Prime & Pearl

4.5
229 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 229 people are saying
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Mackenzie
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great food and great service. The staff was eager to please and extremely knowledgable about the menu!

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Polarbear
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime and Pearl is one of our go-to places for family celebrations. We also enjoy last-minute date nights for their fabulous selection of oysters. Our favorite server is Amanda; she treats everyone as if they are in her home at a dinner party she is hosting. Amanda is very personable and knows what we like before we even know to ask. Prime and Pearl as quickly become one of our all time favorite places!

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NinaW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the service was friendly. It was a very enjoyable evening with some added luxury.

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MB90
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great! Only one minor note, the chairs were a bit too low or the table was too high; this mismatch in heights made eating and conversation a bit difficult.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great experience overall. We had a party of six, and the pace of the meal was great, just over 2 hours for wine service, an oyster course, appetizer/salad course, main course, and dessert/coffee. Would recommend for date night or a special occasion.

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AlettaB
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience, from appetizers to full course and desserts was outstanding. We would go again.

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AmyF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for an upscale date night or dinner with friends! We have been 3 times and have enjoyed every dish we have gotten. We will be back!

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Sheree
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff were very pleasant, the food tasted high in quality, the steak was the best I’ve ever eaten, and the seating was comfortable. I would highly recommend trying this restaurant.

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Sheree, glad to learn your experience was a positive one. See you soon!

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff. Would definitely return there

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the kind words. See you next time!

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MaxL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Extremely loud to the point considered leaving the restuarant.

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

MaxL, thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. We are always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction and will pass your comments along to management.

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vipJuppstar
Seattle
451 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us had a pleasant dinner. We were disappointed the redfish and sea bass were not available since that was main reason we chose P&P. We did enjoy the calamari which is outstanding. The onion soup was good but feel the cheese should have been more salty. Two guests had the crab cakes but felt the crab was no longer lump due to over manipulation when forming the cakes. Hope they get more Grgich Hills Chardonnay wine. Best value on the list.

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

Juppstar, thank you for the review. We will share this with the team!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around. Highly recommend.

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

Hi, we appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. See you soon!

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BobbyF
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday dinner went great! Excellent food, outstanding service. We will be back!

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

BobbyF, thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. Hope you have an amazing day!

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TryedIt
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diego was our waiter and amazing. Great recommendations and all the food was on point. Drinks were perfect, too. Oysters, steak, lobster and desserts were all delicious. We will be back again!

Prime & Pearl
Responded 6 days ago

Hi TryedIt, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback.Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an amazing date night! Food was amazing. Great environment. Prices were not unreasonable. Will come back!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

We're thrilled to receive this feedback, we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place every time I go there.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you for visiting and leaving a review. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Realfoodplease
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent filet mignon cooked a perfect medium. Firecracker Shrimp appetizer was some of the best shrimp I've had. They were jumbo size, slightly breaded with just enough spicy sauce to flavor and not overwhelm the excellent taste of the shrimp. Caesar salad was standard but very good and fresh. We had the asparagus and silky potatoes as shareable sides and they were perfect. Asparagus was tender with a touch of crunch and potatoes lived up to their name. Quite expensive but I knew that going in from reviewing the restaurant website. It is ala carte and the cost quickly goes up when adding appetizer, salad, main meal and sides. We did not have dessert as we were too full. Those who have complained about the shmear of potatoes on the plate and the two stalks of asparagus must not have ordered any sides to go with the meal. We got that and an abundant amount when ordering the shareable sides. We will be back but not for awhile. Too expensive for regular visits. We will reserve for very special occasions, but overall a very enjoyable meal with attentive waitstaff.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We are excited to serve you again soon!

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Morris
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They were out of special drinks although we were given a menu for them. Also out of redfish. Waiter forgot our Brussel sprouts and poured water into my sprite glass. Soup was salty and cold. Bathrooms were messy and dirty.
The chocolate raspberry torte was amazing!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Hi Morris, we are sorry to hear you had a less than stellar experience. We will pass your feedback on to the management team.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there for New Year’s Eve and had 9pm reservations. We were told the kitchen closed at 10 so we had to order our dessert early so they could shut down and they started turning the lights off at 11:30 giving us the hint to leave. Food and service was incredible but when you have a “Ring in the New Year” special and are not open for the ball drop it was a bit strange. 100% recommend for dinner and all occasions but just though it was weird for NYE.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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vipAskUncleDave
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Too much lighting! Get a dimmer! Waitress really nice but they need major training if you want to be a high end restaurant.
Food is good— some pricing high for what it is!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Hi AskUncleDave, we appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Hope you have an amazing day!

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious but the best part of our night was our server Autumn. She was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. I will definitely be back and requesting her as our server again

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope you have an amazing day!

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RodneyF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Ranked atmosphere as poor, aside from the chandelier in the main room, it is pretty sparse. Maybe add interesting art work to the walls. Our server was very professional and accommodating but I think they were under staffed and she seemed a little frazzled. The assistant introduced himself but never saw him after that. No refills on water. We had reserved our table noting it was a birthday. Not much in recognition except when the server first introduced herself. The “manager” was not friendly and was negative about the gators… which was unnecessary especially given the fact that it is in Gainesville. Getting drinks and food was slow. We were there for 2 1/2 hours, last ones to leave and wait staff was cleaning up. Would have been done sooner had service been better. Expectation was fine dining and it was not. Got to do better if you want to compete with Embers, Marks, and even Spurrier’s.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. It’s important for us know how we can better serve our customers and your comments will be shared with the team.

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KelliW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the staff was really accommodating for my group. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the brussel sprouts.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, KelliW! We can't wait to serve you again soon.

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Hutch
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was very slow and un attentive. Delivered wrong dishes to table of 2. Room was cold. French Onion soup very thin broth and very few onions . Bread not served till main course. Manager came by but did not try to make amends. No one acknowledge our Anniversary.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Hutch, thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve.

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Ward
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience. Staff were extremely courteous and were there when we needed something. Wine, food and dessert all top notch. A little noisy but the quality more than made up for it. Fantastic!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive review, Ward. We will pass your feedback along to the team.

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RobinG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, food, and wait staff! Lobster mac and cheese and aged ribeye were memorable.

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Boone
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Chair while comfortable was too low or table too high.
Steak was excellent, baked potato was barely warm(wouldn't melt butter).
Smear of mashed potatoes and 2 asparagus spears was cold and funny.
Drinks were excellent.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve.

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JenniRob17
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent place for our ten year anniversary. Food was delicious and service was top notch. Recommended by a friend - so glad we came!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 22, 2021

Hi, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you soon!

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MorganE
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals we've had in years at Prime and Pearl! Everything we had was amazing (Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Diablo, Crab Cakes, and Creme Brule). Excellent selection of wine and cocktails and great ambiance. Our server Amanda was fantastic as well. Highly recommend!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 22, 2021

We appreciate the review, MorganE. Thanks for taking the time. Have a wonderful day!

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Gatorczar
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Held a celebration for my son’s graduation. The oysters were very fresh. The apps came out quickly. Huge wine menu. The dry aged Steaks were excellent. Can’t go wrong with the sea bass. Overall great meal, not inexpensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

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ThomasM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding, this will be our new goto place for celebrations

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vipHeather
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulie was our waiter and he was amazing. He told us everything that we should order with great details. This is in my top 3 restaurants I have ever been to and I have traveled a lot. We will be back!!!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 22, 2021

Thank you for leaving a great review, Heather We can't wait to serve you again.

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vipMATG
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The experience was just okay, I was not impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely enjoyed the whole experience at Prime and Pearl, The food was also absolutely delicious. Definitely one to come back to in Gainesville Florida!

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KimberlyL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch. Food was unparalleled in Gainesville. Aged steak well worth the price. Craft cocktails sublime. Only drawbacks are small space = a bit noisy for such an intimate experience. Could easily hear conversations from every table near us. So dimly lit, it was difficult to read menus.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

Hi KimberlyL, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you soon!

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Gwen
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely way to spend a holiday evening! My 10 ounce tenderloin was exquisite. We felt pampered by our servers. Afterwards we enjoyed the fire pit in the commons with other happy people.

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CarlP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Can’t wait to go again.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

Hi CarlP, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope you have an amazing day!

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RonQ
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, steaks cooked perfectly & outstanding service. We enjoyed it and plan on returning soon.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for leaving a great review, RonQ! We can't wait to serve you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, awesome food and impeccable ambushes

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Bubster
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Visited on a Wed evening for my wife's birthday with four people. Table was a bit cramped and the chair I was in was not very comfortable. There are a few tables that looked more comfortable but most are cramped. It was noisy where we sat near the bar, most seating is near bar, and conversation was challenging. Service was good, but not expeditious. Took a while to get cocktails. We had oysters, raw and cooked for appetizers, and steaks, 45 day aged, for entrees. We had silky potatoes, mushrooms and brussel sprouts for shareables. Food was good, but not great. Although we had a good time I was overall somewhat disappointed. Probably preferred previous incarnation of restaurant on Archer Road. That said, the Celebration Point area is nice and the restaurant is convenient in a very desirable location and we had a pleasant evening.

Prime & Pearl
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, Bubster. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. Your comments will be passed along to the management team.

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FAQs

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

Prime & Pearl is rated 4.5 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.