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231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
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Ranked #1 of 241 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Pearl is expensive, but for a special treat it is worth it. The steaks are tender and tasty! Beautiful presentation.

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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you are looking for fine dining in a warm and cozy atmosphere, then reserve your table now at Pearl Cafe. My husband and I were looking for a quiet, upscale place to take friends for a special dinner. Pearl Cafe was the best choice. I can't recommend this wonderful restaurant enough. I was almost put off by some of... More 

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Plentywood, Montana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

My husband and I had dinner her in May, to celebrate my birthday. Pearl was highly recommended to us for a special evening out. The food was interesting and delicious. The service was outstanding. Next time we are in Missoula, we hope to set aside a night to have dinner at Pearl again.

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have eaten here several times though not real recently. The wine list is fantastic. The food is always exceptional. The service is unsurpassed. Pearl does a fine job.

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We've been dining with Pearl since she had the Alley Cat and I've found her places to be among the most consistent in the country. The front staff is just a tad aloof and a little to used to the restaurant's success, but that's the least of your worries if you're looking for a wonderful small venue with great food,... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have eaten at the Pearl a number of times, almost always for special occasions. It is one of the best examples of 'fine dining' that Missoula has to offer - and if it was located in a larger city, would compete very well with other fine dining institutions! Staff is courteous and attentive, but not overbearing, food is wonderfully... More 

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Helena, Montana
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Additional Information about Pearl Cafe

Address: 231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
Phone Number: 406-541-0231
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French

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