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The Pearl Restaurant at Leeward Community College  - The Pearl at Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI

The Pearl at Leeward Community College

4.8
4.8
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Nestled on the shores of Pearl Harbor, The Pearl Restaurant at Leeward Community College is a student operated establishment with a passion for serving our guests an amazing contemporary, fine dining experience. The heartbeat of our operation revolves around our students, being able to showcase their creative culinary artistry and talents, along with providing the warmth of genuine hospitality.

While it may seem like we are a normal restaurant, The Pearl is primarily a place of learning for our culinary students. Their education is our priority and we do our best, with limited resources, to provide an excellent dining experience for our guests. During a pandemic it is difficult to operate at maximum efficiency and capacity. We have very limited seating, and we need extra time to carefully prepare our kitchen and dining area for your safety. We appreciate your understanding as we try to manage our reservations and adhere to our safety requirements and guidelines.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 455-0475

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Christopher Garnier

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience, food was delicious, and staff was friendly. You cannot leave a tip, but you can make a donation to the culinary arts program
  2. PK

    PlumeriaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an awesome celebration for my birthday during lunch. Totally worth it.
  3. BR

    BrittniR

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at The Pearl. Our waiter Chandler was friendly and welcoming. He did a great job answering our questions, serving our food, and keeping our glasses full. The food was delicious- salad, ahi dip, salmon, and pork belly with the Kaua’i prawn. Overall, we had a great time and we will be back!
  4. LG

    LGJR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Beautiful ambiance. It is an educational culinary experience. Don’t be too hard on them, they are learning =)
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Will go again.
  6. HL

    HarumiL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since I was late to the table, I relied on my guests to let me know what was going on. They don't usually attend The Pearl lunches so this was a treat. Every meal or dish was explained very well by our server (Kiyaki) and of course I added my 2 cents since I was able to enjoy the meal earlier in the week. Kiyaki was very attentive. We even shared how she changed her name. Interesting... I hope my guests will make it a point to enjoy a future reservation with The Pearl. Thank you.
  7. BH

    BlakeH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The eggplant dish was flavorful, would love to order that again. The beet salad and gelato dessert all made for a great lunch. I thought my server was fantastic. Engaging and appropriately friendly. Excellent service
  8. KB

    KelliB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and food was tasty!!!
  9. TM

    ThomasM

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was quite good although portions could have been larger. Unfortunately service was very slow, waited for over 15 minutes just for water. Once food service was started however, foods arrived at a regular rate.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s important to support Leeward’s culinary program and, to be honest, I enjoy their high quality of fare. I took my mom to try their latest offerings. We ordered one of everything on the menu just so that we could try it all. The salads are on the sparser side but it’s understandable they are meant to be salads and not an entrees. The goat cheese and roasted beets salad was so yummy and well-balanced. We enjoyed the goddess dressing in the garden salad and the string beans in both salads were tasty bits. We both raved over the crushed dill pickle salad that accompanied the fried chicken. It went really well with the fried chicken and potato. Misoyaki eggplant was delicious with the two sauces that blended perfectly (miso and butter, I believe). The surprise was the Wellington! We weren’t expecting much but ordered it to at least try it and it was sooo tender and moist and flavorful! No regrets with that one. The tiramisu trifle was nice and pleasant, fruit is sweet. We would’ve enjoyed it more if it were cold. Twix ice cream was ok and the cookie was nice but my mom’s favorite part of that dessert was the lacey bowl-shaped crisp. Overall, absolutely happy with the service, the meal, and the price! Having student servers relax and talk story with us was touching because they deserve to be proud of their work. I forgot to take pictures of everything else because we were only interested in eating after this. 🤣🤣 We’ll definitely be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing dishes. The students here really provided a wonderful experience. The escargot, perfectly cooked salmon with forbidden rice, and green apple shisho sorbet really blew us away!
  12. N

    Nama

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A visit with daughter from out of town and she’s always heard us praise the meals at The Pearl. We finally got a chance to bring her here and it did not disappoint.
  13. N

    Nama

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Normally I really enjoy the food here, it was student week and some of the dishes were over cooked because the portions were really small( a seven course tasting menu). The presentation was very nice and I especially liked the scallop dish, it was tasty and perfectly cooked. Disappointed in the medley of dessert, nothing amazing, especially the jello, it was meh, I will continue to support this program but would think twice about going when it’s student week. We love the regular semesters menu!
  14. NM

    NaomiM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience-food, service, and staff are better than most restaurants.
  15. BV

    BillV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    HIDDEN GEM!!! Leeward Community College has developed a first class lunch dining experience with culinary major students, faculty and staff. Five star quality food, service, and ambience! If I had a business office between Aiea and Kapolei, I’d have lunch meetings there frequently! Congratulations Chancellor Penaloza and LCC community! Truly a success story!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were outstanding
  17. MR

    MamaRose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always great! Service was okay, but I understand that it's because the students run the restaurant. They got one of our orders wrong, but we didn't ask for them to change it back. They caught it but we agreed to just keep it. However, I know this would upset some people. They handled it okay.
  18. HE

    HawaiianEye

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and refreshingly pleasant service. We all need to support this valuable community resource.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful hidden gem! This restaurant is part of the University of Hawaii Culinary Program and features outstanding dishes from aspiring chef students under the direction of some really great chefs, including Chef Chris and Ms. Jaylene! What a pleasure and honor it was to dine at this wonderful establishment! Can’t wait to go again! 👩‍🍳
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and dessert was excellent
  21. JW

    JenniferW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful lunch w a friend at the Pearl ! The food was delicious (salad, short ribs, chocolate soufflé - yum!) and the service was terrific as well. Free and easy parking at Leeward CC. We will be back soon ;)
  22. J

    Junior

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AWESOMENESS!!!!
  23. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were good. Rachel, our server, was attentive; she gave us information about the program. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining at The Pearl.

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Pearl at Leeward Community College is rated 4.8 stars by 23 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 1 time today
Google Map for The Pearl at Leeward Community College

96045 Ala Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Pearl City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Christopher Garnier

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access

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