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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Pampano reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (100)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (57)neighborhood gem (54)romantic (51)good for groups (51)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (33)hot spot (16)scenic view (12)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    trendydinerVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great guacamole!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'll return over and over again for their guacamole...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Review
    CevicheMachine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Waitstaff was lazy and had a funny attitude. Food and ambiance were amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snaron
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent food, great drinks, good service, reasonably priced....good value for a well located restaurant with great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • panna
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I truly enjoy this restaurant. I work with many clients from around the world and they always love Pampanos for lunch. You have a nice selection of restaurants in midtown, but Pampanos never fails in food, service, and overal experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmetgalx18
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food and service are always outstanding. The smoked swordfish appetizer was a perfect appetizer ,fresh and slightly smoky. The Sea scallpsy were plump , juicy and perfectly seared golden brown, the watermelon salsa was a refreshing complement.The mariscada was brimming with fresh seafood atop delicious coconut cilantro rice. The service was outstanding, the wait staff was very attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but wait was too long!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lunch took over 2 hours and much of it was spent waiting for the food. The servers aren't good at dealing with large groups - we were a group of 7 and there was another large group nearby, so this was probably why we had to wait so long for our food to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beta
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Love the guacamole, red sangria and the rooftop seating! My husband and I have been there twice and would go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good only a few "buts"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Pampano gets it almost all right. The food is fresh; the menu interesting and thoughtful; the plate presentation is attractive and the combined effort makes for a fresh, tasty and enjoyable dinning experience - upscaled Mexican done very well. The drinks are also well done - fresh ingredients, not sugary, and interesting combinations. While no dish seemed crazy expensive, the overall bill seemed high (it was absolutely accurate) for what we had - but again, very good - it just "felt" high for what it was. And the service was good - pleasant and attentive - but not overly informative. The only real hiccup in service is that there was confusion as to who order what when the food came (at these prices, that detail should be handled better).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good lunch.
    EmilioVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I enjoyed it very much---the food, the service, the actual physical facility. They have changed the menu somewhat, and I miss the fish quesadilla---one of their very best dishes in my view.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • perfect brunch spot
    tripletmomVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food, the drinks and the ambiance were great! Would be fun for groups. Definately worth a return visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    You wont find better brunch in Manhattan. Great outdoor deck.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superbly fresh and notable Mexican
    eat23
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    First time here on a recommendation, my dining companion and I both foodies with sophisticated palates. This, some of the best Mexican food ever - sublime, beautifully presented, nuanced, fresh -- what Mexican often isn't. Lovely venue, knowledgeable, helpful staff. A find that we look forward to returning to again and again. Don't miss the combination starter guacamole/swordfish dip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    nmc529VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food is always amazing and the service is always on point. Yes, the guacamole is delicious but try to branch out and get the smoked swordfish. Totally mind blowing. I bring anyone visiting me in the city here, and my friends. Everyone is always amazed at how great the food is. In addition I love the ambiance upstairs. You will never be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view & service
    Player6464VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Richard Sandoval does it again. We ended up eating outdoors on the rooftop which was perfect. The octopus appetizer was AMAZING! Service great and ambience wonderful. Good find!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll go again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I'll try this place again for a customer dinner. I love the ambience and the unique menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding mexican spot in NYC
    Moises
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    For those who think Mexican food means Tacos and Burritos, Pampano is a great introduction to a distinctive cuisine characterized by spiciness and a unique style, seafood lovers will delight the huachinango, the black cod fish and the spectacular sea bass. This place is truly delicious. We started with the guacomole and smoked sword fish dip, Pampano and Tamarind Margarita. For entrees, we had the Robalo and the Camarones Pampano. It was perfectly tasteful. Our experience with service was divine. Mexican waiters were attentive to every need of our table and were helpful and friendly. Pampano is for us one of the best Mexican places in the NYC area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dependably Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have eaten at Pampano innumerable times and always find it dependably wonderful...great food, well presented by a friendly and attentive staff and management. The outdoor terrace is heavenly in the summer. Great ceviche to begin and an excellent selection of interesting and different main courses and appetizers. Move up from chips, salsa and burritos to really outstanding Mexican food !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    First time here in Pampano and my experience was phenomenal. I took my good friend to celebrate her 29th Bday, and we were greeted with the out most pleasantness, the waiter even without me asking brought my friend a dessert with a candle. Will love to come here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great drinks, very good food
    JLK100VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I love the sopa de elote (corn soup) and the acai caipirinha. My business associate raved about his grilled pineapple mojito.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is a civilized, grownup place with very good food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 120 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1141 reviews are from the Pampano reviews archive.
  • Spectacular food
    SlyFox
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Swordfish taster a must; I had the octopus starter which was delicious, and I would recommend the Sea Bass main course which I think is their signature dish. We went early and had a choice of tables upstairs, was nice to sit near the balcony to get a cooling breeze. Decor is very stylish and restful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and quiet spot!
    SaraMVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great mexican food And margaritas! Specialized in fish, I highly recommend to try the chevices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still solid
    LozbVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    have been to pampano 3-4 times over past 8 years. After a long hiatus fortunately it's still good. In particular the dining room is beautiful, simple and makes you feel like you're on vacation. Exactly what we wanted for a nice girls dinner. Service was perfectly attentive. Good drinks. Whatever they've done to the bar downstairs has totally killed it. Used to feel cozy and nice space for pre-drinks before heading upstairs for dinner. Felt clinical and at 8.30pm on a saturday night, not a soul in there. The bar has the perfect opportunity to be a pre and post dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This restaurant has gone downhill. The food was lousy and the service was pathetic. The wait staff was arrogant to put it mildly. The telling sign was the number of empty tables on a Saturday night.
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  • Birthday dinner for mom
    photobeanVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Started with the guacamole & swordfish dip appetizer which everybody at the table enjoyed. We shared lobster tacos and rock shrimp appetizers which were tasty but portionwise on the petite side. For entrees we had the filet mignon (good cut of beef but flavorwise not very memorable - the mashed potatoes and chorizo that it came with went untouched), crispy salmon (very fresh, on the sweet side), and our favorite the mariscada (an assortment of fresh seafood on cilantro-coconut rice). As if this wasnt enough food, we ordered yucca fries and plaintains. I really liked the spicy-tart glaze they used on the yucca fries. Their plaintains were the best i've ever had. For dessert, the hazelnut bomb was much preferred over the chocoflan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Aloitz2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This was a good experience without reaching the point of great experience. I had some excellent company with me, and that made my evening. The service was excellent, and the food was good. The restaurant advertises as Mexican but the Mexican element is very subtle, therefore I would more likely call it "Mexican-International".
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Satisfied
    Kyle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Overall satisfied with this restaurant. Food is very good and menu is small that you wont get confused on what to order. Just FYI. their menu changes often so don't expect to have a favorite and have it again the next time around. This is my second visit & disappointed to find out the Paella has been taken off the menu. Also it was very hot inside with NO ac. We had to sit outside on the balcony to get some kind of.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lovely lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The airy upstairs dining room is spacious and calming. The service was great and that combined with the delicious and creative food made our lunch wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Rooftop-overpriced Mexican
    CelebrationVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I came here simply because I had a gift certificate to this restaurant. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. Despite the fact that the happy hour pricing is not applicable at the table, it was honored by the waiter since the bar area was closed for the private event. The food was mediocre with a very high price tag! i would say the highlight of my dining experience was strong margarita at a discounted price and solid guacamole. Unfortunately the main courses were not up to par. I remember leaving the restaurant and thinking of going to Chipotle
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cinco de Mayo dinner
    WallStreetDinerReviewer
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Very surprise to see that this restaurant actually too my expectations. The food was prepared very nicely and since we ordered 4 cerviches along with our main courses we didn't even have room for desserts. A definite 2nd time visit for its food and added dessert
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    BSG1
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We booked Sunday brunch based on good reviews and were not disappointed. We opted for the "bottomless brunch" which gave us the opportunity to try a number of items. There was a good variety and the portions were bigger than expected. Their version of eggs benedict was excellent. Also really liked both the mushroom and steak flatbreads. The best were their margaritas. For $39/pp it was a great deal! We'll definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate