Passionfish

4.6
5775 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and realistically priced wine in a fun and casual atmosphere. The ever-changing menu features the freshest, sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, organic greens and delectable desserts, all complemented by an award winning wine list priced nearly retail. Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife Cindy Walter. They are vocal advocates for sustainable seafood education and were the first officially certified 'Green' restaurant in Monterey County.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 5775 people are saying
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vipgoodfood
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Passion Fish was, as we expected, outstanding. The black-bean, goat-cheese fritters were different and most appetizing, as was the mussel chowder, which should not be missed when it is available. The halibut was perfectly cooked and nicely-sized, and the duck confit was very tasty. The mud pie dessert was a nice finish to a meal accompanied by a good bottle of Barolo. The service was attentive, but not intrusive, and very helpful guiding us through the menu. We will return on our next trip to Pebble Beach.

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TraceyR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

If you get seated in the room with large parties, it might be noisy. The food is excellent, especially Nancy’s biscuits. The service is outstanding.

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vipJohnmrea
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently prepared food. Tagine was of modest quality--so much for going off our usual fish specialties. But the overall experience with the other 3 dishes was excellent.
While a traditional strength---well chosen wines at reasonable prices---is now lost on us, it is nice now to have a good chose of non-alcoholic beers

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ShellB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

This was our first visit, recommended by a friend. Crowded & tight dining area, seated close to other tables, so no distancing. Poor acoustics made it loud. Our server was terrible. Never acknowledged us as we sat & waited close to an hour for our main dish. Food was good, but didn’t blow me away. Was looking forward to trying it based on the accolades, but left feeling disappointed, mainly due to the lackluster service, (& the guy at the next table that talked incessantly).
Possibly newer employees?? Seemed chaotic & disorganized. Not an enjoyable dining experience for us.

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davids
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

seating was a bit close considering it was 1 indoors and 2 covid is present.. did not check vaccinations at door.

food was awesome.. the lamb was amazing.. alcohol prices were very reasonable

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vipbruced
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've eaten here many times and enjoy the food. Last time, the sauce for the dungeness crab salad was too hot (scoville level) - overwhelmed the taste of the crab; needs to be toned done several notches. Staff seemed short-handed; did their best, however, there were lapses. We'll return and hope these matters are rectified.

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SujataW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good and the food was outstanding. Our waitress made an all put effort to ensure sure that the food for my daughter was gluten free. Would recommend this place again and I will visit when I am in the area again.

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SouthBayGirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my birthday, and it was a great experience. Great service and food. We will definitely be back.

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NICKNAME
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening!
Wonderful, helpful server.
So much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

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RicD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Some of the best food we’ve ever had. The dishes were wonderful and the desert was also amazing

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KarenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband, 11 yo son and I came for dinner on Sunday 11/21 evening. We arrived shortly before our 6:30 pm reservation and were immediately seated. The service was great, wine and beer were great (I highly appreciated the offer to taste between two white wines I was considering ordering a glass of before I chose). The kid's duck confit was an awesome deal and my 11 yo unadventurous eater was initially apprehensive but was slurping the duck bone at the end. He also ordered an additional kid's buttered noodles with a Nancy's biscuit and was happy. My husband's rainbow trout entree and my 12 hour lamb breast were succulent and we enjoyed the smoked trout tostaditas appetizer and the panna cotta (11 yo son ate most of that too). Excellent meal and we'll be back!

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RhondaJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, wonderful seafood. Highly recommend.

MB
vipMrsB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food: a great combination of ingredients, flavors and textures in every dish.

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vipFrankie
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Salad was nothing to write home about, but, the greens with our entrees were excellent, soft and tasty.
The halibut was moist, but without the lovely sauce, it would have been pretty tasteless. Just glad it was moist and the sauce was very good.
The salmon was much spicier than expected but very good and nicely prepared.
The scallop appetizer was very good; but get two rather than sharing one; one little scallop is not very sharable.
We thought our waiter was not particularly knowledgeable; perhaps he was new. He also was not the most fun guy in the shop; the rest of the staff seemed like they were really enjoying working there and we appreciated that.
Lemon panacotta was nice enough; Mud Pie was very good.

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CynthiaK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & wonderful, helpful service! It just felt crowded, since they weren’t checking vaccination cards.

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DavidR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was Very long overdue to go to the restaurant I recommend to Everyone !!
The welcome atmosphere and knowledgeable staff are on point. The food caused LOTS of moaning and groaning at our table and those around us.....Yummmm

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and attentive and informative service. Food arrived very quickly without feeling rushed.

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Rocky
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious - we had the PEI mussels, the tostadas, the lamb shoulder and trout - all excellent....

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Entrees we’re mediocre. Everything else - starters, wine, and dessert - were delicious!

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WW00
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The covid protocol was not clear and desk staff was snippy about seating people very close to us without explanation. My husband is an MD; we take public health seriously.

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vipMrsGov
Sacramento
70 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Great food, service, and staff. Reasonably priced bottles of wine near retail. Unique flare to side dishes. The biscuits and banana bread pudding were to die for ( and I don’t like bread pudding)!

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smorr
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would have given them 5 stars for service except our waitperson had a different explanation of how to understand the Allergy Menu that what was said on the website, so it was confusing. Other than that, she was fabulous!

My husband and I went there for dinner to celebrate our birthdays based on a recommendation from a friend and were very pleased we did so.

The menu is inventive and the food is fabulous. The quiet jazz playing in the background (not too loud to affect conversation) and dimmed lighting (not too dark to read the menu!) create a lovely ambiance.

Our waitperson made very good recommendations for both wine and food choices.

They have an Allergy Menu that lists whether common allergens are in the ingredients of each dish.

I was surprised that there wasn't a gluten-free, dairy-free dessert available given their attentiveness to food restrictions. Apparently, they used to have sorbet for dessert. Don't know why it was taken off the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing waitress!

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ShariA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good & the service & ambiance was nice.

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vipRichardA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly well prepared and presented. A fine dining experience.

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MichaelSamuelson
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ordered appetizers, entrees and dessert and they were all exceptional. Prices were very reasonable given the quality of the food, decor, service, etc.

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deelish
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was super accommodating on every level. This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Central Coast, and we will continue to return. But last night's dinner was just a bit off of their usual excellence.

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AMS1
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our fish was lukewarm by the time it came to the table, the sides were hotter than the fish, halibut and coho salmon. We were really looking forward to our meal but left rather disappointed with the food overall, not terrible but hardly a destination seafood restaurant. In addition though all the staff were vaccinated, table spacing was very tight, maybe two feet away which made us very uncomfortable.

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Greenskip
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 21st Anniversary. We had the Mahi and Halibut. Outstanding!

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SonoraLady95370
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat customers. When in Pacific Grove, going to Passionfish is a must. Always delicious and love the twist on the variety of seafood and fish dishes.

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KellyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service was friendly. The portions are good sized. The food was good. I had the duck confit. It wasn't the best I've had. The portion was large, but the duck tasted a little bit like it had been re-warmed. Meats get a certain flavor when they get re-heated and this had that flavor. I had the best buttermilk biscuit I've ever had in my life (61 years) and the best banana bread pudding I've ever tasted in my life, hands down. I will come back again. It was an enjoyable evening and it's not too expensive.

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vipLVdinesaway
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the server was equally excellent!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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WilliamK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Sorry, but for the top-rated restaurant (of long standing) in Monterey/Pacific Grove, this had to be better. The dishes were not offensive in any way, just "muddy"--that is, the ingredients were probably all good, but not put together in a way that highlighted all those flavors....hence the "muddy" description. Presentation and dishware was very standard, service quite attentive. Definitely appreciated the wine pricing, but our selections were either not kept fresh for by the glass service, or simply were not great picks. Again, nothing bad, but nothing shined, either.

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franzv
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about Passionfish but until Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021 had never been. It was delightfull in all ways.

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Freido
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food! Delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We have been coming back annually except for 2019. Prior to this last visit the food was so much better for the value.

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diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Multiple outings here and all mundane food. Nice ambiance.

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AndyA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My dinner was ok but not really that memorable or impressive. The fried baby squid the beet salad were both very tasty, but the halibut entree was poached and sort of plain tasting even though it had a sauce, and it was served with a bland rice custard and some plain sauteed greens. Also, we were seated at the very far end of the long narrow dining hall next to the wall so the ambiance was limited by seating location. Our server Chris was very attentive.

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Passionfish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 655-3311.

Passionfish is rated 4.6 stars by 5775 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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