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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
6996 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 31 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 6,996 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

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

6,996 Reviews
  1. LocalJ

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. Well prepared, attractive plating. Delivered. in a timely manner. Great server and a fabulous wine list, well priced. This is one of our "go to" spots for a great meal in Pacific Grove.

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  2. Roger

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent, creative food; attentive, informed, professional staff. Very mediocre decor. You don’t go to Passionfish for the ambiance , but it helps. After several days in PG/Monterey, Passionfish was the culinary highlight.

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  3. Stylefolks16

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was our first time to Passionfish… but it won’t be the last. Wonderful service… and amazing food!! We loved the fennel butter sauce mussels the best! Super fresh mussels & delicious sauce over homemade pasta… what could be better?!? And don’t skip the biscuit! Just like everyone else… we LOVED it! So much… we ordered one to go for the next morning! Can’t wait to return!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went early but it was wonderful with low noise levels that helps with our hard of hearing guests. Love the food at Passion Fish! No matter what we pick, we have always loved it!

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  5. LynnC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was DIVINE. We only go to Passion Fish on special occasions due to the price. I would highly recommend an Early Bird special. The fish stew and the biscuits remain our favorite!

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  6. momster

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This Pacific Grove icon still delivers. The food was great, as was the wine. Just wish we had a little more guidance on the food/wine pairings

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  7. ELizM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here on our last night - wish we dined here the first night. Food was very flavorful, service was lovely. We had the crab salad, scallop appetizers. He had the seared tuna and I had the warm brussel sprouts salad. Unfortunately, we were still full from a day of eating and drinking. I ordered a Belgian ale, but didn't touch it. The waiter, seeing that I didn't touch it, took it off our bill. I didn't even mention anything and actually apologized because it was my fault. My husband added the cost of the drink to his tip. Would return.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great meal—not absurdly expensive, but delicious all around! Affordable bottle of excellent wine, sustainable fish, what more could you ask for!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had been waiting to go here and was underwhelmed. Service was outstanding but food was just ok. Halibut was decent though nothing remarkable and trout had tons of bones. Wine selection was unique and two whites tried were not great. For the price there are a lot of more superior restaurants in the area.

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  10. robinb

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Passionfish. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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  11. EANDD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb! The service is great! Love this place and dine here whenever we are in the area!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never, ever disappoints! Whenever we’re in town, Passionfish is our go to. The biscuits are heavenly, as is the bread pudding! Love this place!

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  13. PJMLoveDiningOut

    Calgary

    189 reviews

    4.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food (scallops, spicy fish broth, salad…). Decent wine list. Plenty of street parking by the restaurant. Service - water, table clearing and dishes refresh in between dishes (bus boy), excellent. Server - mediocre. Didn’t seem to care, may need training on how to scan a room for who needs what. Our section’s patrons were visibly perturbed. But we’ll be back. Recommend.

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  14. WIneles

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice people, meticulous service and always an interesting seasonal menu.

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  15. YumTum

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great dinner. Each dish was prepared very well and we enjoyed the flavor combinations in each delicious dish. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, and the dining room was comfortable and decorated in a clean, unfussy manner. Also, very pleasantly surprised by an extensive wine list that was not overpriced.

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  16. TKang

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The best biscuits we've ever had, had a super crisp crust and a fluffy interior. Everything else was just okay. We had beet salad, the squid appetizer (basically fried calamari), crab salad, scallops, duck confit, kids' rockfish, kids' duck, shrimp. The thing that really soured my experience was the service communication. Our server told us that the kids' menu duck confit was $8. I thought that was really low, so I asked him two more times to make sure, "So the kids' items are $8?" "Are both the fish and the duck $8?" He answered yes. We ordered 2 of the kids' duck and 1 kids' fish. When the receipt came out, it was listed as $14 per kids' duck. When I asked him about that, he said, "Oh, sorry I wasn't sure about the duck price." If he wasn't sure about it initially, he should have said he would go and check before we ordered. And when I bring it up, his response shouldn't have been a "Oh sorry, too bad." We went right at 5PM when the restaurant was relatively empty, so it wasn't like he had to juggle many tables.

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  17. Timprn

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday celebration for my wife. Outstanding service. Wonderful wine list; they even had one of our favorite Austrian Rieslings. The scallops and the Alaskan Haddock were to die for. My wife had a beet salad that she said was the best she had ever had, I had an exquisite crab salad that you don't come across very often. And the caramel bread pudding was the ultimate topper for dessert. All in all, a great dining experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal! Fantastic wine list. Can’t beat it.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fresh, always delicious. Do yourself a favor and get the biscuit. Get two! You will NOT be sad.

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  20. TMLEATZ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always delicious , never disappoints and service excellent. The night was busy but the service was excellent. Will definitely be back. The mussel dish is always our favorite.

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  21. PatriciaL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, service was great. We had the spicy fish stew, the scallop appetizer, biscuit and truffle torte. The biscuit was so good my husband ordered another, flaky and buttery on the inside, chewy and a little crispy on the outside. The truffle torte was rich but light like a soufflé and so good. We’ll definitely be back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Asparagus fries were delicious and surprising. The crab avocado salad did not taste fresh. Very disappointing. Scallop main was ok but lacked any depth or imagination. I would not return. Service was very good.

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  23. Kristine

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone in our party of 4 thought their food was outstanding!

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  24. Snail

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Scallops were the best. Pleasant atmosphere and service.

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  25. ArlF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love this restaurant. My scallop entree was delicious and the chocolate torte simply decadent. Service is friendly and A+

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the food delicious. 5 stars!

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  27. JerryH

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner. There were 3 of us and we each chose different entrees. All were good. The restaurant was well run and well maintained. We will go again.

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  28. clubr

    Central Coast

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely experience at Passionfish! It was our anniversary that was noted on our daily menus. Dishes was extraordinary of the trout and trajine, asparagus fries are so good capped off with Roquefort ice cream. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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  29. pokelover

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service excellent. Waiter knowledgeable about dishes and wine.

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  30. BarbaraC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is first rate. The service, especially Eugenia, is outstanding. Everything is spot on at this restaurant!!!

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  31. SuburbanFoodie

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent and the prices are quite reasonable. Our scallop entree was delicious but the mussel/pasta entree was disappointing in that is lacked taste.

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  32. AlohaTed

    New York City

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was very lackluster. It took 25 minutes for someone to take our order. When we finally got someone’s attention, the waitress was unfriendly and unrepentant about ignoring us. She stared at us and glared at us for having to take our order. to top it all off it turns out that she was the manager. The first appetizer arrived 45 minutes after we were seated. Never again.

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  33. NaomiW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible dinner for our anniversary. Staff were kind and helpful in navigating menu items and pairing with wines. I have a gluten allergy and the waitress was knowledgeable and kindness.

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  34. HenryG

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a little slow. Portion sizes were good and prices were fair. Overall the dining experience was good however I was not overly impressed with the food. Next time in PG we will probably try Wild Fish albeit more expensive per dish.

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  35. Arthur

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was innovative, healthy and most important of all delicious. The wine list was extensive and reasonably priced. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. I will be going back soon again.

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  36. LaLaH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Imaginative use of fresh ingredients to highlight the seafood. Service was impeccable!!!

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  37. JenniferR

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved all our food at Passionfish. The seafood was delectable. Hats off to the chef!

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  38. mrpeanut

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a perfect spot for my mom's birthday dinner after spending the day at the aquarium and beach. We appreciated that the restaurant sourced seafood sustainably and the wines were indeed reasonably priced. In fact all of it felt well-priced to us coming from SF. The service was excellent, we had Paola and they were so kind to my parents' requests for a more simple dish than was on the menu. Really loved Passionfish and we will definitely be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Dessert was GREAT! Other than that, we felt the food was overpriced and lacked flavor.

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  40. lovetoeat

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Thought the food was mediocre. It was served so quickly it may have been made in advance. If you have gluten and dairy restrictions this is not the place for you.

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FAQs

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

Passionfish is rated 4.7 stars by 6996 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 31 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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