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Pearl In The Grove

31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379
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Ranked #2 of 44 restaurants in Dade City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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 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
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Our biggest regret was waiting for so long to come here. From the warmth of the owners' reception to the exceptional wait staff, the environment was absolutely lovely. All the staff make themselves available to talk about the food and their contribution to the restaurant. The chefs aren't just proficient, they really know their local/southern cuisine and how to make... More

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Tampa, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary last weekend at this wonderful little restaurant. We had a delicious meal and great service. We had a 7 p.m. reservation. When we arrived about 5 min. prior, the place was mostly full. We were escorted to a side room area with a seat at the front window. It was nice to not... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We decided to hit the back roads of Tampa and we got exactly what we wanted-tranquility, and simplicity to go with a decent breakfast. We drove down some single lane roads, amongst the horse and cows and through orange orchards to find the Pearl. This place is an example of what is missing in this generation. For about an hour... More

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Tampa, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Pearl in the Grove is absolutely my favorite restaurant. The food is always fresh, local and interesting, the service is always great. A lovely drive in the country for no-fail deliciousness and warm hospitality.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Fresh handmade selections from regional farms in a cozy, intimate setting. The service was excellent. Try the sweet potato chips with goat cheese.............pure yummy! It is pricey so be prepared.

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