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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
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Great food, great service and a wonderful wine list . What more could one want. It is not in a touristy area and that was a plus.

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Monterey, California
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20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Cindy and Ted never disappoint. They use only the freshest, organic food and seafood that is available. The menu reflects food in season, and sustainable, cooked and served to perfection. The staff is great - knowledgeable on both food and wine. It is one of our favorite go to places to take out of town guests.

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We went to Passionfish for my birthday dinner and it was simply wonderful!! We didn't have reservations, the wait was only about 45 minutes, well worth waiting for! The service was really good and the food, WOW, just WOW!! We shared the Crab and avocado salad (should have had one each they were that good!) Super fresh crab and lightly... More

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Irvine, CA
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I ate here with a colleague late one night in August. The earliest reservation we could get was 9:30 PM and we were not seated until at least 9:45. The service was outstanding and our server (accompanied by a trainee) was attentive and knowledgeable. She recommended excellent wines as well as special dishes. We ate scallops, baked gorgonzola, spoonable 12... More

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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We visited Passionfish as the second stop of a 9-day trip to California. We were told Passionfish was one of the best restaurants in Pacific Grove and we agree with that assessment. First of all it’s trendy, a bit pretentious and there were a lot of hipsters dining that evening. In addition it was a bit loud with conversation hard... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Food was great as always. Excellent service. Great wine list. Enjoyed everything about the restaurant. The wines are from all over the world, not just local wines. The food is fresh and tasty.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Love passionfish wonderful fish dinners and I preferr beef. Their fish dinners are wonderfully prepared extremely moist. Resturant looks small but the other side facing roadway is large. I recommend when you make reservations you should sit in the front of resturant near road as it has large windows which to see out of. Side of resturant very narrow and... More

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Linexert, France
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Justa as good as five years ago. Excellent fish with a comprehensive wine list and good friendly service

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

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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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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