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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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St. John
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Oyster and sashimi heaven. They might serve something else (I'm sure they do) but I never got there. Fast service with the freshest ingredients, and selections of Saki and beers to go with the goodies. It is not a place for quiet conversation, but then it's not nice to talk with your mouth full and the food is too good... More 

Thank fullervi
san francisco
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started with the Sashimi Sampler and moved on to assorted sushi rolls and nigiri. Everything was fresh and phenomenal. Service was excellent. Get there early otherwise you'll have to wait. Not touristy and lots of locals go there too.

Thank Nora L
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16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great fresh fish and excellent staff. We will definitely be back every month! Thanks for the awesome experience.

Thank rantnraves77
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My son's favorite sushi place in town. We enjoyed our meal. Everything was delicious. Our server wasn't so great, but there was another young lady picking up her slack. We enjoyed hot sake, appetizers and a few rolls for dinner as well as the mochi ice cream for dessert. I would gladly recommend this place to anyone. Very reasonable prices... More 

Thank Lily A
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Try the Dragon Ball Z, they were amazing. I had the Monterey Roll and it was the table's favorite. We also ordered the AKA roll and it was very good but the Monterey was the best. The service was exceptional.

Thank Mar0222
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I love sushi and eat it at least once a week. This place was recommended by a few locals during my vacation in Monterey. Blew me away. Best sushi rolls and super fresh sashimi. Can't say enough good stuff about it. Definitely have to eat there if you are in Monterey.

Thank mkweaver1
Monterey, California
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Overpriced for what you get. Then I looked at the staff behind the bar...they seem to be predominantly Arabs and Hispanic. Now my guess is that, in a sushi restaurant, one would have a Japanese trained sushi chef. At the very least, for looks?!? But the quality of the fish served should be sushi grade. I'm pretty sure they get... More 

Thank Orostudio
Folsom, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Ordered take out sushi to enjoy on our ocean view balcony back at Monterey Bay Inn. About a 15 walk on well lit streets and abundant night life. Sushi was in generous portions. Place was packed on a Sunday night. Glad we could enjoy take out.

Thank Liza614
Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Our first night in Monterey, we wanted some place close to our hotel. Crystal Fish was just around the corner. We liked it so much we ate there the next night too. Prices are reasonable and the menu has lots of good things to choose from. Standouts were the tuna three ways and the sea bass appetizer. Waiters are super... More 

Thank flip52024
Middletown, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Sushi tasted very fresh. Food was very good. Very popular, and without being able to make a reservation, you could be in for quite a wait. The waiting process is a little chaotic (people sign themselves in and try to smush in the doorway to wait).

Thank laurzie27

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Seafood
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
Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?