The Pearl
The Pearl

The Pearl

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepearlcolumbus.com/
  • Phone: (614) 227-0151
  • 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
321 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (223)hot spot (182)neighborhood gem (171)vibrant bar scene (112)special occasion (109)good for groups (99)great for brunch (63)romantic (54)late-night find (37)notable wine list (36)great for lunch (22)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Long wait time, but worth it
    Dineout
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We were seated 30 mins late, even after having reservations at The Pearl. They brought us 2 complimentary appetizers to help make up for that, the jalepeno spoon bread & deviled eggs--both were very tasty. Service along with dinner and drinks for our group of 5 on a busy Saturday night were spot on and worth the wait time. A little frustrating to wait so long despite having reservations, but overall would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service second to none
    EricT614
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food at The Pearl is fantastic, but the service was absolutely amazing. The wait staff was very attentive, but not near the point of overbearing. Excellent job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Variety
    FriendlyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We tried a bit of everything. It was all amazing. You definitely have to get the Devils on Horseback for a small appetizer. We had two different types of oysters out of the six varieties offered. Both were delicious. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Bday Celebration at The Pearl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Overall i had a great experience at The Pearl with a group of eight people all together. I few things that could be improved are :The print on the menu is very small and i found it difficult to read. The spoon cornbread appetizer was somewhat dry, and the banana cream pie was... ok. Frankly my homemade banana cream pie is better. The free pie that was offered for my birthday had maybe three banana slices and the portion was very small and over priced as listed at $6...but mine was generously free which is a very nice touch. The server was very nice but i found him a little over zealous, saying "The best pie, drink...(fill in the blank) I've ever had!". Apparently everything that guy had eaten at his workplace was "The best ever!". He was cute and his sevice was very very good..just a little annoying. I will definetely return to The Pearl. Those few annoyances listed above won't keep me away. The beat salad was amazing and my partner's shrimp and grits were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Jason
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Had dinner for our anniversary. Great place. Excellent service. Infused/aged bourbon Manhattan was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Aside from the fact that we had a 7:45 reservation and did not get seated until 8:20, the food was good. The experience with the valet was the worst ever. It took them 40 minutes to get the car. Horrible company!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Niko
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    First time at The Pearl for my Mother's 50th Brithday. The service was great, and the Manhattan was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvsgreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My favorite restaurant in the Short North. Love their oysters and devils on horseback appetizers. Great food, service and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't tell everyone
    liv2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Thrilled to have discovered this Columbus pub! Variety, portion, taste and preparation of food were topnotch. Service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    November1
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Went for dinner with friends on a Tuesday night. Excellent food, had burger & fries, nothing fancy, but was high-quality and very tasty. Fries we're steak style and well done. Burger was tasty, juicy and on a super soft bun with a creamy Gouda type cheese. Great beer selection (bottle & tap) some local, regional and international. Charlie was a great server, nice atmosphere, busy but not overcrowded. $8 Valet parking was pricey, but convenient. I'll be back. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great theme, Great food, Wonderful service!
    JamesFromClintonville
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went for my first year anniversary. The mood was perfect, the food was incredible and the server made a special request for sparkling fruit juice for my pregnant wife a reality. It's a classy joint that I'm recommending to friends and family already :) Also, the prices were surprisingly low for the quality of food we got. Seriously, everything was awesome here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch omlette
    Dedicated2m
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Brunch omlette was pretty terrible. I have otherwise heard good reviews about their lunch and dinner menus.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service
    Kjr23
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our server Jordan, was probably the best server I've ever had. He truly went above and beyond to make dining at the pearl a wonderful experience. The food was terrific too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable, but a little over priced
    Brian8brain
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My date and I had a pleasant time at the pearl. The room was dimly light with a candle light atmosphere. Quite romantic. The serve was kind and informative, but a little busy at times. Overall, it is a fine restaurant. The only con is the pricing of the food for the quality and quantity.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, stellar service
    DinerX5
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The Pearl was very clean and inviting With a relaxing atmosphere. The menu and drink list were unique. The service was fantastic! The waiter was very knowledgable of the menu and the ingredients of each dish. He was able to make fantastic recommendations fro the drinks to starters, salads, entres and deserts. We had a wonderful time and will return again. I would highly recommend a visit to the Pearl. P.S. We may try out the oyster bar the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Pearl
    Italygirl
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This is one of my favorite Short North spots. It had been several months since I'd been, and it was just as good. The Burger is my favorite thing to get on the menu, and our server, Jordan, was just delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu choices; great beer
    JillK
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Took my clients there for dinner. Had exceptional beer choices as well as intersting (and tasty) menu options. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LoveEatingOut
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great food, great service--dining at the Pearl is always a wonderful treat!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Raulio
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great food, great brunch selections! We finally bit the bullet and decided to give the Pearl a try, very glad that we did, Cameron Mitchell restaurants always hit the mark : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good food, especially the smoked salmon and the braised pork
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Hurricane123
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The atmosphere and service were excellent but the food was not up to par. Our appetizers and drinks were good but at the servers recommendation we got the braised short rib and shrimp and grits, supposedly the two best things on the menu. The short rib was the saltiest dish I have ever had in a restaurant and the shrimp and grits were drowning in broth which basically turned the grits into a soup. The shrimp were also overcooked. For the price and Cameron Mitchell reputation I expected better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday mayhem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Through the Friday night craziness, the waitstaff was amazing. The food was delicious and who doesn't love a Moscow mule but really what made the experience was the people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the spoonbread!
    OhioFoodie70
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The restaurant was pretty busy but it was a Friday night, so it's to be expected. The hostesses were very nice. We were early for our reservation and thought we would sit at the bar, however it's not very big and there were no open seats. We stood with our drinks for a few minutes, but were actually able to be seated early. The restaurant was loud but my husband and I could heat each other just fine. We ordered the jalapeno spoonbread which was the best I think I have had! We also had the garlic parmesan clams which were also tasty. I ordered the catch of the day, which was scallops. The server neglected to mention that the dish also had pork belly. I am not a vegetarian but if I were that would have been good to know. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent location and food!
    Dave81230
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Pearl defines what a gastro pub is. It is a place for great, non-pretentious comfort food. We had the southern fried chicken and Cuban sandwich and kept eating off each other's plates. The pot'o'pickles at happy hour, $2, was outstanding. Well worth the money too... $8 valet parking is a nice perk instead of hunting and hunting for a parking spot...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening Spot
    Funnightout
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The menu was different, but we enjoyed what we ordered and the atmosphere was really fun! We would go back again and recommend to our friends. The happy hour appetizers are great!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvsgreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the Short North part of Columbus. I have eaten at the Pearl at least a dozen times and never dissapointed. A great atmosphere inside. Excellent food and service. I will be back there upon my return to Columbus. Dining at the Pearl in the middle of the week will give you the feel that it's a Friday or Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit
    skhorn
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Glad we returned. We have been wanting to go back for ages. Glad we did.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening with friends!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating the anniversary of our friends at The Pearl. The hostess was very accommodating when we asked for a table further from the door on a cold evening. Our food and drinks and desserts were quite delicious! Service was great...Andy was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr Jarrett
    JMJ615
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been many times and taken many guests here. The food is always high quality and tastes delicious. I love the warm decor and the location though a bit busy out front, which is understandable in the short north, is great. If you get a window seat, which I did on my last visit, you can see the sights and sounds of the Short North which can be quite entertaining in itself. All in all a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Just tight fit need some breathing room.Food was worth the wait.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baked Oysters and Shrimp and Grits
    Genevieve
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I do not miss a visit to Pearl when I am in Town. Excellent beer selection. Tried Wyld Beer for the first time and now a fan. The Shrimp and Grits were lovely with the Kielbasa flavoring. I come every time for the Nawlins baked oysters. 3 on an appetizer plate with a hunk of bread to sop up the sauce. Nirvana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The menu was quite varied and interesting. We were grateful for the help from our very knowledgeable server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy
    GABUCKI
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Recommended by a chef in Columbus- great variety of food choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal each and every time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I’ve dined at The Pearl several times. I have ordered different entrées and starters from the menu each time and have always been very satisfied; the food and service are outstanding. I do want to give a special “shout out” for the Short Ribs and Devils on Horseback!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rare Find in 2014
    Craveman
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Entertaining discerning out of town guests. (who happen to be tough critics!) The Pearl was perfect. Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent night. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, decent food good beer and wine
    jcalaska
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Eclectic food choices with some good items. Great Beer and wine and energy in this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Meals with Friends
    Davis5470
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The pearl is an excellent spot for both friends and guests. It has a very laidback and warm feel. The food is absolutely rich and soulful. I'd highly recommend the pearl to any Columbus foodies and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RayN
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    When I visit Columbus, "The Pearl" is my 1st choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st impression.
    SnootieFoodiewithSoul
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The Menu doesn't really offer much of interest. So I chose to try the Southern Fried Chicken It comes with Greens and a Sweet Roll. So I ordered a Baked Potato also. You cant have just chicken and greens it makes you feel like you missed part of the meal. The Chicken surprised me it was nice and moist although cooked a little darker than I like it. I had to ask for a second sweet roll because the first was too hard for me to bite without breaking a tooth. The Greens were tasty, not as good as my momma's Sunday dinner of course but a nice substitute. I may go back and try something else but I doubt it. The meals aren't balanced as my son would say you need 3 things and bread before you can call it dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Grilled Cheese @ Brunch
    Stefan
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had the Eggs Benny(ie?) - and went with a hard fried egg versus the poached option. Really good! My wife had the grilled cheese which I kid you not, was the best in my life! The cheese with the pear chutney and the pesto were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.