• About La Perla

    "Far From the Maddening Crowd"

    La Perla is off the beaten track, tucked away in a residential

    neighborhood in Morehead City. Our highly unique, creative menu has attracted loyal customers that drive from near and far to dine with us.


    We are a Latin Inspired Restaurant with a Southern influences.

    Our menu changes seasonally, and the fish specials change daily depending upon the fresh local catch. Some menu items include Rack of Lamb

    with Harissa Sauce and Mint Chutney,

    Scallops with Jade Coconut Lemongrass sauce,

    Mofongo (slow roasted Pork in a Sweet Plantain "bowl"), and Oxtail Stew.

    Desserts include coconut flan with blackberry curry and strawberry anise sauce, espresso and orange panna cotta, port and madeira wines.

    Kid's menu available.

  • Reviews

    Kind words from our lovely guests

    Chile Rubbed Ribeye with Raspberry Sorghum Sauce

    “My wife and I had dinner at La Perla tonight and it was the best meal that we have had in Carteret County in the eleven years that we’ve lived here. This place could hold its own in NYC. Our ribeye had the kick and depth of a Cuban cigar. The rack of lamb with spicy harissa sauce and mint chutney made me an instant food groupie.
    We are telling everyone we love about La Perla, The Pearl of Carteret county.” 

    Hanger Steak with Huitlacoche Cream, Peruvian Blue Potato Mash and Corn and Basil Salad


    “This hidden gem opened 3.5 months ago, and it should be high on the list of dining options in Morehead City, NC. Nice atmosphere, pleasant/welcoming owners and an eclectic menu. The meals, not only ours but we heard the people at tables next to us comment, are simply delicious. Authentic Caribbean that combines French, Spanish, East Indian and Asian flavors.”

    Scallops with Citrus Salad

    “We finally tried La Perla after hearing great things about the food. It was all true. It’s located in a very

    unassuming strip shopping center but don’t let that fool you. The decor is appropriately adorned in Caribbean flair. The people are friendly and accommodating. We had the delicious guacamole to start with homemade tortilla chips. Our entrees consisted of braised lamb, jerk chicken and the Mofongo. The side of Spanish risotto was a nice accoutrement too. All were seasoned perfectly and delicious. Overall, a wonderful dining experience and a nice contrast to the area’s other great restaurants.”


    “Wow!!!! This place went way beyond my expectations!!! Being a Caribbean chef myself When I saw the chef I thought “this guy is cooking Caribbean “ but it was amazing! Well worth my 9 hour drive!” 

  • Location

    1103 North 20th Street, Morehead City, NC



    HOURS: open for dinner Thursday - Monday

    5:30pm - 9:00pm

  • To book Reservations

    We are a small restaurant and reservations are highly recommended. Please enter your name, phone number, date, time and # in your party.