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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
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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Santa Monica, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We dined at Passionfish twice during our recent stay in Monterey. We have dined at Passionfish several times in the past 5 years and always dine here whenever we are in Monterey. Serving sustainable seafood, organically grown vegetables, award-winning wine, and superb desserts nightly from 5pm, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant, beloved by locals, is in the heart of historic Pacific Grove... More

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Los Angeles, California
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294 reviews 294 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were staying at the Green Gables Inn, and had a very nice 15-minute walk along the shoreline and a few block inland to Passionfish, where my girlfriend took me for dinner for my birthday. She must have told them the occasion when she made reservations, since our menus said “Happy Birthday!” on top. Passionfish has a huge selection of... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had a delicious, innovative meal at Passionfish -- and my husband and I appreciated their policy of not marking up wine significantly. It has a Northern California vibe -- friendly, casual, but still elegant. Don't miss it!

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Grand Forks
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The most inventive and creative fish entree I have enjoyed on the California coast. The numerous half bottles of wine to choose from was a bonus for me and greatly appreciated as my husband does not drink wine. If you are anywhere near the Monterey peninsula, be sure to make a reservation. It will be busy any night as long... More

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Pacific Grove, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of our favorite spots to dine in Pacific Grove. They always have interesting dishes and the food is always excellent along with the great wine list. Hard to beat.

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Minden, Nevada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went here for dinner, apparently the Monterey Plaza Hotel told them we were in town celebrating an anniversary. We were wished happy anniversary upon being seated and they prepared a special dessert for us. This is a somewhat crowed restaurant and because of this it is very noisy. The service was excellent, as was the food, we both enjoyed... More

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Danville, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Blow off the Cannery Row chain eateries and go to Pacific Grove. We spent our wedding anniversary in Monterey this week. We wanted a special place and we found it at Passion Fish in Pacific Grove. You know the place is good when it's packed on a Monday night 8/18 when we dined. You have got to order the fish... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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72 reviews 72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If you are looking for fish chowder or fisherman's platter this is not the place. If you want innovative delicious meals from start to finish then roll on up. best you have a reservation since the secret is out on how good this food is. To top it off they have great wait staff.

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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was a party of three. Two of us started with the crab cake, the other the crab and avocado salad. The crab cake was heaven. Almost solid crab with just enough binder to keep it together. I had the salmon. The other two had the snapper. All the fish was cooked perfectly. All was excellent. Great flavors that supported... More

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Anaheim, CA
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296 reviews 296 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Located on Congress and Lighthouse is this eating establishment that's been in Pacific Grove for 17 years. Our reservations were at 7:30 and we were seated right away. In the reservations I commented it was a birthday celebration, and the restaurant gave us a menu with "Happy Birthday" on the top, with the date. Very cool! Stephen and I split... More

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