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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Congress Ave
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
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

An absolutely superb meal Dungeness crab cake and scallop for starters, and a goats cheese salad ( I wish I could have this every day), and rockfish in a rum sauce for mains. A lemon verbena creme brulee finished off a fantastic experience. The chef for sure knows how to cook. Retaurant table were a little close together but we... More

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Walnut Creek, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The seafood is superb. We have dined at the restaurant many times through the years. Somehow, the place maintains the level of excellence over all this time. At this last visit, we chose the "less expensive" selections. Both were excellent. The rockfish was cooked perfectly. As other reviewers note, the adult beverage selection is extraordinary.

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Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A bit out of the way of the bustle of Monterey but still very busy and with a number of local people which is good. Booking I would think is essential at weekends and holidays. On arrival there is a small reception area so nowhere to sit and have a drink before going to your table but the nature of... More

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Turku, Finland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Me and my husband came across this lovely seafood restaurant on our visit to Pacific Grove. Even though it was crowded (and having eaten here I now know why) and we didn't have a reservation, we were seated in a couple of minutes. The waitress was very friendly, service was fast and most importantly, our portions were absolutely delicious. If... More

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Fremantle, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Had an amazing meal here. Everything was cooked so beautifully, every mouthful was savoured! Such a great combination of ingredients for each dish. The sparkling and wine that we had was great too. Absolutely loved this place!

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We asked a local for a restaurant recommendation and wound up here. Great food and service, nice people. I had the fried Morro Bay oysters and the sturgeon with white bean salad. Both were fresh, tasty and unique. My friend had the heirloom tomato salad, and the spicy fish soup, which she said was the best soup she ever had,... More

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Redwood City, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The menu features fresh, sustainable food and the chef's innovative creations make them wonder why everyone isn't doing this. We opted for seafood with a scallop appetizer, pan fried tilapia, and rockfish in a rum sauce. Very creative use of vegetable accompaniments. The fried gorgonzola appetizer on a bed of greens was also delicious. Very extensive wine list. We enjoyed... More

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San Francisco
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a wonderful meal, and I need to mention that the prices are below those of other restaurants that lay claim to higher quality. The restaurant itself is designed in a minimalist style that stresses long, low grey banquets against white walls that impart a sense of serenity and modernity. The owners are saying that Passionfish is part of the... More

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Windsor, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My choice of lobster was probably not the best, but my companion had tilapia, and it was wonderful. Salads were creative and delicious. The service was tops.

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Sacramento, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I came here recently remembering the fabulous meal we had a few years ago, and was happy to revisit it, and patron one of our own local restaurants. My order was fabulous, well seasoned and flavored, but I left Passionfish with an upset stomach. Although I was rather full with trying to add just a few more bites of our... More

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