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Pearl In The Grove

31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379
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Ranked #2 of 45 Restaurants in Dade City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $25
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lake Iola Rd.
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.
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Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Great new farm to table experience, worth the drive! Everything was very good from beginning to end. Service was excellent, Sheryl was our server and was very knowledgable, she made the experience even better. Only disappointment was that they were out of 2 of the 5 specials at 7:30, but, there was enough other great stuff to satisfy us. Steak... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Every time we dine there we are amazed by the quality flavors and creations that come out of that kitchen. Boyce our server was awesome as usual can't wait to go back. the filet was perfect!!

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103 reviews 103 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was an amazing little gem hidden in the outskirts of Dade City. A small house converted into a charming romantic restaurant. Turned my date into something magical. The GreenTomato Caprese scrumptious. Followed by Strip steak cooked to perfection with an amazing side of squash and okra. We also had porkbelly which was equally good, kind of like a different... More

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space coast, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Coming from a long, dull business meeting, my wife suggested that we make the best of our trip and try Pearl In The Grove. What a delightful discovery. We shared the cheese and charcuterie plate for an appetizer, which was beautifully described by our server. The high point of the meal was the Porkbelly Roulade, which was smoky, tender and... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was lucky enough to be with friends and they took me to this charming out of the way foodie delightful cafe/bistro/farmhouse. Rustic yet cozy The food all freshly prepared and locally grown. The owner chef checks each table to find any requests or needs. He knows the food is great and you can see his love for the effort... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is by far the best food I've had in the Tampa area. It's located about 20 min north of Tampa. The outside decor takes you back to a small southern rustic town feel. When you walk the the ambiance is so uplifting and rustic,yet modern. The food is off the charts amazing and the sevice is top notch. Being... More

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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One our favorite restaurants. They welcome you like family and always have interesting new menu choices.

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Tampa, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very rarely am I surprised, but when the sweet potato chips dripped with balsamic dressing and blue cheese crumbles touched my lips, a smile came across my face that lastest through the whole meal. A local-vore's dream come true-and a florida foodie must do. Everything from the quality of the server to the quality of the food made this one... More

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Naples, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The quality of the ingredients was second to none. The meat had great flavor and wasn't heavy. I guess that's the difference between cheap and quality meat. The owners were present and involved. The décor was tastefully done and quaint. I learned something about decorating on a shoe string to get a quality look. They care and do a great... More

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San antonio, fl
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

I live less than two miles from The Pearl and it's so nice to have a great, unique restaurant nearby.

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