333 Pacific

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Cohn Restaurant fans take note: the San Diego restaurateur powerhouse has brought their fine dining expertise to Oceanside with their restaurant, 333 Pacific. It is an ode to Southern California, with breath-taking views of its seaside setting, innovative California cuisine, and a faultlessly stylish design aesthetic. Located on the first floor of the Wyndham Oceanfront Pier Resort, diners can feast on clever creations like Bleu Cheese Crusted Kobe Beef Meatloaf and Maine Diver Scallops seared in apple cider, while enjoying a stunning, panoramic view of the Oceanside Pier and beach. 333 Pacific promises a welcome invigoration of the North County dining scene.

333 Pacific: A Delicious Oceanic Ode

Against a quintessentially Southern California beach backdrop, 333 Pacific’s posh modernity distinguishes it from the surf shops and casual eateries that pepper Oceanside’s North Pacific Street.  The restaurant is the newest fine dining endeavor by the Cohn Restaurant Group, and promises the same level of creative cuisine, exquisite service, and distinctive decor.  Both in its atmosphere and cuisine, 333 Pacific not only reflects its ocean surroundings, but, like binoculars, focuses on new details, and guides diners toward gastronomic discovery.

Distracted by the iconic San Diego setting of swaying palms, crashing waves, and clear blue skies, we nearly miss 333 Pacific’s subtle sign.  Upon entering the restaurant we are struck by the dining room’s visual appeal.  The Lounge’s large circular bar with its towering display of over 100 different vodkas sets the sophisticated tone for the evening; low upholstered banquettes and high counters with bar stools cluster around it, promising intimate Happy Hour rendezvous.  Dimming sunlight filters in through panoramic windows, and we are momentarily arrested by the calm beauty of the Oceanside Pier and glistening sandy beach in front of us.  A covered porch overlooking stunning vistas offers up salty sea aromas with protection from brisk breezes.  The main dining room is a mixture of textures: exposed cement accent walls reference industrial docks, leather and Op-Art ovoid designs suggest a retro-hip modernity, while rock accents and a naturalistic color scheme of earth tones and cool blues mirror the surrounding landscape.   It is an atmosphere that blends the ease of Southern California beach culture with a suave, metropolitan luxury.

Basking in our lush environment, we peruse the menu and wine list in eager anticipation of our feast.   333 Pacific’s extensive collection of over 200 wines offers tasteful, trend-conscious selections, with wines organized according to type and region, in addition to more modish sections like “Female Wine Makers” and “Eco Wines.”  The menu is similarly exhaustive, offering a multitude of oceanic odes punctuated by diverse and tantalizing flavor pairings.

The House Salad and Beet Salad “Carpaccio” appear before us in bountifully green tandem.  The deep burgundy and sunny gold of the Beet Salad immediately catches my eye.  Thin slices of golden and red beets ring a massive mound of verdant arugula, crowned by fried capers and speckles of goat cheese.  It proves to be as well-balanced in flavor as it is visually, with each ingredient layering texture and taste: the slight bitterness of the arugula juxtaposes with the goat cheese’s creamy sharpness and beets, while a generous dosing of pepper and the subtle, and unifying application of truffle oil punctuates the palate.

While the House Salad was first eclipsed by the Beet Salad’s color explosion, its merits soon shine through.  A delicious and refreshing concoction of mixed greens, pomegranate vinaigrette, plum tomatoes, and hearts of palm, the salad manages to impart a complex progression of flavors: the earthy pomegranate vinaigrette and slightly briny hearts of palm are activated by the acidic burst of tomatoes between the teeth.  Long crispy parmesan croutons add salty intensity and a welcome crunch.  Refreshing and weighty, earthy and light, these two salads invigorate the palate and prepare our salivary glands for what is to come.

The Citrus Shrimp and Blue Crab Ceviche arrives in a stem-less martini glass, like a delightful aperitif.  It resembles a festive present, celebrating gastronomic splendor, with curled lime slices intertwining with green pea shoots, sprinkled with bonito flake “confetti.”   Below these delectable “party favors,” pink shrimps and white chunks of crab swim in an orangey-pink sea of citrus juices.  The zing of citrus, with the underlying sweetness of pink grapefruit first puckers the palate, followed by the smoky, fishy flavor of the bonito flakes.  The shrimp and crab meat are subtle and buttery, punctuated by a lingering heat from the surprisingly subtle application of serrano chilies.  It is a revitalizing gift to the tongue.

The Sweet Chili Calamari is an inviting tangle of sticky, sesame-crusted rings, accented by a frizz of frisee on the plate.  Inspired by the sweet spiciness of orange chicken, the innovation of this staple snack is a deft balance of textures and flavors.  Each calamari segment is lightly coated in rice flour and then fried, giving it a hint of batter without imparting greasiness.  The sriracha and citrus in the sauce alternately heat and cool the palate, while the coriander, green onion, and sesame seeds add spicy, fresh, nutty notes to encourage delicious nuances.  As I lick the sticky spiciness from my lips contentedly, I am completely in accord with popular opinion, which has already crowned this dish as a favorite.

The Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Cake is presented, encircled by swashes of color from a chunky mango salsa on one side, and a smear of ancho chili aioli on the other.  Pressing the fork through the golden, pan-fried exterior, the cake’s sumptuously flaky insides are revealed: a mixture of buttery shellfish meats that make for a sublimely opulent take on the familiar crab cake.  The cake’s accompaniments amplify the flavors in opposite yet complementary ways, with the fresh cilantro and sweet mango enlivening the sweetness of the shellfish and the smokiness of the chili aioli galvanizing the fried crunchiness.  Like the Ceviche, the Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Cake invigorates the palate and prepares it for further flavor forays.

The Grilled Local Swordfish, Seared Maine Diver Scallops, and Gouda Mac and Cheese arrive simultaneously in a climactic gastronomic barrage.  Crisscrossed with grill marks, the large swordfish steak is propped against a foundation of two golden manchego cheese and potato croquettes.  This delicious structure at one end of the plate contrasts with the minimalist distribution of mussels swimming in a saffron butter emulsion at the other end.  A sprinkling of Mediterranean relish, dominated by green and black olives, plum tomatoes, and fried capers, adds warm autumnal colors.  The unadorned swordfish meat is grilled expertly, adding a smoky char.  The meat acts as a near-blank flavor canvas onto which the accompanying components are layered: the salty brine and sweet roasted tomatoes and peppers blending with the acidity and richness of the saffron emulsion to enliven the meaty swordfish.  The mussels at the far end of the plate reveal a rare treat, their chewy flesh having soaked up the buttery emulsion to create a velvety, textural surprise.

In juxtaposition to the Swordfish’s lightness, the Gouda Mac and Cheese revels in unabashed richness.  Served simply in a silver chafing dish, the gooey, bloated pasta shells sizzle under a golden baked crust and set our mouths to watering.  What appears at first glance to be straightforward comfort food reveals hidden gourmet touches.  The creamy cheese sauce of the dish is created from a mixture of five different cheeses: gouda, provolone, parmesan, Monterey jack, and pecorino.  The differing sharp, smoky, and nutty characteristics of each cheese work together to build the intensity of flavor and transform this seemingly simple side into an irresistible accompaniment, one that my dining companion and I can hardly resist even by the end of our near-endless feasting.

The grand finale of the evening, however, comes with the Seared Maine Diver Scallops, whose modestly rustic presentation belies its intricacies.  Four massive scallops sit in a pool of brown apple cider jus, their caramelized tops glistening under the restaurant’s amber lights. Interspersed between these massive, white orbs, are sections of golden beets, and “peewee” fingerling potatoes, which have soaked up the rich colors of the apple cider.  A pile of wilted greens in the center of the bowl adds a deep color to the warm, earthy hues of the dish.  Each bite of silky scallop dissolves into pure buttery sweetness, accentuated by the subtle apple cider sear.  A bite of beet lends a deeper sweet note to the scallop and adds a wintry heartiness, while the roasted potatoes contribute a salty, starchy juxtaposition.  This inspired dish manages to maintain the delicacy of the scallop while infusing it with unconventional flavor depths and ingredient combinations: unanimously favored by my dining companion and me, we agree it is a dish worth returning for.

After savoring 333 Pacific’s oceanic homage, we step outside and see the coast with new eyes: the burgundy of the setting sun calls to mind roasted beets, while the salty sea air reminds me of our briny fruits de mer feast.  With the tranquil haze of this coastal escapade still clinging to us, we reluctantly take our leave and prepare for the long drive back to reality.

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  Restaurant Info

  • 333 North Pacific Street
    Oceanside CA 92054
  • Address: 333 North Pacific Street, Oceanside CA 92054
  • Cross Street: Pier View Way
  • Location: North County Coastal | Oceanside
  • Cuisine: American | California | Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: $$$ | Moderate | $50 - $75
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | Mastercard | Discover | Diners Club |
  • Corkage Fee: 15.00 |
  • Staff: Deborah Lamoureux | General Manager
  • Phone: (760) 433-3333

  Business Hours

Monday
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Heated Terrace | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday
Heated Terrace | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday
Heated Terrace | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Heated Terrace | Happy Hours 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

The restaurant is located across the street from the Oceanside Pier and the beach, allowing for an excellent ocean view
Yes. In fact, 333 Pacific is conveniently located on the 1st floor of the Wyndham Oceanfront Pier Resort.
Yes, 333 Pacific has certain items on the menu that are gluten-free.
Chef Joseph Jackson

 Menus

Lunch

Beginnings

Greens

333 Signatures

Sandwiches

Burgers

Happy Hour

333 Vodka Lounge

333 Nights

Beers On Draft

Dinner Menu

Raw Bar & Sushi Offerings

Beginnings

Soup and Greens

333 Signatures

Seafood Specialties

Steaks

Take Your Steak Surfing

Ocean Sides

Vegetarian Selections

Dessert

Lounge Menu

Main


 User Reviews

Anniversary dinner  

We went to 333 Pacific for our 5 year anniversary, we were treated with complementary champagne and a little dessert. Our waitress was very sweet, we ordered the steak and lobster for two and was the best steak we have ever had! We sat on the patio with a perfect view of the sunset on the beach. We will be returning to this restaurant every year!

Simply Amazing  

We have been here now 3 times and everytime I am AMAZED!. The service, food, and everything in between always excedes our expectations.

First time  

Great bar area, excellent ocean views, superior service and food was top notch.

Special Night Out  

Great restaurant for a special ocassion. The service, ambiance, quality of the food were all excellent.

Great place  

Great food

best service and food  

A great place to celebrate my anniversary with my husband. Dinner was delicious and the service was amazing. I would definitely visit again.

Always a great place to celebrate!  

We took a colleague to lunch to celebrate her birthday. Even though the sun did not shine, the view was still fabulous. The food and service were excellent as well. The staff is always friendly and helpful. 333 Pacific is ALWAYS a good choice.

Excellence!!  

This restaurant has a very unique setting and atmosphere, friendly staff that pays attention to details, and some of the most amazing food I've ever experienced. I highly recommend 333.

Great Beachfront Meal  

My daughter and I opted out of cooking Christmas Day evening and we decided to go to 333, we had heard what a wonderful meal experience it was. I saw on your Website that you were doing a 3 course meal deal for the Holidays, great meal choices at a decent price! We sat on the patio the sun was setting behind the palm trees, it was a gorgeous night and the food was fabulous :) Thank you for a wonderful Christmas Day evening! Salina A.

20th Wedding Anniversary  

Great Service from the time we walking through the door. The online reservation made it easy and I was able to add a note about our special occasion. The staff was ready to help us celebrate our 20th Wedding anniversary with a great view of the pier and sunset. The attention to detail during the meal made the flow flawless. I had Lobster and crab legs. Both were served hot and I really liked how the crab legs were cut in half. Made it easy to eat and enjoy with no mess. My wife had a steak cooked medium rare that she described as perfect. We won't wait until another special occasion to be back.

Great place  

Excellent food and service...you have to try it!

Love  

This is a place to love, Everythhing about it is outstanding.

No complaints!!  

I wanted to go to a special restaurant to use a $50 gift certificate from my out-of-state nephew. I love the Cohn restaurants and was certainly not disappointed in the food or service. The vodka list was incredible. We shared the surf and turf and it was absolutely delicious. If you want a special evening, I would highly recommend this restaurant. The waiters are professional and very attentive. Enjoy!!

Birthday dinner  

Easy parking, excellent view, timely seating, knowledge and attentive staff, spectacular food.....need I say more.

Rachel  

The ambiance of 333 Pacific restaurant was great. The staff was warm, inviting, and presented a feeling of "welcome to our world". It was my first time there. I was not disappointed one bit. Keep up the good work!

Great time  

Loved the service and food, lots of choices and very reasonably priced.

Graduation Lunch  

Drive 30 minutes north from UCSD on I-5 for a ocean view & fun lunch after graduation. Tempting fun and wild martinis. Seafood, steak & even burgers. Sweet potatoe fries with a hot spice were a hit with my family. Yum. Staff was very welcoming. I'm ready to go back!

Incredible desserts  

The ice cream, caramel, chocolate, caramel corn (yes caramel corn) dessert was fabulous. My birthday guest was really impressed.

Superb Food and Excellent Service  

Compliments to the chef and staff of 333 Pacific for the superb food and excellent service offered to my group of four friends. We sampled a wide variety of food, from coastal clam chowder to seared salmon roll sushi, and ravioli to seared sashimi grade ahi, and all was excellent. I especially enjoyed the chowder with its whole clams and pleasantly different but still familiar base. My wife was particularly taken by the seared sashimi grade ahi. I suspect you'd be hard-pressed to find anything on the menu that is not top notch. The atmosphere had no hint of stuffiness and the service was friendly and engaging. Even the tableware had a personality. The reservations I placed a day in advance made our entry into this fine restaurant a breeze -- no more than 20 seconds in the door and we were being wisked away to the table that awaited on the terrace facing the ocean. Our dinner experience was delightful and we look forward to returning. I would highly recommend 333 Pacific to anyone looking for a unique dining experience with both excellent food and service.

BEST  

Open one in Chandler Arizona

Food Excellent...Martinis Awesome  

My husband and I have a condo in Oceanside and we discovered this resturant and let me tell you we our going back for our 1 year wedding anniversary!!! Everything we ordered we LOVED! The bread was great!!! I sampled a lot of Martinis and they were all delicious, definately a signature there! The atmopshere was awesome and I would definately recommend going there if you're in the Oceanside area! Enjoy

A must see HOT SPOT  

My husband and I went here for Valentine's and LOVED IT!!! We have been back many times. Finally we have a beautiful new clean restaurant with a fabulous beach view, updated ambiance and décor in Oceanside. When finished with dinner you can literally walk across the residential street and enjoy the beauty of the ocean, or take a romantic walk on the beach. Definitely a diamond in it's surroundings an added elegance to the Oceanside dining experience. The staff is friendly, hip, and able to converse with the eclectic crowd they attract. They have a very generous happy hour with the most original appetizers around. If you’re a martini person I strongly suggest checking out 333 and quickly. So many say there famous for ??? They are known for having over 100 Vodkas and they actually have 100 Vodkas from all over the world. It is truly a fun casual yet trendy new place which I strongly suggest trying.

Delicious  

We had a lovely experience at 333 Pacific. Service and food and atmosphere were excelent.

333  

Good food, nice view, good service

A good experience  

We had a great evening for myself, my wife and her younger brother. The meal was well preportioned for everyone in our party. The place was full for a Tuesday night, but with a reservation we were seated immediately. The wait staff were friendly and helpful which was nice because we could tell they were overworked and seemed to be understaffed. Once or twice a side order was forgotten, but it did not diminish the overall appeal of the dinner.

great for locals too  

Everything was lovely....just make sure that you are aware of any events or festivals going on at the bandshell..

Getting Together  

Getting together at 333 is upbuilding after a long day. The friendly service and relaxing location does wonders. Then add the great food and extensive bar and viola! Who could ask for more.

333 "Outstanding" for Dinner, "Great" for lunch  

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333 Pacific  

This area needed a different upscale restaurant. Its very nice and great food and drinks. A little overpriced though

Great Atmosphere  

The view of the ocean is lovely and the bar area is very trendy and well designed. The most unique facility feature are the TVs in the mirrors in the restrooms. They had a beach scene playing when I went. My favorite martini was a lemonade with a hint of rosemary. It sounded very unusual, but was delicious. For fine dining, the presentation of the food was not outstanding, bare minimum. I enjoyed my filet, very tender. I think the fresh bread and sweet butter they brought us was the most unique.

333 PACIFIC  

THIS RESTAURANT COMBINES THE EASY GOING ATMOSPERE OF A LOVELY BAR WITH THE ELEGANCE OF A FORMAL RESTAURANT.

2 Time Loser  

My husband and I live in Oceanside and was searching for a upscale restaurant close to us; before 333 opened we were driving to Dana Point and other areas. Our first three experiences there were great, the service was a little slow but other than that the food and atmosphere were great. About one month ago we were there and AFTER we were seated in took them two hours to serve our dinner. Although we did not complain and we attributed it to staffing levels, we decided we would go back. One week ago we went back and the service and food started out excellent. When they served our steaks the were prepared wrong and almost burnt. We sent them back and I guess the chef was a little offended because the next set of steaks that they served us were almost raw, there was blood on the plate! The waitress was shocked! When I spoke with the manager he was rude and did not want to hear about our experience, instead insisting we should pay the entire bill, minus the steaks, and did not care about our overall experience nor did he want to talk about the experience prior to this. He walked away from our table with my husband in mid sentence, needless to say I was embarrassed for him. Before we went back for this second chance experience another couple told us about their bad experience there (food and service). We encouraged them to go back. We won't make that mistake again. This restaurant is a little expensive and I believe you can get better service and experience at another resturant. Not to mention, the manager is extremely rude! Almost confrontational. We would need an apology from the manager before we would even consider going back. Unfortunately, we dine out at least 5 times per week so we are on the search for a great dining experience close to Oceanside.