Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Fantastic experience overall. Wonderful.
Everything was terrific - service, food, wine, and setting. Also I have a nightshade allergy and they were great in making sure my food was safe for me, customizing menu options. They even have alternate menus that show each dish and how it relates to different dietary concerns. The friend I was with is a real foodie and she couldn’t stop talking about the dinner. Thank you Passionfish for a great experience!
Outstanding meal with unique flavours. Excellent wine list and very, very good service. Our server was extremely knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend Passionfish to anyone.
All the food is sustainably sourced, fresh, and prepared with great attention to detail--both for taste and beauty. We chose two fish dishes (trout and Alaska Char), and they were excellent.
Passion fish always has wonderful fish and we know it is sustainable. The fried calamari are outstanding and the wine list is exceptional. Service is good and not intrusive. The allergy menu is very helpful as we had several people with food allergies and intolerances at our table.
Excellent fish dishes, but very bland atmosphere.
I’m sad to say in my opinion Passionfish has slipped from where it was a decade ago. Then, it was truly superb in both food and ambiance. My dinner recently was not outstanding: lukewarm, bland halibut, cold nearly uncooked and unimaginative side. The ambiance was rowdy, casual, cell phone land. Not fine dining anymore, although prices are uniformly higher. This was my favorite restaurant years ago but no longer.
Second time to Passionfish. It's a great restaurant with creative options, excellent drinks and wine list. Particularly notable that drinks and wine are very very reasonably priced. Food is excellent. Loved the spoonable lamb, a fantastic bourbon bread pudding with banana ice cream and insanely good scallops.
Outstanding culinary delight. Imaginative menu with local ingredients. Service was top notch.
Outstanding. Really great food. Attention to detail with great flavor. Best in Monterey
A very creative menu and the food was very good. Service was also very good. Tables are a little close together which gives you a crowded feeling.
I love that they price their wines with only a reasonable mark-up. It makes the dining experience so much more enjoyable to try a new wine without knowing you are wasting tons of money. Great food to go with it.
We expected more. On all facets. More flavor, more attention to detail, more customer care, more friendliness. With a special occasion reservation (granted, we made it “day of”), we expected a better-than average table. But upon arrival had to ask them to reseat us. This made us feel whiney - not how we want to kick off a several-hundred dollar evening. The sea bass crude was the most interesting thing out of the 8 items we ordered. Better than the halibut, the scallops, the fried calamari, everything. That’s too bad because it was tiny and we were all sampling it!
We ordered two bottles of wine and three or four cocktails and three desserts. We thought it was enough to warrant pleasantness. Sad. Oh well. People reco‘d it highly. Small area. Might have to try again.
I was only moderately happy with the food. The first course of fried oysters was decent. I also had the crudo of sea bass which was very disappointing. It was almost tasteless. My wife had the scallops and loved them. The dessert of banana bread pudding was delicious.
Consistently spectacular. Food is delicious, staff attentive and knowledgeable. Sustainably delicious seafood their specialty; and desserts are to die for.
Overpriced. Portions too small. Acoustics bad. Too noisy. With tables in a row, its very annoying to constantly hear the next table's conversation. Good service. Wine recommendations were not satisfactory to our taste. Would rather a Bloody Mary with a
fish dinner than overpriced glass of wine.
Very good food
Extremely well priced wines and exceptional service.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary at Passionfish. From the customized "Happy Anniversary" menu to our server, Samantha, who shared her extensive knowledge of both the wine and the food, everything was PERFECT. We had the halibut special and the scallops - both were outstanding. Also, not to miss, are the buttermilk biscuits. The candle-lit surprise scoop of ice cream with their incredible meyer lemon sauce was the perfect cap to an incredible meal. P.S. Thank you to Food & Wine for suggesting patrons of OpenTable let restaurants know when you are celebrating a special event or have special needs. Ours were accommodated to a T. We can't wait to come back.
We came down to the Monterey area for an extended weekend. When coming to Monterey, we ALWAYS stop at Passionfish. Their selection is always varied both for entres and wines. We like their values and support them.
We always love to eat here when we come down for the day. The fish is prepared amazing and the taste is great. Love it!
Never a bad meal at this restaurant. Have been there at least 20 times. Great staff and great food.
The food was very fresh, tasty, and enjoyable. My husband and I started with a couple of biscuits, but we should have shared one. They are absolutely delicious- buttery and moist- but very heavy. The smoked trout tostaditas were a bit too spicy, which didn’t allow any of the smoked flavor from the trout to come through. In both of our mains (halibut special and albacore) the side dishes were much more flavorful than the fish, but the fish was cooked perfectly. We had the banana bread pudding for dessert, which was also cooked and flavored to perfection-a light, crispy crust and gooey flavorful middle. Perfect proportion of bourbon sauce and banana ice cream to go with it. We had a bottle of Massican Sauvignon, recommended by our server, which complemented our meals very well. Of course we loved and appreciated their pricing on the wine (they make a point not to mark up too much above retail). All in all, a very enjoyable evening with bites and sips that we will remember forever.
Outstanding meal, as usual. Scallops were perfection in my opinion. Only small quibble with the experience is that the noise level is a bit high at peak dining hours (every table was full).
Excellent dining experience at Passionfish. Excellent service from Eugenia.
I have never had a bad experience at Passionfish. My favorite restaurant in the area.
It was a perfect anniversary dinner. Our waitress knew her wines which is a big plus for us. She was also warm and efficient. The ambiance is casual but gave us the feeling that this was a special night. A great evening. The best restaurant in Monterey in our opinion.
Our waitress was great and we enjoyed sharing the exwith our good friends from Washington
When ever we are in the Central Coast, we dine at Passionfish. It has become a bit of a destination. The service is great, confident and friendly. The food is fantastic. Every entree is paired with a thoughtful, delicious side that completely complements the main course. The wine is local and also pairs with the menu. It is too hard to turn down dessert, so we don't. A wonderful ending to a wonderful meal. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
The amount of food you get and quality it certainly isn’t worth the price . Been there several years ago and received more food and better tasting.
All of the positive reviews were well deserved and we were grateful for them as this meal was a special treat. Everything served was excellent so kudos to the chef and culinary staff! Out waitperson was very professional, efficient and knowledgeable as the wine list had an incredible number of choices, so her ability to make a great pairing recommendation was much appreciated.
The only negative? the noise level increased exponentially as the dining room filled up, Had to resort to sign language.
Excellent food, fantastic wait staff, pricey but you get what you pay for.
Went to restaurant based on reviews. Food was good but certainly not a standout in terms of portion, presentation or flavors. Focus on sustainable sources is a plus. Good wine selection. My wife had the artic char and I had the halibut special. Tried the buttermilk biscuit which people raved about which was good, not great and the signature banana bread pudding dessert which was also good not great. All in all, a decent meal but overpriced.
We always plan to visit Passionfish when in the Pacific Grove area, in fact we plan around it! This week we visited twice and we have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding, the service is fantastic and the value is great. We have been visiting Passionfish every time we are in the area and will continue to do so. Can't say enough how much we enjoy dining there.
Passionfish remains my favorite restaurant for out-of-town guests. The food is fresh and flavorful, and the servers are quite knowledgeable about the food and wine. Always a wonderful experience!
Service was excellent. Server was very attentive and polite. The food was delicious. So happy we tried this restaurant to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Will definitely be back before our next anniversary.
We have eaten here many times but are finding it somewhat inconsistent lately. We have had fabulous meals with everything perfectly cooked but we have had some bad meals here too, including the last one. My husband's rockfish was over cooked and rubbery. The waitress warned I might get a couple of bones in my sturgeon - but there were more bones than fish and it was so bad she didn't charge us for it when she saw how many there were. Don't know what to think, maybe the chefs changed, maybe just an off night. I hope it gets back its former glory because it can be fabulous.
The menu changes daily. Fish is great and vegetables are carefully ptepared.
Real cooking not just what is popular.
They had the best trout I've ever tasted! The dessert was unbelievable. They could do something with the ambiance. It feels very sterile and cold.
On a road trip with the family and stopped in Monterey on, what happened to be, my son’s birthday. Booked Passionfish on the strength of trip advisor reviews and their own, self proclaimed, ethos hoping for a special meal (good food seems hard to find in California).
We weren't disappointed. Welcoming and polite without being over formal and a nice clean, yet laid back atmosphere. Janice, the waitress, was lovely and clearly knowledgable and passionate about both the food and the wine.
The meal was lovely and the wine was excellent- and reasonably priced. The biscuit that came with the soup was to die for - as good, or better, than any English scone I’ve tasted.
All in all a fab experience and exactly what we were hoping for. Thank you.
I liked it overall. The food was good and the ambiance was great. I loved their tea selection!