Pampano
Pampano

Pampano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/
  • Phone: (212) 751-4545
  • 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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Pampano reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)great for outdoor dining (69)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (44)great for lunch (42)special occasion (42)romantic (40)great for brunch (30)hot spot (15)scenic view (9)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Food and wine were great as
    Joes
    Dined on 7/2/2008
    Food and wine were great as always. However, we ate on the terrace overlooking the street, on which a garbage truck being loaded with demolition debris from a nearby building was making huge amounts of NOISE the whole time we were there. Very unfortunate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it's a great restaurant. usually
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/1/2008
    it's a great restaurant. usually the outdoor patio is great, but last night the trash hauling from the building next door was unbearable. it was loud, smelled horrible and threw up a cloud of construction dust from the removal of an enormous load of construction materials.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pampano was such a great choice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    Pampano was such a great choice. I took my boyfriend out for a special occasion and he loved it (and he's not easily impressed). His salmon was perfect and the sangria was good too. The service was great, both the host and the server were very accomodating. All the dishes seem very light, good portions, but not heavy. I'd definitely suggest starting with the gaucamole or an appetizer. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, and I will be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! Love their margaritas.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    Delicious! Love their margaritas. Mexican but not a run-of-the-mill taco joint by any stretch. I enjoy the creativity and quality of the food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The staff is friendly and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    The staff is friendly and accommodating. Food is always good. Prices are a bit on the high side, but overall pretty good value for money. I really like the outdoor section upstairs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Pampano, it is on my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    I love Pampano, it is on my "go-to" list, and I crave the menu there on a regular basis. Also excellent is their tacqueria with an entrance on 3rd Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been there before and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2008
    I have been there before and this visit was disappointing. They had the upstairs restaurant and deck closed for a private event and the tables available downstairs were awful. They should have had some notification to people holding reservations that this would be the case. The whole ambiance is the upstairs restaurant and the terrace so it was incredibly disappointing. The terrace wasn't even being used by the private party. The only upside was that our waitress was nice and made good recommendations.
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  • Really very good food in an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/23/2008
    Really very good food in an intimate white washed walls setting in Midtown. Highlight was really the mojitos (Mojito Oro) which just might be the best I've ever had. Anywhere. Ever. I'm not sure I'd go on and on about the food, but it was very good and the service was top notch. The guacamole was delicious, but did not live up to the spicy designation we asked for.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a surprise to find this
    nwmsdocVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    What a surprise to find this within a 20 minute walk of the Broadway Play scene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply enjoyed Pampano in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2008
    Simply enjoyed Pampano in every way! Wait staff was attentive, food and drinks were very good. Dining outside was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food was good, we
    Jonathan
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    While the food was good, we ordered a sea scallop special. It arrived with one scallop, cut in thirds. That was a ridiculous portion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and preparation and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    The food and preparation and service were very good. However, the portions for the steak taco and the swordfish were on the small size although they were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    This was my first time dining at Pampano. It felt like we were transported on vacation in Mexico. The decor and music were perfect. The lobster tacos were so delicious we ordered a second serving - light but tasty. By far the best hibiscus margarita I've had in New York as well. Even the skyscrapers around us made dining on the terrace an even more memorable experience. I would recommend this to friends and family for something unique in this area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to Pampano several
    LoveRadishesVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    I've been to Pampano several times over the past couple of years and the food is consistently excellent and creative. If I lived closer to the restaurant I would dine there more often. The only disappointment is that they have discontinued serving white sangria, which was one of my favorite things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The terrace was lovely. The
    jenjel
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    The terrace was lovely. The food was fine, but the service was terrible. I think they under staffed the terrace area. I am glad we were outside, the inside area was incredibly loud!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hadn't been to Pamapano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2008
    I hadn't been to Pamapano in quite awhile and was really looking forward to it. The upstairs area was closed for a private event so we seated downstairs near the bar. The service was not great. I felt rushed. I was looking forward to a relaxed dinner - hence the 5:45 reservation. Instead, right after ordering a delicious mojito and guacamole, we felt pressured to make our next selection. Immediately after our appetizers, the waiter showed up with the dessert menu. There really is no compelling reason to return to Pampano any time soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pampano is a stylish, attractive
    Lives2eat
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    Pampano is a stylish, attractive space. Food is good and beautifully plated. The prix-fixe lunch is a great value.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I hadn't been to Pampano's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/9/2008
    I hadn't been to Pampano's before. I loved it. I can't wait to go back. My kind of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dissapointed in the food &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    dissapointed in the food & service....the guacamole was the best thing we had and that was $13 ($13!)....blue corn covered oysters actually tasted rancid... food was extremely over priced for mediocrity...service was spotty and very unaccomodating...any modifications we attempted to make were met with, "oh, that's already pre-made". really? for those prices, i would expect everything to be made to order. wouldn't go back or recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was slow upfront which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    Service was slow upfront which was worrisome. I think our gal went on break, b/c once she was focued on us it was fine service. We did a lot of seafood and it was very fresh and enjoyable. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip the guac! I should have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    Skip the guac! I should have listened to the NY Times review... a huge disappointment. The ceviches and small plate appetizers were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pompano has good food, with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    Pompano has good food, with a creative twist. But their prices are on the high side, even for New York, and the portions are small. We were hungry a half an hour later. We sat out on the upstairs terrace - very nice. The restaurant was full by the time we left at 1:30, so make a reservation. Service was also a little rushed, although this may be because they are used to people wanting a speedy lunch on a work day. I'd recommend it if you like Mexican, but I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The servings were minuscule!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    The servings were minuscule! I went to lunch with co-workers and we were starving after the "lunch" - paid a fortune and ate nothing! Very disappointing.
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  • Mixed feeling about the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    Mixed feeling about the service here. Arriving for my reservation, I found we'd been given a table in the bar--which I don't think is appropriate for a reservation unless it's been requested. When I asked to be seated in the dining room, I really had to insist. They did comply, though, with a delay of only 5 minutes. After that, service was really good: the manager checked in with us more than once, and our server was wonderful: unobtrusive, friendly, available, had great menu and wine knowledge. we gave her 25% tip. Food here is very tasty: not mindblowing, but there's a good flavor and texture sensibility, and the menu has good variety and range in all categories.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed every dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    We really enjoyed every dish we tried and we even bought the cookbook!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced with very expensive
    TimF
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    Overpriced with very expensive and weak margaritas. Otherwise, a decent restaurant. I prefer Rosa Mexicano- it has more of an authentic feel, better selection, zestier flavors, and a more lively atmosphere.
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  • The experience was OK, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    The experience was OK, although the food was not necessarily memorable. I would also like to note that I had specifically requested a table outside when I made my reservation and that my request was not honored. The server was excellent but the busboys hovered, trying to take our guacamole from us multiple times, so we finally gave up fighting them off and let them take it away.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The presentation of the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    The presentation of the food is wonderful. Common criticism of the food is that it isn't spicy enough. For those who appreciate being able to taste wonderful food without being overpowered by spices, this shouldn't be a concern. If you need your Mexican food overloaded with paprika and cayenne pepper, don't eat here. My opinion, the food is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pampano was a very nice restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    pampano was a very nice restaurant. the staff was very difficult to understand, but the food was very good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my wife's birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    It was my wife's birthday and I selected Pampano for it's ambiance and food. She really enjoyed herself and will recommend it to her friends. This was my second visit to the restaurant both the service and food has been consistent. Keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to my next dining experience at the restaurant. Reid P.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table was not ready at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    Table was not ready at the time of reservation. Waited a half hour
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  • The $26 pre-fixe lunch is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    The $26 pre-fixe lunch is an amazing deal. The portions were large and the quality is excellent. I would definitely return, especially in nicer weather to sit on the sun deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service is sub-par, but
    WestportianVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    The service is sub-par, but if you wave frantically at the waiters who are chatting in the corner by the bar they'll eventually remember they're serving you and come over. The bus boys though, they are at your table as you're putting the last forkful of food into your mouth. An even balance between the two extremes would make this place perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant serves good
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    This restaurant serves good Mexican fare. Be warned that the usual tacos, enchaladas, etc. are not to be found on the menu. There is a variety of fish with spicy and some unusual sauces. We had a good time here and I felt that the food was good tasting and a good value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant provides an
    Jackie
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    This restaurant provides an oasis far from the madding crowd of the city. The food is okay and the service was quite good. This was my second time there and it is certainly a nice change from many of the other neighborhood spots.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood ceviche and Shrimp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    Seafood ceviche and Shrimp "Pampono" were delicious. Shrimp dish had just the right amout of bite (spiciness). Enjoyable lunch. Waitstaff weren't particularly attentive and busboy was overly aggressive with plate removal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menu is not clear regarding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    menu is not clear regarding nature of dish: smoked swordfish appetizer is not noted as having mayo and red snapper entree is not noted as being fried - very misleading and disappointing. service was very slow and there were no specials announced by the waitress. i have eaten lunch and dinner here on other occasions and been more impressed.
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  • Adding 20% gratuity to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Adding 20% gratuity to the credit card slip on behalf of the client without asking is very bad form!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional gourmet version
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Exceptional gourmet version of Mexican cuisine. Light, with a focus on flavors. Fabulous fish soup, delicious snapper quesadilla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guocomole was very good and
    Cindy
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Guocomole was very good and the food presentation was really special and well as tasty. The portions were also a nice size! Great wine selections and not so outrageous. We enjoy going here throughout the year!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate