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About Permanently Closed - Black Pearl Restaurant
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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.
Denver, CO 80210
American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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)
Between Iowa and Florida on South Pearl
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Close on-street neighborhood parking.
Near the Louisiana Lightrail station.
Private Party Facilities:
The entire restaurant may be rented for functions, or, our unique layout allows us to sell out portions of the restaurant.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Whited: (303) 777-0500
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
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!
Black Pearl Restaurant - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We have had brunch here on Saturdays multiple times & have been very impressed. It is a notch up from an every day brunch & we appreciate that. Had our first dinner here on Sunday, May 24. All
wine bottles were half off which was nice. My seared scallops were quite tasty. My husband's
pork was also good with succotash. But we were not as impressed with the dinner menu as we are
with the brunch menu. Nevertheless, we will go back & recommend you try it. The servers are very
friendly & very helpful.
This was our absolute favorite restaurant but then they lost their chef. The new chef can't prepare the old favorites and his new creations leave a lot to be desired. How does Squab sound for an entree? It is so upsetting because when you have a favorite, you just cry when something like this happens,. We ordered the moody blue appetizer and ate about half. The onions weren't cartelized and you could tell the chef didn't really understand what he was trying to cook. Then we thought we'd try the Mussels. They chefs white wine sauce was sugary. We ate less than half and then ate the salads which were just ok. We were so disappointed we didn't even order entrees and ended up ordering Garlic Knot pizza.
If you hire a new chef, we'd love to come back to eat and enjoy an evening
The food was outstanding, as was the service. The restaurant is small, which we tend to favor. Everyone was very warm, welcoming and accommodating. It would have been THE perfect date-night restaurant for us had we not had to raise our voices to hear one another across the table. The table next to us was empty, and I hate to think about how loud it would have been had other people been that close. It ruined any feeling of intimacy, although all was not lost. The restaurant -- on balance -- is excellent, and we'll just have to find a time when there are fewer customers.
We dined at Black Pearl last Saturday evening. Our service was excellent, the food was the best for my husband and I who are extreme foodies. I had the bass dish and it was very tastey. They also served a yummy Malbec! This is my second time for dinner and I've also been there for lunch. It is a local favorite and I'll continue to keep coming back. I'm not a fan of the open seating but luckily for us we didn't have anyone next to us so it was fine.
I'm not sure how concerned management is about serving top quality food on every plate that comes out of the kitchen. There are a lot of great restaurants in town to chose from and in my opinion they need to pick up there game. This was my 2nd visit in 30 days and same opinion on each visit.
POMPOUS AGAIN! This was at least my 5th time at this neighborhood possibility, but they somehow failed AGAIN! When the bottle of wine arrived I politely requested the waitress simply pour the wine without a tasting, but the waitress refused my request by responding "No, I'M going to have YOU taste the wine to ensure the bottle isn't bad". When I asked the waitress how many bad bottles of wine she had ever experienced, of course the response was "none". So much for customer preference, especially since I've opened literally thousands of bottles of wine without a bad one. I.m not even going to mention the consistently mediocre food. I keep hoping that due to the wonderful atmosphere a new owner will someday salvage the restaurant.
P.S. 9 TINY nuggets of breakfast potatoes with salt and pepper for $20 does not even remotely resemble the delicious gnocchi I've had in Italy
From start to finish, Black Pearl had something for everyone in our group. The biggest problem was choosing because there were so many great options from the apps (you can't miss with the calamari, which are served in steak-fry sizes), many great protein choices for entree and a great wine list. Mixed drinks were also great. Service was fantastic, which is often the downfall of any restaurant.
First let me say the staff was great all around. Attentive and pleasant.
The food?? Was just ok, the venison was the best of the 3 entrees ordered. The fish special wasn't bad, but nothing special. The buffalo burger on the other hand was just plain awful. Burned, flavorless, and dry. We all tried to eat it, but even the guac, roasted red peppers couldn't disguise the burn. We left it. $19.00 for a burger? It better be great. There are two restaurants on opposite ends of pearl who blow this burger away; and for $8.00
Staff great.....food...no. Maybe a better hangout for a quick drink before going elsewhere.
Delicious dinner - lamb and fish dishes were perfect. Different and very tasty calamari appetizer. Our waiter was very nice and knowledgeable, but we didn't see a lot of him as it seemed he had too many tables. He had a lot of support working with him, but service was very slow, especially when we ordered 2nd glasses of wine and were finished with meal and waiting for check. Noise level was very high when place filled up. A must to use valet parking as area very crowded and lively.
Sometimes Black Pearl hits it out of the park. This time, not so much. They were out of my first choice, the lamb, so I ordered the duck. It was not very tender and the flavor was just ok. the sides were nice...roasted beets and parsnip puree, but for the price ($27), it was just not a "wow" dinner. The place is SO loud that I can't hear across the table and the lighting over the table was awful. A bright bulb shone down across my husbands face very awkwardly. If I had sat there I would not want someone looking at me throughout dinner in that very unflattering light.
We ate here during a conference and found this gem on open table. The restaurant serves fantastic food. We loved the brussel sprout appetizers and the calamari is the best we've ever had. The risotto and scallops were fantastic. The duck was prepared to perfection and all dishes were beautifully plated. The desserts could use a little work to better match the quality of the dinner entrees.
Great place, don't miss it!
Compared to our last perfect visit, our recent visit was very disappointing. The boring salad was way too sour to taste, and the server messed up my salad order. After taking back the wrong order, my supposedly "BP Salad" has no avocado puree and the listed ingredients on the menu. I took a bite at it and it was also extremely sour. we had to devour our bread to compensate for the overly acidic salads. I believe the kitchen messed up my salad with something different, again. Then the main dishes were served. We ordered lamb carbone and steak. My lamb dish was pretty good, but it was pretty much cold already when I took a bite in it. My husband's steak was pretty cold as well.
We had such a great time at Black Pearl early last year, but looks like it has gone downhill since our first visit. We really looked forward to dine there again, but we won't be going back again.
Black Pearl always has an interesting and flavorful menu. We don't get to go as often as we would like, but when my son visits from out of town I like to treat him there. We started with fried Brussels sprouts and crab cakes which and could almost have made a meal of those. My son had the scallops which were perfection and I had the grilled eggplant with housemade pasta. The flavors exploded in my mouth. The pasta was substantial; I don't know that I would have known it was made in house had the menu not told me, but I sure would have noticed there was something pleasantly different about it. We ended with the winterberry crème brulee which was divine. Our server had recommended a white French wine and of course, he was right. Will definitely go back.
The service was not great (we had to continually refill our own wine glasses) and our second bottle of wine (Dunn 2006 Howell Mountain Cab) was corked, but the bartender/sommelier insisted the taste was typical of Howell Mountain wine...it isn't! Going in the reviews on-line were very positive but I won't be going back.
Went to the 5280 Restaurant Week and we chose Black Pearl because the space looked inviting and the menu options sounded good. The service was great. Very attentive. The bread and butter was very good. The Kale Salad appetizer was delicious. The Lobster Cake appetizer was delicious but very small (2). The entree size was ridiculous. I am all about normal and accurate portions. We all know that Americans eat way too big of portions. HOWEVER, Scallop dinner had 2 scallops. 2! And two tiny fried rice cakes that were smaller than the scallops. oh, and a pile of arugula. The beef option smelled like kibble and bits. The cauliflower mash was good and served with asparagus... but the little bit of beef and gravy was nothing special and really tasted like cheap meat. The winter butternut squash entree was poorly described because it came out looking like a soup. An excessive amount of broth. It tasted pretty healthy and plain but just didn't cut it for any of us. Not filling at all. Dessert was okay...nothing to write home about. Overall, we spent way more than we thought because barely any drink was under $10, and we ended up ordering two more appetizers along the way because we all were very hungry. Actually ended up going to The Living Room on Broadway afterwards and ordered food....which we realized we should have just skipped Black Pearl and went there for dinner! Or, should have skipped the 5280 options. By looking around, other portions seemed bigger on tables that ordered off the regular menu. I would definitely not recommend this place for restaurant week. Maybe a happy hour or try ordering off the regular menu.
Our server recommended the squash pasta to me to try. It took a long time for us to get our food (over 30 minutes), and when it was served, it was cold and had absolutely no flavor. I was super disappointed. The ambience was nice, the drinks were delicious, but I am not dying to go back anytime soon.
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile and chose it for Denver Restaurant Week, based on the menu we saw online. The chef was inventive and generous in the offerings, compared to many restaurant menus we looked at. My husband and I chose different items, and we were more than pleased with everything--presentation, taste, freshness. The food was delivered promptly and was piping hot. Our server was appropriately knowledgable and attentive. We felt energized when we left the restaurant. We had the experience we had hoped we would have.
Had read good reviews about the restaurant so I was anxious to visit during Restaurant Week. Unfortunately, it had snowed and was very cold outside so the restaurant was also very cold. People were eating with their coats on. The smoked carrot bisque with gorgonzola cheese was outstanding. The flavors were amazing. The lobster cakes were about 2 inches in diameter - very small for the price they would normally charge. The entrees were very good. The scallops were plump and juicy but only received 2. The tomato risotto cakes were very tasty. The cauliflower puree with the beef tenderloin was very flavorful. Only received 3 asparagus spears. The cherry caramel torte was very pretty and very good. The bananas foster cake was dry and made more so by the burnt top. I would not recommend that dessert at all. The wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. We will have to try the restaurant again to form a final opinion. The main complaints were the small portions for the price. Would be even more upsetting at their normal price! And the food, although delicious, was only lukewarm at best.
First time here. All really good, flank steak alittle chewy, boyfriend loved his mussels and fries, wish I had chosen different salad, great bread, great wine, great calamari with Asian style sauce, super service, loved sitting upstairs where it was warmer and quieter. Will try again for special dinner out. Very romantic.
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