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About Pacifico - New Haven, CT

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.

220 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday-Saturday 12pm-3pm Brunch Sunday 12pm-3pm
Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Crown St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 772-4002

Website:
http://www.pacificorestaurants.com/home_nh.php

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.

Parking Details:
off street

Executive Chef:
Rafael Palomino

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.

Private Party Contact:
Walter Vera: (203) 772-4002

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
To see our Special Events visit www.pacificorestaurants.com

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Pacifico - New Haven, CT Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.0

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4.0

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3.8

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Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Fun (7)
Authentic (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful family dinner at this location today. I'm always amazed at the great service and the amazing food. They always go out of their way when I bring my four year old daughter with me. This is her favorite restaurant and she is quite the foodie already.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed the food and drinks, the steak was cooked as ordered. I feel the service could have been a bit more attentive, but they were nice.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dependable, but not great. A little extra care in service would go a long way.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We met friends for dinner before a show at College Street Music Hall. Service was excellent. Waiter was very friendly and helpful. Let us enjoy dinner and drinks at our own pace. Everything from drinks to apps to entrees was very good. I would definitely go back when I’m in New Haven again.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went here on last night of Restaurant week. First off the whole place smells like the kitchen. Poor ventilation perhaps, but it's overwhelming and only gets worse when you are sitting directly above the kitchen. I ordered a margarita with no salt and when the waiter delivered the drinks he said, sorry I just noticed they put salt on it, and just left it there. Why not take it back and make it right? But I let it slide and the drink was awful because I don't like salt! Dinner was just ok, Arroz con pollo which was very salty. We waited a bit for dessert and when it came out the waiter said sorry, I noticed only one had whipped cream so I'll give it to the lady.... what???? How about you problem solve and get whipped cream on the other dish? It was chocolate lava cake that was ice cold. Inedible... and I said to the waiter, isn't lava cake supposed to hot and he said sorry, would you like to take it home to reheat?? We both said no so he took our plates and returned with the full bill. I get restaurant week is supposed to a deal but a $100 meal should be better than this. I would not return to this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Gotta say our visit was very disappointing. Went during restaurant week. The service was unbelievably slow. From the time we ordered our drinks, 1/2 hour to getting apps, another 1/2 hour, to getting our dinner. Total time 2 plus hours & the restaurant wasn't even busy!!
We will NOT return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We have been there several times. This was the worst experience I have ever experienced. We waited over 20 minutes before someone took our order. Didn’t get drink order at all and came back asking to verify the order. Waited another 30 minutes for food. Had theater tickets, so husband got food to go. When we got home, the rice pudding was runny and watery. Jello makes better pudding. But the kicker was I ordered a vegetable risotto, when I got home it was some chicken/rice meal. They gave me someone else’s leftovers!!!! Disgusting!!! I could see the chicken was half eaten . I was appalled!!!! Never in my life had I experienced such a terrible dining experience. We will NEVER return.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Starter and main and drinks were phenomenal. Some of the best food I have ever had inn New Haven. The dessert (lava cake) was terrible. It was all a pasty consistency- no actual 'cake' and 'lava'. It was a sad end to an otherwise fantastic meal.

Service was great too. The waiters were present without hovering.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fantastic tapas bar, open late! I was there on Monday around 10pm and they were still serving dinner the tapas are fantastic and service outstanding

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was the worst experience of our life.. first we get there our reserve was for 9 we didn't have a table until 945 then we had to go and get a waitress our self never came to us then the water boy gave us 3 cup of water and we were a group of 4 then he even forgot to bring us the fourth cup....I will never recommended or never enter there again guy in the front rude horrible never again

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. The food was FANTASTIC! The service was a little slow but it was also Saturday night. The gluten free options were also wonderful and plentiful. Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Crispy Sea Bass was wonderful - Pacifico is always a treat.
It was very noisy and service a bit slow but it was Saturday night!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Pacifico! They were very accommodating when we had to change our reservation. Food was delicious and the service was excellent! Highly recommend this place!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Half hour wait to be seated even though we had reservations. Food took forever. Paella salty with intense sauce. Empanadas ok. The only good tapas were the cauliflower and fries.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great restaurant. Perfect for all occasions. Amazing mojitos. Food is delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Upstairs is huge and can accommodate large groups. Tapas meets tastes of all. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Second time here within 3 weeks after seeing a film nearby- never disappointed in the food or service- upstairs tends to get too noisy at times.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a great experience. Food is always above expectations. Service is wonderful. Worth checking out over and over again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had a very nice meal - repeat customer s for many years.

The upstairs dining area was excessively noisy - even for a Saturday evening.

The service was very good and the food never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very friendly staff and the food was great. I sent a small note on my reservation about my wife's birthday and they surprised her with a desert and a Happy Birthday song at the end. Thank you very much for making it a special day for her.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Always good. Be sure and get a Pisco Sour (they do a great job with them). It is fair to say that this is a New Haven institution.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

There is no bread basket to have with your drinks. Each diner is only allowed to get one individual slice of bread prior to the meal, so don’t ask for any more...you will not get it. This makes absolutely no sense! Ordered three tapas-empanadas, mofungo, and garlic shrimp. After a bite of each, there was no need to continue. Nothing was seasoned well, so we just sipped our drinks and didn't bother to attempt with an entree afterwards.

Huge disappointment, because the online review of the menu made everything sound very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The music was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation, and the service was very slow - so many people stopped by the table, but each had a specific job (drop off food or refill water, etc) and didn't ask if you wanted/needed anything else. The appetizers were okay, but neither of us liked the entrees that we ordered. The veggie risotto had an odd flavor that made it very unappetizing, and the fish dish that my husband ordered wasn't any better. The portion sizes were tiny for the price. Not somewhere I would recommend, and we definitely won't go back.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was very good overall! Portions, for the amount paid, were a bit small....so not great on value, but most were delicious ( The duck quesadillas were to die for!)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The service was horrible. The servers took forever to take our order and then after complaining the food came 45 min later. That was outrageous. We had to rush to eat to make a show. I had to ask for the check when my dinner was served to me. They were not that busy. I also complained to the manager and he did nothing about it. They also had the nerve to put the 20 percent tip on the check which we should not have paid. I have eaten here before but this will be the last time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pre-theater dinner recently - sat outside and were attended to immediately and regularly by our server. Delicious cocktails and meal. Highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was good. Our waiter was attentive & nice! The place looked very clean. We tried several items off the menu. Its a little loud, good for friends gathering, not so good for conversation. Not a romantic evening kinda place. The paella was a little salty & the shrimp was tough because it was cooked IN the paella, which everyone knows you CAN'T do because the seafood gets tough. We also ordered crab croquettas but what came was a crabcake, not that I'm against crab cakes, but that's NOT a croquetta! It was tasty tho so I can forgive it. The beef kabobs were very good & so were the drinks!! The worst thing about it was the two idiot professors that sat next to us talked loudly of politics The Whole Time. Grrrrrrrr!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I was excited to finally get the opportunity to go to Pacifico. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The waiter came after about 15 minutes to take the drink order. We ordered 3 of the recommended special cocktails which were adequate at best. I did not order a second of the same but ordered a regular margarita, I think the bar tender forgot the tequila. I then ordered a second margarita but requested a double shot of tequila. That drink was better. The menu was great but the food was only good. Nothing gave me a wow experience. I can go on and on but I will spare you. I can only say try it for yourself. Once was enough for us.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Creative and interesting menu. Every dish was good risotto could be a little better

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Consistently a very good restaurant with great service and a very nice menu. Lots of yummy fresh seafood and great salads as well.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food and service were terrific, and value was outstanding. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Everything was overall good. The food was delicious but the portions were on the small side, very small side. I probably could have eaten three main courses and still had room for desert. Staff was very good and responsive. The music was a little loud for a date. It's not good when you have to keep asking what the other person said.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicioso - gambas al ajillo, tamarind glazed salmon and Brazilian Cosmos with kinky liquer!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Brought a party of ten and we had a great dinner. The place is expensive so know what you're getting yourself into, but the food is incredible

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great resturant and dining experience. The next time I am in the New Haven area, I will have to stop in again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was amazing! Very kid friendly and delicious. Flavors were amazing and complex. I love this place!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great meal with attentive service. The portions were reasonable given the price. Flavors were well structured with no unpleasant surprises.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

When we arrived I told the host we had reservation, he ignored me and seat us in a table by the bar which was really noisy. I oredered the salmon, which was good, but I specifically told the waiter that I couldn´t eat kale nor mushrooms. He did not offer any side, so I assumed they were going to put some other veggies. When my food arrived it had the kale, lots of it, I did not say anything but requested that if I could have a side of the fried rice (my husband had the churrasco with fried rice) , he left and about ten minutes later, after I finished my salmon he came with a yellow rice, I told him that I ordered a side of FRIED RICE, he answered that was only served with the churrasco!🙄. I did not ate the yellow rice, we asked for our check and left, will never come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food and ambience was great! I love the outdoor seating!! I would highly recommend Pacifico!!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of my favorite Latin restaurants in New Haven.  A perfect spot for happy hour with great drinks and food specials.  The freshly prepared guacamole is definitely a can't miss addition to your meal.  The real selling point is their unique events that are offered throughout the year like wine diners.  They are also a great spot for people who are gluten free or have other food restrictions.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

I love the service the most. NH has a lot of similar good eats. I just enjoy the service and speedy service. Also, it has a great location and view of the bustling street.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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