Pacifico - New Haven, CT

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995 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Solid, but not special

p
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was a nice night out. We were seated fairly promptly although staff seemed overwhelmed.

The food was good. Drinks were good as well.

Our server was a little distracted through dinner and kept saying they were busy. We ran out of drinks a few times including water.

a
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Pacifico! It's a great place to spend an evening with friends and family. Their service is spectacular, always attentive, smiling and fast. Pacifico offers the best Latin Cuisine in New Haven, in my opinion.
Oh and they have a great DJ during the weekends.

Y
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Parent weekend QU. Meals were excellent. Service was food. Very crowded busy weekend. Highly recommend and will return

DB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pacifico is a small restaurant. The appetizers were very good. The lunch plates were good. The guacamole, pork belly and yuca fríes were delicious. I just thought with a Latin flair that the main plates would be more tasty. (I’m Latina so I like my food tasty). I had the chaulafan and it was fine when I added the soy sauce. Two others in my group had the Cubano sandwich and they said it was delicious. It was lunch time so we didn’t try anything from their full dinner menu. I would return because the prices were good.

R
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Incredibly flavorful and different - different regional latin cuisine. Delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but portions were small and somewhat pricey for the area. The sangria was fabulous as was our server! We were seated upstairs and it was a lot darker and quieter. We had requested the table for a birthday, and no mention of the birthday was ever seen!

LM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I liked Pacifico very much. The food we ordered was quite good and the service was excellent.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was great. We had a lovely window seat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
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
37 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

MJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 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 23 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Food seemed more inventive than taste

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 20 July 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 16 July 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 13 July 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 9 July 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 5 July 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 3 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 27 June 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
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not great for the value.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 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 25 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 20 June 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 18 June 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 18 June 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
28 reviews
Dined on 16 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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.

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