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Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen

617 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9593
+1 231-264-0530
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (20 reviews)
“jambalaya” (62 reviews)
“cornbread” (37 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
617 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9593
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There aren't that many restaurants in this region that deserve five stars but Pearl's does. The atmosphere alone makes you want to be there for at least 2 hours, so cozy and inviting. The food is exceptional. Everything from the jalapeno cornbread to the fried...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank adrianna24sings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a reservation that we waited 1 hour for! Everyone seems to rave about this food, I do not get it. Grease, unattractive, soggy if it was fried, salty and just did not smell right. Inedible! The place is in need of a serious...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The jambalaya had little rice but lots of chopped onions, tomatoes and peppers. Not as spicy as advertised. The blacken shrimp Alfredo was excellent. Good corn bread and sourdough bread basket. Will go back to try the gumbo. They need to have lunch size portions...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Clarkston_Rambler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Man, do I miss good Cajun. I used to get great in the south, but since coming to the north, it has been scarce. No place in Michigan has decent. We even went to what was supposed to be a great place in Banff, and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Russ H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten here many times over the years. My favorite has always been BBQ shrimp. This time sauce was nothing more than watered down Worcestershire sauce. The shrimp was not cooked in it . The shrimp had been precooked and was very tough. New Orleans...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Joe T
jessi92782017, Manager at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Joe! I am so sorry to hear that your visit was not up to our standards. Would it be possible to get more information from you? Date and time of visit? If you would email me at pearls@pearlsneworleanskitchen.com that would be very helpful. I...More

Reviewed November 28, 2018

We have had 2 good meals at Pearl's and 2 bad. We went there for my birthday and I was so disappointed. The chowder and bread were good. But the quiche was awful. It was so dry and with so much stuff in it, I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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jessi92782017, Manager at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2018

I am so sorry to hear that your Birthday lunch was not up to our usually high standards. I would love for you send us an email so that I can get some more information. pearls@pearlsneworleanskitchen.com I would love to make this right and hope...More

Reviewed November 25, 2018

I like Pearl’s, which is celebrating it’s, hard to believe, 20th year in business. This is a funky fun place, with generally so so food. Lunch yesterday was good, Garret was our waiter, and we couldn’t have asked for a better one! Our house margaritas...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank LJM417
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited Pearl's late on a Friday night. The service was very good. The food was better than average for the price.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank GrandTour813084
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been several times. They are consistently good. We’ve tried almost everything on the menu and it’s been good. So here’s the kicker: it’s busy. No reservations are accepted. Go early. Be patient and enjoy. The wait staff are rockstars. We just haven’t run into...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Blessed17
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

This place will take you to the French Quarter of NOLO. Cajun food , crawfish, & gator what more can you ask for? We came here after our bowling tournament & it was amazing. They bring you the best jalapeño cornbread I’ve ever tasted. I...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank pittzburgh7
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June 7, 2018|
Response from jclouts | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. It is worth a call though. Either way the food is incredible there
February 24, 2015|
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Response from Stephen S | Reviewed this property |
Just want to add to what I said. The Southern food was authentic and delicious. We were a party of four, each ordered something different. The wonderful waitress brought us extra plates, silverware, and we all ejoyed a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9593
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Antrim County  >  Elk Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 231-264-0530
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