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Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

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73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4343 (San Pablo)
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Laguna Beach, California
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This an excellent place to go after shopping on El Paseo for dinner or happy hour. The happy hour has very good eats and the wine by the glass selection is very good. It has an active bar crowd which makes it fun experience.

Thank robert m
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the restaurant. Great seafood. Would recommend to anyone. I really liked the music. Age appropriate for this 50 something diner. 80's Rock!!

Thank Gary M
Indio, California
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106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With follow up appointments in the El Paseo area on a late Wednesday afternoon, we "wandered into" Pacifica, a place we know well but have not visited in several months. Yes, the place was open and ready to great us shortly after 4pm. Sat at the bar - enjoyed a martini and a glass of house wine - ordered from... More 

Thank Dennis S
Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best place in the desert to have a seafood dinner is Pacifica. We have been dining here regularly for about 6 years and are never disappointed. Their outdoor deck is lovely...No plastic chairs here...white table cloths and napkins. Good service. My favourites are the asian style sea bass and the salmon. All good!

Thank Stonecliff
Palm Desert, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our server I wish I could remember the name he was quite lovely good for people watching but for the price and the food isn't worth it

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

i am wondering if you have the right restaurant. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is not open for lunch or brunch. could you respond on trip advisor with more details? kipp downing - owner More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Very expensive and overall we found the food to be good but not great. We had the baked scallops for an appetizer and could hardly find the scallop. We also had the baked oysters which were good. One dish we had was the special of the day which was cod in a sauce which I can't remember what it was... More 

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

my apologies for a disappointing meal at Pacifica. no excuses, we just did not execute all the way through. we have fixed the scallop dish since you were in upping the size of scallops and minimizing the sauce. the cod special you had has been eliminated from our special rotation. if you will message me on Trip Advisor with your... More 

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132 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Went there for my 60th birthday hoping for a special meal. Had not been there before except for a cocktail at the bar and wanted to give it a try. Had a drink at the bar first. The bartender was engaging and provided good information and fast service. Problems started once we got seated for dinner. The waiter was busy... More 

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

my apologies for an average birthday dinner. no excuses, we blew it. we do have 20 wines by the glass. our wine list has over 200 options. there are plenty of great wines to choose from. my apologies for the scampi dish and the whitefish special. those certainly were not up to par. i think calling us a low quality... More 

los angeles
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

i've been a regular customer at pacifica for about 8 years. i have NEVER had a bad meal. the portions are plentiful, the bar scene is always active and i really have to rate pacifica as one of the best restaurants in the desert. all new visitors to the desert have to enjoy a visit to pacifica.

Thank lalive
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the restaurant. Atmosphere was not the greatest. Seafood was good but a little pricey. Plenty of great restaurants to try on next trip to the desert.

Thank alacattle
Palm Desert, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Our friends dine here a lot, but I usually pass. Our friends like to eat in the bar area to avoid the high prices on the regular menu. Even on the bar menu, the seafood is still too expensive but the cheeseburgers are good. However t lots of places have better, Cactus Jack's to name one. My biggest gripe is... More 

Thank 457ronc42
kipp d, Owner at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

my apologies for the rude service. no excuses, we blew it. if you will email me at krdowning@weroc.com with your full name and mailing address i will send you a gift card for your future use at either Pacifica or the La mQuinta Cliffhouse. please reference "PSR rude bar service" thank you for taking the time to let us know... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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: 17606748666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?