Pacifico - New Haven, CT

4.4
986 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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, phenomenal food and drinks. The party next to us was unfortunately very loud and inconsiderate of everyone else nearby, but that was of no fault to the restaurant.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! The paella and the whole crispy fish were outstanding!!

MJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really outstanding food and service. Would highly recommend this place in New Haven.

RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Food seemed more inventive than taste

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Start to finish the food was excellent, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The salmon entree was the best salmon I have ever had. I wish we were local so we could eat here all the time.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, terrific cocktails and great staff. Always consistent - have been coming here for a few years now. If you are not too hungry, order a few starters. The entrees can be heavy, but are delicious.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Latin restaurant with full bar service. We ordered their popular small plates. Every dish we ordered was excellent. Service was also top notch. Would definitely come back next time I'm in New Haven.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience here. Food is delicious & innovative and service was excellent. All servers were extremely knowledgeable about the wines, recommendations were spot on, priced fairly and paired with our dishes very well. Servers were also sensitive to & helpful with dietary restriction requests. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 7pm reservation. We were seated in a great corner table with a nice view of al the passing activity on the street. Food was excellent and came out very quickly.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The food was delicious and service was excellent. Every course was presented beautifully. One of the best meals I have ever had.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my girlfriend to Pacifico for her birthday. Staff was polite and welcoming. We sat outside and noticed a lot of people visiting the restaurant, even on a week night. Food was excellent. The drinks were amazing. We had mojitos and, to put it simply, they tasted like vacation. They even surprised us with a desert treat for her. The staff was so on point that when my girlfriend forgot her leftovers from dinner, when we called over 20 minutes later they remembered us and met us curbside with her bag! All around great experience and I have since referred many friends to Pacifico.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, great food and service with reasonable price. Overall, I had a great experience in pacifico. The restaurant even provide a nice little surprise since we’re celebrating my girlfriends birthday. A great restaurant to visit in New Haven. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an anniversary with dinner at pacificoa. Since we marked the occasion in our reservation, they added little personalized touches to make for a super romantic evening!

Great wine selection and incredibly professional wait staff. Adored the atomosphere and of course the food! We shared two starters and each got an entree, which was a perfect amount of food. We'll definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Delicious food and very kind service. You MUST order at least the Shrimp ravioli and the Duck quesadilla. They were really really good.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing dining experiences my husband and I have enjoyed. Great service, outstanding cocktails, amazing food, and the creativity was beyond compare.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came on Saturday before the show for dinner. The cocktails were amazing. Some of the dishes were just out of this world, the beet salad, shrimp ceviche, pork belly which was so tender and flavorful The octopus was delicious as was the chicken. Desserts were very good. Service was attentive. The wait was a little long, but worth it!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Latin food, craft cocktails and the atmosphere at this place is excellent. really nothing but enjoyable experiences here before and after the theater i'll be back.

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Extremely long wait for our fix it was excellent once it arrived, but it took over an hour. The waiter made very little effort to check on us during the wait or explain

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

for the price you pay, you should get a little bit more for your money, had to wait over an hour anda half for the main meal.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our evening was perfect...we were fortunate it was a lovely evening and we ate outside. If we were inside it would have been problematic because of the noise level. the food and service were great but the noise is too much.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not great for the value.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on opening night of the Shubert and enjoyed a very good happy hour menu. The portions were very adequate and the drink values also excellent.
Most unfortunately, they had one bartender on duty which was a MAJOR mistake. While the wait
servers did their best, they were severely limited by the very long wait for a drink. We were told they normally have three bartenders, so one can only chalk it up to an off night.

J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food! They have a Happy Hour but it only applies to those at the Bar, not the restaurant. I find that very strange.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After coming here several times I have to say it's becoming a favorite spot of mine! The staff is friendly, and their food is great! All of their small plates and entrees are incredibly flavorful. Prices are moderate ($20-30) for entrees, but I haven't been disappointed a single time coming here. Will be visiting again soon.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our New Haven favorites. Glad that they introduced tapas to the menu

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Pacifico several times and the food as well as the service is AMAZING.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dishes are very tasty, great size and beautiful presentation. It's a fusion of good food and excellent customer service. The best complement the tres leches rice pudding!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends and I tried their exquisite tapas menu and it was truly an experience. So many different flavors and combinations I wouldn’t have even imagined. They treated us like royalty and the staff was extremely friendly.

SN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are Regulars- 4 or 5 visits per year- and we are never disappointed.
Food, service and atmosphere was very good as always.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel a lot for work all over the world. This place ranks in my top 5 meals of the last 6 years. I had the amazing Seafood paella and excellent service. Next time, I hope to try the sea bass.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was outstanding there. The lady that were serving us was super polite and professional. Wine and food was incredible, so was the atmosphere in this place. I highly recommend it for a romantic date or a warm quiet get-together with friends.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a celebratory dinner with a friend. Pacifico is absolutely up there as one of the top dining spots in New Haven. Service was fantastic. Nice atmosphere if a little on the dark side. We share tapas and main entres and each course was fun and delicious. Lots of unique ideas. The staff also did a great job timing each course. Never felt rushed or had to wait for food. The starters were all creative and tasted great. Nice size portions as well. The manager recommend us a nice bottle of Pinot noir 👌. Left full but not stuffed. Highly recommended!!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in New Haven that I have been to when it comes to food. Their service is also exceptional. Will definitely come back here again.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience. From the service to the unique take on ingredients and dishes. I'd recommend this place to anybody. I ordered the cauliflower, the sea bass, flan and a few other things... All were excellent!!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could go on and tell you every detail on why it was one of the best dining experiences of my life, but I’ll let you create your own story. They are rated very good for The NY Times for a reason. Magnificent night.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the kind of place where you can sit and lose complete track of time. The service is outstanding. The food is scrumptious. We had the short rib empanadas, the whole sea bass. We also had the passion fruit flan for dessert. The combination of flavors and textures was impressive. The octopus in the appetizer menu was also delicious. The ambiance is dark and romantic. There is music but not very loud. All and all, a great place. We will definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic, I had the opportunity to come with all my family to celebrate a birthday and they treated us fenomenal. the dishes are produced with fine fresh ingredients, you have a flavor that takes you to the same Latin America. the attention of the waiters is excellent. cleanliness and impeccable service. It is a place with a pleasant atmosphere and very easy to find parking. If you are looking for a place to impress someone, this is the ideal restaurant.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there.
Better this time than last. Better service and interior of restaurant was more open and cleaner.
Menu seemed better too.
Didn’t like getting a separate charge for ice with our drinks, though! Seemed very petty!
Nice that the parking was validated!
Will go back!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Pacifico for our 10 year anniversary. What we thought would be a great meal, proved to be something much more than that. Without giving too many spoilers, the whole dinner proved to be much more experiential than anticipated. From the way you enter the restaurant, to the music, to the atmosphere of the dining room - the entire experience was engaging from beginning to end.

The flavors of the food were incredible. Most of the dishes would start out with an initial flavor, shifting mid-bite to a different flavor that somehow always perfectly complimented the initial flavor.

The wait staff was incredible. Very knowledgeable and attentive, but did not come off as pretentious. Each staff member we interacted with came across as genuine and fully engaged to the job at hand.

Lastly, I would highly recommend the tequila & mezcal selection that was recommended by the manager. The drinks provided were out of this world! Pure magic. I swear.

Thank you to the entire Pacifico staff. This was an anniversary that we won’t forget!

f
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food in a gracious setting with superb surface. By far the best restaurants to occupy this storied space on college Street.

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