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Passionfish

4.6
3526 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
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Phone number
(831) 655-3311
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ted Walter
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Private party facilities
Passionfish offers two rooms available for private dining. One room seats up to 30 persons and another up to 60 persons.
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Private party contact
Cindy Walter: (831) 655-3311
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress Ave
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing! Great food and great service. Definitely will go there when in the Monterey/Carmel area.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely my favorite restaurant in Monterey County...and my boyfriend's too! The service is excellent, very attentive and helpful. The food is incredible. You just can't go wrong here. Some of my favorites are the squid appetizer, anything Brussel sprouts, scallops, rockfish, trout, duck confit, lamb...and more. And don't forget about the biscuits...flakey and buttery and worth going off your diet for. Oh, and my 96 year old mother absolutely loves this restaurant, too.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Super eten en een goede bediening

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Why do hosts always seat diners in as closest proximity possible when there are plenty of tables available on a Monday evening? I don’t get it. Is it because the servers then have to expend less energy moving between tables? Were they expecting/hoping beyond hope for an influx of diners later who (as far as I could tell) never materialized? Passionfish is on hiatus for a while, for a few reasons. But good judgment/consideration for patron dining experience seems lacking here. P.s. Our server was timely and efficient, though.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wine list is absolutely outstanding! Food lived up to its reputation. A "must do" for all the foodies when in the Monterey area.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I came here for a Saturday date night and really enjoyed ourselves. We shared two appetizers and the scallop entree as well as the biscuits and dessert. Plenty of food and my foodie husband was very happy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service including entree choices and wine. Next table was quite loud. The scallop was superb.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Ahi Tuna and Scallops were excellent and the service was also.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food & service! I had the sea scallops & they were amazing! We celebrated birthdays for this particular evening.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I loved our meal at Passionfish! We loved the black bean and goat cheese fritters, the beet salad and the scallops. I'm really glad we saved room for dessert, since the lemon custard was excellent and the mint chocolate dessert was even better. The service and atmosphere were also great, and I hope to return here again someday.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of the best dining experiences we've had in years ... from the great service to the exceptional food selections. Definitely a treasure. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I am always amazed at the professionalism of the servers. They are pleasant, easy to understand and very knowledgable about the items on the menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The quality, preparation, & presentation of the food was excellent - sea bass crudo appetizer, spoonable 12-hour lamb breast, and rockfish with jicama-mint salad. Service unsurpassed and a fabulous and well priced wine list. Great place to celebrate...any and every thing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Passionfish did a lovely job with my dad’s birthday.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Always love how Passionfish create their dishes. The only disappointment out of total 5 dishes that we ordered was the rockfish. The fish is bland, and the salad is too sour. Couldn’t finish the dish, it was horrible. But we truly loved everything else from our appetizer to our dessert tho!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My husband and I were looking for a romantic dining experience in the neighborhood of Carmel and Pacific Grove while being on our West coast roadtrip. We booked a table in the morning on opentable as it was a recommended restaurant in the romantic dining options list. The restaurant is on a fairly quiet road in Pacific Grove with plenty of parking options (we went on a weekday). The focus of the menu is really on fish, which is a great fit with the area it is located in. We shared a starter, both had entrees and shared a dessert. While we didn't pick a wine, their prices were very acceptable! What I really enjoyed about the menu is the broad range of fish only offering sustainable options. We had the fried oysters as a starter, and I had the Artic Char as a main, while both had quite some spice to it, they were very well prepared and the spice didn't own the overall taste too much. The fish itself was of great quality and taste! As a dessert we chose the assortment of panna cotta, creme brulee and orange curd, while I think it could have been better presented, it was definitely delicious! Overall service was very friendly and fast (but not too rushed either), and the restaurant has a cosy and intimate atmosphere. We had a really enjoyable dining experience with good products for a good price!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was imaginative and fresh. We focused on seafood and fish, all of which was local, and everything was wonderful. The scallops in particular were some of the best I have ever had on the west coast. Even the little scoop of cheesecake ice cream left a memorable impression.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Sophisticated food with attention to detail and flavors. Very friendly setting. Loved the whole trout fresh from Idaho. The scallops were delicate and with delicate flavors.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delicious meal. Fast friendly service knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've eaten at Passionfish several times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. Wine list is excellent and also reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Date night with my kids and they enjoyed the duck confit, crab avocado vinaigrette salad and rockfish tremendously. As did I.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I read the reviews on Passionfish, and went for an early dinner. Boy did they over deliver. From the minute we got there, we were made to feel welcome. The staff was amazing, and the food was spectacular. I would drive the 3 hours from my house, just for dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We went to Passionfish to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We noted that in the reservation request and they printed a personalized menu for us which was very special and thoughtful!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My wife having been dining here over the many years since it opened. This time was the very best:the food was creative and well plated; the wine was a bargain. Our only complaint was being seated between two tables with children/babies. Not appropriate for kids because the tables are too close.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love to visit Pacific Grove and return to Passionfish for a tasty soup or daily fresh catch. Love, Love, Love it here <3
Ocean breezes are the best!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Sauce on the fried oysters was too vinegary. Crab salad too sweet. However the staff did credit us with payment for the oyster appetizer, which we appreciated.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good initial impression bc we asked for a not too constricted table, space wise, and were given a 4 top. We dont need that, but in many places the 2 top is elbow to elbow with others. At this place that did not appear to be the case. But loved our 4 top! Service was really great. Present, not in our face. personable.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The best seafood in the Monterey Bay Area. All sustainable. Great wine list. Excellent service. Creative delicious appetizers—do not miss the fried squid, so fresh with an almost undetectable batter. Yummy desserts that are beautiful. Allergy menu is very helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Our dinners here were amazing! We made a reservation for a few nights later on our way out of the restaurant. Large wine list at affordable prices. Sesame crusted albacore and goat cheese black bean frittes were delicious. I am hoping they are on the menu again tonight. My daughter also loved the kids portion of rockfish.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

One of the best meals I've had in a long time, and the wine list is excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Passionfish is an excellent restaurant with some of the most creative cuisine in this area. Try it.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I've been twice now and it is a solid place to go in Monterrey/ Pacific Grove. A step (or two) above a lot of the other touristy places in the area. The food is good and the service is great. We had 2 bottles of wine that the waitress recommended - they fit what we were looking for and were local and reasonably priced. They had a booster seat for my little one - no high chairs - but that worked out just fine. They had 3 off he menu kids options too: a mini portion of the duck, some grilled fish with veggies, and a cheesy pasta. Definitely order the buttermilk biscuits , one will feed 2 people.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The avocado-crab salad is wonderful and unique. The server was very knowledgeable and especially helpful with the wine selection. Always a great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always terrific food and service

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was all delicious, lovingly prepared and a good value. Wine was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fantastic meal and wonderful staff.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

When we visit Pacific Grove I always enjoy Passionfish. Simple, but lovely ambiance, wonderful seafood prepared in unusual ways.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

the food was delicious.
the service was great.
we loved our dinner

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Started with an excellent CA Chardonnay, the Char was phenomenal, the Rockfish was cooked to perfection and the scallops were top notch! My teenage son loved the 12- hour lamb, the best he'd ever had and he's a picky eater. Do not miss the biscuits, they are divine! Finished with a smooth Port and piping hot tea! The table shared a satisfying Mudpie dessert. If you're coming to this area, this is a must visit! Reservations definitely needed.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great vibe, great food, great service. Staff answered our questions, served hot food promptly, was very attentive.

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