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Crystal Fish

514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
831-649-3474
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Ranked #12 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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San Joaquin Valley California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The hot green tea was outstanding. This looks like a locals spot. Very busy on a Sunday night. The sushi was great . Try the Dynamite appetizer ( takes a while to prepare). The Dragon roll was also very good .

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Monterey, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Crystal Fish is our favorite place to enjoy authentic Japanese sushi and cuisine, bar none! Other places may be cheaper, but you have to check out the quality of their raw fish and sushi rice. The cooked foods like Japanese saba (salted broiled mackerel), teriyaki dishes and tempura, are delicious and done just right! We love their lunch box specials... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We decided to go to Crystal Fish because we heard great things about it and because they don't take reservations, so we figured we might have a good chance at having a last minute Valentine's dinner out. When I called a few days in advance the staff recommended arriving between 5:00 - 5:30 in order to get a table without... More

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New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

There is nothing wrong or negative about the sushi and sashimi served in Crystal Fish. It is quite average and mediocre but the price is bit high (more expensive than those in the San Francisco metro area). The service is good and the owner goes around to greet every table for a warm welcome.

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Pacific Grove, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Without A doubt the best sushi in Monterey Ca. This place gets busy so come early. Good wait staff, an amazing owner.

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SAINT LOUIS
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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Was expecting better given recommendations we had. It was fine- but did not quite live up to the hype.

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Belleville, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Every time my wife and I are in town we make it a point to stop in for some Sushi. They have the best Sushi we've ever had. If you are used to Benihana Sushi- Crystal Fish is one hundred times better and more delicious!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Before heading for Southern California for a vacation, my family had eaten there, and we like the food, the service, and the ambiance. The waitress was friendly and served food fast. Very convenient location and parking as well. But just a little old building with old carpet and probably old paint, too.

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stay in Carmel Valley once or twice a year lately and a visit to Crystal Fish in nearby Monterrey has become mandatory. It's quite popular with locals so a reservation is a must as the wait can be substantial. The Kira Kira roll is one of the best rolls I've had anywhere.

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I went at the lunch hour. Average to good cali roll and some extras for the inexpensive price. Good service and very friendly staff.

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