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Best of Tacoma 2016: Pacific Grill

Best Restaurant, Best Brunch, Best Late-Night Restaurant

The Pacific Grill, located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and South 15th St. in downtown Tacoma, has once again been voted Best Restaurant. Photo credit: Pacific Grill

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When you consider that Gordon Naccarato, owner and chef at Pacific Grill, has been listed among Food and Wine magazine's "Top Ten Best New Chefs" and has made the occasional appearance on the PBS cooking show Great Chefs of the West, it should come as no surprise that, once again, the Pacific Grill has made the Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma list.

Voted Best Brunch, Best Late-Night Restaurant, and Best Restaurant overall, the Pacific Grill is located in the historic Waddell Building at 1502 Pacific Ave. in the heart of Tacoma's thriving downtown district.  Described as "a stunning urban space ... perfect for romance, great conversation and world-class food," this destination restaurant is the place for a casual get-together with friends, dinner with clients or special occasion celebration.

A Tacoma native, Naccarato once cooked for such luminaries as Jack Nicholson, Yoko Ono, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ethel Kennedy, Rupert Murdoch, Don Henley, and even Donald Trump - to name a few.

He describes his fresh, Northwest-inspired cuisine as "fun dining, not fine dining."

Pacific Grill's extensive brunch, lunch and dinner menus include vegan and gluten-free choices. Tapas-style appetizers and extravagant desserts round out the options. And then there's Pacific Grill's famous All-Day Happy Hour, widely considered to be the best happy hour in Tacoma, if not the entire Puget Sound region. From open until close Monday to Friday, and from 4:30 p.m. until close on Saturday and Sunday, the happy hour menu offers half off all food items (excluding dinner entrées) and discounted well beverages and creative cocktail specialties.

Along with his business partner, Gig Harbor native Joe Hardwick, Naccarato has helped make the Pacific Grill not only one of the premiere restaurants in Tacoma, but also a popular event venue that offers both onsite and offsite catering. Check out its website ( to find out all that Pacific Grill has to offer.

Reservations are encouraged, especially during peak times, so call 253.627.3535 to reserve a table and see for yourself why, year after year, the Pacific Grill continues to be recognized as one of Tacoma's Best.

Pacific Grill, Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat and Sun; Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon-Fri; Dinner: 4:30-9 p.m. Sun-Thur, and 4:30-10 p.m. Fri and Sat; Happy Hour: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 4:30-11 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30-10 p.m. Sunday; 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535,

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