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“Nice seafood restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Passionfish

Passionfish
701 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
831-655-3311
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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
Frankfurt, Germany
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Nice seafood restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

A nice change from the regular burgers, steaks and salads you get in many places. The two appetizers and entrees we had were all fresh and tasty, however nothing spectacular. Our hotel had given us a leaflet of the restaurant which enabled us to get one complementary appetizer - this worked well and we even got the more expensive dish for free (in most other places they would apply the offer to the cheaper one). Good service and food, we would go again.

Visited June 2013
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Lafayette, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great food, good atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Very much enjoyed dinner here. The food was excellent, and the wine was fairly priced. Thank goodness we had a reservation because there was a very long line.

Visited April 2013
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Healdsburg, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Not the Gourmet Place we expected!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Far too carried away with complicated sauces and side dishes, service so rapid the room temp white wine didn't have a chance to chill. Starter came within 3 minutes of ordering and dinner was plunked down immediately after, we were finished eating in 35 minutes which is totally unacceptable in a restaurant that is supposed to be great. Very disappointed and will never go back.

Visited June 2013
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San Jose, California
1 review
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We used to eat at this restaurant but quit going for the past 2 years as on the last visit a dish had undercooked fish. Instead of taking back the plate, the server brought a side dish of cooked fish which looked unappealing. We decided to try the restaurant again, and was disappointed. A crab salad dish was basically a tuna salad style dish drowning in dressing. The server was considerate enough to take it off the tab due to my not finishing the dish. Their dishes tend to be strongly seasoned with chilies and over sauced. Feel their prices are high for the quality.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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melbourne
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Excellent service, great food - the restaurant came highly recommended from out bed n b hosts who had made a booking for us,thank you Centrella. All our meals were excellent.

Visited May 2013
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