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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.

180 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun Closed

Cross Street:
Randolph Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 629-1030

Website:
http://www.pearlbrasserie.com/

Executive Chef:
Jason Paskewitz

Additional:
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

5
4
3
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (26)
Good for a Date (18)
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Pre/post Theatre (18)
Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The whole experience was just ok. Will not be going back. To many other options

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent service, great lobster bisque, a nice view of the river, and savory flavors. You can't miss here.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was horrible and the service was worse.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Charming hidden gem located beside the river. Service was outstanding - restaurant is immaculate.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

All was very good at the restaurant, however......Open table was suppose to give me 1,000 points and I only got 100. Please don’t put 1,000 points if your not going to honor it.

Theron

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Beautiful restaurant inside and out! Love the view of the river! Very romantic! Our server was very attentive. Drinks were great too! They were not busy at all on Saturday (we were one of 3 tables).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always excellent service. Food is reasonably priced, flavorful, and presented nicely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Had a great date night on 12/9/17, w/ delicious food, wonderful drinks and staff who paid attention to every detail. This restaurant will be on top of our favorite list!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Really beautiful restaurant with AWESOME oysters. Perfect for after work cocktails if you are looking for something a little more upscale but not too pricey.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Groups, People Watching, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

outstanding service. extremely kind and accommodating.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Basic problems:
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!".

Cheers,
arne

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Waitress didn’t get to our table for 50 min, by that time we just went to the bar. Bar experience was much more pleasant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food and atmosphere were both excellent, however service delivery was uneven despite more than adequate staffing levels.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My colleagues and I come here a lot because it’s close to the office, but we really come here because the food is solid, the service is top notch, and the prices are reasonable!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The server rarely came and we were seated in the far back corner where it was freezing. The plates are tiny.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Nothing exceptional but convenient location. ordered steak salad - meat was cooked well, but presentation was lacking.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I loved the prefix meals! We will most definitely return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Pearl felt like we were dining in a European cafe. The decor is warm but very cool. The view of the river is beautiful at night. The prix fix menu was amazing and such a great value. Everything we had was delicious and the service was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was very nice, not many people while we were there so it was very quiet.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Made a reservation here 2 months ago, received a confirmation, and when I showed up, the restaurant was closed. This restaurant came with high recommendations from a friend, so I not only missed out on date night but also the experience my friend loved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Anniversary- First visit

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

French onion soup with calvados was excellent! Trout was moist and delicious! Chocolate mousse cake was really good. All for $35. Good value. Service was perfect from Phillipe. Will be back. Very satisfying food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 :(

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Loved our meal off the Prix fixe. I had the lobster bisque and the trout, my sister had the beet salad and steak frites. We both had the vanilla bean cheesecake.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great experience overall. We attended for a happy hour and had Philippe as our server. He was extremely attentive and professional. Ambiance was great and the food/wine was even better.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great place for a birthday. The only issue I had with the food was, the fries were too greasy. The ambiance was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The prix fixe menu was delicious and priced extremely affordable compared to other such menus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great wait staff. Always checking on your needs. Waiter made great recommendations on cocktails and food. Awesome French onion soup! Nice view of river and buildings from our table. Will definitely return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was average. Service experience left a lot to be desired, it was very disappointing. Glad I tried it, will probably not return.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food, atmosphere and service was great! The river view was lovely and I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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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