Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
1104 reviews
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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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AL
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool spot, good food, good service, and great location right downtown Ann Arbor

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l
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall, couldn’t sit outside as it was very busy and there was an hour wait but had a table at the window which was the next best. We were seated promptly but not sure if it was the car show or just regular Friday night crowd, it was crowded, loud and the wait staff seemed a little off. Food was very good, our wine pour was meh. Service went downhill some at the end but it could have been due to the overly picky people we were seated with.

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food. We tried the tasting menu and it was amazing!!

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EO
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh seafood with great outdoor seating. I enjoyed my meal.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation, did not have to wait. Delicious food, casual but nice dining. Service great, ambiance comfortable. Would highly recommend.

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VA
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome outside seating ! Fun to people watch ! Drinks, service, food awesome!!!

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was great food was great but they sat everyone right next to each other instead of spacing out the tables as they came in.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff dinner for 7. Table was ready on arrival, service attentive. Bit of a wait for food and beverage, but overall a nice dinner. Was louder than usual.

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C
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We always enjoy Black Pearl. This time we sat outside and of course it was noisy but we enjoyed it thoroughly. The only real glitch was our server who was s-l-o-w and a bit testy. I found myself trying to make nice with him to cheer him up. Maybe worked but service didn’t improve. Recommend fish tacos highly.

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RN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. It was a Saturday night and we did not experience any delay in service. Food was perfect. Thanks for the great anniversary dinner.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good as always. Good food and even better drinks.

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CH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at the Black Pearl was excellent. Great food and service!

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always loved Black Pearl. Manager and servers are all so friendly and accommodating. I usually get the fish tacos but I decided to branch out and got the sea scallops. They were fabulous, perfectly seared. However I was underwhelmed by the risotto. Not much flavor. I grabbed a lime off my husbands plate and it helped a great deal. I’m also thinking it would be great on a bed of cheesy polenta but that’s just me. My husband had the swordfish. That was fantastic.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Sat outside and enjoyed the evening.

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BA
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very lively establishment late on a Friday evening. The food was very good, service was good and our server, Katrina took good care of us and was very pleasant, friendly and smiled a lot, seemed to enjoy what she was doing. I would go back again.

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating was perfect and food was delicious. Server was knowledgeable about the ingredients in each dish as well.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Especially in the summer on the outdoor patio!

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RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was excellent
Food outstanding

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RF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. We travel and dine out quite often. The Black Pearl exceeded my expectations and I would recommend them!

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JB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, street noisy, but always interesting. Scallops were perfect. Hubby had the cat fish and enjoyed it very much. Also rest of the party had the fish tacos, which they loved. Sat and enjoyed the evening and appreciated the excellent service.

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NM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING at the Black Pearl was wonderful...REALLY! The drinks, food, waiter, ambience were outstanding. I was somewhat surprised; we ate there 3 years ago, outside, and were disappointed. We ate inside in a booth this time, and it was great. The St Gin, whiskey, oysters and salmon more than the best. The tacos were good, but would have preferred more fish and fewer veggies, but the taste was very good. The donut dessert surprised us, being so good with the great Roos Roast coffee. We'll go again, if only for oysters and drinks, but probably more.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was only OK. Very salty. Will not be going back.

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AR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service! Will be coming back soon.

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m
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good, but we had the worst service I think we’ve ever had. The waiter was completely MIA and the manager had to intervene.

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l
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience! We were seated at a booth when someone broke glass on the stairs and some of it flew up and landed on my husband's head. Quickly, the manager whisked away our plates, got us whole new meals (we had been half done with ours), and comped the meals completely. We were very impressed. Accidents happen, it's how they are handled that makes the difference. The food is great and the service friendly and excellent! Highly recommend!

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VA
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks at Blackpea

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CM
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Mallory was an attentive, helpful and engaging server. The food was very good and the atmosphere is soft and comfortable. We'll be back :)

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s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our fish tacos were not as good as they usually are. Server was great but food only fair.

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SS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly waiter, delicious food, fun outside dining space.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this place just for the food!
We started with the Coconut Shrimp and the Sticky Rib Tips. The shrimp has a very sweet honey sauce that came with it, very good. The rib tips were delicious! Unbelievably tender and had great flavor.
I had the Roasted Sea Scallops. One of the best scallop dishes I’ve had in a longtime. The pea and zucchini cream risotto was fantastic!
My husband had the Blackened Swordfish. I personally don’t usually enjoy swordfish, but his fish was amazing and I mean that. The swordfish was so tender and cut like butter. It was blackened to perfection. The fish melted in your mouth! HIGHLY recommend this dish.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for dessert, but maybe next time. We will be back!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The tomato soup was the BEST! Our waiteress Katrina was fantastic. The food coming out of the kitchen seemed to be a bit slow for a Monday night, but it did not ruin our night. We weren't in a real hurry anyways.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went for brunch. Food is ok seems pricey for the quality. This is not good for kids. No highchair and menu does not have any options for kids.

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CM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The martinis are the highlight of the Black Pearl...imaginative and delicious, a great value too.
The food is a little more hit and miss in regard to flavor. The micro greens salad is definitely a “must” and the scallops are very good, the crab avocado toast, as well. In my opinion, the fillet doesn’t have much flavor.
Having said all that, The Black Pearl is still one of our favorite places to go for special occasions.

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d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Andrew was our service and he was terrific! Love the tune entree and fish tacos!

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LM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. They did not rush us, our meal was leisurely, relaxed and enjoyable. We will definitely eat here again.

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LM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food Great Service, went with my parents who are fro the UK had a great time

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OT
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively restaurant in the heart of Ann Arbor. Service was fantastic. The owner was present the day we dined and he interacted with his staff very well and with those dining in the restaurant. The brunch was amazing. Great outside sitting as well. Would highly recommend.

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JL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They took notice that it was our anniversary from our reservation and gave us a very warm welcome, and sat us in a cozy rear corner. Never during the evening did it feel we were being rushed out the door. The food was on the lighter side yet still filling; we did not feel as though we needed to be rolled out. The waitress was friendly and efficient and truly knew what it meant to serve people. Wonderful experience and we will come back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A long time friend and I took our wives for their birthday, may 18, made a reservation 10 days prior with special request seating, when we arrived we were seated in a separate room off the back, the ambience was lacking, and the service was terrible, the food came out cold but we ate it anyway, my wife ordered wine with her dinner and the waiter said no one told him it had been sitting at the bar, I would have had 2 or 3 cocktails but settled for 1 because the waiter just wasn't around, I have been to the Black pearl on 2 other occasions, this time was terrible, should have had steak n shake and donated $250.00 to the homeless shelter. Wont be back

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was a bit slow, but the food was amazing. Great coffee rubbed steak and amazing atmosphere. Perfect for my prom group of 7.

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