Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
956 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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!
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 956 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Fish tacos are amazing! Also loved that martinis.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The staff accommodated us as it was very noisy, then sat outside and it started to rain, so then got us seats in a quitter area. Our server David was really good.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Visited Black Pearl during the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair! Knowing that restaurant seating would be at premium, checking OpenTable early is a must for this location. Great spot in heart of Ann Arbor Campus district. Dark/Moody interior makes a great date/evening stop. Selected outdoor seating available for people watching. Anticipated that the service would be slightly delayed due to the crowds and server coverage during this popular city event, my server Jonathan was terrific. Always checking in but not hovering and making great recommendations for specialty cocktails and his favorites on the menu! Enjoyed my trip down college-memory lane with a great meal at the Black Pearl!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Just great food, great service, would continue to go here every time I am in Ann Arbor.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Went to Black Pearl for my sons's 19th birthday. Had a reservation and scored a prime spot in the window that was great for people watching without having to eat outside (was a humid night!). Food was great, service was terrific!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We sat in the back room and it was very uncomfortable—too hot. Much cooler as we were exiting the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We found this gem while walking around Ann Arbor..Great experience!

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Server was very slow and unattentive. Extremely disappointing overall

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Ordered the scallops ,3pc for 28 dollars biggest rip off I left starving

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

A lively Friday evening at the Pearl. Service was excellent, professional yet relaxed and cordial. Food was very good to excellent. Coconut shrimp and ribs appetizers outstanding. Tuna excellent. Specialty cocktails great. Always a good time at the well run Black Pearl.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We were a table of four, one person needed accessible accommodation. We were seated at a high top table which was what we requested. Our food guide (waitress), Megan, was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, and very accommodating to our wishes and needs. Wonderful service. The meals served were very high class and worth the anticipation. All in the party were extremely impressed. I would highly recommend this resturant.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food and service. Lots of large groups who were a bit loud. Thankfully they sat us in a booth away from groups.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Dinner was great, a little noisy, difficult to carry a conversation at times. Good was very good. Definitely worth a visit, wouldn't object to going back.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food was good, but our waiter, Katrina, was so apathetic. Cold greetings, not very friendly, not super knowledgeable about food.
The Bread Situation:
She continually brought us bread, which we appreciated, until the bill came and she charged us a significant amount. The problem wasn't that she charged us. The problem was she never informed us. When we asked he to take it off she was rude and refused. Another waiter offered to take if off for us and, again, she refused. After, she didn't talk to us for the rest of the night. Not sure why she couldn't just take it off. [FYI: Bread is not on the menu]

A perfect night ruined over some bread.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our Anniversary dinner and it was wonderful. Thank you so much for accommodating us for the patio seating. Felt like we had the best table in the house. Food was incredible as always.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We caught Restaurant Week at the Black Pearl, it was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Fish tacos go $18 that are supposed to be the specialty were disappointing. I would much rather have the $10 fish tacos at World if Beers

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

thanks to Restaurant Week, we decided to eat at the Black Pearl. We were not disappointed and will return.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Awesome as always

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent food especially the shrimp guacamole! Martinis are delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We came to celebrate a Birthday. Everything was great!! Service and food could not have been better. Thanks for the good time

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fish tacos, consistently good. Apple caramel Salmon also flavorful. Service was cheery and responsive, but not crowding. Slow Sunday evening made for a fairly quiet night, but when full, it can be loud.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food is consistently great and we love the atmosphere. Had a great time celebrating a birthday and received wonderful service as well. Black Pearl is always a favorite!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner, but did not find it to be exceptional. We will give it one more try and decide then if we'll return again.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Terrific food and the patio seating / atmosphere was great - perfect summer dining spot!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent as always! Had the Red Snapper Special and it was outstanding and needs to be a staple on the menu. Fish tacos are always a great call as well. It can be a bit pricy with beverages, but the gotta love the downtown A2 scene.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The best pork chop I have had in recent memory. Other main course meals were also very good. Seafood in delicious presentations. Bar drinks very creative. Recommend for special small group occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great evening...prelude to a concert. Got the evening off to a great start. Host attentive to our interest, staff very professional, friendly without being intrusive, and open to request. Attentive to water and beverage needs and special request.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Nice night. Food was excellent and well prepared. Different and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We celebrated my best friends 22nd birthday and had one of the best dining experiences ever. Everyone was kind and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great! A great place to spend Mother’s Day!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Another great meal

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We have dined at the Black Pearl several times and it never lets us down. The martinis are creative and delicious...Grapefruitini, Nutty Alexander, Cajun Corpse Reviver. The food is amazing, with a good variety and plenty of flavor. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always good food and good service. Easy downtown AA eatery.

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