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  • “There are these cave-looking rooms that'd be perfect for small groups and romantic dinners.” in 5 reviews

    Ambience: Romantic

  • “The food is excellent, and the wine list will satisfy all tastes and wallets.” in 5 reviews

  • “Highlights from the early bird menu are the red pepper risotto, the beef cheek, and the mousseline with truffle oil.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    11/11/2011

    One of my favourite restaurants in Dublin. I love this place - the decor, the service, the food and the wine. All lovely.

    If you're looking for a fancy romantic dinner for two, I would recommend booking early and asking for the special "table in the cave", I don't know how else to describe it, but it really is a cave, decorated beautifully and stylishly, plus the privacy adds to the exclusiveness.

    It's French cuisine so expect the food to be prepared and displayed wonderfully. You can also guess then the portions isnt large, and its a bit on the expensive side, but I guess you are there to enjoy the whole experience, and I have whenever I go there. The staff are friendly and explain the dishes to you in detail whenever you ask, there's also a pre-dinner lounge should you decide to have a drink while you wait.

    Do try the pigeon mains if they still do it, it's absolutely gorgeous!

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/7/2014

    Lovely ambience and decor. Not great food. Especially options for vegetarians are limited.  Don't understand - this is 2014 - not 1960

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    Wow.

    This was my first ever fine dining experience and I have to say I was really impressed.
    I had the Castletownbere Crab to start which was served with compressed apple and lotus. I had never tried crab before, so this was a real treat. The presentation was fantastic. My other half had the fois gras, also for the first time. While it wasn't really his thing, I loved it! Again, fantastic presentation.

    We both wanted to try foods we had never tried before, so I had the pigeon and husband had the pheasant. Again, fantastic presentation but I don't think pigeon is for me! It was served pink and literally fell apart on my fork. My husband tried it and really loved it. His pheasant was fantastic. We shared a col cannon which was really lovely.

    The highlight of my meal was the tea! I loved how it was served in cute cast iron teapots and with mini macaroons.

    But what really makes this place shine is the service. We were served by a really wonderful young French lady who made us feel very very welcome. As new comers to fine dining, we were understandably nervous, however our server was incredibly friendly and didn't laugh when I asked her to advise me what certain things on the menu were.

    All in all I will definitely be back! A tip: If you can - book one of their cave rooms. Most romantic table in all of Dublin!

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/3/2014

    Loved this restaurant. Cozy place. Interesting art on the walls. A vegetarian menu. Attentive service. I had an avocado starter with ponzu and salsify chips. Onion risotto made with spelt and fennel. Amuse bou he was lovely. Goat cheese coated in some sweet onion chutney and some beet root   I would recommend this as vegetarian friendly

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/2/2013
    1 check-in here

    I really like this place. Not sure it deserves a Michelin star but for food and prices this places gets 5 stars from me. Oysters were so fresh and my quail special (in a pastry with foie gras), champ and jus was just divine. The melting chocolate ball with caramel was also excellent. And last but not least the coffee was excellent (a rarity in good restaurants for some reason).

    Best part of the night was the bill (very reasonable) for an awarded restaurant. I would come back here anytime for a meal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/2/2011
    ROTD 22/3/2011

    One star for each of the following:

    1) Giving me a reservation on Valentine's Day with only 3 hours' notice

    2) Seating hubs & I as soon as we arrived--because that is the definition of the word 'reservation'.

    3) The Meal. Highlights from the early bird menu are the red pepper risotto, the beef cheek, and the mousseline with truffle oil. Excellent, savory, and beyond worth it. The Malbec was great as well.

    4) Fishtanks in the walls. I ate their cousin, Salmon, right in front of them bwa ha ha.

    5) When the host seated us in the far corner and then accidentally forgot to bring us menus right away, the menus arrived with an aperitif of prosecco for the both of us to apologize for the wait. Which promptly made us forget that we had been ignored. Which took away the bitterness about the mishap. Which immediately returned us to a good mood. Exactly what is supposed to happen at a good restaurant.

    It is obvious that the staff at Pearl know how a restaurant should run. Although the orzo and crispy prawn appetizer were bland, I am impressed with their excellent service and will be back again to try some other dishes!

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/2/2011
    Listed in Posh Dublin

    The missus and I take turns organizing our Anniversary outings, so this year I was her guest at this very nice litte gem of a restaurant (is a Pearl, technically, a gem? Hmmm...must ponder...but I digress...)

    We arrived early for our reservation but the staff sat us immediately in an intimate little alcove with its own fishtank, which was pretty cool.  The service was extremely attentive without being intrusive, and we had plenty of time to peruse the wine list while sipping the little amuse-bouche of duck confit served in espresso cups.

    The wine list was big enough to be interesting but not so vast as to be intimidating, and I was happy to see plenty of options of glass/carafe/half-bottle in addition to the full bottles on offer.  

    The food was beautifully and artfully presented, and mostly very good.  Her fish was a little dry, and my Irish beef was a bit tough (sorry, bord bia), but flavours were good and portions were just right.  They went an extra step at dessert and wrote "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on her desert plate, and my pairing of chocolate fondant with a lovely port was a perfect end to a very nice meal.

    Bottom Line: Well, not the PERFECT end, that was later...

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/2/2011
    1 check-in here

    In a nutshell:

    Food: 4 stars
    Service: 5 stars
    P/C: 5 stars

    My last night in Dublin for work, rainy, windy and cold, I don't feel like going out.  what do I do?

    1) Sit at my hotel, pack and order room service from the pub, or
    2) Pack real quickly and go out and celebrate my last night in Dublin...

    Option 2) it is...

    After about a 1/2 mile rainy walk from my hotel near Merrion Park, I come to this sign for the restaurant.  It's unassuming becxause it's located underground.  When you walk in though, you instantly feel welcomed and cozed up.  The maitre d' welcomed me and took my coat (one thing I love.about Dublin restaurants, they take your coats!  I wanted to actually take a spot at the bar seating so I did!  The bar seating was plenty - that's also where some of the wines were stored and also sofas with a fireplace....perfect place to get a cocktail before your dinner.

    One of the managers I guess, Jaime - who took my booking, introduced himself and we had a brief conversation about where I was from, what I like etc etc.  While I was waiting and reading some news paper, I got a thing of the Hendtrick's martini and some snacks.

    On to the food highlights:

    1. I got a little thing of the pana ham with fermented sweet cherries and aged french mozzarella cheese - awesome.
    2. The scallop with the pigs head meat pancake with julienned apples
    and the celeriac sauce - the scallop was a bit tough
    3. The monkfish with crab/carrot salad - the salad was SO refreshing, I wanted to ask for more.  The monkfish could have been a little warmer, but it was well executed and panfried just nicely.
    4. The wine selection was pretty good - a variety of old world wines, a few from the new worls (mostly Australia, NZ, and South Africa)

    The service was impeccable and the food was top notch (for Dublin standards).  The interior was so much more refreshing and inviting compared to others (definitely comparable to Chapter One and L'Ecrivain).  There are these cave-looking rooms that'd be perfect for small groups and romantic dinners.  

    Price wise - it's competitvely priced, but more affordable than L'Ecrivain or of course...the crappy restaurant called Thornton's (read a separate review of mine about what a horrendous experience I had)

    Will definitely make a note to come back to this restaurant!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/8/2009

    A lot of French restaurants in Dublin fall prey to the idea that the price and snootiness of the menu mean that the quality of the food takes a backseat. Pearl Brasserie manages to avoid this.

    The food in this restaurant has a solid foundation of quality ingredients and cooking. The menu is mostly French inspired with a generous portion of fish, but there are staples like Beef and chicken for the less adventurous. One of the most impressive things about the Pearl is the way they cater for vegetarians, rather than being left with just one option they are handed a special vegetarian menu, which allows for a more inclusive and special dining experience.

    The restaurant itself is downstairs with entrances on Baggot St and on Merrion Street upper. Despite its basement location the space has a cosy, comfortable atmosphere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    Once again, Yelp delivers. We needed another fancy night for our team dinner and Pearl Brasserie fit the bill. They were able to take a reservation for a party of 8 with barely three hours notice! and better, they found an alcove room where we could be our usual loud selves.

    A couple of us arrived early and sat at the bar. Only Heineken on tap but the red/white wine drinkers were still happy with their own decisions.

    While we looked over the menu, they brought out samples of their Mushroom Soup in small "espresso-sized" cups. Very hot, but yummy with a creme fraiche drizzle on top.

    Starters were across the menu, with the Crab Ravioli and a few of us bumped up the bill by going with the Pata Negra Ham (we'd seen it on display in the bar area). OMG, it was amazingly delicious, served with a great cheese and the restaurant's cherry jam. I could have eaten two of them. Delish beyond words.

    For the mains, the "Aged Irish Beef" Fillet was ordered by four of us. Mine was a perfect rare that was melt-in-the-mouth tender. The Roast Venison Loin was presented beautifully and went down a treat. We had a few plates of veggies for the table - the green beans and the spring peas were nicely al dente, but the carrots were a bit on the mushy side.

    No desserts, though they looked really good. The coffee was excellent, though they only had brown and white sugar cubes - the one of us on a low carb diet was disappointed to have to use the little red doo-dad.

    Note - I am pretty sure the place is not wheelchair accessible. :-(

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/10/2010
    1 check-in here

    The Pearl Brasserie was recommended by the friendly bartender at the Dylan hotel.  It met...and even surpassed my expectations. The food was great...the service was excellent.  

    As mentioned in other reviews, my ratings for restaurants are largely based on accommodations a restaurant can provide based on my gluten and dairy restrictions.  The Pearl was extremely patient and helpful with my food limitations, which can be a task for a french restaurant.

    The entire wait staff and the bartender were very friendly. Not 'over the top' or 'in your face' service, but very well balanced.  The restaurant is quaint, so reservations are highly recommended.  I was dining alone, so I was able to get a seat at the bar.

    It looks like an amazing spot for a romantic evening. Boys..listen up and request seating in the private alcoves. Cute.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/9/2011

    I have  used Pearl as a venue for business lunches and dinners for over two years now, and I have never been let down. Always helpful, courteous, and discreet.

    The food is excellent, and the wine list will satisfy all tastes and wallets. Excellent value lunch and wonderful dinners, very good fish and shellfish, flavorful meat.

    Pearl have even accommodated a party of 13 at very late notice, a very well run venue.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/10/2012
    1 check-in here

    Excellent food. Good service.
    I had dinner at Pearl Brasserie and the food was excellent. I had tempura shrimp as a started and my colleagues had soup and oysters on the half shell. All was very good. For my main dish I had the squab prepared two ways. The squab was prepared extraordinarily well - not only were the flavors intense, but the preparation was boneless - removing the chore of eating squab.
    The meal with a bottle of Bordeaux ended up costing about 60 euro per person, not cheap but not outrageously expensive for a very expertly prepared meal.
    The table service was good, but the server was a little timid.
    All in all and excellent meal that was a welcome change from the traditional Irish fare generally available in Dublin.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/12/2009

    Will start off by saying the service was exceptional, the staff at Pearl were nothing short of excellent. Really lovely setting and great being able to chill out before our table was ready.

    The meal was very good but not amazing, I had the steak and probably should have ordered it MW as it was a little too soft - the prawn starter was excellent. I thought the menu was limited somewhat when compared to the wine list which seemed to go on forever. I will be back but will not be ordering the same main course.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/7/2011

    The Pearl Brasserie is all you can expect from a "posh" and high class restaurant : excellent service, very nice atmosphere, and astonishing food coming in tiny portions.

    It's the place to go if you wish to impress someone with a classy and delicate meal over a glass of well-chosen wine. If you're looking for something intimate, book way in advance and ask for a booth, those are great...

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/5/2010

    Where to start?...
    Service - 5 stars
    Location - 5 stars
    Food - beyond any expectations
    Wine list - 5 stars
    The Pearl Brasserie is a to the palate what a body massage is to the one's back! A pleasure from start to end, with an outstanding service.
    Some may say it's expensive... well, great service and food deserve the correct pricing in my views!
    From the starter to the desert, from the fish to the meat, the food being served is absolutely divine!
    PS: A special thumb up for their foie gras!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/6/2011 Updated review

    I returned to Pearl Brasserie a couple of years after my first visit - this time for our anniversary since it was such a success as the venue for the previous birthday celebration.

    I rated Pearl at 5 stars the first time around because, quite simply, they got everything right.  This time that was not the case, and so they drop a star.  So, what did they get wrong this time?

    The service, excellent and prompt the last time was not up to scratch this time - we waited a long time for our reserved table and there were some gaps in service where we were left waiting - most notably for the bill.  This is just not something I can excuse when paying a premium at a restaurant.

    Also, the restaurant was too hot - it was borderline uncomfortable at times - not something I recall from my previous visit and hopefully just a temporary issue.

    Normally these problems would have resulted in 3 star review, but Pearl Brasserie still has an ace up its sleeve - the food.  It was absolutely fantastic, the recent awards are deserved.

    I had the veal for my main course, which was possibly the best cooked and most tender cut of that particular meat I have ever tasted.  The accompanying sauce fit perfectly too.  

    Amazingly, the pasta actually superseded the veal in terms of quality - I have only once had better, and that was in Les Etoiles in Rome, which this came very close to.  Perfectly al dente and delicious with an extremely tasty truffle based sauce - my compliments to the chef

    I have a passion for creme brulee, and will usually order it everywhere I go if it is offered.  The version at Pearl was excellent - not overdone, smooth, subtle flavors and not too large.  The taste of lemon which my fiancee ordered was very good too - the lemon gel in particular was very interesting.

    Given the prior excellent service, I am hoping that our issues this time were an aberration and that there would be no repeat on another visit.  If that is the case, and the food stays at this very high standard, then Pearl will go back to a 5 star rating in a hear beat.

    5.0 star rating
    3/8/2010 Previous review
    Quite a late review - I took my girlfriend here for her 30th Birthday in 2009 and it was fantastic.… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    28/10/2012

    Yummy food, delicious wine!

    I went to Pearl on a work event recently, and it was a real treat.

    I had the King Scallop (w/Duck Hearts, Plum Puree, Smoked Duck) to start.  Such an unusual combo but the duck hearts were melt in the mouth.  I had a variation on the squab for mains (they were sold out) so instead of squab I had halibut with Black Truffle Mousseline, Pan Fried Duck Foie Gras.  YUM YUM YUM!

    The desert was the real piece de resistance however (and let me say I'm not a huge desert person so for me to clear the plate it's got to be worth it).  I had the lemon desert which was lemon five (i think) ways.  The most delish tart! lemon tart on a buttery buttery base, surrounded by other yummy lemony treats, jelly, foam, tacky meringue which disintegrated in the mouth.

    Just when I thought I couldn't eat anymore, the coffee's arrived with melt in the mouth chocolates from coco atelier.

    Downside, making us wait until all our party arrived (we were 12 people, I don't see why you can't seat the first group when they arrive on time). First seated out in the bar area but thankfully moved to a more cozy area at the back.  Also, service was a little slow for a Wednesday night.

    That aside, I look forward to having a special occasion to go back again!

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/8/2009
    First to Review

    I went to the Pearl Brasserie on a date.  With the nerves of the occassion, I ordered the plainest thing I could see on the menu (the soup... as a main course).  Big mistake.  

    Throughout the date I sat watching what he was eating and all the lovely plates of food around me.  Absolutely fabulous looking food.

    Pearl Brasserie could often be forgotten because it's location is so understated (just a small door on the corner of Baggot Street) but it's a lovely place.  It used to be a stuffy fish restaurant but the new owners have done an amazing job turning it into a cosy restaurant.  Great food too although definitely one for the credit card - it's pricey.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/1/2010

    I really need to get back to this place.
    The problem is that the last two times I ate here the exchange rate for the Euro was .89. Now it is 1.44. In addition prices have gone crazy, as most people in Ireland are finally starting to notice now that the tiger is dead.

    Anyway it is one of my most memorable meals in Dublin.
    The service and the food were excellent.
    I've been to Paris a couple of times and this is as close as I have had to the food there. Really top notch.

    In looking at the current reviews it still seems to be good.
    I'll need to make the effort to try it again this year.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/8/2010

    The whole experience at Pearl was excellent from the moment my fiancee and I walked in. The service provided is excellent and very attentive at all stages, from coat check, to being offered a drink while your table is prepared, to the drink/wine recommendations, to the service at the table. There are some small touches I noticed that you don't see very often any more, especially in the US or the UK.

    The food is very good. We ordered off the early bird menu (we were afraid it would be quite expensive after early bird) and the dishes did not disappoint. The food looks good, tastes good, and isn't a tiny portion as you might expect from an early bird special at a place like this. We didn't have room for dessert, in fact. The early bird menu doesn't have a lot of options, although it's not much different from many other places, and the quality of the items is excellent.

    The atmosphere was rather romantic; there were some tables that seemed to be off in their own little secluded room that would probably be even more romantic if you asked for one. Overall, we were quite pleased.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/2/2011

    I'm Italian and I should know something about food.
    I went in this restaurant for my company's Christmas lunch and the food was amazing. Even if the restaurant was crowded!
    The inside restaurant is very nice. It is quite expensive, but the quality is very high! Worth to go if you don't mind about the prices!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2010

    This is my favourite restaurant ever!

    I still think about the creme brulee and their bellinis.  Everything else was fantastic but those two really stayed with me.  

    The staff also made it a very enjoyable experience as they really knew their stuff.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/9/2010

    The portions are not huge but the food is very good.  The interior is also quite interesting and you can get a very private table for small groups of people if you request it making it a very nice, intimate dinner.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/4/2011
    1 check-in here

    Excellent food, portions are nor huge but the taste is great and they can be heavy. Pricey but worth it for a treat.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/8/2011
    1 check-in here

    Just north of St. Stephen's Green and a few steps from the Marrion Hotel you'll find Pearl Brasserie.
    This is an excellent French culinary experience in a cozy environment. Given our business meeting delay and the late inspiration to go, we were fortunate to acquire the last two spots available for our evening's adventure. I'm happy we discovered it. We settled on a sampling of starters and were rewarded with expertise across the range. The Foie Gras was seared to perfection and served over sliced strawberries and rhubarb compote on toasted brioche. The creamy Mushroom Risotto was complemented by a topping of mushroom crisps and the Chicken and Ham-Hock terrine was an expert balance of flavors. My seared King Scallops dish was well composed and flavored with a match stick apple salad and apple butter compliment.
    Overall, the environment provides a series of intimate settings but there are two unique arched cellar booths perfect for a small private party. I suspect these would be in high demand, so plan early. A kind of hushed buzz emanating from the full house gave the meal an extra facet of interest. Our waiter was very attentive and even took time to chat about our travels. I will definitely go back. Expensive but memorable.
    Cheers,
    Gordon

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/1/2010

    Was here for a work event and it was so nice.  The restaurant feels so cozy and the food was spectacular.  Wine list is extensive.  The whole experience was elegant and memorable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/7/2012

    Well, definitely a place for foodies. It was not my choice of the place, simply because I am not one. I am a foodie by association - happy to tag along with a good company and lucky enough to have some real ones around to guide me. If you are into exquisite taste - this is your place. The mushroom soup was probably best ever. The portions were just right, the display - impeccable. What else one can expect from the French cuisine? And the cute French accent was a bonus.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/3/2013

    Very nice ambiance.  Had a great chili mango martini.  The melting chocolate sphere was one of the coolest desserts I've had, and delicious too.  Usually food that's 'an experience' like this melting sphere doesn't always taste that great, but this was a real treat.

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    4.0 star rating
    31/1/2011

    This is a lovely restaurant if you have a special occasion.  The food is excellent and the staff are professional.  The pricing structure could be reviewed to make less expensive especially if one is unlucky enough to be sitting in one of the low ceilinged booths.  I have been to this restaurant several times and each time I was lucky enough to be seated in the main restaurant area which is why I kept going back.  On my last visit our party was put in the booth which was claustrophobic and uncomfortable - I'm sorry Pearl Brasserie, I know you have limited space but sitting in the booth takes away from the fine dining experience.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/3/2013

    Beautiful in every way.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/6/2012

    We had heard that Dublin was gastronomically advanced from the old days of smoked salmon and boiled potatoes, but were pleasantly surprised at how far evolved the cuisine has come, and Pearl hit the high water mark for us. It's not the only 5 star in Dublin, but that's another story. The space is very hip and the private dining alcoves are cool. The staff was very friendly and the wait staff informed, sharp and attentive. The food was outstanding. My wife had a rib-eye grilled to perfection, served with delish home made fries. I had the King Scallops which were brilliantly combined with shards of rare breed pork belly, pork crisps and black pudding wrapped in carrot skin; outstanding. We also had an order of Petit Pois on the side which was delicious. Did I mention that Pearl is a strong version of French nouvelle? We loved it, and we liked their sister bistro, Locks Brasserie just as much. Pearl is centrally located just around the corner from the Shelbourne Hotel.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/7/2011

    Our favourite restaurant in Dublin. Nothing short of delicious. It is a bit more expensive than some of restaurants but absolutely worth it.

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