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Crystal Fish

514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
831-649-3474
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Ranked #12 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Carmel, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I have been to Crystal Fish three times now--twice for lunch and once for dinner--with friends and family. We are sushi freaks and always load up on way too much sushi, so that we have to take a full box home. Some of the rolls are highly original--the "sexy roll" has spicy tuna, soft shell crab, yellow tail, and eel... More

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Westchester County, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

If you are out and about near Monterey and craving sushi Crystal Fish. I took my family there and it was busy so we sat 4 across at the large sushi bar. Very fresh and tasty with a wide variety and selection of rolls. The firecracker roll was my favorite. Staff is very friendly and does not rush you which... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We came here for lunch. The place is located off the cannery row but on a street with lots of restaurants and retail shops. A break from the crowded street by the aquarium. We ordered different kind of rolls, a tempura plate and Udon. We ate our food ala carte style to try everything what’s on our table. Fresh sushi... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Excellent fresh sushi and reasonably priced. Very short wait for a table. The waitress was amazing. She was very friendly and accommodating. The rolls were great. I would recommend the sexy roll. It was sexy and devious and a deal at $13.00. Great family friendly restaurant in monterey.

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Naples, FL
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The menu is expansive, the sushi is of the highest quality and is expertly prepared. It offers an extremely wide variety of special rolls, excellent Japanese food and the quality of their Toro was the best I've had outside Japan. Don't be fooled by the appearance from the street, this is a flat out great restaurant!

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Paris, France
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118 reviews 118 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

One of the best japanese rest. Abundant portions, sushi and sashimi plus nagiri with the freshest fish. A must try. Kind of cheap also.

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Seaside, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My favorite sushi bar in Monterey. I have lived here 22 years. As a sushi snob, I can say this is one of the most enjoyable sushi bars I have experienced anywhere. Always fresh fish, great preparation, wonderful staff and highly conscientious sushi cooks with very involved and sincere owner. You may have a wait as it is popular to... More

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Turku, Finland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place has a nice location since there is a front and back entrance so twice as many places to park. The entrees and sushi are good. The owner is really friendly and walks around the restaurant talking to people, and he is actually Japanese.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The sushi rolls are average. Nothing I'd write home about. The decor & furniture are quite dated. Hate the flyers under the glass of the table. Place needs an overhaul if ya ask me. I won't be going back.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Found Crystal Fish on Trip Advisor and was grateful for the tip. Great sushi in Monterey. Everything was fresh, and all reasonably priced. We were able to avoid waiting in line for a table by calling ahead for a reservation. Atmosphere in the restaurant is somewhat utilitarian, but once the food arrived, we hardly noticed!

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