Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

4.7
4084 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant serves the freshest seafood in the Desert. On a daily basis our seafood arrives from San Diego, delivered by the primary supplier of Pacifica Del Mar for the past 25 years. We strive daily to make Pacifica Seafood Restaurant your first choice for fine seafood dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Bar opens at 3:00pm
Dinner: Daily - 4:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(760) 674-8666
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Pablo
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Parking details
Two story parking facility available at the rear of restaurant. Valet service available 7 nights a week in season at the valet circle. Street parking also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is the perfect place to host your party. We host a variety of parties and events, ranging from brunches and baby showers to business presentations, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions.

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Daily 8:30PM - 11:30PM

What 4084 People Are Saying
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D
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the service and the food fairly well (excellent but pricey seabass, though one could go with the half size which was then more reasonable) but the ambience was not great, no patio available but it was 100 temp so probably not good anyway. The patio was under remodeling. No great views being on second floor of a fancy mall. The way the restaurant is situated it is not easy to look out, the tables way too close to each other, not a sense of upscale in this place.

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A
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, we enjoyed our short ribs and can’t beat the 50% off on wine bottles.

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AJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They offer 1/2 portions for those who want to eat
light.

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SA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday dinner with friends!

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WL
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, the main waiter very friendly but the other wait staff that assisted at the table forgot when we requested bread. The place was noisy as it was packed and the terrace was closed due to remodeling. It is a good restaurant and I will return in the near future.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We liked the half portions and the extensive list of wines by the glass. Attentive service and management presence produced a quality experience

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RM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I went for dinner and our reservations were early enough for the early bird dinner. The food, wait staff etc were excellent

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m
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to eat. The food is always the best! And we had a really great waitress!

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H
Phoenix
85 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunset dinner specials are a great deal. The waiter and bus boy were the best we've ever had at this or any other restaurant. They were always around but never in the way.

The Dungeness Crab Louie was superb. If you don't go, you'll miss a really great experience.

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PS
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Went for the balcony but under contstruction. We requested but not told of construction.

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BJ
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The sea bass was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Beautiful restaurant. Nice atmosphere. The salad was overdressed, not fresh. I did not taste the maple vinaigrette that I was excited about...I ordered the mustard catfish with mixed veggies underneath, not seasoned enough nothing to write home about. I tasted my husbands grilled salmon. The fish did not taste fresh at all. Ordered the apple pie dessert.. it was better the the entrees. The host did bring us a free shrimp appetizer that was pretty good. Overall...was not worth the $100 we spend ):

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K
Palm Springs
86 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for seafood, service and cocktails are always great. Outdoor seating right on ElPaseo if you desire, we come often, it's a favorite.

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H
Phoenix
86 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most favorite restaurant in the valley. The food and service is superb and they are making some renovations currently but you'd never know it. It will be better than before but it was marvelous.

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LJ
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Great place but very poor waiter. Food was wonderful and overall setting was giid

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SV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is everything, our server made our visit extremely enjoyable!

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D
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was served hot, fish was over cooked.
Presentation was nice.
Service was good.

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b
Palm Springs
82 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

food was wonderful but service was too fast ! I wasn't finished with my salad and they brought the entree. Dinning not eating is the difference.

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DJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server was excellent, food was great. The lights were very bright in the restaurant we were there enjoying conversation for 2 1/2 hours and still a few other tables, they started turning lights off. I felt very put off by that. $200 meal for 2 and turning lights off, very odd.

UPDATE. upon my review management reached out to me personally. Very impressive! They explained remodeling is taking place staff having learning curve with switches etc. Great to know a review does not go unnoticed by the establishment. We will be back for sure!!

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SH
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pacifica Palm Desert never disappoints. Drinks are a generous pour, food outstanding and fresh and excellent service. Amazed how busy they are even in the absolute heat of the summer! We love it there!

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried this for the first time and loved it! We had Martinis with blue cheese olives and a seafood tower to start. The stuffed clams were amazing! We also had the ribeye steak and ahi tuna! I highly recommend this place. I look forward to going back!

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L
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another outstanding meal. I had oysters, clam chowder, and Dungeness Crab Louis on early bird special.
My wife again had the salmon which she always. And you can eat at the bar if you get there early.

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HE
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Freshest seafood in the desert, and definitely the tastiest seafood platter around. Better than Mastro's crab legs and claws. Excellent service from friendly staff. Enjoyed the meal and had a great time, topped off by an incredible macadamia ice cream cake.

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JE
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had spent a hot day playing golf and were looking for a good dinner to end our week in Palm Desert. Booking was easy via Open Table and the staff were helpful and friendly. Our group voted the dinner as our best in 3 weeks in the US. Food was generally superb, especially the crab cake. Only disappointment was the Special fish which was a bit dry and boring. Wine list adequate and cocktails good.

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OT
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oysters on the half shell were very good.

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PT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our 32nd anniversary and were thrilled with all aspects of the evening. Scallop appetizer was exceptional, and a great start to the meal. Hubby had the pork chop and I had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection and more importantly ... delicious! David the manager showed great concern for our experience and sent us a dessert to celebrate. I highly recommend Pacifica for a great meal, and great customer service.

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B
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pacifica is one of our favorite places to go. Never disappointed in the food or drink. We often take friends there for dinner.

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R
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Like the option for lighter meals.

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D
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time at Pacificia to celebrate my Mom's birthday. We celebrated her 94th and this was her 96th. We have also dinned there in between birthdays. The food is excellent and the staff wonderful.
They brought her the most delicious ice cream cake ever!! If i lived in the desert (i just visit) i would be a regular at Pacifica.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

While the ambiance was ordinary the service and the food as well as the wine by the glass offerings were excellent. The Ahi tuna was done just right and was definitely fresh. My wife opted for the filet which was also very good. Overall a very satisfying dining experience.

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CL
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. One of the best values in the desert

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OK
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always, Pacifica is doing a renovation, yet didn’t miss a step with quality. We prefer this restaurant when visiting Palm Desert

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AB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food every time! Great value! Everything very good! Favorite place for seafood.

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P
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early bird special is the best deal in town.

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D
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff was very attentive and courteous

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I came here for my moms bday dinner, they didn’t acknowledge it at all. Our waitress was blah, but there was this other waitress who checked on us even though she wasn’t our server and she was amazing.
The place will be going through remodel so kinda dingy inside. Anyway, blah dinner. Go to Tommy Bahama instead!!

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JM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful Anniversary Dinner at Pacifica. Service was great..choose the "pre 5:30 menu"..very
good value!! And, thanks for the wonderful Cashew Ice Cream Dessert..it was fabulous!

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L
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always consistently good. We enjoy it as a couple and also with friends and family.

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RS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here and we were very happy with our experience. Prompt seating, attended to as soon as we were seated. Varied and interesting menus selections but Seafood is the reason we came and we were not disappointed. We chose a Seafood stew that was loaded with fresh fish, scallops and half a Lobster tail. Jasmine rice was in the stew and made for a nice surprise. There is a full bar, nice choices in cocktails, wines and beer. A very nice evening and we will be back.

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JB
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday night reservation went from 5 people to 9 due to fire evacuation. I was the only one who had been here and it was fantastic. My family needed a respite from the stress and everyone enjoyed them selves. The food was divine and the service was perfect. So thankful for a wonderful evening.

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