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Pacific Restaurant, Sterling, VA (restaurant)
tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-08 07:36 am   Permalink

Name:Pacific Restaurant
Type:restaurant
Street:46240 Potomac Run Plaza
City:Sterling
State:VA
Zip:20164
country:USA
Phone:703-404-5500
Status:operational

Description:
Modern, clean, nice atmosphere, nice people, good tiki atmosphere




 
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Posted: 2006-02-08 07:39 am   Permalink

Another guy and myself went here last night - the mai tais and zombies were high quality, the food was pretty good, and the people were very nice. We met Louis the proprietor, (very nice guy - showed us around), and Buttercup the Bartender. She took good care of us at the bar. Here's some pictures:

Pacific Restaurant, Sterling Virginia


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Sabina
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From: The Lounge of the Seven Pleasures!
Posted: 2006-02-08 10:17 pm   Permalink

Here are a few more cell phone camera snapshots (lousy quality, but better than nothing) from a recent visit we did!





and much closer in on the mural-



along with a small album I put together with all the pix and some small descriptions-

http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/Pacific-Restaurant-VA

When in NoVA, it's a very Tiki place- well worth checking out! The food is EXCELLENT too! Decent drinks in proper mugs and bananas flambe for dessert! It's a great place to stop in for drinks and sharing a variety of puupuus too. We MD/DC/VA Tikiphiles had a recent get together and the overall opinion seemed highly favourable.

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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2006-02-09 4:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the great information! I'm going to let my brother know, he just moved from MD to VA and enjoyed his visits to Honolulu.

 
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-07-07 03:57 am   Permalink

Critiki says that there are private huts available on the second level, but these don't exist...
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Posted: 2006-09-27 09:22 am   Permalink

Is the Pacific casual - AKA kid friendly?

 
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Posted: 2006-09-27 12:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-27 09:22, skeeter wrote:
Is the Pacific casual - AKA kid friendly?



Yeah! No problem! Very kid friendly. When are you thinking about going?
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Posted: 2006-09-28 04:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-27 12:54, tikigap wrote:
Quote:

On 2006-09-27 09:22, skeeter wrote:
Is the Pacific casual - AKA kid friendly?



Yeah! No problem! Very kid friendly. When are you thinking about going?




Not sure, possibly this weekend.


 
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Posted: 2006-09-28 07:34 am   Permalink

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Not sure, possibly this weekend.



Have fun! It's a nice place - a little pricey, but the food and drinks are very good. Especially the zombies and mai tais.


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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2006-09-28 1:16 pm   Permalink

I was there last Sunday night. The Vietnamese Beef Banh Hoi is to die for, and I second tikigap's Zombie and Mai Tai recommendation.
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skeeter
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Posted: 2006-10-05 08:04 am   Permalink

Thanks for the info!

The zombies and the food were indeed great!
The dining area was just a little too psuedo stuffy or something, can't put my finger on it? They just need to loosen-up a little bit. But I really dug the dark mysterious atmosphere in the bar. And the outdoor seating area seems like it would be cool too in nice weather.

Overall a pretty cool place though.


 
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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-10-08 10:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-10-05 08:04, skeeter wrote:
The dining area was just a little too psuedo stuffy or something, can't put my finger on it? They just need to loosen-up a little bit. But I really dug the dark mysterious atmosphere in the bar.



Agreed - but I think it just needs to age a lot. 10 - 20 years... then it might start having that comfy tiki feel (A la Honolulu Restaurant in Virginia or Mai Kai in Ft Laud).
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Posted: 2006-12-07 7:37 pm   Permalink

CALL BEFORE YOU GO!!!

We drove over an hour last weekend one way just find out the Pacific was closed for a private party on a Saturday night no less. We were really pissed off, but I learned my lesson. CALL AHEAD, since IMO the food & drinks are really good BUT getting there takes time.

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ditsyquoin
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Posted: 2007-02-05 10:16 pm   Permalink

Visited Pacific again last night to do an analytic visit. It's always disturbed me that it gets a high rating but something is not right in the mood. MT's were excellent and they do serve a wide variety of drinks. Service was good but most of the time they servers were glued to the TV watching the superbowl.

It's a tilt/vibe that is missing. Anyone want to join me for a future visit to exactly put my finger on it? Share a scorpion bowl?


 
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Posted: 2007-02-06 06:00 am   Permalink

Hey ditsyquoin - I might be up for that - PM me. All my weekends are booked in Feb, but I might be able to get there on a weeknight.

One of their problems is that the place is still new and squeaky clean. Tiki bars should be darker and a little dingy inside, I think.

I took my wife there for her birthday in January. We had 24 people, or about 12 couples, sitting at 4 tables. So I wouldn't get stuck with the bill, I asked to have seperate checks, one for each table.

They say the have a policy - over a certain number of people - they only do one check. That pissed me off, but so be it. When the check came, I found the real reason they do that. So they can charge 18 percent tip to the whole bill!!! The total was $850, including about $120 for tip!

I was real pissed off then. I was going to give then a 5 percent tip because they only had ONE GUY for the whole 24 people - and we are demanding drinkers. He got many of the orders wrong, tried to make me pay for orders we didn't order, was slow on the drinks, and he had a bad attitude, fromm the get-go.

It IS good food and drink, and Louis Cheng, the owner is a nice guy, but when I complained to him he basically told me that he was sorry and he'd talk to the waiter. I told hime that I thought this was a management problem, but that fell on deaf ears.

All that said, I'll never go there again with more than 4 people. But I will go there again.
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