Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
1005 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday : 5:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(734) 222-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Wilhelm
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Liberty
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Parking details
There is ample parking behind our building and structures only a block away.
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Public transit
Bus and taxi stops within the block.
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Special events & promotions
The Black Pearl Ann Arbor is equipped with presentation capabilities and is very suitable for private events. For a unique reception, social or corporate event, we offer the possibility of an exclusive buyout of the restaurant. Please contact our Event Coordinator, Nancy O'Piela for more information. We welcome the opportunity to serve you!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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R
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my Favorites in Ann Arbor, consistently excellent. Best Fish Taco's in town.

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JM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable meal. All four in our party seemed satisfied with our plates.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Would highly recommend. Excellent service.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was exceptional and food has been consistently outstanding time and time again! I highly recommend!!

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N
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service an food at Black Pearl were outstanding! It's our go-to-place for family celebrations!

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JM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. We ate so many appetizers because they were so delicious. Didn’t make it to the entrees. That’s for next time. Cocktails were delicious too. Waiter was very professional. We had a wonderfully relaxed and happy evening with delicious food!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my son's 21st birthday. Waitress was awesome and attentive for our family, food was beyond delicious, and the drinks wonderfully fresh and unique.

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DH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two words - Fish Tacos! Still, after many holidays in Mexico and on the Caribbean, we have not found any to compare.

Additionally, the place a small but well-thought-out menu filled with tasty plates. One can sit at a table for a more formal meal or at the bar to wade though a number of the appetizers (tapas style) while drinking from the decent wine and cocktail menu.

The place always has a nice vibe, and the only problem might be getting a table on the most busy nights.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from out of town and had the task of finding a place for a business dinner with two colleagues and after looking at the menu and looking at some reviews chose the Black Pearl. We each enjoyed the martinis we had prior to dinner. Dinner was delicious! We each had something different and each dish was excellent. Everyone thought it was a great choice.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food good drinks. Fish tacos were great.

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool ambiance. Nice waitstaff. Ann Arbor pricey to be expected- $75 for three bowls of soup, one entree, a beer, a tea, and a side salad with salmon...and delicious lava cake dessert.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic! Highly recommend

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AR
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was an amazing server. We had never been here before. Food was delicious!!

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A
Detroit
86 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Black Pearl consistently delivers well prepared food in a lovely setting, served by attentive, friendly wait staff. Service always excellent. Fun place to eat in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Would like to see the wine list improve.

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BI
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply outstanding!

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and awesome service. They were also very accommodating when my map app made me late and then parking took a bit longer, too.

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ate there before seeing a show at the ARK. Perfect location. And the blackened swordfish was amazing.

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t
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Cozy, not too noisy. Good for a date. Great food and service.

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RB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always

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VA
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meghan the server was friendly and timely, and the food as always was delish. Black Pearl has a cool, relaxed ambiance about it, making it the perfect place to enjoy a terrific meal.

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TB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and food! Love going to the Black Pearl

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DW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb from the drinks to the service to the quality of the food. Our server Jonathan was excellent and spot on with his recommendations. 5STAR all the way

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables are too close together for an intimate dinner best kept to a fun night out with friends or casual conversation. The bar is very good as are the servers and manager the food is eclectic and tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good! Great food, good service, good ambience

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S
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food! Nice somewhat dark atmosphere. Please remove god awful cilantro!!!!

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TM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best fish tacos I have ever had! Ever!!

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SM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Black Pearl many times. The food is always exceptional. There is a wide variety of signature cocktails as well as a full bar. The only downside is that the menu does not seem to change al all, except the nightly specials.

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VA
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service & cocktails!!

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Ann Arbor. The BEST martinis. Love the fish tacos and beef tips. Always have nice servers. Love this place!

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GK
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get yummy food before a concert st the Ark! Will go here again for sure!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I innovative and friendly

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KW
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

They are known for their "fish tacos" but they were very underwhelming. My husband ordered those and I had the pork chop. It was very tough, had to really dig in to cut it. The chop came with mashed sweet potatoes that were so sweet it felt as if I was eating a pureed pumpkin pie. I will go back for a cocktail because I liked the list of options but probably won't return for the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended Michigan game with daughter. Had a fantastic dinner. Burgers were awesome. Mixed drinks delicious!

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Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here before a Michigan Football Game. We had a great time! Our waiter, Michael, was very attentive. Food was excellent and our drinks were good!

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FM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Family met for dinner. We have not seen each other for over 15 years. We made a reservation, and we spent $140. That was for three people. Apparently we overstayed our welcome. Mike, the manager, came over and asked us to leave. Although he was nice, he said he had too many reservations waiting and we needed to go. Considering we had spent quite a bit of money and we were not just having a drink, I was offended.it put a cloud on the evening to be sure. Also, I emailed him to express my concerns and he did not respond.

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F
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Business dinner
Service way slow

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went because it was the only place around that had oysters on the menu, since they are not in season. They were fantastic. Drinks were great and our server was very knowledgeable on all the drinks and food

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server seemed overwhelmed, or maybe just in the weeds. He wasn't rude, but wasn't friendly either. This was the second time trying this place out for a birthday dinner. The food was good, but not overly impressed.

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