New gastropub The Pearl debuts at Water Street Tampa next month

It’s the latest concept from the owners of Ocean Prime steakhouse.

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Water Street is clearly one of downtown Tampa's fastest-growing districts, and it's already preparing for yet another tenant.

Located at 823 Water St. Suite C-100 (on the ground floor of the Heron apartment tower), The Pearl will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, March 7.

According to Water Street Tampa’s website, the district’s newest restaurant and tavern will boast “an expansive menu of chef-inspired cuisine featuring made-from-scratch entrees, shareable plates and seasonal oysters.”

The Pearl’s dinner menu features exciting entrees like ricotta dumplings with acorn squash, braised short rib and pineapple-marinated hanger steak, alongside seafood-focused dishes like fresh oysters and a market priced seafood tower.

Dinner reservations can also be made directly on the restaurant's website.

According to a press release, The Pearl is "inspired by both vintage and urban design and showcases eclectic décor that is both stylish and nostalgic.” The Tampa Bay Business Journal says that the new restaurant  can seat 190 people inside of its dining room and an additional 110 patrons on its Amalie Arena-facing patio.

In addition to its regular lunch and dinner menu, this Water Street Tampa restaurant also has weekend brunch offerings like chicken and waffles, pork cheek hash, chicken wing confit and jalapeño cornbread.

Downtown Tampa’s latest concept comes from veteran hospitality group Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, the same folks behind nationwide steakhouse Ocean Prime.

There are two other locations of The Pearl in both Dublin and Columbus, Ohio.

The Pearl's executive chef Olivia Giesler most recently served as Ocean Prime's sous chef, although she's been working in Cameron Mitchell kitchens since she was 18 years-old.

After its debut in a few weeks, The Pearl will be open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays.

The new eatery will soon join the ranks of other newly-opened Water Street Tampa concepts like Small Giant, Wine on Water, Boulon Brasserie and Shortwave Coffee, although Tampa Bay foodies are still eagerly awaiting the debut of hot upcoming restaurants like Predalina and Ash.

For the latest information on The Pearl and next month’s grand opening, head to its Instagram @thepearlwaterstreet.
Location Details

The Pearl

823 Water St. Suite C-100, Tampa Downtown Tampa

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