Pacifico - New Haven, CT

4.4
825 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 825 People Are Saying
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WC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a quick bite here just before a show at College Street Music Hall. Our food was delicious and we loved all the choices. Waitstaff was very friendly and very attentive. Would absolutely go back again!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, every time! The chicken is full flavored and cooked to perfection. I just love coming here! My favorite starter dish is the shrimp ceviche sauce. I enjoyed my friends and family while sipping on a delicious mojitos, making it an evening well spent! The crowd on Saturday night was substantial. The place was full of life. luckily, we were seated without a wait or reservation, but I don't think many after us were so lucky.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pacifico has a convivial atmosphere and we found the seafood to be fresh, flavourful and cooked just perfectly. The decor is somewhat worn and could do with a refresh or overhaul more like it. The wine waiter's knowledge of his wines wasn't adequate but he was polite and responsive and called in the top brass when it was needed. We'll go again.

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TM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

creative, high quality food and cocktails and great location for the theater.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Rafa was very attentive and helpful !!The Paella and the ravioli were worth the trip.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big portions, everything was delicious: short rib empanadas, duck quesadilla, & branzino. Chocolate cake was also yummy! Interesting drink selection and warm and attentive service!! Will definitely return!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate my birthday with lunch, but the experience was just ok, I guess. The drinks were awesome so was the service, but the tapas were barely passable: uncreative, sometimes over cooked ...wouldn’t recommend them. Perhaps the full Entre options would be better. Great place for a drink after work or pre-theater, as the venues on College street are steps away.

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

Five star in every way. The brunch was excellent, the wait staff were pleasant to a fault. The drinks were amazing. Not rushed, one of the nicest places we have been to in New Haven. You will not be disappointed. Well worth the very reasonable price. We will be back for lunch or dinner, or both. Need to say no more.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Loved this place. Came here for an anniversary dinner and the food was fantastic. The tapas platters are very tasty. Environment was pleasant we got there around 4:30-5pm and it was nice but a little later by the time we left it was a bit more noisy - wasn’t crazy and drink felt nothing to not go there again for. Adding this to my list of go to’s in town. Great wine list too.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks, cozy ambience and great service! You can even dine at the bar or outside

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the host that greeted us, to the food and waitstaff, the experience was as wonderful one. We shared many of the tapas faming the 4 of us, and we were not disappointed with any. Definitely would go back.

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BN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was not good at all, the waiter had the personality of a rock. Food was slow, not good at all,especially the seafood which is what I was under the impression they touted. Food WAY overpriced for what it was. Complete disappointment.

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Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is great and friendly service. Will return again!

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Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked everything about this place and plan to return regularly when visiting New Haven. From the wine to the fish it was delicious. Very nice people. You will not be disappointed, especially if you like Latin food and music!

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!! Food is fantastic! Service was great! Atmosphere was nice! So impressed. Quality of food is so worth the price! I’ll be returning again... and again!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Latin food I ever had , you should try their freshly made Guacamole. Best cocktails 🍸 Staff were extremely friendly.. will recommend this place to anyone who is looking for quality Latin food

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!! Food is fantastic! Service was great! Atmosphere was nice! So impressed. Quality of food is so worth the price! I’ll be returning again... and again!

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VC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was 10 times better than my first experience. Very much pleased and will be coming back!

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Z
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice job -- some different menu items -- we were there early for a business dinner (6 pm) and it was quiet which is what we were looking for -- Paella was very well done and a nice size single serving. Would recommend Pacifico -- a little pricy but where isn't these days.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super great tapas in a bustling setting. We tried the grilled octopus :) excellent. The chicken enchilada in tomato sauce: superb. The pork belly: delicious. We didn't drink this time but the wine list looked like it was complete. Full bar and sangria if you like that.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner before a show at the College Street Music Hall. The staff was welcoming, friendly and prompt. Our waiter was just the right amount of engaging and provided good recommendations when asked. We will definitely go back.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks are amazing!!! Service and staff very attentive!!!

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ML
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted something unique and this was it! Great Spanish menu with tapas and entrees. The Paella was very flavorful and the enchilada just enough spice. Our waiter Tom was attentive and knowledgeable. The music was upto date Latin abd fun. All the dishes that passed our table looked tasty. MUST have reservation. We showed up eary and they sat us quickly. Will go back if in the area. Close to the Courtyard Marriot & medical center.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter and enjoyed the good

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RL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Pacifico when I’m in New Haven. The Latin tapas are my choice. Great food. Great setting. And our waiter and service were terrific.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu and service.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best Latin food I’ve had in years! My friend and I came in for lunch- the vibe’s cozy, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the food is just absolutely amazing! If you’re looking for some Latin cuisine, pacifico is a must try

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entry into the restaurant our party was greeted by the front desk staff. They were extremely courteous and asked if our entire party was present. When we told them that they were not, we were expecting to be pushed off and have to wait longer for our table. They told us that we could be seated at the table and wait for the remainder of our party or we could go to the bar and wait for our entire party before being seated. The overall atmosphere was homely. Everything appeared to be authentic and extremely well kept. The bar staff was extremely helpful, especially when deciding what drinks to get from the menu. The food was very delicious. The attention to detail was out of this world. I had a steak fajita and it was really delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to a friend or associate looking for a place to go.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been to Pacifico a few times and it has always been really good. The service was lacking a bit this time we had 4:30 reservations. When I went to check in the concierge totally didn't pay attention me after asking how many because another party he must have known walked in and he tended to them first.
Once we were seated it was on the main level and way too hot. It took a while for someone to come over and once they did it seemed like they were in a rush to get us out.
Food was good though.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and great portions as well! I had the sea bass entree with a buratta salad as the side and it was a large portion and absolute perfection. You also cannot miss out on the cauliflower!

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NN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive waitstaff. Ate outside and still got the service needed. Food was great. Like the large variety on the menu. Salmon entree is a hit and the broth is amazing. The only thing I don’t understand is that when you order a drink on the rocks ie vodka on the rocks they line item an extra $4 on the bill as ‘ice’. Just add the $4 into the price of the drink would be better. Anyway a good dining experience and will go again. I recco.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food EVER. Service on but fun. A little loud. But all well worth it.

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SN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have dined @ Pacifico several times per year- usually post theatre- never disappointed with the food or service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Standout food and service

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Pacifico and we will be back! The Pork Belly is a must, the roasted cauliflower fantastic! We also had the beet salad, salmon tartar and Skirt steak all were delish.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had lovely Father's Day brunch on the second floor. The room was lovely and the staff was friendly. Some ordered tapas and some ordered entrees, but everyone was pleased. The yuca fries, the roasted cauliflower and the fish tacos were a big hit. Everything was flavorful.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my brunch spot for life! I love the atmosphere of this place, it's actually one of the places I prefer eating inside if I have the option, I think it bc there so much sunlight already coming in, I don't have to eat outside. The staff is lovely and the 3 hour boozy brunch is just as, if not more, lovely.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time every time. Great food great service Great atmosphere.

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

Outstanding tapas, friendly service, good wine selection. We are upstairs which was quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the bar downstairs.

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F
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The price fixed menu is a bargain. The pork knuckle was a real treat. Service was attentive.

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