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Water Street Comes Alive as Downtown Tampa’s Culinary Destination

Tampa, FL (March 7, 2023) – Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, The Pearl at Water Street is now open. The Pearl, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, combines restaurant, tavern, and oyster room featuring chef-driven cuisine with made-from-scratch entrees, fresh seafood, seasonal oysters, and an extensive beverage menu that will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

At the restaurant’s helm will be Olivia Giesler, Executive Chef, and Alex Schultz, General Manager. Olivia and Alex have extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Both are joining The Pearl after distinguished fine dining careers within Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, the same company behind the launch of The Pearl and other beloved restaurants, including Ocean Prime. Ocean Prime has been a Tampa favorite for fourteen years, becoming the top Ocean Prime location with a dedicated client base year after year.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Tampa’s growing culinary scene and the budding downtown entertainment district,” says The Pearl General Manager, Alex Schultz. “Whether you enjoy our outdoor terrace or dining in our coastal-inspired interior, guests can expect a relaxed environment with exceptional cuisine and dedication to impeccable service.”

The Pearl is the third location of this concept introduced by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Celebrating ten years of the concept, the restaurant group first opened The Pearl in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio, in 2012, then opened a second location in Dublin, Ohio, in 2020.

“We have two locations of The Pearl in Columbus that are very successful and started to think about expansion. Our Ocean Prime in Tampa is #1 in sales out of 17 locations nationwide, so Tampa was a logical step, and Water Street is an ideal location for The Pearl. Tampa is a great town – it’s an energetic and youthful city that is attracting people from all over to move here,” said David Miller, President and COO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.

Reservations can be made at The Pearl is located at 823 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602, and is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM-10 PM and Friday 11:30 AM-11 PM and weekend brunch and dinner Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM.


Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is an independent, privately held restaurant group known for developing compelling dining concepts offering outstanding cuisine complemented by genuine hospitality. Cameron Mitchell founded the company in 1993 on the powerful guest philosophy, “Yes is the Answer. What is the question?” Today, that commitment to delivering extraordinary guest experiences fuels 45 award-winning restaurants under 20 unique concepts, including the nationally acclaimed Ocean Prime brand. The company also operates a separate, highly successful catering division, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, and a dynamic food hall hosting 10 kitchens, 3 bars and a rooftop, Budd Dairy Food Hall. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 22 locations in five states.

CMR is partnering with Crawford Hoying to introduce a luxury boutique hotel at Bridge Park in Dublin, Ohio in 2026. For more information on CMR, please visit

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