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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (102)
Creative Cuisine (94)
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Authentic (39)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Dinner at Passionfish has become something of a tradition for us on trips to Monterey. The food and service are outstanding; the atmosphere friendly and unpretentious. I also like the fact that they make a point of serving sustainable seafood.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

We ate here for our 23rd Anniversary and it was really great. Samantha was our server and she was absolutely delightful. Best personality! The food was spot on as usual. Spoonable Lamb had layers of flavor. Scallops were perfectly cooked and buttery. The dessert - lemon trio of goodness was more than I could've asked for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Every course, every plate, every glass... incredible. We had such a romantic night here and were blown away by everything we tried.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and drink all around. Enjoyable and interesting. Just had to hear too much of the conversation from the table too close to us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Disappointed with the food overall, one out of three meals we were impressed with. The desserts were very tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We’ve been to Passionfish before & felt it was quite good. This time the service, starters and dessert were quite good, but everyones’ fish was very ordinary. Not much flavor and the presentation was bland as well. I will hesitate before going there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was superb and attentive. Charred asparagus almost burned. Cous cous was very over cooked, almost a paste. Fish on the other hand was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Second time eating here, still very good, happy to recommend. The food is excellent, the wine list is plenty lengthy and well-priced. The dining room is spare and lovely, but all those hard surfaces really intensify the noise. There were no loud parties or boisterous behavior, and it was still hard to hear each other. Overall, it's still worth a visit, we think, but don't expect intimate conversation.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Recommended by a friend. Very surprised my wife’s sea bass was not cooked in the middle. Was sent back and again not cooked. This was a special for the night. Couldn’t believe a restaurant of this caliber fell below standard on this.
What was cooked on our meals was great and would return to try again. The servers were great but someone in the back was having a bad evening. It happens. The restaurant did “comp” the meal and apologized.
It was our anniversary so made a reservation to go here as it was highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Was only another couple or two in the restaurant around 5 pm. We were seated in the very back - cold and devoid of any ambiance back there. Would have been more enjoyable being up front - near the bar, fireplace, people... My wife thought we were being put in back due to us not being dressed in "FORMAL" wear - nobody else was I explained to her. All in all - not an "upscale" place by our standards and certainly not anything I would return for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a great restaurant for a nice evening out. The food is excellent, the wait staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Ambiance is great.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent, and the food was good but not incredible. I enjoyed dinner here but would probably not return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I came here after a very disappointing Valentine's Day meal at the Sardine Factory (will not go back there again). A totally different experience at the Passionfish. Great, knowledgable service. Sustainable, local foods. Our salads were melt in your mouth delicious, and the fish was fresh and very tasty.

This restaurant does not take the usual mark-up on wine, so we enjoyed some very good wines at reasonable prices.

The decor was very pedestrian, but we would definitely go back here again.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

While visiting Pebble Beach we decided to go to Passionfish. The menu was great as there was a large variety. Our waitress was excellent! She helped us choose our meals as well as the wine. Our favorite part of the meal were the brussel sprouts. We'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Fresh creative menus, warm staff, welcoming for our anniversary. Curried root salad with creamed blue cheese and delightful chutney, both the scallops and rock fish super fresh and creative sides, deserts beautifully presented classy mud pie and trio of custard cousins- meringue, brûlée and perfect panna cotta.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent creative approach to seafood and meat dishes.
Fantastic reasonably priced wine list including local and foreign wines.
They take sustainability of seafood seriously
Back spaces are very quiet and good for conversation.
Excellent service.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The Brussels sprouts for the appetizer were excellent and the scallop entre was amazing. The tuna was disappointing however.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Been here several times in the past and always enjoyed it. This time was a disappointment — food came cold and in small portions. Wine by the glass selections were mediocre.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was excellent. The salad (Brussel spouts) was surprisingly good. The scallops with the mushroom risotto can't be beat. To top it off, the wine menu was varied and very reasonably priced. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

We've been here before, and it has been stellar. On this occasion, it was VDay and I only expected the usual...good fish. It wasn't. The fish was over cooked, badly, and cold at the same time...that's hard to do. Who ever let this go out should be chopped. Step it up chef...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Wow! We had a fantastic meal! Brussels sprouts were amazing! Fresh fish, innovative, sauces! I highly recommend trying this Pacific Grove gem if you haven’t already.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I had a pre-Valentine's Day dinner at Passionfish. We have always enjoyed the restaurant, but had not been there for a while. The food there is consistently superior. We shared the fried squid and salad appetizer. She then had the scallops. I had the duck confit. And we shared. Both were wonderful. It was the best duck confit outside of France in my experience. We also shared the bread pudding dessert which was excellent. Our server was Samantha, and she was everything you could want in a server: friendly, professional, knowledgeable (about the food and wine), and attentive. She recommended a Santa Cruz wine (Eden Domaine, I think) that we did not know but really liked. The Carmel area has lots of good restaurants, but Passionfish is one of the very best for really high quality food. While not inexpensive, the value is strong. The wine list is also more affordable than most; they make a point of marking up the wine significantly less than most places.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food. Service was exceptional.Best seat in the place. I would go back just for dessert!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very delicious and enjoyable dinner. Service was attentive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was top notch. Great wine list and our server had the wine expertise to make a good wine recommendation for us. Food was also terrific. My albacore was perfectly prepared possibly the best I have ever tasted. By far the best and most enjoyable meal we have ever had in the Monterey area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great fresh seafood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Easily one of our favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula! Every time we visit Passionfish, it is always one of the best dining experiences!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

For all the locals. Just delicious!!! Great service, the food was seasoned perfectly... we appreciate that they split the order for things we shared... though a bit noisy, we weren’t sitting on top of each other and enjoyed everything we orderd

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Creative cuisine menu. Phenomenal wine list with unbelievable wine prices. There are wine selections that are boutique domestic as well as imports and their half bottles are often quite rare as well. It is difficult to choose but the staff is well trained and can often offer an educated opinion to help you decide. Fresh seafood with very accessible prices and addictive sauces that I wish I could replicate. I go for my anniversary every year and I am never disappointed. The servers are vibrant, caring, knowledgeable, attentive and talented. Ideal setting for good conversation with your best friend. The duck confit is my favorite.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding food, great service, a very special place. It was crowded, partially due to the ongoing AT&T golf tournament, but the service and food were still exceptional. Highly recommended.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome experience!!! Everything was so good. Food was outstanding. Service attentive. No waiting beyond my reservation time. Top notch!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Been here many times. Always wonderful food. The Rockfish my husband ordered came with some sort of salad, he would have preferred potatoes, rice or cooked vegetables, otherwise everything was great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent, creative treatment of seafood with wonderful sauces; understated contemporary decor. No wonder it's been so popular for so many years. The Meyer lemon panna cotta was heavenly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service was great with attention to everything from empty glasses (water and wine!), prompt delivery of food and keeping our eating space free of dirty dishes. The restaurant can be a little noisy when it fills up. Diners are close together when busy. We were there when the restaurant opened, so we experienced the restaurant at about 1/2 occupied, so the noise was not very distracting. Food is ALWAYS well prepared with lovely presentation.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Highly recommend the flavors were wonderfully married in each dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Passionfish never fails on all fronts.
Great friendly wait staff, delicious food and a huge wine list.
When it's busy and the noise level goes up, it's hard to hear your dining companions.
So turn on your taste buds and lean in to listen

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Delicious food and a great ambiance. Will certainly be back when we travel through.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food and service. Best dinner on the Peninsula.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was very pleasant. Food was good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. We would have liked some cocktail options, however, they serve wine and beer only.
Overall, I would definitely return.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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