About Cafe Pacific
Dallas, TX 75205
An institution in Dallas dining for over 31 years, Cafe Pacific embodies sophistication while remaining decidedly unpretentious. Our friendly "neighborhood seafood restaurant" has garnered praise both locally and nationally for its casual elegance. You’ll dine in the warm glow of dark mahogany, rich marble, etched glass and polished brass. The walls are adorned with art from the owner's collection. Cafe Pacific is nestled in Highland Park Village, Dallas' premiere shopping locale, where pampering is the order of the day. From the complimentary valet parking to the outstanding service from our knowledgeable veteran staff, Cafe Pacific offers you sophistication without a hint of snobbery. Proper Dress Required (No T-Shirts, Shorts or Flip Flops.)
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Preston and Mockingbird
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking and parking in the Highland Park Village Shopping Center.
Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Pacific is available for private events on Sunday evenings. During the week, semi-private dining is available for groups of up to twenty-six. Whether for business or a special occasion we will create a special menu to cater to your specific needs.
Please contact Mr. Thomas Regan, General Manager, or Mr. Vincent McGrath, Dining Room Manager.
Private Party Contact:
Thomas Regan: (214) 526-1170
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Pacific Ratings and Reviews
This was a highly recommended restaurant by a friend of mine and it did not fail to deliver. It started by us arriving a bit late. It was a slow Sunday and the host was very accommodating. The appetizer was devine. Lump crab and avocado was absolutely amazing. I could have eaten 7 of these. The main dishes were under seasoned but once the salt was adjusted the salmon and sea bass were both fantastic. Let's not forget about the best part, dessert. The pecan ball was probably one of the best things to cross my lips ever, in the history of ever. As if that wasn't great enough a 12 yr Pappy Van Winkle capped off our evening. Thanks Cafe Pacific we will definitely return.
I could easily give it 2 stars were it not for namely the great staff...but a generally pleasant experience and evening. This review is primarily centered around the food. For the money, they should seriously re-think some of the dishes they are serving. First, kudos for not gouging customers on their wine list. It is quite reasonably priced. We started off with Oysters Rockefeller, calamari, and crab cake as appetizers. No complaints about the last two, but the oysters were terribly overcooked and/or re-heated. They tasted OK, but were not prepared well. Our main courses consisted of all fish including snapper, salmon, and trout. The fish, as expected, is very fresh. Preparation was again lacking since a few of our dishes were overcooked or under-seasoned. We chose creamed spinach and Parmesan risotto as sides. Both left much to be desired. The spinach was very gloppy, and the cream sauce used reminded me your standard green bean casserole...hardly edible. The risotto tasted hastily prepared and lacked the creaminess one would expect from a correctly prepared dish. For some reason, it also had corn in it, which was unexpected and out of place. It seemed to lack any Parmesan and was also very under-seasoned. Finally, for our deserts, we had the pecan ball, apple crisp, and creme brulee. Pecan ball was excellent. Apple crisp was under-cooked, not seasoned well, and generally devoid of any life. Creme brulee was flavorful and interesting with a hints lavender. The crunchy top could have used a bit more crispness. In summary, if you are an old person whose doctor has instructed you to limit salt intake and have been going to this place since it opened nearly 40 years ago, it might be great for you. Considering it is on D Magazine's top restaurant list, we expected so much more from the food. It is a restaurant in a historic part of Dallas with very appealing old school charm and character. Sadly, the food did not meet expectations compared with the other positives.
My lunch was very pleasant. I was eating with a friend and we had some serious matters to discuss. The atmosphere was light and pleasing, we were not crowded or rushed. It wasn't too loud nor was it so quiet that we felt that we were disturbing others. I had very nice Shepard's Pie while my friend had a beautiful Dover Sole. We both enjoyed a Squash Soup that was creamy and delightful.
An outstanding outing.
I have been at Cafe Pacific several times and I always have a good time. This place is one of those Gems in Highland Park. It reminds the Ritz Carlton at Central Park in New York City for elegant and ritzy. Love the cozy ambience of this place brings. Let's talk about the food which is exquisite and never fails. I usually order the Crusted Sea Bass and Enjoy every bit of it. I recommend this place, I bet you will be back for more.
As always, Cafe Pacific did not fail to impress. From the moment we arrived, each and every staff member was attentive and personal. It's such a fun birthday lunch spot. The lunch specials are tasty and the pecan ball is the best dessert, hands down. Can't wait to be back.
Jumbo Lump crap meat with avocado creole remoulade that alone worth the drive.
We dined on the Texas red snapper OMG! The brute Blanc butter sauce was awesome.
I had the Gruet-Sparkling New Mexico wine was very good paring for the evening.
Maria gave us great service-perfecto.
We live about an hour's drive away, so we don't have the opportunity to visit as often as we'd like, but we go a few times a year -- a must is Christmastime. They have the restaurant decorated beautifully, so that is an extra treat. The atmosphere is at any time of the year though, lovely. Great service and delicious food are consistent. This is one of our very favorite restaurants and we always enjoy ourselves!
We dined here with friends for the food and the neighborhood holiday decorations. It was all very festive. My seabass was delicious. Others ordered flat iron steak, trout picatta and sole almondine. All were very pleased with their choices. The service was very professional. A wonderful time was had by all.
Recently went to Cafe Pacific for a holiday luncheon. It was the first time I had been to the restaurant and loved it so much, I immediately booked a follow up reservation to take my wife and daughter there for lunch. Great local restaurant, highly recommend!
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