Café Pacifico

Restaurants, Mexican Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
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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.

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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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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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tastemaker

Cafe Pacifico in Covent Gardens offers absolutely delicious food. Tortillas filled with seabass and prawns tempura style topped with red cabbage and jicama slow served with smoked chilli mayo, fresh tomattilo salsa, black beans, fresh salad. Highly recommend. And of course, gorgeous cocktails. The place is overly busy so please do expect waiting if you haven't booked, noise, crowds, etc.

tastemaker

From the moment we walked in, the restaurant was a total mess in the sense that it was crowded, quite noisy, and felt disorganised. Perhaps it was because of where we were seated – behind a large table with several children playing loudly and next to where the food is prepared and dirty dishes are returned.


But then even the service was shocking. When we wanted to order, our waiter told us he’d asked us 2 minutes ago and we weren’t ready so he had to go serve drinks to another table. Understandable that he would help serve other customers but he surely did not have to report it to us in that manner – I thought this was rather rude! Then when we asked for tap water the minute we sat down, it took them two more asks before it was served to us.


However, the food was not bad. At least what I had was rather good – the Fresh Tuna Tacos. This serving came with three soft-shell tacos filled with pan-fried fresh tuna steak and topped with lettuce, avocado slices, edible flowers, jalapeños, and dressed with a light and refreshing lime and mango sauce. It also came with a side of sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.


I was impressed with the flavours in these tacos because they blended really well together. The tuna steak had a nice crust from the sesame seeds and from being pan-fried, which gave it a good crunch. Next, the avocado gave it a creamy texture, which was further uplifted with the lime and mango dressing. To give it a bit of a kick, the jalapeños were used and I added a bit of the chipotle mayo from the sweet potato fries too! They looked quite pretty as well because of the edible flowers so it was rather aesthetically pleasing.


For dessert, I wanted something with chocolate so I went for the Chocolate Brownie. Now I know this isn’t what you’d typically order at a Mexican restaurant, the norm being Churros, but I wasn’t in the mood for something deep-fried and that sweet. The brownie was a bit of a let down, given the waitress recommended it and saying it was good. It’s normally served with Vanilla ice cream but because I was trying to stay away from dairy products, I opted to go without it. My version was then served with chocolate sauce drizzled on top of the brownie and some dulce de leche sauce on the side, pipped into three little circles.


As for drinks, we both went for a glass of Sangria. This was not bad but I couldn’t taste much of the alcohol in it and it tasted rather sweet. I did like the addition of the orange wedge in the glass to give it some aesthetics but it was pretty average in taste. Not the best I’ve had.


As much as I did enjoy the food, I don’t see myself coming back here because the service and atmosphere were poor. I didn’t like how crowded and noisy the restaurant was. This made it really tough to speak to my friend and she was sitting across the table from me! As for the service, I mentioned earlier that the staff were not exactly the friendliest and at times even rude. Perhaps a takeaway, if they have that option?


Big burritos and pitchers of Margherita for around £20, brilliant spirit selection and generally good fun! 

Tastemaker

What a fun place to be on Dia de los Muertes! I had dinner at Cafe Pacifico on the day of their Day of the Dead celebrations. They had a mariachi band play in the restaurant and then parade Covent Garden; the restaurant staff dressed up in costumes and Day of the Dead make up. They had a make up booth where you could get your face painted and fun cocktails to match the night. We ordered guacamole, and tacos to match the festive theme of the night ; and it was the place to be.

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! 

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.

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 :)

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!


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.


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.

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