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Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

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73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4343 (San Pablo)
760-674-8666
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Catfish

Pacifica has a beautiful outdoor space but it doesn't offer a lot of shade so I prefer to eat inside. They have wonderfully hot sour dough rolls. The catfish/succotash is tastefully prepared and a huge portion. The sole is also very good. Mulligatawny soup is wonderful. Service is usually very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Tek
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Palm Desert, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Pacifica has a beautiful outdoor space but it doesn't offer a lot of shade so I prefer to eat inside. They have wonderfully hot sour dough rolls. The catfish/succotash is tastefully prepared and a huge portion. The sole is also very good. Mulligatawny soup is wonderful. Service is usually very good and linen cloths and napkins are always appreciated.

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We have returned here on many occasions including 3 times in one week. They have a great patio overlooking El Paseo with umbrellas and misters so it can be very comfortable even in the heat of the day. The wait staff is attentive and helpful. The food is very well prepared and very fresh. I love that they have been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

This may be the best value in the valley! you can order a half size entree in the bar area and get a great value! The food and service are always great! The Sunday and Wednesday all night happy hour is the best bargain in town. you may have to wait to get a seat in the bar area but... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

One of our favorite places to eat and drink in Palm Desert, we went early for 'Happy Hour' and stayed for dinner. Happy Hour has many small dishes to enjoy before dinner along with discounts on drinks; get there early before everyone else shows up. Dinner is super, they offer half servings which are more than enough for most? We... More 

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Ozalj, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

No annual visit to the desert can be without a few meals at Pacifica. I love seafood and growing up in the pacific northwest makes me a pretty good judge of seafood. Pacifica really does great seafood and on occasion when they have been out, my non-seafood choices did not disappoint either. The sea bass is fabulous as is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We were teetering between Sullivan's and Pacifica's, mainly because they are right by eachother. We chose seafood. Even though it was around 9:30 pm, we didn't feel as if the staff was 'put off' by us being the only few people there. Although since we were late, they were out of the two fish entrees, which we wanted. They were... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Four of us recently went to Pacifica Seafood Restaurant for the first time, and we were very pleased with our dinner and service, better than expected during restaurant week. Appetizers we sampled included the bacon-wrapped medjool dates and oysters on the half shell (very good), and for the main course three of us tried the stuffed sole, which was excellent,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We all ordered fish and really enjoyed our meal. Had oysters for a appetizer which were very good. Service was excellent. We will visit again upon our return to the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was our 3rd visit to this restaurant. The first 2 times were fine. Food and service were great! However, I don't think they were ready for restaurant week... Service was pretty bad. It took a very long time to get our food and then no one came back to check up on us. I'm allergic to lettuce and asked... More 

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kipp d, Owner at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

my apologies for you poor dinner at the end or restaurant week. no excuses, we blew it. the problems you had with service and refusing to sub out the side on your entree are inexcusable. it is comments such as yours that help us run our restaurant better. if you will message me on Trip Advisor with your full name,... More 

Indio, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We'd often say to friends that Pacifica is our very favorite seafood restaurant, if not our overall first choice for dining. For dinner this past Sunday - the last day of ''restaurant week 2015'' - however, we had a dining experience that was not in keeping with our earlier comments. This writer's wife ordered a rocky mountain trout from the... More 

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kipp d, Owner at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

my apologies for the less than satisfying dining experience at Pacifica recently. if you will send me your name and mailing address through Trip Advisor i will send you a gift card for your future use at either Pacifica or the Cliffhouse. it is through feed back such as yours that helps us run our restaurant better. again, my apologies.... More 

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Additional Information about Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Address: 73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4343
Phone Number: 760-674-8666
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4343
    (San Pablo)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: 760-674-8666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?