PassionFish - Bethesda

4.6
925 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Saturday: 4pm - 6:30pm
Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 358-6116
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Clime
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Catering
We're happy to cater your office luncheon, special occasion or any other event! Please call our event planner Jaclyn at 301-358-6116 for all of your options, including sushi platters and more. You can also reach her via email at Jaclyn@passionfoodhospitality.com.
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Cross street
Bethesda Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is available in two large parking garages that can be accessed on both sides of PassionFish Bethesda on Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues. It's available for .80 cents per hour and is free on the weekends!
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Public transit
Metro: Bethesda stop on the Red Line
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

PassionFish is located in the heart of Bethesda, MD with easy access to parking. Elegantly decorated in a nautical theme, our Chesapeake Room can seat 36-40 pp, and cocktails receptions for 60pp can be accommodated. The restaurant is also available for full buyouts and can accommodate 300 pp.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This lovely restaurant was chosen because it had an actual brunch menu with very good choices. The service was a little absent-minded, bringing one person the wrong meal and forgetting coffee, ordered in the first five minutes, until the very end of the meal. And he also made a conspicuous mistake in the billing that had to be corrected. But the Caesar salad was excellent, and the eggs Benedict tasty. (We could have used sharper knives, though, to cut the toasted English muffin). I would definitely recommend this place for brunch, though I have no idea how its dinners are.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great! Definitely will be back.

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SG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the ambience and food at this Bethesda restaurant

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

Every thing was fine but the food came out much too slowly

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KJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall about a 3 and half stars - Hostess?manager (young blond female) was smug - She should be reassigned to waiting on tables - Food Service was excellent - Atmosphere lighting at our table ceased to operate (fake candle light & Xmas tree) soon after we arrived - Food was good - With that, as with most places in the area if you are going to to charge 5-Star prices then the customer(s) should receive the appropriate level of courtesy and food prep.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fresh fish prepared well

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O
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always excellent st PassionFish. I recommend this restaurant for Lund and dinner. You will have a good experience

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Cooked oysters with parmesan were almost all parmesan and very little oyster.
Octopus was bland and sweet sauce was not a success.
Char (special) was quite ordinary.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent

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KF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. My initial disappointment at the absence of my favorite grilled salmon burger from the lunch menu was assuaged by the delicious crab cake sandwich. I'll be back!

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KE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered: Grilled Salmon with Salsa Verde and Tartar saucealong with tuna sushi, Sweet potato fries, and brussel sprouts. I also got the butternut lobster bisque. The soup was very good, creamy with pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top. The grilled salmon was good, but could have been tastier. The side sauces were impressive; i've never had thick salsa verde and homemade tartar sauche. The sweet potato 'bucket' was generous, crispy, and well salted. I thought the sushi was very average, but it was not one of their specialty sushis. We were pretty stuffed and didn't have room for dessert, but I would recommend it for anyone.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The sushi tower and charbroiled oysters were delicious! The calamari was too spicy!

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, wine list, crab cakes, roasted beet salad, roasted mushrooms, cappuccino...delicious dinner.

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MC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasant experience at this restaurant.

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BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our family of four went for dinner after a party. Everything was really tasty, including the kids meals. The kids meals seem to be for toddlers. The serving was great for our toddler, but not enough for the ten year old.

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Food was delicious. Service was first rate.

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C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal! Service is always great.

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g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful if vast. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was fresh and delicious - especially enjoyed the sushi. They printed a special anniversary menu and gave us a special treat which was sweet.

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CV
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun ,great food well trained staff
Always a smile
And sat us at our time of 8 pm
Awesome

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J
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite places. we co for a healthy but tasty meal of very fresh fish and great side veggies. The chocolate bomb and key lime tarts are really good too!

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f
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with 2 friends and enjoyed our meal and the time spend together.

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AD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The soup was excellent and the crabcake was as well. I would have preferred more fish options, like cod or swordfish.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Both of us ordered fish, which was disappointing, overdone and with poor texture. We are very experienced fish-eaters and were expecting better at a seafood restaurant. The Brussels sprouts dish was tough and not flavorful. The firsts and the asparagus side were very good and the wine excellent.

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

that was a good experience , good quality food, and nice beer.
Nothing fancy but good

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g
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food with extensive menu, excellent service: attentive but not intrusive, very pleasing ambiance, easy parking in underground garage. A bit noisy: average 80 dB on my meter. Beware: no points with an OpenTable reservation!

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RS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was decent but service was awkward. When appetizers were cleared the utensils were taken but no replacement provided. The salad was served but I needed to ask for the side dressing. Ice teas were not promptly refilled. While eating, the server reached over one guest to take a glass from another guest at the table.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Kids in the bar area. Total downer.

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

While I love crisp vegetables generally, the Brussels sprouts were too hard to eat! Lickily, the fish was outstanding and the chocolate dessert is a chocoholic's dream!!

Un-pleasantly loud for a restaurant of this quality

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is so consistently mediocre. Caesar salad and Kung Pao calamari were both extremely oversauced.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Disappointed at our recent visit to PassionFish in Bethesda. While food was good, service and ambience had some faults. Our waiter was fine, but it appeared as if staff was Moore interested socializing with other staff and not really paying attention to customers. We saw a little drama between two waiters play out right in front of our table that we didn’t need to see. Also, we were seated very close to a loud noisy party that made our dinner out unpleasant. And why do other patrons feel it's ok to dress in short pants and baseball caps when dining out?

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi tower is one of my favorites here -- all fresh, diverse, beautifully presented. The fish is always fresh, with choices of preparations a sauces and sides. Very nicely done.

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s
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time going there. In both instances the food was amazing as ever. Everything came out as advertised and full of flavor. The service was exceptional as well. My only complaint is that on both occasions I was sat at the worst seat in the house, despite there being plenty of room in the front of the restaurant. On my first trip to the restaurant I did not think much about it. However, on the second trip when the restaurant was practically empty, why would you seat customers in the worst seat in the house near the kitchen? I was taken straight to the back of the restaurant despite there being no one seated in the front. Of course I declined the worst table and picked another. Your hosts should do a better job

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MJ
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I had a great time. We were able to take advantage of the 1/2 food and wine special for the holiday. We both had the surf and turf and it was so good. The red wine that the server recommended was amazing as well. I also have to add our server was amazing. We really enjoyed having him.

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F
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I am glad we gave this restaurant a second chance. The food and service have improved since we tried out the restaurant a couple years ago. Then, it seemed like Passion Fish Bethesda was the less well bred stepchild in the Passion Food family, with inattentive wait staff and middling food preparation. Our meal this time was as tasty and well prepared as at other Passion Food restaurants. The staff went out of their way to help us celebrate a birthday.

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AI
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time trying this restaurant - I was very pleased with the crab cakes.

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b
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dined at PassionFish before going to a movie. We very much enjoyed our table next to the window, as well as the pleasant interior design of the restaurant. The house caesar salad was excellent, with a few anchovies on top, and split for us as we requested. The prosecco was nicely priced. We ordered bronzini and trout, cooked perfectly to our taste and served with sauce of our choice. Accompanying side dishes, family style, were delicious mashed potatoes and asparagus. The desert was an amazing key lime tart with coconut sorbet- beautiful to see and succulent on the tongue. This was one of the best dinners we have had in the Bethesda area, during the past 40 years.

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NB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time ! Mia was our server and she was extremely attentive knowledgeable about the food and wine and very personable. Food was outstanding as well.

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TE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit. Turns out Thursdays are Surf and Turf night. Overall the food was good not spectacular. The lobster tail was a bit bland and my medium cooked steak was under cooked. The wait staff immediately took care of my steak and returned it as I had ordered with an apology from the chef. The steak was delicious. The restaurant was a bit noisy but I am learning that this is the norm now for trendy restaurants as the same noisy environment occurred two days prior at a restaurant on the new DC Wharf. There is a quiet section in the back. It is well decorated and the service was very good.

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G
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

The descriptions of the food are noticeably better than the food. The noise level is unbearable if you actually want to talk—not shout. Sorry, not a good experience, and will not return.
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