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Pampano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com
  • Phone: (212) 751-4545
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Sunday 5-9:30pm;
    Monday - Wednesday 5:00-10:00, Thursday - Saturday 5-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Our event planner and chef are happy to tailor menus for off-premise events.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy Sunday Brunch from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Prix Fixe menu for $39 includes bottomless Food and Sangria for two hours. Kids 12 years old and younger dine for $15.

    Pampano Botanaria located on the newly renovated first floor of Pampano Restaurant. Coastal Mexican Small Plate & Sangria Bar.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Loredana Mendoza at loredana@richardsandoval.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to 51st and Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are public garages in the area.
A word from Pampano
Chef Richard Sandoval and Maestro Placido Domingo have partnered to create a Mexican escape in midtown Manhattan. Pampano’s breezy yet elegant, white on white decor showcases Chef Sandoval’s vibrant coastal Mexican cuisine. In the spring and summer, sip on handcrafted margaritas or one of Pampano's 100 tequilas on the outdoor terrace.

“Best New Restaurant in America” Esquire Magazine

“a clear sense of how competing flavors and textures can be orchestrated to create exciting results” New York Times – two stars

“Sandoval uses European techniques to bring the vivid flavors of Mexico to life” Michelin Guide
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Diner Reviews
  • "The quality of the food was excellent – as usual. The waitstaff were very attentive and went out of their way to provide the best service. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Pampano is your traditional Mexican restaurant…not a Tex-Mex. Wait staff was friendly and very attentive. Nice wine list and the food was all delicious. Highly recommend the guacamole to nibble on and the lobster tacos to start. No dessert but the espresso with Godiva chocolate liqueur was a perfect ending to a muy sabroso niche!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I had the black cod and i hoped it would never end. It was perfect made. However all the staff was very nice but i would respect some more privacy, i felt like verytime we started a conversation with eachoter there where someone asking us how the food was, where we missing something etc"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and service but too noisy upstairs!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Guacamole was delicious. Also, loved the sparkling strawberry mint sangria. Service was attentive. Cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've been to Pampano before, and I remember being wowed by the tantalizing flavor combinations. This time was no exception--it even exceeded my expectations! You MUST try the ceviche. Get a sampler with tuna and halibut at least--they are not to be missed!! The shrimp ceviche (cooked) is not nearly as good and not recommended. The restaurant is situated on the second floor under an all-glass ceiling, which means temperatures can soar. It was extremely warm when we arrived, and the staff wasn't as quick to respond to my complaints as I would have liked, but eventually they found a way to let in some fresh air. If they hadn't, I would have left. It was unbearably hot. So glad I stayed though. The food was truly fantastic!!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent seafood, and the guacamole isn't bad as well. It's a little pricey, but worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food, drinks atmosphere and service all combine made an excellent Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The servers were very attentive."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Not what it used to be; food and service was mediocre. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Excellent food. My husband and I were impressed. The quality and presentation were amazing. This is not your typical mexican restaurant. I ate their sea bass which is named after the great Placido Domingo. I came to find out because he was sitting next to our table. We wonder if the service is always as attentive when you are seated next to a celebrity. We are definitely going back. I would note that the ambiance is differnet on the firs tfloor than on the second floor. The second floor seemed more lively but not in an "i can't hear what you are saying." The downstairs was more quiet and cozy. Only con is that the table we had was very small and the size of the plates can be quite large."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went there for lunch during Restaurant Week. What a nice surprise! I had the cerviche, pulled pork enchilada and the warm corn cake for dessert. The dining room is so pretty."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I made a reservation for lunch at 1:15 but still had to wait TWENTY minutes for a table. Incredibly frustrating verging on riduculous. Service got better once we sat down - until another delay to get the check. So the good food and ambience were definitely soured for us."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I can't belive the service could be that slow... I went there with co-workers for dinner before, and it was near Xmas, very few groups that time. Maybe that's the reason I felt the restaurant was good. But after the lunch today, God, I think I will never go there again. I mean, the food and drinks is nice, but you can't let your customers wait that long. It's lunch time, and people need to go back to offices !! Even for our desert, we wait for about 15 min. Not to mention how long we wait for our main dishes. The waiter was not very nice either. He mistook our bill finally and we have to wait even longer for him to correct it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went for luch and were delighted with the scope and reasonablness of the menu. service was superb and the food delightful. This was a return trip, and we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Pampano for a few years but had lunch with a friend there this week and had a lovely experience. The ambiance was very pleasant. The staff was attentive without overwhelming. The food was unusual and delicious -- especially the black been soup with plantains (which we both enjoyed). I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We had been to Pampano many times for dinner, but the brunch did not have the same quality of food. Go here for dinner until they have a chance to perfect the brunch menu like they have for dinner."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This midtown east restaurant is a good location for lunch. The dishes were all good. Nothing was outstanding however among the dishes we tried."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Very nice time. Cool waiter. Food nice. nothing bad to say"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Executive Chef Richard Sandoval is one of my favorite NYC chefs. I follow all his restaurants and was happy to finally be able to come to Pompano and I left very satisfied. Took advantage of the restaurant week menu, had the sopa de frijol which was light and delicious then the paella for entrée which was so creamy and flavorful and the best was the dessert Chocoflan, light chocolate cake on the bottom and creamy flan on top which a nice candy crunch. Walked out so full but very happy. Have yet to have a bad experience at any of his restaurants."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Restaurant week menu is the same as their regular lunch special menu, but at a slightly lower cost. Ceviche appetizer was delicious. Fish entree was nicely presented and very tasty. Corn cake and coconut ice cream were uninspired, but tasty. Overall, very good for a workweek lunch, but nothing more."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Pompano is a great Nouvo Mexican/ Peruvian restaurant. My only, but relevant, complain is that given the price range of it dishes the least thing you would expect is to have fresh tortillas and not the ones full of preservatives you buy 25 per $2 at the supermarket."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Threre are many places in Midtown for a business lunch. One of the more interesting is Pampano. An exotic, or at least unusual, Mexican menu provides a conversation enhancement to the agenda at hand. When one has a Mexican national as part of the lunching crew, as I did, the positive commentary offered was a highlight of the experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week, I would have chosen a different restaurant if I knew they had a regular lunch prix fixe but I did not see that on the website."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Got 2 phone calls that morning to confirm the res. A little annoying. Attentive and friendly service when we checked in. Water at table immediately, waiter soon thereafter for drink order. Ordered food within just a few more minutes and everything was fast and efficient. Food was excellent. Not noisy so conversation was easy too. Overall, would go again."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This restaurant has a lot going for it. The dining room very pretty, the staff is great and finally the food is amazing. We went there for restaurant week and will definitely go back. The lunch service was wonderful. Everything was fresh and full of flavors. The guacamole is really good and the seafood dishes we tried excellent."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This is a true gem! The food is incredible and plates are beatifulyy presented. The service was great, this restaurant is a couple blocks from my office and always pass by it, I am glad we finally decided to eat here as words will not do justice to the quality of the food!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I have dined at Pompano several times. This was perhaps the least enjoyable visit, although it was still very good and I would return. I assume that this was an "off night" for whatever reason. The main dish I had, the paella, is best described as gummy. The rice was not very good and I had to look hard to find any seafood. It was part of the Restaurant Week menu. My guest had the same item, but not on the Restaurant Week menu. Same quality, but a larger portion. The guacamole, on the other hand, was outstanding. Drinks were good, as usual. Beautiful setting too. I am hopeful things will improve on my next visit."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Ordered the four Ceviche Tasting and was very pleased -- wish there were more ceviche offerings; staff very helpful and service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Just delicious. Cool, fun and elegant. Great food, great service. Tip.... Although the corn chips (think they are home made) are amazingly good, do try to not fill up on them so to keep room in your tummy! Visitors from out of town commented that this was best sangria and best guacomole they have ever had"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Once upon a time you could go to a restaurant like Pampano and expect high quality food served by engaged, knowledgeable professional waiters. That was then and now you receive "acceptable" quality food served by disengaged staff who operate like UPS delivery workers. In fact UPS employees have much more personality and are far more customer-centric than the staff at Pampano. Pampano has become an assembly line for delivering undifferentiated southwest cuisine."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Upon entering, go straight to the bar for awesome happy hour deals from 5 to 7pm. You can check your coat next to the host/hostess or continue on upstairs. Very romantic and fine dining feeling. Great service! We received complimentary tequila liqueur. Great scallops with shrimp. Has outside patio dining."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Ambience & Service - Came here during Restaurant Week lunch for a friend's birthday. I was blown away by the peaceful airiness of the setting (granted it was a Monday at 1:30p) and staff friendliness. It felt like I was at a beautiful beach house. Told staff it was a friend's bday lunch and they brought out a separate dessert after the 3rd pre fixe dessert. Food - Good authentic Mexican food. Not overly cheesy. Chips are hearty & super crunchy. Desserts (warm corn cake w/ coconut ice cream or flan) are fantastic. Catered to a vegetarian diet although pre-fixe Restaurant Week menu had no veggie entree. In absence of pre-fixe price, I would consider this pricey given quality of food."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu. Limited selections but my colleague and I were very satisfied with what we ordered. Food was delicious & well-plated. Very attentive service and we were not rushed. Elegant Latin atmosphere with background music to complement the food. Will return for the full menu."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had a great lunch here. Everything was delicious. It was freezing outside but warm and cozy inside the restaurant. The decor made me happy."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "If you are bored or tired of the ordinary Tex/Mex dishes at your local Mexican restaurant, dine at Pampano for a real treat. I would call this more fusion Mexican than straight up and that is what makes it more interesting and delectable. Our party had a wonderful paella ( that you did not have to wait 20 minutes extra to enjoy), and black cod, beautifully presented. The drinks were generous and the guacamole and smoked fish appetizer hit the spot. We will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our small group of 3 were in town for a conference and was looking for a place near the conference venue given the snow conditions. No one wanted steak so we googled for seafood and found Pampano. What a gem! I had the black cod, my colleagues had scallops and fluke. We all loved the interesting Mexican fusion flare of predominantly Mexican ingredients with Asian and other influences. The reason for not giving 5 stars on the food, when we ordered the guacamole we ordered it "spicy" but I couldn't detect any spiciness. It is a keeper. The seafood was fresh. The service was quick. The manager is constantly walking around checking the tables. The timing for the food was good, not too rushed but you're not waiting forever either."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Brought a friend from out-of-town who wanted mexican fare but close to her hotel in Midtown. I wanted something nice that had really good food, guac and margs and really didn't want to resort to ho hum Dos or Rosa mexicano. This place was perfect! Great margaritas (at least 6 types), good assortment of tapas that had expected and unexpected options, nice server, smooth, fresh guac with *perfect* chips. The all white decor was a refreshing departure from the expected mexican restaurant thing. The food could have been a titch more seasoned (heat or something), but it was good otherwise- nice portions (meaning not huge), and fresh ingredients. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I went here with four other colleagues for lunch. The food and service are good and the prices are not outrageous. The best part is the wall of windows over a terrace which lets in natural light."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We took a chance to see if we could get same day reservations and were pleasantly surprised when a table for 2 at 8:45pm showed available on OpenTable. I reserved and then canceled the reservations we had at another restaurant. However, when we arrived at the restaurant we found it was closed with a not on the door saying they were closed for the weekend. How could we have been allowed to make a reservation?? Even worse, we were now stranded on a Sauturday night trying to find someplace else to eat. Ended up being a very disappointing evening for our last night in the city. I'm very surprised by the lack of communication from both the restaurant and OpenTable. This makes me hesitant to rely on OpenTable for future reservations."
    Dined on 2/8/2014