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  • 5.0 star rating

    It's so hard to find decent Mexican food in London, but Pacifico went and did it! Filling portions, option for corn tortillas all over the shop (being a celiac is hard, okay!), fast food service, AND friendly staff... I love this place!

    We had the beef and chicken (yes, in one dish. Heaven, I know) tortillas for two. If you run out you get more tortillas for free, but, honestly, we were full quickly! It was tasty, well cooked, and had a huge array of flavours. I honestly wasn't ever expecting to get good Mexican food this side of the pond, but it did remind me of Texas (my home town, so other yanks may disagree) in terms of tasty.

    We also had a couple of cocktails - their selections of mojito is fantastic! - but opted out of the tequila from the longest tequila menu I've seen this side of Mexico, because, well, it's just a Thursday dinner!

    Very excited to have finally found a passable London Mexican, and will DEFINITELY be back! Thank you for a wonderful meal, guys!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    To celebrate a friend's birthday, a group of 15 of us rocked up fashionably late for dinner. Good start guys. But thankfully the restaurant were really sweet and held our tables for us (they were obviously hoping for the 15-cover!) We arrived and all caught up in our raised private-feeling area of the busy and bustling restaurant. I say caught up, we shouted over the music. It was a tad too loud, even for the music and drinking lover I am! We eventually sat down after standing around chatting for over half an hour (whoops).

    Mexican is this place's speciality and it does do it well. I had the chicken enchiladas and they were delicious. Lovely tomato sauce, refried beans, coriander salad and paprika rice. Nice flavours, but I wanted more chilli heat. I asked for it without sour cream so I could try and get some of that (plus charging £1 extra for sour cream is completely ridiculous), but to no avail. Plus at £11 this place isn't cheap. It's in Covent Garden so can up its prices to attract tourists, but it won't pull any favours with regular crowds when it charges £17 for fajitas! I mean, THAT IS RIDICULOUS pricing for fajitas that I can cook just as well at home (I do love cooking a cheeky Mexican dish though!)

    Brisk service, nice food but overpriced. Tone down the music, knock off £2 from your pricing and you'll get another star from me.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I was a bit disappointed with this place.  Not because of the food.  Having spent lots of time in LA as a teenager and travelled to Mexico more than my fair share, the food in this place was not bad (which is a huge compliment for me).  The flavours were not as bland as the usual Mexican you find in London.  The salsa was particularly great.  We ordered nachos, chimichangas, and a burrito.  The nachos came within minutes which was great.  We ordered two pitchers of Margaritas and it was alright.  A bit too much sugar though.  I'm super picky about my Margaritas! No need for sugar I think.  We waited for our mains for 40 minutes.  At this point we had finished the first pitcher without really having eaten anything (the nachos were quite small, not for sharing).  When the rest of the food came we had already ordered another pitcher since complaining about the wait of the food didn't seem to work to make the service faster.  When the food arrived we were drunk and starving so anything would have tasted good.  

    The real issue with this place was the service.  We had to actually ask for a waiter from the very sweet guy bussing the table next to us.  He told us he wasn't a waiter, but he would go get ours.  I then actually saw him tell our waiter we were ready and the waiter said "no" to him!  A few seconds later, the dude strolled up to our table with his arms crossed.  He didn't even say anything!  I said "Wow you look so thrilled to be here".  He then tried to explain himself by saying he had to train someone that day so that's why he was in a bad mood.  WOW.  I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS.  Seriously?  We've all worked in hospitality.  Get over yourself.  

    Anyway, I won't come back here.  It's a shame because it's probably the best tasting Mexican food I've had here.

    Fernando R.
    Comment from Fernando R. of Cafe Pacifico
    Business Manager
    19/5/2014 Hi Allegra, we're very sorry about the experience you
    had with a member of our staff on your visit.…
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  • 4.0 star rating

    Good Mexican food. We were surprised to hear that the Sydney branch advertised, is no longer running, A lot like many Mexican restaurants in the US, though better than average even there. Good ambience and service.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1 check-in ROTD 11/3/2014

    This place is all about the drinks for me! They've got a good selection of Mexican beers, including my old friend Modelo and my mate's beloved Pacifico (which he likes to tell us repeatedly was the only beer he drank when in Mexico and can hardly find in London).

    Lucky then that they were well-stocked with these, as said friend and I managed to get through 6 Pacificos together over an hour and a half, as we waited for my lawyer flatmate to be released from work shackles to meet us.

    The servers kept refilling our tortilla chips and salsa munchies in the meantime, without making us feel like we were wasting table space which was nice, though the place wasn't full. We also ordered one of their 100% agave tequila shots as a penalty for my flatmate's lateness, which seemed to go down smoothly!

    The food is the missing piece of the puzzle for me though; there's a good range on the menu but I've tried a couple of things now and chicken or beef, enchilada or chimichanga, I've repeatedly found it lacking in flavour. They're also served with an accompanying deluge of refried beans and rice that sadly I found quite bland and too heavy to finish.

    The fun friendly vibe, central location and aforementioned drinks mean I'd agree to meet up there again if a Pacifico fan asked - but I wouldn't get your hopes up for the food.

    Fernando R.
    Comment from Fernando R. of Cafe Pacifico
    Business Manager
    25/4/2014 Thank you for your review. Yes, it is hard for the food to shine when the bar makes such incredible… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating

    I finally got a chance to visit Cafe Pacifico as I've heard so many great things about it. It was exactly what everyone has said...'the best Mexican in all of London!' Growing up in California as a Mexican American, on Mexican food my whole life, nothing comes closer to the authenticity of the culture as Cafe Pacifico (so far!) It offers not only great food but the atmosphere as well, ranchera musica and friendly service with a smile. The only thing missing were the mariachis! And it would have been nice to see 'flan' on the dessert menu but you can't have everything :)

  • 3.0 star rating

    Stopped in for some drinks and appetizers after a day of shopping/being a tourist with my boyfriend. Maybe it's because I'm a New Yorker, maybe it's because I'm a tequila fanatic, but I found the drinks to be incredibly weak; and the guacamole tasted like cardboard. Great attentive service and fun atmosphere though, and once you order an extra shot of tequila to add to the margaritas, they're not so bad. Wouldn't recommend to friends but probably would stop by again- avoid the guac.

    Fernando R.
    Comment from Fernando R. of Cafe Pacifico
    Business Manager
    25/4/2014 Thank you for your review. We've just changed our menus, please come back and give us another try.
  • 4.0 star rating

    As a Californian, I can vouch for this place. I stumbled on Cafe Pacifico and took a chance. It was well worth it.
    The servings are a little small, but the food is so good.
    If you are a fan of Mexican beer, order the Modelo Especial.
    Eat here

  • 4.0 star rating

    Mexican restaurant in Covent Garden, in which you breath the mexican atmosphere.

    The place is on 2 floors, with also a bar on the side of the entrance room and the kitchen open at another side. The tables are very close to each other and the music is very loud, so it is a noisy place but quite fun (not exactly the best place for a first date, but good for a dinner with friends).

    The menu has the typical mexican food and some specialties. I took the degustacio de pacifico, that has a mixture of quesadillas, enchilladas etc, very good.

    Prices are moderate, around £30 for a good dinner with margaritas. Cocktails are also very good and not expensive.

  • 1.0 star rating

    We went here because of the Yelp reviews. It was AWFUL food! Not Mexican in the least. When I pointed out to the manageress that they don't drench seafood in sweet mustard sauce in Mexico, that in fact they don't even HAVE mustard in Mexico, she claimed the food was meant to be "Mexican fusion." More like CON-fusion, said my date...

    That's not what it claims on the menu, which states clearly that the food is "authentic Mexican." It's not. It's tired, boring and tasteless. The tortilla chips were poured out of a bag (and most of ours were crushed remnants too small to pick up any of the salsa) The salsa was made in a blender, liquidized like gazpacho more than proper fresh salsa cruda. The beans were right out of a can with no "refrying" as proper refritos should have had, and mine were dry and crusty around the edges from being under heat lamps too long before serving.

    The vegetarian fajitas were mostly square-cut carrots poured right out of a bag, barely heated through. Should have been called "warm salad" instead of fajitas. I sent it back to be cooked and pointed out it was missing the asparagus the menu promised and it came back ten minutes later only slightly warmer, with some asparagus bits hardly larger than a toothpick scattered in, and those were totally raw. It had no flavour and was not worth eating so I sent it back.

    Almost when the meal was over I asked the waiter what had happened to the guacamole and cheese and jalapenos that were supposed to have come with my order and he went and got them. 10 MORE minutes later.

    DO NOT BOTHER TO EAT AT THIS RESTAURANT IT IS AWFUL and about as far from real Mexican food as it's possible to be. We went because it was our 27-year anniversary and we spent our honeymoon in Mexico. I grew up in California and I am a Mexican cook myself, so I do know what the real thing should taste like. This is not the real thing. Run away. Run far away!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I am totally with Nick S on this one, if you aren't American and don't consider yourself a Mexican food expert then this place will make you very happy. They serve very very tasty food, it may be a European interpretation of Mexican food.

    You'll find quesadillas (pronounced kay-ser-diller) and fajitas all filling and spicy and warm. You'll also get friendly staff and great value lunch deals. So as you can see, if you don't go in there expecting the food to be fresh out of Mexico you won't be disappointed. This place could have been a solid 3 star place but I'm craving black beans right now so was generous!

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Yeah.... no.

    My fajitas involved baby corn and asparagus. And one, yes one piece of broccoli. That's right folks, it was like a delicious Asian stir fry and a delicious Mexican fajita together in a totally disgusting flour tortilla marriage. Well I object.

    Chips were cold (read: not freshly made... or gasp, perhaps not made in house. I'm praying for the former.) And the margarita tasted medicinal... and not in that "oh, it burns, it burns!" tequila-type way.

    To end with a few hugely redeeming qualities: the salsa was actually the best, yes the BEST I've had in London. Spicy, just the right texture and very flavourful. Yum, yum, yum!

    Also, the atmosphere is fantastic -- exactly what a dirty Tex-Mex place should be. None of this sterile plastic-y pink, white, and neon green stuff that seems to be synonymous with "Mexican" here in London.

    Finally, the service was on it. A few missed connections here and there, but in general, I was exceptionally impressed with the speed, friendliness, and quality of every staff member I was in contact with.

    Overall, this was a fabulous place to hang out with a table full of my closest friends. Next time I'll just drink beer and eat the salsa by the spoonful.

  • 1.0 star rating

    Take it from a Texan expat.  This place is NOT Tex-Mex.  It's just plain bad.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is deluded or lying.

    Three of us went to dinner, three meals were left uneaten.  The rice is just... wrong.  A chimichanga is meant to be crisp, not soggy.  Tex-Mex sauce should not be sour!  Who wants to eat a sour meat sauce?!

    The restaurant was hot and crowded.  The toilets would not flush.  The service was abysmal.  The hostess spilled my cousin's beer all over the table as she was seating us.  She neither offered to replace the beer nor CLEANED THE TABLE!  Didn't even bring spare napkins around for us to properly mop up the mess ourselves.

    Never... ever... again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Reviewing a Mexican restaurant in London on Yelp? Oooooh, controversial.

    I'm going with Sandie L on this one. Are you from California and miss the Mexican food you know and love from your home state? You will ADORE Cafe Pacifico (and its sister, La Perla).

    I happen to prefer CP because it is slightly more hidden and therefore not as crowded as La Perla can get.

    Their service is a bit iffy -- we had to ask 3 different servers until we got a jug of tap water for the table. And Phil R's spicy beer wasn't so spicy -- i.e. they screwed up. But the fact that you can order a beer "spicy" makes up for it I think.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Geez, I had to travel all the way to London from Texas to find my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant?! Something is seriously wrong with this picture!

    I used to work across the street from Cafe Pacifico when I was living in London and it would be a special treat to get to eat at Cafe Pacifico. (I was really poor at the time!) I usually ordered the brisket Quesada Grande with everything on it. It came with an orange slice that made the brisket really juicy when squeezed over the top.

    I can totally vouch for the authenticity of the Tex-Mex. But, let me tell you people...in Texas you will get as many baskets of chips and salsa as your heart desires because we a re bunch of fat asses so they are really doing you a favor by only given you one complimentary basket!

  • 3.0 star rating

    Very nice staff, but super slow service. Had to flag down the waiter a few times for more drinks and the bill :(

    I hail from San Diego where the Mexican food is FANTASTIC! So I'm extremely hard to please when it comes to Mexican cuisine...

    I only ordered four beef taquitos, which tasted pretty good but not exactly the size i expected them to be. Usually they are a bit longer than the size of egg rolls (spring rolls), so I ordered four of them. When they arrived, i couldn't believe my eyes...they were quite humongous and I could only consume two of them. If I wold have known these were GIGANTIC taquitos, I would have only ordered two.

    I'll have to ask the waiter about portion size next time....but I'd def go back again :)

  • 5.0 star rating

    I love this place's authenticity and straightforward, tasty Mexican nosh. It all tastes amazing, and the staff are very pleasant. I highly recommend the tequila :-)

    If you're after something a bit more upmarket, try Wahaca (tapas-style Mexican dishes) just the other side of Covent Garden...

  • 5.0 star rating

    I'm from the West Coast State side and while living "across the pond" in London I got lonely craving for SOME things from home... mexican food... however in one of the most diverse cities in the world, mexican food is not something to be found... trust me, my friends I looked and looked.  When we found this spot of heaven we kept coming back!  Some of the things I appreciated on the menu:

    ***COLD beer (not to be found in London or most of europe... no ice cubes). On a warm summer day you will appreciate this small treat!

    ***chips and salsa. Dont laugh, but my chips, or crisps as UK says, were doriotos with cheese--- this is not nachos I'm used to

    *** my sizziling veggies and chicken - fajita style! Very yummy!!!

    The service is awesome and spacious.  Washrooms are nice too, which is always a good thing to know ladies!

  • 4.0 star rating

    For Mexican food in london i was pretty impressed with this place.  Sure its not like the states, but definitely one of the best in London.  Mostly you can only find a few subpar burrito places so it was nice to find some variety.

    I had the street tacos.  pretty good.  i also tried the fajitas which were good, but a little too sweet (don't know what sauce they use).

    also the appetizers i got were really good..thre was some type of salad thing...it wasn't very mexican but the dressing was really good.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Working double shifts in Covent Garden is quite a task for me(please dont get me started on the tourists) so its nice to be able to get out of work for lunch and find a nice place to eat some lunch.
    This place is just the right amount of hidden so that its quiet but not so quiet you feel the place is dead. The decor is a little strange and eclectic but somehow it works together with the fun music to create an extremely pleasant atmosphere.
    Im with Larissa on the disappointing tacos. Not what I expected. But the fajitas are really good and from my experience the service is quite quick most days(you do get the one random day where you cant seem to get anyones attention). The food always comes in a timely manner which is really good if you're eating alone.
    Overall the vibe is great. Deffinately somewhere I'd take my friends for dinner and somewhere I will continue eating on my lunch break :).

  • 4.0 star rating

    My boyf & I went here for a meal last night after the Yelp event at the Adventure bar. - I needed something to soak up those fabulous cocktails!
    Thanks to Grant T for the recommendation!
    We really enjoyed it - one small problemo though -  on our part - we asked for our meals HOT!
    Boy were they HOT! so HOT it was hard to eat...but the bits we managed (smothered in sour cream) were tasty!
    The place itself is pretty funky, I'd say a bit cooler to hang out in than even Wahaca's.

    I was in awe by how HOT they made our food, most places are afraid to turn up the heat in your meal that much! Impressive great balls of fire!
    Will definitely go back!

  • 4.0 star rating

    yup this was a great place. Id organised to meet old uni pals here. No reservations taken here which was handy as we werent sure how many of us would show up.

    the restaurants was larger than i thought, and the bar area was ample. I got there early so had time to hang out at the bar.

    Our allotted time at the table was 2 hours but we ran over that time by a great deal. it was so cosy in there we could move a good vibe as the atmosphere from the bar just spread across the whole restaurant.

    food was fresh and flavoursome i had the veggi tosda and there were plenty of veg options.

    the decor felt really genuine not kitsch as one might expect in a chain (very small chain) definately had the feel of an independent, successful Mexican tavern one like your local friends would take you to.

    i would definitely re-organise an impromptu get together here any day!

  • 3.0 star rating

    Let's get real - this is not Mexican food.  It's totally tex mex like you would at any decent mom and pop place in Texas.  It's not wow food but it can certainly hold it's own against what you can find in the US.  The food is pretty true to its roots.

    It's definitely the only place in London to get tex mex.

    Why doesn't it get more than 3 stars?  Because though it's good it's no better than I can usually make at home (and yes, I do have some tex mex credentials having spent the previous 3.5 years before London living and working in Houston).

  • 3.0 star rating

    I think this place deserves a 5 star for atmosphere. It's just a really cool hang out to have a few drinks, eat some bar snacks and chat with friends. Very chill vibe for a restaurant.

    That said - the food was just okay. I think Mexican food is easy to get right and hard to get wrong, IMO.

    The flavors were great - but the spices do most of the work. Service was amazing and super friendly. Our dinner entrees came out minutes after we ordered.

    I got street tacos and this combo plate is really good, but the soft taco shells were cold and soggy. I guess nothing was that fresh except for maybe the onion and cilantro chopped on it. Came with two sauces that I liked. I think it would have been a world of a difference if these soft tacos and food came out hot or at least warm.

    So overall it was good, but London must not have many good Mexican food options if this one is considered one of the best. My stomach wasn't too happy afterwards either, but that's probably just a me-specific thing. Next time I come, I might try to eat off the Modern Mexican section of the menu.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Fun place in London with good margaritas!

    This was the first mexican place my husband and I tried (after moving from California). We were very happy with the margaritas and I enjoyed my fajitas. Food was good for London standards of mexican, which I know is a huge caveat but glad this place is doing well. It'll encourage more mexican restaurants to open -- maybe a bit more authentic *fingers crossed*

    I'd also come here just for the margaritas and some fresh guacamole and chips. There is a great bar that takes up the whole side of the restaurant which gets very crowded, but has a nice lively vibe.

  • 2.0 star rating
    14/2/2010 Updated review
    1 check-in

    On my second visit, I'd forgot what I ordered on my previous visit and thought, 'I'm pretty sure I got the enchiladas... I remember eating them with a fork'.  

    But, really, what I'd forgot was that the tacos were bizarrely served like enchiladas, which made eating them with a fork necessary.  

    So, I ordered the tacos again.  And this time around, I felt cheated.  Cheated because I'd forgot they weren't actually tacos.  Cheated because I didn't actually try the enchiladas.  Cheated because they weren't actually tasty.

    And cheated, most of all, because the margarita pitcher for 8 actually only poured for five.  Stingy false.

    The guacamole was pretty good, though.  Best guac I've had at a London-Mexican restaurant so far.  


    3.0 star rating
    4/11/2009 Previous review
    This is perfectly acceptable Tex-Mex in Central London.

    It wasn't amazing.  It wasn't without its…
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  • 4.0 star rating

    For London Mexican, this place is fabulous. (Note: I am from California so I know Mexican ;-)

    Come with a preparedness to wait. On a weekend or an evening, you will wait.

    Now that that is sorted - you can wait in the bar and have a drink, which is nice. They have tasty margaritas. Don't bother with the pitchers of margaritas; they are mostly ice. Order drink by drink.

    Out of all the food here, the burritos and fajitas are best. If you come in hungry, you will leave full!! They do not skimp on the portions, that's for sure.

    You get complimentary chips and salsa - the salsa is yum yum!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I've never been fond of Tequila, for
    me it's always been that nauseating drink that's forced upon you at the
    beginning or the end of a night along with a dry wedge of lemon and
    salt. Yuck, yuck and triple yuck!

    However I have heard that along with Whisky and Rum, that if you avoid
    the horrible, cheap ones that you find littering bar shelves across the
    country, and find a good one, it's actually rather nice.

    I've tried very hard to find a good tequila bar and here at Cafe
    Pacifico I think I may have found it! They have a good range of Tequila,
    appear to be rather passionate about it. they even have a lovely certificate
    to prove that they have been approved by the Tequila Regulatory Council and that they are the first UK catering establishment to be awarded the distintivo T
    award for it's promotion of Tequila.

    I take this to be a good sign and can confirm that the Tequila that I sampled here, is indeed nice, in fact I might, even hasten to add,

    Cafe Pacifico is affiliated with La Perla, another Mexican restaurant
    with branches located around London. It has a very similar feel  quite
    rustic and down to earth, with lots of wood and chunky tiles. This
    restaurant, unlike others in the chain, however is not underground so it has a
    nice bright atmosphere and is warm and lively.

    The food at Cafe Pacifico and La Perla, is also very similar, expect nacho's, taco's, quesadilla's.
    which, although quite uninspiring, is made well, appears to be fresh, and is great Tequila
    drinking food!

    The restaurant itself was very busy (especially for my Wednesday visit),
    but if you go to eat rather than sit at the bar, you'll have more
    chance to bag yourself a seat. So grab yourself a seat and a few plates to share, and enjoy the lively buzz!

    Whilst not a gourmet experience, I can see this place as being a fun and
    friendly place, with a good vibe, perfect for meeting up with friends
    after work for a few drinks, or before going out on a weekend.

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is a place that I thoroughly enjoy going with one other person, be it your girlfriend, boyfriend or best friend or a group. Down a side street in Covent garden you a greeted by a small flight of stairs leading you into the wonderful world of Mexican aromas. The walls have Mexican posters of old adverts and imagery. To your right is the grand bar - always packed with stools situated around the bar and people standing everywhere. In front of you and to your right are table and chairs with red and white tablecloths. This is the restaurant area where sizzling fajitas and burritos are continuously being served.
    As a group the restaurant is great - sharing food and trying out new dishes. The tables are positioned in a very social setting hence the loud, bubbly atmosphere.

    My favourite part of this place is the bar. Somewhere to go as just two. You can sit at the bar all night! Ordering corn chips, guacamole, salsa and tasty cocktails. The bar staff are incredible - creating the most amazing cocktail creations ever! The walls are lined with all the different cocktails they produce and a very detailed and thorough selection of spirits. A fun buzzing place open from 12noon to 11:45pm - a must!

  • 2.0 star rating

    As many other yelpers have pointed out, Mexican it is NOT.  So if you're coming here for Mexican food, you'll go home very disappointed.

    FWIW, I'm Mexican-American, born to Mexican parents, originally from Chicago where it feels like there are more mexicans than mexico sometimes, so I know what Mexican food is and is not.

    The food is more like Tex-Mex, and drowned in melted cheese.  Flavors are very bland, nothing is spicy.  the "chorizo" is not mexican chorizo, it is spanish chorizo which is a whole 'nother ballgame.  The refried beans are more like a paste than beans and I usually substitute black beans or frijoles rancheros for the refried.  

    The enchiladas suizas are drenched in some white sauce that resembles nothing of what real suiza sauce is though the chicken in the enchiladas is very nice.

    the only saving grace for this restaurant was the fact that they carried "Pacifico" beer which is way better than Corona, and comes from the Sinaloa state of Mexico. Once you drink a Pacifico with lime you will never want a Corona again.  Unfortunately, I went over the weekend and was informed they would not be carrying Pacifico beer until further notice. wtf.

    Overall, for the price and the "mexican" food you get, I would skip this place unless you want tex-mex with tons of cheese on it.

  • 2.0 star rating

    This review is for the benefit of Americans, Mexicans, and anybody else who has experienced authentic Mexican food. Anybody who has sampled steak and kidney pie understands that Londoners do not have high standards for cuisine, so this review isn't aimed at locals.

    First, the good:

    A nice selection of tequilas, and they got my Margarita right. If I were just there to have some Margaritas or do some shots, I'd rate it at 5/5 and the review would be over.

    The decor and atmosphere are nice. Squint your eyes a bit and ignore the goofy-looking people, and you might be in California.

    Now the bad:

    I had the "street tacos" plate. One of them came with lamb. I asked the server to make mine just steak and pork, but I got them as per the menu, with lamb. I don't like lamb. The tacos came with a large bowl of refried beans, which quickly went off to the side.

    So I get it: they do the best with the ingredients they source locally. The tacos have lamb. The seafood enchilada is made from cod. Fine.

    The chips were over-salty (the standard "sell more Margaritas" trick) and the salsa is clearly from a jar. It tasted like Pace.

    If this restaurant were to listen to my advice for making this place more palatable to people familiar with Mexican food, I would suggest:

    - more carnitas options, please.

    - very few people like a big bowl of refried beans with their tacos.

    - it's not actually that hard to make fresh salsa, and it makes a huge difference. Just have somebody come in a bit early and chop some tomatoes and onions, and throw in a little cilantro, garlic powder, chipotle, or fresh chiles. Really, that canned stuff is nasty.

    - if you are going to festoon your tacos with raw onions, please cut them into smaller pieces. Believe me, I won't be kissing any British citizens while I'm here, but still.

    In summary: I might return if I'm in the mood for some Margaritas and light bites, but for authentic Mexican, I'll pass.

    I've enjoyed reading other reviews of this place here on Yelp that state, to the effect, "best Mexican food in London." While I have no doubt that this is true, the phrase "damning with faint praise" comes to mind. "best Mexican food in London" is a bit like saying "most talented member of Bananarama."

  • 4.0 star rating

    Alright, so I am reviewing this as someone who lives a couple of hours away from Mexico.  I travel to London for work and I try to make Cafe Pacifico a part of the trip.  God forbid I go a week without Mexican food!

    I would give the ambiance 5 stars, really I would.  The interior is cozy, inviting and perfect for relaxing with a margarita after a long day.  I think Viviane's review describes it best.  It's been packed full both times I've been, which can make for a long wait.

    As far as the food goes, pretty average.  It will satisfy your cravings, but it is gringo style all the way.  That's ok, I didn't expect it to be anything else and it helps an Arizona girl get a piece of home while abroad.

  • 4.0 star rating

    A very busy and incredibly popular Mexican restaurant, located in the heart of Covent Garden.

    The food - fajitas, burritos, chimichangas and the like for me falls more into the 'Tex-Mex' category (ie, no chicken in chocolate-chilli sauce). There are a some beef, pork and fish dishes if you don't want Tex-Mex. There's enough vegetarian dishes to provide veggies with some choice. For starters, mains, drinks and service, expect to pay around £30 a head.

    We went there as part of a group on Mexico's Independence Day (16 September), and it was absolutely packed (fortunately, we had booked), and the atmosphere buzzing. I was very impressed by our waiter, who was really into the spirit of things, as well as being very efficient. It was very noisy, but that was part of the package. It's not somewhere I'd want to go all the time, and I suspect it's better suited to groups than couples wanting a quiet night out.

    The main downside for me was that they had a special offer on pitchers of margaritas, which my colleagues ordered enthusiastically, and I discovered that it is very easy to consume too much without realising it. Thank heavens for alka-seltzer...

  • 3.0 star rating

    Got to try out their Street Tacos at the London Restaurant Festival Market over the weekend.  And I gotta say, not too shabby.  

    Their carnitas and blackened chicken were tasty.  I loaded up on all the fixins (i.e. plenty of red onion, pico de gallo, salsa verde, etc.).  I was shocked by the number of people complaining that they didn't use any cheese, but it didn't really bother me.  If it's not queso fresco or Chihuahua cheese, it's not really authentic anyway.

    So, this preview made me think I might check out their main restaurant in Covent Garden.  And of course, trash accordingly.  Updates coming soon!

  • 3.0 star rating

    Cafe Pacifico satisfied the craving for Mexican food, but just the littlest things could have made the place so much better.
    Some suggestions for improvements:
    Kudos on the salsa, but replace the thick corn chips with the ultra-thin kind!
    The chicken in my Quesada Grande was seasoned perfectly, but every part of that dish was strangely dry...fresher ingredients would have made an enormous difference. It all came out suspiciously quickly, too, so that my general impression was that it might as well have been pre-plated two days ago and microwaved to order. Especially the beans.
    The atmosphere was great, the servers were totally on their game.
    In the end though I'm really glad I split a meal with my guy and didn't pay 10+ pounds a piece for a basic mexican lunch.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I'm always looking for a new Mexican restaurant that will somewhat match the fantastic Mexican restaurants that I love in the states...  I happened to be walking from Leicester Square toward Covent Garden when I noticed the sign sticking out on a side street.

    Immediately I liked the interior, although the music was a bit on the slow side on this particular night, the atmosphere was good.  My waiter could have been a little more attentive, but overall the service wasn't too bad.

    The salsa was wonderful and very spicy!  The chips though were super salty...make sure to get a glass of water...  I ordered the Canelita Margarita.  It is a frozen margarita with apple puree.  It was kind of like a frozen applesauce, but surprisingly refreshing.  A word to the wise, take the gi-normous cinnamon stick out of the margarita before drinking; it will save you from sucking up the bits that eventually fall off.

    I decided to have the enchiladas with chicken...  I liked the enchilada sauce, but I just wished they would have seasoned the chicken because the chicken was bland and dry.  The rice...even worse.  It just looked like brown rice, it had a little bit of flavour, but I ended up mixing a bit of salsa into it.  The refried beans though were fairly good.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I can honestly say that I love this place. Being from California, I value mexican food and a lot of the places i have gone just haven't been up to par. This place however made me feel right back at home. I highly suggest the chicken chimichanga, it's so amazingly good. they also have the spanish rice and fried beans along with lots of chips, great salsa and the guacamole is quite delicious as well. All in all this place is great, the service is good. A few friends and I went in when we were in quite a hurry, we were out of there within thirty minutes.
    Great place and suggest it to all with a craving for mexican food :]

  • 2.0 star rating
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    It's hot, noisy, sweaty and generally pretty unpleasant.  I can't really think of when I would want to come here, it is pretty not suitable for any occasions.

    Service was scatty and lacking in attention and my chimichanga was not deep fried enough and a bit soggy.  I want crispy fried food if I am going to consume 10,000 calories, not some half arse, half baked attempt.

    I also couldn't hear a word of what my friend was saying.  Great if I was on a date with an entirely boring person that I didn't want to listen to but not so good if you were attempting to have a conversation with anyone- unless you knew sign language.

  • 3.0 star rating

    California knows some Mexican food.

    I didn't eat here, but I tell you when the plate of sizzling hot fajitas passed by me, I knew this was possibly a legit establishment.

    Apparently London doesn't do Jose or Margarita mix, things you learn when searching on cinco de mayo. That being said what I had here was good:
    -it was free
    -it had Jose

    me gusta.

    will return for the food.

  • 5.0 star rating

    The best Margarita that i never taste in my life and, believe me, i tasted a looot!Also the mexican food was really yummi!!!The waiting area,that is asctually the bar,is quiete small but you will forget that with some margaritas!!!!

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