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“A gastronomic temple to sustainable seafood”
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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
Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A gastronomic temple to sustainable seafood”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Passionfish is exactly what the name suggests. The owners and chef respect seafood that is sustainable and know exactly how to cook/prepare certain types of seafood to make them shine. The service is good, the food excellent and the ambiance suggests that the people around me know good food as well. In addition, the value for money is suoerb.This is a unique gastronomic experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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Bakersfield, California
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17 reviews
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“Fresh and Sustainable”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Great food, reasonable prices. Scallops cooked to perfection, hearty spatzel, and pear bread pudding with caramel sauce. Worth returning for!

  • Visited January 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Solid seafood restaurant - good option for after Monterey Bay Aquarium”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Saw stellar reviews for this restaurant and it was also recommended by a family friend, so we figured we'd try it. About a 10 minute drive away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium which was convenient. I would say overall, it was a decent, slightly above average experience. It didn't blow me away, but I would still recommend it.

Pros
-> Friendly helpful service
-> Great variety of menu choices
-> Quality seafood options
-> Warm ambiance
-> Close to Monterey Bay Aquarium (for out-of-towners)

Cons
-> Food a bit pricey for what you get
-> Tables are very close to one another (not a lot of privacy)

I got the sea scallops with truffle butter and savory rice pudding. The sea scallops were cooked to perfection and I loved the tomato truffle butter sauce. However, the savory rice pudding did not impress me. I would have preferred a different side in all honesty.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Lisa W
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Passionfish701, Owner at Passionfish, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Hi Lisa,

Thank you for dining with us and for reviewing our restaurant! We always strive for excellence and appreciate all feedback we receive.

We are extremely happy your friend suggested dining with us and that you were delighted with the scallops (always a favorite). Sorry to hear our rice pudding wasn't the perfect pair for you, but if you are ever in town again we would be honored to serve you and have the opportunity to earn a fifth star.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you for the recommendation!

*We believe there is an art to food, and an art to life, and that behind both is passion. That's why we created Passionfish.*
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Went there twice in two days!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Top notch service, nice ambiance, great food and reasonable prices. We shared desserts with others and had almost every one. Awesome! We liked it so much after friends took us there, we returned the next night

Visited December 2012
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Passionfish701, Owner at Passionfish, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
DCAlexander,

WOW! Two nights in a row and every dessert, do we have you hooked or what?!?

Thank you so much for dining with us (twice) and for providing such a stellar review of our restaurant! Our entire Passionfish team always strives for excellence and appreciate all feedback we receive.

I don't think we can top your enthusiasm with a simple reply over the web, but we want to express gratitude from the bottom of our hearts! Please let us know if you are ever in town again, we would love to have you back.

Your review warmed our hearts to know that you enjoyed everything about your experience with us, not once, but two nights in a row.

Wishing you and yours a HAPPY NEW YEAR and again, our sincerest thanks!

Ted & Cindy

*We believe there is an art to food, and an art to life, and that behind both is passion. That's why we created Passionfish.*
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Monterey, CA
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“Superb food, great reasonably priced wines.”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The title says it.... We found the noise to be higher than we prefer, and a bit disquieting. Pasionfish's wine pricing is excellent. They offer a huge selection at what appears to be at or close to normal retail. I also appreciate their environmental sensitivity, where they adhere to the aquarium's recommended seafood selections.

Visited October 2012
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Passionfish701, Owner at Passionfish, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Traveljunkie26,

We want to thank you for dining with us and for going the extra mile to review our restaurant! Our entire Passionfish team strives for excellence and appreciate all feedback we receive.

After dining with us, we can tell you already know we are crazy about wine and believe that great food deserves great wine at a reasonable price. That said, we are happy to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us and hope to see you return.


Cheers to you, friend, for sharing our values of natural harmony, love of great food and moreso, great wine, HAPPY NEW YEAR!


*We believe in great wine, made accessible to all. Our list draws wine lovers from around the world, and we offer its vintages at retail prices.*
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