CK Pearl

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470 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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CK Pearl offers a modern, eclectic, and delicious take on classic New England fare in a warm and friendly setting on the Essex River
We are committed to offering a unique and uncompromising approach to food, beverage, and customer service
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Lauraw
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, friendly service

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HappyMama
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have always loved coming here. However, the past several visits have been filled with poor service, terribly weak drinks and overly salty food. It is overpriced for the quality of the food and drinks. It will be a long time before we dine here again. Such a bummer because it is convenient, close and throws a fun vibe.

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stevenB
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding !! From app's to dessert. The service was great, as usual, and the menu special's were a delicious surprise. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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NorthShoreDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love CK Pearl. Cozy but not crowded, nice marsh view out to the ocean. Great service!!

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vipFoodie
New England
87 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Very average food smaller portions and poor quality, actually got ill on something I ate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$1 oysters available M-F 4p-6p. Tonight's oysters specail were from Chatham. They were yummie!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourites. Great staff. Yummy drinks and bites. Love the setting.

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vipTimG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat !

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific menu and top-notch, attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Menu limited. Asked for cornbread never received it. Special dessert was coconut cake and was very dry and hard

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always the food was outstanding, lunch menu has lots of options at reasonable prices. Host was able to accommodate our request for a table with a view. Service felt a bit rushed, probably because we arrived towards the end of the lunch shift, our server clearly was ready to be done for the day. However it was still a good experience and we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food.

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vipbosbob
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The clams were amazing but the kale Cesar salad was terrible. Most bitter tasting salad ever. Don’t think the kale was prepared....

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful area and view! Loved the live reggae band that was playing Saturday afternoon.

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RachelP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked this place! Staff was friendly, great view of the water, food was good. No complaints.

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Lovingitfresh
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is a busy place and the food is good and well priced. Also, the server was attentive and pleasant.
I would recommend it to a friend with reservations. The noise level is extremely loud. My husband and I had to almost shout to be heard, and the group sitting next to our table was shouting as well ( not to mention the proximity).
Perhaps it would be best not to go on a busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The menu is not overwhelming and the kitchen has mastered the plates it serves. Mussels are a must. The meat on the tuna tacos is fresh. The coconut shrimp are exquisite with their honey mustard dressing giving it a great balance.

Overall, great dinning location. Definitely coming back at least once a month.

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Alexl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Great as always.

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FoodieP
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was really disappointed by CK Pearl. I ordered the tuna tacos and they arrived cold and somewhat bland. My husband ordered the steak tips which was very good. Stay away from the coconut shrimp -- bready with a goopy coconut sauce.

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Noel
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good! First of all, the place is so cute and cozy. Second of all, staff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Third of all, food was amazing! From the raw bar: Oysters and Shrimp. Fresh & delicious. The Fondue was INCREDIBLE. I would eat it on almost anything. Then I got the Salmon over Ramen Noodles. Again, fresh and delicious. Everyone else in the part was happy with their food as well. And of course, the cocktails - all very delicious! Would come back again in a heart beat - well done.

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traveler
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some in our party ordered fish and chips, restaurant favorite, and commented that the amount of fish was much smaller than they have had in the past and for the price seemed like less of a value.


There was a hint of cleaning fluid as we sat down. Not sure if it was from wiping down the table, but was noticable to 2 in our party. Maybe the cleaning mix recipe was not discretely measured??

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TraciJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at CK Pearl! We had a party of 8 and everyone had a good experience. The waitress we had was terrific! And my scallop entree was one of the best I've ever had. Good drink selection as well, and something for everyone (not just seafood... they have BBQ, burgers, kids menu, etc) And they were very accommodating for my sister, who has celiac disease. We will definitely return soon!

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JoeDiner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have the smoked half-chicken back! We're never disappointed ay CK Pearl. The fish is always first rate, as is anything from the smoker. And of course the view of our dear Essex marsh is awesome.

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AngelB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and drinks. Service was superb and very friendly.
Will return.

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nickellis14
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Ever changing menu with local ingredients, and old standbys.

Here all the time to see what they're doing.

Also great drinks.

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RichardC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Linda A, was terrific. She is attentive, knowledgeable and the perfect balance between efficiency and knowing that we wanted to linger. She rocks!

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Scruggs
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went to CK's for brunch last Sunday. We were seated right behind the band. Unfortunately, it was soooo loud we couldn't talk. I suspect everyone in the restaurant felt that way. As good as they were they were just too loud. Service was great, brunch was delicious but the blues band was much too loud.....and I'm not an old person.....

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took her parents out for a "good meal". However, what we got was a GREAT meal in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The mussels in coconut milk and mild curry were delicious. Everyone really enjoyed the meal and our waitress was friendly and helpful. Great place!!!

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Alexl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite north shore restaurants. Always tasty !!

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Localtravelers
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had mussels and Kale Caesar with white anchovy is great. The serving staff is nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We’ve been to CK several times and it’s one of our favorite places to go but this time was very disappointing. It started with our seating where we were pushed against the back wall and had a “great” view of the service station. I then asked about the tuna belly special and was told “it’s the belly of the tuna”. Not helpful. Appetizers and drinks were good but it took us a long time to get our dinner which was a squash bisque and an overcooked pork special that was so chewy I couldn’t eat most of it. I was really hungry and I really tried, but after a while my jaw hurt and I gave up. Desert was ok but coffee was cold. Definitely not worth the price we paid that night. Will think twice about going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good pick for good quality food

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vipmy2cents4dining
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a cranberry mule slider drink served in an iced copper cup that was deliciously strong and flavorful. Then I had a cup of chowder that was also very tasty. My only suggestions there would be for the clam chowder to be just a wee bit thinner (chowders are not supposed to be so thick that they are almost pasty; they should be thinner with milk or cream.) The server should have stirred the pot quite a bit before putting the chowder in my cup, so it would have been a higher temperature. It was warm but not hot, and should be served hot. The flavor of clams was perfect even though is could have been just a bit thinner. With any kind of seafood, there is always a risk of added ingredients overpowering the seafood’s natural flavor. This came close but was still ok. I ordered 1 shrimp/prawn and 3 raw oysters that were all perfect. My entree was a lobster salad over a bed of arugula. My suggestion here would be to mix the arugula with butter lettuce, because after a while of eating straight arugula, the lobster flavor was overpowered by the peppery arugula. If you mix arugula with butter lettuce, that won’t happen.

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vipmerifm
New England
34 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The best thing it has going for it is the view. Otherwise, the food and decor were fine, but not memorable in any way.

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Alleycat
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice evening in a very reliable venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and the best service that I have had in a very long time. highly recommend. Also, the cookie skillet is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the clam chowder is the best on the North Shore. Service was prompt and our food was served hot. Mussels were just the right size, salad was delicious and fresh and my fish and chips were terrific. It’s a little noisy but we like the energy. We eat here often and bring friends when they come to visit.

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ReginaC
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, fresh oysters and overall delicious food...attentive service as well. Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great. Was there for lunch. Place was not full so noise wasn’t an issue. Great menu. Some of the best oysters around. Waitress was very nice, knowledgeable etc but we had to ask for silverware at each course. By no means would that keep me away. Was actually pretty funny when we had to stir the coffee with our knives.
Wasn’t an issue with us but may have been with others. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

Have never been disappointed at CK’s.

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vipKiren
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had to remind wait staff several times of things we needed. Haddock dinner was dry and very fishy tasting. Pulled pork way too spicy. Fish tacos ok but nothing was worth the prices. Fondue appetizer was best part of meal. Sangria was watered down and hibiscus margarita was 50% sour mix.. horrible! Won't be back, sorry.

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