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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
Wonderful! I ate here many, many years ago and I never forgot the superb meal so I had to come back and it did not disappoint I highly recommend this restaurant anytime you're in the Monterey/Carmel area. Great food, wine and service what else could you ask for!
When we were last at Passionfish a few years ago, we had an adequate meal but though it was a bit pricey. Not so after tonight's meal. We all loved our choices : rockfish, char, and the duck. The entrées and vegetables were perfect together. Wonderful food and great service.
Good food and service. We missed having bread served with the meal. Biscuits were offered at an additional cost. Have had the biscuits once and they were disappointing. I would give this restaurant a five star rating if they went back to serving bread with the meal.
We had the most fun! After my son graduated from CSUMB, we took a party of 8 there. Mom reserved 4, and the Dad reserved 4. Among our party we had at least 15 different dishes from sides or appetizers to the entrees and desserts. We could hardly resist our neighbors plates, and we finally gave in and everyone tried everyone else's dishes. Every single item was unique and scrumptious! We tried the Beef Belly, the spoonable Lamb, the Halibut, the Liver Pate, the Biscuits, the Scallops, the Smoked Trout tostaditas, the Mussels, the Fried Oysters, the Rockfish, the Bread pudding and Banana Ice Cream, the sliced strawberries and the Panna Cotta/creme brulee/lemon verbena creme, oooh! And then there was the little relishes and sides that came with the entrees. Oh goodness, what a feast!
While the portions were modest, and the final bill was pretty hefty, I can't imagine a better variety of exquisite tastes. Definitely the place for foodies! Remember to make separate reservations if your party is larger than 4, since they only take four per reservation. Awesome!!!!
I always have a good meal at Passionfish. We had a great table in the main dining room. For our first course, we both had the scallop appetizer. For our second course, my friend had the goat cheese salad, and I have the Dungeness crab and avocado salad. For our third course, my friend had the rockfish, and I had the scallops entree. For dessert, we each had the banana bread pudding. Yum! Bravo!
Great seafood, use only sustainable fish. Presentation was great, tastes were super. We will definitely return here. They had my favorite dessert - panna cotta with a small creme brûlée and something in the middle that was to die for. Superb wine list at great prices.
The smoke trout appetizer was too spicy and overpowered the smoke trout which wasn't hard to do because it didn't taste anything like smoke trout. The soft shell crabs were a special of the evening and well prepared. The scallops were also prepared well and tasted good, but the side dish was uninspiring. The dessert was a banana bread pudding and I wish we had skipped it. The wine we ordered was not the same as the wine delivered. The waitress said it was similar enough and produced by the same winery. Unfortunately, maybe the wait staff needs more education because a Carneros Pinot Noir is normally a far better wine than a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. It was light and tart, in hindsight we should have just opened the bottle of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir that we had brought with us. Although the corkage is a surprising $25. In total, we have been to this restaurant several times during it's life these past 20+ years and each time it has slipped a little further in our opinion. We won't be returning.
It was extremely noisy with crying children and the people seated next to us were so close we could hear their entire conversation. Our food was not good, wine was poor --wish we would have donated our $100 to a charity. The one good thing was the waitress who was very nice and professional.
This place is a must when visiting the Monterey area. Fresh local fare, with clean and subtle preparation and presentation. The fish for our party of five was great - along with a small but interesting wine list. They have never failed to deliver a memorable experience.
Love to eat at Passionfish when we make it to Monterey area! Janette- our server for the evening was FANTASTIC!- The seafood was prepared perfectly and had a beautiful presentation too! The wine list is top notch and has great prices! Excellent dining experience!!!
Rated #1 restaurant in Pacific Grove so had to try it out. Excellent food (scallops for me and Sea Bass for wife). Small portions and limited menu/wine selections. Sustainably caught fish, which is appreciated. Couldn't quite pinpoint it but staff, although friendly, seemed to all have their noses up in the air a bit, as if they were doing us a favor. Wife and I fine dine on regular basis, and just because a restaurant is high end doesn't mean they have to be so snooty. All-in-all a very good experience and I would recommend.
Very nice dinner. Started with chicken livers (rillettes-style I would call it) then Dungeness crab salad and seared tuna for the entree. The tuna had a slightly incongruous smoke note but still beautiful fish. The bread pudding for dessert was excellent without being overly sweet. If I could rate the wine list on its own I would score it 5 stars. It is exciting, well rounded and includes some rarer, for restaurants, selections. Especially nice for me was to see the Loire valley well represented, although no Muscadet Sevre et Maine. The large selection of half bottles allowed us to have a different wine with each course. I will say Passionfish's wine list is the best I've seen; I look forward to going back and experiment with their less common wines (like the Friuli) and the forward thinking plates.
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