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514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
831-649-3474
Website
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty and fresh

We did takeout from Crystal Fish while staying at a nearby hotel. If you are staying at any of the hotels on Cannery Row you can walk there in about 5 minutes. We had the sesame chicken appetizer, (our toddler loved it),sushi, salad, tempura, and everything was fresh and tasty. We also had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
jgabrieleg
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We did takeout from Crystal Fish while staying at a nearby hotel. If you are staying at any of the hotels on Cannery Row you can walk there in about 5 minutes. We had the sesame chicken appetizer, (our toddler loved it),sushi, salad, tempura, and everything was fresh and tasty. We also had the chicken katsu and it was so... More 

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Monterey County
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

I cannot say enough about Crystal Fish! I have been coming here since I moved to the Monterey area, about 6 years ago. I can't believe I've never reviewed my favorite sushi place. Crystal Fish has never disappointed. The fish is always fresh and delicious. It is obvious the attention to detail around quality, and I come back as often... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I don't typically review places in my hometown, but it's about time I give this place their propers. We've been coming here for over five years and love it. Favorites include the pink lady roll for the kids and I love the spider roll. Their tri tip and other combination foods are scrumptious. Last time we tried their special ocean... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Monterey was a stop-over location for the family road trip. We passed by the restaurant to see it really packed. As our little one was asleep in the car we had to do a take out. Order their teriyaki chicken, chirashi and a pink dragon roll. IT WAS AMAZING! I'm from asia wher there's lots of Japanese food but this... More 

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Northern California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Have wanted to try this place for some time now. The fact that they are always busy is a good sign. Lunch menu is good value. Portion sizes are ample and ingredients fresh. The shrimp were excellent! Service lags, so you may need to be a bit aggressive if you are on a schedule. Will definitely come again.

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Monterey, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Busy as all get out but the line in front tells you how good it is inside. Very fair prices, very good service, excellent variety and all the old standbys are there as well. Been there many times and will go back until something better happens!

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Monterey, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Crystal Fish has quickly become a locals favorite, so be ready to wait for a table on Friday or Saturday night. Sushi was great, the dinner portion seemed little small, overall good and we will be back.

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Monterey, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Delicious and fairly priced this is a perfect dining experience for lovers of sushi, sashimi, and other delicious Japanese influenced foods. Great service too. Can be a long wait at peak dining times, so check to see if you can make a reservation.

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Olney, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We were able to visit while on vacation and it was the best sushi I have ever had. Everything was fresh and delicious. We don't usually get an appetizer when having sushi but we noticed they had mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna which were then flash fried in tempura batter ... Delicious! Try them, you won't be disappointed. I wish... More 

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California, Maryland
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59 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Given all the good reviews, it is possible that we were there on an off night. As a vegetarian it is often hard for me to distinguish between sushi restaurants. What I had wasn't bad though one of the items I ordered was not available - didn't find out until they served what we ordered, My wife did have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-649-3474

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?