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“Always a Pleasure.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Passionfish

Passionfish
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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
Sacramento, California
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“Always a Pleasure.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

The food, service, and ambiance are just wonderful here. The crab and avocado salad is huge and delicious. I love the duck legs confit, and they lure me away from the lovely fresh fish. But I get to taste that, too. Good wine.

Visited October 2013
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“Scallops lovers-this is your place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

My cousin was using a phone ap. and decided to book us a meal here . What a great find. Small,intimite and great service. The wine prices were very reasonable too. The seared scallops was the best I have ever had. We shared the crab salad and that was also very nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. A nice place after sightseeing in Monterey.

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“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Love that they have an extensive wine list - not overly priced and marked up beyond what it would cost to purchase in a store or winery. The fish was delicious - crab salad with avocado - highly recommend. Halibut was very flavorful with a delicious mushroom sauce.

Visited October 2013
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Cupertino
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“Excellent Seafood, Nice Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been here with my girlfriend and my family multiple times, and I've had an excellent experience all the times. Passionfish has great seafood. I always get the seared scallops!!
The restaurant has white tablecloths but has these creative brown papers that cover the cloths. The wine list is extensive, and they have these reasonably-priced half-bottles of wine, which are perfect for couples. The service is courteous and attentive most of the time, and it's not hard to get a reservation. I would come here again any time that I'm back in Monterey.

Visited September 2013
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“Consistently Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Passion Fish is one of those restaurants that you don't have to think twice about. Consistently good, consistent great service, consistently updating the menu and always a great wine lint.

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