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Crystal Fish

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514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Altos, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located on the busy Lighthouse corridor in New Monterey, this place is a warm and friendly spot for excellent sushi and noodles. They do a large business and it's not a place to linger for a romantic dinner! But for great fresh sushi, good and friendly service, and a place to walk in and not have to wait long, can't... More 

Thank Peter S
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't eat sushi, do I like the bento boxes. Although all 6 of us ordered at once, my meal didn't come. Finally figured out that my meal was given to another person at our table. They had to remake mine, gave her what she really ordered. Total confusion. Service a bit odd. When I called weeks ahead to make... More 

Thank Liz C
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I work in the area and always go there for lunch with co-workers. I love the sushi! And often order the box lunches, where you get a choice of 2 or 3 entrees, plus some salad and rice. The food is always great and a great value for the amount of food you get for your money. I've never been... More 

Thank Sonia E
Columbia, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Went with my family to Monterey and felt we had to eat sushi there, what an amazing choice we made! Had many different rolls that were prepared right in front of us. Couldn't ask for a more fresh taste with everything being cut in front of our eyes. Great selection of special rolls, one of note having cooked crab warmed... More 

Thank Darren K
Grass Valley, California
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Family and I visited here on Labor Day weekend based on strong reviews on multiple sites. We arrived shortly before 6pm and the place was full with a couple of parties already waiting. The fact that there were lots of Japanese patrons and locals means a lot in Monterey where there is lots of crappy tourist joints. Orders were taken... More 

Thank _derekboyes13
Boise, Idaho
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

My friend and I found Crystal Fish while we were visiting Monterey. It was packed, which is a good sign and it was worth it....the sushi was great. The staff was literally running around tablet to table to keep everyone happy. With that being said, if you're looking for a laid back fine dining atmosphere, this is not it. The... More 

Thank ShereeWest
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Out of many, this is probably amount the top 3 sushi places I have eaten in. I dined here several times and I think I could go here every day. Highly recommend

Thank Dragoslav G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Loved this place so much we went twice during our week-long stay. Great variety of unique sushi rolls at good prices. This place seemed filled with locals and regulars and the owner comes out all the time to greet and talk to the regulars. The earlier the better as it gets filled quickly, but fast service means a rapid turn... More 

Thank DeeTraveler624
Rescue, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

I haven't been a fan of sushi, my husband is. He loved all the sushi rolls we got. I liked one, the mahalo roll I think it was called, it has mango in it and macadamia nuts sprinkled on top. My 6 year old son loved the seaweed salad, it was great. Since I wasn't sure I could eat enough... More 

Thank JCAC11
Monterey Peninsula, California
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

This has become our go-to for a satisfying lunch. There are many choices and specials moderately expensive but worth the price. Be prepared to wait if you have a party more than 4 as this is a small restaurant, minimal ambience with slow service (because all offerings are prepared as ordered).

Thank Joan L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 18316493474

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?