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Passionfish

4.6
4.6
6060 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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Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Sea Scallop$14.00

    caper-raisin-walnut relish, artichoke risotto cake

    • Spicy Fish Stew$14.00

      tomato-cilantro broth

      • Smoked Trout Ceviche Tostaditas$12.00

        cashew pesto, spicy salsa brava

        • Fried California Squid$16.00

          herb salad, spicy tangerine vinaigrette

          • Black Bean-Goat Cheese Fritters$10.00

            salsa fresca

            Salads

            • Mixed Field Greens Salad$10.00

              basil-honey dressing, croutons, asiago cheese

              • Beet Salad$14.00

                curry dressing, gorgonzola dulce, pecans, golden chutney

                • Dungeness Crab Salad$30.00

                  avocado, spicy ginger vinaigrette, braised fennel

                  Entrees

                  • Duck Confit$30.00

                    honey reduction, smoked chile-potato cake, grilled broccolini

                    • Spoonable 12-hour Lamb Breast$26.00

                      chickpea meyer lemon stew, goat cheese sauce

                      • Ricotta Gnocchi$22.00

                        bee pollen, saffron tomato broth, english peas

                        • Rockfish$24.00

                          chile-garlic marinade, mango lime salsa, fried avocado-couscous

                          • Coho Salmon$30.00

                            asparagus, soubise, lemon jam, basil broth

                            • Rainbow Trout$23.00

                              sweet potato-wild rice sauté, cardamom syrup

                              • Saltspring Island Mussels$25.00

                                bacon fennel broth, fingerling potatoes

                                • Grilled Shrimp$32.00

                                  Rancho Gordo cassoulet beans, lemon-herb vinaigrette

                                  • Sea Scallops$36.00

                                    tomato-truffle butter, savory rice custard

                                    Dessert

                                    • Maple-Banana Bread Pudding$8.00

                                      bourbon caramel sauce, banana ice cream

                                      • Chocolate Truffle Torte$7.00

                                        passionfruit syrup

                                        • Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta$6.00

                                          strawberry coulis

                                          • Straus Organic Mint & Espresso Mud Pie$8.00

                                            chocolate sauce

                                            Last updated: April 21, 2022

                                            What 6,060 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                            4.6
                                            4.6 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.6Food
                                            • 4.7Service
                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            Loved For

                                            • California Central Coast

                                              Seafood

                                            • Monterey / Carmel

                                              Fit for Foodies

                                            • Monterey / Carmel

                                              Healthy

                                            • Monterey / Carmel

                                              Notable Wine List

                                            • Monterey / Carmel

                                              Seafood

                                            • Monterey / Carmel

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                                            1. W

                                              Wilson

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 1 day ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of the best meals I have ever had in every way!

                                            2. CN

                                              CindyN

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              A hidden gem! We finally visited Pacific Grove! Had lunch and dinner before and after our Aquarium visit! Love this place! Will be back soon!:)

                                            3. JO

                                              JOHNB

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and spectacular, reasonably priced wine list.

                                            4. SU

                                              SallyU

                                              Toronto

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              5 star experience. Friendly and helpful waiter, beautiful food plating, excellent flavors from start to finish. Ordered beet salad, ceviche, scallops, and rockfish and each dish was perfection. Go here!

                                            5. D

                                              ianD

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                              overall2food3service3ambience3

                                              Overpriced, overrated. Small portions, slow service.

                                            6. ES

                                              ElaineS

                                              San Francisco

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of our favorites in Pacific Grove. Food prepared perfectly; service is superb and an excellent wine list.

                                            7. B

                                              Barry

                                              San Francisco

                                              14 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              14 reviews

                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Passionfish is always on our "must" list for Pacific Grove. It is outstanding. Aside from the great choices (I always have the Duck Confit), Nancy's biscuit and maple-banana bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce and banana ice cream are amazing. Finally, you get imported beers for $4!

                                            8. R

                                              Roger

                                              San Francisco

                                              11 reviews

                                              2.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                                              overall2food2service2ambience1

                                              Passion fish was not an enjoyable experience. The decor is uninteresting and the food was non descript. Worst of all, the staff is somewhat pretentious and snooty. The potions are microscopic and the price is astronomic. Corkage fee (in CA of all places given the multitude of good winery's) is an exhorbitant $30.00! Save your money and done elsewhere.

                                            9. ML

                                              MontereyLocal

                                              Minneapolis

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is the best restaurant on the Peninsula. Hands down.

                                            10. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Delicious fresh fish sustainably sourced and paired with a wide selection of wines. Quality of ingredients is top notch with hints of Asian and Mediterranean notes in the dishes. Food quality was great in a fine casual environment that made it feel relaxed.

                                            11. R

                                              Robt

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                              overall3food2service4ambience3

                                              Noise level was highest I have encountered on previous visits. Food was good, but not as distinctive as in past. Prices higher.

                                            12. d

                                              dougaldg

                                              San Francisco

                                              31 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              31 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Always wonderful to visit Passionfish- tasty food and an excellent wine list

                                            13. c

                                              chrisn55

                                              Orange County

                                              6 reviews

                                              vip
                                              1.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall1food1service4ambience4

                                              About two hours after eating both of us had severe stomach problems

                                            14. A

                                              A123

                                              San Francisco

                                              15 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Well prepared meal. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Well priced, good value for your money.

                                            15. TK

                                              ToddK

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We were pleasantly surprised when we were able to get a reservation only an hour and a 1/2 before dining. The staff was very effective and considerate and the food without standing. This will be our new favorite restaurant when dining in the Monterey area.

                                            16. SA

                                              SANDY

                                              San Francisco

                                              16 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had the rainbow trout, rockfish and spoon lamb - all of which was delicious! The wine list was nice and not too expensive. The service was great. We brought a 14 month old who was well behaved. I am glad I called ahead because they don't have high chairs. I was able to bring a chair that attached to the table so that worked. All in all, a great meal!

                                            17. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Los Angeles

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                              overall2food2service5ambience5

                                              Unfortunately we didn’t like either of our entrees, both were very weird flavors and apparently this was not the first time the service had been told this. I was not a fan of the overcooked salmon with lemon curd on it.

                                            18. JD

                                              JenD

                                              Las Vegas

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Enjoyed a marvelous dinner here on a recent visit to Pacific Grove. Our server was attentive and offered a wonderful wine suggestion for us. I had the sea scallops with the savory rice custard, which I am still thinking about! Highly recommend this place for the excellent food and service. The restaurant itself is intimate in scope and attractive. Looking forward to dining here again the next time I am in the area.

                                            19. DR

                                              DrRubin

                                              San Francisco

                                              13 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              13 reviews

                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              From the moment we entered to the time we left, all was excellent at Passionfish. The person who sat us was gracious. The waiter was very helpful and service was tops. The food was delicious. We both had the mussels, some of the best I have tasted. The price was not excessive but aligned with the quality of the food. Highly recommended! Alan L. Rubin, M. D.

                                            20. AJ

                                              AnniJ

                                              Denver

                                              8 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We make it here about once every 3-4 years since we live in Florida. The food and wine here is always interesting, exciting and tasty.

                                            21. e

                                              eeediner

                                              St. Louis

                                              31 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              31 reviews

                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best restaurant in Pacific Grove, in my opinion.

                                            22. MS

                                              MarkS

                                              San Francisco

                                              20 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The menu selections are fantastic and they include turf dishes if you are not there to have seafood. Excellent preparation and portions with a very amazing wine list. Very knowledgeable staff also. The one problem is the tables are CROWDED together, in fact I was told to move my chair in closer to the table as the server could not fit in to serve the corner table, I had to sit with my chest brushing the table edge, very uncomfortable, and when the server was working the table to the other side, we had a nice butt in our face to look at as we ate- you could remove one 2 top table to make the room more comfortable- this was in the main room along the windows. I was also told later on that I was in the way as the server bumped my chair again to get to the awkwardly placed corner table. GIVE US SOME ROOM TO EAT Passionfish! We have eaten there lots in the past, probably will again, but will not sit at the table again.

                                            23. J

                                              Jack

                                              Central Coast

                                              2 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall3food3service5ambience5

                                              Here is a restaurant that seems a little challenged. It is striving to develop an innovative menu with sustainable ingredients but seems to be suffering along the way to blend together fresh with sweet and spicy. I won't give up on it and will give it another try next time I'm in the area.

                                            24. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful little gem Every plate was thoughtfully put together with many layers of flavor and textures Very reasonably priced as well Will definitely be back!

                                            25. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Dublin

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Nicest fish I've had in a long time. Favourite restaurant on our trip around the west coast

                                            26. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Wonderful food - great service - good prices for wine

                                            27. BB

                                              BobB

                                              Milwaukee

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Adam, our waiter Was friendly and knowledgeable. He definitely described the appetizer and entrée choices we had. The rockfish was stellar, the duck confit was more than I could eat And it was sandwiches for our flight back home the next day.

                                            28. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We will definitely recommend this place the best drink and dessert pairing experience of all time and dinner was also a five star experience . Service was top notch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

                                            29. PV

                                              PeterV

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              this is one of our all time favorites. Took my wife out with kids to celebrate Mothers Day the night before and it was great. Service, appetizers, dinner, the deserts. All wonderful. Can't wait to return.

                                            30. K

                                              Kirstn

                                              San Francisco

                                              14 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              14 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall3food5service1ambience2

                                              Food is great. Tables are right next to each other so you can talk to the group next to you. Assuming you want to…. Service was WAY too fast. Got there at 6:58 for a 7pm reservation and they had us fed and out the door by 7:50 and that was with a bottle of wine, appetizers and full entrees. Dining should not be a race. With the fact that they take a credit card and threaten fees for late cancellations, we should expect to receive an enjoyable paced meal. Three stars because food is excellent. Just make sure to set your own pace and push back when they rush you.

                                            31. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              As in the past, the food was excellent and the experience very enjoyable. Wish we had been hungrier.

                                            32. DA

                                              DonnaA

                                              Sacramento

                                              26 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              26 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Excellent food, varied selection. Professional, friendly service. Always consistently good, can’t go wrong at Passion Fish.

                                            33. J

                                              Jandgsgg

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We never miss an opportunity to eat here! The food is always so fresh and the menu very creative! Staff very personable too.

                                            34. C

                                              Chefchristopheryoung1980

                                              Sacramento

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything was delicious. They recognized my wife's birthday and didn't make a huge show out of it. Which, for us, was perfect. We will definitely be back.

                                            35. CR

                                              ChristianR

                                              San Francisco

                                              8 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The world needs more restaurants like this! Best restaurant we've run across in a long, long time. Super smart and interesting menus, both food and wine. None of the hackneyed stuff one finds everywhere these days (are you tired of fried brussels sprouts and avocado toast?). Fantastic combinations of flavors, super fresh ingredients, very nice presentation. And the wine list! Amazing compilation of thought-provoking wines from small producers. And did I say...all very reasonably priced? Go, Passionfish!!! Other restaurants could learn a LOT from you!

                                            36. TE

                                              TammyE

                                              San Francisco

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is our go to restaurant while in Pacific Grove. Best in fine dining and reasonably priced. The food is always excellent and the service impeccable.

                                            37. L

                                              Lucy

                                              Los Angeles

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                                              Very affordable, but lack refinement. Food tasted ok overall, but could be better. Vegetables were a little oily in the scallop entree.

                                            38. MM

                                              MadisonM

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! Service was stellar. Wine was so fun! Loved every minute!

                                            39. DO

                                              DineOutOften

                                              Baltimore

                                              4 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food, service and menu.

                                            40. C

                                              Christine

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                              overall4food4service1ambience4

                                              Overall was great except the server has no personality, very difficult to hear him. The best of the meal is the biscuits.

                                            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 4.6 stars by 6060 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                            Booked 39 times today
                                            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

                                            • 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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