Passionfish

4.6
5704 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5704 people are saying
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mmcrary
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best quality food in the region at surprisingly low price level. We happily drive 2 hours and spend the night just to have dinner there.

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vipjohno
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, friendly and professional service. Fish preparations were exceptional.

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vipdougaldg
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had three different fish entrees and all were just perfect.
Great wine list also.

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vipjkl2014
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an unexpectedly good meal. We were traveling down the coast. Decided to stop for dinner - and found this restaurant on Open Table. It reviews were right on: excellent food. In terms of atmosphere: is not a tablecloth fine dining experience - as the décor is relatively casual. But the food and service certainly warrant very high ratings.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time back here and it was just as excellent as the first time. Delicious food and wine, nice ambiance, great service. I highly recommend you check this place out.

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KATHLEENV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent choices for healthy nutritional choices, high performing staff, a great experience!

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Saro
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful flavorful experience. Great service. Worth it.

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vipMarkK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had not eaten at PassIon fish in a couple of years, we were pleased to see the same high quality of food and service was there. A Plus, the entire staff if vaccinated!

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vipCal2015
Kiel & SH
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious dinner and beautiful Pacific Grove town. Had a great time

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Relaxingonthecoast
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful as always!

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Suek
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent…this restaurant knows how to cook fish!!!!

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Barbara
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially Distanced delicious fresh sustainable dining.

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Michael
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Passion Fish numerous times and it never disappoints.

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MaximilianS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and exceptional service. Must go! The deserts are to die for!

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LauraJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was fine, as was the setting. Decor was maybe a little spare. But once the food arrived I was no longer paying attention to the interior design.

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vip2picky
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

As always, food and service were excellent. The wine available at reasonable prices is notable.

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Outandabout
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday with husband and adult kids

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vipdrdrl
London
46 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal at Passionfish. Great wine list with very low markup. Lovely 2016 Monthelie Douhairet Porcheret Burgundy and a delightful 2019 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Butteaux Chablis Premier Cru. For starters we had a sea scallop with a zippy relish of walnuts, capers and golden raisins and crispy fried squid in a spicy Thai-inspired sauce. Then a course of spicy fish stew and mixed greens salad. For mains a lovely Coho salmon dish and a less lovely duck confit (the broccolini were charred and unpleasant to eat).

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VisitorFromGA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were taking a trip up the California coast. Our Inn (Seven Gables) recommended Passionfish. We were blown away by the fantastic assortment of unique dishes. I had lamb that was slow cooked. My wife had the duck confit. Both were amazing. At the next table we’re a couple. Both of them are sommeliers. They were telling us that the wine menu was put together by someone who really knows wines well. In addition, the wine prices were way below what is typically charged in such a nice restaurant. Do yourself a favor and visit this very special restaurant.

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vipRosemaryL
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.Food was tasty. Great time.

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BarbaraC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best on the Monterey Peninsula and the best Fish Centric restaurant period.

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foothill
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Missed the biscuits!

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vipBayArea
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside next to a heat lamp, wearing warm coats, and it was lovely to be out in the fresh air. I had the duck confit and it was fantastic. My husband had the salmon and it was also excellent. Service was friendly and competent. We both agreed that it was one of the best dining experiences in recent memory.

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vipdavid
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have dined at Passion Fish previously; disappointed this time on several account: limited menu, general small portion sizes and spicing of dishes that overwhelmed the basic ingredients. Had to ask twice for coffee refill. Restaurant does not offer espresso or other specialty coffees. Impression is that restaurant is cost cutting.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our two fish entrees were excellent tasting, but we felt that they were somewhat skimpy in that they did not really include a vegetable serving on the side. Our scallop appetizer was also excellent tasting, but it was a very small portion and definitely not worth $12. We felt that the waiter should have forewarned us that the scallop appetizer was a small portion. Also, the bread was not complimentary with the meal, but had to be ordered at an additional price. This made us feel like the restaurant was trying to take advantage of us. Also, the restaurant did not seem to have a glass of wine less than $12 which seemed rather steep for a value-conscious diner. In summary,

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vipKristin
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The service was very good
Hands down best bread pudding!
Great find

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PamW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that their whole staff is fully vaccinated and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. They were able to seat us earlier since we got there before our reservation and accommodate some food allergies in our party.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great friendly service! Had the Dungeness crab salad and it was AMAZING!

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vipBimmertim
Jacksonville
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, the wine list is over the top and brilliantly nerdy. The service was spot on with a combination of professional and familial. Could not have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. Overcooked fish and duck. Appetizers had good intention and bad execution. Flavors were awful.

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Liltigermel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Fried squid was amazing (best sauce ever). Actually all the sauces were amazing. If you are used to prices in the Bay Area or Tahoe you will find the prices quite reasonable and food that’s way better then a lot of places that cost more. Nice ambience and wine list.

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DenisC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I loved PassionFish the two previous times I've eaten there in past visits to Pacific Grove. This time my feeling were mixed. I had Duck Confit, which was very good but less than ideal (as it usually in in France). The wine was also good, but a very small portion, over-priced for that quantity.

Service was excellent, as was ambience.

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TomT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always, the food was great, although the halibut was a little over cooked, and we MISSED THE BISCUITS. Hopefully you can get the biscuit oven replaced or repaired soon.

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Russell
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to Passionfish for over 15 years. It is our go to place for special occasions, like our anniversary, Valentines and when we just want to escape to a great place. We are both vegetarians who once or twice a year, eat the fish dishes that are prepared by the talented artists that work in the kitchen at Passionfish. The ambiance, the atmosphere, the wine list and the food keep us coming back. I highly recommend this gem on the peninsula to anyone wanting a superb dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

This was probably my worst dining experience in a few years. The fish was not fresh. Somehow are order got lost in the kitchen and we waited over 45 minutes for our first course. There are much better places than this one.

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GregW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was excellent but our coffee with dessert was at best luke warm. Even after sending it back, the coffee was no better than Luke warm. The restaurant needs to look at their thermos or maybe their whole coffee delivery.

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RefrigFriend
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

SeaFood was over cooked.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The mixed green salad, halibut and bread pudding were excellent. The rock cod was dry and either previously frozen or over cooked. Our server did not ask if we liked our entrees. I would recommend Passionfish with some reservations.

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TheresaP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was quite wonderful. Admittedly pricey but I'm old and I don't go out much so it seemed very on par w/ other restaurants I read about. That said, I thought it worth every considerable penny. I had mahi which I never cook because I've never practiced enough to make it wonderful but this was just amazing.....w/ the parsnips and the pickled onion. Who knew such a mouthful could taste so delicious! Also the servers were very kind. I had walked for 6.5 hours, (I was trying to walk 17 mi drive for my 70th bday. I got off course so I don't really know how far I went but it was long enough), so I was a little cold when I got there and worried about getting colder. But your guy fired up the heater and they kept bringing me hot water and I was just fine. It was really good.

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StephenM
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their wine list, it's quirky and doesn't gauge like most restaurants of this caliber.

FAQs

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

Passionfish is rated 4.6 stars by 5704 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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