Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
1047 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Black Pearl Ann Arbor is an upscale seafood and martini bar with a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Our food and service is some of the best you will find in all of Ann Arbor. We have an extensive martini, beer and wine menu, a little something for everyone. Our guests range from executives to students and everyone in between. We offer food and drink specials daily and weekly. Whether you are looking for dinner, or drinks and apps after a show, or after any University of Michigan athletic event, we here at the Black Pearl Ann Arbor welcome the opportunity to show our guests a wonderful evening. Our Award winning Fish Tacos are simply the best you will ever have!
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RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

1st time to the Black Pearl - I would definitely go again. Wasn't super hungry so got the shrimp cobb salad. I thought the amt of shrimp could have been greater but salad overall was very good. I would like to return and try one of their entrees as they looked very enticing.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and people at Black Pearl! Every time.

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C
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was their 2nd weekend of having a brunch menu and I was excited to try it. The pamplemousse cocktail was light and refreshing and since I'm not a gin drinker, I was glad it didn't overwhelm the drink. The Monte Cristo had a nice balance of bread, cheese and thick-cut bacon. Adding a bit of raspberry preserve to each bite was the perfect amount of sweetness. We also ordered a side of sweet potato hash and were not disappointed. The poblano with the sweet potato, red pepper and onion was a nice combination. I went with someone who likes to ask for recommendations and the server wasn't too helpful but as time goes on maybe they will have tried selections and be able to recommend some items.

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m
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Black Pearl. Excellent atmosphere. The food was outstanding. Can't believe I haven't been there yet. Highly recommend the Tuna.

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KS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my meal and the service was great! I will be back!

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AH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I sat outside and had a fantastic brunch. The french toast was amazing and the service was excellent. It was very nice enjoying brunch outside in A2 on a beautiful Sunday morning. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Several veggie options! New favorite spot!!!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came her for the first time to celebrate our anniversary! We had such a great all around experience! Our waiter Johnathan was super friendly! The food was great and so were the drinks! We will most definitely be back! :)

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and service was very efficient, I'd say too efficient. Felt like they really wanted to keep turning tables. I'd avoid if looking for a relaxing dinner.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black pearl has wonderful food. Love everything I order and the drinks are also top notch. Didn’t realize they did taco Tuesday so my tacos were only $4 each.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katrina (?) was our server. She was very personable, knowledgeable about the menu, offered wonderful suggestions and was attentive without being overbearing. I had caramel apple salmon - and cannot recommend this dish high enough to do it justice! My friend had three types of oysters on the half-shell and lamb chops - all of which he raved about, too. It is highly recommended a reservation be made ahead of time!

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NG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were very tasty. Service was good also.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience dining at the Black Pearl. The Freddie Mercury martini is to die for. I would also recommend the Cioppino if you like mussels.

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TN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were both good. Fish tacos are always very good here. Beer and wine by the glass selection was somewhat limited.

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VA
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-gallery opening. Awesome drinks & service!!

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l
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time! The food was delicious and the service top notch!

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JS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My new favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor! Food and service was exceptional! Overall an excellent experience. Better than other higher-end restaurants on Main Street!

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 10 on a Friday night. First time visit for most of us. Great food and service. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.

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S
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was pretty good and so was service. A little bit loud and booths at back occasionally forgotten.

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S
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Pearl offers sophisticated ambiance, with great food and superb, personal service. Great location too, close to The Ark.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Black Pearl for the first time and we'll definitely be back again! I ordered the pork chop and my husband had the roasted half chicken. Delicious!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Reserved table days in advance for my birthday and was given a table in the back room. Service was slow- felt like our table was forgot about in the back. However, the food was excellent.

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O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Black Pearl has inventive drinks, great food, and a friendly staff. It's definitely one of my Ann Arbor favorites. We come here often.

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan our server was tremendous. Very nice and courteous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!! We loved the atmosphere and the food and service was outstanding!!! We can’t wait to go back!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and we were not rushed at all. We had appetizers, main courses, dessert, and a variety of cocktails and wine. If we were in a rush it may have been a problem, but we enjoyed taking our time and enjoyed the space. It is a bit loud, but the food was outstanding and I will gladly go back again. In particular, the coconut shrimp appetizer was delicious.

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NY
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We had a family birthday party, it’s my husbands favorite restaurant.
There needs to be changing tables in the bathrooms. My husband and I had to change our child with him hold her and me wiping her down. We were in the women’s bathroom and had to apologize for him being in there with me 😩

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always love it there. wait staff very friendly and on top of things. food is delicious.

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A
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. After reading some of the reviews I was not 100% confident when I booked this place for our pre-Valentine day dinner, and this skepticism was still there when we entered and were seated. But from the first contact with the server, we knew it is going to be a good evening. Food was just great. Both appetizer and entree were just delicious. Dessert was a little late and despite our insisting, they had it on house and excluded from final check. We will definitely return to this place.

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OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert at The Ark.

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w
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan our server was fantastic as were the oysters. Fish tacos and micro greens salad are best in Ann Arbor. Half off bottles of wine and oysters on Monday and happy hour specials make Black Pearl a true Ann Arbor gem 💎

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l
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just great! The drinks, the food, the server, the hostess--all made for a lovely evening!
We will definitely be back!

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JW
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. The space was a little small but we didn’t mind too much. Great drink menu and wine selection.

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JP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!!! Always enjoy going with friends.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I really wanted to love black pearl. Sold as an upscale experience with reasonable sized menu and nice location. The food was good, but the appetizers were expensive for what they were (calamari - I think there are a half dozen restaurants in A2 I've eaten at with better/more calamari for a reduced cost). The entree costs were very reasonable and appropriate.

The service though we really not reflective of an upscale experience. The hostess was on her phone when we walked in and was clearly pretty bored. I get it, it was a slow night (Thursday), but still, appearances/ambiance matter. Similarly, our waitress was fine, but as we were leaving I saw she was eating her dinner in the next room, which sort of explained the slow service even though the restaurant was very empty.

I wanted to love the black pearl. I was intrigued by the chef's table and was thinking of pursuing it with some friends. But after the night we had, I'm pretty "meh" on it. The food was good, the prices were mixed, the service was poorish (but not horrible).

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service

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MF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service and cocktails were good as usual but the food was really disappointing. It was bland. I like going to restaurants with smaller portions and don't mind paying for it but for the prices I expected a higher quality of food.

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NZ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious! We would definitely recommend the clam chowder. The staff was friendly too. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great. The fish tacos were awesome. The only downfall is the drink options. We bother prefer craft beer to craft cocktails but there were only bottled beers, none on tap. Somewhat limited selection. But overall really good experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nothing special

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