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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
This restaurant came highly recommended by two friends and also had good Yelp reviews. I think my expectations were too high. The food was good but nothing really special. We were lucky to be seated in the main dining room and not in the very cramped seating off the entrance. With so many options in the Monterey area, I doubt it will be my first choice on my next visit. But if you drink wine and put a high importance on sustainable fish, this is definitely the place for you.
Excellent! This restaurant was recommended by a local(we were visiting the area for Monterey Car Week)...we could not have picked a more delightful spot for our last night in town! Everything was delicious...the lamb dish was exceptional!! We will definitely visit Passionfish again the next time we are in town!
Booking a table during Car Week was always going to mean a slightly frantic evening, so no surprises that we had to wait a while for our table. Sadly the frantic attitude came through in the food whereby my started soup was cold in places and scorching hot in others.........would they really have microwaved it..........maybe. The main course fish was cooked in fat that was too hot and therefore it was tainted with a burnt fat taste, which to be honest was the overwhelming smell when one walked into the restaurant. I was desperate for a shower when we got back home, to alleviate the smell.
Passionfish is an experience not to be missed. We love the crab and avocado salad with ginger dressing and the scallop entree. The sides are divine. And a visit is not complete without their upscale mud pie starring luscious coffee and mint chocolate chip ice creams. Our favorite dessert on the coast. Don't forget to get reservations as they are always booked. Unfortunately, beer and wine only.
Always a favorite, this trip to Passionfish honored a neighbor who has helped us repeatedly as our home is rebuilt after a fire. Her favorite dish, the crab and avocado salad, was her choice as a main course and was pronounced scrumptious. My spouse and I had several of the seasonal seafood entrees with creative side dishes. And we all finished with awesome peach cobbler, better than Grandma used to make. Make a reservation in advance and take your time with the menu and specials plus the full wine list. Lots of excellence by the glass as well as by the bottle can be had.
We eat at Passion Fish every time we come to the Monterey area. The food, the ambiance, the service is stellar! We took friends there for the first time this trip and they lived it! The only drawback for some is that they serve only beer and wine - no cocktails.
We live in Southern California and eat at Passionfish each time we are on the Monterey Peninsula. This time we were with friends from the Central Coast. As usual, everything about the experience was wonderful - food (Rockfish, Halibut, Salmon and Albacore), wine (Domaine Eden Pinot) and service by the knowledgeable and delightful Amanda. We found out why Nancy's Buttermilk Biscuits were so delicious when we looked up the recipe and saw how much butter they contained! Well, we were eating fish, so it balanced - right? We will be back again and again and may stop recommending you to friends for fear we won't be able to get a reservation. Anyway, bravo and kudos!
Passionfish is always on my itinerary when I come to Pacific Grove. This visit was to celebrate the 60th bday of my friend. The menu had a birthday greeting scrolled across the top which set the mood for a delightful evening of fine dining. The food was delicious, including one of the appetizers, Smoked Trout Ceviche Tostaditas, which were outstanding. Our waitress (sorry I can't complement her by name, I forgot!) was extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and really zeroed in on an excellent selection to complement our meal. Our shared dessert also came out with a candle lit, without my having asked the waitstaff to do so. All in all, another great visit to Passionfish.
The food as always was amazing. My only problem with Passionfish is that many times they do not honor the reservation time. I think this is due to the fact that they do not rush customers and like guests to enjoy the meal - so this is truly not a bad thing if you know ahead of time that you may still have a wait with a reservation. A local favorite and a place I will go back to when I want to entertain special friends. Loud, however as tables are very close together but our town is friendly so it is always enjoyable.
Service was good. I appreciated the Birthday acknowledgement on the menu, that was a nice touch. The wine list was fine, I'd love more offerings by the glass. We like the fact that it's not marked up that much. The food was fine, we were a little underwhelmed. From the calamari, to the halibut, and the lamb breast - it wasn't anything special. I didn't see any front of the house management.
Passionfish won us over with the black bean and goat cheese fritters. The deal was sealed with the pork shank - very different spice rub from what I typically see on a shank and quite an accomplishment for a restaurant specializing in seafood. Tender moist and packed with rich earthy flavors. Scallops were perfectly cooked and well seasoned but sorry, they cannot compare to that shank!
The downfall was the biscuit. Sorry - it ain't a biscuit but more like pie dough. Too heavy and sweet to be a biscuit . And it was the only bread they had. Comfortable dining room, we will go back and simply avoid the biscuit.
Passion Fish was our best meal in Monterrey during our one week stay. If this were closer to home, we would be regulars. Wine list is very good, as it should be in this part of the state. The really nice surprise was that the wine bottles (and available splits) were very close to retail pricing. The quality of the food was outstanding, well prepared and flavorful without being over dressed or sauced. The restaurant staff were terrific in serving our meals and dealing with our, sometimes fidgety, five year old. I would classify this as a do not miss meal if you are in Monterrey.
We really enjoyed Passionfish. Loved the subdued atmosphere and escaping from touristy Monterey. Great wine list. Spouse had the lamb breast, which he described as tasty but odd. His fault for ordering lamb in a place with "fish" in its name. I had the halibut special. The fish was great but the accompanying snap peas, corn, and tomatoes were even better- a knockout of fabulous, memorable flavor. They were out of the peach cobbler by the time we were done with dinner- the diner at the next table interrupted us to tell us how fantastic it was and not to be missed. Next time. . .
Spent several days on the Monterey Peninsula and enjoyed several nice restaurants of which this was our favorite. Great food, fantastic wine list with unbelievably low markup, very nice service. Only disappointment was that the highly recommended peach cobbler was only okay... Everything else was spot on.
We went here while staying nearby for 3 days-loved it and cancelled another reservation in order to return a second time. Everything we ordered was delicious including the melt in your mouth buttery biscuits ( order by the piece as an appetizer), salad special, halibut special with fresh vegetables, rockfish and scallops. The only disappointment was that the peach cobbler special was all gone by the time we finished, though we still managed to enjoy the banana bread pudding with banana ice cream! Everything was amazing including the very knowledgeable staff.
We read the reviews of the restaurant, and we were excited to eat there on our trip to Monterey. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. First, we were seated at a small table next to the busing station and in front of the kitchen. Every time the kitchen door opened, one of us had a breeze on the neck, and the other, a full view of the kitchen. The scallop appetizer was good, but the fried squid were mushy and flavorless. -We also found that the flavors of the main dishes and the sides were fine in themselves but in conflict with one another on the plate, to the extent that the side dishes completely overwhelmed the fish (we had the expensive halibut special and the rockfish). The wine suggested by our server, although nicely priced at retail, was also unremarkable.
We were up in Pacific Grove from Long Beach and came to the restaurant with friends, who knew the place well. They had told us how fabulous it was, and we were prepared to be disappointed. Happily, we were not!! The food was all terrific, and the service was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a calm, beautiful, delicious meal.
Exceptional, interesting, unusual flavors applied to fish, for me, vegetarian, for my wife. Bread pudding desert was also quite different, and worked well. They did their best to move noisy, crying kids to a far corner, but noise travels. Wines were uneven, but good ones can be found on their list.
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