Pampano
Pampano

Pampano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/
  • Phone: 2127514545x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Sunday 5-9:30pm;
    Monday - Wednesday 5:00-10:30, Thursday - Saturday 5-11:00pm
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Pampano reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (103)fit for foodies (87)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (63)romantic (57)good for groups (50)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (31)hot spot (17)scenic view (11)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • out of town guests
    SallyGirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We took new friends who were visiting nyc. All of us were happy with our meals. Everything was cooked perfectly and it was delightful! One table near us was loud (8 folks having a good time!), but that doesn't reflect on the restaurant which is usually a good place to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never misses
    autumn
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I've dined here multiple times over the past 10 years. The food is always delicious and I've never had anything that was not good. Would recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went to Pampano with my three summer interns for a farewell to summer brunch. I had a Gilt City voucher which may or may not have played a role in our waiter Geraldo treating us like second class citizens. He was not friendly and not accommodating. Two members of our group do not eat pork not shellfish for religious reasons and he behaved as if accommodating this was putting him out of his way, really? When we mentioned we were not pleased to the manager Victor, who was very nice and friendly, Geraldo then came over and apologized and offered us deserts on the house. I was excited to try Pampano, but after this experience, I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent in Part
    FleanceVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Pampano is a lovely restaurant, partly owned by opera star Placido Domingo. We always sit inside, though many people prefer the attractive outdoor terrace, in fine weather. The food is good -- excellent first courses/starters; pretty good mains, though I wish they would update their menu, particularly those fish dishes, which are just so so; delicious desserts. Sorry to report the traditional margaritas taste like fruit juice. There doesn't seem to be any alcohol in them! The music selection is poor (particularly considering that Domingo is part-owner); and too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAbULOUS FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Try the cod--you will think you died and went to heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great Mexican food
    ChofisVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Some of the dishes are good but overall, the food is not great for the price. The ceviche was not good at all, and the tacos! How can you go wrong with tacos?
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  • Brunch at its best!
    JLG926
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very happy to have tried this gem! Bottomless Brunch, no one does this anymore. Sangria, Bloody Marias, or Margaritas. Unlimited small tapas. They are delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    Pepp
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was great, there was always someone around tending tables, making sure glasses were filled with water or sangria! I had the salad but everyone else in my group had cerviche appetizer and loved it. For the entree I had the steak and again everyone else had seafood; we all enjoyed our entrees. We didn't stick to our budget of $38 for restaurant week and ended up ordering the guacamole ($14) and pitcher of sangria ($42). I saw on their website that they have a bottomless brunch which includes unlimited sangria and a few other drinks - so I may try brunch one day. Nice atmosphere, mellow with light chatter and laughter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Night Out
    JudieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We chose Pampano for our last night in New York till fall. We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu. The portions were not skimpy and the choices were great. I love the white on white decor, ceiling fans and terrace. The seafood dishes are outstanding. My husband loves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pampano is absolutely fantastic!!
    Kcutts
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything about Pampano was great, the service was fast and efficient but always well timed. We had the grilled pineapple mojitos which were to die for. The starter sample of both the guacamole and the swordfish was savory and the tortilla chips were also a pleasant surprise. For the meal I had the Atun grilled tuna with cilantro-ginger pico-de-gallo and it was worth every mouth watering bite. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beetle423
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Really great mexican menu with an upscale flavor. The chef makes excellent and unique choices in mixing tastes and portions are perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Service
    Babo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary here on a recent Saturday with brunch. The service was impeccable and we almost felt as if estuviéramos en el D.F. Bueno, la comida ... ¡riquissima, sobre todo, los ceviches y no se pierda el pastel de elote!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • doors open
    dining
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    While the food was good, the waitstaff was constantly wanting to take our plates, before we were thru with our food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva!
    writer100VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place is worth the climb--literally lots of stairs to get to the dining room and its shielded terrace. Lunch can be noisy with exuberant office groups, brunch and dinner are a bit quieter. The kitchen hits all the right notes with many familiar dishes given a slight twist. Notably they have Voctoria lager, which tastes a lot like the long departed Casa Blanca. Service was warmly personal. I don't know that I would go from the West side, but it is very pleasant having Pampano in my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Want a midday attitude adjustment?
    Gail
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pompano is a good choice. The ambience in the serene and spacious dining room and outdoor balcony are good for the soul. As to the food, most dishes at the heavy-on-seafood spot are good to excellent: try the spicy guacamole, the shrimp ceviche, and the corn cake with coconut ice cream. The empanadas aren't quite up to snuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpleasant
    RusskiChai
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was good, but the temperature of the room was so cold that it was impossible to enjoy. I saw some women guests using napkins to cover their bare shoulders. We had sweaters, but it was still too cold and uncomfortable. The service was good, but it took a long time to get the check.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was excellent but the service was a little slow. We were on our lunch hour so we wanted the service to be faster. The waiter was very attentive, friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend Pampano to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had the special $38.00 rest week menu. Portions were small. Food tasted premise and was ordinary. Especially the entree and desert. Underwhelming. Will not return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced but very good
    Trisha
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Came in for a restaurant week menu with my hubby. Guacomole and margaritas were outstanding! We ordered Quesadilla de Pescado for appentizers, and it was really good and flavorful. For a main course i've ordered Mariscada, which was served to me cold, but as soon as i told the waitress she was very apologetic and my dish was swaped within a few minutes for a hot dish. It was very good and flavorful. My husband had Arrachera but he said the meat wasn't that great. Overall i really liked it but don't think it's worth to spend so much for a regular priced menu. I saw a lot of people with pitchers of sangria and appetizers only. The ambience is nice and they have a roof top open space, which adds value to this place.
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  • Definitely would not recommend.
    KatyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Restaurant service was quiet to begin with. Guacamole is good and in fact the one thing good about the food other than the sorbet for restaurant week but it was a bit salty but still good. Server was not attentative occasionally would have to flag down another server or a busser. My steak was supposedly medium n grilled but i got medium well unseasoned and burned parts. The Mariscada is supposedly like a seafood soup or broth tradiationally and it was not as expected nor delivered it was jus rice n some seafood as stated on menu. Had the server been more attentative we wouldve known what was coming and there was barely any tables there too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pampered
    jrsymano
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    felt top class without the fuss of white gloves; accommodating and understanding to the variation in size of the members of our family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not authentic Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Although the food was good and the service as well, nothing about the place says Mexican. I thought it was pretentious for no reason, and I have had much better food for much better prices elsewhere. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant.
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  • Upscale Mexican with a casual vibe
    anne1152
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Two friends & I ate here for dinner during Restaurant Week. Bar was great while we waited, very attentive bartender. I tried red snapper quesadillas, fluke & chocoflan and tried the caiparinha and mezcal & pear cocktail. No uncleared plates, and I didn't hear any complaints! Variety offered on the prix fixe menu wasn't great, but to be expected for RW. All of my dishes did exceed expectations (flavourful but not too spicy, well-balanced), although portions were just on the small side (had I perhaps added an appetizer or small dish, then just right). Unfortunately, while staff was friendly, service was quite slow (just under two hours including rush for the cheque in order to catch a train) so food was not always at ideal temperature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go for restaurant week
    fancyshmancy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    First disappointment was that happy hour only qualifies for the bar downstairs. Once we were seated upstairs, we couldn't take advantage of half-priced drinks. The portions were very small for restaurant week - I left hungry. In addition to being a miniscule portion, the ceviche was too sweet. I really liked the coconut rice in the seafood dish. The dessert was advertised as an assortment of gelatos and sorbets, but there was only one flavor. If you come to this restaurant, order from the regular menu. Restaurant week was not a good deal - overall disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have taken guests to Pampano numerous times, including our Board of Directors. I keep returning because the food is outstanding and the service always excellent. Anyone or any group that I have ever taken here has enjoyed the whole dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking
    Zumvel
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was icredible. We were very happy with the menu. The staff was extremly friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for brunch, GREAT sangria
    Alexis
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I came here with a deal from Gilt City with my husband and parents. The sangria was the best! They have 3-4 different flavors to choose from. The service was great. We started with the huac, which was excellent. All the entrees were delicious and beautifully presented with the exception of my dads. He ordered the pancakes and it was extremely small portion. He's a hearty eater so needless to say he wasn't happy about that! Other than that, no real complaints. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sure bet
    ChcolatlVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been going to Pampano from time to time over several years, and it remains one of our favorites. Their well executed high-end Mexican seafood centered cuisine continues to surprise and satisfy our guests and ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week find
    BobPVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We saw the restaurant week menu online and decided to give Pampano a try. What an enjoyable dinner. The menu was thoughfully put together and portions were ample. Food was fresh and the presentation made you want to dive right in. Will definitely return to Pampano whenever we are in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the portion of food
    Paul
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    went there for restaurant week dinner, the portion is really small
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was not hot!
    businesslunch
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This restaurant week lunch was wonderful in terms of the quality of food choices and flavor of the food. Unfortunately nothing was hot, lukewarm at best and I didn't have time to send things back due to being on lunch break from work. Too bad about that because the food was delicious but when food isn't temperature appropriate IT'S A PROBLEM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    When we made the reservation we did not realize that they offered outdoor seating. When we arrived we had to wait until an outdoor table cleared. Good thing we waited. The inside part of the restaurant was EXTREMELY NOISY. I would only go back there during warm, good weather and sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing.
    Sourpatch
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Selection fair. Portion size poor. Guacamole: awesome!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    trendydiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The ambience is amazing. However, the restaurant is very expensive and the portions are very small. I wouldn't recommend this place.
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  • Great guacamole!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'll return over and over again for their guacamole...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Seafood
    DodgersWillVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fresh fish with a Mexican flair. Sit outdoors upstairs if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    foodfan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and service were great! We had picky eaters with us and the kitchen bent over backwards to make us happy. They succeeded 100%. Highly recommend the scallops with grilled watermelon. A bit of a walk from Broadway but worth the effort. Chef Richard Sandoval did not disappoint!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the outdoor dining
    AmoureuxdelatableVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Pampano as a charming 2nd floor terrasse that get's hot during lunch hour but is cooling in the evening and gives you the feeling of a private garden. Sitting under the stars doubles the pleasure of its flavorful and tasty fusion dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frenchie4newyork
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food! Good cocktails, noise level unfortunately very high. It is also pricey so not an everyday outing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I used to frequent Pampano 8-10 years ago, but haven't been since then. I was so pleased to find the menu, service and appearance almost entirely unchanged. Really enjoyable evening and the food was unusually good. (I had the black cod, lobster tacos, mixed salad, and, of course, the guacamole. My guest (black cod, octopus salad) enjoyed her meal as well. It was great to return to Pampano!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate