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Pearl Café

4.6
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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Pearl Café is an eatery in Missoula, Montana. It offers an upscale spot to dine that still maintains a casual feeling. The eatery offers excellent customer service, along with excellent food. It could be a good spot to go with some family and friends.

Pearl Café has some great appetizers. Consider the escargot in mushroom caps, house smoked trout and the curry beef spring rolls. You can also enjoy some delicious dinners, such as the local rabbit, duckling, Wagyu beef rib eye and the Idaho trout. Finish your meal at Pearl Café with something sweet from the menu. Try the sorbet, sundae or the dark German chocolate cake.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Stop seating after 9:00PM
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Phone number
(406) 541-0231
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pearl Cash
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 2, 2015

My girlfriend and I currently live 1,153 miles apart. We arranged for a long weekend in Missoula over the New Year holiday, and made a reservation at Pearl Cafe at a colleague' suggestion.

It was a PERFECT romantic dinner. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.

Keep in mind that this place is kinda pricey. A dinner for two with an appetizer and dessert (no wine or drinks) was $125 with tip, so this place is probably best suited to the affluent, business dinners, and romantic couples.

That being said, if I'm in the neighborhood and I need to celebrate a little something special, I'd go back here in a heartbeat.

I would suggest reservations, though. Mine was on a Friday night right when they opened at 5:00, and by the time we were brought our coats, the place was packed.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner at the Pearl. We were greeted immediately and seated (at our reservation time). The waiter was kind and helpful. We felt we could take our time and enjoy a leisurely meal . The food was beautifully presented, with our party voting the salmon as the best of fare. Serving portions were on the lean side. One of our friends joked that, if we celebrated at the Pearl next year, he would have to order two entrees. He has a moderate but not overly-voracious appetite, so I chose to include that comment here. Otherwise, the Pearl offered us the perfect atmosphere and cuisine to celebrate the end of a banner year and our highest hopes for the next.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We were there for New Year's Eve. It was a special event and The Pearl made it perfect. We'll book again in the near future. I love the lighting and the fireplace. I go there for the mood and the food.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Pearl Cafe for New Year's dinner and it was perfect for a special occasion. We wanted a place that was nicer than the usual burger and steakhouses we go to, but wouldn't break the bank. Being from out of town, I browsed online to find a suitable restaurant and made reservations for Pearl Cafe based on the wonderful reviews. It did not disappoint! We ordered escargot as an appetizer. It was very good. My boyfriend's steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and so delicious! He said it was the best steak he's had in years. I ordered the duck and it was also fantastic. The service was very professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. We never had an empty glass. They have a lengthy wine list and a nice variety of entrees, though not too many as to overwhelm. The lighting was quite dim, but suited us just fine as a couple. I could imagine my grandparents having trouble reading the menu in such low light, though. I also wouldn't recommend this restaurant for families with small children.
Overall, we were very pleased with our experience at the Pearl Cafe and I would recommend it to any couple for a nice dinner date!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2014

The Pearl Cafe is consistently excellent. It offers a quiet, inviting place, free of windows and outside distractions, where you and your partner and/or friends can share dinner and converse. The menu offers sufficient, but not excessive, choices. Dinners are expertly prepared and presented without pretense. Over the years, my wife and I continue to regard The Pearl Cafe as our favorite Missoula restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2014

Pearl Café ALWAYs delivers. We have never had a bad meal, or bad service, which seems to be the white whale of Missoula restaurants. Here I am watching Practical Magic with my wife and I remember our anniversary dinner the other night was so special. The steaks are better than any other restaurant in Missoula. They are incomparable. The wine list is a true treat, and basically lays out deliciousness the same way Mount Sentinel and Pattee Canyon mountains silhouette sensually in the morning light.

I digress. And I think about going back. It is, and will be, ALL GOOD.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2014

We eat here for most special occasions. Good food, service and atmosphere. Very nice restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2014

This is always our restaurant of choice for a romantic and special occasion dinning experience. The waitress was not pleasant and service by her slow. This is not the usual case at the Pearl so I will just assume she was having a bad night. Do not hold this against the Pearl. All others were very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Neighborhood gem on the quiet end of Front Street. Service is excellent...same wait staff has been there forever. Food is creative and nicely presented. Excellent wine list. Pricing screens the patrons, so no baseball cap wearing, mouth breathing gum chewers to be seen (this is a college town, after all).

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2014

It is so nice to have such a high quality restaurant here, and one that is capable of The Grand Gesture, which we experienced on Friday night. We left with a great feeling. Thank you, Pearl and staff.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2014

Excellent food made even better by attentive and knowlegeable service. Our go to place for a special evening out.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2014

The Pearl has to be one of the top restaurants in Missoula.
The service was outstanding and the food was wonderful.

We will be going back again.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2014

The food atmosphere and ambiance make for a very pleasant dining experience. My girlfriend finds it romantic. The service is superb with well presented, tastefully prepared food.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2014

We are consistently impressed by the delicious entrees, excellent service, splendid atmosphere, and overall wonderful experience. Thanks for another fantastic evening! We have gone to the Pearl Cafe countless times and have yet to be let down. The Pearl is an excellent choice for those seeking a guaranteed great night!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2014

great service, great food. Great staff. Always a pleasure.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Very charming restaurant. Good food and wine. Recommend for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2014

Nothing served comes out of a box, which lends to some of the best local food. The steak is served exactly the way it's ordered, arriving tender and fat free. The appatiser list didn't inspire me to order anything but deserts I could not pass up. My only complaint is the volume of wine served in the glass. That's a very minor thing in the overall experience. P.S. Try to get a table on the second floor for a more intimate dining.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

We've been going to the Pearl for many years and have always enjoyed being there. The planets must have been in alignment during our recent visit because everything seemed especially outstanding. The server was exceptional, the food was presented well and tasted great and the wine was exceptional. Pearl was, as always, gracious and friendly. It was a perfect dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2014

This was a work-related dinner. The guests who were from out of town said this was their favorite restaurant on their entire trip. The Bison Steak was amazing....

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2014

My husband and I love dining at The Pearl. We always take out of town guest and recommend it as one of our top three favorite restaurants in Missoula. The food and service are consistently fantastic and the atmosphere is simply lovely. My favorite is to get one of the few outside table in the summer...it's my little Paris in Missoula!

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2014

We had a party of five, and everybody's food was outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable & efficient. The only negative was my shrimp entree was overcooked. (I hate to mention it as everything else was so good.) I'd go back again.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Have heard about The Pearl for years. I live out of town, so first opportunity. Will bring my husband next time. So romantic and food was superb.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2014

We chose The Pearl for our anniversary celebration and it didn't disappoint. We dined upstairs with few other diners so it was nice and quiet. The service was efficient but felt a bit condescending. The food was excellent and presentation was lovely. All in all a very special evening.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

My son and I had a great meals here - we ordered a little out of our norm by getting the rabbit and the trout but it was highly recommended. It was great but I think we were both in the steak mood. If you love your food with interesting sides and great sauces, this is the place. The scallop app was great and the service absolutely perfect! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

We found this little gem almost by accident, after thinking there was just no excellent non-pub restaraunts in Missoula. Ambiance was incredible. Wooden beams, wrought iron railings, felt like a Parisian bistro. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding. The smoked trout appetizer was so good. There were proteins that are not typical on the menu. My husband had rabbit that he loved. My daughter had a mushroom crepe that melted in her mouth. And I had halibut with a delicate olive tamponade and roasted Brussels sprouts. Yum! Portions were moderate, similar to European restaraunts. But nobody went hungry. The house wine was excellent. Deserts were also off the chart delicious. We will be back!

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2.0Dined on October 18, 2014

We have eaten at the Pearl many times over the years, and it is one of our favorites - atmosphere. This last visit, October 18th, the food quality seemed average and service was sporadic. For $40, the filet is not special, the rice is bland, and the broccoli is uninspiring. My wife and I both noticed that given how small the portions, and we get the fact the Pearl is focusing on French cuisine, etc., these dishes are not very satisfying. Ending on a high note, desert was amazing. We are hoping the Pearl will re-examine some of these dishes and really try and improve the quality of the food and consistency in service. Again, my steak, for example, was so mediocre I needed to get some steak sauce to make it interesting.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2014

This is a very romantic restaurant with fine food to round out a perfect evening. Our favorite spot for Anniversary dinner!

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Pearls is a very special place. Missoula Montana is lucky to have this quality of a restaurant.
We have been there many time's with larger groups and just the two of us and it is always
excellent food, service and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2014

From the mushroom/escargots appetizer to the plum sorbet, everything was perfect. The green salad was delicately and perfectly dressed. Wine pairings as recommended by the server were excellent. Service was attentive and discreet, never intrusive. There are enough servers and bussers to make everything flow smoothly and unobtrusively. All in all, a relaxing and indulgent dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2014

Beautiful! Lovely atmosphere, world-class cusine, fabulous service. Is it it high-end Paris or Missoula, Montana?! Add to that great value for your money. A labor of love from restaurant owner/chef, Pearl Cash. Lucky us!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2014

The Pearl is and has been for quite some time, my favorite restaurant in Missoula. Great food, fabulous service, lovely ambiance. I have never had a bad meal here.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2014

The Pearl never fails to provide an exceptional dining experience. The food, atmosphere, and service are consistently the best Missoula fine dining has to offer. It is always my first choice for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2014

We have dines here multiple times and NEVER been disappointed. The food, service, servers and ambiance is top rate. I'd feel like it was New York City at it's best.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2014

Nice quiet place with great food and good wine. Moderate price. Good service. I would eat here frequently if I lived in Missoula.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2014

The French Onion soup was the best. The broth alone was heavenly. Loved the sourdough bread. A perfect salad. Filet mignon with the port wine sauce was delicious. Everything was divine. And the red blend wine was just right. Everyone was gracious and helpful.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2014

It was a treat to visit The Pearl, particularly following several days of eating "national park food" in Glacier Park. The trout with crab meat was perfectly prepared and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2014

Great place! Would highly recommend it. Food, service-----everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2014

We loved Pearl Cafe so much that we went back again! What a treasure it is, fabulous food, excellent service, and a must go to place!

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2014

Over the year hasn't gotten older, she and her restaurant have gotten better!! Ben is a great server...humble, kind and genuine! Thanks, Ben!!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2014

We selected the Pearl for our 47th Anniversary. Although the staff was not told in advance of our anniversary, we were seated at a corner table above the entrance atrium, which was much quieter and intimate than seating downstairs, almost like they knew why we were there. The presentation of our food, and guidance given by our waitress, was elegant and helpful, at the same time. The service was prompt, but not intrusive. One course flowed into the next. We were done in 1.5 hours, although we tried to drag it out as much as possible. We went for a walk by the river (1/2 block away) on a beautiful late summer evening. It was simply a PERFECT night. We highly recommend the Pearl for any special occasion.

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