• Location

    305 Front Street, Beaufort NC

  • We are on Front Street in the ground floor of the Cedars Inn.

    305 Front Street,
    Beaufort North Carolina 28516
    Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 9:30
    Thursday - Monday 5:30 - 8:30
    closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • Kind words from our lovely guests

    Cheese & Charcuterie Plate

    "Mad respect."

    You have to admire the chef and owner for launching a risky concept in Morehead City. The location is out of the way, the space is rather small and the menu is a significant departure from the usual fare. I'm happy to say that it all works very well. Mostly due to the care they put into the entire experience.
    The atmosphere is well crafted to provide both a nice bar area and a comfortable and relatively quiet dining room.
    The service was excellent with friendly staff and attentive management.
    My wife and I ordered the ceviche and black bean tostada to start. I did not expect much from the black bean tostada but it was truly excellent. The Ceviche was spot on. We could have stopped there but ordered the Mufungo and goat curry. The Mufungo was delightful. Well balanced between all components and super tasty. I've had goat curry several times. It's a challenge to execute well. I'm happy to say that the flavors were excellent.
    There were several fish specials that we did not try but look forward to in the future.

    Scallops with Jalapeño lime butter and butterbeans


    I don't know where to start except at the end. My birthday meal was better than I could have hoped for. In the 35 years I have been to this area as a second home, and having travelled all over the world sampling food from everywhere, I think I'm reasonably equipped to rave when I have an awesome feast. This food is simple, subtle and fresh...and I'm almost stunned at the ability of this man to make such a creative array of delights out of what doesn't sound that different at first. My husband and I had the evening specials: Ceviche (which tonight was Wahoo), a trio of tacos (do NOT skip the beef tongue, pork belly anything- they melt in your mouth!!)..and his Catch of the Day (Adobo rubbed Mahi) was cooked perfectly and topped Mexican street corn, sweet potato and kale...I was sopping up the sauces with my OMG plantain chips which were the exact right texture (they came with my ceviche). I have to stop ranting because you won't think I'm sincere. You must go. And I bet like us, you'll be back. (And oh yeah, I had the pisco sour as a cocktail...bam. Enough said.)

    Bavette Steak with Ramp chimichurri, parsnip puree, carrot romesco


    Every dish was flawless - full of flavor, perfectly paired together to create a delightful dining experience. The staff was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was fun, unique, but not obtrusive.
    The cochinita pibil was perfectly laced with melting fat to make it a mouth-watering offering of pork, and the fried plantains that came with it were crystal gems bursting with flavor - crispy and salty on the outside, with melt-in-your-mouth banana sweetness on the inside. The tilefish special was perfectly cooked and paired with an excellent avocado pineapple salsa that complimented the sweetness of that fish.
    We've been to Husk in Charleston, and this joined that lovely establishment as one of our top 5 restaurants we've been to. We will definitely be coming back to the area for vacation in the future just so we can indulge in La Perla again!

    Pork Belly, Goat Cheese, Pickled Watermelon Rinds, Arugula Salad

    "Smart flavor profiles"

    Visited La Perla at the recommendation of a close, food-obsessed friend. We were so impressed by the level of cooking, the smart flavor profiles, the warm service—and it's a welcome step-up from the area's grills and chain restaurants.

    La Perla is run by a couple—Jessica and Kevin—who work at the restaurant every day it's open. Their presence and dedication makes all the difference—and it made our dining experience special. We felt like we were being welcomed to a friend's house for dinner. We talked about that dinner every day for the next week...and we're excited about our next visit.

    The fried shishito peppers, wings, pork belly-arugula salad, local dayboat grouper, ceviche, octopus, creme brûlée, and almond cake—all fantastic! I'd order it all again.

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