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Passionfish

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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501 (Congress Ave)
+1 831-655-3311
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17:00 - 21:00
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San Leandro, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I took kids here. We were concerned that there was nothing there for children. However, the server was very patient and helped us out with that. It was all good. This restaurant receives great reviews for a reason. The food is so tasty. I had lamb that was so flavorful. Others had fresh, sustainable seafood that was... More 

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San Francisco
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

When down in Pacific Grove/Monterey I struggle to eat anywhere else. I eat out around the SF Bay Area often, and I put this restaurant as one of the best restaurant experiences. I have eaten here numerous times over at least 15 years. The food is still as inventive and delicious as ever. Some things we had were the Fried... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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118 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Xmas eve and our table was ready exactly at the time we booked. Staff was very helpful and courteous even though they were totally full. The restaurant had enough help working that night so that service was impeccable. We had wonderful salads and entrees and even dessert, which is unusual for us. The food was cooked to perfection and we... More 

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Port Townsend, Wa
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188 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

New Years Eve dinner. Everything was delicious from shaved Brussel sprouts through sea scallops and char to bread pudding and a lava cake. Extensive wine list. Quality service. Comfortable atmosphere. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is the building sign is so subtle it can barely be seen. Took a few tries to spot it. Would go... More 

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Passionfish701, Owner at Passionfish, responded to this review

Thanks so much for all your kind comments regarding Passionfish. I would like you to know that the sign issue is due to lights that are currently not working properly. Unfortunately, the recent storms have shown us that our electrical system to the sign is no longer 'water tight'. We have new lights ordered and new electrical wires being properly... More 

Woodside, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two of the best dinner meals that I have eaten have been at this fabulous restaurant. In two visits, about a year apart, I was treated to fabulously fresh tastes and innovative presentations. In addition to the great food, the staff is quite friendly and accommodating. If you are on the Monterey Peninsula, this is a "must do."

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Santa Clara, California, USA
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Who constructs these outrageous flavor combinations? Ordered scallop appetizer. Scallop has mild, rich flavor, sadly completely masked by potent taste of chipotle relish. Ordered duck for main dish. Nicely prepared as confit and large serving, sadly drowned by sickly sweet sauce. Ordered hot tea but it was served lukewarm. Service was attentive. Atmosphere was just acceptable. High noise level, the... More 

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Napa, California
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273 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Ordered the sea scallop for an appetizer and the star of the show was the artichoke cake it came with! Ahi tuna was good, my friend had the lamb and said it was ok. Nice reasonable wine list, but not a lot by the glass. The biscuits were not what we expected; they weren't light and fluffy, but they were... More 

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Carnelian Bay, Ca
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247 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I'm sorry that I didn't order the braised short ribs or lamb breast. I think they may have been more flavorful than the arctic char special which was bland, served over a flavorless nearly raw kohlrabi slaw. The mussel special was good, but have had better. The cucumber salad special was certainly that...copious cucumber slices, sweet and well seasoned/marinated over... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We celebrated my wife's birthday here and the experience was wonderful. She had a braised lamb entree and I had a delicious duck confit. Dessert was a trio of lemon infused delights. We highly recommend

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California
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

As in, a sommelier. This restaurant has an incredible wine list to go with its excellent food. We enjoyed our meal the night before Thanksgiving and perhaps the sommelier was home cooking up a storm. With so many great wine choices, and very modest markup, it would have been great to have some expert guidance in our choice of a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
    (Congress Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-655-3311
Description
Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant focused on saving our oceans. Awards: - Zagat rated #2 Best Seafood in Bay Area 2012 - Repeatedly named "Best Restaurant in Monterey County" by Monterey County Weekly readers. In 2012, Passionfish was voted Best Selection of Wines by the Glass, Best Restaurant in Monterey County, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove, Best Seafood Restaurant, and Best Sustainable Restaurant (a record-breaker for the Weekly's 22nd annual Best of Monterey County poll). - Participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. - Selected in April 2012 to be on the Ameriorganic list. - Certified green by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. As the first officially green restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing.Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife, Cindy Walter. With an ever changing menu that features the freshest sustainable seafood, slow cooked meats, farm fresh organic greens and delectable house-made desserts, your experience is guaranteed to be unique EVERY time you dine with us. The chef’s simply inspired dishes reflect his philosophy of serving healthy, flavorful, and ecologically sound meal choices. All are complimented with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, priced well below what you might expect.Over the past eight years, Passionfish has earned a noteworthy reputation for Chef Walter’s unique California cuisine. His simple, inspired recipes have been published in:- Bon Appetit magazine - Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chef's - The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Eating from San Francisco to Monterey Passionfish has also been featured on KRON TV's "Bay Cafe", Rachel Ray's "Tasty Travels" and the Discovery Channel's new healthy lifestyles program.Join us for dinner and experience the NEW good life!Our Passion - Be sure to check out these organizations and to support our ocean friends:Monterey Bay Aquarium Tag-A-GiantSeafood Watch Eco TrustFish WiseLeatherback Turtle TrustLiving Oceans Marine Fish Conservation Network Marine Stewardship Council NOAAOceana Oceans Alive Plastic Pollution CoalitionSea Turtle Restoration Project Sea Web Seafood Choices Tagging of Pacific Predators The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform The Institute for Fisheries Resources

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