Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
990 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: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 990 People Are Saying
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BI
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply outstanding!

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating

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Philadelphia
1 review
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
3 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
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
30 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
7 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
13 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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OT
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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e
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Thank you!!

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J
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish tacos and 10th anniversary tacos were excellent. The waiter was great.

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Pearl is a find. Delicious, great service and outdoor dining weather permitting. The food and wine selection was great and creatively presented. The ingredients are deliciously fresh. The patio was wonderful as it was a warm Ann Arbor evening. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. Would recommend trying Black Pearl. The bar even looked really fun. The inside is dark, but hip and cool.

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RD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did a fantastic job for our birthday celebration.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Oddly cheap with bread. Food tasty. Atmosphere nice. Cocktails delicious but when I asked for another piece of bread to dip in my main dish the waiter said he was not allowed to give me another piece, even for an extra fee. He came back later and said he spoke to manager and he can give me another type of bread for extra money and I waited and waited for it as my meal grew cold and he never brought it. He then told me they used to charge extra for ketchup and condiments!!! We were floored.

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MF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great overall, the service was excellent and the cocktails and wine list are always delicious here. The only reason we didn't stay for a second bottle of half of wine was the outdoor seats are super uncomfortable, which is a shame because the ambiance was great. Inside it's too dark for the summer time.

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SJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was disappointing but the ambiance was good. Great place for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Great high top seating in bar area and sidewalk dining options.

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B
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the Pearl. It is one of our go-tos. Saturday night, for some reason, the kitchen may have gotten a little swamped? Anyway, we tried 2 new dishes that were fantastic....and we didn't have a problem, but I was glad I'd already had an appetizer because some folks waited quite a while for their food. I hope it was not their first experience, because Michael and all do a great job. Love.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Black Pearl is a very nice restaurant and the service was great. The food was delicious. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher was that the menu is somewhat limited. I was planning to return the very next night, until I realized that I would have to order the same items.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal and got to tour the indoor grow room where they grow their own microgreens!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back! I have a new favorite in Ann Arbor!

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JM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Service is always excellent. Knowledgeable staff who care about the produce and cocktails. Very helpful. Excellent cocktail list, great food.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We only ordered from the starters and they were just ok, for the price we expected more. My husband order cocktails that were mixed poorly and tasted horrible. I ordered wine and it was fine just small pours.

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MB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Pearl delivers really high quality food , beautifully prepared with a high degree of consistency and pretty close to perfect service.

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TD
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best spots in A2. Great and creative drinks. Excellent food and perhaps the best seafood in A2. Some favorites we routinely enjoy that are incredibly tasty:
Hip stir fry
sticky ribs
shrimp guacamole
tuna tartare
FISH TACOS - If you like fish tacos, you must try these
Scallops
Salmon

And wash it all down with a promenade

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