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Richmond District
0.9 miles from Golden Gate Park
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We tried this restaurant while staying in the Richmond neighborhood for a few days, based on reviews and proximity to our accommodation. We were fortunate to get seated right away soon after opening in a cozy window seat. The restaurant has a cozy orange-hue warmth....I took a star off for feeling rushed. We ordered a bottle of wine, but felt rushed to drink it as service was swift, there were people waiting for tables and it was obvious they were wanting to turn tables. It's a very small (and popular!) restaurant. On reflection, we should have only ordered a glass each instead of a bottle. We ordered a salmon and fries and salmon and veg. It comes just like that, nothing else on the plate. The bread and butter was really good and they brought us more when we were finished. The meal also came with a cup of soup. The dessert we ordered was like an oversized chocolate cupcake which was very good, although the frosting tasted like the store-bought stuff in a tub. (Still yummy!) One other note, the wait staff were wearing masks (Sept '22) which was great to see. If you found this review useful, please click the thank button.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022 via mobile

A perfect neighbourhood restaurant with amazing food and super friendly service. The crab cakes and halibut were amazing and incredible value too

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 28, 2022 via mobile

Coworker and I ate at Pacific Cafe as we wanted seafood and wanted to avoid the tourist traps on the Wharf. Arrived at the restaurant at 5:15 pm and it was already mostly full. We were able to get the last table. I ordered the...grilled scallop special All meals come with bread, soup or salad, fries or veggie. The shrimp Louie salad was delicious. The scallops were cooked perfectly and were delicious. Coworker had the calamari steak. We ended the meal with the mixed berry galette a la mode. I will definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022

Upon walking into the cozy dining room, you're greeted with a glass of wine. A limited menu of fresh entrees is carefully prepared by talented staff, and presented by a friendly and efficient waitstaff. For a relaxing night out, special occasion, or trip to the...city, this is then place to come for great food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. I am glad we visited!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2021 via mobile

Great tasty food and kind staff, one of the best meals I’ve had in sf. My table had the parmesan halibut, calamari, crab cake, trout and a cheesecake for 3- all was made flawlessly and the 3 of us were very full. Just a must...go place.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 1, 2021

This local gem opened in 1974 and I have been visiting it since 1977--always excellent service and excellent fresh seafood items. Many locals go here which is always a great sign of quality. The owner still works the tables and trains his staff well, keeping...his cooks going for over 24 years! This is a place dedicated to quality and family. Upon entering or simply standing in the waiting line outside you are offered a full glass of white wine--complimentary. If you are in line for a long time you may even get a second glass! Local quality and sourcing is exhibited here! Even the wine list, though not extensive, offers incredible pricing---a bottle of very good Napa Valley Chardonney for under $30! This is a place you don't want to miss if you love quality seafood at very fair prices and with excellent service. The staff shirts claim Petrale Power since 1974...we simply love this place and visit whenever we can get to the City.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 16, 2021

After a week driving down the west coast, we spent our final day in San Francisco. My husband and I spent the day touring San Francisco with a local friend. He highly suggested Pacific Cafe. The restaurant has a vintage look and feel but not...in a bad way. Our dinners were plentiful and tasty, and the complimentary glass of wine was a hearty pour. Everyone from the servers to the owners were fantastic and very enjoyable to visit with. Marlene and the crew made the last night of our trip a highlight!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2020 via mobile

Loved this place! The food was plentiful and the complimentary glass of wine was very nice. Our servers were fantastic and very enjoyable to visit with as well. I would definitely come back if in the area.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

incrwdible cold calamaribsald. nice caesar. greeted at door with glass of wine as we waited all of 2 minutes! friendly staff!! incredible crab cakes! this place a keeper!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

Small seafood restaurant with attentive wait staff & good food. Very much appreciated the free wine while we waited 5" for a table! Would happily go again.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

Best meal in San Francisco for us! We loved the food and the generous portions. Everything tasted fresh and yummy. The waiters were great and so happy. The space is tight though so if possible make a reservation. We didn’t have one but we lucked...in.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

The food was no match for the reviews, and my friend agreed eagerly. On the positive side, we are both 50 and feel young compared to the clientele.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

We thought we had found the restaurant from our first date 30+ years ago but as the uber driver (red hummer) drove further and further out of the city into the Sunset area we doubted it. Even tho it’s been in business over 40 years...- not our first date spot. It was a great find. It’s a neighborhood fav where they serve you full glasses of white wine while you wait. Fish is the specialty and both scallops and halibut Parmesan was as hubby says “unique wine excellent”. Great spot! Highly recommend if you’d like to feel like a local.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

Love. this place. Starting with the free and extremely large wine pours while you wait for a seat! White wine very tasty. JBJ Mypppphhjjjparpphalibet with Parmesan halibutnwithnoarmea

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

What a find! Amazing seafood restaurant. From the complimentary house-wine while waiting (no reservations) to the attentive waiters and great food, it was a perfect evening. Thanks Pacific Café!

Date of visit: November 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5