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Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and wine in a fun and casual atmosphere. The ever-changing menu features the freshest, sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, organic greens and delectable desserts, all complemented by an award winning wine list priced nearly retail and well below what you've come to expect. Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife Cindy Walter. They are vocal advocates for sustainable seafood education and were the first officially certified 'Green' restaurant in Monterey County.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Passionfish offers two rooms available for private dining. One room seats up to 30 persons and another up to 60 persons.
Private Party Contact:
Cindy Walter: (831) 655-3311
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Passionfish Ratings and Reviews
I go to Monterey once a year and always go to Passionfish. The food is always wonderful. Whether it is seafood, duck confit, vegetarian fare, or whatever, the spicing is always intricate and wonderful, and the food pairings creative. Love the place. Service is knowledgeable and friendly. I benefited from their wine recommendations on my last trip.
This meal was better than any we've had here before. Excellent trout tostaditas and fried squid to start. The Arctic char on a bed of Sobieski, and the Saltspring Island mussels were fabulous. A white Bandol went wonderfully with the meal. It was a very good value, but the Sauternes by the glass was total rip off. $10 for about two ounces. That would provide twelve pours from the bottle. This retails for abou $40 so the markup would be three times.
I have eaten here several times now when I've been in town for a conference. I love that that wines are reasonably priced. The food is amazing. Everything my friends and I have tried is absolutely delicious. If you don't try the buttermilk biscuits you'll be sorry.
Recommended by a very good friend as the very best place to eat in the Monterrey Bay area. We completely concur. The sustainable ethics of the menu, the superb service and the outstanding, make–your– taste– buds– stand– on– end– food. was just outstanding! We'll be back.
My wife and I recently enjoyed an exceptional meal at Passionfish. The menu is broad and includes many interesting preparations. We shared black bean & goat cheese fritters and a warm Brussel sprouts salad with ham. Our entrees were arctic char with a red curry vinaigrette and albacore tuna with wilted greens and bacon gremolata. Each dish was flawless. The wine list is very reasonably priced. We received good guidance from our waiter and enjoyed a local pinot noir. It coast in the mid50s and I later noticed that it retails in the low 40s. Our waiter was great- knowledgeable, attentive, but unintrusive.
Excellent and creative seafood dishes with many choices. Nice ambience, great service and good wine selection. The wines are not marked up as much as other restaurants allowing us to taste better wines than we're accustomed to drinking. We've been here 3 times and will certainly come back on future visits from our home in Boston. Passionfish's pricing its well conceived, hand-crafted and delicious food is a great value.
So I'm not prone to being overly complimentary, but in this case I have no choice. We've been here before on a previous trip and it was every bit as good and probably better. I had tuna and my wife had scallops and we split a goat cheese/black been fritter which is not what is is called....but....everything was absolutely delicious, our server was very professional and attentive and a very nice bottle of wine about $7 over retail. My only regret, truthfully, is that we don't live closer. This was a Monday night dinner, not a night that people necessarily venture out, but the restaurant was crowded. It is not posh by any measure, but defies have anything but a good experience.
I was recommended Passion Fish from a coworker. My boyfriend and I went to Montery for the weekend and made reservations there on a Saturday night.
We were running late and called. They told us not a problem. We arrived and they seated us right away. We were seated at a small two person table. We are one of those couples who enjoy sitting side by side. We asked the hostess if we'd be abale to move to a table to sit side by side. She responded, "yes, thanks for letting me know." How nice is that?!
We both started off by sharing the amazing crab salad on the appetizer menu and two glasses of "bubbly". Awesome way to start off the meal. (FYI, beer and wine here only).
They have an extension wine list as well. We ordered a bottle of Zin "ridge" from Paso Robles. It was delicious!
For dinner my boyfriend orders the Atlantic char and I had the scallops. Best scallops I have ever had! He really enjoyed his entree as well. We also ordered two homemade biscuits....holy cow!!! Best biscuits ever.
For dessert we had a dessert trio, it was a perfect way to end the night.
We will definitely be back.
Amazing food with unusual flavours that really worked. Every dish worked with layering of flavours and textures and were all beautifully presented. The wine list was extensive and very well priced. The atmosphere was energetic and lively but it was possible to have a conversation and not feel like the table next door could hear every word. We absolutely loved it - it was the perfect end to our San Fran / Monterey trip.
Not the bargain it once was (I have been coming here since they opened); the sustainable seafood really is pristine and superbly prepared, but the rising cost of all that comes from the sea has led to smaller portions in the main dishes.
The wine list is eclectic, well priced, and inspires one to "try something new." We will continue to enjoy this neighborhood gem when in the Monterey area.
Have been here a few times. The food is so fresh, sustainably fished, seasonal and creative w/ a lot of local seafood dishes. Have had the slow cooked lamb, the tapas sea bass, the scallops, the passion fruit pannacotta dessert and very reasonably priced wine. The service is very attentive and friendly and efficient!
We shared plates so we had the scallop starter, the crab salad, a biscuit, and the trout entree. Everything was delicious. The service was excellent. The meal was timed exceptionally well. Food was delivered without delay...AND not too soon. I would definitely go again and recommend this place HIGHLY.
Another delicious meal at passionfish. A great daily menu selection with an emphasis on sustainable fish harvesting. One experience at Passionfish is a changing menu so always a chance to be adventurous in your meal choice. A very good and varied wine list and the staff is very friendly and helpful with any questions you might have regarding the menu. We go to the Monterey/PG/Carmel area every year for our anniversary and Passionfish is always on our list of restaurants to visit. Once again they did not disappoint.
Great meal. Everything was great ( except a bit overpowering cheese in the artichoke risotto cake). Presentation ( esp. for the bread pudding dessert) could use some work. Taste was A+ though. Only thing that put us off a little was little kids, age 3 maybe, at a neighbor table who whined a lot. Not the kids fault I wasn't to say...
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