The Pearl

4.7
3616 reviews
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Gastro Pub
A Jewel Long in the Making. And well worth the wait. Cameron Mitchell’s, The Pearl, is a well-polished culinary jewel that showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of Ales, Lagers & Stouts. All within one urban and cozy tavern. White exposed brick, original hard wood floors, over-sized iron beams and windows that open to High Street complete this unique gastropub, located in the Short North Arts District.
Our Valet Service is available during normal hours and the garage behind us on West Russell is also open for business.
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the Oysters on the half, Beet salad, and cornbread. The main courses seem to be overpriced for the quality. The Hanger Steak was cooked well but the Kimchee over powered the dish. We were not pleased with Braised Short Rib. It was over sauced and over cooked. We had an excellent service and are not opposed to trying the place out again.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and great food.

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SN
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience! Cameron Mitchell restaurant staffers are always exceptional. Always love the food!

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t
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There was a lot to like at The Pearl. The food was really good....the staff were great, but it's just a little bit loud and depending on where you get seated, the tables are too close (we sat against the back wall with the tables pushed up against the one long bench seat).
But having said that.... I would definitely go back.

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WW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed dinner with my sister and my two
young nieces (2 and 4). Everyone was extremely kind from the homestead who was very engaging with my nieces to our server Chris. I love the Pearl and I am so glad that my sisters first visit lived up to my descriptions. The best!! Can’t wait to come back!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our sons birthday. From the time we walked in, they made it special. Our waitress, Gabby, was excellent. Highly recommend.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron Mitchel - what else needs to be said? This was my first time to Pearl and I will be back. While the tables are more crowded than I would like, the overall ambience is good and noise level OK for conversation without shouting. Food was very good as expected.

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on Mother's Day, that busiest of restaurant days. Although we waited half an our after our reservation time, we were given a free appetizer for the wait. And when we were asked about dietary restrictions and I relayed mine, they came up with a great one I could eat and it was delicious! Everything was just what we wanted, and we'll be back!

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food! Bloody Mary’s weren’t very good. Too thick of tomato juice. Omelet wasn’t anything special. Everything else was very enjoyable.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mothers Day

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SG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food with awesome service. The menu has something for everyone and the home made tater tots are a must have!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great brunch !!!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day was GREAT! Always impressed with this place.

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CD
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to take my family for Mother’s Day brunch.

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PG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Our experience at The Pearl for Mother’s Day was generally good. Atmosphere was brilliant. Esther our waitress was fabulous. My moms mom was named Esther so that turned into making my moms day. Chicken and waffles was great and had by four of the six of us. Two had a thick sausage patty that was taken off the stove too early and one was very pink inside. Other than that it was good experience. Great restaurant.

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BT
Cleveland
56 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for brunch after a concert weekend. Great tastes in all selections.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I mean...every Cameron Mitchell restaurant is amazing, but I especially love The Pearl’s ambiance. The wait staff works efficiently as a team and the food is always great. Brought my moms here on mother’s day and they loved it too!

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IA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The Pearl is our FAVORITE spot in Short North. It helps that we live down the street, so we're lucky enough to eat there frequently. The food is always fantastic. On Saturday, we brought some friends from Indy to The Pearl. They also loved the food, but we were all a little disappointed with the service. Our waiter was great, but it seems to take them a long time to make their initial greeting with the table. I like my water and drink order taken as soon as I sit down.

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f
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We came up to Columbus from Cincinnati to attend a concert and celebrate my son's birthday. The Pearl was highly recommended so I made reservations for a quiet table. It was, because it was tucked way back in the corner, next to the restrooms. So that's on me. However, the food was another story. We ordered deviled eggs and bacon wrapped dates as appetizers and then ordered a second order of both because they were small but really good. Should have stopped there. I ordered the fried chicken after asking the waitress what was good on the menu. It was supposed to be three pieces, a breast, thigh and leg...but there were four somewhat unidentifiable pieces when it came. I like white meat and planned to share the rest with my son who likes dark meat. We had to take a vote as to which piece might be the breast etc... It was pretty bland and while my guess was right, it was the smallest chicken breast I've ever seen. The sides were unremarkable as well. No flavor. Two at our table ordered the hamburger that was also pretty bland in spite of promises that it had been raved over and won awards. Even the tomato jam didn't help much. The winner at the table was the ricotta dumplings.
While we had hoped for a lot more, we left very disappointed and will cross the Pearl off our list of places to go when in town.

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TG
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love the Pearl! Highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken, desserts, and of course all things raw bar!

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SP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our experience at The Pearl was great! Next time we attend, we will stick with starters and snacks, as they were phenomenal! The entrees were good, but nothing near the flavor of the snacks and starters! Fun atmosphere, but noisy. Excellent service!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great service! Their corn bread and deviled eggs are to die for!

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service, Gabby, was amazing! She was friendly, courteous, informative, and helpful.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The brunch is amazing! Fried PBJ was a great appetizer. It is a little noisy and cramped inside but the food and service makes up for it.

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PH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch at The Pearl to celebrate a friend's birthday. Everyone loved the entrees and the cocktails. Will go back again and again.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn’t say enough great things about The Pearl! Everything we’ve tried on the menu is fantastic, the atmosphere is so relaxing! The customer service is probably the best we’ve had at a restaurant in a long time. The pearl is definitely our favorite date night spot!

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M
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation on Open Table...arrived at 8:00pm...used the handy valet...were seated right away at a high top in the bar. Our server, Esther, was charming and ever so helpful - she did a great job! Drinks were good as was the food. We enjoyed a dozen oysters, followed by an off-the-menu order of oysters Rockefeller (which unfortunately seemed to be missing its classic Hollandaise sauce) and then split an order of the very yummy shrimp and grits. All in all, it was a terrific evening!

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Other than oysters no other dishes are interesting! :(

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g
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jordan, was amazing! My family and I will most definitely be back!

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JM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience at the Pearl! Brady, our server, was very engaging and knew everything about the menu and drinks. Great atmosphere and ambiance!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good drinks. Try the bourbon bacon beautiful.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the best menu I've got in a long time...Hanger Steak was the bomb! Bartenders where spot on. Great job i will be back in the next time I'm in Ohio.

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KO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I arrived 5 minutes early for my reservation. My table was not ready as it needed to be cleaned (I could see the table). I waited 20 minutes for someone to clean the table. There were long periods of time without seeing my waiter. I think the service could be improved. Food was good!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hip yet cozy atmosphere, awesome service - thanks especially to our server Gabby. We started out with the jalapeno corn bread - sooo good! We tried the baked oysters, parmesan baked clams, and fried oysters, as well as the shrimp and grits - all amazing, but the fried oysters really stood out. We also tried several cocktails and would highly recommend the Duke of Pearl and Gin Thyme (seriously the best gin cocktail we've ever had). The brown sugar pie with ice cream was the perfect finish to what might have been the best meal of my life. I've been thinking about The Pearl every day since and can't wait to go back!!

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g
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The four stars in service was not because of the server as she was working very hard....just the amount of time it took for us to get drinks due to there not being enough servers perhaps?
Food and drinks were amazing and I cannot wait to go back.

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z
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t impressed with it the first time but I have to say that this second time was a much better experience. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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JP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at the Pearl is always outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Rosè Punch bowl and staff is really wonderful and food is really delicious.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I always visit when I’m in Columbus but the food was inconsistent this time. The burger was the best of the bunch and even then my friend’s burger was super salty. Shrimp and grits also fell through as it was watery. Drinks made up for the lackluster food.

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