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Pacifico

220 College Street, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 772-4002
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Ranked #48 of 496 restaurants in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $26
Cuisines: Latin
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

So glad my coworkers and I tried something new this trip. The food here was amazing and truly unique cuisine. Definitely try to pork bellies! Service was attentive and helpful, especially in helping us understand the unusual menu. Will definitely come here again and recommend this place to coworkers!

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Westport, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was a new place for us, found by a friend on Zagats. The atmosphere is elegant but comfortable. The menu is wonderfully diverse with veggie options. The portions are small, but presented with style and superb flavor. The duck quesadilla was marvelous. They prepared it gluten free for me. How great. Their yucca fries were tasty. Our group of... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I really love this restaurant. Nice place to bring friends. I brought some friends from Ethiopia to eat here, and they loved it. My favorite appetizers are the duck quesadillas and the guacamole is awesome. Love the variety of drinks and Sangria!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Pacifico mixes interesting ingredients with good cooking technique to make for an unusual dinning experience for New Haven. Half South American and half Spanish, it has a good and reasonably priced wine list and excellent mixed drinks. The atmosphere is informal and lively, the wait staff cares, although they are not trained like those in finer establishments , and the... More

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Connecicut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Valentines dinner was nice. Candle lite table. The waiter was very attentive. The strip steak and vegetarian dish was very good. The special menu had a great variety and a impressive wine list.The chocolate lava cake had no soft center,a bit over cooked. The flan was cooked perfect. All presentations were nicely done.The portions were larger than normal tapas... More

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Hartland, Connecticut 06027
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We stopped at Pacifico prior to a show at the Shubert this week based upon some positive reviews and the happy hour menu on the website. Couldn't have been happier. Excellent drink selection for happy hour (feel free to burden Elise with a request for her hand muddled mango mojito - fabulous)! The tapas at the bar were plentiful, priced... More

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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Stopped in for lunch on a Saturday. When we went in there were only two other people. We were seated promptly and did see out waiter quickly. Any staff we saw were friendly. The menu was simple as they have a fixed price for a three course meal. Selections were good but if you want a cheap sandwich that is... More

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Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Total Foodie here and had a great Restaurant Week dinner here. Not crazy about the Ceviche (no one does it like Chef Franco from Roomba), the Paella was a big portion and yummy, Skirt steak was very good too! My Tres Leches was Amazing! And the flourless chocolate cake was just as good. We'll come back again!

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New Haven, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I absolutely loved my entire meal and experience at Pacifico for Restaurant Week 2013. I had the Shrimp Ceviche for an appetizer, delicious. Pitcher of red wine sangria was amazing. The Seafood Paella dinner was out of this world. (I wish there was more flavor to the rice, had to really mix it up to get all of the flavor... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

During restaurant week, restaurants trot out prix fixe menus. That is no excuse for serving food that tasted like it was prepared the day before and without much thought. The appetizer I had was a shrimp and corn chowder that was watery and lacking in seafood flavor. The shrimp were tasteless and seemed to have been added to a simmering... More

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