Little Pearl

4.7
311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
Nestled in the heart of Old Town and away from the bustling downtown streets of Key West, Florida, sits an excellent spot for fresh local catch and innovative cuisine with a tropical twist. Make a reservation today, book us for your next event, or simply just drop in!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(305) 204-4762
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Ingelsby & Ryan Sharpio
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Neighborhood
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Beer, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food is amazing & the service is beyond exceptional. This neighborhood corner spot is perfect for any occasion.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great. Ambiance great. Unique and cool!. I will be returning often.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Incredibly delicious, great service, love it Everytime I am there

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Each of our party of 4 had a different entree and each of them was superb. I can not say enough good things about Little Pearl.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Ate here on our last night in Key West. Had the shrimp bruschetta for an appetizer, so delicious. My wife had the swordfish dinner which was a 2 inch thick piece of the most tender swordfish, and the sauce on the fish was so awesome. I had the seafood pasta, was so good. The chef here really plays with local ingredients and tries new things. Recommend for sure!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Date with my husband on our 1st night of vacation. Fresh, FRESH fish. Delicious. Slightly upscale (in Key West terms) great service, delicious fish dishes paired with nice wines. Very nice.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Actually have to say quite impressed! We have been looking for something like this in KW for a while, innovative, delicious! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were in Key West for 5 days and this was by far the best place we dined at the entire trip. Food was impeccable and service was outstanding. Great wine list as well. Nice little hidden gem tucked away in the middle of a neighborhood! Will definitely recommend and return.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Swordfish incredible and the pot pie too! Will for sure return.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Had the grilled wahoo and shrimp and grits. Best meals we had in Key West. Good wine selection. Dining room is small and has a quaint neighborhood feel, but this also contributed to a slightly elevated noise level. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Small restaurant with great service and very good food.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Wonderful food and wonderful service!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Unfortunately they ran out of propane and we had to go elsewhere for dinner😕

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Outstanding. The meal we ate in Key West. Loved the poached pear and vanilla gelato dessert. The king salmon is excellent. Superb service. We were caught walking in a rain storm and called the restaurant because we would be 15 minutes late. The hostess said we were the 10th she received about a, delay and there was absolutely no problem. It is a very romantic and cozy restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My haunt when I’m in town is little Pearl. Chef is very talented. The staff is great! Let the chef do his job- he spends a lot of time creating the menu and specials.., which means ——-try not to modify the dishes. He’s designed it with purpose. Very good wine list!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The scallops appetizer and the swordfish main course were two of the best preparations I have had of these items. The mixture of herbs and spices complemented the scallops and swordfish respectively and the presentation was simple and clean. Well done!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We found this place by accident and so happy we did, the food was innovative and delicious and our waiter was a great guide. The tuna tartare brûlée blew me away!!!

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Just ok! From what I heard from others expected more for the $$

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Very good frsh fish dishes!
Small intimate loacation, unique for KW

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Absolutely amazing! You have to try the octopus!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Our visit to Little Pearl was the culinary highlight of our trip to Key West and Miami! The service was excellent, and the food couldn't;t be beat! I would highly recommend going there for dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Little Pearl is a hidden gem off the beaten path. Very fresh seafood, innovative preparations. We thoroughly enjoyed the food along with the excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Starters- Crab/Conch cake a little too much breading, flavor good
Octopus app was great flavorful and tender

Mains- Wife's swordfish nothing short of spectacular
My frutti de mare was good except the shrimp was overcooked

Dessert- Wife's poached pear was divine. Soft, juicy and full of flavor
My chocolate torte was good, but I've had better

Overall a great little neighborhood gem with quality food and attentive service away from the main drag in Key WEST and definitely would dine there again. Very small and quaint. May want to consider a little more space between tables along the front wall.

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Rock Shrimp was not Rock Shrimp. Pot Pie had hardly any meat. Conch Chowder was bland. Steak was overcooked. Wine was fabulous of course. Tuna tartar brulee was strange. Overall we we're disappointed after hearing it was over the top food. We're foodies so we are particularl. I hate not being blown away.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food is always fresh and delicious! A must for dinner every time we are in Key West.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Wonderful restaurant off the beaten path & a cozy atmosphere. Great choice if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traffic. The service was stellar!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Can't say enough good things about this tiny gem. A "Little Pearl" indeed. Charming, intimate, great service and great food.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The place is small and intimate and provides great service a nice menu and good food. Definitely worth a try

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was innovative and delicious! An excellent fusion of flavors with a unique presentation! Our server, Amy, was informative and attentive - excellent service and food selection. I would highly recommend it to anyone in Key West!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Octopus and wahoo are my favorites! Make reservations they are always at capacity.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This is a great restaurant - atmosphere is intimate, food is superb, and the service is welcoming. We stayed in Key West for 4 nights and we went there twice for dinner. We went to all sister restaurants - The Little Mermaid and Antonia’s, and we consider ‘The Little Pearl’ is the best! We’ll miss this place badly!! Don’t even think twice, go and make your reservation!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Everything was amazing! We had tuna tartar brûlée, ceviche, escargot, and the entrees Scallops and the Wahoo. All were fantastic!
It was a bit warm in the restaurant though. It’s small so a lot of bodies warm up the air. Dress to d
Stay cool 😊 Reservations are a must.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was excellent and the service was amazing! If you coming down to Key West, this place is a place you must eat at!

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Dishes were not well balanced. The soy gelee on the tuna needs to be cut so it is not overly salty and it takes away from the flavor of the tuna, and pasta was over cooked.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great waiters, knew their menu inside out and how to tailor it to be gluten & dairy free. Very fresh local ingredients, some dishes with an amazing fusion twist. Loved it !

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We were directed to Little Pearl by my brother while on a Key West vacation. What a blessed place it was...don’t know how we missed this pearl in our annual trips to Key West. Everything is divine. Get anything on the menu, but pay attention to fresh fish specials. The grouper we had was the best fish I’ve had anywhere. Lots of wine choices, I don’t think they have hard liquor but the elegant food made up for that. We went back again the next night for dinner. It was ambrosia. Our only complaint is the coffee, I don’t drink it but my husband had a cup and it wasn’t very good. That should be fixed at a restaurant that takes such care with everything it does. Go to Little Pearl for the best dinners in Key West...have your after coffee drink on Duval

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Little Pearl is in my immediate neighborhood, so I frequent them often - this time with a neighbor. The seafood - which is their thing - is always fresh and imaginatively prepared - friendly staff who remember us from visit to visit AND what we like to eat! And drink! It's small, but the seating is arranged in a way that's conducive to private dining. The restaurant is off the beaten path, and popular with locals, so would highly recommend making reservations. One of our favorites, in a town known for good restaurants and good seafood.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

First time I reviewed a restaurant in years. But Little Pearl was absolutely fabulous! Great dining experience in a town where fine cuisine rhymes too often with bad improvisation. Professional staff, attentive, etc... and the food. Oh. My. Fresh, precise, inventive. A must for my next visit to Key West.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Excellent food, seating was a bit cramped and it was on the noisy side.

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