PassionFish - Bethesda

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1161 reviews
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Located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland's luxury residential & retail neighborhood, PassionFish Bethesda delivers the exquisite, seasonally and sustainably sourced global seafood that made its predecessor in Reston an award-winning establishment. The concept is driven by nationally recognized chef and modern-day fishmonger Jeff Tunks whose ‘passion’ lies in sourcing premier seafood for his establishments. Like its sister restaurant, the distinctive flavors are enhanced by simply elegant presentations.
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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food service and value.

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too noisy. Asked for a quiet table and they did put us at a slightly quieter table, but it was still very loud. The room(s) have absolutely no sound dampening design features. The waitress didn't come back to ask if she could refresh our drinks. The bus staff took away utensils we could have used for the next course. The lobster thai curry I had was just ok flavorwise, but its real problem was that the lobster pieces in it were extremely rubbery.

MD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Wash Restaurant Week. Special dinner was three courses for roughly the price of the main course (which was selected from the usual dinner menu). We though all ordered dishes were high quality and service was also good. Restaurant gets a thumbs up from us.

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

food was not great, I would probably not go again. Prices were only reasonable due to Restaurant Week.

t
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Food was excellent from appetizers through dessert. Great service also. Was there for restaurant week and will definitely return.

NY
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my first visit to Passion Fish Bethesda. I took a dear friend to celebrate her birthday. She loved the food and service. The customer service was very good. She had a special request for her mimosas which was accommodated. I had a fly around my bread and water glass, finally dropped in the glass. The manager came over to apologize for pasty fly, not usual in the restaurant. She offered a complimentary bloody Mary. I appreciated. Also, the bloody Mary drink is presented naked, no celery, lemon, olive or shrimp. It tasted good, but needed some accents, celery, etc.

KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Passion Fish-Bethesda, and with it being Restaurant Week was a perfect time to give it a try. I absolutely loved everything from the delicious food (even for a restaurant week menu), the wonderful service and the relaxing ambiance. I will definitely be returning soon!

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Passionfish was the perfect place to go for Restaurant Week! It was a great introduction to what is now a new local favorite. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and well presented, and the atmosphere was upscale. The only negative of the experience was how loud it was. The large ceilings are gorgeous to look at but do ad quite a din to the space. I don't think it was the amount of people, just architecture. Otherwise it was a great night! We can't wait to come back for happy hour drinks and dinner later!

W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Restaurant Week. Our appetizers consisted of 8 pieces of sushi roll each which were excellent (salmon for my wife, and lump crab for me). For the main course, my wife had Arctic Char with green beans which were very good. I had the salmon with sugar snap peas which were excellent. For dessert, we both had the chocolate mousse, also excellent. Our young server (only 18 years old!) was attentive, responsive, and pleasant. The restaurant was filled with happy hour guests who were quite noisy, which is the only complaint we have. Otherwise, the food was delicious and the service was great.

s
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of the great Bethesda restaurant week lunch offer - $22 for three courses - and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Lovely presentation and the service was great. We have been there before and will certainly return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the flounder and the sword fish...both were absolutely delicious

s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been dining here a somewhat frequently of late, mostly to lunch and happy hour. We took the opportunity to have lunch during Restaurant Week and I enjoyed that meal, with a cocktail, more than any other I've had in recent memory. The server -- who is also the bartender at times and described the cocktails perfectly -- was superb.

Outstanding! Great value at $22 plus $10 for excellent cocktail at lunch!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passion Fish is consistently a great restaurant to dine in. Every meal, every dish is always so good. Add in the great service and comfortable environment, and I love going there!

KL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love their rolls with house special butter.

The lobster bisque had roasted pumpkin seed & oil on top before but not today, hope the restaurant will bring that flavorful add-on back.

G
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Passion Fish is a great place. Lots of menu items, great happy hour. Close to shopping, movie theater and parking. We decided to do the happy hour menu at the communal tables and had a great time. Our server was attentive and the food fresh and well presented. We will be back soon.

DI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend this restaurant for dinner before a movie or just for a lovely meal.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Sat outside. Went for birthday lunch/weekend brunch. Was given free dessert for birthday. Would go again.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening - great food and attentive/very pleasant staff. Well done folks.

BM
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I tried the Restaurant Week menu. We were very impressed with our meals. The food and service, as well as the value were excellent. However, it was quite noisy near the bar and difficult to carry on a conversation. It's not always like that. We will go back. It's one of our favorite restaurants.

J
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! 4 people: Everyone was very happy with our main dishes: branzino, trout, chicken, scallops, veggie rolls sushi, spicy tuna, salad for starters; excellent creme brûlée and key lime pie! Our waitress was wonderful!

CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fish selections, outstanding flavor and presentation. Service on point and accommodating for an "energetic" birthday party.

JY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant-week promo was probably the best deal! The filet, sushi, creme brulee, lobster bisque and Manhattan were out of this world. All of the food was fresh and of high quality. The staff and service they provided was prompt and wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. Noise level pretty high but back rooms a bit quieter. Seafood is excellent and some nice fresh vegetable sides available. All cooked perfectly. Some lovely sushi choices also

DI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were about 10 minutes late for our reserved time but were greeted warmly by everyone at the host stand, given a choice of locations (window vs. less noisy) and promptly shown to our table.

The servers were excellent. Our water glasses were refilled before we had to ask.

My trout was seasoned and cooked perfectly, as were the mixed vegetables in the side dish.

I look forward to returning to this restaurant again.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great

BE
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

An Asian style preparation of calamari left much to be desired, prefer more traditional calamari breaded and fried.

t
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food so disappointing for the price.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Does not deliver. Food is just OK, and expensive, even for downtown Bethesda.

l
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food to go with wonderful ambience and service. We would recommend PassionFish to our friends.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our servers were excellent. The food was very good. I had the seafood crepe and the crab eggs benedict. A little too much rich sauce on each of these. The sauce was good but it overwhelmed the other flavors. Each person who served us that day was efficient, friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend PassionFish in Bethesda.

f
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The food was delicious; the server was very pleasant and the room that we were seated in was very nice. I always enjoy coming to Passion Fish in Bethesda and this visit was as good as the many others I have had. Keep up the good work.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so delicious! I hope it sticks around for a long time! Thanks so much for making my moms birthday special.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere!

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Pro's-Food and drinks were amazing. We had lobster and crab cakes and mac n cheese and szechuan eggplant. Already recommending to close friends.
Cons-dessert could have been better. not impressed with chocolate mousse.

PV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service.

k
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time at PassionFish and my server was incredibly helpful. He recommended several items including the surf and turf which I ordered. Everything was cooked perfectly. Next time I’ll try sushi and ceviche!

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the carefully prepared , delicious food in every course and simply outstanding ambience, the highlight minute after minute ( yes she was that attentive) was the outstanding service offered by Mary Rose.
The surf and turf , my go to entree,anywhere, was about the best in the greater WashingtonDC area and with the Thursday promotion a great deal on its own or as a complete prix fixe. I started with the Caesar salad snowed under in wonderful parmigiano and white anchovies (yay!!). Every dessert is on the offer with the set menu as well.
Along with excellent warm bread served with white fish spread or butter and a superb selection of side vegetables, which could turn me into a vegetarian, PassionFish Bethesda deserves the most exalted accolades. But the highlight, simply, the service. Thank you MARY ROSE , ne plus ultra!

B
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu, while focusing on seafood, has something for everyone. We had the prawn and grilled octopus appetizers and they were excellent. All of the food was prepared scrupulously. The special Steak Dianne was great; the scallops and crispy whole founder were excellent. The atmosphere was very comforting and we especially like the way the bar was separated from the dining areas, which made conversation much easier. Our wait staff, Soomni, was very personable, which made for a more enjoyable experience. We were also pleased with the wine list.

TO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

A very noisy restaurant. Nothing in the décor seems to absorb the noise. Unless I can get a table in one of the far and few in between quiet corners I doubt I will return.

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