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Black Pearl Restaurant - 35 Reviews - 1529 S Pearl St, Denver, CO - American Restaurants Reviews - Phone (303) 777-0500

Black Pearl Restaurant

1529 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0500
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Black Pearl Restaurant - Denver, CO


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I've been wanting to try this place for a few weeks now and finally had the opportunity on Wednesday. It was amazing! There was hardly anyone there, due to the DNC. The host wa...


I could get in to details about this place, but it's honestly not worth my time. The managers will tell you one thing on the phone, then when it comes time to live up to what the...

Good Food, Nice Server, TERRIBLE MANAGMENT 12/21/2010

I could get in to details about this place, but it's honestly not worth my time. The managers will tell you one thing on the phone, then when it comes time to live up to what they said, it's a no-go. The food is okay, the server we had was very sweet, but when we had a problem with our bill, the manager couldn't care less and did nothing. Obviously our business was not important to them, so no reason to think yours would be either. Like I said, not worth my time or money...two times at this restaurant was two times too many, and I highly suggest going next door to Izakaya Den, Ototo, or Sushi Den, or ANY other South Pearl Street Restaurant! more

Eh....stupid 8/22/2010

Black Pearl! Ahh! I hosted a birthday party at the BP this evening and was greeted with a ""Please, make yourself at home""....which sounded nice until our group overhead the waitstaff openly disparaging our party with a ""How many tables are they going to sit at before they can just pick one??"" After our arbitrary welcome, our server was pretentiously (for no reason) rude and unapologetic for the following snafus: Bones in the fish, ignored drink refills, 30-minute wait between 1st and 2nd course, etc. Bottom line: The seasonal menu is wonderful, but the restaurant would never last if not for the location...I would recommend Black Pearl if you like being belittled by waitstaff on a Sunday. This is our second try at Black Pearl and for us, second-strike, you're out. more

No good No more 4/25/2010

I have given the black pearl way to many chances to impress me, but the last 2 times I've been in have just been horrible expierences. Pros: great location Cons: Food, service , Wine list more

Good Calamari and Mojitos Not good Dining 2/18/2009

I have been to this restaurant 6 times total four times for drinks and appetizers and 2 for dinner. The drink and appetizer The bartender was friendly and made wonderful drinks for us (Mojitos) Pros: Calamari and Mojitos Cons: Service and dinner service more

Best New American, Denver 8/29/2008

I've been wanting to try this place for a few weeks now and finally had the opportunity on Wednesday. It was amazing! There was hardly anyone there, due to the DNC. The host was very gracious, service was great, ambiance was great! The food, is sort of tapas style, but a little bigger portions. All in all, one of the best nights out to a new restaurant in a long time. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT! Pros: Everything more

Killer Steaks and Seafood, Great Wine List, Ambience, friendly service, locally owned 7/30/2008

Recently visited The Black Pearl for 3rd time in last 3 months, I guess I am becoming a ""regular"". Happy hour features Oysters shucked to order, and all drinks from the bar. Already great start in my opinion, but my most recent expirence at the Black Pearl was definitely the most impressive. I brought 12 people from work to the restaurant for happy hour, and then we decided to stay for dinner. Not expecting them to be able to put us all at the same table for outdoor patio dinner service, we were suprised when the manager had arranged the entire community table for us outside. When I asked how he arranged to do that he says, everyone is a VIP at the Black Pearl. Needless to say I looked like a celebrity to my friends at the office, and it was only my 3rd time in. My business partner( ultra high maintence vegatarian) is still raving over his strawberry and Brie Gnocci, and the wine list! Thank you so much guys for creating such a special evening, everything was magnificent per usual. Pros: VIP service for everyone, oysters shucked to order, organic meats and fresh wild caught seafood. Cons: N/A more

Most creative Menu in Denver, gorgeous ambience, fantastic service and location 7/30/2008

First time Diner to Black Pearl Restaurant, UBER IMPRESSED!!!!!! recently moved to Wash Park neighborhood, and found beautiful independently owned new american bistro featuring organic, and fresh in-season locally grown ingredients. Recently moved to Denver from LA, and so impressed with Black Pearl Expirence had to tell evryone I know. In LA, a grass fed organic cut of beef, paired with an appetizer and dessert with wine is going to cost a minimum of 100.00 a person!!!! Not in Wash Park, Executive Chef Sean Huggard uses simple ingredients apllied to a creative menu where the ingedients stand alone for themselves, and represent the quality of the restaurant and the products that came to our table. Our server reccomended a three course tasting menu, that was 3 courses for 33 dollars featured as a weekly prefixed menu option. Unbeatable, My mother and I did the tasting menu, while two friends from NYC enjoyed organic grass fed ribeyes prepared ""Tuscan Style"" with a cedar planked smoked potato hash. We paired three courses with two bottles for 4 people. A crisp Sav Blanc for appetizers and Cheese platter, and one of the best California Pinot Noirs Ive had. My mother insisted on paying the bill, when our server dropped the check, my mother from Southern California thought, ""there must be some mistake, the bill is too cheap, maybe they left off a bottle of wine or something""???? We asked our server and he reassured us everything was accurate. Our bill was barely over 200 for four people!!! Mom was so impressed she left a 60% gratutity for our server, (Tall, handsome dark haired young man)I believe his name was Brad? This same quality meal/service in Southern California, twice the amount for sure. Great Job guys, Love the concept you have established (moderately priced casual fine dining)!!! Pros: a menu featuring organic and locally grown products/ingredients in manner which exemplifies culinary intelligence, and perfect execution Cons: traveling on business to Italy next three months and wont get a chance to come back until after Thanksgiving more

Pushy, veiled, menu-up pricing 7/23/2008

The food at Black Pearl was worthy of five stars but the pushy waiter and the effort to sell beyond the menu made the evening distasteful enough that we won't be returning. The waiter said mulitiple times, to the point of intrusion, that the chef was 21, recently graduated from Johnson and Wales, and could do anything if you just told him which ""protein"" you wanted. When the bill came the ribeye entree price , already the most expensive on the menu, was escalated by 33 percent for the priviliege of giving the chef license. When questioned, the waiter's response was that it was an incredible piece ot meat and that it was only an $8 difference from the menu price, already priced, one would assume for ""an incredible piece of meat.."" There are too many alternatives in Denver now, with waiters and management that deal with candor, to patronize a restaurant that tries to maximize profits without being direct about pricing. Pros: Great food Cons: Pushy up-pricing more

Not good for groups!! 7/21/2008

I have been to the Black pearl on a few different occasions, and had been impressed. They have this mac and cheese with truffle oil that was to die for. However, this experience was extremely disheartening. I coordinate a dinner group for between 8-15 people. We had eight people at the Black Pearl, and it was a disaster. Our waiter started out being friendly, but once we spoke with the manager about the unacceptable service and multiple errors on our bill he started giving us attitude. Here are specific examples of what went wrong. Pros: Great ambience, happy hour, fresh oysters Cons: Service was lacking, food was okay more

Sunday Funday Family Brunch 4/20/2008

I had some family in town this weekend, we had such a great weekend! The Black Pearl played yet another role in our great time! One of my favorite brunches in town, i made sure to bring them in for some of that fantastic french toast! We sat out on the patio- great spot, and had some bottomless mimosas (although I can barely finsh one). They were tasty as always. The food was good, although our fries came out late. That was made up for, as the truffle fries are amazing! The service is high end and casual all at the same time. We had fun with our server and the server assistant. Great time. Pros: Location! Patio! Food! Service! Cons: The bottomless mimosas at brunch can cause some very loud people at surrounding tables. more

Extraordinary creative menu, 5 star service paired with The best Wine List in Denver 4/18/2008

We were Black Pearl ""virgins"" until recently, but this place is hands down a true ""hidden treasure"" of Denver. Best culinary expirience Ive enjoyed in a long time. We relaxed on the patio all night, and had 5 course meal on gorgeous cement table with all-natural gas burning fire pit in center. Started off with East Coast Island Creek Oysters shucked to order, New England Clam Chowda. Shared a plate of 6 different cheeses with a bottle of Van Duzer Pinot noir Rose, actually a few bottles. But the highlight of my night was the Whole Crispy Fish. a Salt Water Striped Bass served head and tail on the bone. Classic Dish, most places seemed to have forgotten about, but in my opinion one of the best ways to eat fish. Fresh, Fried, and off the Bone. That was served with a Lemon Grass BBq sauce and grlled scallions. Friends had beef tenderloin and Duck Confit entrees...Loved everything ! Thank you staff at the Black Pearl!!!! Pros: Ambience,Creative Menu, Organic and Enviornmentally friendly ingredients, great service, Wine List!!!!! Cons: Flawless more

Black Pearl Patio Dining was ""off the hook"" 4/10/2008

Black Pearl is my new favorite restaraunt, Chef Huggards cuisine served on their gorgeous patio is a wonderful date destination. Cement Tables with all natural gas powered fire pit are beautiful. Wine List was amazing, Exrtremely well-done and creative menus, ans excellent service. Took a second date to dinner to Black Pearl a few weeks ago, she loved the restaraunt, and enviornment in which it created. Very intimate, elegant, but casual and friendly at the same time. It was awesome. I enjoyed a dozen fresh shucked kummimoto oysters and Seared Ahi Tuna (rare of course) ""Oscar style"" served with 3 crab pastry puff, hollandaise, and aparagus. Along with an individually numbered, stellar bottle of Margerum Sav Blanc. Lady enjoyed the fresh oysters, a grilled romaine salad and ordered Mussels topped with Fresh cut truffle frites. We were both very impressed. Fantastic cuisine, great wine list, and beautiful patio dining. Pros: Ambience (fireplace in center of huge cement table), Menu, Wine List, Service Cons: n/a more

A menu where the ingredients and skill of the Executive Chef speak for themselves, on every plate!!!!!!!!! 4/10/2008

Highly reccomend The Black Pearl Restaurant to everyone in CO, but especially in Wash Park/ Cherry Creek area....very close. I have been dining at this establishment for over a year, and can not get enough. The restaurant offers a foerever changing menu featuring local, fresh,organic, and sustainably grown products and ingredients. I had the most amazing grilled pork tenderloin with heirloom tomatoe, avocado, salad with fresh coconut. It was very simple, but like I said,"" The ingredients really do speak for themselves""... Not to mention, hands down THE BEST Wine List in Denver, oysters shucked to order, and rockafeller (my personal favorite) Menu is moderately priced but encourages guests to be creative and course meals however we feel. Kudos again to Exec Chef Sean Huggard and Sommielier Mr. Steve Whited! Extremely Proud to have you guys in the Denver/Wash Park community!!!! Pros: Creative Menu, Patio Dining, Professional and Friendly Service :-) (some employees even call me by call me by first name) Cons: Menu, Wine List, friendly service is so good, I hardly ever want to leave the neighborhood to go out anymore more

Decadence on S Pearl st. Patio of the Year for sure (5280 best of) 3/12/2008

Oh my god, I have to give alot of credit to the black pearl restaraunt. I live two blocks away, and place has become my favorite spot on S. Pearl. My roomates and i frequently visit the Black Pearl for fabulous martinis, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. My favorite would have to be boring salad, followed by seared duck breast with warm frisee salad. Incredible flavor combinations, Chef Huggard has done south Pearl street justice with simple ingredients, and very creative cuisine. We enjoyed a bottle of Bandol Rose'. Perfect pairing with spring weather around the corner, and any of Chef Huggard's cuisine. Vegeatrian options are brilliantly done, and BP carries out complete dining expirence. Service very hospitable, goes extra mile fo all guests, and food and wine list to match. Highly reccomended, especially for all Wash/Platte Park residents. Black Pearl also recieved patio of the year in Summer 2007, and is ready for another successful season!!! FYI- wonderful happy hour every day 4-6, 1/2 off drinks and oysters shucked to order. Enjoy Denver! Pros: patio, badol rose, Chef inspired progressive new american cuisine Cons: N/A more

Amazing Patio, Food and Wine List!!!!!!!! Cheers to Executive Chef Huggard and Sommilier Mr. Steve Whited!!!!! 3/12/2008

Took girlfriend of 1 1/2 years for patio hopping in Wash. Park and found wonderful spot near Sushi Den between Florida and Iowa on S. Pearl street. We were greeted with very personable and friendly service. Patio was beautiful, very well done and perfect for low key, relaxing wed. afternoon. The Food was incredible, we had a dozen west coast oysters, and a spicy sushi grade tuna and pear appetizers. For dinner we enjoyed grilled romaine caesar salads, I enjoyed a perfectly cooked coffee-rubbed ribeye, and the lady swears, ""the best tasting crab cakes on the planet"", and she is originally from Baltiomre, MD. We paired our delightful three course dinner with a bottle of Cakebread Chardonnay.....Great expirence will be back very soon, highly reccomend to those who enjoy ""dining outside the box"" (progressive new american cuisine) flavors work extremely well together. Chef Huggard (CIA-Hyde Park, NY) has done a marvelous job, created one of the best restaurants in Denver, glad we finally found the Black Pearl!!!!!!!! Thanks for coming to Denver Chef Huggard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pros: Ambience, beautiful patio very friendly service, amzing food, killer wine list !!!!(something for all palletes) Cons: N/A more

Great ambiance, and food to die for!!! 11/25/2007

I took a date to black pearl last friday night and was absolutly blown away by every aspect of this restaurant. We started the evening with cocktails in the bar and was greeted with wonderful service from our bartender who was able to guide us through the exciting cocktail menu. After a drink or two we made our way into the stunningly cool and understated dining room, everything from the raw wood floors to the eclectic light fixtures and views of the kitchen were an absolute treat for the senses!!! The menu was simple, but very creative at the same time and our server was able to guide us through and suggest a great bottle of wine as well. The room filled up quickly, and while black pearl is a little noisy it just lends to the exciting enviroment that ensconses you the second you walk through the doors. Not only will I be back again in the very near future, I will be passing along the word about this hidden treasure!!!! Pros: Awesome menu and wine list, great service and a great time! Cons: Parking is a little tough, but it was south pearl on a friday night... more

No Thanks 8/29/2007

After waiting too long for a table at a nearby Sushi restaurant my friends and I headed back to our vehicle and saw what looked like a cool place (the Black Pearl)... since the place looked cool, we figured the food had to be good... right? Total disappointment... we spent way too much money on food that was trying to be cool... but honestly sucked. I don't understand how this place stays open for business. Pros: Looks Cool Cons: Tastes horrible more

Pretentious !!! 5/26/2007

My wife and I and two good friends who live in that neighborhood, had dinner at BP on Friday last. While the ambiance was pleasant, I have to say, that the overall impression of the food -the starters, the main course and the dessert was less than stellar, both in terms of preparation and quantity. There were certainly moments of joy like the chili calamari and the selection of breads. The cheese selection, although exquisite, was so deprived of portion, that it gives one the impression that the intent, somewhat cynical, is to solely maximize revenue as opposed to providing an exhilarating dining experience. Coming to my main issue, the Main course. The portions were again parsimonious and pretentiously light. BTY, I'm neither a proponent of the obscenely full-portioned ""platter"", which seems to be the current fad, although there seems to be a move towards moderation of late. What was particularly disappointing was the lack of a starch or vegetable with the main course, and instead a poor apology for one in the form of a grilled grape fruit slice. The necessity to order the vegetable separately again smacks of cheap profiteering. Surely, the patron should be offered both options, with the Main course or separately. Incidentally, the prawns need an extra washing as they were gritty. Lastly, it was unfortunate that our evening was cut short, as we had to, in not so subtle a manner, make way for a larger party. While the place has potential, Michelin star it certainly is not. If the Raison-de-etre is to purely make money, then clearly a better strategy should be put in place as opposed to a poor excuse for fine dining, which is unfortunately what it is today. more

Noisy but good service 5/7/2007

I came here on a Saturday night with a group of six people. Service was very good. I ordered the calamari appetizer which was good, but was not the traditional deep-fried calamari dish; I probably wouldn't order it again. For my entree I ordered the scallops, which were very delicious but not very filling--they provide six scallops. Entrees do not come with side dishes--you must order a la carte. I ordered the creamed spinach side dish, which was fantastic. Major downside to this restaurant is the noise level. It's a loft style restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed pipework. Conversations echo and the place becomes almost unbearably noisy. We had to shout at each other to be heard at our own table. Pros: Great food, great service Cons: NOISE NOISE NOISE more

Great food, great atmosphere 1/24/2007

Went to Black Pearl last weekend for the first time since they changed the menu format and was once again thrilled with the food (and everything else)! You'll find things from the old menu like the incredible mac n cheese and the excellent calamari, but now they have gone family style with entrees and sides to share. We had the pork shank with mole (described as raison and chocolate, which might put some people off?) and it was tender and delicious with a depth of flavor to the mole that I can't do justice describing with words. The fennel and onion confit was out of this world, and the other sides we tried were nearly as good! The service was excellent as I've come to expect (though admittedly, some servers are better than others) and overall it was a perfect evening. Pros: Great food, cool space, hip crowd Cons: Expensive wine list, parking can be tough more
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  • In Short
    The high-ceilinged dining room of this airy East Washington Park hot spot, outfitted with banquettes and wooden tables, is congenially crowded and infectiously noisy with...

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  • Hours:

    Mon. - Thu. 4pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 4pm - 11pm;Sun. 10am - 3pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Diner's Club, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Platt Park, Southeast Denver