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About Passionfish

Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and 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 and well below what you've come to expect. 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.

701 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Cross Street:
Congress Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 655-3311

Website:
http://www.passionfish.net/

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Passionfish Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (137)
Creative Cuisine (136)
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Notable Wine List (120)
Special Occasion (103)
Good for a Date (103)
Neighborhood Gem (98)
Good for Anniversaries (88)
Healthy (79)
Worth the Drive (76)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Romantic (59)
Casual (53)
Quiet Conversation (50)
Authentic (48)
Cozy (41)
Seasonal (39)
Organic (36)
Business Meals (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
People Watching (10)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

We have always loved this restaurant and really liked it last Sunday night. There were not very many people which made conversation much more pleasant.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food here is pure art! Delicious fish, wonderful vegetables and such a great vibe and environment. Thoroughly recommend for anyone interested in a new artsy, flavorful food experience!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

We celebrated my birthday here and they were so sweet — even printed out special menus with “happy birthday” at the top! Had a lovely and delicious meal!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve gone to Passionfish for many special occasions like Birthdays and anniversaries. Love the intimate ambiance and the special attention to detail. The food is amazing and freshly made. From their food and their practices, they stand behind their mission of sustainability. Highly recommend visiting this Pacific Grove Restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unimpressive dining area, but Outstanding, reasonably priced food! One of the best crispy brussel sprouts appetizer we’ve ever had. The fish dish had an excellent blend of seasonings and a superb sauce. The “You can eat it with a spoon” lamb breast wad as advertised. We had to force ourselves not to lick the plate of the banana bread pudding with banana ic cream with bourbon Carmel sauce dessert!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been patrons since Passionfish opened. The food has gotten better and the ambience has worsened. It is crowded and noisy, almost chaotic at times which makes it difficult to relax and enjoy the interesting and excellent food. I think the best place to sit is in the long narrow dining area to the left of the front door with your back to the window. MY husband and I sat side by side. Conversation was possible. They need to take out some tables. Invest in sound dampening gear and warm it up a bit, a nicer floor covering perhaps.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was delicious across a wide variety of flavors and sauces. Our waitress Samantha was excellent as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I heard great things about this restaurant. My take:
The seafood stew was overly spicy and overboard on the citrus flavor!!
Black bean cakes were flavorless
Rock fish tasted fishy
Duck confit was good
Scallops good, nothing notable
Brussels sprouts were above average
Vegetarian dish was returnable, embarrassing.
Desert was a citrus trio....very good.
Really liked wine list. Fair prices on the wine.
Not sure how this restaurant will stay in business.
I would highly recommend them trying the recipes before they serve.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We're San Francisco foodies who ALWAYS make it a point to eat at Passionfish when we're in the Monterey Bay Area. Creative cuisine (always something new on the menu and they make fish NOT boring!), fantastic wine policy and helpful, engaged servers -- wish this gem was closer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We enjoyed the special appetizer of the night, which was a crudo with a grapefruit granita paired with a glass of champagne. The pairing was delicious, especially with the "pop" of flavor of ginger/grapefruit granita. The Brussels sprouts salad seemed more like a side of Brussels sprouts, it was okay but nothing special. We both had the scallop entree. Three large scallops on top of a sauce with a sauteed bok choy and a rissotto too but, it was a scoop of something that was kind of mushy and did not seem like a rissotto. I was not that impressed with the entrees:( It was good just not stellar and I guess I had the impression it was going to be excellent from other reviews. It was good, just nothing outstanding and it was reasonably priced. Service was attentive but I would have enjoyed hearing more of a description from our server of the items on the menu, rather than, "that's a popular dish, a lot of people order it, ".

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant. Outstanding food and service. Interesting wine list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nov. 2017: Passionfish was recommended by two different sets of friends--one who lives in PG and another who visits. Overall, we were so impressed by Passionfish's food, we went there twice in three days. Two different servers--both were well-trained, knowledgeable, attentive, respectful and friendly.
The food was creative and scintillating--really interesting and different where flavors meld together perfectly and balanced. Our favorite was the brussels sprout salad--who would think salad tasted this exciting? My husband said the duck he ordered ranked in the top 5 he's ever had. And the beat salad was equally delectable.
Our one criticism is the very very limited by-the-glass wine options. Yes, they advertise that they serve bottles of wine close to retail prices (vs. restaurant markup). However, you still are being asked to pay $40-100+ for that bottle. (They have an extensive wine list by the bottle.) I just wanted one glass of wine because we had been drinking before dinner and this restaurant had exactly three options--altogether--for red wine. Only one pinot noir choice seems ridiculous in California wine country. I ordered a non-descript red from Paso Robles, also nearby, that was a disappointment--and I love wine from that region. So, while they are not responsible for making the wine, they are choosing cheaper wines that do not pair with the tantalizing food offerings.
In summary, we would go back again for the excellent food and either bring our own wine and pay corkage fees, or be prepared to pay a higher by-the-bottle price to get something decent.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. From the food to the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our family drives down to Monterrey from San Francisco just for this restaurant. We make a day or a weekend out of it, of course, but that's how good this place is. Food is consistently amazing and service is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This place is outstanding - especially for its seafood and one of the most memorable meals I’ve had this year!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

As always, a great meal. Appetizers are particularly special.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great meal, attentive service, it had been too long since we'd visited, and it lived up to our good memories.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Passionfish is one of my favorite restaurants. Their biscuits are a must!! Great service and wonderful food!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was so knowledgable about everything from ingredients, to preparation, to
wine and vineyards. Extremely pleasant with my teenagers who wanted to split two dishes -
kitchen plated them separately and made them feel very "VIP." Outstanding food and preparation, especially the fish. We've been coming here for almost 15 years and it NEVER disappoints.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Passionfish is overrated in our opinion. Restaurant was very hot and stuffy. Very little space between tables (i.e. be prepared to dine with others). Menu is very limited. No salads. Small portions. Just not that great. There are many many excellent restaurants on the peninsula, and this is not one of them.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was delicious. Service was friendly but a little slow as the restaurant was very busy. Overall quite enjoyable on this day before Thanksgiving.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Maybe we had tourist stamped across our foreheads so the ensuing service ended up feeling second class and burdensome on the staff. From the server to the hostess, and the busboy we were ignored, forgotten about and treated like whimps for asking for ‘lemons to go with our seafood...’

We’ve loved this place in the past so hope it was a one-off event.

Signed, The Tourists

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We have eaten at Passion Fish several times. Each visit was a positive experience. Service was outstanding. The food was always delicious and healthy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

service great and food great, as always.
Only issue was a 3-4 yo child at adjacent table who was noisy and kept banging his utensils and toys on the table.
This was our 4th visit, and this experience was an aberration; I would not hesitate to return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was great, all fresh, great taste, service was attentive and prompt. Perfect.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nice restaurant... table ready on time.. server knew the dishes and explained them well. Food met expectations but nothing extraordinary. I’ll return for sure.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We live a few hours from the Monterey area but visit at least once a year. Going to Passionfish always feels like going home.....reliably good food, great wine selection, not pretentious. It will keep us coming back!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I were traveling to the Pacific Grove/Carmel area for the weekend and wanted to find a seafood restaurant with a very good wine list. After looking at several potential eateries, we decided on Passionfish. Two characteristics encouraged us - first their commitment to sustainable seafood, and second their extensive wine list. We arrived on time and were seated quickly. The place was hopping. Our server was wonderful - the wine list was a tome (my favorite) - and to my surprise, Passionfish does not over charge for wine. Their markup is SIGNIFICANTLY less than any other fine dining restaurant we have visited. This, and the fact that Passionfish stock a NUMBER of half-bottles, allowed us to select wines perfectly paired for our individual dinner selections. The choices were abundant - when you look over the menu and specials and have a difficult time selecting between several options, life is good. Our firsts were very good. Roasted Brussels sprouts for my wife, Sea scallop for me. Our entrees were even better - Sea scallops for my wife, Tuna for me. The entire dining experience was languid - even with all of the activity of the very busy location. We felt taken care of and treated to a dining experience that we will certainly seek out again. Thank you Passionfish!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Organic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Real focus on food quality, not quantity. The meat in the entree is indeed the majority of the fish (as opposed to many other restaurants that heavily dilute the dish with a bunch of cheap carbs). Service is excellent. Noise level is low to moderate, making it very easy to have conversations. At the same time, it is not overly quiet (in which case would make it uncomfortably 'classy'.)

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great wine list and great wine value. Fun to try different regions. Seafood always awesome.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. A local store owner recommended it to us. The atmosphere was comfortable and inviting. But the food was the real star!! Seriously some of the most delicious flavors I’ve ever had. Very sophisticated menu. All the food was fresh and interesting. Can’t wait to go back next time we’re in Pacific Grove!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our Favorite place to go in Pacific Grove.
Best wine, best fish, and best food

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place. Good quality food. Have been going there for years and keep coming back. And the team is out of this world!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The tables are a bit too close together. When our waitress was addressing the table next to ours, her back side was less than a foot from my face while I was eating. It was noticeable and not really what you want inches from your face while dining. Otherwise all good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Passionfish is our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove. The food is creative and delicious, they have an excellent wine list, and the service is outstanding. Highly, highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Spectacular food, great wine selection at retail prices and friendly service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Decent waiter service. Not very friendly front desk. Cramped waiting area - no bar. No drink while you wait. Small expensive portions. Limited menu. No spirits.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The only downside was we had reservations but had to wait almost 20 minutes

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic seafood. Wish they offered more vegetables as sides. Also wished there was more room between tables.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic food. Wide wine selection, carefully curated and value- priced.

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