Café Pacifico

Restaurants , Mexican Covent Garden
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There's certainly an enduring appeal to this Mexican cantina on Langley Street - it's been serving Covent Garden visitors since 1982 and shows little sign of letting up. Expect a fun and frenetic atmosphere, and a bit of a party vibe.

The food menu combines classic Mexican dishes with those of a more Tex-Mex bent. Expect, therefore, smoked chicken quesadillas, sizzling beef fajitas, nachos and burritos alongside boquerones with smoked chilli mayo, sea bass baked in banana leaf and served with a sun-dried tomato salsa, and chicken chilaquiles verdes - a chicken and corn tortilla casserole.

The selection of tacos looks interesting - think fillings of confit duck with a smoked chilli glaze, roasted pork belly with a tamarind jerk sauce, or tempura scallops and king prawn. Desserts are less traditional too, though churros and flan de leche do feature alongside chocolate brownies, cookies and cream with vanilla ice cream, and a white chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake.

Venue name: Café Pacifico
Contact:
Address: 5 Langley Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9JA
Opening hours: Sun-Mon noon-10:45pm; Tue-Sat noon-11:45pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Misha M.
tastemaker

Not a fan of this place, this was not Mexican food. I got their lunch special (I should have known not to order that), it really felt like I was eating tacos from Taco Bell (I think Taco Bell tasted better :( ). I feel really bad for giving them a review but their food was a disappointment. Their food is equivalent to Chevy's in America, I never ever go to chain restaurants for Mexican food in America but I am willing to go to Chevy over this place. :( You can tell if a Mexican restaurant is authentic or not by the way how they cook their rice. If the rice doesn't taste like taquerias you find in Mexico or California, they are not real Mexican food. Real Mexican rice is cooked with vegetable oil (fried the rice and herbs first) before simmer in water. I didn't try their street tacos. If I feel desperate enough for Mexican food, I will go back and try their street tacos but I won't have high hopes. All in all, I would not recommend this place if you are used to eating real Mexican food. If you have not had real Mexican food in either Mexico or California, then you might be fine with it. Unfortunately, I don't have a Mexican place to recommend as an alternative in London. If you do know one that cooks real Mexican rice, please please do let me know. Thanks! 

Jennifer S
Tastemaker

My friend and I came here Friday night. It was jam-packed and we were seated in an awkward spot- literally wedged next to a large group and a few meters from the steaming kitchen. I coughed quite a bit at first as I got used to it. But free tortilla chips yay!

I ordered the roasted veg and beans tacos- two small sweet potatoes chock full of black beans, with plenty of corn tortillas and Mexican rice and various sauces as sides. A good amount of food for 11.75 quid. I found the food very good... amazing, no, and I still think Taqueria in Notting Hill has better food. But decent for sure.

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Yay decent Mexican! Slightly tucked away just outside the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden/Seven Dials, this place ticks the boxes. I had some pulled pork tacos and felt like I got my money's worth and the quality was delicious. The restaurant was celebrating Dia los Muertos, so the staff was all dressed up and there was a mariachi band! If you are craving some Mexican, give this place a shout.


Only downfall was that even though we repeatedly asked for a 2nd glass for water, we never got it. However, they kept the beer coming :)

Jaclyn
Staff Writer

Went to Cafe Pacifico with some friends on a Tuesday and the place was packed! Really lively atmosphere and the food was great. I went for the Burrito Especial, which was delicious. Will definitely return!

Caroline

very authentic and tasty mexican food, always busy and always a buzzing atmosphere and lovely staff. go if you want a lively atmosphere and a good drink, not it you want a queit dinner.

Annie

I have been going to this restaurant for over 15 years therefore I have a soft spot for this place. In more recent years unfortunately the food on the menu has changed quite a bit (due to different owners) and isn't as good as it used to be. However, saying that it is still one of the better mexican restaurants in London. The ambience is brilliant, it has a great feel and energy which mexican restaurants should have! I recommend this restaurant if you are out with a lot of people since at night it becomes very vibrant and loud. So not necessarily the place for a quiet romantic dinner.