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“Fun Place”
Review of EAT at The Pearl

EAT at The Pearl
Ranked #383 of 4,799 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fenelon St.
Transit: Show your Car2Go membership card to get 15% of your restaurant bill! Car2Go charging and designated parking on site.
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun Place”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

We wandered in because we had a coupon. We were very surprised to find a fun little bistro bar with super food.

We had a nice happy hour drink followed by a Monday special 3 course meal. She had the beet salad, I had oysters to start. The free range chicken entree was beautifully done, moist and nicely seasoned. My Cod was light, flaky, and the veggies crisp and fresh.

We both finished it off with bacon waffles and ice cream garnished with fresh berries and a chocolate sauce.

The server, Vaughn, was friendly, helpful and efficient. The restaurant at the Pearl is a keeper and a must do in San Diego for us now. We may even try out their kitschy boutique hotel, The Pearl.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank Azands
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English first
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Strike Two--almost a strike out for the Pearl--and that's not good.”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

For the second time in the last two months my wife and I made a trip to the Pearl to dine--and left without a good taste in our mouths (or any taste, for that matter). We have had good dinners and service in the past at his Point Loma establishment, but the last two times we visited, we were not greeted and had to wait and wait for attention. The feeling was that you had to be part of the "in crowd" already there and seated, or you weren't going to be welcomed--and we were not. This last time, after waiting several minutes for attention, we finally asked the bartender about seating. We were told to wait for the receptionist or waitperson. We did, and waited some more. About that time, we were told we couldn't park in the stalls out in front of the restaurant, which were reserved. Parking, we were told, was on the street, or across the street at a doctor's office. Had we at the point been told we were welcome and that the restaurant and bar staff were looking forward to serving us, or just anything warm and inviting, we probably would have re-parked the car and gladly returned. Instead, as we walked out the door, we both said, let's go elsewhere, which we then did--down the street to the Lighthouse Bar and Grill, where we had a wonderful dinner, cocktails and desert in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Will we go back? Maybe.... Unfortunately, the sour taste in our mouths was a repeat of a prior visit (where we did park on the street, but still had to wait too long to finally be told that we would have to wait even longer because some tables that sure looked available were reserved....

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank jputt
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hip Nostalgia”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Who would've thought? Movie nights, wine-tasting, gourmet food in a hip/retro setting.

Visited January 2011
Thank lchdbw
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Carlsbad, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2011

My wife and I live in Carlsbad, so it's a good half hour trek for us to get to this "favorite" little restaurant experience. A couple of nights ago we braved the I-5 traffic (which actually wasn't too bad that day) to give their Happy Hour a shot. So glad we did. Our waitperson, Sarah (spelling ?), was the absolute reason our evening was so much fun. We sat outside by the pool, watched La Cage aux Folles (in French with English subtitles), and just had the best damn time. Sarah's recommendations were on the money...and I thank her again for turning me on to Sculpin ale...for $3 a pint ?? Seriously ?? Had to have two. Our apps were great and my wife had the truffled Mac n Cheese with chanterelles...WOW....Sarah even came by just before Happy Hour was over and reminded us that now would be a good time to order another round of whatever. Even the house wine was good. All in all, a terrific evening and it was great, in these economic times, to see a place that was busy, busy on a weeknight. Thanks again to everyone there that night....and again, especially to our waitperson, Sarah.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Gary E
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