of air on the highway. So let's add $125 for a new tire to the bill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was good. Not spectacular, but they definitely had some gems in the menu. The blue crab appetizer was very tasty and the jalapeno corn bread is a must try. The portions are perfect. They are not oversized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sister Weekend
    newthingsat50
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We appreciated our server's dinner recommendation since several things on the menu sounded yummy. We all tried the Arctic Char and pounced it a winner - delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We filled ourselves too fast! :(
    JJD2001VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went there for Sunday brunch and everything that we ordered was great. The bloody mary presentation was very interesting... a small bottle of Miller High Life was a great touch. Unfortunately, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs so we didn't even make it to the entree course. The appetizers and oysters that we ate were enough. I would definitely go back to try the very interesting items on the main menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great Mitchell restaurant
    Mitch8462
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food, great service, and a nice carietyy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    TomColumbus
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service was great. Our waiter was focused on us every time he was at our table. The food was excellent and the beer and wine list was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional service
    secondgear
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Friday night 10/10 we had a reservation for 2 at 6:30 - we were stuck in traffic. After calling we were informed not to worry, they would fit us in when we got there. We arrived at 7:30. There were a number of people waiting. When we checked in we were immediately shown to our table although an hour late. This was amazing to us. Our waitress was wonderful. We anticipated our every question and immediately responded when we asked for something. We ordered the seafood tower. It was such a treat!! Thank you for such a wonderful experience. I wish I remember the name of the waitress! Pete & Pat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff is outstanding
    Camfan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Two visits - terrific service from hostess to server to preparers. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First experience
    worldeater
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    First impression was fantastic. Service awesome, food was highly flavorful and perfect. Ordered shrimp and grits. Delicate balance between spice and hearty creaminess of cheese grits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    SGoldie1
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We love The Pearl and go there often. In the past several months our experiences have gone from perfect to ho-hum. The fries have changed, service is nowhere near as good as it once was and the drinks are no longer as well made. During our most recent experience, our server was more interested in chatting up a couple of different ladies throughout the restaurant than attending to our table. We go for the burger and the brown sugar pie. Both were still amazing but the service and drinks aren't what they once were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have dined at The Pearl before and like it. The sound level is very low and the choices of foods is excellent. The service has always been great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit...will be back
    OhioProud
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brunch on a Sunday....server was very busy so requests were delayed but overall it did not ruin our visit!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar experience
    UniqueFoodAholic
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband & I were celebrating our anniversary and got the chance to eat here. Wow! What an experience! The restaurant is beautiful, the service was impeccable, and the food.....well, truly creative, unique, a tantalizing amazing experience to your pallet. We enjoy good food and this was great! We will for sure be returning to The Pearl and hope to see some of the same staff we got to meet the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food exceptional service
    DinerDan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Visited for my wife's birthday brunch with our 5 and 9 yr old kids. Our server Eva was very nice and made sure we were happy. Quickly took care of a small issue with one entree. We've visited several times on date nights and have always had great experiences and this time with the kids was no different. Pancakes, stuffed French toast, chicken and waffles were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10/04/14
    max1963
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Appetizer, Deviled Eggs, very good. We also had Oysters for another appetizer, so we ordered a dozen. Very good as well, although the horseradish was bland. Monk Fish was the special. very good. Apple crisp for dessert. Also very good. Overall the food is good, atmosphere is good, but boy, they sure do want to turn tables in a hurry. Felt very rushed by our waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    clairerochelle
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Been here two times with my family while they were in town visiting me at OSU. Both dinners have been some of the best, most enjoyable meals I've had in my life and my family has had an amazing time here. Everything is perfect, the food is outstanding, the cookery of the meat and fish is unrivaled. We always start with oysters, there are 6 different kinds and they are all fresh, delicious and refreshing. They have an excellent wine and beer list and are happy to make recommendations. The atmosphere on a Saturday night is lively, the first dinner we were seated away from the bar which was much quieter. The arctic char I enjoyed this last weekend was one of the best pieces of fish I'd had in my life and the brown butter cake is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Friendly staff. Wonderful menu that delivered. Be sure to try a signature cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday date night
    dubdarko
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I really enjoyed dinner. Our waiter was outstanding, there was a limited but robust menu, and the appetizer recommended by our waiter was great along with our main entree. The price was also very reasonable considering the environment and location. Definitely plan to go back on a double date in the near future.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid
    MattM
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Excellence service from staff. Quick drinks. Amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A First Time Pleasure
    Marshall
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My wife and I dined at The Pearl for our first time on a weeknight. Almost every seat in the place was full. The service was above my expectations and that makes almost every dining experience, for us, a good one. We had drinks - that were amazing - and the curds are a must for a snack. Dinner - you cant go wrong with much - the menu is perfect size and we cant wait to return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    cbusfoodie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I'd been wanting to try The Pearl for a few months. I finally went, and it was unfortunately underwhelming. The pickle appetizer was overpriced & underwhelming. Katzinger's Deli has better pickles. I heard rave reviews of the fried chicken. It was very good. Four pieces of well-seasoned chicken, greens, & a cinnamon roll. The greens were tasty. The cinnamon roll could've been better. The entree would have been more complete by replacing the cinnamon roll with sweet potatoes or cornbread. The service was great. The staff was very friendly. I'd go back and try the brunch, but I think the menu could use a little tweaking.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Gluten Free Restaurant
    Beck
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Incredible
    Jethro
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great food, service, and location. Staff was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently great food
    gourmetclubbers
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.