CK Pearl

4.5
813 Reviews
$30 and under
American
CK Pearl offers a modern, eclectic, and delicious take on classic New England fare in a warm and friendly setting on the Essex River
We are committed to offering a unique and uncompromising approach to food, beverage, and customer service

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 813 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CynthiaT
New England
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CK Pearl is a regularly visited restaurant for us due to consistently great food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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vipZoecuisine
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Essex! Can’t beat the views or the food! Always consistently delicious

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vipFallRiverFoodie
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The food was absolutely terrible. No flavor at all.

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cookslots
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was perfectly cooked, but the side salads were weak. Cocktails and wine were delicious and our server was one of the best in recent memory.

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vipLisajjt3
New England
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch
Oysters were amazing
Had the special swordfish it was delicious
We also had lobster salad great as usual and another diner w us had the vegan risotto
All excellent
Service was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was wonderful. Our favorite place on the North Shore!!

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AnthonyA
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Appetizers and drinks were fantastic. Mussels were the best I’ve ever had. All down hill after that. Ordered 2 lobsters rolls and one literally had a fraction of the lobster on the other. They corrected but still bigger and better for $35 at other places. Never brought coleslaw for either. Two of us had the salmon and swordfish. Both were bland and uneventful. Neither of us enjoyed them. Very rushed. 4 of us for anniversary dinner which was never acknowledged. Reservations at 545 and done by 645. Entrees came out as we were still eating appetizers. Very very disappointed.

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KathleenD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE seafood, and being a homegrown New Englander, I know good, fresh seafood at it's best. I would say CKPearl did not disappoint...My daughter bought me a gift card online to this restaurant and I did love it. Thank you!

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vipAaron
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Everything was very good from top to bottom. Thank you.

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JohnF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine at CK's - its our got to Friday night spot!

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vipPaul
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First let me say the service was by and large very, very good.
The food concepts are all good but in several cases still need work. Chicken wings for example were big meaty wings but were soft, like they had been parboiled first, just weird tasting texture wise, bbq sauce and smoke got lost somewhere. The swordfish dish I had contained a nice piece of swordfish and was not salted but there was no salt on the table and my waiter wasn't around to get any before I finished the dish... The dish was very appealing visually with a portion of swisschard under the fish.. but the swiss chard was so undercooked as to be inedible and I love chard. My partner had a lobster salad which she enjoyed very much, the greens were exceptionally fresh.....

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CynthiaT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love CK Pearl. Great food, drinks, ambiance and personal service. Jess always comes over to say hi and is very welcoming

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vipValMccaff
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars-and for good reason!

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vipFLEAMO
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great menu and specials were wonderful

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Howudoin
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very chaotic service, felt rushed to eat and leave. Very loud atmosphere. Food is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening enjoying cocktails and dinner at a screened porch table right on the water. Loved watching the boats come in with their lights on - such a serene view. Haddock was delicious as well as the buratta appetizer and the tuna poke bowl. Service was very attentive because there were so many servers, who couldn’t have been nicer. All in all, a wonderful evening for our first time there. Reservations a necessity - seemed very popular. Suggestion: We went at 7:45 when it was a little bit less crowded.

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Ralph
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizer we ordered was Mussels in a coconut curry broth; a definite hit! Our server was very good and offered suggestions for dinner. They were very accommodating for food allergies and made substitutions without a problem.
Food was served in a timely manner even though the restaurant was packed.
The only complaint we had was the noise level. It was difficult to hear each other around a table for four. But it was nice to see business was so good! It was a Saturday night, so maybe it would be less noisy during the week. We’ll definitely return and report back!

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vipAC14
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice combination of upscale and comfort food. Excellent barbecue and good fried clams. Comfortable inside and out.

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nancyk
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

our waitress was very nice and let us take our time as there was 6 of us and it was a special occasion. Our friends picked the restaurant because the fried clams were so good when they came here last year. They both thought the fried clams were not good. for apps we had the buffalo chicken which was good and the coconut shrimp which was too much batter. My daughter and I had the baked haddock. It was a very small serving and was just ok? my other daughter had the Kale with Salmon and liked it. My husband had the fish sandwich and it was also just ok. For dessert we ordered coffee and tea. the coffee was Luke warm and tasted bad. The key lime pie was ok and the peach cobbler was inedible. the setting was very nice as we sat outside however we had to dry the table off ourselves. our bill was over $400 which would be ok for a very good meal but this was just barely ok. I would not recommend or come back.

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Yumyum
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great spot for a special lunch with a friend. Outdoor views were spectacular. Food was super yummy. Service prompt but not overwhelming. Will definitely go back.

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KatherineL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service and amazing food. Really enjoyed the ambiance.

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BillM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

While the service was very good, one problem immediately arose. At our previous visit we found ourselves ushered, unrequested, to a high top table for two right at a window overlooking the river. It was a delightful experience, and we hoped to repeat it. Our reservation clearly specified a high top, and it was confirmed that way. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and found our reservation was there, but made no mention of a high top. Furthermore, it was suggested that such specific table location requests were not generally able to be honored. Disappointed, we went on to have a pleasant meal in the middle of the room. Somehow a procedural error was made, which does not serve well what is otherwise a nice restaurant.

Bill McGrail

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vipKateb
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive staff, great cocktails, delicious fried clam starter but it was smaller than expected. Tuna taco delicious

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vipLiz0901
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was ok. The poke bowl had no flavor. There was no wasabi or soy in it. It was like they forgot some ingredients.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as were the drinks and the service! Can't wait to come back.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Picturesque setting outside overlooking the marsh
Wonderful server named Clint

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JLee
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that they are still up to par with service and quality of food! I have been going since they first opened… they have been so successful and hope that they continue to maintain the high standards!

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GloriaM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, great food, fun place, had lobster carbonara and it was delicious

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GraceC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

CK Pearl is one of my favorites. However, since I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, I found the menu rather limiting. It’s not their fault at all! I was just so bummed I ordered the Brie fondue and could only eat apple slices with it. (No pork belly, roasted potatoes or obviously bread / pretzels) SUCH a bummer for me - but I still love it so much and highly recommend it to everyone!

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vipMaryS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great happy place! Fantastic service. Good food!

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catiba
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CK Pearl never disappoints. The clam chowder is always a must have. Fried clams were small (the best and tastiest kind) and not greasy. The steak tips were more like steaks, they were huge and delicious, great flavor. Our waitress was super friendly and made sure we were happy, and the hostesses were also friendly and efficient. Despite the rain, we had a nice view and felt cozy inside as it wasn't noisy like many restaurants. In all, a great meal as always!

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CynthiaT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love CK Pearl. Great food, great service and great ambiance. I have also had a few functions at the restaurant and very pleased.

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NancyH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent and prompt service! The food was delicious as well!

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vipSARAM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very delicious oysters with a Mignonette sauce the swordfish was cooked very well and was very fresh

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TheFunNeverEnds
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous meal and service. Very loud but it was busy which is what every restaurant needs

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vipSistina
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just terrific. Delicious oysters and shrimp, great fried clams, and a wonderful lobster salad. The jalapeno margaritas were great on a hot day. They also had the best key lime pie I ever had. The place was jumping during a 1pm lunch on a summer Tuesday--a little too loud--but otherwise a great experience.

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vipKejee
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great views of the Essex River, great drinks and pretty good food. Good value for your dollar.

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vipsam412
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

AC was not turned on in the restaurant, it was miserably hot. Food was good but a bit expensive

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Paul
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience a couple of weeks ago at their Jazz Brunch that we brought along a couple of friends this time. Good music, service, & food while watching the boat traffic come & go in the tidal channel. I had the pulled pork sandwich & it was as good as you get south of the Mason Dixon line. Yum !!! One of the friends got the fried clams & she said that they were wonderful. Looking forward to another Sunday Brunch at CK Pearl's

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CK Pearl is rated 4.5 stars by 813 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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