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Pearl In The Grove

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31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379 (Lake Iola Rd.)
+1 352-588-0008
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Brooksville, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was such a wonderful experience. We went for our 16year anniversary and was worth the trip, never eating there before,only hearing of ther wonderful restaurant we wanted to try. We had a wonderful service the food was great, pork belly was amazing!!!! And local beer. Was a wonderful night. Thank you

Thank jeffcW6361TW
Central Florida, Florida
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

With for our anniversary dinner and was not disappointed. The service was top notch and the food was excellent. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and friendly. The food is eclectic and very tasty. I like to order items I've never had and this entire menu nearly fit that criteria. We started with the cheese and sausage platter.... More 

Thank go-ISU-81
Dade City, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Make reservations, very popula, hints of Cajun tastes. White table cloths,locally sourced ingredients

Thank Roger L
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some people are going to love the small, cozy atmosphere of this small restaurant in the (very) little "town" of St. Joe. However, the atmosphere and food didn't quite live up to the Pearl's local reputation. If you like "country chic" then this is your place.

Thank 914hubertp
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is surprising that this little gem is out in the middle of nowhere - hence the name "Pearl In The Grove". The restaurant is in an old house/gas station. It has cement floors but white linen table cloths on the tables. The four of us started with the cheese and sausage appetizer which was great - local cheese, honey,... More 

Thank TravelExpTPA
The Villages FL
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You might pass right by this restaurant since it is rustic looking, but you would be missing a delightful experience. It has full linen service which is a big plus for me. The wait service is top notch. Our waiter, Henry, was, not only, knowledgeable about the food and wine, but was friendly without being intrusive. This combination is difficult,... More 

Thank elllen1301
Dade City, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place to eat There fruits and vegetables are fresh never frozen the atmosphere very relax and the staff is very friendly

Thank rosalindas20
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and we went there Saturday evening. What a treat. Great atmosphere, great food and outstanding service. How nice to be treated like they really appreciate you coming. Chicken liver appetizer was terrific. Then we had the homemade pasta... really good. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Thank pipatton
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I love the movement of the farm to table restaurants. Its not always easy to find gluten free food. The staff was very helpful in guiding my choices and customizing the menu to meant my dietary needs. Desserts are amazing!!

Thank LeffFam
Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The food, menu and service were all outstanding. It doesn't get any better than this. Everything that was served was extra special, even the freshly baked bread accompanied by three types of butter.

Thank Lloyd M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $45
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31936 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525-7379
    (Lake Iola Rd.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Dade City
  • Phone Number: +1 352-588-0008
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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