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Prime & Pearl

4.7
4.7
510 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Prime & Pearl is a sublime, delightfully original chophouse in Gainesville, Florida that believes unexpected, flavorful pairings lead to something magical. From steaks, dry-aged for 45 days to uniquely crafted cocktails, dining at Prime & Pearl is an experience. One you won’t soon forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (352) 554-6276

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Former White House Chef, Ed Lyons

  • Catering

    Full service catering to drop-off services. Menus customized to the guest's needs. Can serve up to 500 guests

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available, up to seating of twenty.

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 510 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Service

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Value

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Innovative

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Romantic

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Ocala / Gainesville

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Really a very good surprise for Gainesville :) Great experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. Waiter was good but not great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed this restaurant; everything was perfect! Alexis was our server and was super attentive and charming! The ambiance was classy and the food and cocktails were excellent! Definitely my favorite spot for dinner in Gainesville so far. We will definitely be returning!

    Prime & PearlResponded 5 days agoHi, thanks for the great review. See you next time!

  4. B

    Bill

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Wife and I went for my birthday this evening and left very disappointed. Firstly, immediate upon entry, was asked to remove my hat. As this dinner was a surprise, I personally did not read the dress code. I accepted and removed cap, but I do feel that should have been handled far differently, perhaps by server and with a more kind gesture, but certainly not immediate upon entry. Seating was at a 2 seat table positioned adjacent to a wall, seated in large, awkward leather lounge chairs which sat very awkwardly low for enjoying a meal. Wife started with one of the gin signature drinks, expecting a crisp floral gin beverage. What was received was more “sex on the beach” No biggie, on to the next. Ordered the bone in rib-eye med rare Oscar style. My go to with every high end steak joint I’ve been to. There may have been a tea spoon of actual bearnaise and seafood, very miniscule. The steak itself was a great texture, compliments to the dry age, but unfortunately not cooked to temp evenly. Medium rare, and was tough to cut near the mid point of the meat as you moved from center to bone. The mashed potatoes ordered as the side slid between the tines of the forks. Soupy in texture. Wife ordered rack of lamb, received 3 lamb shanks. Prepared to temp, but not provided to serving size. Ended our evening early after this experience, and will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. I truly hope they improve the experience in the future, work on their etiquette with guest entry, and refine their kitchen prep. I will also disclose - we sought no credit nor compensation as we expected to pay for our meal. This review is honest. If management would like to reach out, please feel free.

    Prime & PearlResponded 3 days agoBill, we’re sorry to hear that we weren’t able to provide you with the best experience possible. Your remarks will be shared with the team.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always an excellent experience and food is always great

    Prime & PearlResponded 6 days agoThanks so much for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  6. WP

    WilliamP

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food stands out for the Gainesville area. The meats are fresh and the side options are delicious. The creme brûlée was fantastic. The only thing is that it’s a bit pricey, but the food makes it worth coming back.

    Prime & PearlResponded 6 days agoHi WilliamP, thank you so much for the review. We will share this with the team!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was very nice. Great greeting and immediate seating. Well appointed, pleasant atmosphere. Server was great! Food was very good. We will be back! Very nice experience.

    Prime & PearlResponded 6 days agoHi, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Have a great day!

  8. BR

    BeaR

    Miami

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Let me say first that my meal was OUTSTANDING. Best filet I’ve had in years, if not ever. And the mashed potatoes will live in my dreams for weeks to come. Had I dined alone, I would have given them five stars. Fuere were three of us, and the issues were the other sides and a Caesar salad. Those were all no big deal. Lobster Mac and cheese, and sautéed mushrooms. Lacking in flavor. And my husband says his steak was very good, but not as memorable as mine. The service was beyond amazing, so that was wonderful. Bottom line, if I lived in Gainesville, I would find reasons to go back. It is on the pricey side, but I got my money’s worth.

    Prime & PearlResponded 6 days agoHi BeaR, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for the feedback. Have a wonderful day!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was oue 23rd Anniversary. It was a wonderful experience. They were so kind and wonderful. The only thing was the soup was cold and could not get my steak right but everything else was great! They are still wonderful in our book! We recommend them highly. Our sever is the best! I can’t remember her name but she is African American with two afro puffs on each side of her head.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 18, 2023We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  10. e

    eatalot

    West Palm Beach

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Horrible experience. We where sat in this very bright section in these horrible lounge chairs. We asked to move and they did . To a table with a broken chair. I told the bus boy he said ok and never removed the chair or made anyone else awair. Then our salads came and my sons Caesar had no dressing we told the server and she kindly brought us some ranch for his Caesar. At that point it was comical. No manager in sight anywhere. First and last time .

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 17, 2023Hi eatalot, we are very sorry to hear that your experience was less than satisfactory. Your comments will be shared with the rest of the team.

  11. b

    bonnier

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall 10/10 Experience. From the greeting, seating and service, every part of our dinner was perfect. Porterhouse, firecracker shrimp, crab cakes and the soups, just amazing. Service is attentive, enthusiastic and subtle. Thank you to a wonderful staff. 100% recommended. All the patrons were happy and well looked after.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 16, 2023We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  12. D

    Debb

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    first time eating there, food was fantastic, and service was very pleasant and friendly and informative, will go again

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 13, 2023Hi Debb, we appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Hope you have an amazing day!

  13. D

    Dinner4two

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good but not over the top impressive when compared to the price. Maybe I’m just too accustomed to lower priced steaks from the chain restaurants to appreciate this level of “quality and flavor”. Edges were great but a little blah through the middle of my 16oz Ribeye. Fire Roasted Oysters were a flop…. They must use the smallest oysters on the market. The meat was about the size of a fingernail, not impressed. The Red Fish and Lobster Mac and Cheese were wonderful.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 10, 2023Hi Dinner4two, we appreciate the feedback. It means a lot. Hope to see you again soon!

  14. DG

    DonnaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious but costly. Service was awesome.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 8, 2023Thanks so much for the kind words, DonnaG. Hope to see you again soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak in town !

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 11, 2023Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. See you next time!

  16. RL

    RobertL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Autumn was one of the best servers we’ve ever experienced - fantastic. The food was excellent, especially the dry-aged beef.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 5, 2023So glad you had a great experience, RobertL. See you next time!

  17. TB

    TrevorB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We finally made it to this restaurant, and we were not disappointed. Since it was a holiday (NYE), I was expecting the experience to be less than perfect. A lot of times you get the "B" crew on holidays, right? But, no, everything from the food to the service was perfect! And without a doubt, the best oysters in Gainesville. Will definitely be back.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 3, 2023Hi TrevorB, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback.Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you next time!

  18. MD

    MarieD

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sarah was fantastic and our New Years Eve dinner was excellent

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 2, 2023Hi MarieD, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Hope you have an amazing day!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was incredible; Diego was so helpful for our first time dining at Prime & Pearl

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 2, 2023Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. Hope to see you again soon!

  20. AC

    AyeshaC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service and high quality food and libations.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 2, 2023Thanks so much for the kind words, AyeshaC. Have a wonderful day!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Best oyster selection in Gainesville. Steak and burger were perfect.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 2, 2023Hi, we appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. See you soon!

  22. LC

    LilliamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service from the beginning to the end. We were greeted by Lauren at the door. Arielle gave us excellent service as well as Giovanni. We will definitely come back for another special ocassion!!

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 30, 2022Really glad you had a positive experience, Lilliam. Thanks for reviewing. We look forward to seeing you in the future!

  23. J

    Jocelynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The great service and food was worth every penny ! Prime and Pear is quite the experience ☺️

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 2, 2023Hi Jocelynn, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  24. AD

    AmandaD

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve dined here many times but this was by far our best meal yet! Everything was phenomenal! We ordered Ahi Tuna, oysters, shrimp & Sea-bass… highly recommended!

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for your kind words, Amanda. We hope to serve you again soon!

  25. MK

    MorganK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing will definitely be back came for our anniversary

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 30, 2022Really glad you had a positive experience, Morgan. Thanks for reviewing. Have a wonderful day!

  26. R

    Realfoodplease

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    For the price everything should be the best of the best...it was not. Shrimp appetizer was very good. Steak was good, but not awesome and the same with the oak grilled shrimp. Cesar salad was not good. Au Gratin potatoes weren't cooked. They were crisp like eating sliced apples. The best part was the dessert. Wife was not given anything to to stir her sweetener in her tea. Basically, everything was just okay but for a meal well over 100 for two people okay doesn't cut it.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 26, 2022Thank you for the feedback. It’s important for us know how we can better serve our customers and your comments will be shared with the team.

  27. DP

    DukeP

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The room we were seated in has an air-condition situation, whether summer or winter it blows cold air on the diner. We mentioned this numerous times without assistance from the management. Great food , great service, but the room to the left of the entrance to the restaurant needs to have the air conditioning reconfigured. It is too damn cold, ruined our experience.

    Prime & PearlResponded on January 16, 2023Hi DukeP, thank you so much for the review. We will share this with the team!

  28. g

    ginaf

    Orlando

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT service and OUTSTANDING food

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 26, 2022Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. Hope you have an amazing day!

  29. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Ordered a steak medium, got it very well done and burnt on the outside. Took too long tot get a replacement steak. Everyone else was done with their meal

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 28, 2022Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Fantastic experience. We made a reservation on Open table. Had a friendly waitress who helped us with our oyster selection. We did a sampler with 6 types of oyster and every one was delicious. Varying from Washington state to Long island New York and even Canada. Then for main course we each ordered steak. A filet and a NY strip. Both were cooked perfectly. The filet was melt in your mouth tender and the strip had great flavor. The mashed potatoes were a great accompaniment to the steak. Would definitely recommend Prime and Pearl for a lovely evening out. Expensive but worth every penny!

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 19, 2022Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  31. EH

    EllenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we really enjoyed our experience at Prime & Pearl. Everything excellent from the oysters to the dessert and in between.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 17, 2022EllenH, thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  32. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was very nice for our 40th wedding anniversary however they ran out of the beef cut my husband wanted brought the wrong steak and still charged us for the higher price steak. Oysters a little small but all food delicious. Service was wonderful

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 13, 2022Hi TimM, thank you so much for the review. Hope you have an amazing day!

  33. j

    johns

    Naples

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good. Server was awesome. Food pretty good but temp problems on soup and vegetables. Steak a little undercooked but deleee! Overslept very good and would certainly go again.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 12, 2022Hi johns, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope to see you again in the near future!

  34. AO

    AlliO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall was good. Steak was very over cooked. Ordered medium rare, received medium well. Did not have time to receive another, but it was offered. Disappointing because it’s a steak house known for steak. Side dishes and wine were amazing. Wait staff amazing.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 13, 2022Hi AlliO, thank you so much for the review. We will share this with the team!

  35. B

    Brian

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Comparatively new in Gainesville, Prime and Pearl is a classy venue with a sumptuous small menu. More expensive than comparable restaurants but worth a visit.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 9, 2022Hi JulieH, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback.Thank you for taking the time to review us. We will share this with the team!

  36. JH

    JulieH

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was absolutely outstanding. Best steaks and oysters and all side dishes were delicious. Can’t wait to go back.
  37. RM

    RonaldM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We felt that our bill was high compared to the food. Very good but pricey. Definitely a very special occasion place to eat.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 9, 2022Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. We will share this with the team!

  38. KG

    KentG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Had the wife's birthday dinner there and it was great. Food is fantastic--appetizers, main course and sides. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 8, 2022KentG, we’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  39. HM

    HMJWB

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great dinner. The popovers were a treat. Have not had those since visiting Jordan Pond House.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 7, 2022Hi HMJWB, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  40. SM

    SuzanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Our first time there and we felt like VIP’s.

    Prime & PearlResponded on December 4, 2022Hi Suzanne, glad to learn your experience was a positive one. Hope to see you again in the near future!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Prime & Pearl offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 554-6276.

Prime & Pearl is rated 4.7 stars by 510 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 43 times today
Google Map for Prime & Pearl

4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Suite 70, Gainesville, FL 32608

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Former White House Chef, Ed Lyons

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (352) 554-6276

  • Catering

    Full service catering to drop-off services. Menus customized to the guest's needs. Can serve up to 500 guests

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available, up to seating of twenty.

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