Passionfish

4.6
5395 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5395 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBillRoth
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would recommend as a seafood restaurant. Limited menu, but prepared well. interesting wise selection. Service was slow when we were there, but could have been just folks getting in the swing of things after quarantine.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday out of town visit

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CindyL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting for our first venture for indoor dining and it was a home run! The food was spectacular with options for local sustainable seafood and options for vegetarians too! Great wine list!

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TonyVee
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in the Monterey area. Dinner is always spot on and great selection of wine, including local wines.

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Momof2
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in the Monterey area. Every time we visit, we have to reserve a meal here. The food is excellent and there is always something new to try.

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DianeW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passionfish is our all time favorite restaurant in the Monterey Bay Area. It offers delicious food with lovey presentation, top notch service and reasonable wine prices. Don’t miss the biscuits and crab and avacado salad. Can’t wait to return!

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vipRogerH
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and Service. Do not miss the biscuits. Their fish is always fresh and never dry. They are now indoop

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vip143sfo
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal & service. Lalo took good care of us with his attentive (but not intrusive) service. Beet salad & biscuits were delicious + the black cod & halibut were perfectly cooked w/a lovely presentation.
Still feel this is the best restaurant for it's value, service & menu choices.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an unpretentious but sophisticated dining establishment.

High level service without excessive pampering and really fresh recipes that span the flavor spectrum from Asian to Mexican to Californian.

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MaliE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food. Server helped us pick very good wine to go with it. Really like the starters and crab salad.

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KellieD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Went because of good reviews, for High price food was mediocre. Long wait for food. One reviewer raved about bread pudding, I think they have never had bread pudding...it was terrible. To add insult to injury we had to listen to the lady at the next table talk about her celiac disease for 2 hours

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Oaktowny
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fish is specialty and the fish itself--I had black cod--was perfectly cooked. But the speed with which I got my dish and the rather cool temperature of the quinoa and carrot side dishes made me think they'd been sitting for too long before the fish was put on. Their wine list is as much of a strength as it always was, well selected and fairly priced. But the Moroccan carrots that came with my dish had wine-killing heat and acid (though despite their temperature were tasty.) Mixed green salad was very good. Service was outstanding.

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Jame
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was abysmal. I was in Carmel for the night and selected this restaurant because of its reviews on Yelp and multiple mentions on “best of Carmel/Monterey” lists online. I could not have been more disappointed. There is an extensive wine list, but most of which are by the bottle, with only a few choices available by glass. This would’ve been perfectly fine if all of these few choices had been standout, but they weren’t. I asked to try the Chardonnay, but it tasted vinegary and flavorless. I went with a beer instead, which was fine. To start I had a beer salad with arugula, which was also fine, if not memorable. For my main, I ordered the black cod, as it is locally sourced from the area. The dish was impressively bad. While the fish tasted fresh, it was over cooked. Black cod is such a nice, delicate fish when properly prepared, but the texture is compromised and turns rubbery when over cooked. Served with this over cooked fish was an inexplicably sweet sauce that tasted like little else than some type of sugary syrup, a quinoa mash, and some carrots with a sauce reminiscent of barbecue sauce. The carrots were slightly undercooked and too hard for my taste. The quinoa tasted like nothing. All in all, this main dish failed on every single level. It reminded me of being invited over to a friend’s house for dinner, and that friend has recently decided they want to learn to cook, and this is their first time cooking fish, and they serve you something barely edible, but you nod and say “it’s interesting!” while at least being glad that with each passing bite you choke down, the meal is closer to being over. Only in this case, you have to pay $70 at the conclusion of what was an utterly terrible dining experience. Despite being quite hungry after an active day of running, hiking, and a long drive down from the Bay Area, I could not finish my food. I can’t believe this is what passes for a “quality meal” in Monterey.

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Vulcan
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our favorite restaurant. We sat outdoors, which was pleasant but did not have as much atmosphere as indoors and the service was not very attentive. The food was excellent. My husband likes duck confit and they have the best duck confit that he has found anywhere. I have enjoyed the artic char preparations, both this time and on my previous visit. The caramelized bread pudding was excellent, crisp on the bottom and custard-like on top. I do not usually like bread pudding.

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JackieH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was wonderful. Yummy buttery biscuits and perfectly cooked fish. The service was outstanding and our waitress was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Amazing food. I love coming here

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DonnaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The black cod dish was fantastic! Arctic Char was excellent also.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food in a calm, quiet, gracious setting. So refreshing to find a place like this.

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CraigW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the Monterey Bay Area. Always wonderful

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HenryL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was amazing. I especially enjoyed the scallops and the artic char. This has always been my go restaurant in the past and they did not fail to impress me again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly cooked and the flavors, quite refreshingly, did not blend together. It was a carnival ride for taste buds. Instead of cotton candy we topped it off with Mayer Lemon Mousse and Raspberry Drizzle. Perfectly romantic setting.

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MatthewN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife has has had the duck confit at Passionfish on several other occasions, She rated the duck good versus the excellent rating she has given the dish in the past. The duck at last nights dinner seemed dry.
I had the spooned lamb roast which I have also purchased at several other dinners. It too was good but not great.

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VanduP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dinner with our friends at Passion Fish - food was really good, especially their trout ceviche appetizer and the black cod entree. Desserts were also excellent.

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Yumm
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing still in affect, so not sure what the noise level or ambience will be in another week or so. Right now, early June 2021, it’s great. Food outstanding. Wine suggestions were even better than I would have ordered without the waiters suggestions. A delightful experience.

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vipCydneyC
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FIRST VISIT SINCE MARCH OF 2020. Food was just as superb, wine list was lovely, and the service was impeccable.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest fish meals I can remember. and the service was beyond friendly, and added immensely to the evening.

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KeithP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I went out to Passionfish for date night and we were enamoured by the presentation of the food. I really enjoyed the Artic Char, the parsnips and the red vinaigrette really made the dish. My girlfriend and I agree that the biscuits were amazing! If I wasn't so full I would have bought another 2. Highly recommend!

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We ordered the Halibut and Duck Confit. Both were served hot and didn't have to wait too long. The fish was super moist and cooked perfectly. The duck was also moist and the skin was crispy. Very good. The service was pretty good.

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vipjade
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food with professional, timely service. From the start - a warm welcome - to the finish , a comped dessert we were made to feel special and appreciated. The food was outstanding, the service prompt with team effort, and we will return!

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viptoyboy
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food with wonderful diversity of choices. Wonderful wine list

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good food very helpful staff. establishment is a bit old looking. Great wine.

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Scott916
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was exceptionally prepared and presented. The cauliflower purée atop some chard was beyond category good.

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GregB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was great.

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vipSean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Cozy atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Have been here a few times but this time was the food and service were not as nice as before. Needed to ask for everything including water. Coffee was lukewarm.

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DiannaLea
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The reviews don’t lie...this place was absolutely wonderful!!! Super friendly staff and very attentive. The food was delicious and worth every penny! If you’re in the area I highly recommend you stop by and make a reservation as they can get busy!

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NathanielE
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passionfish is a must for anyone looking for a delicious, high class dining experience while keeping away from tourist prices. Their selections have great variety and are sustainably fished, and make a memorable evening when paired with their excellent wines.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Flavor combinations were fantastic. Biscuit was to die for! Will dream about the dungeness crab salad. Highly recommend

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Jenny
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd visit. Last there about 2, maybe 3 years ago. Lived up to our memory. Superb food, something for everyone. Our 3rd is mostly vegetarian and gluten free. She had the black bean fritters and beet salad. My husband had the fish stew, which is a good size portion with the biscuit for dunking. His main was the Halibut special. I had the scallop appetizer that I had the first visit and the duck confit which was 2 duck legs with thighs. Wine is beyond reasonable prices. Desert we split the Truffle Tort. If we lived closer we'd be there once a month.

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Happy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The biscuit is really buttery. We had halibut that wad so good, moist. The albacore tuna was good as well. It had cauliflower “rice”. Dessert was bread pudding with ice cream, delicious. I can’t wait to come back.

FAQs

Passionfish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 655-3311.

Passionfish is rated 4.6 stars by 5395 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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