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Little Pearl, Key West, FL

Little Pearl

4.8
4.8
2178 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

We are OPEN 6 nights a week with 3 seating times
Monday-Saturday 5pm/7pm/9pm
Offering Chef’s Tasting Menu only. Unfortunately, our regular menu is unavailable at this time. Follow our website, Facebook, or IG for most current menu offerings... or just give us a call!
Please contact the restaurant with ALL dietary restrictions 24 hours before reservation for us to accommodate.
Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times! Looking forward to seeing you again!

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.
Reservations are recommended!! Please call us for parties larger than 4 people.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (305) 204-4762

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Elias Miranda

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Chef tasting menu $85 per person

What 2,178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Best Overall

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Best Food

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Best Service

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Best Ambiance

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Best Value

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Innovative

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Neighborhood gem

  • Key West / Florida Keys

    Seafood

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Best Overall

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Best Food

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Best Service

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Best Ambiance

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Best Value

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Innovative

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Neighborhood gem

  • Florida Keys - Monroe County

    Seafood

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  1. AD

    AmyD

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic.
  2. J

    Jennifer

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is a price fixed menu with three options and four courses. The ingredients are amazing- fresh and unique! Things like ghost pepper sorbet, marinated octopus, shrimp and waffles and food in a bao bun!! The service staff is so much fun and the restaurant is clean and really tastefully decorated. You’ll love it!!
  3. s

    staciae

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great spot. Love the tasting menu. Main course was raw for one patron and overcooked for the other. Not a typical 5 star experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I did the chef tasting menu with the oyster add on. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish! Every dish was so well balanced with such unique flavors. Highly recommend!
  5. HL

    HLRR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal all around- great service, good selection of options for each course and it allowed us to try a number of different dishes. Fresh catch and halibut were fantastic.
  6. P

    Phillylady

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off, before we even got to our reservation I was SO impressed by the staff at little pearl. I had to call and modify a reservation last minute due to a family emergency and they were SO nice and accommodating. Then they also called the day of (and asked about my family member) and confirmed our outdoor seating request because it was a bit chilly. Just really nice and thoughtful! We loved our dinner and experience. The food was amazing, fresh and flavorful and unique enough to really stand out on an island full of great food. The wine was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive. A great spot for a special night out!
  7. PC

    PatriciaC

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered Little Pearl years ago right when they first opened & fell head over heels immediately! We eat their 1-2x a month to try the new Prix Fixe menus. We are NEVER disappointed! January’s 1st half blew 1/2 our minds! The January/February (just had 2 night ago) blew the other half! Absolutely amazing! Daniel is the best, the whole staff is AMAZING! The ambiance is cozy, romantic & fun! Great for dates or group gatherings. The food is ridiculously good! I am hesto post this because I don’t want to make getting a ressie harder! LOL Little Pearl is THE BOMB!!!
  8. F

    Foodhound

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with a fun quaint atmosphere. We will be back soon.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our tasting experience so much! One of the best restaurants in Key West, actually… the BEST. This is a must stop.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We thought this was going to be a more fine dining type experience. Service was lacking, we opened our own screw top bottle and poured jt too. We gave a dairy free flagged in our reso and were strictly asked about, but no real other options were given besides one per course. Food was good but not great and we left hungry! The check was rang in with an extra person too. At the end, our server was saying goodbye to us, he wasn’t even looking at us but at the dirty tables behind his shoulder to clean. Better service would have saved our evening. Missed a lot of marks sadly.
  11. SF

    SouthFloridaDiner

    Miami

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Little Pearl is truly a little gem. High-end food in a cozy setting that welcomes shorts and flip-flops. Inventive tasting menu with a healthy wine selection. The octopus was divine. Can't wait return.
  12. FL

    FLPJ

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Appreciated the Asian influence on the menu. A nice change from classic Keyes seafood menus.
  13. H

    Hales

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Already excited to come back to Key West and enjoy a meal at Little Pearl again! The food was wonderful and the wait staff was absolutely exceptional. A great experience from start to finish and someplace I would recommend to any foodies visiting the area!
  14. AN

    AdamN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, incredible service, unbelievable vibes.
  15. S

    Suni

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite meal in Key West and soooooooo crazy good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, but honestly the food steals the show every time. I’ve never had a bad meal at Little Pearl and this occasion was the best one yet. Maguro usuzukuri, lobster and burrata, red snapper, and cardamom panna cotta made for one of the best dinners I’ve had in recent memory. Thank you to the entire team for pulling off another show stopping meal!
  17. PC

    PatriciaC

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We became HUGE fans of Little Pearl when they assumed the space from Seven Fish. LP blows SF out of the water EVERYTIME we eat there (which is often). We were a little leery when they switched to the Prix fixed menu a few years ago but have never even been vaguely unhappy with it. The chef is a genius! We are big foodies & Key West has an amazing # of fantastic restaurants. LP is always in our top 3. We just ate there AGAIN last night and BAM! Best meal we’ve had on island since we arrived back in December (& have eaten dinner out all but 2 nights). Jess our server is fabulous! Dan the host is amazing. The whole team is THE BEST! I’m apprehensive to even write this because I don’t want it to get too busy we can’t get in! LOL
  18. G

    Gabriel

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is lovely and the food is delicious. Warm personal service. The freshest fish. Amazing variety of flavors and flavor combinations. This is the one restaurant. I always make sure to visit when I am in Key West.
  19. s

    sooz

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The little pearl is just that. Really quite perfect. The food was exquisite, the service great, the wine selections. Very nice. I can’t say enough good things about this place.
  20. ZM

    ZachM

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fanstastic place, wonderful staff, incredible food!
  21. JD

    JDay

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always Little Pearl was a unique and enjoyable experience. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was very creative and we enjoyed it very thoroughly. Would highly recommend.
  22. l

    litelite2

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you’ve heard of it and never went because you thought it was going to be an overrated tourist trap - you’re wrong. Go. Even at 5pm - if that’s all that’s available. Start your evening off right. And the staff ??? Unbelievable- Fav place - no contest.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This tiny unassuming house on a side street is home to amazing meals, probably some of the best food in Key West. Prepare to be wowed!
  24. k

    kwlocals

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are locals and always love dining at Little Pearl restaurant! Timing, presentation, cleanliness, service, every course was delicious.
  25. ET

    ElliottT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot with a very unique tasting menu around the New Years holiday. Affordable wine selection and lots of flavor in everything. Would highly recommend for a date night or special occasion!
  26. IL

    InLville

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our meal was great! All of the courses were DELICIOUS!
  27. CO

    ColeenO

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were amazing as always. Such a Key West gem.
  28. d

    dahokolomoki

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Wow, I was super disappointed with this restaurant. It bills itself as a high end, innovative place. Must go for a 4-course set menu, at $85 (used to be only like $70 a year ago!). The dishes are all fusion with a Japanese influence. Fine. Drinks - we decided not to drink tonight. Was hoping they could do some cocktails, or have an interesting selection of non-alcoholic drinks. Nope, just three choices, all sodas. Service - was efficient and professional, so no issues there. Food - was delicious and interesting dishes, which is a breath of fresh air in Key West, where everywhere serves almost the same dishes. Portions & Value - this is where it all falls down. While you are getting 4 courses, the courses are so small, that it is equivalent to maybe 2 courses at other places. I left feeling a bit hungry, still. So paying for 2 courses worth of food, for $85 - definitely not cheap. And the ambiance doesn't make up for it; this is not some fine dining, white tablecloth, really amazing service place. Its a casual-mid restaurant by any standards. No bread to start with, not even to order. The table next to us asked, in order to mop up some of the delicious clam broth. Nope. Don't have bread. Nor do they give amuse bouche or petit fours, like most other set menu type restaurants do, to round out the meal. Is the food good? Yes, it was good. But for the (ever increasing) pricing and the portion sizes - I'd say this is a poor choice.
  29. LC

    LiviaC

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is small (about 30 seats) and the bar has 3 stools. Seatings are offered at 5:00, 7:00, or 9:00. Anyone who appreciates having their tastebuds titillated should not miss the raw bar and four-course tasting menu at Little Pearl. Our introduction was seated at the bar (as a couple, often our preference) with eloquent Robert as our “guidance counselor”. Extravagantly, we opted to start off-piste with Siberian Caviar (straight from the tin, but elegantly served with blini, creme fraiche and the other usual suspects), then to the menu: Maguro Usuzukuri, as a prelude to Flame Seared Hamachi Nigiri, followed by Crispy Skin Sea Bass (on a fennel polenta cake) and we finished with the “must-have” homemade lavender ice cream topped with sea salt and a bit of the dried herb itself. It was a memorable meal! It wasn’t surprising that the wine list was extensive and perfectly curated for the menu. We opted for a delicious Saint-Veran and with dessert both the Zinfandel and Tokaji worked well! The experience was so extraordinary that we cancelled another reservation and returned two nights later. Presentation, surprising flavors, a good-humored, intelligent, well-choreographed waitstaff (with a shout out for Gail), and simple elegance coalesced at Little Pearl!
  30. TF

    TimothyF

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is truly a little pearl. Cozy place with fabulous food and great service! Our favorite restaurant in Key West.
  31. S

    Shandy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was amazing. Service was disruptive and antagonistic. Multiple waiters told us different information, then argued with us when we ended up misinformed. While asking questions about the menu items, I was interrupted and told to “just listen until I finish.” Three different people told us we had to pick all four items at once. Ok, cool, thanks, I guess. I mentioned that I want to avoid a particular ingredient, two staff members berate me for not putting a special request in the reservation. I did not ask for accommodations, I asked questions to help me make the best choices. The overall tone of the staff left our table (and the one next to us) feeling like scolded children. Weird vibe for fine dining. Glorious meal, marred only by the chaotic service. Sounded like it was a rough night on the floor.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite food preparation
  33. SK

    SarkaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at Little Pearl and we had a great time. The service was attentive and prompt, the atmosphere was nice and cozy and the food oh so good. Each course was delicious and beautiful on the plate. We highly recommended you try it!
  34. OP

    OPW6

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience. I booked about 6 weeks in advance just to get the 5pm seating. We typically don’t eat that early but it was definitely worth it. The octopus as an add on was one of the best we have had. The rest of the tasting was amazing as well. A must try as the staff was excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great atmosphere w amazing food and service. Thank u!!
  36. TO

    TOGBill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Little Pearl is truly a diamond. We selected this for dinner on our last night in Key West based upon on-line reviews. We went with the Chef's Tasting Menu which did not disappoint at all. The selections and portions were very nice. All of the food was flavorful without being overbearing. The wine selections were very good and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The dining area is small, but even though it was full we did not feel crowded. With four courses and a fair amount of wine, our total bill was still in the "not to bad for a fancy place" range. The only downside is that there is literally no parking around the restaurant. All of the street parking is resident permit only. We parked on Truman Avenue and walked the block and a half to the restaurant. Sadly, our visit coincided with torrential downpours. It was still worth it. While not "fancy" (charming is a more accurate description), I would not recommend this as a good place to take younger children. For a great date night, this is ideal. We would absolutely recommend dining here!
  37. DM

    DanM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I would go back to Key West anytime just to dine at Little Pearl.
  38. d

    dinesoutalot

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A one of a kind dining experience The chef's menu Our group of three ordered and shared all 3 options in all of the 4 courses It was not overwhelming, too heavy or too much food. It was fabulous
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Able to accommodate gluten and dairy allergy, friendly service, good wine recommendations, delicious food.
  40. S

    Shawn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good meal. Unique and tasty creations. Very good service and wine selection.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Little Pearl is rated 4.8 stars by 2178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Little Pearl

632 Olivia St, Key West, FL 33040

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Key West

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Elias Miranda

  • Additional

    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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