Mexican Independence Day in San Antonio, Texas

On September 16, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day all across the globe. This year, however, Costa Pacifica will be celebrating one day early to give our guests a little more to enjoy! Join us this Tuesday, September 15, 2020 for our annual Mexican Independence Day celebration. We are open at 11 AM, but will extend our hours until midnight.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT (9/15/2020 @ 11 AM - Midnight)

COVID-19 is not over, yet! Bring your mask, and drink responsibly. We are taking proper safety precautions to ensure the most memorable social-distanced party you've experienced!

As an authentic Mexican-seafood restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, we hold Mexico deep in our hearts and look forward to celebrating this huge feat with our guests this year and every year. Happy Mexican Independence Day! We can't wait to celebrate with you. Tap here for directions.

A Unique Seafood Experience in San Antonio

You are planning a special dinner with your favorite person or just sharing a nice meal with some friends to catch up, but you are still not sure where to go. If you live in San Antonio, there are many places to go, and this can be great, but also hard when there are so many different options around. It may also depend on your current mood or the groups’ preference at the moment. Whichever the case, if you are in the mood for mexican, seafood, or just something different, you should try Costa Pacifica.

It’s always a risk trying a new restaurant, but you can always count on three things: reference from a person close to you, reviews on the internet, or just your own instinct. One thing is right; whenever you get excited about a meal experience, super thrilled about having a night out, and it gets crushed with a food incident, you’ll probably never come back to that restaurant.

Meeting the customer expectation is Costa Pacifica’s purpose with every bite. We want to please our clients with the freshest seafood in San Antonio and creative combinations of flavors. 

The Best Seafood Restaurant With a Mexican Twist

If you are looking for a breathtaking seafood experience you’ve come to the right place.

We are often looking for ways to step out of the routine and enjoy some quality time with friends or family. If you are open to trying different things and find yourself sick of going to the same places, it’s the perfect time to visit Costa Pacifica.

It’s hard to get it right when it comes to seafood and you’ve probably already tried a few in San Antonio but nothing like what you are about to experience with us. Well-done seafood is great, but when you mix it with mexican flavors and talented cooks you get an extraordinary result. Our Mexican twist combined with the finest catch at the market is what makes us the best fit for you, as you deserve food that makes your heart and soul smile. 

Life Changing Experience

Mexican cousin is surely one of the pleasures of life. As we built Costa Pacifica, we envisioned bringing a piece of Mexico to San Antonio in a casual place with a cool vibe where you could have a great time and enjoy it’s authentic taste.We are open daily for lunch and dinner with a variety of seafood specials, such as shrimp, octopus, fish, calamari and more. 

A perfect choice for lunch can be the amazing loka tostadas (chef’s selection): Slices of fresh tuna, fish ceviche, fresh shrimp, octopus and crab served on a crispy corn tostada topped with sliced onion and cucumber, chipotle ali-oli and our special “rasurada” sauce with a tostada on top. 

The perfect lunch ends with a delicious dessert, like our crepas de cajeta: Soft crepes topped with cajeta and nuts, served with vanilla ice cream.

Simple but Exciting Concept

If you haven’t been to Mexico, our friendly atmosphere is all about getting you there for a couple of hours. Vibrant colors and nice people chatting all around. Have some fun with tasty drinks and happy hour specials. Check out our menu.

Summer Pool Party Tips in Texas

Summer in San Antonio, Texas, is the best season to spend quality time with your family and friends, but it can often be too hot to do anything outdoors in this 100 or more degree weather! How can you cool off and enjoy the Texas sun with loved one? Pool parties are a fun and refreshing way to enjoy the summer! 

Relax, be active, and soak up the sun, but also enjoy the luxury to cool down whenever you want. While summer may be coming to an end, the heat definitely is not! Invite your favorite people over for one last end of summer pool party! We put together several ideas to make sure your pool party is one for the books.

 

Pool FloatsFlamingo Pool Float

You can never go wrong with pool floats! They are the iconic pool accessory that everyone can use and enjoy, from adults to little ones. Floats come in all different shapes, sizes, and themes. From chairs to tubes to ride-ons, you can find pool floats to suit everybody’s wants! 

Swimming is an intense workout and can drain our energy - even when we are having a blast just splashing around. Floats offer an extra benefit by helping one stay above water when swimming in the deep end. They can also make it easier for parents to relax while keeping an eye on their kids in the pool. Besides their convenience, let’s not forget that floats were also created as a reminder to have fun! You can find all types of floats at various stores like Academy, Amazon, and your local pool store.

Drink Floats

Drink floats are a trendy and convenient addition to a pool party - especially for those over the age of 21. What if we told you that you didn’t have to get out of the pool every time you got thirsty? Or you wouldn’t have to struggle to keep your drink above water with everyone splashing around? There is a new float making headlines that can eliminate both of these scenarios! Now, your drink can float right beside you!

Drink floats are convenient and easy when you need a cold drink, but you’re having too good of a time to hop out of the pool! You won’t have to worry about your drink tipping or spilling, and most drink floats come with easy-to-use air pumps! We recommend checking out reviews and making an online purchase for drink floats to ensure you are purchasing the best quality.

Tumblers

During the summer season in San Antonio, you can almost always guarantee that your cold drink is not going to stay cold very long when you’re out and about. Tumblers are a popular item during the summer time - especially in the South. They provide insulation to help keep the ice in your drink frozen all day long! Nobody wants to chug on a hot cocktail or beer while by the pool; that is the furthest thing from refreshing! You can find reasonably-priced tumblers at Walmart and HEB year-round and leave them out for guests to use at your party! You can also make your party BYOT - Bring Your Own Tumbler. 

 

Summer Giveaway at Costa Pacifica in San Antonio, TXSummer Giveaway at Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica is all things FUN, and we want to make sure all of our customers are enjoying a fun and memorable summer! That’s why we recently held an end-of-summer giveaway contest on Instagram and Facebook. We gave away one lucky winner a large pineapple float, 12 drink floats, a 20 oz Costa Pacifica tumbler, and trendy Costa Pacifica T-shirt! 

Congratulations to our lucky winner Ady Ramos! We hope this adds a SPLASH of fun to your summer! Don’t miss your chance to win our next contest, and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated with future giveaways.

 

Margarita Madness in San Antonio

If you’re looking for a fun, chill night in San Antonio, TX, you can always look to Costa Pacifica! There’s something new going on every single day of the week. Whether you’re looking for great deals on food and drink, live music, karaoke, DJs, or more, we have it all!Margarita Madness in San Antonio, TX

Here in San Antonio, you will find that we like to Texas-size everything – including our margaritas. Everything really is bigger (and better) in Texas.

Now, we’re unleashing something new and exciting to keep the party going every single day this summer. It’s time for Margarita Madness! Every day in July and August, we will be offering our famous JUMBO House Margaritas for just $5.95! Our jumbo size is almost 3 times bigger than our regular size.

Get ready to turn up, kick back and relax, or whatever you’re in the mood for. Costa offers something for everyone!

 

 

WHEN TO CELEBRATE MARGARITA MADNESS

If it were up to us, we would celebrate every day, but downing margaritas wouldn’t be the healthiest or smartest option. Here are some ideas for sipping on everyone's favorite tequila cocktail:

At Costa Pacifica, we throw a late Sunday Funday party at 5 pm every Sunday. We offer $1 mimosas from 7-9, but now you can pre-game or even ditch the mimosas for this awesome special!

Let’s be real… It’s summer! Even if you work a 9-5 job, day drinking is socially acceptable during the warmer months – once you are off the clock, of course. Be sure to come during lunch for lower prices on large servings OR join us after 3 pm to take advantage of happy hour.

Got a case of the Mondays? JUMBO Margaritas are the perfect cure! Tequila isn’t known to just make your clothes fall off! Also, it’s happy hour all day long so there’s even more to get excited about.

All the local party-goers consider Costa Pacifica their pre-game headquarters. You’ll need to fuel up on delicious food and tasty drinks before you head to the bar and have to wait to be served. Let our wait staff give you all the attention you deserve! Plus, we have live music every Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Dinner, drinks, and a show? Who can say no to that?

Margarita Madness in San Antonio, TX

Costa Pacifica Mexican Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, TX

Located in North San Antonio near Stone Oak, Costa Pacifica is known for its relaxed, fun atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar, grab a table, or enjoy the patio. We always ensure you will have the best time! If not, we will promise to make it up to you. Visit us today!

Dad’s Favorites at Costa Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

They always say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Here at Costa Pacifica, we can tell you that men in San Antonio sure love to eat! It’s no secret that we are known for tasty, fresh, and authentic Mexican-style seafood. With so many delicious options to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding just ONE thing to chow down on. Don’t worry – we are here to give you the perfect meal for dad, based on the favorite meals hand-picked by the dads that regularly dine with us.

APPETIZERS FOR DAD

Chicharron de Ribeye

We all know that dads love beef. Our restaurant may be known for seafood, but our Chef Chuy is no stranger to cooking up juicy and tender steaks, ribeyes, and more. Our Chicharron de Ribeye is a popular favorite for everyone, not including just dads. We cut chunks of seasoned ribeye and lightly fry them to perfection and serve them over fresh handmade guacamole.

Marinero Rice at Costa Pacifica

Marinero Rice at Costa Pacifica

Marinero Rice

This is not the traditional Mexican style rice you can expect when you dine at a Mexican restaurant. Don’t forget our specialty is seafood, so this is a must try for everyone. Based off traditional fried rice, we mix in fresh octopus, shrimp, fish, and squid with a dash of cilantro.

ENTRÉES FOR DAD

El Gobernador

If you grew up in San Antonio, you have probably tasted hundreds of tacos by now! However, we bet you’ve never tasted one like this. We cook our shrimp with poblano peppers, onions, and oregano. Next, we serve the mixture on a corn tortilla and top it off with some grilled cheese. This is a mouthful of flavor that will keep you coming back!

Marisco Stuffed Filet

We have a very strong feeling that dads gravitate towards this dish because they see the word “beer” in the description. We can’t argue with that logic, though! This dish is also one of our chef’s favorites. Our beer battered fish filet is stuffed with shrimp and octopus. Then, we add a little extra love and top it off with “ali-oli” sauce. Of course, no plate is complete without our famous refried beans and rice!

Dinner at Costa Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas

Now that you’ve heard some of our dad’s favorites, come to Costa Pacifica in San Antonio, TX, and let us know what yours is! We’d be happy to add it to the list.

Now comes the tough decision.. When’s the best day to come dine at Costa? Honestly, every day is a good day! There’s something to look forward to every day of the week. From live music to karaoke to ALL DAY happy hour and MORE, every day is a great day at our restaurant. For a list of our full schedule of events, see below:

Daily Events at Costa Pacifica

Best Seafood Dishes to Enjoy in the Winter

When you think of seafood, you probably imagine warm beaches with a coastal breeze. It seems like people living in San Antonio, Texas forget that seafood can be enjoyed anytime of the year – without having to take a trip to the beach! So when it’s cold out and you’re trying to decide which restaurant to dine at, don’t leave seafood last! Fish lives matter, too.

Here are our tip dishes at Costa Pacifica, Mexican style seafood in San Antonio, that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds in the colder months.

 

Clam ChowderOnly Available for a Limited Time!

Clam Chowder at Costa Pacifica in San Antonio

Once you try our clam chowder, you’ll be begging us to keep it on the menu forever! Served in a warm homemade bread bowl, people have called this limited time item the “best clam chowder” they’ve ever had. We don’t want to speak for everyone else, so we will let this dish speak for itself. Come try it out, and let us know your thoughts. Hurry up! It’ll be long gone before you know it.

Fish and Cheese Empanada

Fried foods never disappoint, and neither do empanadas! One of our personal favorites is the Fish and Cheese Empanada – it’s also one of Chef Chuy’s favorites. First, we start with our fish al pastor, which is marinated in a special achiote sauce for about 12 hours. When you bite into this, you can expect our flavorful fish and melted cheese to ooze into your mouth.

Of course, we are known for our presentation as well. So this dish is served on a bed of refried beans and drizzled with sour cream.

 

Tlalpeño Marisco Soup

Tlalpeño Marisco Soup

All of our soups are cooked to order, which ensures that you receive the highest quality and best tasting soup you ever had! We can promise it won’t be sitting in a warmer in our kitchen. Every ingredient will be patiently waiting for you.

We put our own spin on this traditional Mexican dish. You may have had tlalpeño soup with chicken, but of course we have to put our own flare into this authentic flavor. This is a warm seafood delight which is filled with all your favorites: shrimp, octopus, clam, fish, and squid. We mix these ingredients in a special broth avocado, panela cheese, and chipotle. Be warned, it comes with a spicy kick!

Shrimp Green Enchilada

Everyone in San Antonio knows that enchiladas never go out of season! Our Shrimp Green Enchiladas are a fan favorite, and unlike any green enchiladas you’ve ever had. Our green sauce is made from poblano peppers, but we promise that it isn’t too hot to handle. We stuff a homemade corn tortilla with sautéed shrimp, and top it off with our green sauce, melted cheese, and cilantro.

Costra Pacifica ShrimpCostra Pacifica Shrimp

Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not quite the name of our restaurant, but it is pretty close!

This one is perfect for all you cheese lovers. If you’ve never had a cheese taco, you haven’t had this dish! Our “tortilla” for this dish is made entirely out of cheese – yes, CHEESE.

We stuff this taco with beer battered shrimp and top it off with pico de gallo, cabbage, and chipotle alioli. Then, we lay it on a bed of homemade white rice. One bite will take you to cheese heaven!

 

Costa Pacifica Mexican Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, TX

If we’re being honest, food can be enjoyed all year round! Has anyone ever turned down ice cream because it’s cold outside? Of course not. Our restaurant will transport you to the coastal beaches of Mexico in one bite. Come escape the cold at Costa Pacifica!

We’ve told you our winter favorites at Costa Pacifica! What are yours? We’d love to hear what you have to say! Visit our contact page and leave us your thoughts.

 

 

Ring In the New Year at Costa Pacifica

“5… 4… 3... 2… 1… Happy New Year!”

The best way to ring in the New Year in San Antonio is when you’re surrounded by family and friends. There’s nothing like watching the ball drop, popping the bubbly, and grabbing your significant other for your New Year’s kiss. While you’re busy preparing for the celebratory festivities, have you ever stopped to wonder why we are celebrating? Don’t worry. We did all the digging, and we are here to fill you in!

Why Do We Celebrate New Year’s?

new years party

Believe it or not, New Year’s actually has quite a bit of historical meaning behind it. The early Roman calendar was made up of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year starting at the vernal equinox. Some say Romulus, the founder of Rome, created the calendar in the 8th century B.C. Some years later, King Numa Pompilius added the months of Januarius and Februarius (January and February). As centuries went on, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and people were left with a lot of questions.

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar consulted with the smartest astronomers and mathematicians of his time to figure out why things weren’t matching up anymore. Soon, the Julian calendar was created, which is similar to the modern Gregorian calendar which many countries use today.

Caesar declared January 1st as the beginning of the year. Why January? He wanted to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. Janus had two faces so that he could look back into the past and also look forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts, decorating their homes with laurel branches, and attending wild parties – of course. I guess you can call this the very first New Year’s Eve Party.

We may choose to celebrate New Year’s a little differently nowadays -- with fireworks, a ball drop, countdown, and champagne toast. However, let’s not forget that the Romans started the party way back when. If you think about it, New Year’s can be considered a birthday celebration for everyone… celebrating 365 days of one year down and many more to come.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolution

You may be one of those people who starts a New Year’s resolution or you may be one who wonders why you can’t just start a resolution on any other day of the year. Regardless if you choose to participate or not, the real question is… have you ever met anyone who actually finished their New Year’s resolution?

Now, let’s get back to the real question. Why start a resolution at the new year? We made it through 365 days of love, laughter, memories, and maybe even some downfalls and sadder moments. The New Year gives us something to look forward to. If things didn’t go the way we planned, we have hope and commitment to make this next year that much better for ourselves.

New Year’s Eve Party at Costa Pacifica

Book Your Table Reservation at Costa Pacifica Restaurant in San Antonio, TX

You may have your own New Year’s tradition, but traditions were meant to be broken! Okay, that may not be how the saying goes, but we can promise a great time when you spend New Year’s at everyone’s favorite restaurant in San Antonio, Costa Pacifica! Join us for a night you’ll always remember. Live music, an all you can eat buffet, champagne toast, and more! Remember, this celebration is for family and friends – which means you can bring the kids along.

For more information, visit our contact page and give us a call to reserve your table. We can’t wait to ring in the new year with you!

Cracking the Case About Clam Chowder

In San Antonio, Texas, our winter months are very short. However, Texas can be unpredictable, so it decided to skip fall this year and head straight into winter! While we may not have been prepared for the cold, at least we can indulge on our warm favorites a little earlier. Now, there’s more reason to have an extra cup of coffee, sip on hot cocoa by the fire, and order clam chowder from Costa Pacifica.

What is Clam Chowder?

If you search for the definition of “chowder,” you will find it described as "a soup or stew of seafood (as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables." There are probably hundreds of different ways to make chowder today! Depending on what countries or states you are in may affect the type of clam chowder you will find in most restaurants.

The biggest differences you will find lie in the base of the soup. Some may use milk to produce a thick, creamy broth, while other prefer to use a red broth made with tomatoes and spices. Let’s not forget that there is also a clear broth derived from clam juice. There’s no saying which soup is the best because everyone has their own preference! Some may love a white creamy base, while others prefer a warm tomato broth.

Where was this delicious soup first created?

You are probably most familiar with New England Clam Chowder and assume that was the birthplace of this famous soup! The truth is, we aren’t exactly sure who created it first or where it was first created.

Before clam chowder gained popularity, fish chowder was the meal of choice and was considered a poor man’s food. Unlike today, it might be one of the most expensive soups at the restaurant!

The Oxford English Dictionary says we can trace the beginnings of chowder back to the fishing villages along the coast of France from Bordeaux to Brittany.  There are also early European references made in the Southwestern England and northwestern France.

American Indians heavily consumed clams and oysters along the Atlantic coast. While Northeastern Indians also ate a lot of fish, the Pilgrims were not fond of seafood. Fish chowder was popular among Northeastern Indians, but as this dish has been created instinctively along almost every coast in the world, we can’t credit the Indians for introducing it to Europeans.

What we know for sure is that the dish somehow made its way to America by the 17th century. If we look at Savoring Gotham: A Food Lovers Companion to New York City, the New England style of chowder was introduced to the area by French, Nova Scotian, or British settlers and became a common dish by the 1700s.

Clam Chowder is available for a limited time at Costa Pacifica!

Grab a bite of your favorite soup at your favorite restaurant in San Antonio, TX! Costa Pacifica is switching things up this year by serving our creamy clam chowder (New England style) in a bread bowl. And if we are being honest, the bread is the best part! Slightly crunchy on the outside, but warm and soft on the inside.

Unlike other restaurants, our dishes and even our soups are made fresh to order. You won’t find a pot in the kitchen sitting under a warmer until someone places an order. Your soup will be made for you by hand the moment our cooks receive the ticket for your order. When we say “sea-riously” good food, we aren’t kidding!

Grab your family, get in the car, and drive on over to the restaurant! This soup is only available during the colder months. If our guests show this soup enough love, who knows? It may stay on the menu permanently! One can only hope…

Head on over to Costa Pacifica, located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio, Texas. Satisfy your stomach with our one of a kind, fresh bowl of Clam Chowder!

Thanksgiving: It’s More Than Just Turkey

On every fourth Thursday of November, friends and family gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time to give thanks, spend time with family, devour way too much food, and gather around the living room to watch football.

Some families in San Antonio continue to celebrate their own family traditions on Thanksgiving. Maybe you decide to enjoy a stress-free day and leave the turkey behind while you hit up your favorite restaurant. For others, it may be the cooking that is the most valued part of the holiday.

You might remember being dressed in paper pilgrim hats and Indian feathers during lunch time at school when you were younger. But do you remember learning the reason why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Let’s fill you in on some history.

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which lasted for three days! This was the start of their tradition to thank God for their successful harvest in the New World. A letter found by Edward Winslow, an English leader who witnessed the Thanksgiving, said they ate enough food to last one week.

Why Do We Eat Turkey?

Contrary to popular belief, the first Thanksgiving meal didn’t include turkey, ham, stuffing, a pecan pie. Instead, they had fowl, flint corn, squash, porridge, chestnuts, shellfish, and venison around the table. Historians also believe that the majority of their dishes were made with Native American spices and traditional cooking methods.

Keep in mind that the Pilgrims did not have ovens and the Mayflower had a very small sugar supply. Without ovens and sugar, it would be a little difficult to bake a sweet dish for dessert. Unfortunately, the meal did not include pies, cakes and other desserts, which completes every Thanksgiving meal today.

In 1621, turkeys were not part of the feast, but 90% of American families today eat turkey on this holiday. We can give a lot of credit to Alexander Hamilton who stated, "No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day." During the fall season in 1621, they hunted wild turkeys - which were also a Native American bird. Soon enough, it gained traction as a staple for the holiday meal.

How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday

In 1789, our first president George Washington declared a national day of thanks and prayer to celebrate defeat against the British at the Battle of Saratoga. Later on in 1777, he called for another day of thanks on the last Thursday of November to commemorate the end of the Revolutionary War and the ratification of the Constitution. However, the Thanksgiving Day we are familiar with today was not proclaimed an official federal holiday until President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War.

Gather Around the Table with Friends and Family in San Antonio at Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica may not be the first restaurant that comes to mind when you think of a Thanksgiving meal, but it should! Costa Pacifica is one of the most fun and vibrant restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, which makes it the perfect place to host a gathering. You may not find turkey on the menu, but there is a variety of seafood, meat, and vegetarian food items.

Our restaurant is complete with a patio, outdoor and indoor bar, bar area, dining room, and private room for 35 guests in the Stone Oak area. The best part? Our private room is free with a reservation! Come to Costa Pacifica during the holidays for a lovely meal with your favorite people. Happy Thanksgiving!