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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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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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117 reviews 117 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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 restaurant reviews
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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18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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Seattle
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24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We eat sushi frequently in many cities and Crystal Fish is right up there with the very best! Be sure to explore the inventive rolls they have created! We loved it so much we ate dinner here two nights in a row. I recommend that you sit at the sushi bar. There is always something fun to watch and they... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My husband and I are sushi lovers and we decided to try this place for dinner on our anniversary. The entire place was packed when we arrived around 7:30pm but the wait wasn't bad at all. We both ordered chirashi bowls and they were absolutely fabulous! The fish was fresh and they didn't cheat on the cuts either. Everything was... More

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284 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Make reservations as this eatery is desirable for locals, tourists, young and old. A high energy sushi bar. The ocean trout sushi was fresh and enjoyed as a shared starter. The uni was as fresh as it could be. The sunset and Mama Mia rolls are in high demand. The Asian draft beer was a perfect pairing to our meal.

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