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Pearl In The Grove

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31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525 (Lake Iola Rd.)
+1 352-588-0008
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    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
It's a Pearl!

This is a very unique restaurant. The caliber of the food, presentation and ambiance is wonderful. Locally grown ingredients and creative menus make it a one of a kind experience. On any evening the selections may or may not be to your liking, but plan ahead for a great night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Judy W
,
Dade City, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Dade City, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a very unique restaurant. The caliber of the food, presentation and ambiance is wonderful. Locally grown ingredients and creative menus make it a one of a kind experience. On any evening the selections may or may not be to your liking, but plan ahead for a great night.

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Port Richey, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband and I wanted a nice dinner out and are sick of chain restaurants. We heard about the Pearl and made a reservation for Saturday night. The drive was simple and the place was easy to find. We loved the cozy atmosphere of the "house" and the staff was very attentive upon our arrival. We had asked to move... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Recently took my mother out for a birthday dinner. I wanted to take her somewhere she had never been before. I have been wanting to try the Pearl in the Grove for a while. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent! Everything homemade right down to the butter. The corn bread was the best I have ever eaten. My... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is not only the best place in Dade City but possibly the Tampa area. I came for my 25th wedding anniversary and I was not disappointed. The food and ambience was classy yet casual. It was an experience that my wife and I will will not forget. The menu was small yet had a diverse selection that would please... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Will be eating here for Easter with the family. We made reservations because we were there last year and enjoyed the small quaint restaurant with a at home feel and white table cloths.. . Food is execellent, from the fresh farm vegetables to the desert. Service was personal and friendly. Nice ride from Brandon to Dade City. Hills and farm... More 

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Nice atmosphere,Food was tasty until I found a hair! Such a spoiler!! And over priced for what you get.restaurant needs better ventilation... Pretty smokey.

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

Jeff, I'm sorry your visit wasn't great. I wish you'd let us know at the time so I could take corrective action. We never expect folks to pay for a meal that they didn't enjoy and we need to know about problems in order to fix them. Please drop me a line to let me know when you visited, what... More 

Munster, Indiana
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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
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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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?