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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (151)
Creative Cuisine (146)
Local Ingredients (137)
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Notable Wine List (128)
Special Occasion (124)
Good for a Date (114)
Neighborhood Gem (107)
Good for Anniversaries (103)
Healthy (90)
Worth the Drive (79)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Romantic (66)
Casual (58)
Authentic (54)
Quiet Conversation (52)
Seasonal (45)
Cozy (42)
Organic (38)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Hot Spot (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Fun (14)
People Watching (11)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vegan (4)
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Spicy (3)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was great, all fresh, great taste, service was attentive and prompt. Perfect.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I were traveling to the Pacific Grove/Carmel area for the weekend and wanted to find a seafood restaurant with a very good wine list. After looking at several potential eateries, we decided on Passionfish. Two characteristics encouraged us - first their commitment to sustainable seafood, and second their extensive wine list. We arrived on time and were seated quickly. The place was hopping. Our server was wonderful - the wine list was a tome (my favorite) - and to my surprise, Passionfish does not over charge for wine. Their markup is SIGNIFICANTLY less than any other fine dining restaurant we have visited. This, and the fact that Passionfish stock a NUMBER of half-bottles, allowed us to select wines perfectly paired for our individual dinner selections. The choices were abundant - when you look over the menu and specials and have a difficult time selecting between several options, life is good. Our firsts were very good. Roasted Brussels sprouts for my wife, Sea scallop for me. Our entrees were even better - Sea scallops for my wife, Tuna for me. The entire dining experience was languid - even with all of the activity of the very busy location. We felt taken care of and treated to a dining experience that we will certainly seek out again. Thank you Passionfish!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Organic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

We live a few hours from the Monterey area but visit at least once a year. Going to Passionfish always feels like going home.....reliably good food, great wine selection, not pretentious. It will keep us coming back!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Real focus on food quality, not quantity. The meat in the entree is indeed the majority of the fish (as opposed to many other restaurants that heavily dilute the dish with a bunch of cheap carbs). Service is excellent. Noise level is low to moderate, making it very easy to have conversations. At the same time, it is not overly quiet (in which case would make it uncomfortably 'classy'.)

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great wine list and great wine value. Fun to try different regions. Seafood always awesome.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Our Favorite place to go in Pacific Grove.
Best wine, best fish, and best food

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place. Good quality food. Have been going there for years and keep coming back. And the team is out of this world!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Passionfish is our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove. The food is creative and delicious, they have an excellent wine list, and the service is outstanding. Highly, highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Spectacular food, great wine selection at retail prices and friendly service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Decent waiter service. Not very friendly front desk. Cramped waiting area - no bar. No drink while you wait. Small expensive portions. Limited menu. No spirits.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The only downside was we had reservations but had to wait almost 20 minutes

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic seafood. Wish they offered more vegetables as sides. Also wished there was more room between tables.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic food. Wide wine selection, carefully curated and value- priced.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious, creative menu using all ingredients from sustainable sources, paired with an extensive and notable wine list. And you don't have to break the bank to enjoy 5-star cuisine with the company of your choice. BonAppetite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Passion Fish is great! Open Table is the opposite.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The entire meal from appetizer to dessert was spot-on. We've been coming here now for over 20 years and Passion Fish never disappoints. Quality, creativity, and value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a great time. The food was fantastic and so was the service!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 2017

A visit to Passionfish is ALWAYS a great treat !

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The first wine ordered (44$) from the list was no longer available, the second one (46$)was corked. Loosing patience and at the servers suggestion ordered a third one (57$). In my mind the original price should have been kept

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is our all time favorite go to restaurant in the Carmel/Monterey/Pacific Grove area. We go there on every trip to the area and have always been impressed with food, wine and service

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Been coming here for years. As always the food is outstanding. The wine list has definitely gone up scale with just about anything at any price point. A very consistent experience. Tables are a bit close together, but, we live with it for the awesome food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Unbelievably good food, joy to experience. Unlike any other place in terms of originality of food combinations thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was quite possibly the best meal I've had on the West Coast. Everything was beautifully presented as well as delicious. Could not have been more pleased. Will definitely be returning.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I have been going to Passionfish for years. It is one of our favorite places. It is a must visit for us whenever we are in town.
We love the varied menus at Passionfish, and their wine list always has something to please.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had a lovely dinner at Passionfish, tried the scallops and rockfish alongside the sea bass appetizer. All were fantasticly prepared and the atmosphere and service were perfect for a nice dinner out.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service , delicious food and good wines with very reasonable price

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything was scrupulous! 4 people 4 very happy dinners! Nothing got left out...service to food to desert!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Organic, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great Beer
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Every dish we tried was deliciously flavored and beautifully presented. We tried the seared ahi and rockfish main entrees. Both were exceptionally good. I highly recommend trying this restaurant!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Clam chowder, Dungeness crab salad and the rainbow trout were excellent. My wife's chick pea dish was good too. I did think the amount of wine served by the glass was a bit chintzy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our meal at Passionfish was really lovely. Amazing fresh seafood, great wine list, helpful and attentive service. Would definitely return if we were in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Visiting Pacific Grove and passionfish was recommended by another tourist!!
It was fabulous!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful meal and Amanda provided us with great service and personality. A must Order is the Brussels Sprout salad to start your meal. Great wine selection as well. We’ll definitely return and tell friends about Passionfish.

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