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.
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: 8316553311x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Passionfish Ratings and Reviews
We love Passionfish, the food they serve ...
We love Passionfish, the food they serve is always amazing. This time we were seated and promptly followed by two tables of children on our left and right. Would have been nice if they were spread out a bit as I got a bit noisy.
Food was excellent! Perfect temperature ...
Food was excellent! Perfect temperature for the sea food dishes, presentation, pairing. Also was pleasantly surprised to see sturgeon on the menu. Not too many restaurants do that probably due to the cost of the fish.
Service, on the other hand, was somewhat pretentious. We spent a day in Monterey and didn't change from the casual attire. It felt like the hostess & our server were judging us despite the fact that people around us were dressed in business casual with an emphasis on the casual. For that type of attitude and expectations from the customers, the restaurant could have put some table cloth, yet there were none.
Very disappointed after reading all of t ...
Very disappointed after reading all of the reviews. Thought the food was mediocre and nothing special. The sturgeon dish was smothered in pesto sauce to the point that I could not eat it. The scallop appetizer is more rice cake than scallop and way too heavy. All of the dishes seemed to be buried in sauce or too much activity. Wine by the glass list is limited to about 7 choices.....wont go back.
The service was excellent and friendly, ...
The service was excellent and friendly, but the cost for both drinks and entrees was really too high for the amount of food provided. Although the quality was fine. For three people we paid $133 plus tip, which was more than I expected.
Have not been here for three years and w ...
Have not been here for three years and we weren't impressed this time. They have lost some of their luster. Our waitress had no knowledge about the wine list and the food was just mediocre. The wine pricing is not as good as it was in the past.
We had heard rave reviews for Passionfis ...
We had heard rave reviews for Passionfish, but it did not live up to the hype. I had the lamb which was decent. My wife had the salmon which was very bland. A patron at a neighboring table had the tuna and was also disappointed. The restaurant is decent, but the whole Monterey Bay area is full of much better choices, especially at this price range.
We always look forward to having a spec ...
We always look forward to having a special meal at Passionfish when we visit this area. This last time we had fresh salmon, fried oysters with kimchi and delectable spoonable lamb-. Everything was delicious and recommended. Very nice atmosphere.
I ordered the salmon. The server said it ...
I ordered the salmon. The server said it comes medium rare. I asked him to please have it cooked all the way through. He said like medium well? I said yes.
When the salmon arrived, it was under done. I discovered that when I cut into the thicker parts of the fish. I relished and devoured the delicious corn purée that the fish was set on, as well as the elegant and delicious little salad that graced the side of the platter. My partner ate most of the underdone fish. By the time we were done, only a small piece of the fish remained.
My partner told the server that the fish was under done, not as a complaint so much as information for the chef. The server, very nice and attentive man, came back with the check, and had removed the salmon.
So overall, I guess I give this restaurant a mixed review, weighted on the positive side. The food was not cooked to order, but the restaurant handled it in a classy way. The service was excellent, the food beautifully presented, the wine list extensive and interesting and the mud pie delicious. It was a little noisey, though.
The three of us were returning patrons t ...
The three of us were returning patrons to Passion Fish as we had such a great experience the first time and the second time did not disappoint. The staff, food and service were all exceptional and I will definitely return as well as recommend this restaurant to family and friends.
WE have been going to Passionfish for a ...
WE have been going to Passionfish for a number of years - more than I can recall - and it remains one of my favorite stops in Pacific Grove. The food remains excellent, the decor possibly getting a bit tired - I don't think it has changed much over time, but the quality of the food remains a highlight of the experience followed by the knowledgeable and gracious servers. One of my go to restaurants when in the area.
Started with the trout tostaditas, nice ...
Started with the trout tostaditas, nice spice to them. Then enjoyed the Rockfish entree for the main course. Fish was flavorful as well as the complimentary sides. Would recommend this place. 2nd time at this restaurant.
A extraordinarily quiet yet energetic se ...
A extraordinarily quiet yet energetic setting. The menu offered a varied range of unexpected options. Rock fish and halibut with unique side dishes most satisfying. Black bean appetizer as well. Wine list is extensive and waitress well-versed and able to recommend. So enjoyably quiet yet busy as we lingered into the evening. Recommended by top wine/spirit merchant in Mill Valley, CA as well as my physician who's been enjoying Passionfish for a very long time.
Noticed dress was casual to dress-casual.
We were on vacation and wanted to have o ...
We were on vacation and wanted to have one very special, memorable dinner. Passionfish was a very good choice for that. Fantastic food, excellent service, understated yet tasteful decor/ambience. Food portion was just right, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. I took one star off in the "value" category, because dining here is a splurge. But was it worth it? For us, the answer is yes.
Made reservation using Open Table. We n ...
Made reservation using Open Table. We needed table for 6 and the management was very accommodating to our needs. Food and service was very good. However, I can't believe that bread was not included with dinner. Buttermilk biscuits were offered at an additional cost. Kind of cheap on their part. Good wine list but some varieties very expensive and not many "blends" from which to choose.
Sustainable fish- centric menu. Staff we ...
Sustainable fish- centric menu. Staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive. Food with high quality ingredients well treated and presented. Half bottles of wine available. An informal, yet elegant vibe to the place.. Very enjoyable dining experience.
Always excellent. The spicy fish stew i ...
Always excellent. The spicy fish stew is superb, and is one of the few dishes in the area that is actually spicy. Everything else was excellent. The service is always professional. It isn't cheap, but it is fairly priced and much more affordable than other restaurants of the same level in the area.
The food at Passionfish is outstanding. ...
The food at Passionfish is outstanding. The Black Bean Fritters are a great starter. If you're planning to share know that a single order is 3 fritters. For the main course we had sea scallops and albacore tuna. Both were excellent and filling. The portions appear small, but you'll find they are more than enough and a great value for the money. They have an extensive wine list at a wide range of prices. The tables are pretty close together, so don't expect a private, romantic dinner. We dined on a Thursday night and the restaurant was full. Reservations are recommended, especially on a Friday or Saturday. Overall it lived up to its reputation and is a place where I will gladly dine again.
Disappointed. The $34 Atlantic Salmon my ...
Disappointed. The $34 Atlantic Salmon my wife ordered was pretty much tasteless, no flavor at all. My sturgeon was good, mostly due to the spicy sauce it came with. The salad was good as well. But after reading all the great reviews about this place and having had good salmon elsewhere, mostly at much lower prices, it's doubtful we'll return.
In addition, the seating is very tight, so forget private conversation.
acknowledged immediately, we were seated ...
acknowledged immediately, we were seated right away; server was friendly and knowledgeable; we shared a greek salad (delicious) entrees were halibut and sturgeon, both were excellent; ordered a buttery chardonnay, server recommended Tessarosa, perfect! shared the bred pudding dessert(yummy) coffee was perfect.
A bit pricey, but would definitely return and highly recommend!!!
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