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Utilizing fresh seafood, premium beef and poultry, and savory pastas, the Black Pearl kitchen grabs informal mealtime by the throat and refines it with an array of upscale cuisine. Black Pearl’s dinner menu represents a veritable Who’s Who of gourmet proteins, such as sushi-quality yellowfin tuna ($18.99), cajun chicken and shrimp swimming harmoniously in alfredo sauce ($14.99), and queen-size slabs of the house-specialty prime rib slow-roasted to perfection, available solo ($19.99) or in the company of perch, shrimp, or scallops ($23.99). Black Pearl’s chefs compose a series of gourmet sandwiches for lighter appetites ($7.99–$9.99), and the stripped-down lunch menu slings out homemade soups and a selection of scrumptious starters alongside juicy portions of veal parmigiana ($8.99), rib-eye steak ($9.99), and fresh-caught lake perch ($8.99).
Diners can kick back in Black Pearl’s chic dining room, taking in the elegant artwork, the low-slung leather seating, and the bar that curves gracefully out of sight like a stilt walker limboing under a highway overpass. The fresh air and bucolic splendor of Black Pearl’s covered outdoor patio makes for romantic date nights, as does the eatery’s close proximity to the Stranahan Theater, and ample parking is available in front of the restaurant.
Outfitted with black tablecloths, framed art, cushy booths, and carpeted floors, Black Pearl’s dining room is a comfortable space that leaves plenty of room for romance to flicker in the low light. In this, it’s well matched to the menu: a selection of pastas, steaks, and seafood with options to suit occasions ranging from a quick lunch to a grand night out. Tender prime rib stars in both hearty surf ‘n’ turf entrees and a slew of sandwiches and salads. The Blade noted that the signature cut—a carryover from the restaurant’s previous incarnation as HJ’s Prime Cut—“continues to be superb,” while also praising lake perch that’s “tender and sweet, with a light breading that doesn't overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fish.”
Beyond the dining room with its arched windows and hanging lamps is a fully stocked bar whose tenders pour beer and mix martinis, including a line of signature drinks made with midnight-dark Blavod Black vodka. Armchairs clustered around low tables and a single flat-screen television introduce a clubby vibe. But the restaurant's most intriguing seats may lie just beyond the front door, where curving half-walls painted with a Rothko-esque design swoop around a party-friendly circular table.