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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I like to dine well and get a little dressed up when we vacation. We were staying in Monterey, and Passionfish was recommended to us as someplace we could do both. The exterior isn't much to get excited about and parking is on the street, but everything else about the place was great. The wine list is... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

After a truly spicy seafood stew and trout ceviche, we had had farm-reared sturgeon and tilapia. All excellent and extremely well flavoured, and we had great service. We didn't book a table (Monday night, late October) , but were lucky to get a table as it was very busy, and rightly so.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is known for seafood dishes but we noticed other entrees on the menu. Limited menu plus nightly specials which was okay with us. Great wine list plus corkage was $20.00. Can't go wrong here, so if in the area try it.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

great service, excellent food. everything felt really fresh and had very interesting and tasty flavor combinations. the sea scallops was the best to my taste.

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Atascadero, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful meal to celebrate my wife's birthday. Despite a packed house which seems to be the norm, the staff provided the perfect combination of attentiveness and distance so we could thoroughly enjoy our fine meal. The wine list is both well chosen and promotes smaller, local finds at very reasonable prices. Overall, one of the best meals... More

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9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Had a pleasant time. Service was excellent. The markup on wines is minimal, and the list extensive. The Monterey wine was enjoyed even by my french guest. Had avocado-crab salad, which was excellent. The Rockfish was also delicious, except the rice looked and tasted like something that was scraped up from the bottom of a pot.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My husband and I were visiting Monterey during our anniversary trip to California and this was our favorite dinner of the trip. The wine list is superb. The sturgeon and rockfish entre dishes were perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Highly recommend!

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Walnut Creek, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Group of six of us shared salads, starters and entrees. All were delicious, salads were over the top fresh. Entrees were all seafood and one lamb - mouthwatering! Noise level was a bit too high when first seated and it was hot and stuffy. They opened a door which help a lot and after a few tables emptied out it... More

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Salinas, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Passionfish has been around a long time now. (Read their excellent review in the Monterey County Weekly's "Best Of" issue.) I have been there twice, and the food & service were fine--sustainable fish, all is correct. Yet, we were unmoved by our experience. Perhaps the room we were dining in was just too open? We had diners close to us... More

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Napa Valley, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

First time here, years ago, was good food but very noisy. Nothing to fault this time. We were seated in the larger room, which was very pleasant. The scallop app was superb -- perfectly cooked scallop atop a crispy, cheesy flattened arancini with capers and white grapes. Fried oysters were topped with a crunchy mint-accented kimchee -- Korea meets Vietnam.... 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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