PassionFish - Bethesda

4.4
878 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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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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
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Gift Card
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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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Recommend for restaurant week value, and come hungry. We each had a nice gazpacho, a full entree and a dessert for $35. I thought my flounder would be lost behind the thai-style preparation, but it was very good when accompanied by a slightly spicy cucumber salad a bit of the fish sauce. Crispy skin yet still moist inside, worthy of 5 stars. My wife's scallops, on the other hand, were overwhelmed by a corn cream sauce--also too rich, so 3 stars at best. She enjoyed the chocolate mousse, which I thought was undermined by its subpar companion of devil's food. My key lime tart, on the other hand, was flavorful and well-matched with a coconut sorbet. At usual prices, this would been a $150 dinner, for which I would expect more dishes like the flounder.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

This was a second visit to PassionFish for brunch. The first time was much better. This time the food was not as good with the exception of the smoked salmon which was still excellent. The bagel, however, was toasted too long (burnt on the edges). The huevos rancheros were okay and the eggs Chesapeake were pretty good. Also, I did not order the smoothie, though it sounded good, at $11 it seemed over priced.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fish was delicious. We will be back.
And the sweet potato fries were wonderful.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, good service and nice, quiet ambiance!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of the best restaurants in Bethesda! Delicious cuisine, friendly and attentive service. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food and service were excellent.
Will definitely go back again.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant week is the best time to visit this restaurant. My girlfriend had surf and turf (lobster tail and ny steak) it was nicely done. I had chines style smoke lobster, it wasn't as good as I expected. Normally this dish is $45 which completely overprice, I am glad I tried it during restaurant week so know not to order this dish in the future. We had chocolate mouse and crème brulee, both were good. I had Hamachi in the spoon and that was really good. I also had the pork belly sliders and crab cake sliders at the bar for happy hour while I waited for my friend, pork belly is better than the crab cakes.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This was intended to be a birthday dinner with my wife, but because it was the middle of restaurant week, perhaps they seated us in the middle of a crowded area. We’ve been here before and the service has always been impeccable, but tonight it took 10 minutes for our server to greet us, they did not have drink or wine menus for us, and they were very unattentive for the first 30 minutes. We received our food after about 30 minutes, and from there things improved to the superb standard that we love this restaurant for. Despite the decreased service - the sushi was exceptional - as normal.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious and the service was great and accommodating. It was quite loud in the restaurant, so be prepared for lots of noise.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience and service. I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Went to PassionFish in Bethesda for restaurant week. We really enjoyed the evening. The food and service were excellent. We also found a nice SB to pair with our seafood. We will return.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2018

PassionFish and other restaurants in the group consistently deliver both quality and value for Restaurant Week.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent service and fish was outstanding. Quiet table in back of restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Portions were smaller than what I'd expect. Very good, but I've had more generous potions of the same entree items elsewhere, at comparable prices. Like the grilled salmon was very good, but seemed miniature.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food and waiter were great. They had the patio doors open and the restaurant was extremely hot and uncomfortable. They did offer to move us, but we didnt want to half way through our meal. The back of the restaurant was cool and much more comfortable.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food was ok, nothing special. I felt like my flounder was a bit overcooked. It wasn't bad enough to send back. Ambiance is weird, with TV video of fish, and a silly ad for the video that keeps popping up. Server was proficient and quick, drinks pretty good.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Mediocre sushi, sashimi and rolls. Wouldn't go back.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Amazing brunch! Mix and match an appetizer//entree, appetizer//appetizer, appetizer//desert, entree//desert for $19 and bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s for only $11! Such a steal! We had the seafood Cobb, ceviche, crab and corn chowder and then hash and everything was so fresh and delicious! Our waiter was great in refilling our drinks and only coming around when he thought we needed something. Will definitely be coming back to PassionFish for brunch again soon.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Had a great time! Service was fantastic...very attentive but never annoying. Our server,Darrin, was outstanding. The brunch special is a very good value. I had the carrot ginger bisque to start and main course was shrimp and grits. Both were delicious and I was stuffed...but I also over indulged on the bread basket...couldn’t just have one or two. I will definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Delicious food, great service, lively but not too loud atmosphere. My husband, who avoids new places, loved it. I had the fried whole flounder and he had the mussels. Next time sushi for me.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our meals were sooo delicious! Seafood is cooked perfectly here. Menu is creative and interesting.

Just one tiny complaint: my decaf cappuccino was 40% froth!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Really nice spot, good food, attentive service, and good aesthetics.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I took my husband here for his birthday. Food was excellent - especially the crispy whole flounder. Service is excellent and the manager even came to make sure we were enjoying ourselves (I like seeing this and it's not very common these days!).

You get a free dessert on your birthday but because we had a cake at home, we didn't want to ruin our dessert appetite. The waiter was so nice and offered us to take a dessert to go.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was excellent - steak cooked perfectly, muscles, lobster, chocolate bomb! Service was also excellent and the noise level was very low. Will definitely add this to my list of favorites.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Service was impeccable. Wish I lived closer!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Nice restaurant. Good service. Great experience.

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The waiter was in a bad mood and made that know to our table. Both my grandfather and girl friend noticed as did myself. Made the whole experience uncomfortable. It was not professional for a restaurant that is creating the ambiance needed.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We always go for Sunday brunch and it was amazing as usual

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This was my first time at Passion Fish. I was in Bethesda for a conference and decided to give it a try. I had the corn and crab chowder, “the rock” sushi, and the donuts for dessert. The ambiance, service, and of course the food was all excellent. Everything was brought out in a timely fashion. I didn’t have to wait long for any of the food items. Overall, I had a great experience and would definitely return whenever I come back to Bethesda.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Fantastic food - we’ll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Booked dinner on Monday afternoon and said it was for a birthday for my daughter. When we arrived at 6:30 we were immediate seated and when we opened our menus they had a Happy Birthday Angela heading! It was a pleasant surprise and dinner was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We dined at Passionfish to celebrate a visit by my brother-in-law and mother-in-law for the first time in several years. We were seated in a nicely subdued room beyond the noise of the bar area. Our server noted a special appetizer for sharing that included excellent oysters that our oyster fans loved and large, succulent shrimp that the shrimp fans found delicious. We ordered fresh catch entrees that were spectacular--Passionfish starts with great, fresh fish and cooks them to perfection. They had delicious cocktails and a very nice, reasonable wine list. Their great food and smooth, helpful, unobtrusive service made this an excellent experience that made our celebratory dinner even more memorable.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The ambience is nice and the service was very good. A plate of scallops and their sauce were too salty. The price was high and the food wasn't extraordinary.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Everything was wonderful! The chargrilled oyster special was so delicious and the sword fish with beurre blanc was out of this world. Our server, Nick, was awesome! We’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Incredible service from knowledgable wait staff--helpful recommendations that turned into great menu selections--loved the crab cakes, the Brussels sprouts (best I have ever had!), the Kentucky Sunset, the Gimlet, and the Key lime pie dessert all rocked! A very thoughtful hostess seated us in a quiet area since it was a special occasion. Food came quickly, drinks were replenished regularly. Special requests for gluten-free needs were accommodated easily. Beautifully decorated. Clean, cared-for restrooms. Overall, my top dining experience in Bethesda in years.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Best happy hour in town! A Bethesda favorite!!!!!

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Food wasn’t as enjoyable as I last remembered, unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Passion Fish lunch provided delicious food, good service, pleasant ambiance.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Tried a variety of small plates and they were all good but especially like the sushi. Good wine selection and the noise level was very comfortable. Would recommend and definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was delicious. Tables in back are quiet. We had arrived early and enjoyed the happy hour where they offer great $5 drinks and small plates. Our waiter for dinner was great- efficient and pleasant.

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