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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 408
    Excellent
  • 215
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
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
My birthday

Went there for my birthday in July and had a great time. My meal was a bit inadequate but the manager and waiter handled the situation excellently,

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
James J
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Rancho Mirage, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Arcadia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Nice restaurant in an upscale neighborhood (the Rodeo Dr of Palm Desert). My wife and I ordered 1/2 dozen oysters to start and they are ok. We are big oyster fans, and these oysters fell short. For entrees we had the Chilean Sea Bass and Ribeye Steak. According to the waiter, the Chilean Sea Bass is their best dish on... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Went there for my birthday in July and had a great time. My meal was a bit inadequate but the manager and waiter handled the situation excellently,

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Aloha, Oregon
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Been there numerous times. The staff is friendly and provide very good service. the food is excellent, good wine list, an endless vodka list, great cocktails. Great for dinner, great for a power lunch.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great place for seafood in the desert Table was outside with good service and had great views of the mountains

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a very busy restaurant and we hadn't booked. So we had to wait for a table which was fine by us as we had some delicious drinks in the meantime. The wait staff were excellent and very helpful. The food once we got it was excellent and beautifully presented. Not cheap but then not much is in this... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Our fish- Chillian Sea Bass was prepared wonderfully. My boyfriends Beef Short Ribs were not good at all. Way over cooked and dry. Very nice to have the option of half orders. Like that very much. It was a nice setting, not very busy at all. The service was just okay and could of been better. I will go back... More 

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

i read your review on trip advisor concerning the over cooked short rib and the iffy service. my apologies. no excuses, we blew it. could you give me some more detail on what was wrong with the service? dining room or bar? slow or rude or not attentive or ?? with our more detail it is hard to attack the... More 

Palm Desert, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The fish is well prepared and the option to have a 1/2 order is very good. The service was excellent. This would be a 5 Star review except for an extremely noisy room.

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North Palm Springs, California
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Pacifica is another one of those places that is living on past laurels.The food is good, but probably not worth the price, considering the many opportunities in the Coachella Valley for quality seafood, less expensive, and served without pomp. For the longest time, the salmon here was exceptional.. now it is just good..or maybe very good. But the place has... More 

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

i read your review on trip advisor concerning the quality of the salmon, prices and the pomp of some of my managers not taking care of the guest. the salmon is the same dish. could you be more specific of what is different...quality of salmon, sauce, potatoes, beans, ?. prices are where they need to be to make a profit... More 

Abington, PA
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Fresh seafood, great drinks & cozy atmosphere combine to make this a terrific restaurant on the famous El Paseo strip. Each entree has two choices; one full size & one half size. The prices reflect the sizes. The oysters were fresh, plump, & just salty enough. Each fish entree can be ordered as is on the menu or 'simply grilled'.... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Pacifica was recommended to us & we enjoyed it very much! We especially like the choice of smaller portions when ordering! Our waiter,Andy, was attentive & the manager, Dave, stopped by our table several times to visit! It was a great evening & we will definitely return on our next trip.

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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
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic
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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