Pacifico - New Haven, CT

4.3
884 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
We are located in the heart of downtown New Haven NY times, Zagat, Hartford Courant rated, featuring extraordinary Nuevo-Latino cuisine. Along with traditional tapas, some of our signature dishes include Seafood Paella, Skirt Steak with Chino-Latino stir fried rice, Caramelized Salmon and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Among some other favorites are our Sangria and award winning Mojitos (Best Mojito – CT Magazine) which will surely liven your day.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday-Saturday 12pm-3pm Brunch Sunday 12pm-3pm
Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm- 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 772-4002
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rafael Palomino
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Private party facilities
Pacifico's private dining room can accommodate up to 50 guests. Larger parties may be accommodated in the main dining room. The private dining room is perfect for small gatherings, and business dinners. Let us create a menu that will delight both you and your guests.
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Private party contact
Walter Vera: (203) 772-4002
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Crown St
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Parking details
off street
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Entertainment
Let us help you relax at the end of the day, join us for Happy Mojo Hour at the bar. Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with $5 mojitos and margaritas, 1/2 price select draft beers and complimentary tapas.The party continues Saturday night with Salsa Night, our DJ picks the best of this Latin rhythm. Music starts both nights at 10pm and it continues until 2am.
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Special events & promotions
To see our Special Events visit www.pacificonewhaven.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 884 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. My favorite place in New Haven.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, pomegranate sangria awesome. The burrata was really nicely complemented by the tomatillo, the fish tacos were outstanding. Short rib empanada delicious, and the pork belly had a sweet yet spicy accompanying relish that really accented the flavor!

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BF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. We went for an early dinner so it was very quiet at that time. Service was excellent, staff was friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good - we ordered small plates thinking we would get more than one round of dishes. Unfortunately, the first order took so long that we weren't able to get anything else. We left hungry and wishing we had more.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is buzzing with lots of working professionals. I went with a group of coworkers and was served a variety of tapas. The food is Amazing. They bring you 2 to 3 courses to share at a time. Great service. Definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent for years. Food is delicious and menu has a wide range. Wine selection is lovely, sangria is very good. Bacon wrapped dates, shrimp in garlic oil and chicken entree (I never order chicken anywhere else) are top favorites. The staff is friendly and service is on point. Some of the staff had been there for years and greet repeat customers warmly which is a plus. The GM Walter is professional and friendly. I love this place! Best Spanish tapas in New Haven without question!

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ED
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had party of 5. Was perfect not too noisey great for conversation, food was great and a fair price. I would recommend this place and will be back.

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ST
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our food, loved the ambiance. Very warm interior, we had a tabl3 overlooking the street. Could not think of a better way to end a fun day of shopping and theater in New Haven. Great cocktails also.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! It was a last-minute find for a Friday night outing with friends. Relied on lots of positive reviews and gave it a shot. And all of us really enjoyed it!!! Will definitely come back and recommend to friends!!! Tasty flavorful food, delicious cocktails, great service, cozy ambiance. Great place for a date or a night out with a group of friends. Totally recommend

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tapas! Everything we had was delicious! Lovely wine too and very attentive, friendly staff.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great, music was a little loud but great service

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable evening on Saturday. Food was very good and had fun trying many tapas plates. Waiter was pkeasant and attentive and did not make us feel rushed. Very relaxing and will go again.

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BJ
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a variety of tapas and enjoyed them all (pork belly is a must have.) Service was amazing from when I entered until I walked out the door. I will definitely come back for more.

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SN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy evening as it was the last Evening of Restaurant Week.
We were running a bit late due to traffic and the weather but I had called ahead and we were seated promptly.
Good Food & Better Service...

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MO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and everything was prepared beautifully and tasted amazing. I highly recommend going for dinner

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CS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant week lunch!

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

They need MUCH better ventilation. My nasal passages were plugged from the time entered until I left. The blue smoke was visible coming down the stairs from the 2nd floor dining room. It's been two days and my coat still reeks of burned food smoke.

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TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The soup was delicious but the “fajitas” were basically a bowl of white rice with a few strips of steak, some onions and a tiny bit of pico de gaio(?). It was totally dry and did not look like others I have had at all.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I are both new to the area and gave Restaurant Week a try. The server was very attentive and helpful. The food was tasty and appropriately portioned. The ambience was pleasant and we would definitely come back!

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GR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I expect in this special week have more seafood dishes. It was just asinine.

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

John was a great waiter, very friendly. The churrasco was very well made - hefty portions, we had to take to-go boxes.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant was busy but incredibly attentive. the rest of the customers were so friendly despite some of the wait. it was such a welcoming and service-driven experience. and the food was absolutely top notch. the level of service and quality was above and beyond.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service impeccable

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Flies and some kind of 100 leg bugs crawled across the table. Over cooked and dry food had to be sent back. Would not recommend.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The churros in this place took me back to my childhood years! They were SO GOOD!! The waitress was so great, everything you would ask for in a waitress. She was accommodating, funny, polite, and she made the best recommendations!

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b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 5 & and 3 were disappointed with the meal for the value. Appetizers were very good.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and even better service. The service was impeccable! Came here with my brother for a nice sit down and were amazing with the food. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection and the staff helped make the experience even better. You can tell that they put a ton of time and effort into training their team to work meticulously. The manager recommend us a couple of new amazing drinks from their new cocktail menu made with mescal awesome recommendation!

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RD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun, lively, and incredibly fresh food. Loud at night, so go for an energetic evening. Our server was wonderful!

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LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu, particularly the specials, was wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic in his recommendations. We asked for substitutions of the accompaniments and the kitchen graciously accommodated. I had not been to Pacifico in some time, but I will not let that much time elapse again.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had tapas and Sangria. Everything was delicious and the service was top notch!

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J
Philadelphia
119 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, superb. I've reviewed Pacifico before... always positively!

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KB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy reservation. We were a party of 5 and seated at a window seat. Food was delicious! Service was great. We will definitely visit again.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food def wasn’t the best at all & all 4 of us in our party thought so. The lomo Saltado doesn’t even compare taste wise to a Peruvian Restaruant & the salmon wasn’t good as well. I also requested that they put a candle on the desert when it is ordered (twice via the reservation & when I came in person before everyone as else)....they still forgot to do it 👍

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k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Pacifico I would recommend it to anybody this time I brought for friends who had never been there they have joined me and loving Pacifico.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with a group of 7 for a birthday lunch. Had a great experience. Service was good and friendly. Everyone really enjoyed their meal.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Caramelized Salmon was one of the best Salmon dishes I’ve had. Our waiter was attentive, fun and personal. Overall a very nice experience. I would definitely recommend it and I will return.

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w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

After years of noticing a long decline in service and food quality at Pacifico, we were surprised last winter when we went with friends and had a nice meal. Thinking that the restaurant was rebounding, we went there for my wife's birthday dinner. Unfortunately, last winter's visit was the abnormality. This time, the service was so-so and the food was uninspired. Large chunks of avocado in guacamole with brown spots, soggy cauliflower, mediocre calamari, etc. The only bright spot was the duck quesadilla, which was tasty despite being a bit on the soggy side.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for pre-show dinner and was fairly underwhelmed. Haphazard service and under-seasoned food plus a fairly depressing ambiance. Nothing special and feel like there are better options in the area.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience here, grabbing a bite before a show at the Music Hall. The place is both cozy and lively, and even though they were short-staffed, they never missed a beat. Our server Manny suggested some great dishes (try the dates!) and we left feeling very satisfied. 5 stars on the food, but some things are pretty basic--basic is great, when done right--and nothing fell short, in my opinion. We agreed we'll go back!

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AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took my mother in law and aunt visiting from out of town for a late breakfast/brunch time meal. I have never been to Pacifico and I was really hoping it would meet everyone's expectation! I can say it really did. The food delicious and the service on point. I was also on Whole 30 and could find plenty of options to eat!

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