Prime and Pearl truly offers the best of land and sea!
Located in Celebration Pointe, they have a modern interior with leather seats, wooden tables, and lamps shaped like upside down flowers. They are only open for dinner and do get filled up on the weekends so make sure to get a reservation in advance if you plan to go then.
They have lots of outdoor and indoor seating that are spaced out by a few feet each.
Prime and Pearl has a classy ambience with jazz music, low lighting, and candles at the table.
You can immediately tell that they specialize in steaks, since right when you walk in you are greeted by the steaks chilling in the steak locker.
Our waitress Brianna was very friendly and explained how Prime and Pearl prides itself in fresh steak and oysters. As you can see from the extensive menu, they offer many different types of these as well as other options to choose from.
They offer free bread before the meal! The bread is circular and had a really interesting texture. It had a crispier outside and a creamy, soft center. It had a French Cruller (yes the donut!) texture inside. The first batch we got was not warm, but thankfully the second batch was freshly baked so it was very warm and soft inside. They also give you regular butter and sweet blueberry butter to compliment the bread.
Because we wanted to try different flavors of oysters, we decided on the Oyster Sampler, ($28.99) which came with 12 oysters consisting of 4 different flavors, lemon, cocktail sauce, and horseradish. The Hollywood was from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, and had a very clean and crisp finish. This was my personal favorite. The Sweet Jesus was from Hollywood, Maryland and had a citrus finish. It was especially good with the cocktail sauce. The Lucky Limes was from Prince Edward Island, Canada. This one was a bit more salty and citrusy. The White Stone, from North Point, Virginia, tasted the most unique with mushroom and vegetable flavoring and a miso finish. Overall the oysters tasted very fresh- definitely a great start to our meal.
They also offer house-made crackers with the oyster and I actually highly recommend trying these! I’m normally not a huge fan of saltine crackers, but these were crispy, warm, flaky, and very slightly salty- it almost tasted fried. They were surprisingly very good.
Now for the steak!
Before you get the steak, they bring out an assortment of knives, so you can choose which one fits you best.
I went for the 45-Day Dry Aged 20 oz Bone-In Ribeye ($62). This was my first time trying dry aged steak and I was amazed by how deep the flavor tasted. The steak comes with a bit of mashed potato, and two sprigs of asparagus with some carrots on top.
It had a smoky, grilled crust on the outside and was very juicy and tender on the inside. There were some layers of fat, which definitely added to the juiciness.
I also tried the 45-Day Dry Aged 40 oz Porterhouse ($89). If you are HUNGRY or love steak, then this is the one for you! It was enormous and came cut into pieces for easier eating.
One side had a more chewy texture, which was a little harder to chew, while the other side was more lean and tender.
This steak also came with the side of mashed potato and asparagus.
All the steak did get a bit heavy after awhile, so I tried it with A1 sauce as well, which added extra flavor.
For dessert we had the Vanilla Bean Crème brûlée ($8), which had a piece of fruit, chocolate, and a biscuit on top. This was really delicious and a perfect finish to the meal. It was a big portion for the price and definitely enough to share between two people.
Overall, I would say Prime and Pearl is a great place to enjoy a classy meal or special date night!
Address: 4949 Celebration Pointe Ave Suite 70, Gainesville, FL 32608