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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501 (Congress Ave)
+1 831-655-3311
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Seattle, WA
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed our dinner here from appetizers to entree and wine pairings. The least favorite dish was the dessert and banyuls, more pedestrian. The ceviche was fabulously flavorful as well as the crudo. Had a taste of orange wine! How fun! Entrees really dazzled with the unique combination of textures and flavors, well done. I have to say I am... More 

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San Francisco
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

When down in Pacific Grove/Monterey I struggle to eat anywhere else. I eat out around the SF Bay Area often, and I put this restaurant as one of the best restaurant experiences. I have eaten here numerous times over at least 15 years. The food is still as inventive and delicious as ever. Some things we had were the Fried... More 

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Cambria, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It had been a couple of years since we had eaten at Passion Fish and we really missed this great restaurant! We had a nice dinner with very eclectic appetizers and two main dishes. The service was excellent and the presentation of the food was that of a high class restaurant! We can't wait to return!

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

4 of us went for a special dinner. We enjoyed everything from the appetizers (e.g. Smoked trout ceviche tostaditas) to the mains (pick any fish) and dessert which we split (Meyer lemon panna cotta/blood orange curd/lemon verbena crème brûlée/lemongrass meringue). The waitress was very helpful without hovering, giving good advice. The noise level was fine. A relaxing and wonderful dinner.... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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216 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This unassuming space (originally was a pancake house) offers an upscale restaurant with excellent food (sustainable seafood), friendly, informative, professional staff, fine wine list, and comfortable ambiance.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Passionfish was a delightful discovery during our visit to Pacific Grove. After spending days around the sea, it was great to find a place that does fish so very well. It's also a place with a conscience -- all of its seafood is sustainably sourced, even if that makes it difficult to source everything locally. The wine list is also... More 

Thank MarshallManson
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food! We have gone here for years and love it! It is a small Victorian home in downtown Pacific Grove converted to a restaurant so it is small and cozy.

Thank jda-ca
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit pricey--but that is typical out there. It was fun, good food, good atmosphere. It's been a year since I was there so I cannot be more specific. But I would certainly go again.

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Portland, OR
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357 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Passionfish is primarily a seafood restaurant, but one that offers vegetarian and meat dishes as well. I booked an early dinner (6 PM) on a Friday and was surprised to see that the restaurant was nearly full when I arrived. Definitely, use OpenTable to book if you plan to visit. High marks to my waitress who answered questions about different... More 

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I particularly loved my Dungeness crab and avocado salad! I liked it so much that we returned the next night to have it again! The wine list is extensive. My husband had the albacore tuna and loved that. The service was excellent. The ambiance is modern style and the staff is very friendly and helpful. It is not inexpensive but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
    (Congress Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-655-3311
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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