PassionFish - Bethesda

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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined there for Valentine's Day and it was really good. It was a pre fixe menu and we knew walking into it that we were going to be paying inflated prices because of the holiday, but I felt it was worth it in the end.
The restaurant itself is beautiful and where we sat was near the front door but off to the side in a romantic nook of the dining room.
Service was on point; not pushy at all, knowledgeable, very warm and welcoming. Our server was present in the dining room the whole night, we never had to look around to find him.
I loved the selection of wine, beer, and liquor. So much to choose from! On the dessert menu, there's even an option for whiskey flights! We were already too intoxicated to order one though😂...
The food here is very good. Like I said before, a bit overpriced for the holiday, but my portion of crispy flounder was huge so I can't really complain about it. My side of brussels was amazing. The tuna tartar was a little over sauced, but still very tasty. My date's food was unbelievably well prepared. The ceviche was amazing and fresh. It didn't seem like it had been marinating in a corner somewhere for a week before they served it. But it was all about the halibut. Complete perfection. He crushed it in five minutes. I barely got a bite, but the forkful I did get was like melt in your mouth, buttery deliciousness.
With so many options in this area, I find myself rarely going back to a restaurant a second time within a year unless they're really outstanding, but I would go back to Passionfish for sure.

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M
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed with Passion Fish in Bethesda. It was our first time to dine in the Bethesda location and it was again, very disappointing. We have dined at the Reston location for many years and it doesn't compare. First, our server didn't even introduce himself... the area where they sat us was very cold... I ordered the Asian Sea Bass and it was not very good at all, bland, and had no taste. My husband ordered the Chinese Style Smoked Lobster and it was greasy!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service and always a home run!

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LL
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant and try hard not to go too often so as to keep it special. The service is always attentive without being intrusive, and the food is always perfect. Only once in 15 visits has the restaurant run out of a menu item, speaking to the overall high management standards here. Reservations are always on time, too, which is unusual elsewhere. Obviously the food is paramount, but I'm mentioning those other qualities of PassionFish because they are what keep this restaurant so highly thought of. The kids menu is a terrific value and an easy way to introduce young children to a higher quality dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The sushi was excellent. The service was good. The table we got was in the back of the restaurant which was quieter. But in general this restaurant was loud. Kind of expensive though.

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

Our brunch on Saturday was flawless. The Chesapeake poached egg dish was divine. We have eaten here a few times before and have had several items on the very diverse menu. This restaurant can't be beat. The service is impeccable always. I wish we lived a bit closer -- we would be regulars!

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MD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Just celebrated a birthday. Had crab and shrimp roll appetizers. Main course was the smoked lobster with fried spinach which had some kick and very filling. Had the sorbet for dessert. Also gotto try a donut, tastes like a beignet. Also had a fruit punch. Seevice at the table was great. Reason it gets 2 stars was the call from the restaurant was being unprofessional. I called in early to let them know we would be half an hour late. We of course hit traffic. Then at 730, I get a call saying I am going to lose ny seat. I told them what happened. Fortunately the other people in the party had been there, but the person was bot trying to listen to me.

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MM
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s loud more of a social scene / atmosphere, yet the food was good.

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T
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scallops are worth the Dive
Had the scallops which are small and tasty --- teriyaki style on a bed of shredded and whole veggies. The veggies were very tasty. Had a Foxglove Chardonnay with the dish -- I think a Pinot Noir would have been a better choice, given the sauce.

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F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive, prompt service, great flavor, value for food was excellent, drinks were great. Great for business meal and special occasions.

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MG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good and the service was very attentive. We ordered a few times because they had run out of a couple of our choices. I would appreciate a little more time between courses but for someone in a hurry it is fine.

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LB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. The food is delicious and fresh, service is always great.

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MS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The "shrimp tempura" appetizer was a sushi dish primarily, not what we expected. The branzino was disappointing. Dessert was good, especially the pumpkin cheesecake with ice cream. Service was good.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal for the Bethesda restaurant week. Our seating request, in a quiet corner was honored. Delicious scallops, fast delivery of items. Pleasant staff. Definitely coming back..

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Restaurant Week and were very pleased with the service and appetizers and entree. The baked oyster appetizer and lobster bisque wee excellent, as were our entrees (cod and salmon) This would be a nice dining experience for variety of occasions. The dining room itself was was very attractive with both booths and tables. While tables were not excessively close together (which happens all too often these days), the room was still noisy during peak time. Service was courteous and attentive.
Overall, a very pleasant place to dine.

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SP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at passion fish. The ginger lobster was wonderful with distinct flavors that popped with every bite. I enjoyed the lobster butternut squash bisque as an appetizer and the chocolate mousse for dessert. The staff were attentive to our needs and very friendly. The Sommelier helped explain the bottle of wine we selected and it was right on the mark.
It’s always great to go during restaurant week because prices are far more affordable for appetizer entrée and dessert; also the quality does not change

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A
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and really looking forward to the specialty hot sauce!

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal. It's our "go to" place for birthdays, anniversaries and just to have a good time and fine meal.
Had the grilled oysters for the first time- but not the last. Swordfish, halibut were cooked perfectly. Also the whole trout, pan fried.
The wine list has several nicely priced half- bottles which is great when two people are drinking and one only wants a small amount.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place is always busy considering it has a nice bar and good food thus the level of noise may be a bit high. Recommend making a reservation unless going before 5:30 PM. Service is very good and so is the ambiance. Definitely a good place for fresh seafood. I recommend visiting

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Sam and delicious food.

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BW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been to Passion Fish several times. Always an excellent experience. Usually a 5 star experience, just seemed this time expectations were not exceeded. That being said, that is just the difference between excellence and perfection.

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a
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had dinner during restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sushi and tempura appetizers were excellent. Outstanding sea scallops and grilled branzino. Yummy chocolate mousse. Altogether, excellent food, service, ambiance, and value. Will check out their happy hour.

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f
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Ordered the lobster bisque from the weekend brunch menu and it was very good, although very light on the lobster. I asked for the Chesapeake Eggs Benedict and said I wanted them well done. They arrived not well done and my server offered to bring them back because he had guaranteed the kitchen could do them well done. He returned with two hard boiled eggs, plain and tasteless. I didn’t complain because I didn’t want to wait any longer for my meal, but only ate one of them. The server was eager, but not effective. He did not respond to requests for such things as napkins, sugar, and butter, bringing some after a long delay and some not at all. All in all, an unsatisfactory meal. Will not return for brunch again. Even though I called about Restaurant Week menu and was told it was available for lunch, the server said we were too
late or something; we were there for a 1:00 reservation.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a nice place. Food and service were good. I had the drunken fish as a drink, but honestly the drink tasted pretty bad. Other than that everything else was great. ( we had brunch)

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess greeting very poor, unresponsive to table choice, empty menu folder. Waitress very good.

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PJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were quickly seated at a nice quiet area of the restaurant. Service was good, if a touch confusing in terms of who was serving us. The food was good, as usual. However, we did have one complaint. There was a lot of very noisy sweeping under tables going on around us ( it was about 10pm). Each time the brush was used it clanged into the receptacle. We complained once, and our server asked the person who was sweeping to stop. However, it started up again 5 minutes later. It was very distracting and annoying. We suggest this practice not continue as frankly it spoiled our enjoyment. Surely it could have waited for the end of service, as it was not likely that new tables would be seated after 11.00pm, which was when we left.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I went with a couple of friends during Restaurant Week. The service was super quick and our server was very engaging. The bread was DELICIOUS; I wanted more but I knew I didn’t need it🤪. I had the shrimp tempura for my appetizer and it was good. I had the Asian Sea Bass entre; I didn’t like the fish (it was bland) but the Brussels Sprouts were good. The dessert - the Crunchy Chocolate Mousse - was also delicious.

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YK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took advantage of Restaurant week to try it; we’re very pleased with experience overall. We’ll be back for sure.

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PZ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and subtle special touches like the anniversary menu note we’re much appreciated! Great food!

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DT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was one of the best around. We were allowed to order nearly any entree from their regular menu. The fish we chose was fresh, cooked perfectly and thick. Everything was delicious!!! Our only recommendation would be they slow down how fast the food comes out. 3 minutes after we ordered our appetizers they were on our table. We would have appreciated a more leisurely meal. But everything else was amazing!

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good quality food. All the dishes were nicely done.

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KL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place for family gatherings. The food is fresh, service is good and the place is clean and nicely decorated.

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CW
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My server was fabulous. My food was delicious. I am furloughed, so just to get out of the house and have a hot meal was enjoyable.

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E
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

In fairness, it was restaurant week and the place was packed. But I'm told it is always very noisy. The food was very good. But they were out of the Branzino at 7 p.m. (this is a fish restaurant???) so I had ceviche and filet, which was delicious. The pumpkin cheesecake was so so.
The regular menu prices were pretty high. But the noise level was the real turn-off.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I and a couple of friends decided to have lunch at PassionFish during Restaurant Week in the DC area. We had eaten dinner at another PassionFish a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. There was a bit of a wait even though we had reservations but that didn't detract from the visit.

Lunch was three courses with a limited appetizer and dessert menu and a selection from the sandwich and chef specialty portion of the normal lunch offering. I selected a Crab and Corn Chowder as appetizer, Red Thai Curry with Golden Pineapple, Jasmine Rice, Kaffir Lime and Shrimp, and a Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart. My wife chose the Lobster Butternut Squash Bisque, Steamed Blue Hill Bay Mussels, and the Chocolate Mousse Crunch. Our friends had a California Roll and Spicy Salmon Avocado Roll, the Jumbo Crab Cake Sandwich and the Twelve Buck Chuck (a burger), and the same desserts as we.

The food was very tasty. Both soups were excellent, the main courses substantial, and the desserts just okay (BUT we had to take them home for later and they were warmed up so I believe they would have been better fresh). My curry was quite spicy and I wished I had more rice. My wife's mussels weren't the best we had eaten but they were good. She liked the broth enough to take the remaining home.

PassionFish is a restaurant that will remain on our list of places to visit periodically. I really want to try their seafood dinner entrees. I remember we enjoyed the fish we had at our previous visit.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and quality food & service

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BM
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Stopped by for dinner after flying back from Florida. As usual, the food was excellent. We enjoyed a nice sancerre and a tasty Bordeaux superieur with our meal. Service was very good. We will return.

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KL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the lobster bisque, will be back again soon.

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BA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Its a really nice restaurant. I am not the biggest seafood fan but I do like Passion Fish. The ambiance and staff are great!

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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Belated Birthday
Wonderful server!

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