About EAT at The Pearl
San Diego, CA 92106
EAT at The Pearl features New American and California Coastal cuisine, friendly table service, and award-winning interior design. Executive Chef Todd Bencivenni calls upon his background in a variety of regional styles to create exciting and eclectic dishes from seasonal, local ingredients. Prepare to be treated to menus that invite you to indulge culinary whims from simple to sophisticated or classic to contemporary. Together, the spirited food and the mood in the dining room fuel an energetic and urbane atmosphere. EAT at The Pearl also features an intimate bar area to relax alone or await dining companions. Friendly and knowledgeable bar staff serves expertly-selected wines and beers, along with signature cocktails to prime your palate for our kitchen’s winning preparations.
Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Monday-Friday: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Friday: 4:00pm to 11:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 11:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
DIVE-IN THEATRE: Every Wednesday, all-year round, The Pearl Hotel presents "Dive-In Theatre," a FREE weekly "cinema social" combining eclectic film selections, food and drink and light conversation. The event takes place outdoors at our poolside lounge and theater located connected to EAT at The Pearl. Scheduled films project onto a 10' x 13' foot projection screen with full sound, overlooking our vintage, oyster-shaped swimming pool. Showtime is 8:00 pm; Food served until 10:00 pm; and bar open until 11 pm.
BINGO NIGHT: Scheduled for the last Thursday of each month, BINGO night is a great way to unwind, bring friends together and win prizes! Limited to the first 40 people to RSVP. Check-in is at 8:30PM. Reserve you space at RSVP@thepearlsd.com with your name, phone, # of people, time, and if you want to join us for dinner! NOTE: BINGO dates are subject to change due to holidays and special events. Call 619.226.6100 to confirm dates.
EAT at The Pearl provides amazing, hand-crafted food and beverage for your event, up to 150 persons. Our culinary team satisfies a variety of tastes with four-star, farm-to-table cuisine: tray passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, action stations, carving stations and buffet. Also, enjoy 10 taps of local craft beer, eclectic wine lists and specialty cocktails. Our banquet menus are guides for customizing cuisine that’s magical and delicious.
Limited on-site parking is offered at The Pearl to hotel guests only, when available. Parking costs are $10 per night. ½ price for Hybrid vehicles ($5). Restaurant diners can find ample parking in the area on the street without meters or time restrictions.
Show your Car2Go membership card to get 15% of your restaurant bill! Car2Go charging and designated parking on site.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS
The Pearl Hotel packs enough luster to make The Big Day, the best day – ever! Just like the happy couple, we’re deeply invested, vowing to provide a unique San Diego venue for wedding ceremonies and small, romantic receptions. See below for our “Own a Hotel for a Day” info!
CORPORATE / RECEPTIONS / PRIVATE EVENTS
The Pearl makes a big impact for business and private functions. Night or day, our accommodations set the perfect tone, as guests benefit from stylish indoor and outdoor settings. Whether it’s a meeting or celebration for an individual, group or business team building, our hotel staff and event coordinator will ensure a smooth, satisfying result.
OWN A HOTEL FOR A DAY
With food, beverage and hotel room packages starting at just $10,000.00, you can have up to 150 people join you for a private event at The Pearl. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about your dream day in San Diego.
EAT at The Pearl Ratings and Reviews
A last minute decision to grab a bite out turned into quite a good find. Cute retro decor. Old 1960's movie playing on multiple viewing screens around the outdoor pool. Quaint courtyard look and matching Craft cocktails. Yummy gf and veggie options.
Only two criticisms, they had really cool booth seating available but put us at a table under the stairwell. I didn't ask to be moved however as my brother liked the proximity to the heat lamps. It's still winter here in San Diego. And the second was my glass of champagne, Prosecco actually, was quite warm. I told the waitress but she didn't know what to do. At my husband's suggestion to bring ice to set it in, and pointed to the table next to us with a bottle of white wine chilling in an ice bucket ....she brought me a glass of ice to presumably plunk cubes into my drink. Needless to say, that didn't happen, but we didn't complain further. I'm all about speaking up, but with only half a champs glass left it seemed rather pointless. I definitely recommend this place. The brussel sprouts with jalapenos and bacon left a memorable impression, and clearly outweighed the other issues.
The ambiance is very cool. Seating was outdoors by the pool, there was an old movie being projected. We had he bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer which was good. The meal was a bit on the pricey side as expected and was mediocre at best. I had the sea bass because it's usually one of my favorites. It was a very thin little fish with a few potatoes around it on a bed of like a corn slaw. Could have used some seasoning and I thought the portion was rather small especially for the price. My sister had the mushroom lasagna. Again it lacked seasoning. It was fair but don't think either of us is excited about eating there again. May come back for wine/apps sometimes because of the cool atmosphere. The service/waiter was great. Very attentive.
Food was excellent! Drinks were also very tasty. We started with Brussels sprouts (highly recommend). Also loved my martini with strawberry and basil. I had the steak frites and bf had the burger. We were both pleased, the french fries were bomb.
It was chilly so they had the heaters going, but every now and then we were smelling gas/propane really strongly. It was becoming quite noxious so finally after a couple attempts the culprit was discovered and they turned one off and closed the tank all the way (it had been leaking).
Our server was wonderful and attentive as possible. I was able to make a special note on our reservation about it being our anniversary and our server actually brought us a surprise dessert compliments of The Pearl. Such a nice touch!
Such a cute place! Most seating is outdoors by their pool, and they show vintage flicks on the wall over the pool - most nights without sound, but once a week they play a movie with sound. Wine list is decent, all solid choices; great craft beer and cocktail list. Food is fun - all the appetizers are great. The mushroom lasagne entree is to die for! A really fun, laid back gem.
We were given a gift certificate for this restaurant last year and wanted to try it on our trip to San Diego this year. The food was interesting and very tasty but were were not aware that the dining is mainly out doors. Unfortunately it was raining and cold which isn't the usual weather for San Diego. We had to wear our down jackets while eating!!! Great restaurant when the weather is good.
The staff at the Pearl was so responsive and professional. We felt so welcomed and cared for on the occasion of our 28th Anniversary. The food and drink were wonderful. The attention to detail by your staff made this a very memorable event. Thank you Pearl; we will be back.
Pleasantly surprised. Food was great. (although the cocktail glass I had was 90% full of an iceberg ice cube!) Negatives relating to the venue are mainly the severe lack of vehicle parking. Looks like there's about 10 spaces if you're an overnight guest at the hotel, but I ended up parking 3 blocks away on a side street.
Very happy to see the Gluten Free options, and the food we did have tasted great.
We will be back!
Such a great place. I have been wanting to go for years but we saved this for a date night. The food, ambiance, setting...all of it was great. Food was a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for!
They have a lot of events we will attend in the future. Definitely one for the bucket-list!
Happy we found The Pearl on trip advisor. Loved sitting by the pool watching an Elvis movie! We started with the cheese plate and cocktails. The pork tenderloin and the steak entrees were also delicious. Creme brûlée and something chocolate for dessert! A lovely evening!!
Cool Southern California vibe, modernized beach feeling, interesting to see an old motel spruced up like this. Food was pretty good, burgers were a little over cooked, but the french fries were the best. Enjoyed the bloody marys. Only concern is that the music was a bit loud and the way they have the high seats close to the ceiling, your heads pretty close to the speaker so a little hard to talk if you are sitting at those tables. Cool music selection though.
Third time here with a small group. Typically service is first rate but this time it was just kind of off. Waited to long to get acknowledged by waiter although he was professional when we did. Forgot drink orders and a few minor requests a few different times. Place offers a nice intimidate atmosphere yet is becoming a little worn.
Had been wanting to try a meal at The Pearl for some time. Took the in-laws out. They aren't too adventurous when it comes to food but my partner and I like to try new spots and new creations. The Pearl was a perfect fit with a few traditional items scaled-up and a few interesting creations! Friendly and accommodating staff. Definitely want to go back and try the Tuesday evening with a movie sometime when we are back in San Diego
We may be biased since we chose to have our wedding here several years ago, but the Pearl never fails to impress. On our latest visit, the grilled octopus appetizer was the star of the meal - I could have licked the plate. Service is always impeccable as well. You won't be disappointed!
Service and ambiance were great, but food seemed expensive for what we received. Portions are good size (if you don't want entrees all to yourself!), but there was something a bit wrong with everything ordered (pork belly good flavor but dry -- not sure how that's possible, farotto an interesting concept -- faro served like risotto -- but not much flavor, salad plain). an interesting experience overall though, and I would recommend it to others, and I would go back.
This was supposed to be an all inclusive wedding reception venue. It wasn't. My daughter had to do so much extra and we were so disappointed. The months and weeks leading up to the event were filled with food and beverage problems. The night of the reception went well except for the food line. For serving 150 people the table was far too short and one sided. People waited over an hour for dinner! The brunch was good, though.
We met friends for a drink and dinner, and just stayed at our bar table for dinner. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Impressive that the owner/manager came over to tell us about the special winery dinners they've started doing monthly. We will be back to check those out. Our server was very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive, as were the rest of the staff who helped. Very positive experience.
We had such an enjoyable time. The service was excellent and so was the food and cocktails. We went for a friends 27th birthday, and the ambience was exactly what we were looking for, suave yet casual and the right mix of party. The retro feel is such a blast and it lends for intimate conversations, and our celebration hullabaloo. All the food is excellent too, we started off with the brussels sprouts, martinis and Fred and ginger (a Pimms cup and mule hybrid). Portion size was great- we continued to order cocktails and split small plats. Very enjoyable.
Such a great place to take out of town guests. The open air restaurant with the view of the pool and more tables outside by the movie viewing screen make this a unique little place. The menu is all good especially that burger and the beet salad! I would not leave without trying the beignets...IF you have leftovers the beignets are even great when they are cold the next day. The staff is always friendly and makes great suggestions.
The food was bland and subpar. Mimosas were primarily orange juice and very little champagne, and they were warm. The service was absolutely horrid. I was very disappointed in the Pearl and will not be recommending this establishment to anyone, which is frustrating as I was hoping to use them for a work gathering!!
The Pearl restaurant is located within The Pearl Hotel, up against the edge of the pool, and into the bar area. A very cozy, casual and unique setting. A large projection screen located above the pool entertains with vintage movies and TV programs. The entire area is small and not capable of accommodating large groups. But don't let this scare you away, the food is very good.
Had the steamed mussels, excellent. Had a "farmers salad" very good. Split the salmon entree, very good. Wine list is very good and the full bar produced my excellent Manhattan.
Have been to The Pearl several times, never disappointed.
Second brunch here, I love the 12 (almost) bottomless mimosas, they never let your glass get past half way, even after you pay your bill! The menu has a fun and different twist on traditional brunch items.
I got the chorizo biscuits and gravy, was delicious! My out of town guests loved it as well.
Very cool looking hotel/restaurant/bar. We've been twice. Once, near Christmas. 3 of us sat in the bar, had a drink and dinner while they showed Miracle on 34th Street on the bar tvs and on the giant screen in front of the pool. The second, was for Mother's Day where 4 of us (including a wheelchair) ate outside near the pool. Casablanca was on the tvs. The music is a little loud for a Mother's Day brunch, but the service, atmosphere, food, and drinks are all great. Everybody had a good time.
Cocktails are very good. So's the burger with smoked gouda. I'm sure we'll be back.
We are returning customers, always have enjoyed all food and drink items, but this visit was a bit off.
Pork chop was too dry , and the steak was in a sauce that was just ok.,and was much better when it was grilled w/ frites.
Specialty cocktail at $11 was a Tequila, St Germaine and various other ingredients. Tasty, but served in a very small champagne type glass. Very small , actually very puny. I have come to expect a bit more at the Pearl.
The Brussel sprouts were tasty, but the mussels are a bit strange with pineapple flavor in broth. A simple wine and garlic broth is preferable.
We will return, but hope some of the menu is better.
P.s. The service was very good as usual, and appreciated the courteous" thanks for dining "on the way out.
We have eaten at the Pearl probably 10 times and always have a delicious outing. The mussels and delish as are the brussel sprouts. One of the best burgers in San Diego, always consistent. The retro atmosphere adds to the relaxing, and tasty experience!
we will be back.
Food is consistently good. They change their menu with the seasons so sometimes you cant find an item from the past that you really liked, but the replacements are always fun to try. Their version of "The Best Burger" is still a great burger and the fries are always tasty. Nice spot to just relax and chat and enjoy some good food with friends.
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