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Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA

Passionfish

4.8
4.8
7046 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and realistically priced 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. 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 655-3311
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Cross street
    Congress Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,046 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for fine wines

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Overall

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

7,047 Reviews
  1. slob

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second visit to the Passion fish. The food was excellent. My wife had the scallops and I had the shrimp. We shared the beet salad and a bottle of white wine. The main reason returned was the delicious bread pudding. My. Only complaint was the wine was to cold. We will return on our next visit.

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  2. VisitorFromPleasanton

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent experience at Passion Fish in Pacific Grove! We have been going there for many years.

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  3. Bman1

    Atlanta Metro

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always treat to dine at Passionfish when we pass through the central coast. It’s a must and so are the scallops!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been coming to Passionfish when in the Monterey area since the early 90s and we've always had an excellent meal. Our server, Corinne, was lovely -- attentive, unhurried and took time to chat, and gave us excellent recommendations from the menu. The scallops were outstanding -- perfectly cooked. Albacore and fried asparagus also good and the banana bread pudding was delicious. We always look forward to returning to Monterey for a great meal at Passionfish.

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  5. LizP

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent as was the service! I was dining solo after a full day of traveling from the east coast. I was looking for good food, good wine and a low key environment. This place did not disappoint. If you enjoy wine, they have a nice selection by the glass, half bottle or bottle. Wine pricing was very good (similar to retail but not like the typical mark ups in restaurants). Good selection of fish, gluten free options and the staff were super friendly and attentive.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very tasty, but the tostada was a bit soggy on the shell, and unfortunately these scallops which are usually love at cold and a bit lifeless. However, the duck company was the best I've ever had anywhere.

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  7. PerryM

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really one of the best if not the best seafood houses in the Bay Area. And the wine list is awesome and adventurous. The staff is trained well to help you select what you love!

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  8. PeggyM

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything had hidden onions in it. The restaurant was very bright as though it was a coffee shop atmosphere. The server pushed sustainable as opposed to delicious food. Few choices of wine by the glass

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  9. exlocal

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend if you are in the Monterey Bay Area. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and the two appetizers, salad , and two entrees certainly confirmed. Wine prices are a real treat yet food was reasonably priced, quality was excellent and service was outstanding. Ambiance/noise is very moderate, obviously an intent of the design. Will return on our next trip to Monterey

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved everything - food, service, ambiance.

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  11. Vicky

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is excellent. And has been for years. The cooking is superb. Reserve in advance and don't forget to order the biscuits. They are like no other..

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  12. RobertB

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Passionfish is one of our favorite dining places. We have never been disappointed. Excellent food and quality service. Highly recommended.

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  13. WalterN

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. We had a delightful evening. Everything was fantastic.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Truly pleasant and accommodating service. All food cooked to perfection. Everyone at table enjoyed.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Any time when we are in the Monterey best food 🥘

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  16. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and reasonably priced for what you get. Also, they advertise that their wines have a 50%-80% mark-up instead of the restaurant industry average of 200%-%300 which meant we got a very nice bottle of wine for $44 instead of $60 or $70.

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  17. KCSa

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was so kind and patient and congenial. The food was delicious. But you need to get done good dealcoholized wines on the menu. There are several very good ones. Top-notch restaurants now stock them and you need to, too.

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  18. kunw

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WE loved the place and food. It was actually out of our expectation and I would definitely go back if I am in the area.

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  19. Susan

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, friendly, personalized, attentive service. Delicious food beautifully presented. Good advice on wine choice.

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  20. SVd33

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food at very reasonable prices. I have been there over the years and have always loved the food. This was my first time since Covid, and delighted that the quality of food, excellent preparation and wonderful and creative cuisine has not diminished at all — I only wished that I lived closer as this restaurant is an hour and a half away so only get to dine there on our occasional overnight vacation stays.

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  21. LindaK

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal of our trip so far. Make sure to try the biscuits.

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  22. SKY999

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed Passionfish for a birthday dinner. The staff was so welcoming and acknowledged the birthday with a special touch. We started with a biscuit and I regret not getting one to go, they were so good! The black bean goat cheese fritters melted in your mouth. For dessert, we had the Banana Bread Pudding; it was incredible! I didn't enjoy the Trout entree. I should have sent it back but didn't want to complain. We also ordered a salad, but didn't get it until we asked for it twice. Other than that, the service was excellent! This is a good restaurant for intimate conversation and conversations with other patrons.

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  23. CharlesT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their bread pudding is one of the best I've ever had. The crab salad was also excellent.

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  24. Aryn

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The duck with the cardamom sauce is to die for! Soooo good! Every time we come to the area we dine here. Don’t let the fact that this is located next to a gas station fool you. The food is consistently fabulous.

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  25. edpEats

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The standard scallops were divine. The latest halibut prep has such yummy accompaniments! Always something new and fresh on the menu.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb experience wonderful service and food and fairly priced libations

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  27. PatriciaB

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Passion Fish is exemplary in their fresh, sustainable seafood, and delectable entrees, and delightful dessert offerings. Every meal we have been fortunate enough to eat there has been exquisite. The wait staff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. I only wish we lived closer and could enjoy more often.

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  28. DavidR

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner at Passionfish, outstanding staff.

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  29. PatG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and awesome wine menu. 100% recommend

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful in every way! This restaurant is a gem in our town- we love it!!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entire experience was perfect! Food & service perfect! Loved the scallops

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my 8 yr old son to dinner for his birthday! He loved the trout and mud pie. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. Shane took great care of us. Will be back for more celebrations.

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  33. SusannahT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place! Delicious and interesting dishes, wonderful service, reasonable prices.

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  34. JamesW

    Greater Boston

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinarily creative, fresh and delicious sea food. Wine list excellent and very reasonably priced. Our fav place in Monterey area. Wish we had a Passion Fish at home in Boston!

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  35. Hungry87

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an early evening midweek dinner. Since it was early, the dining room was fairly quiet. We were seated promptly by the friendly staff and given menus. We had the ceviche tostada appetizer and panko fried asparagus spears. Both dishes were excellent. My wife had grilled shrimp on white bean cassoulet while I had the mussels with linguine. Again the food was expertly prepared and presented. I only wish my linguine came with some toasted bread to sop up the delicious broth. Dessert was the chocolate torte with passion fruit sauce, and the vanilla maple bread pudding with banana ice cream. They were both fantastic. The server was excellent except when I asked a few questions about the dessert wines and it became readily apparent that she had little knowledge of the wines. No big deal for me as I always enjoy a late harvest reisling. Passionfish has been around for many years and the dining room could use a freshening, but it remains on our list of recommended restaurants for visiting friends.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our Passionfish experience! Highly recommend!

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  37. 3musketters

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rebecca was a great waitress! Scallop appetizer, brussel sprouts salad, duck confit…superb! Then there was the BISCUIT! Couldn’t even order dessert😪 Highly recommend!

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  38. CindyL

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our most special dinner location for taste, value and ambience. So comfortable yet special.

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  39. Naoko

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They have changed since last time we visited. Less menu items. Less creative menu. The taste was good but wasnt amazing like last time I remembered. The wine are great price. No complaints but I was slightly disappointed because it was sooooo amazing before both the service and food

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  40. RicksterDiner

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dishes throughout our meal: scallop and brussel sprouts for appetizers then duck confit and albacore tuna for entrees and lemon pana cotta and roquefort ice cream for desserts. Great service and very comfortable atmosphere.

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FAQs

Passionfish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 655-3311.

Passionfish is rated 4.8 stars by 7046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Passionfish

701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Congress Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ted Walter
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 655-3311
  • 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
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