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514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
831-649-3474
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1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 64
    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
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
KymWee
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Singapore, Singapore
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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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 NEW

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
62 helpful votes 62 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Seaside, California
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Love the food and service, but parking can be difficult. We were there at 1:30p.m. and it was still very busy. This is a new favorite of ours.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We love sushi. At hone we almost eat twice a month and because California is known for dushi we tried that one and wow... Amazong huge sushi

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London
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16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

We felt our way forward quite gingerly but ended up with totally delicious dishes: Cannery Roll, Monterey Roll, Sexy Roll, tempura, miso soup. Really unusual and amazing food. Great presentation. Would make this a regular if we lived here. The local Japanese community have done so already - for eat in or take away. Dull and uninspiring interior.

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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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?