We hadn't been out to the Pacific Cafe out on Geary for a while, but introduced a friend to this old favorite last night, and it was good as ever. If you are looking for innovation, don't come here. It's a basic fish house, but offers very fresh, simply prepared fish at a good price. Dinner includes salad or soup along with a choice of starch (oven fries, rice or new potatos) -- and while they may not mention it, the original salad with blue cheese and anchovy filets is still obtainable, in addition to the caesar or Louie-type salads.
We typically recommend ordering from the chalk board, rather than the menu, as it reflects the current market and so is usually what's freshest. Most of the preparations are very simple, but if they have Halibut Parmesan (one of their own specialties), it's highly recommended. A HUGE filet of locally caught Halibut, lightly coated in an egg and parmesan crust that is browned in the pan and then finished by baking. We all went with that last night, and the fish was beautifully moist and delicious.
The restaurant doesn't take reservations and so waits can be somewhat long at times, although they keep the crowds happy with a decent jug wine poured for free. Or you can do as we do and purchase a better, a reasonably priced white from their small list.
Pacific has a very loyal local clientele... we've been coming for over 20 years ourselves, and it's as good and relaxing as ever.