Cafe Pacifico

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£25 and under
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Mexican

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Offering a lively atmosphere and a vibrant splash of colour, Cafe Pacifico – Covent Garden serves flavoursome Mexican cuisine. The sleek, long wooden bar and the cosy seating areas offer an authentic setting.

Serving up fresh, sumptuous Mexican delights in bustling Covent Garden, the Café Pacifico menu covers all the classics. As well as the trusty, loaded tacos and spicy enchiladas, modern, ambitious flavours feature, like baked sea bass fillet with banana leaves and sundried tomato salsa.

Famed for its buzzing, well-stocked bar, Cafe Pacifico bar and restaurant presents an unrivalled selection of premium spirits, cocktails and beers. Diners can unwind with a cooling, fruity daiquiri, or a stylish pomegranate margarita. Not forgetting the tempting dessert menu, Cafe Pacifico offers the Pacifico mud pie, or deep fried tortillas with honey, cinnamon and ice cream.
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ZS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were really looking forward to returning to Cafe Pacifico. We really enjoyed our last visit.
Unfortunately our waitress' miserable face, disgusting attitude and overall appalling service completely spoilt the entire experience. She completely sucked the life out of it. Such a shame.

BB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great authentic Mexican food with an authentic atmosphere

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst and most overpriced Mexican food I’ve ever had. Save your money and avoid.

SG
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Just a lovely place, great menu and very lively.
Location is perfect.

MN
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pacifico is as good today as it was 15yrs ago. The food is great and so is the service.

The margaritas are a must, they don’t scrimp on tequila!!!

Great place to go with a group of friends or family.

TP
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican we've had in London. Amazing food great cocktails

CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First visit back in what has to be 10 years and still this place doesn’t disappoint. A location where you think it’d be a case of quick to take the tourist dollar and average food but trust me this is not the case. The staff were fantastic, left us alone to enjoy the food and ambience but attentive and on hand when needed. The food was delicious and a proper social dining experience for the 7 in our party. Brilliant cocktails where they don’t scrimp on tequila. We will not be leaving it another 10 years until our next visit. This is a great place for families looking to eat in the Covent Garden area. See you again soon Mi Amigos! 😘

b
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice Mexican right beside covent garden underground. Great for theatre and only place in London that has chimichanga. Bit noisy. No ac which is a problem in summer.

TI
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here a fair bit over the years and the food is always up to a high standard and the service excellent. Tonight for the first time we decided to have a starter of nachos. Big mistake. For £9.50 you get corn chips with cheap cheese that hasn’t quite melted. Absolutely awful and this falls short of their usual standards. Everything else was excellent though!

B
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place... Been coming for years.... Never been anything but great food and value.

WS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been coming for many years to cafe Pacifico and very sadly the food was disappointing this time. Nice service, nice atmosphere but not The tastiest.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and drinks (especially margaritas). Service could be faster and more attentive but overall very nice experience.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good service and good food
Menu is more authentic than last time I was there.
Downsides: I ordered tacos al pastor however the presentation was interesting but meat with the tortillas on the side cannot be listed on any menu as tacos
- guacamole (which was nice and fresh) served in a ramekin with a few tortilla chips, £7.50?? I’m sorry but that is really poor value. I thought it must have been part of the main course I ordered, but to my surprise it wasn’t
Music should be adding to the experience, they could have Mexican music rather than indie rock
I’d return but would avoid the overpriced guacamole and try some other main course

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner thanks

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, good busy atmosphere but service also really good

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Weird Tacos al Pastor with no flavour, the Nacho with Chorizo looked like no nachos I’ve ever eaten before. Not coming back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful. Great staff. Service very quick, if not a little too quick. Didn’t breathe between courses before next one set down!
Table was disappointing. Squeezed beside a pillar.

MG
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

This used to be one of our favourite restaurants when we would come into the city, however this visit was very disappointing. The noise level was so loud that conversation was impossible unless you shouted across the table. We had prebooked a table weeks in advance and asked for a nice table as it was our 10th anniversary. When the staff showed us our table, we were wedges tightly among other tables and so close that I could hear the neighbouring shouted conversations. The food was mushy, we ordered burritos, the portions are much smaller, but no matter as the food was mushy and tasteless. I don’t think I will be coming again nor recommending to friends as I have in past. It’s quite a shame as Cafe Pacifico used to be a diamond. Now it’s a pack them in, shove sloppy food at you and get you out, overpriced for what it is now kind of place.

AL
London
22 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent welcoming smile - very good fajita with margarita. Highly recommended

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and perfect location

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Mexican food - excellent selection and great service.

KR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visited for my mothers birthday as i had heard alot of good things about cafe pacifico. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing, staff were happy and the whole vibe of the restaurant was great. To top it all off the margaritas were amazing!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Anniversary dinner / great food

LC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, great cocktails and food, overall a really good lively place to go.

SA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good vibes all over - the award winning passion fruit margarita is a must!

CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I went on a first date (having been before with friends) . It was a Sunday evening and the atmosphere was lively, food is consistently great and staff are warm, helpful and responsive.
The decor is interesting and the music, although at times a little loud, really adds to the atmosphere.
I’d highly recommend this place as it’s good value for money, conveniently located close to Covent Garden, and the food is very tasty.

GS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

We went on a Saturday night which was a mistake. The restaurant was noisy but made worse because the tables were too close to each other. We were only 2 but we came out as if we had been shouting for 2 hours. Also the tables were sticky and felt dirty. There was no where to hang a coat and they did not take them at reception. Putting them on your chair is fine but the floor was wet all around our table. Service was very slow especially the drinks. The waitress was good but under pressure. Also we asked a clearer for cutlery and he clearly had no idea what we wanted and so we had to go and find them ourselves. We had been to the venue 5-6 times before but really came out feeling underwhelmed and we should look elsewhere. It just did not have a special feel to it: more another venue cramming in the people !! Shame

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but overpriced! Disappointed that you had to pay extra for the guacamole (£3.75) & cheese (£1.75) to go with the fajitas ordered! Online menu prices we’re different to the restaurant menu too which was more expensive!

g
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Cafe Pacifico for years. Never fails...food great, ambiance great, value for money!

OT
London
155 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant for a casual pre-theatre meal.

p
London
62 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a great time at Cafe Pacifico, service was fast and friendly - food was pretty good too.

b
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Organised a work Xmas Do at Cafe Pacifico. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Would go back.

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Fire alarm went off and didn’t stop for a long time. We were even evacuated, but they did put a round on a the house. Still wasn’t very atomaspheric after that.

Usually is great in there though.

s
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointed overall. I remembered this to be a lively fun place but I am going back a few years! Maybe it was because it was still early but the place had no atmosphere. Children's size meals were good value but adults beef fajitas were very average and expensive at £19. I had to ask twice to see children's menu despite it being obvious we had 2 children with us.
Won't be going back.

s
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good varied menu, friendly waiting staff who gave great recommendations of food and accommodated some requests. Very good value children’s menu as well. 7 of us seated in a nice area which wasn’t too loud as had kids with us. I had visited Cafe Pacifico a few years ago and it remains a firm favourite

HB
Adelaide
15 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere!!!! We will be back very soon!! x

PK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We order a £28 bottle of wine but we were brought their most expensive £40 bottle that was a mistake on their part as we were told that the waitress was in training and made a mistake. We were charge for £40 even though it was not what we ordered.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Arguably the best (and authentic) Mexican restaurant in the UK!

SN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Usually the food is better but really average and tasteless this time. Service was woeful and front hostess rude and uninterested.

l
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks, fun place for a get together. It is loud though so worth keeping in mind not a place if you want an intimate date.

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