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701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501 (Congress Ave)
831-655-3311
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant...
Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant focused on saving our oceans. Awards: - Zagat rated #2 Best Seafood in Bay Area 2012 - Repeatedly named "Best Restaurant in Monterey County" by Monterey County Weekly readers. In 2012, Passionfish was voted Best Selection of Wines by the Glass, Best Restaurant in Monterey County, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove, Best Seafood Restaurant, and Best Sustainable Restaurant (a record-breaker for the Weekly's 22nd annual Best of Monterey County poll). - Participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. - Selected in April 2012 to be on the Ameriorganic list. - Certified green by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. As the first officially green restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing.Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife, Cindy Walter. With an ever changing menu that features the freshest sustainable seafood, slow cooked meats, farm fresh organic greens and delectable house-made desserts, your experience is guaranteed to be unique EVERY time you dine with us. The chef’s simply inspired dishes reflect his philosophy of serving healthy, flavorful, and ecologically sound meal choices. All are complimented with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, priced well below what you might expect.Over the past eight years, Passionfish has earned a noteworthy reputation for Chef Walter’s unique California cuisine. His simple, inspired recipes have been published in:- Bon Appetit magazine - Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chef's - The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Eating from San Francisco to Monterey Passionfish has also been featured on KRON TV's "Bay Cafe", Rachel Ray's "Tasty Travels" and the Discovery Channel's new healthy lifestyles program.Join us for dinner and experience the NEW good life!Our Passion - Be sure to check out these organizations and to support our ocean friends:Monterey Bay Aquarium Tag-A-GiantSeafood Watch Eco TrustFish WiseLeatherback Turtle TrustLiving Oceans Marine Fish Conservation Network Marine Stewardship Council NOAAOceana Oceans Alive Plastic Pollution CoalitionSea Turtle Restoration Project Sea Web Seafood Choices Tagging of Pacific Predators The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform The Institute for Fisheries Resources
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
one of the best restaurants of all time

We stayed in Pacific Grove for 2 nights and ate here both nights. Our first dinner here was absolutely incredible. We had the oysters appetizer and the scallops and rockfish for dinner, followed by the panna cotta and chocolate cake for dessert. The food was so incredible, with thoughtful sides... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Stuart, Florida
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Stuart, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Pacific Grove for 2 nights and ate here both nights. Our first dinner here was absolutely incredible. We had the oysters appetizer and the scallops and rockfish for dinner, followed by the panna cotta and chocolate cake for dessert. The food was so incredible, with thoughtful sides and creative food pairings. We were also blown away by... More 

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California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant for our anniversary. Beautifully served and thoughtfully prepared meal, in a quiet, nicely arranged room.

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BATH UK
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The hotel and TA rated this restaurant, and we were not disappointed. The wait staff were efficient, friendly and helpful with the recommendations of the food. This was easily the best meal we ate in Pacific Grove (out of 4). The ambiance was just right and we thought the food was in no way overpriced, just good value for the... More 

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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place is incredible and all of the seafood is sustainable. Some of the entrees are pricey but they're priced according to the ingredients so less expensive items/fish are not overpriced. I really appreciate that. They also have an exceptional wine list. The ambiance is lovely. It's a great place for a birthday or anniversary dinner. I found the wait... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

PF has always delivered. Although the seating is a bit cramped the wait staff and the menu featuring sustainable items is always spot on. There's something for everyone. It's a special go-to restaurant when friends and family are in town.

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virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, perfect wine suggestion by our waitress, overall great experience! Wish this restaurant was near our home!

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Went for our anniversary on hotel concierge recommendation. Very disappointed. Never before have been treated so badly. Waitress was clearly annoyed we came. We were dressed better than most but still she had a supercilious attitude. Blathered on about sustainability without any thought to what the dishes were or how they were prepared. Food was meh at best. Waitress so... More 

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London
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

delicious innovative food , great staff and reasonably priced , even the wines , we will go back. don't let the name fool you, theyou have a lot more than just fish on the menu .

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We read the strong reviews and were not disappointed. Our server was outstanding, the food was excellent. pleasant atmosphere. reasonable prices.

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south florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

My wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary here while vacationing in Pacific Grove. It's a well run restaurant from A to Z, with really creative cooking, a huge and not overpriced wine list and professional service. I can see why it's a big locals favorite and I am hopeful to one day get back not only to the Monterey... More 

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Additional Information about Passionfish

Address: 701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
Phone Number: 831-655-3311
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
    (Congress Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-655-3311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

Description

Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant focused on saving our oceans. Awards: - Zagat rated #2 Best Seafood in Bay Area 2012 - Repeatedly named "Best Restaurant in Monterey County" by Monterey County Weekly readers. In 2012, Passionfish was voted Best Selection of Wines by the Glass, Best Restaurant in Monterey County, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove, Best Seafood Restaurant, and Best Sustainable Restaurant (a record-breaker for the Weekly's 22nd annual Best of Monterey County poll). - Participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. - Selected in April 2012 to be on the Ameriorganic list. - Certified green by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. As the first officially green restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing.Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife, Cindy Walter. With an ever changing menu that features the freshest sustainable seafood, slow cooked meats, farm fresh organic greens and delectable house-made desserts, your experience is guaranteed to be unique EVERY time you dine with us. The chef’s simply inspired dishes reflect his philosophy of serving healthy, flavorful, and ecologically sound meal choices. All are complimented with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, priced well below what you might expect.Over the past eight years, Passionfish has earned a noteworthy reputation for Chef Walter’s unique California cuisine. His simple, inspired recipes have been published in:- Bon Appetit magazine - Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chef's - The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Eating from San Francisco to Monterey Passionfish has also been featured on KRON TV's "Bay Cafe", Rachel Ray's "Tasty Travels" and the Discovery Channel's new healthy lifestyles program.Join us for dinner and experience the NEW good life!Our Passion - Be sure to check out these organizations and to support our ocean friends:Monterey Bay Aquarium Tag-A-GiantSeafood Watch Eco TrustFish WiseLeatherback Turtle TrustLiving Oceans Marine Fish Conservation Network Marine Stewardship Council NOAAOceana Oceans Alive Plastic Pollution CoalitionSea Turtle Restoration Project Sea Web Seafood Choices Tagging of Pacific Predators The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform The Institute for Fisheries Resources
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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