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Cafe Pacific

24 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205


  • Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Sunday 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-9pm
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Business Dining, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Cafe Pacific opened in 1980, but it wasn't until 2004 when it was reviewed at the Observer. Back then the restaurant was described as a cliché and right now that claim still holds true. There's sole amandine on the menu and the waiters are starched and wrangled with ties. The food is fine enough, but you get the sense that most of the customers in the dining room are here more for the familiarity than that haute cuisine. The restaurant bills itself as a seafood concept, but skip the seafood platter. Appetizers and mains are a better place to spend your money. Just make sure you save a little time to sit at the bar. The customers imbibing there may have been in those same stools since the place first opened. Chances are, they'll be there for many more years to come.

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  • Meddlesome Moth Chef Moves To Cafe Pacific; Chef Dave McMillan Steps in at the Moth
    Monday, October 8, 2012 at 1:13 p.m. by Scott Reitz

    When Chad Kelley left The Oceanaire Seafood Room in 2009 to open the Meddlesome Moth he was quickly met by a stiff review from Hanna Raskin here at The Observer. I've dined at the restaurant a bit more than I should (the beer list i...

  • Finding A Decent Crab Cake With A Side Of Jimmy Choo Shoes
    Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:32 a.m. by Scott Reitz

    When Mark Stuertz reviewed Cafe Pacific, in 2004, he called the Highland Park Village seafood restaurant a cliché. The menu has crab cakes and veal Oscar, he said. Breaded veal cutlets with crab and asparagus were alive and w...

  • Waterworld
    Thursday, December 2, 2004 at 3 a.m. by Mark Stuertz

    Café Pacific is a cliché. This is heresy. Shuffle into this bosom of Highland Park culture (Highland Park Village) and blurt such a thing, and you'll quickly be felled by a 2-carat marquise bullet right between the eye...


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