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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and creative dishes. The scallops and tomato/beet salad were delicious. Nice list of wines in half bottle portions. Storybook Mountain Zinfandel was great.

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Santa Rosa, CA
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great place for fresh fish! Their selection of wines by the glass could be better, but the food was really good.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

At the first look, the menu looked great. The starter was very tasty, but then my rockfish turned out having no taste at all, I tried the salmon from my sister's entree but I didn't like it either It was disappointing considering the price we paid, or maybe it was just me ordering the only bad meal on the menu.... More

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Moultrie, GA
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great time and good food. We were fortunate to get a table at the last minute. Service was fantastic and the food was good. I think all five of us had seafood which we all thought ranged from good to excellent. The scallop/risotto app and the heirloom tomato salad were excellent as were the creme brulee and a chocolate dessert.... More

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We had dinner in this restaurant a few days ago and it was a very good experience. The setting is very nice and so are people taking care of you. The quality of the food is really good and the same can be said about the way ingredients and flavours were combined and presented. We appreciated the existence of a... More

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Yakima, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This food was very good and the restaurant amenable to our 11 people in our group. They did a great job of service, very friendly, splitting orders, splitting the bill, etc. Really nicely done and everyone loved it! Food especially tasty and pretty unique. We even did dessert there, and were not disappointed in the least!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Extensive wine list priced at cost (or with minimal mark up). Calm surroundings and excellent service. Spicy fish stew is one of the best things I have ever eaten.

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Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our meal (fried Morro Bay oysters, sea scallop appetizer, Dungeness crab and avocado salad, heirloom tomato salad, and spoonable 12-hour lamb breast) and wine were just delicious. Our friendly server also helped us select a great wine. We took old friends out to dinner at Passionfish, and they said this was the best meal they've ever had. He loves lamb,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

The service was impeccable. Every one appeared genuinely interested that you were there. The food was unique, wonderfully prepared and surprisingly inexpensive. Our server was able to give us great wine recommendations. One of the best meals I have ever had.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Were recommended to book tabel at passion fish and had a great meal. New flavours and mix of spices. Absolutely worth a visit. Prices resonably.

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