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Pearl Cafe

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231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
+1 406-541-0231
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Chef-owned and operated, Pearl Cafe is an aptly named jewel of a...
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. 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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  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
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  • 3
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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
Beautiful experience

We had made a reservation but decided to try and go earlier. Absolutely no problem and had a beautiful table upstairs. My husband had the provincial seafood stew and I had the halibut. Both were beautifully presented and most delicious. Ordered dessert and enjoyed it very much. My husband had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Missoula, Montana
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is beautiful. Low light. White tablecloths. The servers are polite, not personable. We had escargot stuffed mushrooms and ginger scallops to start. I don't know how escargot can have zero taste. I don't know that it's possible, unless they really aren't snails. The scallops were okay. They were served with a much too sweet mushroom sauce. Planned to... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had made a reservation but decided to try and go earlier. Absolutely no problem and had a beautiful table upstairs. My husband had the provincial seafood stew and I had the halibut. Both were beautifully presented and most delicious. Ordered dessert and enjoyed it very much. My husband had had a recent surgery and, unfortunately, his stomach reacted to... More 

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Incline Village (Lake Tahoe), NV
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice atmosphere, good wine list & excellent food! We ate here our last night in town and it did not disappoint! The french onion soup was excellent and my husband's steak was perfect (not one bite left on the plate)! We also had the special charcuterie plate which featured several types of pate including bison(!) and it too was excellent.... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Pearl and her staff continue to offer the finest food in Missoula in an nice setting with great beer and wine selections. Thank you Pearl for many wonderful meals!

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Pearl greets you at the door with a smile, offers to hang your coat and then her staff takes over to deliver one delicious meal after another. Hands down the best place in Missoula for a gourmet meal. We've been here several times at Pearl never disappoints!

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Previously I posted where we had a problem with a reservation and rated the restaurant down. If I can figure out how to delete that rating I would. The Pearl is the best restaurant in Missoula. Ms Pearl is terrific and a very gracious host. Halibut was the best I've ever tasted, shared with the pub steak, outstanding!!

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Located on Front Street, a stone's throw from the shops and galleries on Higgins Street, the Pearl really is a gem of a restaurant. The decor is stunning with its wood beams set against wood floors and brick walls. The menu offers a number of well prepared fish and meat dishes and the beer and wine list is superb. The... More 

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Cut Bank, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

On a special occasion, I surprised my wife and took her to the Pearl. It is a long drive from our home, and I did not tell her where we were going. Having never been to the Pearl, I was a little bit concerned it would not be as good as I had been told. It was better. The service... More 

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missoula, montana
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

this is considered the best restaurant in town! It is THE place for a celebration! Most interestingly they don't try to gouge one on the price of wine

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The atmosphere is so romantic. Our waitress was able to describe the wines to a tee for us. We had the chicken liver pate as an appetizer which was so creamy and smooth which complemented the crisp apples it was served with. I had the grilled seafood medley and since I do not eat potatoes they gave me extra vegetables.... More 

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Additional Information about Pearl Cafe

Address: 231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
Phone Number: +1 406-541-0231
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 21 - 38
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802-4403
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: +1 406-541-0231

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 38
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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. 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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?