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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.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Passionfish Ratings and Reviews
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.
We were referred by a friend and made reservations via Open Table. We arrived early & were seated reasonably quickly. Friendly staff. We had a decent table and as busy as the restaurant was, the noise level was tolerable. There were groups, couples, & families at the surrounding tables. Service was good, but it seemed our server/waiter was a bit overwhelmed. He was very professional but forgot about our requested bottled water. Creative menu, VERY reasonably priced wines and/or fair-price for corkage. We ordered the 12 hour lamb & the duck confit. 12-lamb was superb!
Loved our food experience at Passionfish. This restaurant came highly recommended to us and the food did not disappoint. Our first few steps into the restaurant was a little off-putting as the hostess was really rude. We were 10 minutes early for our reservation which in my mind is better than being late. We figured we might have to wait a few minutes, so it was no big deal. The hostess though made it very clear that we were too early and MUST wait. I believe she was a little overwhelmed, but it was not a good first impression. Just a few minutes later, a younger hostess took us to our table and was very welcoming.
Our table was tight quarters as we were literally inches from a table to our left and to our right, so be prepared to share your business with everyone if it is a busy night. Our server was seasoned and helpful in choosing our wine and food. Which brings me to the food... the food was outstanding with fresh, quality, local ingredients that were creatively prepared. The calamari with a habanero dressing was a perfect starter. The Dungeness crab and avocado salad was to die for (I am still dreaming about it). Finally, the albacore tuna encrusted with sesame and black pepper was cooked perfectly and so flavorful. No dessert, but the menu looked good.
Can't wait to go back if I am in the area!
Passionfish made the celebration of my darling's 50th birthday such a special occasion. I loved the touch of printing a birthday message on our menus. Together we are 2 foodies and 1 sommalier, so the menu beckoned with tantalizing flavors and the wine list was a treat. We were so happy with your half bottle selections and were able to pair some fantastic wines with our courses. The service was superb, the people watching was eccentric and fun. We'll be back.
Our annual trip to Carmel for a lawn bowling tournament always culminates in a dinner for the four of us at Passionfish, where we graze the appetizers and add a fee entrees, to share everything among our quartet. We always drink the Rombauer Chardonnay (thanks to one obsessive in the group) and also always experiment with interesting reds from the remarkable wine list. This year's valdiguie blend and the teroldego were both excellent.
Sorry Passionfish, we were underwhelmed. You have a really cozy upscale place with immaculate service. The deep fried oysters with kimchi are delicious, but, only 3 little oysters? We love a spicy seafood soup, but the actual description should say "a lime cilantro broth with 4 little bites of whitefish". The 12-hour lamb was well, a 12 hour lamb. I'm glad I didn't order the overpriced crab salad at 24.95. The menu promises did not meet the expectations. We won't be back.
Had a very good dinner with friends. At first we were seated in an area with very noisy children, but they graciously moved us when we asked for another table. Food was outstanding, but the menu descriptions could use some work. Service was fast and pleasant.
Expected bolder flavors from such a highly rated restaurant, but overall the food was good and the wine list was interesting enough that we each found one to our taste. The fish was perfectly done but fairly bland in preparation. The star at our table was the braised lamb. Wonderful.
I think if you know what to order (and the chef is having a good night) you can have a very nice meal. We had an ok meal--nothing really stood out. Duck confit was a huge portion (two legs) but was dry and a bit bland. The chickpeas with the lamb were terrific, but the lamb itself was underseasoned. Get the buttermilk biscuits. The wine list is extensive -- particularly half bottles. Try a different half bottle with each course.
This is our second visit to Passionfish and we found it as enjoyable as the first time. Side salad was large enough for us to share. We both had the scallops which were done perfectly. Excellent wine list. Very good service. A bit noisy to carry on a conversation.
We have been to Passionfish every year when we visited Pacific Grove and have enjoyed our meals but thought it was a bit pricey. On this visit, however, we felt the meals were worth every penny. We're food snobs from San Francisco and we thought the appetizers (smoked trout tostaditos and the Chile relleno with goat cheese and squash blossoms) were perfect. I had the "spoon able" lamb breast and my husband had the pepper and sesame seed encrusted ahi tuna. We both loved our entrees. We couldn't pass up the cheesecake ice cream and were glad we did. We'll be back next year.
We have been going to Passion Fish for years. What drew us to it was their attention to allergies. The wait staff and kitchen are well trained to know all ingredients and avoid cross contamination. The chef is capable of making substitutions to accommodate dietary needs without significantly limiting menu selections. We even got dessert! Of course, we keep going back because the food is phenomenal. This latest trip did not disappoint.
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