Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
1036 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!
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CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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l
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
6 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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and service were good. Foot was very subpar for all 7 of us there.

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R
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 29, 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
35 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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 20, 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 17, 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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