Pacifico - New Haven, CT

4.6
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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.
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OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in New Haven! Plenty of gluten-free options. No matter what you order, the food is delicious! Amazing cocktails. The manager is very attentive as the rest of his team!

CT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The menu looked great but our overall experience was disappointing. We were seated upstairs and it was freezing - you could literally feel the cold air coming through the windows. Our appetizers were promising - the salmon tartar was delicious. Then we waited and waited for the rest of the meal. Our waiter was clearly untrained, never making eye contact, and eventually came over after about 45 minutes to tell us it would be about another 5 minutes before the rest of our food came out. They weren't worth the wait - the octopus dish was missing the potatoes and the flavor was overpowered by the dressing. It has a nice vibe and an interesting menu, but they're going to have to step up their game to compete with all the other great choices available in the area.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for dinner on a Saturday. The menu is comprised of small plates that are meant to share, which are wonderfully crafted. I recommend the baby back ribs and duck quesadilla, both were phenomenal. Rafat was our server and he also did a great job of guiding us through drink and food recommendations. Pacifico is awesome, I will be back!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for a dinner with friends or date. The staff is really friendly and helpful. The tequila selection is perfect and the dishes are amazing! If you're not sure which tequila to order, the bartender will surely help you make the right choice (hint. There's no wrong choice). Definitely will visit again, saved in my favorite places list.

MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was the best. Took the initiative to make it great. The food was outstanding.
I wish you that you offered Valet.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Came for Valentine's Day and it took over 20 minutes for the appetizers to arrive and over an hour for entrees. I ordered a filet mignon medium-well and when I cut into it it was nearly raw like it was just seared and cold inside so I had to send it back because it was inedible at that temperature. My girlfriend ordered the shrimp and scallops however from a place that takes pride in Latin cuisine it was severely under-seasoned. When I got my new steak it was a smaller portion than what I originally had. Makes me think that they can't cook a decent size portion to ordered temperature. The tres leches pound cake was a concept that I think sounds good in theory but was poorly executed in what the idea of a traditional tres leches is.

A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed with the visit to Pacifico. The hostess/manager was not kind enough to get us a seat elsewhere because where she seated us felt isolated and in the middle of a stairway. Every time the waiters or others walked by, we felt someone was going to trip over us.
The server was kind and attentive initially and that faded right after the first drink was served. We were not asked for another drink nor were our water glasses refilled.
The food was a pre-fix menu and everything (appetizer to entree to dessert) lacked flavor, taste and most importantly the food was cold.
Very disappointed that I chose this restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s, nothing was memorable and worth coming back to.

RY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious, our server was pleasant and the decoration was beautiful. The prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day was reasonably priced and we appreciated the amount of food given for the cost. The only downside was that by the time we left the place was packed - quite closely! All-in-all we had a lovely anniversary dinner :)

CK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The portions were a little small for the price, particularly the appetizers, but the food was delicious. Also the servers seemed a little confused as to which tables got which meals.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach, our server, was very attentive without being overbearing. He made excellent recommendations which turned out to be amazing choices. The wine selection was good and dessert (flan) was fabulous. We will most definitely be back.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and meal. Very helpful wait staff regarding my food allergies.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spot, great dishes and the paella is one of my favorites!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited with some of my friends and had a good experience. This Latin American food restaurant is quite busy on any occasion. I loved the Octopus, the Ceviche and Fish Tacos because these are very much delicious, well-cooked, and yummy. Recommended for foodies around.

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were seated next to kitchen which was extremely loud with staff yelling to each other. I could not hear my partner most of the meal. Found came out very quickly , It was just ok. In the past I remember it to be outstanding so I was disappointed. Had to ask waiter 3 times to adjust the bill as were were over charged for house wine.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing, and the portion sizes are just right. I’m a huge fan of tapas, and pacifico does them right. Everything I’ve tried on the menu is so delicious, and I keep coming back. Great staff. Great food. I am a regular now (or at least want to be).

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable space with great food choices. Small plates for sharing. Loved the gambas and anticuchos. Good wine selection as well.

H
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We found the noise level too high for a conversation. The food was good and our server was friendly and capable.

l
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasant experience. It wasnt my first time but, the first time during lunch hours. The staff were amazing and the food delicious. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone. I almost liked lunch better than dinner.

D
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Restaurant- looking forward to going back soon.

CW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at a high top in the bar area with friends. Had some wonderful tapas and conversation. All staff was really nice. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for a date with my significant other or a fancy dinner with family and friends. Good drinks, good food, good portions. We usually get a few dishes to share so everyone can have a little taste of everything.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food.. great ceviche, delicious shrimp and scallops. Lots of other stuff we wanted to try but were too full to eat. Don't miss the cauliflower... we were ready to lick the plate. So good. Great staff and amazing cocktails!

NJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was really looking forward to dinner here for New Year’s Eve. The decor and ambiance is really good, and I felt at ease upon entering. Unfortunately, the food could be better. It is very hit and miss, and the flavor for much of the dishes we ordered was lacking. A bit overpriced for what you are getting in terms of portions and quality. We waited over 20 minutes for our dessert, and sort of wished we had left instead. Our server was very nice and my margarita was very good - definitely the high point of our experience (along with the chili dipping sauce.) Ultimately, the food needs more flavor and character to be memorable. The vegetable risotto was absolutely without flavor, unfortunately. I wish I could say I will return, but honestly can’t see myself doing so. A good place for getting drinks, though.

HG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Been there before.. was disappointed that with a reservation, we were in what we called "the island of misfit tables" - an area where there really should not be tables.. where two tables were placed near bathroom in the middle of couches.

The food was alright. My salmon was delicious. The vegetable risotta was flavorless. Kale Salad was very good. It was new Years eve, so they had a paired down menu that wasnt that imaginative. I think it would be good non-holiday.. but Open Table did ask for my opinion.

PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food, friendly staff. Took us quickly.

LA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really cool vibe, great food. We had some tapas, garlic shrimp were outstanding. Next time we will try paella. The bartender made us a special mojito, which was perfect. Great staff, wonderful food.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriends favorite brunch spot in New Haven. Amazing food with a different take on breakfast classics. Service always top notch. Went recently for dinner and half of wine bottles on Sundays & Mondays night. Enjoyed the small plate selection and service was fantastic as usual. Highly recommend.

LL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pacifico never disappoints. We were seated, as requested, on the first floor. The service was attentive from the moment we entered. The menu and specials were appealing to every palate and preference.
Portions are generous without being overwhelming. We shared a delightful evening with friends, enhanced by the setting and the staff.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing. Yucca fries, seafood paella, octopus cerviche, just exquisite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastically

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not a great night. Food was alright. Not a special night in any way though.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pacifico! Great spot in the neighborhood for tapas and awesome drinks!

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pacifico was definitely an amazing dining experience. The food is amazing and the service was very attentive. They have a great selection of dishes, drinks, and desserts. The music pairs well with the environment. I will definitely be visiting this place again! This a great spot for a date or special occasion!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wholesome place for a great meal and environment. Not really the place if you're a vegetarian.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously amazing duck quesadilla. Everything was delicious including the drinks, highly recommend the shrimp ceviche!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Delicious tapas and yummy sangrias!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing!

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming atmosphere. Reasonable pricing. Delicious food and drinks. Friendly staff. I would definitely go back again. There is an upstairs as well as main level, so lots of seating.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am here at New Haven for a Medicine Physicians conference and I had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. Excellent food and service. The staff was friendly and did a wonderful job. Walter the manager, did an excellent job and he was very nice. I absolutely recommend this place.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, been a couple times. Our waiter Rafat was great!