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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ottawa, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

good for seafood and non seafood. Nice presentation, portion size not too big, not too small. Great service.

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130 reviews 130 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Don't laugh, but you go to a restaurant called "Passionfish" and you order duck and lamb it could be you're fault. OMG, it was amazing. The 12 hour lamb and duck confit were just incredible. The service was incredible and the presentation was outstanding. Thanks to all of you, your reviews were most appreciated.

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Milton, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is exceptional. Seating is comfortable and the room acoustics allow comfortable conversation. Service attentive. Prices are very good. This is a real value option for unusually well prepared food.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I love the place and the service. I ordered lamb and my wife fish. Both were well presented and delicious.

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Danville, Ca
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Our favorite restaurant in the Monterey Bay area. Not a bargain,but a good value. Quality ingredients,mostly local,are prepared creatively under the direction of the owner/chef and are presented attractively. The wine list is extensive with prices described as close to retail. Service is consistently first class.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had another fabulous dinner at Passionfish last weekend. I had a Maine Lobster Tail shelled and cook perfectly on a bed of parsnip (and apple?) puree. That followed a butternut squash soup that was perfectly balanced with a garnish of roasted pecans and creme fresh. The whole experience from working with the hostess on a table move to a... More 

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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I really can't say anything better or more original than that which has already been said about Passionfish. What I can say is that the service was superb, the food was the best we've had in the area, and I would recommend booking a table in advance (via OpenTable).

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44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Located in what appears to be a suite in an office building the interior is long and very narrow. We had made a reservation so we got in right away, while there seemed to be others waiting, so it is popular. The fish was fresh and the menu varied. Prepared well and very tasteful. Prices were a little higher than... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Everthing is perfect here The Food The service The wine .. And the wine is above expectation and very raisonnable Please do not hesitate Go..!!!!!!

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Houston, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our large group had dinner here on New Year's Eve. I made the reservation just a few weeks in advance and they were able to accommodate our large group for the late seating. We were seated immediately upon arrival. The restaurant/decor is beautiful and laid out well. Our server couldn't have been better, super friendly and very attentive. Everyone loved... More 

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Additional Information about Passionfish

Address: 701 Lighthouse Ave, 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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