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Permanently Closed - Black Pearl Restaurant

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1032 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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!
Additional
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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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Loved everything. Great food, great service and vibrant atmosphere!!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We were a bit concerned about the negative reviews about portions and service but we were very pleased with both!

Parking is always an issue in the S. Pearl Street area. Consider alternative methods of transportation - especially if the weather is unpleasant.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Thought the food and service were very good but the portions on the entrees were WAY too small for the money. My husband had the short ribs. He got 4 ribs with about 2 ounces of meat on them & about a 1/2 cup of potatoes for $29. I KNOW the food cost was $5.00 or less. With a mark-up like that, perhaps they should have added another 1/2 cup of vegetables.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2016

Great Date Night at Black Pearl, a place we heard had potential, a fine brunch and a great bar. The tasting menu/ prix-fixe hybrid we each ate had several exceptional parts. Evidence of great skill abounds in the Skewered French Onion soup (smoked Emmentaler!) Lamb Tartare & chili oil, Ling Cod (excellent lightness) the Buffalo short ribs and a rich but light Chocolate Lava Cake. I would buy the cake by the pound if they made enough of it. Ditto the amuse bouche, a puffy bit of bone marrow.

Stuff That Detracts: thinly sliced but raw, un-flavored beets and tough beet greens wrapped around the ribs, which only served to get in the way.

We can see different parts of this menu being paired off as full meals, and that alone would be worth returning a few times. The BP has found a level of cuisine that they are well advised to maintain. Good Show!

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We went to this restaurant when we were in Denver for the weekend and chose it based on several reviews. We had a 5:15 reservation to make it to a 7:05 hockey game and did not get our meals until after 6:30. Between the time we placed our order and received our food our waitress approached us stating that she thought we had already eaten so there was confusion in the kitchen. Ultimately the manager came over to tell us our food was on its way and when it arrived my food was room temperature and my husband's 'medium' pork chop was nearly raw in the middle. As we were leaving our waitress told us that if she knew we had to be somewhere she would have gotten our food earlier!
Overall the food was mediocre at best, service was terrible, but the ambience was nice. For $140 meal we expected at least minimal courtesy.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2016

My boyfriend and I were so excited to dine at The Black Pearl for Valentine's Day. When we got there we were greeted and seated immediately which was excellent. The server gave a couple recommendations and then took our order. It took 2 courses before we received our bread, while other couples around us were eating theirs. Both our entrees lacked flavor. The menu appeared way more delicious than the actual meal was. The food was not executed well and had a poor pairing of sides and flavors. The portion size was also very small for the price point. The best part of the whole meal was the bread and rosemary butter! So disappointed, definitely will not be back.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2016

Great restaurant. Love the creativity of the dishes and freshness of the menu. We've been here several times and the food has always been delightful. If you're waiting for your party, grab a seat at the bar. Bar staff was spot on and you could try the oysters prior to sitting. Drinks were great and refreshing. We will absolutely be back.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Our friend had been there for brunch and said it was good. We had dinner. Staff was polite, though somewhat disorganized. Our waitress was very sweet, but couldn't really remember all the menu. Portions were somewhat small and not exactly what we thought has how described. Overall it was a nice quaint little neighborhood spot and I liked it overall.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Really great experience. Not lot of vegetarian options, but the ones that had were delightful!

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

The ambiance and service were great, but for the cost of the meal I do not have plans to return. The quality of the meal just didn't measure up to other restaurants where we would spend the same amount on a night out. It was just okay.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2016

Friendly neighborhood spot that's perfect for a special night out. Also enjoy their lunch and brunch menus.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2016

I was sad to see the BP has gone so far downhill. It's been a year since I was last there, and back then it was full of people with a great energy to it. This time it was almost empty, flat energy, and bad service. The food is still tasty, slightly portioned, and expensive...so for you foodies it's probably still a gem. But the ambiance is gone and the D team is waiting tables. It was empty yet it took our server an eternity to even take drink orders let alone fill them. I expect delays when a place is jam packed but we were one of only 2 or 3 tables dining. So in summary, what once was a great little neighborhood gem has deteriorated and I'd be surprised if the doors were still open another year from now.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2016

We had a great experience. We made in time for happy hour and enjoyed all of our drinks. I ordered the Buffalo and was pleased. We also had delicious bread and pretty good fried oysters before our meal came. Although my husband did order the fish and chips, and was disappointed. We would go back :), but would not order the fish and chips again. Great service.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

While the food was wonderful, the service was pretty bad. We got our drinks and ordered a half dozen oysters. 45 minutes later we were still waiting for them. The server apologized profusely and we were cool with it, just assumed they ran into a hiccup. An hour hit and the oysters came out. We then ordered dinner. About an hour passed (by this time we were pretty aggravated), and we had yet to receive out meals. Our sever came by and asked: "Can I interest either of you in coffee or dessert?", we told her we hadn't eaten yet. She ran back to the kitchen and our meal was out in 10 minutes. We got our bill, thinking they would comp something and they didn't. We called the manager over, explained the situation and he happily took the oysters off our bill. While they were incredibly nice, to wait for 2 hours for a meal is insane. Also, the portions are quite small for the price. We will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2015

On a cold snowy night, my colleagues and I met for dinner at the Black Pearl on S. Pearl. It was warm and festive inside. I ordered the onion soup which was delicious! I ordered the pork tenderloin with a carmelized onion sauce and was completely blown away by how delicious it was! The service was also exceptional! Thank you for a lovely dinner and I will be back!

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2015

My sister and I ordered a squash bolognase we which was basically just squash on top of squash with pumpkin seeds sprinkled on it. My mother who was visiting ordered the Osso bucco which she wasn't impressed with either (she's eaten a lot of Osso bucco at various restaurants). The blondie dessert was an awful mix of flavors....bland dry brownie with tart lemon and topped with an over powering fig purée. The place was busy so something on the menu must taste good and we just ordered the wrong items. However, I don't think I'd go back.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2015

Al little disappointed bc the menu was not the same menu as their website. I specifically chose this restaurant because the banana bread French toast looked amazing. But they didn't have it on the menu anymore.
Also the server described a few of the dishes as "weird" not really the adjective I would have chosen.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

We always enjoy the unique cocktail list. Our server was outstanding. We especially appreciated his help finding dishes that would fit our gluten and dairy allergies. The oysters were excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2015

I have yet to be disappointed...Great service, great food and comfortable atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Food is incredible. Its a shame the service isn't. We had three servers attend to our table. Regardless the service was pathetic. The restaurant at no point was full. It took 30 minutes for our cheese plate to arrive. Another 30 minutes before our salad and appetizer which arrived together. Finally received our food another 15 minutes after that. In total 2 hours to eat several courses but all the portions were small especially the entrees. The server only check back once to inquire how the food tasted. Empty dishes and drinks remained on the table until they had to clear them to make room for the other courses. The manager nor anyone even apologized or offered any sort of explanation.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2015

The Black Pearl on South Pearl Street in Denver serves exceptional food that is NOT overly fussy in its presentation, using mostly locally sourced ingredients. The service is attentive but not intrusive. If that isn't already enough to recommend the restaurant, the wait staff understand the merits of the wine list entries and discuss possible selections without any attempt at condescension. I heartily recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on October 10, 2015

I made a reservation, we stood in the doorway while several staff members walked by and it took a few minutes for anyone to greet us. We checked in and were seated, but 30 minutes after sitting at our table I received a phone call from someone at the restaurant asking me if we were going to be coming in.
They were out of a lot of food (it was only 7:45pm), so the already limited menu options were even more limited. I ordered the sausage flight, which wasn't really a "flight" because they only had 1 of the 3 sausage types available, the beef, which was not very tasty. Wine selection is very expensive and not the greatest quality. My favorite part was the arugula salad and the "blondie" dessert which was very tasty.
Our server was really nice but didn't check back to refill our wine glasses which took away from the dining experience. Going out to a restaurant is a rare treat for me and overall I was not impressed & probably won't go back to the Black Pearl. At least we had the Denver passbook and got one entree free.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2015

Really enjoyed our meal. Don't miss the calamari! Would love to go again.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2015

This has to be one of our all-time favorite restaurants. The food is creative, but very approachable, service is friendly, but not in your face. Just all around nice place.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

My wife and I had brunch at The Black Pearl on August 29, 2015. We loved the brickwork and decor, and enjoyed the neat features of a converted early 20th century residence.

The service was spot on, and we were given a table next to a nice, sunny window that gave us a chance to observe the goings on outside. South Pearl Street is great for people watching.

The wine list is extensive, and the cocktails are fun. My wife had a wonderful Chardonnay, while I enjoyed the nice horseradish flavor of my Bloody Mary with pepper infused vodka.

The eggs and potatoes dish was great, as was my charred octopus and watercress salad. The meal, service and ambience came together to create a perfect brunch.

My observations of the meals at other tables confirmed my belief that anything you order will not only taste great, but will be presented as a work of culinary art.

This restaurant is highly recommended. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2015

Wonderful unusual and innovative menu.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2015

Smoked trout appetizer was excellent, and the Calabacitas with pasta was outstanding. Less successful were the trout entree and the ceviche starter. Good wine list. Great outdoor patio with fire pit.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2015

Less creative/impressive menu choices, chef is difficult with the staff, best thing we had was the cheese and charcuterie board. Our server, Sam, was very nice. Overall the service is still great but the food was lacking.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2015

We had the octopus and blue cheese souffle apps, pork chop (very dry, despite explicitly asking that it not be) and scallops entrees, and several cocktails and glasses of wine. While heavy and intense, the souffle was my favorite (along with the bread and butter served to each table!). Overall, too uninspired to try dessert. The cocktails were quite tasty and the wine list had interesting options, though I believe many are overpriced...as is the food, in my opinion, for the quality, flavors and portions provided.

The service was great, if you like someone at your table every 2 minutes. Water does not need to be refilled basically every time you take sip. Our server was knowledgeable and patient.

Tables are on the big/long side, so it's easier to hear the person sitting next to you at another table (very close seating) than the person in front of you at your table, who is several feet away.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2015

This restaurant is in a great area and is very trendy and fun. We wanted to love it but unfortunately the food was a miss. Appetizers were the best part of the meal followed by greasy or dry tasting entrees. Dessert was average at best.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2015

Where to go when half the group doesn't eat meat and the other half can't seem to live without it...the food was wonderful, beautifully presented and delicious.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2015

Service was good. Our waitress was attentive and polite. Unfortunately the food was mediocre and uninspired. There are so many brunch spots in this town I won't be back.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2015

Service seemed to be backed up (we sat for a bit before our waitress was able to greet us/grab drinks); however, chartuterie plate was great and my boyfriends fish was well cooked. The squab was dry but asparagus mousse was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2015

We had a work dinner at Black Pearl and has an awesome time. The atmosphere is really cool (not too nice or stuffy), and it's an open air restaurant with an upscale feel. The wine list is amazing, one of the best in this city. They were in the process of changing their menu so a few of the items weren't available or they had substitutes for, but I'm definitely looking forward to going back to try the new menu. We are looking to have our office Christmas party here now - awesome find!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2015

The food is absolutely wonderful! Great service and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

My friend and I met for drinks and appetizers. The server was knowledgeable about the wines and the menu. We had the mozzarella plate and it was fabulous. We also noted that the background music selection was really enjoyable... selections from our baby boomer youth, and low enough that we could have a conversation. Overall, this place is a gem and I plan to return often.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2015

Everything about the beginning of our meal was fantastic, wonderful drinks, attentive staff, great atmosphere, etc, but as soon as our food came, our server disappeared. It took us three separate requests and one trip inside the restaurant to get our bill. Once it was finally brought to us, it took another 15 minutes to get someone to pick it up.
Because the food was so great, I would consider giving this place another shots if in the neighborhood, but I certainly would not go out of my way to seek it out.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2015

We've been repeat customers for a few years now and the food and service just keep getting better. Last weekend the restaurant lost power and the staff called us to let us know 2 hours ahead to let us know about the power outage and to reschedule our reservation. Luckily, all called back just before our reservation time and power had been restored. Bonus points for getting in touch with us to let us know about the issue before we showed up. Other places wouldn't bother to call you but Black Pearl did and I appreciate that. We had a great dinner and a lovely evening. Will definitely continue to recommend this place.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2015

The service was great and it's a nice room. Other than the bread, we were very disappinted. They seem to be trying to be a little too hip and for the price Sessions across the street is much better.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2015

We recently attended the sunday brunch. While the food was very good, it took about 25 minutes before a waitress appreared(water not withstanding) and our "starter" and main course appeared at the same time about 45 minutes after arriving. Probably, the Farmer's market right outside didn't help the noise level, but fortunately, the mimosas were very good!

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