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Little Pearl Asheville, Asheville, NC

Little Pearl Asheville

4.4
4.4
183 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We are a proud family owned and operated establishment with a special focus on our raw-bar and seafood, killer burgers/buns and an impressive selection of craft beers, domestics and imported beers! Our wine list has offerings of whites, reds and bubbles that perfectly pair with your favorite East and/or West coast oysters or our divine Surf & Turf burger! The mountains of Asheville and the surrounding areas provide an abundance of incredible resources that we are thrilled to have at our fingertips and our rockstar staff will make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Burgers, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 575-9128
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Healthy

183 Reviews
  1. MattW

    New York City

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved it last time we were there. It was excellent but This time they were out of many items and they had a issue with the system and our appetizers took over 40min. The waitress was rattled and didn’t even notice. Others that ordered after us were eating and gone before we got our entrees. We had talked it up to our friends and the experience was not good. The lobster noodle salad was overly salty and very little lobster. ☹️

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  2. Hdish

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The great oysters and seafood are amazing! Try the North Carolina oysters! They are the best. And the menu is very sensitive to food/diet restrictions. I have Celiacs but have FRIED Oysters every visit! The burgers are also amazing! LOVE Little Pearl!

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  3. BobI

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the raw oysters ! Variety of food well done and oresented!

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  4. Marvin

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went there while it was slow and it took almost an hour and a half to get salmon and a poke bowl.

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  5. Jaiguru

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster roll was absolutely swimming in a spicy aoili that completely took over the sandwich. Couldn't taste the small amount of lobster or pickles, only spicy aoili. For the price I would have expected way more lobster and way less aoili. The fries were decent but nothing special and cost waaaay too much for a side to an $18 slider that was basically bun and spicy mayo.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything tasted outstanding. Best brussels Ive ever had. So many things on the menu I want to try! Will def be back to this [not so] hidden gem!!

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  7. lovegoodfood

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I must say I'm 77 years old. I have never heard of swordfish served seared on the outside and basically raw on the inside. There's a reason swordfish is not served as sushi. Your prices are absurd. Charging patrons 2.5% for kitchen staff is ridiculous. If you can't afford to pay your employees, maybe you shouldn't be in business.

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  8. Avlrealtor

    Western NC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for oyster special. They were delicious. As was the cauliflower and brusselsprout dishes. We were a party of 6 and our waitress did a great job.

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  9. NickM

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointed all the way around. Service was terrible and the waitress was nearly incoherent. The food was over priced, undercooked and the portions were small. The lobster roll was on two Hawaiian type rolls, dripping in spicy sauce and covered in uncooked carrots, it was a nightmare. The veggie burger was undercooked and actually made me sick. We will not return and if you do attempt to try this place, do so with very low expectations.

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  10. lizzie

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service will definitely be back

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  11. BernhardC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great raw seafood oysters, clams , ceviche all great, good beer list, basic spirits very serviceable,

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  12. PaulF

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious seafood fusion-not your typical fare. We preferred the booth seating.

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  13. DetteF

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food 🥝, bad service, average ambience. Won't be returning; the food culture in Asheville is too good.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous! Our table was ready when we came in!

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  15. Lisa

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem! One of the best restaurants I’ve been too in Asheville. Was visiting from Florida and stumbled in with friends who lived here. They can’t wait to go back! Get the brussel sprouts and the popcorn!

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  16. Hdish

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best in Asheville . Wonderful creation by the chef and her staff.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience! Service and food were wonderful and the menu is very gluten friendly!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and food was excellent. The Tuna melts in your mouth. Drinks were made well and I will always get the asparagus salad it’s amazing!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Never waited on. Table not ready despite arriving at reservation time.

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  20. JanetL

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Food was excellent. The staff were very helpful and attentive. The oysters were fresh and superb! I loved the twist of seasonings and flavors they used on the seafood recipes.

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  21. MillieB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem. Creative use of flavors, and a serving staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and quick. Add to that easy parking, unlike in downtown Asheville these days. I almost hesitated to respond since it's small and I'd hate to see it overrun. Well named - Little Pearl.

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  22. mikezot

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Little Pearl is one of those "don't judge a book by its cover" places... When ou first walk in, you may not think much of the ambience, but the FOOD! Whether an appetizer, sandwich or entree, the magic chefs, etc., in the kitchen put together such creative, tasty and filling dishes, that you'll wish you could go back the next day.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each item we tried present with an exquisite combination of flavors. The sake selection was top notch. Looking forward to repeat trips back to this wonderful find

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great local spot with excellent seafood. The chef/owner has designed some interesting small plates with lots of local fresh fish each day. The chef was kind to accommodate my food allergies. Burgers available for those not in the mood for seafood so easy for a diverse dinner group. The restaurant layout/chairs/tables is fast casual and seems a bit off for the caliber of fine dining food. Service staff is excellent. We will return for another dinner.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. JudyS

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Service was not. We were 4 for dinner and the 4th entree came out 10 minutes after the others. Staff seemed indifferent.

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  26. ElizabethG

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible food, fantastic service! Got the Big Pearl, a lobster roll, fried asparagus with pork belly and blue cheese. Amazing!

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  27. yummy

    Western NC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food has gone from consistent to not consistent. I had been a monthly customer, but haven’t been there for a while. I ordered one of my favorites last night: general Taos bowl. The rice was completely different…overcooked and somehow almost mushy and the oyster were definitely more plentiful, which isn’t bad…I couldn’t finish because there was so much rice! The wait staff, although very nice and fun, seem to be overworked. Wish on busier nights there was one more member

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  28. RickW

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good. The four of us ordered different items and everyone was impressed. The presentation was nice too. It’s a small place and pretty busy so make a reservation.

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  29. bbnsc

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu is inventive, well prepared and beautifully presented. Oysters were fresher than most we've had and professionally and cleanly shucked. Small place, not for large groups unless we missed something. Very limited alcohol menu but wide beer and wine offering. Very good experience. Nice folks.

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  30. LinzyM731

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food every time we go. Service was also great last night. Will be coming back as always.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. StephenA

    Western NC

    88 reviews

    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food (fried oysters, szechuan cucumbers, lobster rolls) a bit spicier than I expected, but That wasn't a problem. Lobster rolls are sliders -- good but small, so I ordered a double helping. Given the price of lobster these days, the price wasn't really out of line. Service was fine. The space isn't very inviting, but OK. Nice that they have some sake, and not just the American ones.

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  32. Downtowngem

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed Little Pearl. Very interesting and innovative menu, great service. What’s not to love about a restaurant with a daily dumpling feature??

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  33. joisey

    Western NC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and wine were amazing. The asparagus appetizer was incredible. I cant wait to have it again. I had the scallops. My husband had the swordfish. Both were cooked to perfection. We found a new favorite restaurant!

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  34. MisaeG

    Miami

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated in the rear of the restaurant on high tops. Won't do that again. I like seats with backs. The service was amazing from Victoria, our server, and she recommended great dishes. We found some things to be on the saltier side but it was just salty for us older gals. It didn't take away from the enjoyment of said food. The brussel sprouts were the best dish ever! Could've eaten just a couple more of that. The scallops were divine. All in all, I really do like Little Pearl.

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  35. LisaC

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great service and decent prices. The Brussels sprouts were the best I’ve ever had!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were hesitant in making reservations given mixed reviews on line. Great experience and food. I believe the disconnect in reviews could be the food and service is fine dining yet it is in a fast causal environment. Seating or tables are not ideal (benches, high tops and small dining tables you would expect in fast casual restaurant). Hard to find location at night. Their exterior signage was not working or turned on. Mentioned this to hostess/manager upon arrival and they said “oh, guess the timer is not working or something “. Brushed off our suggestion to turn it on which seemed odd. We will most likely try it again when we are in a casual mood.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Randy

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is a jewel I would not tell you about it but they probably need more business and I selfishly want them around This chef is very innovative and serves well priced beautiful fish Not overpriced for the quality and better than other fish places in Asheville

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  38. HilaryB

    Western NC

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Over priced, not very good. Sadly will not return. The staff on the other was terrrific.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic mushrooms, Kale tahini salad and oysters!!

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  40. SusanM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is terrific. Staff are friendly and good-hearted. They know the menu items well and can offer details. Chefs take great care with food allergies. Overall a wonderful place to dine.

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Little Pearl Asheville is rated 4.4 stars by 183 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Little Pearl Asheville

15 Peaks Center Ln # 50, Asheville, NC 28805-0055

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Burgers, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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