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Passionfish

4.6
4.6
6116 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 26 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

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What 6,116 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

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Fit for Foodies

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Notable Wine List

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. YI

    YesIamstillatwork

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious. Beautifully executed service. I have not been this impressed with a restaurant in a very long time. Bravo.
  2. d

    djsf

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous menu! Highly recommend for discerning gourmands.
  3. L

    Latviaprof

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visit to Monterey for July fourth festivities
  4. M

    Mara

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Passionfish was a very upscale and beautiful restaurant to eat at. I appreciate a restaurant that puts that much detail into their food and service. Both my boyfriend and I loved our meals and didn’t feel overly stuffed afterwards.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Not child friendly at all
  6. WS

    WSP1

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had fond memories of eating here over 10 years ago. Our recent experience did not disappoint! The food and service were excellent! The prices, especially on wine, were so reasonable, especially compared to Napa where we live. This place will continue to be one of our favorites! Wish we lived closer, thank you!
  7. K

    Karen

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menus. Nice wine list. Attentive service
  9. G

    Glasgow

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Costs a lot but worth the cost, Service was prompt and the food was just right. Nice to have dinner where the cooks are real professionals.
  10. D

    Dean

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Same meal as two nights previous but this time the salmon was slightly overcooked, the asparagus too al dente and the buttermilk biscuits hard as though having sat too long. Two nights previous, it was all perfect. We were there at the first visit shortly after opening. This time it was later and busier and that may explain the lack of care.
  11. F

    Foodie

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service. Very nice woman. Delicious food. Halibut was wonderful. Great with jicama. Great French wine and yummy bread pudding
  12. NS

    NativeSon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Premier seafood restaurant known for the freshest and sustainable cuisine was somewhat disappointing. Having been there a few times, I know their potential. Usually superb cuisine. Sunday, June 26, 2022. Kitchen was way off. My lamb dish was frankly gross. Too bad. Used to love Passionfish ..
  13. KJ

    KimberleeJ

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! Great wait staff! We will definitely down here again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, very nice and professional waiter serve us. Wine was great and food was delicious. Great experience dinning there
  15. c

    chimchim

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Every dish was AMAZING!!!!!!
  16. s

    suzieg

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great service! Highly recommend passionfish!
  17. a

    anonymousdiner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We've been going to Passionfish since 2012; it was one of the highlights of our annual visit the Central Coast. Even during the early days of Covid, we were able to enjoy our meals on the makeshift outdoor patio. However, the past 2 visits starting last year and this Friday were disappointing. We've noticed when wine is poured, the cork is taken away and waitstaff seems anxious to keep filling our glasses. However, we've made it clear to our server that only one of us would be drinking, but nonetheless, he kept pouring copious amounts of wine for my partner. He also took the wine away when we were looking at the dessert menu. We 're unsure if we plan to return but if we do, we need to make firm we should be able to decide how much wine to drink and leave the cork with US. This hide and seek game was strange and off putting. Also, the spoonable lamb was initially tasty, but it's almost the consistency of baby food which became unpleasant to eat. Passionfish excels at seafood but the lamb dish I wouldn't order again or recommend to anyone.
  18. B

    Benny

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I go here whenever we are in the Monterey area. Food and service have been consistently good. Ingredients are fresh. Service is attentive without being pushy.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual - awesome food and awesome service!
  20. HR

    HowardR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Two of us had terrific meals. Fish stew hot and tasty on a cool evening, scallops done perfectly. Couldn't have been better.
  21. J

    Jenn

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    A complete miss. I hope you all pull it together.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent
  23. SE

    SESE

    San Antonio

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent as was service. We'll definitely be back!!!!
  24. BH

    BrianH

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal! The lamb breast was fork tender, and the scallops large and moist. The crab avocado salad had plenty of crab and flavors blended nicely. Be sure to order a biscuit--absolutely amazing, with full butter flavor.. Take advantage of the extensive wine list, mostly priced just above retail. In particular, the large selection of half bottles allowed us to enjoy two excellent reds Tablas Rouge and Mocalai Sangiovese.
  25. BG

    BarbaraG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than expected. Everything we had was great! The dungenous crab salad and fried squid starters were super fresh and seasoned just right. The scallops were particularly good, as was the halibut. The chocolate torte and bread pudding were a perfect ending. And, of course, the biscuits were incredible!
  26. DM

    DawnM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We booked for our anniversary months ago and got stuck in the back room with a few of the servers station and the open back door and trash can. The food was wonderful but the table location and atmosphere left a lot to be desired.
  27. DR

    DavidR

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Would be five stars but they forgot to check us in when we arrived and we ended up waiting 30 minutes . Made up for the mistake by comping an appetizer. Great food and top not serve staff. We eat here every trip to Monterey area.
  28. s

    silver

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, best meal we had on our trip so far. Wonderful seafood, lamb, and biscuits. Drinks and entire menu very reasonably priced. Highly recommend!
  29. ZA

    ZiaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The passion for food and wine comes through here. The dishes are creative and unique, while very approachable priced. The wine list had too many great choices!
  30. WH

    WaHaTom

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Food was well cooked but not well balanced. (For example the crab salad was way too heavy in fish sauce? And fennel bulb - over powered the dish. My biggest issue was the ambiance - or lack there of.
  31. B

    Biscuit

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    They’re trying to add too many flavors. Each dish had multiple flavor combos and we didn’t really feel like the mixed well. The salmon could have been good with out the weird lemon cream stuff on top. The mussels had competing flavors in it and tasted too fishy. Felt like it was a challenging meal to finish and we didn’t. Just got the feeling of trying too hard to have too much going on. Could’ve been simpler and would’ve been great. The service and wine list was exceptional.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary here. The food was so delicious.
  33. DS

    DeneleS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We used to live in the Pebble Beach area and are no strangers to Passionfish. The food and service had always been excellent so maybe we dined on an “off” night. We chose Passionfish to celebrate a friend’s 50th wedding anniversary and were greeted and seated promptly. The paper menu was even stamped Happy Anniversary which was a nice touch. Then we waited and waited and waited to even be acknowledged. After 30 minutes and watching multiple people being served, my husband asked if we could see our waiter. I really think he was ready to leave and if we had not been hosting our friends we would have. Our waiter seemed surprised that he was assigned to our table . I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and think that he did not know we were his. Still there we’re other wait staff that repeatedly had to pass us on the way to the kitchen and saw we still had menus, no water or any other drinks. I still gave the restaurant an above level rating because once we did get served the food was excellent and our friends enjoyed it. I will however have second thought s of driving from Los Angeles to treat someone at Passionfish again.
  34. JL

    JimL

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality ingredients, imaginatively and expertly prepared, and impeccable service in a relaxing setting - our experience could not have been better.
  35. RL

    RobL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very Good food. Tables too close together made it less enjoyable
  36. N

    Norm

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in years. Impeccable service, unbelievable wine list with reasonable prices. Entree split with no issues. Great menu. Very quiet so we could talk to each other without yelling across the table. I give it 5 stars.
  37. M

    Maunakearegular

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was just okay, overall. Fish stew had a lot of broth — which tasted like too-spicy tomato sauce — and just a few small pieces of fish. I left most of the broth uneaten. “Spoonable” lamb was a meager portion, and unappealing in appearance. Scallop app was good. Their special biscuit, which used to be amazing, was terrible — hard crust, dry inside. Perhaps they lost the employee who used to bake those? Service was slow, but friendly. I have dined here many times, over the years. I think the quality has declined in the last couple years.
  38. TH

    TeresaH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food was delicious and the service was great but for me the tables were way too close together.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Very nice time. Great wine list.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful service. Liked our small plates better than our mains. Will return!

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 6116 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 26 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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