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Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA
Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA
Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA
Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA
Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA

Passionfish

4.7
4.7
6960 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 655-3311
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ted Walter
  • Private party facilities
    Passionfish offers two rooms available for private dining. One room seats up to 30 persons and another up to 60 persons.
  • Private party contact
    Cindy Walter: (831) 655-3311
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Cross street
    Congress Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,960 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for fine wines

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

6,960 Reviews
  1. ScottM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been many times. Always wonderful food and service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner! I thought every plate was exceptional, and paired nicely with wine suggestions. Definitely recommend, and will return again!

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  3. Michelin

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We're regulars. Great place. Good food and service. The only thing is that the menu doesn't change often enough.

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  4. Drew

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food quality and service was excellent. The restaurant was busy on a Saturday night but we could still have a conversation without feeling shouted out by the noise. A large group next to us was uncharacteristically less noisy than they often are in this venue. We enjoyed ourselves. The server was knowledgeable about the food choices, offered me a sample of the spicy fish stew which helped me in my choices for dinner. The wine selections were good and the server also offered meaningful suggestions. We were not disappointed with any of the two entrees, 5 shared appetizers, or dessert.

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  5. SallyZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love every dining experience with Passionfish! Lovely food, vibe and service. Will definitely come back!

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  6. TLP1

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Crab salad appetizer and beet salad were both wonderful. Halibut was very dry. Like it had been cooked earlier and reheated. Scallop entree was probably the best. Service felt a bit off. He may have had too many tables. We ordered wine and people he waited on after us got drinks before us.

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  7. KLee

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never disappointing! Excellent meal, as usual. And we love the wine list selections!

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  8. LoriF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff are always friendly and helpful. The food is exquisite- every time!

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  9. AllanC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat here on a holiday. Our table was available when we arrived - a few minutes early. Our server answered our questions about menu items and checked on us periodically. We were pleased with the meal, the service, and the atmosphere.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot recommend this place enough. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

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  11. JohnB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Passionfish is always great. We've been going there for about 15 years and at always is good. And, ask for the biscuits -- they are the best.

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  12. toniC

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best place for Fish, wine and service We always return

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  13. GregoryK

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our go-to places for dining while in Monterey. Excellent seafood and very good service. We also appreciate the non-alcoholic beverage choices.

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  14. SANDY

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go-to place for a romantic and delicious dinner!! Always great and always a special treat.

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  15. JTPG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Passion Fish for many years. We always love the food and service. But, I think it's time to change up the menu.

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  16. RichardB

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    EXCELLENT, food, service, wine list, and value for the high level food experience it was

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  17. RichardB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service with conscientious regard for sustainability. We go to Passionfish every time we visit Monterey. A lovely meal!

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  18. SonomaSan

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Passionfish is our go-to place every time we visit Pacific Grove. It’s consistently excellent. This time we kept it light: two appetizers and a salad. One appetizer was pretty standard lightly breaded calamari with a drizzle of spicy sauce that really balanced the dish. The other was a single seared scallop atop a risotto cake. The salad was mostly Dungeness crab interspersed with greens atop what appeared to be diced artichoke hearts. All were delicious and served by a friendly and attentive staff.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the lamb dish which was okay,the meat was delicious but the surrounding sauce was different. Also we had the fish which was very good. Mud pie was excellent

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, relaxed meal catching up with good friends. Our server knew what she was doing. Not intrusive in least but so knowledgeable and friendly, and there when we needed her. Food and wine were delicious.

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  21. lucky

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent food, interesting choices, prices reasonable for the area. Ambience felt like being in a Denny's

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! Great service. Takes are a little close together but other than that it’s great!

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  23. MaryRuthL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent! Rich, flavorful and filling. Full tummy’s didn’t stop us from having the banana bread pudding with bourbon ice cream!

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  24. Laureli

    Central Coast

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely lovely experience last night. I went with two friends and we split an appetizer that was black bean fritters with a bit of cheese inside – – delicious; then I had the crab salad and my friends had the fish stew— and we all had biscuits. Really wonderful stuff. Plus service was great– – very attentive, and good advice on the menu. Relaxing dinner.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve dined here 5 times. Each time a delight. We started with the black bean goat cheese fritters accompanied by a sweet and pica tomato salsa. Quite tasty together. I enjoyed the duck confit cooked tender in a honey reduction. Savory and sweet - small mash potato portion and broccolini accompanied. My wife relished the scallops. We split the Maple bourbon banana bread pudding with incredibly flavorful banana ice cream for dessert. Superior service and attention to detail. We are locals now and this is a fav spot.

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  26. RichardS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best biscuits I've ever had in my life. They are a life-changing experience in biscuits 

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  27. DickA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very warm reception. Waiters were friendly and helpful. The food was very good. We want to return.

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  28. WrightA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was 1st rate! The food amazing, service fantastic, wine and desert values exceptional, and noise level very tolerable which made our impromptu conversation with table next door easy and fun. Keep it up, we’ll be back!

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  29. LelengL

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was wonderful and the food was very good. We loved our meal there and would go again if we return to town

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  30. LeonardJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time I ate here it was great. Last night was only ok.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the scallops. And of our table of 4 that all ordered different things, I won dinner. Life isn't a competition, but dinner can be. And I won. Get the scallops, win dinner.

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  32. MelS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, excellent meal at Passionfish. Creative presentation, great service, and and excellent wine list. Very reasonably priced. Will definitely return.

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  33. Weddings2013

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant has been a favorite of ours for decades. The high food quality, service and wine list are the reasons we return for a completely memorable experience each time. As a foodie, I seek out places who offer locally sourced ingredients and entrees. The sauces and accompaniments are creative too. Wish I lived closer to this delicious place to enjoy more often.

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  34. Rosy

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding seafood, affordable wines and the best crab salad I have every had!

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  35. BillM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did just starters. It was perfect. The scallop dish was to die for. We will return for sure. Bill from Los Gatos

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  36. ToriR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always The Best of everything. I live in San Diego and I always include you in my visit!

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  37. LuizaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and wonderful experience! We will be back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, as always, and wonderful service, great ambience, and a very reasonable price exclamation point our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove…

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  39. WP15

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious food here, and the amazing wine list is the most affordable anywhere!

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  40. Drew

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Service are always excellent. On nights where there is a large party those parts of the restaurant are very noisy. This night it was very nice. If there is a large party and we cannot sit in the other room its not enjoyable, sadly.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Passionfish is rated 4.7 stars by 6960 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Passionfish

701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Congress Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ted Walter
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 655-3311
  • Private party facilities
    Passionfish offers two rooms available for private dining. One room seats up to 30 persons and another up to 60 persons.
  • Private party contact
    Cindy Walter: (831) 655-3311
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