I have had two dinners at Pacific Blue this year, and one last year. Each time, I was very impressed with the quality of the food, the presentation, and the taste. While Pacific Blue is not a traditional five-star restaurant, I gave it five stars for where they are and what they do compared to other places around. Although attached to a Motel 6, there is nothing Motel 6 about the menu or the food quality.
A friend had pizza, rated it higher than any pizza he had had for several years. On my trip north, I had a Cobb salad, and both the chicken and the bacon were freshly prepared; none of that use this morning's bacon in the salad, or already-been-cooked chicken. Plus, fresh greens, flavorful tomatoes, and since I abhor bleu cheese, a great ranch dressing was substituted. Nice fresh-baked dinner roll, too.
But when I was headed south, I tried the scallop salad. The sesame dressing was great, the presentation beautiful with golden scallops, crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth smooth on the inside. Plus, mandarin orange sections, red pepper wedges, sweet red onion sections, and a cusabi dipping sauce. What is Cusabi?? A chilled cucumber-wasabi sauce for dipping the scallops.
No matter what you order, get a small serving of cusabi sauce just to thrill your taste buds.
Pacific Blue is far from perfect, but they turn out fantastic dishes in a town far from everything. A treasure, to be sure.
Pros: Fresh ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. Great tasts.
Cons: San Simeon