Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
1018 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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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert at The Ark.

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w
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 27, 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 13, 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
13 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 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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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
3 reviews
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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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time.

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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
88 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
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating

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PG
Philadelphia
4 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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