If only the freshest seafood will do, then this Outer Richmond eatery is worth the trek. At peak hours there is always a wait, but bottomless glasses ... More
If only the freshest seafood will do, then this Outer Richmond eatery is worth the trek. At peak hours there is always a wait, but bottomless glasses of free wine nullify the chilly night. Frequently packed, the dining room hums with noise but never screams. The understated, casual decor makes it malleable enough for romance or a family meal. The ocean dictates the reasonably priced menu here, so it is nearly impossible to order wrong. The preparations are simple, permitting the fish to take center stage. The wine list favors California selections. The service is great.
For starters the parking is slim and far inbetween. Once we acomplished that we had a considerable wait of an hour. The waiting area is beyond small, so the crowd spills out onto Geary as they drink complementary wine from an unlabeled bottle. The hostess was very pleasant about the most pleasant feature of our evening. Water and bread was already at the table when we were seated, which is a good thing because even though the place has less than 20 tables it took our waitress 10 minutes to come by. I started off with the Potato based clam chowder and my friend had the chef's salad both were fairly decent, leaving us excited about the main dishes. I ordered Fried Prawns with Homefries, she had the Salmon with Homefries. We were both very disappointed. The homefries were thick cut, so thick they were not cooked completely. My Prawns were fresh but had no seasoning just as the fries, and Salmon. Can we say Lawrys Seasoned Salt !. The soda comes in small 10 oz. bottles & of course is not cheap, which confused me because the wine is bottomless. For the life of us we couldnt understand why this place was the talk of the town. I came to the conclusion that everyone but us was hooched off of the cheap Carlo Rossi and didnt realize it wasnt worth standing in the drizzle outside, the huddle inside, for the bland unseason dishes, slow wait staff, and because they are so backed up, the noise level stays at an annoying level. We were full when we left,but not statisfied.
Why, oh why do people like this place? Last I went with a group of friends, we had to wait in the freezing cold outside for over 2 hours, and that's for a group of 4! The decor is very '70s, and the cheap swill-filled glass of wine they give you while waiting isn't worth all the hassle.
Moreover, the server was rude and decided to lecture us because we had asked about our salad. A couple of people ordered soup, 2 salads and several appetizers. Well, the 2 soups were served first, 30 minutes passes by and no appetizers, no soups. When we asked the server because everyone were starving by this time and our guests didn't want to eat ahead of us, even though clearly starving too, the server said that this is just how he does things. Absolutely ridiculous. The food was terrible too. Supposed to a seafood restaurant, with rotten fish. Yuck!
i love the ambience at pacific cafe--so down to earth and old school. they'll serve you free cheapy glasses of white or red wine while you wait, and you see an interesting mix of locals of all ages when you go. the fish is fresh enough...but there's nothing fancy about it. i could grill fish like this myself at home for half the price. i know that's not really a fair complaint...but there you have it.
Free wine while you wait! How can you beat it? The food's still good and
the service is competent. Busy and deserves to be. A good deal all around, go early, after 7 is too late. The wine list is actually good so
don't be afraid to try one of the featured wines.
It's only open from 5-10pm. If it's busy, you get free house wine while you wait. It's very small and intimate, plus the food is nothing short of amazing. Go there now; it's worth the trek to the almost-outer richmond district.
Oh my god went out to dinner with buddy Charles Kennedy this is our hang out when we want to sit down an have great food an just catch up on what is new in our lives. Great food the Salmon Bisque is awesome mmm wish the bowls were larger heh heh heh get your moneys worth for sure.
This has always been my favorite restaurant. I have been enjoying the full experience of food, people, and atmosphere for the last 25 years. My girlfriend surprised me with 18 of my friends and close family on my birthday. This was no small order. The restaurant treated us all as family and was most accommodating. As usual, no one was disappointed with their meal. Most had expressed how good the food was.Many had already made plans to return. I brought my uncle here about five years ago. He is not accustomed to waiting any length of time to be seated. Since that first time he has become a regular. Pacific Cafe is a place to meet new people for a friendly conversation while waiting for your table. Their seafood is always fresh and prepared in a variety of ways. The owner and staff have always treated me and others so very well, especially that night of my birthday. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity and wonderful service.
Dinner on Geary brought back many good memories. The interior is functional and the wait staff are always working to please their clientle. Parking is an issue but be smart and get there early. The menu relies on fresh fish and prepared so you can taste the fish. Each dish was very good in its own right.
Great sour dough bread. Corkage is a deal at $5.00!! We were too full for dessert. This is a wonderful spot which is consistent and priced well. This is a San Francisco, spot that a tourist would love, and you can visit the Legion of Honor or play some golf at Lincoln Park in a stunning setting.
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