Pampano New York

4.5
1933 reviews
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Mexican
Chef Richard Sandoval and Maestro Placido Domingo have partnered to create a Mexican escape in midtown Manhattan. Pampano’s breezy yet elegant, white on white decor showcases Chef Sandoval’s vibrant coastal Mexican cuisine. In the spring and summer, sip on handcrafted margaritas or one of Pampano's 100 tequilas on the outdoor terrace.



“Best New Restaurant in America” Esquire Magazine



“a clear sense of how competing flavors and textures can be orchestrated to create exciting results” New York Times – two stars



“Sandoval uses European techniques to bring the vivid flavors of Mexico to life” Michelin Guide
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and amazing food. And the cocktails! Innovative and so well done. This will be a highlight of our New York trip

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c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time and I will definitely go back. I really liked the ability to order small plates to share. The Guacamole and taco sampler were great for the 4 of us to share and we each had main dishes, all a variety of thnigs, from shrimp to beef to fish and scallops. The dessert of churros was light and worth every bite.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Terrible quality, small portions, overpriced. Never again.

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, with good food and friendly service. Their desserts are awesome too!

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for date night. Food was very good and delicious. I had the grilled octopus-BUTTER! Love their hibiscus inspired drinks.

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Phoenix
130 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful margarita. Great guacamole. Delicious tacos.
Plus tres Leche cake.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Definitely not hi-end Mexican as advertised, rather your local Mexican casual spot in terms of service and food. Way overpriced for what it is and the service provided. I will not return or recommend this place.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good marguarita, modern Mexican cuisine.
Beautiful space but a little bit noisy.

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Greensboro
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Decent food but not amazing. Fine for a quick lunch.

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Everything was great except the service. Although I had a reservation for a party of 4 for my hubby’s bday, we waited 50 mins to get our table for dinner. We even waited at the bar for almost 15 mins before they took our drink order but they forgot to serve our guacamole. I think they need more bar tenders and servers. And a 50 min wait is unacceptable especially when I had a reservation for a bday dinner.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful celebratory lunch.

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R
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite Mexican restaurant anywhere. Don’t think traditional Mexican/it’s unique Mexican. The dishes are delicious with wonderful spices. Great!!

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a friendly business lunch. Food, service and ambiance was so good. This was my second visit and it again felt special and unique. It quickly got crowded after 12:30pm. But that did not distract from the attentiveness of the wait staff. I keep this place as the go-to for somewhat fancy lunches. I haven't had the pleasure of having dinner here yet, but looking forward to it.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wow, ausgezeichneter Service! Tolles Essen! Gerne wieder:-))

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M
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Pampano many times in a variety of circumstances: business dinners, celebrations, getting together with friends among them. It suits for all of those occasions. The food is creative and always excellent. Service also has always been outstanding. This particular time my friend and I had an early dinner reservation (5:00 PM) the night after Thanksgiving, so the dining room was not full at that time, I gave a quiet rating. Normally I would have said moderate. Great experiences over a number of years!

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pompano delivers an authentic Mexican cuisine with amazing service and presentation.

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

One of my favorite places to go for dinner. Great food and excellent service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Mexican meals in NYC

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d
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for me to have chosen to take my 2 daughters and their boyfriends to celebrate my birthday. At Xmas time we are all going to San Miguel De Allende and Mexico City and this certainly put us in the mood. A special shout out to our attentive and great waiter!

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again I brought new friends to Pampano. This time for a birthday celebration. I’m never disappointed! The food was outstanding, very fresh and delicious, the service pleasant and polite. Another successful trip to New York City

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margarita I ever had

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EF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Thank you for making my birthday so special!

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Z
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited with a couple of colleagues during a trip to NYC. We sat outside on the roof terrace which was lovely in mid October.
We had a good time, our waiter was attentive but not overly so and the food was great with good opportunities for sharing.
Would not hesitate to return if back in Midtown area.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time, met relatives and friends from out of the country. The menu was very creative although the portions we a little small, food was full of flavor. Service was excellent and the staff very accomadating. Definetely will return to this townhouse restuarant!

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came her for dinner on a Saturday night. First impression was that the place looks like it belongs in a resort somewhere. You can almost forget you are in New York City. We ordered some drinks and guacamole first. The drinks were kind of expensive (but it is NYC so what do you expect) and the guac was good, however we ordered it "spicy" and it hardly had any spice at all.

My fiance and I are both vegetarian so the reason I chose this place was because I noticed their vegetarian menu. It is incredibly hard to find a Mexican restaurant that is a little more on the fancy side. I got the black bean soup and she got the enchiladas. The portions were kind of small but they both tasted amazing. The black bean soup had some of the BEST plantains I have ever tasted in them. We left full, but not stuffed so it ended up being a perfect amount of food (no dessert but they sounded good).

Our waiter was fantastic too, he was very accommodating to us and extremely polite when he would come to our table and we would be talking to each other.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing
It was a beautiful evening on the outdoor terrace. The staff was super accomomodating.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The salmón was not good

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful creative food.. The service is professional and discreet. When one thinks "Mexican" this is not the classic menu.. It is different w/o being overboard. The style holds the essence of Mexican food with just enough update to be different.
Service is wonderful. The Wait Staff watches and is there to make sure all is taken care of.
A great place to bring Business appointments as well as friends for a special meal .

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DC
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We hadn’t been to Pampano for dinner in years but were happy to find the same excellent service, pretty/airy setting and delicious food as we had last time. The restaurant was busy but staff was attentive and food was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. The striped bass and scallops were standouts to us. Churros were good too.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful place, super food, super service - loved every aspect of it!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were in New York frim India for a short holiday and to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This restaurant has Excellent food , good atmosphere courtesy staff, will definitely go on my next visit to NY

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, knew every dish, and was able to have a Tamarindo Margarita made for us, divine. Try the guac app and the ceviche sampler, the best and fresh. We had the grilled octopus entree which was fantastic, and perfectly grilled, not rubbery.

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OK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the food, it was very well prepared and presented, so exquisite and tasty! The atmosphere was very nice, quiet and pleasant. Definitely my new favorite place in midtown east.:)

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CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Calling this a Mexican Restaurant is a somewhat of a disservice to the cuisine. The food was more heavily influenced by a Spanish/Mediterranean twist. If I wanted upscale Mexican food I might have been disappointed. Also, contradicting my thoughts, The guacamole was delicious.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. Wonderful ceviche and unique spin

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh flavor combinations, deceptively simple yet sophisticated.

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

店員さんがとても親切に対応してくださり、ニューヨークでの夕食の良い思い出となりました。料理は創作的なメキシカンで、パエリアは特に美味しかったです。

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

Nice Restaurant, good food and great ambiance. Outdoor seating is especially nice and Romantic. One thing to remember is that Happy Hour is not applicable outdoor. Good experience and will go again if situation requires.

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MD
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, elevated Mexican food. Daily specials are very inventive.

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