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About Black Pearl Ann Arbor

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!

302 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Liberty

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 222-0400

Website:
http://www.blackpearlannarbor.com/

Parking Details:
There is ample parking behind our building and structures only a block away.

Public Transit:
Bus and taxi stops within the block.

Executive Chef:
James Wilhelm

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

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, Jennifer Burack for more information. We welcome the opportunity to serve you!

Black Pearl Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (18)
Casual (15)
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Good for a Date (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Fun (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Groups (9)
People Watching (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Romantic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, good service but too noisy! Had to shout to talk to each other!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff is friendly and willing to accommodate individual tastes. They never let your beverages run dry or even close to dry. Someone is always nearby to help you. The Pinot Gris is one of the best I've tasted. My wife and I each chose a different shrimp appetizer and loved them both - on with buffalo sauce and the other with house-made chips and guacamole. We each had the burger as our entree. The burger was infused with great spices and its out texture and flavor was nicely charred without being overdone. The bun was a brioche with a nice crunch to it. In the past, I've had their coffee-crusted filet mignon and it was exceptional. I've been to this place 5 times now and have never been delighted each time. I've a very selective foodie that arrives with high expectations and this place does not disappoint.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

My friends and I have been to Black Pearl for Ann Arbor restaurant week before and really enjoyed it so we thought we would go back. Unfortunately, the restaurant week menu was so disappointing that they chose not to order from it. I did order from and did not enjoy my dinner and wished I too had ordered a burger. I would not go back after this experience

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I had been wanting to go here for a long time. We made use of the Ann Arbor Restaurant week. All the menu items were delicious! I have celiac and my GF options were super tasty too, in fact it's safe to say that my GF entree was better than my husband's pasta :) Will surely go here again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

Love this venue for dinner!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Another good trip to The Black Pearl for restaurant week. Enjoyed the food (as always), good service, a little loud (as always). Will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very good meal

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As everyone knows the fish taco's and drinks are fabulous...and happy hour gives you a nice variety of items! Always festive place to be!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The Black Pearl is a wonderful restaurant nestled on Ann Arbor's Main Street. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We had the fish tacos and salmon and both were delicious. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great, creative cocktails.... the burger and fish tacos were super. We like to sit at the bar. Liz, the bartender, was enthusiastic and informative. Definitely would recommend The Black Pearl on A2!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service! Loved the look of the place and the big fans were awesome

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was alright, nothing was spectacular or extremely good. There were too many choices on the main entree menu.
The bar was good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We love this place — the fish tacos are literally the best ever (and I do mean that literally). The space is super cool, and the big window makes for good people watching.

We went for Alexa’s birthday, and they even brought her a free dessert, which was awesome.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very good creative dishes and nice service. It's fairly high energy and a good vibe and people watching.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Server Jonathan was excellent. Gave helpful tips for our first-time experience and quite courteous and friendly. Request Jonathan as your server when making reservations. The food (me: the apple-glazed salmon over delicious string beans, her: scallops over a wonderful risotto) was absolutely excellent. Best piece of salmon I've ever had. Wasn't served with tartar sauce and didn't need it, either. The buttered and toasted sourdough bread was also a treat. The lava cake dessert needed some berries to compliment the intense chocolate. Staff service was excellent all the way around. The dry martini was delightful. Highly recommended for great seafood with service to match. Great casual feel to the place but nothing felt "tacky". Classy establishment!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great place for tasty food. Staff was great with good recommendations. Younger crowd, some pretty loaded which made the restaurant noisy. Close tables and a few booths.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fish tacos were delicious! Cajun Pasta dish needed more meat.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Drinks were very good. Nice location.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Loved it!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A favorite Ann Arbor destination. Very good food and great service. Best Tuna Tartare ever.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Bartenders are amazing!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had an outstanding experience at Black Pearl. They did a great job

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is a gem. The food is great. They have very fresh produce because they grow their own micro greens. The staff is great. Their wait staff and servers are very attentive. You can tell the restaurant is well managed. They have an awesome cocktail bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Drinks are amazing!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Bartenders are the best!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Unhappy with the food and service. Had money added by restaurant staff to credit card after signed for at lower amount. $30 cash tip was “missing” according to the staff. Called and was told to call back because the manager said he was busy. Will not be recommending or returning.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Chefs table was amazing!!! Can't wait to come back again!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was terrific! Loved the specialty cocktails in martini glasses. Shrimp avocado toast and fish tacos were delicious. Perfect for a special occasion. Service was pleasant and patient allowing us to enjoy the evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was our second time at The Black Pearl, and I️ expect that we’ll be back. We’ve enjoyed all the food, especially the seafood, and the interesting cocktails. The service is great and the ambience is fun and relaxed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our waitress was knowledgeable and accommodating; however the secondary bus service and food runners seemed untrained or perhaps ‘high’ on something making it slightly uncomfortable when this person was attempting to clear or to refill water. You weren’t sure if he was going got drop the plates or spill the water. The food however made up for that deficiency. The coconut shrimp appetizer were some of the best coconut shrimp around and the Thai calamari was excellent too. Entrees, seared scallops with risotto and roasted half-chicken, where well crafted - the kale side for the chicken was easily the best kale I have eaten.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The service was wonderful and the Fish Taco live up to there reputation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The Black Pearl is always great. Food excellent, even better with the kitchen upgrades. Service outstanding, pleasant, prompt. Swordfish was outstanding.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic!!! The atmosphere was fun. A little loud for conversation. Appetizers were delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great service and food. We’ll definitely be back soon

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Uniquely delicious food, can eat relatively light but enjoy every bite. Server was very nice and attentive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great meal. We loved tuna tartar, calamari, beef short ribs for appetizers. Scallops, fish tacos and filet mignon were very tasty

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Liked Dinner at Black Pearl. Service was a little slow at first because they were busy but manger stepped in and got us our drinks. very accommodating to our large crowd. Overall very pleasant experience with good food and nice staff.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a wonderful meal here. It took a few minutes after we sat down for us to get in the service queue, but once we did, things moved along at an appropriate pace. Loved the tuna tartare.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. We had a moving target for diners, and the servers did not miss a beat. The restaurant did not know how heavy our day has been, and by the time we left it was all smiles for our party. Thank you for helping us unwind.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were sitting outside and as the sun went down it got a bit chilly so our waiter brought over blankets ! Lovely setting and great food in Ann Arbor - great service too!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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