Pampano New York

4.5
1977 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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KF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over priced for what it is.
Too much ice in the cocktails.
The food was good but very small portions.
Service was slow.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

I used to go to Pampano often and loved the atmosphere and food. I have not been for a while but my friend was coming in town so I decided to take him there. Not sure if that was a bad day, but we were seated in the small space in the back of the bar. Air conditioning was not working in the bar

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M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here a number of times over recent years and always find Pampano an outstanding experience. The food is wonderful, and every time the service has matched it. I highly recommend Pampano.

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OT
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual everything was very good. I like Pampano especially for out of town guests as it is unusual cuisine, nice but not stuffy and reliable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I came here for dinner and she's pregnant with pretty serious food allergies. The waiter and chef were understanding, helpful and accomodating. It was a delicious meal with some of the best service I have ever experienced!

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k
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic gourmet Mexican fare with wonderfully attentive staff and a memorable outdoor space for our dinner 😍😍😍😍 We were thrilled and we have a new favorite !!

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u
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my first outdoor meal of the season at Pampano. We did not feel rushed and when the restaurant realized they didn’t have the wine we wanted, they sold us a better one for the same price. Classy! Reliably good, upscale Mexican.

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great modern Mexican food and fairly good service. The outdoor seating area is really a great addition and the indoor ambiance is really pleasant as well.

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FT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was really nice, the place and ambiance was as well. The food looked nice, however, the taste didn't meet our expectations. The price didn't match the quality of the food.

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed all our meals, particularly the soups and scallop entree and the shrimp. All very fresh and perfectly seasoned.

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

We live two blocks away and had never heard of pampano but it was delicious. It’s a big restaurant inside, plenty of room, noise level is moderate.
The chicken with mole was delicious and the staff was really friendly and efficient.

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M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious food complemented by excellent, attentive service. Everyone that I have ever taken here has enjoyed it. The place is always a hit!

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AP
New England
70 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pretty spot and nice patio, too. The service was kind and prompt and the food and drink were very tasty. Only complaint was that the tacos, which are priced close to entree size, were really small. Not enough for dinner. Otherwise, yummy and would go back!

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Mexican restaurant with a lack of atmosphere. Outside seating seems to be nice but stuff refused to offer us a table for 6 despite there was lots of tables available. Beside that service was good.
Food also, but the tacos were average. Try the cheviches, excellent.
Anyway, next time again Toloache.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic staff! Really lovely spot.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great. Disappointed that my reservation for 4-17 was cancelled because of some event.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We sat at the bar which was lovely but the service was abysmal and the food was mediocre. I would not return and I certainly would not recommend it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been there before and are never disappointed. Always solid.

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Not cheap, excellent food, very noisy at lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my time at Pampano. I met my girlfriends there for dinner at 6. The dining room was empty but even around 8 when it was full it wasn’t that loud. The service was perfect and the food was excellent.
Highly recommended.

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MY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was really well prepared, and flavorful. Beautiful restaurant. Felt very Mexico City.

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B
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fist I must say that I don't like spicy food, so Pampano wasn't the best fit for me. That said, the waiter tried to find foods for me, bringing tastes to the table of anything he thought might be spicy. Much appreciated. The service and spaces were lovely. Unfortunately, the paella, at over $30, was mostly just rice. A smattering of not very tasty seafood, and minus the sausage (with nothing extra added to replace it) was an expensive bowl of rice and not particularly tasty. I would not return.

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S
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing flavors, creative preparations - a win if you like seafood! Excellent wines as well - we went for a business dinner last year and had to come back this year. Definitely recommend!

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LT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Though not alone, the noise level is really high. Like most restaurants, there is little consideration for acoustic treatment. The loud music tries to mask the conversations prompting guests to speak even louder.

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G
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Mexican seafood. Significantly tastier and more interesting than most other Mexican restaurants in NYC

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and good cocktails. Friendly service. Also great outdoor terrace in summer

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portion size from the past was much smaller and the value therefore was not so good. It seems as if they are cutting corners to create a profit

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JY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!! My friends and I had a great time. We would definitely come back.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! It’s one of my favorite restaurants. How many places have great food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent service? Well this one has it all.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthdays celebration. The Tuna entire was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great margaritas! The best!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks. Really good food. Amazing service. The only negative comment I have is the main course took a long time but it was Valentine's day so they get a pass.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancy Mexican

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HC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food and the drinks were excellent. Just wished they had offered to seat us upstairs where it was more livelier.

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D
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Having been impressed in the past, we were underwhelmed. Servings were small and starkly plated. Service as usual was friendly and attentive. Upstairs is too noisy when it’s full.

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cuisine mexicaine revisitée, délicieuse !
Nous avons eu un eu de mal à trouver l'adresse, mais un accueil "muy simpatico" et un très bon dîner : Thank you Opentable :-)

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a
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. However, the decor changed since the last time I was there. Before, it was decorated in white with white table linen and chair covers. This time, there was no table covers or chair covers, and it looked plain, cold and ordinary, especially on a cold February night. With the former decor, it had a warm and romantic feel, but I would not choose to go there for a special occasion even though the quality of food is still good. Ambience is important.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant has gone downhill in service , energy , ambience . Almost feels like a casual diner
Lacks any kind of sophistication or a better dining experience
Food was nice but nothing else. Crossed of my list

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j
Seattle
137 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A pleasant surprise!
Service excellent, Erick, waitperson, manger, excellent.
Meal very good, creative!
Would return!
Impressed!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and cocktails were excellent, very pleased with restaurant week prefixed menu. Our server was delightful and offered very helpful guidance (I forgot his name 😬, my bad). Tilefish was cooked perfectly.

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