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“Local and delicious”
Review of Pearl In The Grove - CLOSED

Pearl In The Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$45
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lake Iola Rd.
Description: Elegant, hand crafted foods and boutique wines are the focus in this relaxed and intimate 40 seat dining room, just north of Tampa in charming Dade City. A winding bucolic drive through orange groves, hills and cattle ranches, this is an unexpected haven away from congested cookie cutter Florida. The Pearl in the Grove is a European bistro with Panhandle roots and definitely an experience worth the drive out of town. The experience is many things at once: ancestral Southern with hints of Creole, a dash of Western European simplicity, easy Sunday suppers served family style, luxurious, leisurely Brunch. Wine pairing dinners. Craft and local beers. Simple ingredients feel sophisticated but fun and effortless, like the New Orleans heritage jazz that plays in the background. The Pearl eschews trend and tricks in favor of a more refined nod to cooking that’s never pretentious, just honest. An unwavering commitment to local farm produce and regional ingredients like local cheeses, hand picked organic micro greens, kumquats from the grove on the corner and local beef and pork from heritage stock-- Proprietors Curtis and Rebecca Beebe know great food and their passion is evident. Informed by world travel as military kids, they both learned techniques from their mothers. Cook with what’s indigenous to the area in the regional style. Chef Curtis watched his mom forage and cook with local produce from Northern Africa, Germany and Japan. Rebecca’s sharp eye comes from a long line of low country Alabama fishermen, farmers and restaurateurs. This sparked a well balanced culinary marriage. When settling back into the towns that arc the Gulf of Mexico, they started to hone their unique regional style and wanted to bring it to Central Florida. Louisiana to Apalachicola. Rural, not country. Leisurely, not casual. Accomplished, reserved service. Genuine hospitality. Careful cooking with lots of panache. Served in a warm and intimate dining room. Just right.
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Local and delicious”
Reviewed 29 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

This small, out in the country restaurant is terrific. The meals are great, the food quality is locally sourced, fresh and awesome and the wine dinners are fabulous. We're lucky to have it in the neighborhood.

Visited September 2013
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Dunedin, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Pearl is a Gem”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Pearl in the Grove is a gem of a place, from the friendly staff to the delightfully different menu options. We chose from the Sunday Brunch specials, Rabbit/Waffle and Shrimp/ Grits/Poached Egg, both delicious. The decor is a rustic elegance. I can't wait to go back!

  • Visited October 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“southern hospitality meets fine dining”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

what a refreshing find in Dade City Florida diverse menu excellent food fresh local purveyors and wonderful staff to guide you through your dining experienceI really had to think about sharing this place for a while love it

  • Visited September 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A true gem in the grove!”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

So happy we found this little gem while in Dade City! Honestly, we had driven to Dade City to eat at another restaurant which was closed when we got there. Trip advisors led us to the Pearl and we were not disappointed. We had a delicious Family meal on a Sunday afternoon and a great time with owners Rebecca and Curtis. I especially liked the salad with fresh, organic greens, watermelon, and kumquat/Vidalia onion vinaigrette. Yum! Also enjoyed the fresh veggies and the delicious orange pound cake with orange glaze. We left happy campers! We are already planning for our return trip for a special dinner with wine pairings. We will be happy to take friends with us!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank 34141Kathy
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Tampa, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Local, Delicious with Southern Flair”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We had heard about this restaurant but thought it was a bit of a drive from Tampa - actually, it is quite easy to get to from I-75 and only a 30-40 minute drive. It was well worth the travel time! This little gem looks like nothing special from the outside, but the food and service elevate it to an absolutely enjoyable gustatory experience. We had reservations, even though it was mid-week and probably not necessary. When seated we were immediately brought a small 'amuse bouche' of local fresh mozzarella with fresh ground pepper, followed by our server bringing a bowl of warm boiled peanuts to snack on while we deliberated. The nightly specials (chilled curry pumpkin soup and quail, among others) and regular menu are so varied that it is good there are not more choices - we might be deciding still! Try the catfish beignets as an appetizer, and enjoy the vegetable sides. The chef even came out to say hello himself, a finishing touch to a wonderful eclectic experience off the beaten path.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Debbie S
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