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About Pearl Brasserie
Located in the center of Chicago’s Loop district and alongside the glistening Chicago River, the all-new Pearl Brasserie focuses on traditional French brasserie favorites with modern spins, served in an opulent atmosphere evoking the glamour and grandeur of 1920’s Paris. At Pearl Brasserie, Executive Chef Paskewitz adds a certain je ne sais quoi to familiar French fare, creating dishes that are simultaneously recognizable and surprising. Wines and cocktails lean toward French varietals and classic libations. Venture outside to the restaurant’s 120-seat riverside patio with a new outdoor bar for sunset views over cocktails or dinner under the stars.
Chicago, IL 60606
French, Bistro, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Pearl Brasserie Ratings and Reviews
Ten minutes after I was seated, the server arrived. I ordered a cocktail to drink while mulling over the menu. Five minutes later, still no cocktail, but the server returned to take my order: onion soup to start and steak frites for the main course. Five minutes later still no cocktail, but the soup arrived, followed in a couple minutes by the cocktail. I had just started the soup (average at best—get the onion soup at Maple and Ash instead) when the steak arrived. Seeing I had just begun the soup, the person who brought it took it back to the kitchen. Not wanting a steak that had been sitting under a heat lamp for ten minutes, I summoned the server and canceled it. A manager appeared and asked what the problem was. Upon hearing my explanation she asked, “Would you like the steak wrapped to take home?” Seriously? A customer just rejected a warmed-up steak and you think he’d take it home to—warm it up?? I asked for my check and to their credit they removed the steak and the soup from the bill. I always enjoyed Jason Paskewitz’s food at The Blanchard, but I’m not going back to the Pearl.
A friend and I did dinner before a show and had a lovely time. The pre-fixe meal is a great deal - all the portions were normal size. My french onion soup was a little weak, but the mushroom risotto was indulgent. The service was great, and the decor/atmosphere is just decadent enough to allow you to feel like you stepped back into France in the 50s.
We ate there before going to the Lyric, 2 blocks away, and now we plan to make Pearl Brasserie a destination on its own. The $35 prix fixe is amazing. The salad frisee was perfectly made and presented, the escargot had lots of buttery, garlic breadcrumbs and the beignets were fresh ant hot, with enough to feed 4 people.
Do not book at this place on Open Table!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They block your availability ALL night long, so you cannot make multiple reservations to enjoy the city. I️ even called the restaurant after we left to ask them to update our check as closed twice. Still, every restaurant from 7:30 (two hours after we arrived there) to the end of the night, I️ was unable to book on Open Table because this restaurant secured our dining time for the WHOLE night, even after the bill was paid and we were long gone. Stay away from booking here on Open Table!!!!!!!!!!! If you visit here do so off of Open Table, if you are like me and like to enjoy multiple reservations (which you keep ) all over the city.
First off, the ambiance is super cute - french bistro style and a cozy setting. We sat by the water and did the $35 price fixed menu, which was delicious. I got the beer salad and salmon, both flavorful and cooked well. My boyfriend got french onion soup and the pork chop, which was delicious. Overall it was a great date night with good food and a really cute atmosphere.
Excellent food and service this time! We told our server that we were going to the theater and that we had two food allergies. Michael took both into account and made this visit to Pearl Brasserie perfect. We will definitely return and ask for him to be our server!
First time diner for Pre-Opera Meal
Location, View, Ambiance, Decor all very good.
Food is absolutely, acceptable to good.
Service is good, the place needs less bus help and more/better wait staff.
Water served out of carafes that seem to taint the taste of good Chicago tap water.
Tip To Diners: Skip the water, it stinks. The server did not offer water options...VERY un-Brasserie or anything vaguely French.
BTW: 45 years on the Northside drinking tap water, DOES in fact, make me an authority!
Cutlery: "Stainless" so worn that it looks like pewter...I used it, but I didn't like it.
My wife and I took home leftovers, but we had to harangue, harass and beg for a real bag of paper to place our two plastic/metal containers in, for travel home. Come on, we had four staff MEMBERS telling us they could not produce a paper/plastic any kind of bag after I drop over a hundred bucks here? REALLY? SERIOUSLY?
As Woody Allen once said, "Good, with a little work, could be great!".
I had dinner there last night with 3 of my girlfriends 11/16/17 I was so disappointment in this restaurant!!!! We had the oyster (they were good) and we had the muscle that were not good..we had the white wine sauces and sauces was so salted and muscles were not good or fresh pules there was hardly any white wine sauce for dipping the bread that was so burt bread we could not eat..We all did the prix fixe menu. Two of my girlfriends got the beet salad that was really good, I had the french onion soup with hardily any cheese pules cheese was not melted I had ice soup ...my other girlfriend had the lobster bisque that we both had to take back they were ice cold to have them heat up....3 of us had the Steak frites we order in Med Rare (It was not med rare it came well done)! The fries was really good!! My other girlfriend order the salmon that was good. The services was awful!!..Our waiter Micheal did NOT know anything about the wines or wine list he he was very RUDE!!! Mark (he used to work for Blanchard) the other waiter we asked about the wines was extremely good and very helpful!!! He recommend a great wine for us. the busboy were extremely rude...We had to keep getting up to find one of them to see if we could get water and get steak knife for steak. I was so looking forward to this place ...I work downtown in loop...Thought it be great place to go after work for Happy Hour or take clients there for lunch or have company party there...I would if the services or food was much better!!! I am so disappointed in the food and services :(
This was our first visit to Pearl Brasserie but it will become a regular stop on our trips to Chicago. Their menu is restricted to three-course prix fixe but the options are ample. One of us had the lobster bisque, one the escargots, and one the roasted beets with goat cheese. All were excellent and large enough to share. Two of us had the trout and one the steak frites. The trout was pronounced "a very special dish" (and we've been making some pretty great trout ourselves this summer). The steak was delicious and perfectly cooked as were the frites (and there were plenty to share among the three of us). For dessert, one of us had the apple galette, and two went for the flourless chocolate mousse cake, again all great. The wine list had a good range and the beers were small in number but quite interesting. The decor is attractive, the sound level allows easy conversation, and the server was excellent and personable. As an aside, one of our party took half her trout and half her cake home. My only wish would be to opt out of one course because we found it to be a lot of (very good) food.
The service was excellent. Food was delicious! It was dark so we could not enjoy the river but would definitely come back for that view and another delicious meal.
The only thing I would have to say that was not delicious was the cheesecake. I don't know about the other desserts because we all had the cheesecake. I would not order it again.
The $35 prix fixe menu is a very good deal. The wine list has some reasonable picks on it and our service was good. The meat courses (Pork chops with apples and cabbage, Hanger steak with frites) were a bit overly salty, the lobster bisque was fairly bland... but my frisee aux lardons was quite good, and the flourless chocolate was very good as well. The meat courses were actually very good except for a bit of a high salt level, and we did enjoy them despite that flaw. The atmosphere of the restaurant was delightful and the view out onto the river is very nice as well. We will certainly go back, especially since it's walking distance from our home.
We dined at Pearl Brasserie for our anniversary before seeing a play. It was our first time here and I was surprised to be offered a prix fixe menu. The first course didn't appeal to me, so the server was kind enough to substitute a Caesar salad. The Amish chicken was moist and flavorful. My husband enjoyed the salmon. The portions weren't especially large but the meal was filling. Dessert was a flourless chocolate cake - very rich and decadent. The view of the Chicago River was very romantic yet the restaurant seemed very empty at 6:30pm on a Saturday night. I would recommend this restaurant but I'm not sure how long it will be around. Unless they have a large lunch crowd during the week due to being located in the Loop.
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