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Permanently Closed - Black Pearl Restaurant

1032 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Black Pearl Restaurant is located in Denver, Colorado and provides a dining experience based on New American cuisine. This restaurant offers a full bar with great specials like bottomless mimosas. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner so you can drop by anytime you like and enjoy the great food. Black Pearl Restaurant is a trendy restaurant with a young crowd, and the atmosphere fits that.

Black Pearl Restaurant�s menu is expansive and includes popular dishes like surf and turf, lamb chops and mussels with frites. A crowd favorite is the squid ink pasta with lobster emulsion. The dish is exciting to look at and just as exciting to bite into for the first time.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily beginning at 5:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm Brunch: Weekends 10:00am - 3:00pm (featuring bottomless mimosas) Happy Hour: Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm (featuring half-priced drinks and oysters)
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Phone number
(303) 777-0500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mitch Mayers
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Private party facilities
The entire restaurant may be rented for functions, or, our unique layout allows us to sell out portions of the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Steve Whited: (303) 777-0500
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Cross street
Between Iowa and Florida on South Pearl
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Parking details
Close on-street neighborhood parking.
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Public transit
Near the Louisiana Lightrail station.
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Special events & promotions
Don't miss our Summer Wine Series from May - October 5-7pm! Go On Tour with Black Pearl...Wine Dinners from around the World the 1st Wednesday of Every Month...Call for Details!
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Excellent (Denver)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

soup and food not hot. had no chicken. limited menu. parking hard to find. food not tasty.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Chicken was cold. Had to be sent back. Beef dish (special of the night) was way over salted. Not a good dining experience.

Llenoj56 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at the Black Pearl. Our waiter was very nice and attentive, and the food was delicious. The only drawback was that the air conditioner was broken, and it was warm in the restaurant. We were seated near an open window, which helped. 2 of us had the roasted
chicken, and 2 of us had the trout. Finally, 3 of us had cheesecake with a strawberry/raspberry sauce. We all agreed that it was the most delicious cheesecake that we had eaten in a very long time.

jjjrrrlll26 (Denver)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Black Pearl offers the best summer indoor/outdoor experience for a wonderful romantic dinner or a birthday celebration. During our first two visits the food and service were impeccable, and therefore, an exceptional dining experience and value. However, this visit was somewhat disappointing because instead of offering bread we had to specifically ask the waiter, the celery stalk in my Bloody Mary was limp and the replacement had a brown spot which I had to cut out myself, and the servings seems smaller than we remembered. The attention to detail for an upscale restaurant seems to be slipping and thus the good value for dining.

5.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

The hostess was very friendly and professional. Joshua our server was excellent. Our entrees were delicious and beautiful in appearance. The restaurant itself is beautiful. We dined inside by the front window which was open so we had a fun view of the foot traffic on S. Pearl St. The outdoor dining area is also really cool. I look forward to dining there again!

RussD (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the outdoor space with 4 couples. Cheese and Meat platter for starters, then sockeye salmon, mussels, filet & lobster, and NY strip. All was thoroughly enjoyed. The patio is fairly quite so we could all hear each other talking. We will be back.

Disappointed (Denver)
2.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Bread delivered early with our drinks was a white bread which was stale. My pasta was hard and uneatable.

FoodLover (Denver)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We enjoy seating on the Pearl St mall. So the ambiance is wonderful. I feel like the food was better the last time we were there. I think the breakfast burrito was just ok.

vipBobby (Denver)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

As usual, the food was better than excellent, however, the server was new and poorly trained. At best, the server was incompetent. Better luck next time.

vipJoan (Denver)
2.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

The brunch menu is completely uninspired and limited. It belies there excellence in dinner. I was shocked that really was a breakfast menu, not a brunch menu at 1 PM on a weekend. I would never go back for brunch. I have had better breakfast at far more upscale places. The black pearl needs to hold itself to a much higher standard 24 seven.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Terrible service Shocking Waitress should not be waiting on customers Needs a lot of training

Food a real disappointment Will not return or recommend

vipJohn (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Everything was great except the salad, very bland.

Chuck (Denver)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

Black Pearl has potential but prices currently exceed delivery.

1. Major construction across the street with fairly active use of a nail gun and some traffic noise detracted from experience.
2. Oysters were not shucked properly / carefully and had shell debris forcing return of one platter.
3. Calamari was basically fair to good. Theres somewhat of an art to excellent calamari and most places haven't achieved it.
4. Server was very attentive and checked in frequently. No issues with service at all.

Debi (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Great neighborhood location. Not too loud, beautiful patio. They opened the huge windows on a georgeous Colorado evening. A little disappointed in both food and service. Wonderful spinach pasta, adding chicken a must. Red velvet cake and sorbet were winners. Green chili, although delicious, needed a crunchy accompaniment. No bread presented to the table. Fish special, while the asparagus and couscous great sides, fish arrived cold, undercooked and unappealing presentation of skin side up. Overall prices reasonable; felt the special was over priced.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

I would rate Black Pearl right in the middle, pretty much across the board. Everything was fine; not great and not terrible. Felt just a bit pricy for what we got.

vipMotoGo (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

We liked the open side to the outside. Appetizer selection and dinner offerings were very few. It was quiet (not busy) so we were able to sip, snack and visit, which was why we came.

JKsquared (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

Had a lovely dinner at the bar. Cody was very attentive and great conversationalist!!

vipFoodlover19 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

My mom and I came for Mother's Day brunch a couple of years ago. It was very good. My mom, who is not a brunch person, wanted to come back asap. We finally made it back for this Father's Day and were disappointed. There is nothing special anymore about their brunch menu. The food was good, not great but good. It was very basic and not worth the drive or price. The service was good, no complaints there. Over all I'd give my experience a 3/5

vipZiggy (Denver)
2.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

They ran out of jam at 10:00 in the morning when they were just starting to serve brunch. Outside there was the farmers market on with more than one booth selling jam. Our server told us that he was sorry that they ran out and even after suggesting they go buy some outside, they declined. Their french press coffee is something they do in the back and serve in a carafe which came out lukewarm. I emailed them and they never responded. Don't bother with this place!

Katie (Denver)
2.0  Dined on June 12, 2016

Service was slow even though tables weren't all taken. Food was just okay. Dogs aren't welcome on the patio. Drinks were very expensive.

ChristianB (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

This was our second trip to the Black Pearl. The menu has been significantly reduced since our previous visit. The food was quite good, but the portions were small and expensive. My wife, a vegetarian, ordered the pasta, and received a tiny serving of tasty, but not earth-shattering pasta, certainly not commanding the price. I had the lamb, which was prepared perfectly, and fingerling potatoes, very well executed, but again a very small portion for the price. I would be more reluctant to complain if the menu featured more options, and they presented there dishes as small plates, but there was not really anything else on the menu for my wife to order, and few complimentary dishes for me to pair with the lamb. We had to go out to a second dinner afterward. The drink lists were fairly small, but full of excellent beer, wine and cocktail options.

vipAlohaGirl (Denver)
1.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Second time I've tried this restaurant and second time my food was either not cooked or cold. It tasted good but due to the extremely slow service it was luke warm when I received it. When I sent it back in hopes of a new hot plate, the manager came to tell me that was the last plate of fish they had so I couldn't even get another one. I would have kept it had I known, as I was forced to order something that I didn't want because they were out of the second thing I would have ordered as well. It had been years since I went back after the first experience and was sad that this one wasn't any better. However, all that being said, the manager was extremely apologetic and happy to do whatever she could to make it up to us. As nice as she was, the excuses of an entirely new waitstaff, small kitchen, and busy restaurant was just that, excuses, and as lovely the location and area, this visit will cinch my decision to never return.

vipLisaC (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at Black Pearl - we especially enjoyed the French Rattlesnake and Raspberry Mojitos as well as the roasted chicken and the mussels. Love that there is such a great restaurant right in the neighborhood!

Diane (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

The service was great! It's a smaller resturant and even though I hadn't made a reservation they managed to fit us in. Buck a shuck Tuesdays are great if you love raw oysters! The brussel sprouts were unbelievable - a favorite at our table! If you love seafood you should check it out.

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

This is a great little place. Small and I would say on the more expensive side. Their surf and turf was great.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

A common addition to a gin martini is a stuffed green olive and/or cocktail onions. My wife requested Bombay Saffire gin with two onions. The onions were RAW and when the bill came it had the name of a gin we'd never heard of. If you are going to serve dry martinis, get it right. The raw onions literally left a bad taste in her mouth.

Our waiter was very accomodating.

vipChrisdy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Black Pearl is in a lovely neighborhood of Denver and we had a nice meal there. The food was very good and the service was very prompt. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

usctrojan90 (Denver)
2.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The modified Mother's Day brunch menu was a disappointment. The few items I had my heart set on were not available. I ordered a side of fresh fruit and they brought me dried cranberries and apricots, sliced apple and oranges...felt like it should have been on a cheese plate.

vipKSLT (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We chose to have our Mother's Day brunch this year at the Black Pearl, an old haunt that we had not visited in quite a while. We quickly regretted our absence, as everything was perfect--the food, the service, the ambience, the drinks. We had normal brunch fare, but everything was prepared perfectly. We especially enjoyed the French Press coffee, which was delicious, and the mimosas, which were mixed just right, not too sweet, not too strong. The service was excellent, responsive but not intrusive, and we walked out asking each other, why haven't we been here in so long? We think that their business may be suffering a bit because of the limited parking caused by, ironically, the construction of a big new parking lot across the street, but parking half a block away was not a big deal to us. We are anxious to return for dinner or cocktails soon, as we were reminded of the gorgeous patio and fire pit as well as the elegant and spacious bar. All thumbs up for The Black Pearl.

hereandthere4 (Denver)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We have enjoyed Black Pearl over time, but not this time. The food was disappointing. Two of us had the green chili and the other the waffle for lunch on Mother's day. The chili had little flavor and the hard biscuit was tasteless. The waffle came with butter and syurp. Fruit was requested and provided.
The food was plain.