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Pearl Cafe

231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
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Ranked #1 of 238 Restaurants in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Chef-owned and operated, Pearl Cafe is an aptly named jewel of a restaurant serving regional cuisine with a country French accent. The massive beams and peach toned bricks of the historic warehouse provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. Specialties include bison with huckleberry-zinfandel sauce, duckling with dried cherries and pomegranate sauce and beef tenderloin with port and Roquefort. Fresh fish dishes change daily and local products are used whenever possible. The menu is rounded out with a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, house made bread and a list of sinfully delicious desserts. Custom wedding and special occasion cakes are produced in the bakery as well. The restaurant serves wine and beer, with a list of 15 wines by the glass, local draft beer, a broad selection of half bottles and over 100 full bottles.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Helena, Montana
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A group of six of us had dinner at Pearl and as always it was superb. Staff are attentive and courteous, menu selections always offer a range of difficult choices, extensive wine list and all of the little details looked after with quiet professionalism. Our group ordered everything from appetizers to dessert and main courses included steaks, seafood stew, prawns,... More

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Tulsa, OK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

While in Missoula on a business trip I had the pleasure of dining at Pearl's. Can't wait to return someday with my husband who will absolutely love their bread. Atmosphere is romantic yet suitable for a business dinner. The bouillabaisse was perfect as was the salad and berry dessert. Very nice wine selection, too. Highly recommend Pearl's Cafe!

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United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Pearl was recommended to us by some friends, and we were pleased with the service and food. Even though we were a bit under dressed, casual work attire, we were still treated great! The server went above and beyond, I'd elaborate but don't want to get her in trouble! The food was excellent! Even the coffee served in a metal... More

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woodstock, ct
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We ended our tour of Idaho and Montana with dinner at Pearl Cafe` a "store front" establishment downtown. The restaurant is handsome-exposed brick and beams. The staff is first rate-attentive and knowledgeable and the food was really good. Wife's rabbitt was tender and lightly seasoned my duck -breast with fruit sauce/ leg confit was perfectly done. Friend's filet with Port... More

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Dallas, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Although it is unusual for a restaurant of this caliber to not be allowed to sell liquor, they do sell some amazing wines that pair quite nicely with anything you could order from their amazing and eclectic menu. The staff are super-attentive and seem genuinely glad to serve you. You are never forgotten and they seem to keep an eye... More

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billings, mt
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We thought the ceviche was excellent. The onion soup was ok but pretty standard. The entre' I had, the filet with port and roquefort was absolutely wonderful and well worth going there for. Desserts were somewhat disappointing. Nice atmosphere, and quieter if you sit upstairs.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The food was great! It was a very nice restaurant with excellent atmosphere and ambience. It was well priced. Beautiful presentation. The service could have been more attentive but we would definitely recommend it-- the locals seem to love it too!

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Missoula, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We've been going to Pearl Cafe for years and not been disappointed. We love the interior. It's cozy and romantic. Music is subtle so you can talk without raising your voice. Service has always been spot on. Good menu choices and the food is always cooked properly with great presentation and delivered by knowledgeable servers. It's a place that has... More

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Starting with the neon sign the pearl cafe needs a major interior revamp. The food was delicious and the wine menu had a few great options but the decor and ambiance was very out of date. Our server was absolutely wonderful so our experience was truly great. Don't let the look and feel of the place influence your decision to... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went for my birthday and friends anniversary. Great food, great wine, and great service. I want to try more things on the menu. I was told it was very expensive , but I found the prices fair. Most expensive thing on the menu was $37. (Our wines were more than our meals.) Definitely will be returning.

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