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Crystal Fish

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514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
18316493474
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 140
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful surprise

We've been visiting from London and stopped by Monterey to see the aquarium. It's amazing how a day watching fish swim around can make you crave sushi! This place did not disappoint at all. We shared a deluxe sushi platter and some tempura. Both were excellent, fresh and came with great service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Phil M
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London
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit, and this place was busy every time we passed so they're clearly doing something right. It wasn't the best sushi we've had, but everything was well made and fresh. Nice to get away from the tourist traps and prices on the waterfront.

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Thank nellpapa
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been visiting from London and stopped by Monterey to see the aquarium. It's amazing how a day watching fish swim around can make you crave sushi! This place did not disappoint at all. We shared a deluxe sushi platter and some tempura. Both were excellent, fresh and came with great service. We've spent quite a lot of time in... More 

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Thank Phil M
Golden, Colorado
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good sushi that is near the heart of Monterey. I enjoyed sitting at the sushi bar and had several great sushi rolls. The Cherry Blossom roll was especially delicious! Although the restaurant is small, it has a good vibe and friendly staff. I will go back when I am in Monterey again!

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Thank LBswim23
Seaside
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116 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint little place with an easy to find location, on Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey. Good friendly, efficient service for the small dining room with a sushi counter.Easy listening music, Asian decor and good food make for a lovely meal. Arigato!

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Thank Kim H
Okinawa, Japan
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sushi was very good. Tons of choices to choose from nigiri to sashimi and everything in-between. The only reason I give it 4 stars is based on price.

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Thank josephk82
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My kids and I enjoyed the mermaid specialty sushi and tempura udon. Servers were friendly. If we were in the area again, we would choose to return there for a meal. Moderately priced.

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Thank Leanne Y
Livermore, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we found this restaurant on Tripadvisor. Fish was really fresh, sushi rolls were yummy and hamachi sashimi was so fresh it would just melt in your mouth. This place is always busy. We came here for dinner around 5:30 and the wait was 25 minutes, but it's so worth it. Definitely the best sushi in Monterey!

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Thank Emily L
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the best sushi we've had but good none the less. The place was very busy so you may have to wait a little. The service was good and everything came out pretty quick. My wife loved the sweet potato roll. We will come back next time we are in town.

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Thank Gotta2s
Boulder, Colorado
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This is a small sushi restaurant that is out of the tourist area. No reservations. The service was friendly and the sushi was exceptional. We had Sexy Roll, Party Poppers, Machete, Mermaid which were all excellent. The Monterey Roll, Miso Soup, sake, and Spider roll were very good. We will be happy to go back.

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Thank Burt O
Adelaide, Australia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A nice little Japanese restaurant in Monterey. Sushi was fresh and nice and the service was good. Because the restaurant is quite small make sure that you book a table especially for dinner. When we were there the restaurant was packed full of people but lucky we have booked a table.

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Thank DRS-611

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 18316493474

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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