Chef-owned and operated, Pearl Cafe is an aptly named jewel of a restaurant serving regional cuisine with a country French accent. The massive beams ... More
Chef-owned and operated, Pearl Cafe is an aptly named jewel of a restaurant serving regional cuisine with a country French accent. The massive beams and peach toned bricks of the historic warehouse provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. Specialties include bison with huckleberry-zinfandel sauce, duckling with dried cherries and pomegranate sauce and beef tenderloin with port and Roquefort. Fresh fish dishes change daily and local products are used whenever possible. The menu is rounded out with a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, house made bread and a list of sinfully delicious desserts. Custom wedding and special occasion cakes are produced in the bakery as well. The restaurant serves wine and beer, with a list of 15 wines by the glass, local draft beer, a broad selection of half bottles and over 100 full bottles.
My husband and I had a lovely, intimate dinner at the Pearl Cafe not long ago. Service was wonderful and our every need was catered to, questions answered, etc. It was lovely. The atmosphere was far better than I'd expected and as to the review that stated the Pearl Cafe makes no effort to fit in to the neighborhood, I truly believe the Pearl enhances the neighborhood and brings a touch of class. We will be indulging in dinners at Pearl whenever we get the chance. I highly recommend the bison!
I have eaten here 3 times in the last year, and every meal has been excellent. I have enjoyed their Oregon pinot noirs, which work well with their game dishes (elk and bison). On one occasion, the wait staff opened a bottle for me to serve by the glass. Most recently I tried their halibut, which was fresh and moist.
A good French restaurant is a nice contrast to the mostly cowboy/college cuisine of Missoula. It's expensive, upscale and you need to make a reservation.
The Pearl Cafe spends little or no time trying to fit in with the neighborhood. They are unconcerned with how their maintenance schedule effects the neighborhood or the problems that parking creates for others who live in the neighborhood. Poor planning and poor neighborhood relations.
My co-workers and I just returned from a trip to Missoula. On the last night we decided to got to The Pearl on the advice of our guide. When we got there, the hostess and servers ignored us. When the Owner finally came to the front he asked how many (we had 6) and he said forget it, we can't help you and walked away... No explanation, no reason, just simply walked away. It was the rudest reception I have ever recieved in all my travels. The 6 of us are sales professionals aged 35-50, just showered, and dressed nicely. There was no reason for the rude reception, and the other patrons told us there was no reservation policy. If you are ever in Missoula, avoid this dive at all costs. We are still in shock....we went back to the place we ate the prior night, The Depot, and the owner bought us all a round of drinks and apoligized for our experience....I give the Depot 10 Stars!!!
I have vacationed in Montana for the past 12 years and I always make a stop for a couple of days in Missoula. I have found Pearl Cafe on several visits to be the best restaurant in the area. It is always a pleasure to dine here. You will find excellent food and great atmosphere and service. I am from San Francisco and we have many excellent restaurants. Pearl Cafe could fit in well in San Francisco.