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Sep 20, 2008 12:41 PM

Elegant Intimate Dining in Tampa Bay

If your pocketbook can afford it and your palate is cultured, then you shouldn't miss a hidden gem in the historic gulf coast town of Dunedin, The Black Pearl. Located in the quaint Main Street area, this small cafe has an ever changing menu that can actually be viewed online. My family consider it THE perfect place for special occasions. Not only is the food superb, the ambience divine, the wait staff attentive without appearing hovering, but the bar can create concoctions that tantalize the palate.

315 Main St
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 734-3463

Black Pearl of Dunedin
315 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698

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  1. I have been there once and found the food to be good, but the decor really turned me off. Reminded me too much of the 80s, and it seemed to me that the black fabric wall covering still exuded the smell of smoke from a bygone era when smoking was legal in indoor restaurants. I haven't been back for that reason. There are just too many great places in the area at that price point with great food AND ambience. If they ever remodel I'll be happy to give it another try!

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    1. re: laurie

      >There are just too many great places in the area at that price point with great food AND ambience.

      Such as? If you don't recommend Black Pearl for "elegant, intimate dining" in the area, what do you recommend?

      The OP sounds like an advertisement rather than a review to me.


      1. re: BeaN

        I was kind of thinking along the advertisement line also.


        1. re: RibDog

          I thought it was just me. Got that cynical thing going on. But I see I'm in good company.

          1. re: Manderley

            I'm trying to reign in the cynical thing all the time. Sometimes I am unsuccessful. Of course, maybe my palate just isn't adequately cultured.

            I really would like to know what constitutes elegant and intimate dining in the county. My favorite in that category, Redwoods, is no more.

            1. re: BeaN

              I'm so glad to see others say that! The post struck me as inappropriate - just 'boosting' with (notice) no details about the food at all or any sense of what makes it so good. I suspect a commercial interest.

    2. Funny thing, first time I read this post i thought to myself, geez that sounds like a shameless commercial plug for a struggling overpriced tourist trap?

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      1. re: FrankC

        I like the implication that those of us who disagree just don't have cultured palates. And, amazingly enough in 2008, apparently the menu can 'actually' be viewed online! (Need to learn the sarcasm emoticon)