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“Amazing food and great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pearl Bistro

Pearl Bistro
703 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite A-1, Newport News, VA 23606
+1 757-223-5370
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Ranked #18 of 373 Restaurants in Newport News
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: Organic, French, Cajun & Creole, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Pearl Bistro offers the Hampton Roads area flare and casual elegance with contemporary variations of Asian, Creole, and French cuisine. With an emphasis on farm to table initiative and organic, local and fresh ingredients sourced as much as possible from local farms as well as our own private farm.
Newport News, Virginia
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Amazing food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food and wine selections are incredible. Top notch service and attention paid to the customer. Quaint and personal. Pricy but an excellent choice for a special night out.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Hampton, Virginia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Cozy, charming, delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Went with my wife and 2 other couples for dinner. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. They even have foie gras! We'll definitely be repeat customers.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were looking forward to a Valentine lunch at Pearl. The restaurant was full and we had to wait about 20 minutes - we did not mind since we had heard that the food was great. The wait staff were very pleasant but they did not seem to be prepared for the volume of customers and several of the menu options were not available. We both opted for a filet mignon/lamb blended hamburger. The meal came with bland mashed potatoes and the burger was on an overly buttered french bread with soggy lettuce and one very slim slice of tomato. The meat was over salted and overly spiced. Very disappointing....we will not return. Too bad - the area could use another good French restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Apex,NC
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Food from France”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Valentine Dinner at Pearl was almost like returning back to Paris for an evening. The four course pre fixe offered a good variety of beef and seafood for appetizers and entrees. My wife loved the country onion soup for the starter. This creamy soup was the highlight of her dinner. I most enjoyed my entree of tenderloin and large lobster medallions. The ingredient combinations were just right.

The atmosphere was a bit lacking. We were not in the main room and lights were bright until we asked for them to be turned down. The room was loud with just a few tables. The strolling guitar player was good and clearly enjoyed by many but for us it was in contrast to a quiet french dinning experience.

The service was very attentive and friendly and the chef appeared a few times to ensure we enjoyed our meal.

If you are looking for high quality, fresh food with a creative flair this is among the best we've eaten stateside.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Pearl had been highly recommended to us, so we were looking forward to our first visit. Unfortunately, the evening did not live up to the hype. We should have been tipped off immediately when we entered the main dining room. The atmosphere was uninviting, and the food that followed was just "okay". The portions were small and some of the food tasted reheated. Only two other tables were occupied, and that was on a night when it should have been filled with diners going to a nearby concert.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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