I am visiting in San Diego, where my Grandparents used to live (they died in their late 90s about 10 years ago). Cafe Pacifica was one of my grandfather's favorites, so I went with a friend for a Saturday night dinner. It's become a little dusty - a bit too much like I remember it - and the menu doesn't convey a lot of excitement. The room is a little too bright (I recall the little white lights being more of a contrast in a darkened room). and the wine list is good, but not stellar. And so why four stars? The service was impeccable and very attentive. The food was very well prepared and presented. And it was a great place to eat excellent food and converse. If I return to San Diego, I'll be back.
Pros: Food, service, tone (you can have a conversation without crowd noise)
Cons: Aging decor, too bright, so-so wine list, not very exciting menu