Black Pearl Ann Arbor

4.6
938 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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 938 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

First time at the Black Pearl after walking by about 100 times and saying "we need to try that place sometime". Glad we finally did. Food/service/ambience are great. Sat at the window area (which was open because it was finally nice enough outside). Great place to people watch.
Can't wait to go back and sit outside this summer, because we will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Cocktails and food were outstanding. Popular place on a Friday night so reservations recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We love black pearl. It’s our sexiest go-to date spot.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The Fish Tacos are Yummy! Everything we had was very, very tasty! The service was great and the management was very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this dining experience. A little pricey but worth the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Really enjoyed our meals (Carmel apple salmon, half chicken and s’mores & ice cream). The service was great.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Really good food and service. Friday nights are loud and lively! Not a good place if you want to have a quiet conversation or talk business. The back room is a bit more quiet. Request the back room if easy conversation is your goal.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing service, drinks & food! Fun pre-grad vibe!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Consistently good food

Great burgers and fish tacos

Love the Ann Arbor Cosmo drink!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Table was ready when we arrived. Food was delicious, the service was great and the portions were good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Overall great meal. Ambiance was a little loud but there was a sporting event on TV. Matthias our server was great and made some excellent suggestions.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was amazing! The food was great, serve prompt, and staff were friendly

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fish tacos are great, give them a try. Drinks were average

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We dined at 7:00 and the place was quite full, energetic but not too loud. Our food, especially the East Coast oysters and the swordfish, was delicious. The fish tacos, raved about in a few other reviews, were in our opinion good enough to try again some day but not good enough to rave about. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive to our needs without being intrusive. Will be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The fish tacos and coconut shrimp were very good

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Best swordfish my husband ever had, very fresh! Fish tacos, the house specialty, were excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service was excellent. They brought my husband the wrong meal but they were all over it. It was our first visit and we really enjoyed it. The food is fabulous. Five stars all around.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Placed a reservation 4 days in advance, still waited over 45 minutes for a table that night. Good food with moderately sized proportions, but poor service

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