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Pearl In The Grove

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31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379 (Lake Iola Rd.)
+1 352-588-0008
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Elegant, hand crafted foods and boutique wines are the focus in this...
Elegant, hand crafted foods and boutique wines are the focus in this relaxed and intimate 40 seat dining room, just north of Tampa in charming Dade City. A winding bucolic drive through orange groves, hills and cattle ranches, this is an unexpected haven away from congested cookie cutter Florida. The Pearl in the Grove is a European bistro with Panhandle roots and definitely an experience worth the drive out of town. The experience is many things at once: ancestral Southern with hints of Creole, a dash of Western European simplicity, easy Sunday suppers served family style, luxurious, leisurely Brunch. Wine pairing dinners. Craft and local beers. Simple ingredients feel sophisticated but fun and effortless, like the New Orleans heritage jazz that plays in the background. The Pearl eschews trend and tricks in favor of a more refined nod to cooking that’s never pretentious, just honest. An unwavering commitment to local farm produce and regional ingredients like local cheeses, hand picked organic micro greens, kumquats from the grove on the corner and local beef and pork from heritage stock-- Proprietors Curtis and Rebecca Beebe know great food and their passion is evident. Informed by world travel as military kids, they both learned techniques from their mothers. Cook with what’s indigenous to the area in the regional style. Chef Curtis watched his mom forage and cook with local produce from Northern Africa, Germany and Japan. Rebecca’s sharp eye comes from a long line of low country Alabama fishermen, farmers and restaurateurs. This sparked a well balanced culinary marriage. When settling back into the towns that arc the Gulf of Mexico, they started to hone their unique regional style and wanted to bring it to Central Florida. Louisiana to Apalachicola. Rural, not country. Leisurely, not casual. Accomplished, reserved service. Genuine hospitality. Careful cooking with lots of panache. Served in a warm and intimate dining room. Just right.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Farm-to-Table Experience

We found this place on Open Table and decided to try it. Glad we did! We were warmly greeted by Curtis, the owner. Everything was terrific - salad, soup, entrees. All fresh and very tasty. We only wish we were here more often. The restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, which actually adds to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Stephen R
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Munster, Indiana
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Munster, Indiana
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We found this place on Open Table and decided to try it. Glad we did! We were warmly greeted by Curtis, the owner. Everything was terrific - salad, soup, entrees. All fresh and very tasty. We only wish we were here more often. The restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, which actually adds to the experience. Great staff, great... More 

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Lutz, Florida
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The reviewer who dismissed as "hype" all of the rave reviews of the this restaurant must have been expecting something not yet created on this planet, or at least in Florida. The Pearl serves the most interesting, unusual, and absolutely delicious food I have found in my 35 years in central Florida. From their exquisite appetizers, including homemade cheeses and... More 

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Huntersville, NC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had the most wonderful dinner at this restaurant, in the middle of nowhere!! There were 5 of us good friends, and everyone in our group were more than happy!! There was many oohs and ah's!! Would definitely return for another experience!! I had the rabbit, with that perfect poached duck egg, I can still taste it, as I write... More 

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Canton, Ohio
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

Foodies will love this little out of the way Pearl. It may not be for everyone as the dishes are not your usual fare. I liked the Yakamein so much I had it twice in 6 days. With a rabbit confit (not a bit greasy), pork belly, in a tasty consomme, topped with a poached duck egg...heaven in a bowl.... More 

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Lewisburg
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The chef made very different, interesting, good dishes. He would fix you about anything you wanted. His wife was the waitress. She was great.

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Venice, Florida
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit was with friends who've been here numerous times. The food was excellent! The service was perfect, allowing for conversation while being attentive. Everything is freshly done and locally sourced. A little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the hunt.

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Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Food is way too expensive for the quantity or portion sizes. Trying to be country gourmet but can't pull it off. Customer service not so great either.

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cbeebe, Owner at Pearl In The Grove, responded to this review

Sorry we failed to impress but we're really glad that you've found some other locally owned restaurants that you enjoy. More 

Dade City, Florida
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

My wife and I had the opportunity to get away Saturday night for dinner at Pearl in the Grove and we were glad we did. It had been a several months since we had been to the Grove but have been going there since they opened. We started with the frogleg appetizer, then had fresh salads and ordered specials from... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My husband and I ate here over the weekend and were both amazed. My husband isn't one for organic, healthy type food but he ate every morsel AND dessert! The care that went into the food was evident and well worth the drive as we are from Tampa. We had shrimp pasta, the filet and pumpkin cake with goat cheese... More 

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Whitefish, Montana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My wife and I recently hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner for our grand-daughter at Pearl in The Grove. Coming from Whitefish, Montana, we had no experience with restaurants in Dade. What a fantastic choice Pearl in The Grove turned out to be. The entire staff was helpful and warm, and the food amazing. We had a large family style meal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379
    (Lake Iola Rd.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Dade City
  • Phone Number: +1 352-588-0008

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Elegant, hand crafted foods and boutique wines are the focus in this relaxed and intimate 40 seat dining room, just north of Tampa in charming Dade City. A winding bucolic drive through orange groves, hills and cattle ranches, this is an unexpected haven away from congested cookie cutter Florida. The Pearl in the Grove is a European bistro with Panhandle roots and definitely an experience worth the drive out of town. The experience is many things at once: ancestral Southern with hints of Creole, a dash of Western European simplicity, easy Sunday suppers served family style, luxurious, leisurely Brunch. Wine pairing dinners. Craft and local beers. Simple ingredients feel sophisticated but fun and effortless, like the New Orleans heritage jazz that plays in the background. The Pearl eschews trend and tricks in favor of a more refined nod to cooking that’s never pretentious, just honest. An unwavering commitment to local farm produce and regional ingredients like local cheeses, hand picked organic micro greens, kumquats from the grove on the corner and local beef and pork from heritage stock-- Proprietors Curtis and Rebecca Beebe know great food and their passion is evident. Informed by world travel as military kids, they both learned techniques from their mothers. Cook with what’s indigenous to the area in the regional style. Chef Curtis watched his mom forage and cook with local produce from Northern Africa, Germany and Japan. Rebecca’s sharp eye comes from a long line of low country Alabama fishermen, farmers and restaurateurs. This sparked a well balanced culinary marriage. When settling back into the towns that arc the Gulf of Mexico, they started to hone their unique regional style and wanted to bring it to Central Florida. Louisiana to Apalachicola. Rural, not country. Leisurely, not casual. Accomplished, reserved service. Genuine hospitality. Careful cooking with lots of panache. Served in a warm and intimate dining room. Just right.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?