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
The food was delicious. The scallops we ...
The food was delicious. The scallops were perfect!
The food was delicious, the service was ...
The food was delicious, the service was great. Our one complaint is that they no longer serve their home made bread.
Great service and excellent food! We cam ...
Great service and excellent food! We came to Passionfish to celebrate my Dad's birthday. My Dad wanted a special cake so I brought one in that I made and they had no problem with that ($2.00/person cake cutting fee but that is standard). We also brought in some of our own wine since we had a $85 bottle we wanted to crack open for this special occasion (corkage $25). A lot of places would have turned their nose up at us for 'bringing our own' but they didn't. My husband and I like to try different things so we always split 3 or 4 dishes. For dinner, we started with the mussels and they were very good. My husband and I had the crab and avocado salad and the scallops. The vinaigrette mixed with the crab and avocado was delicious and perfect for us to share. The scallops were cooked to perfection and served with tomato truffle butter. Although the three scallops were a very big size, they were not enough to share so I would recommend a different dish if you are thinking about sharing. My mother ordered the Albacore tuna and my Dad ordered the Halibut and they were equally as delicious. The restaurant was very busy on the Saturday night that we were there - every table was full. However, even though we were in the midst of it and fairly close to our neighbor, it still felt private. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend.
Wonderful meal - Passionfish did not dis ...
Wonderful meal - Passionfish did not disappoint! We were celebrating my husband's birthday, and at first were seated in a back room with a large party that was quite noisy. We requested to be moved, and the hostess graciously accommodated us, without fuss. The food here features sustainable seafood, and is prepared in a creative fashion. I had the Dungeness Crab and Avocado salad, one of my favorites and a generous portion, and a scallop appetizer for a main meal - so as to save room for a delicious dessert. The service was friendly, very knowledgeable, and prompt without being intrusive. We've eaten as Passionfish several times, and will continue to return!
Expertly Prepared Fish!!. The sauces wer ...
Expertly Prepared Fish!!. The sauces were fresh, devoid of fat and butter, vibrant with fresh herbs, stock and vegetable flavors. The fish dishes here are just wonderful. An explosion of well balanced flavors in every bite. Few do it better at any price.
Must try place for foodies. Food was ...
Must try place for foodies. Food was very special. Not to my taste.
Spectacular dinner. Two appetizers: crab ...
Spectacular dinner. Two appetizers: crab and avocado salad and fried oysters...both amazing. Biscuits to die for. Halibut for main course was huge portion to share. Service just outstanding. Ask for table in the corner as restaurant is noisy...we were happy when especially loud neighbors left. Special place.
Passionfish is a foodie's delight. We we ...
Passionfish is a foodie's delight. We went twice during vacation. (reservations each time) Different server and entree each visit and all was fantastic. Even our conversation with the sommelier, driven by a question on whether or not our champagne was good, was handled very well and a positive part of our evening.
Food was awesome! Our server Candace was ...
Food was awesome! Our server Candace was amazing!
Passion Fish provides an outstanding din ...
Passion Fish provides an outstanding dining experience. The chef is an artist who combines unique flavors and textures to create edible culinary masterpieces!!
Absolutely phenomenal. Such professional ...
Absolutely phenomenal. Such professional, no-frills service. That's so rare. And food and wine are incredible.
This is our second visit. Although we d ...
This is our second visit. Although we don't live nearby we enjoyed the food on our first visit so much that we had to return to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Passion Fish delivered yet another great meal. They cook their fish well and the flavors were excellent. The bread pudding is a must to cap off the meal. We will be back! I hear that their duck confit is very good so I might try that next time if it's still on the menu.
Every dish was unique and a revelation. ...
Every dish was unique and a revelation. Guilt free seafood prepared to perfection.
We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary by dining at Passionfish on June 17th. To be succinct, we will not be waiting that long to return for our second dinner here. Our server, Sara, explained the restaurant's policy regarding sustainability and gratuity as well as its extensive wine list. She indicated that there would be some spice in the smoked trout tostaditos appetizer, which there was. Regardless, both the smoked trout and the fried oysters with its own kimchi (with ham...don't think about the ham, just enjoy it) were wonderful. Our entrees, scallops and ahi tuna were just as delicious. A splendid meal in a nice restaurant with a great staff, especially Sara. Thanks for the experience!
Passionfish has tremendously well execut ...
Passionfish has tremendously well executed dishes. Our main dishes of Arctic char and sturgeon were superb. The wine list is one of the best I have seen in years with varietals often overlooked on most menus. Service was spot on with highly knowledgeable staff. A restaurant that would be a great addition to any locale. Lucky Pacific Grove.
Outstanding!!!! Remarkable experience!
Outstanding!!!! Remarkable experience!
Best sea food I've ever had and I love t ...
Best sea food I've ever had and I love that it takes sustainability so serious.
Strange service ordered and 4 minutes la ...
Strange service ordered and 4 minutes later food arrived. Female wait person when taking order seemed as though she didn't really want to answer our questions about how scallops were prepared or whether or not the tuna could be prepared slightly more done than the rare presentation the chef wished since she was not helpful we chose another option. Portions are very small but tasty. Only other strange service was dessert we ordered coffee and a chocolate dessert again our coffee was served immediately but after 10 minutes we had to ask where was dessert? Passion fish over all was good but strange service
We had a wonderful assortment of seafood ...
We had a wonderful assortment of seafood items. The rockfish was excellent and we split the dish. Had some good Sicilian wine with the meal and enjoyed all of our Anniversary celebration with anther couple. It was a special treat for us!
We've dined at PassionFish quite a few t ...
We've dined at PassionFish quite a few times over the past several years and have always been pleased with the creative, fresh preparations. Small but varied menu never disappoints. This time we split a seafood stew, then went for the halibut in mango coulis and ahi tuna crusted with panko and sesame. So delicious!
Top notch food and service with simple, ...
Top notch food and service with simple, elegant decor in DT Pacific Grove. Our competent & friendly waitress, Carmen, said she was an employee there for 10 years which speaks volumes.
We had wine, blackbean & goatcheese frit ...
We had wine, blackbean & goatcheese fritter and striped sea bass starters; Rockfish and Duck confit entrees; bread pudding with Meyer lemon panna cotta. OMG - heaven on earth. Yes, everything!
Our reservation was not on their book... ...
Our reservation was not on their book...but they did accommodate us. They did not ask if we were celebrating a special occasion. But dinner was pleasant.
The consistency of the food and the insp ...
The consistency of the food and the inspired menu along with the accommodating wait staff, and the pleasure of dining in an unpretentious environment keeps us returning to this restaurant whenever we are in the area.
My wife and I found Passion Fish rated h ...
My wife and I found Passion Fish rated highly on Open Table, which service we've used in the past and haven't been disappointed with. We reviewed Passion Fish's web site and were impressed with their video that explained the efforts and love the ownership puts forth in preparing their daily menu. We took a chance and were pleasantly pleased with our experience. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing. The outcome was exactly what their web site video represented. Thank you Passion Fish for a wonderful meal and evening.
My fiance and I went to Passionfish for ...
My fiance and I went to Passionfish for our anniversary, and boy did they not disappoint! We had great interactions with the friendly staff and owner (who receives you at the front desk). Even all of the patrons waiting to be seated were friendly and talkative - the environment is warm, inviting and vibrant. Tables settings are relaxed and close - but you're never too close to the next table. Casual, but not too casual. The food...THE FOOD. Everything that we tried was amazing. We especially liked the Dungeness crab salad with avocado/spicy ginger vinaigrette - THE best crab salad, ever. At the end of our meal, they gave us a special anniversary menu (that we ordered from all night), which was a very sweet and thoughtful touch. Thank you Passionfish! We WILL be back
The food was delicious, the wine spot on ...
The food was delicious, the wine spot on, and our server was amazing. The entire table cleaned our plates and we had 3 desserts between the 4 of us. Our server was patient and very helpful when it came time for the wine selection (an incredible wine list) and her suggestion was perfect and not pricey. Everyone at the table enjoyed the evening and we all were still talking about the wonderful experience on our trip back home the next day, Thanks Passionfish for giving us such a memorable evening!
good food and value. Atmosphere a littl ...
good food and value. Atmosphere a little hectic. They must overbook on weekends because there is always a half hour wait w/reservation. After dining there 3 times we plan to look around in PG for alternatives, fish centric.
This restaurant is very popular with the ...
This restaurant is very popular with the locals, as well as with tourists (as we were). They take the notion of sustainability very seriously. The ingredients are fresh, the preparation is excellent, and so is the presentation. You will need a reservation most nights. Prices are in the moderate range and quite reasonable for the quality.
Terrific food, imaginative preparation, ...
Terrific food, imaginative preparation, beautiful presentation. Not to be missed if you get the chance to visit.
the staff were welcoming and lovely. the ...
the staff were welcoming and lovely. the rockfish I would have like more seasoning, otherwise everything was great
I wanted to eat the whole menu.
I wanted to eat the whole menu.
My husband and I dined at Passionfish in celebration of his birthday. We had an excellent time tasting the delicious food(the scallops are to die for), but the only complaint I have is how close the tables are to each other. We were expecting a romantic date night to enjoy each others company, but there was a table directly next to us who was very loud and irritating. We couldn't even focus on our conversation! We would love to come to Passionfish again someday-we'll just make sure we request to sit in an area that is a bit quieter.
I ordered 3 starters for my main dinner, and my husband had one main course. The waitress knew that, but after 2 of my starters were served, she stopped by the table and said that she'd start my husbands dinner. Thus, he had to wait an extra long time for his meal. The folks who sat next to us, after we arrived, were finished with their dinner by that time. The food tasted very good, but the service was very disappointing. We ordered the biscuits along with the meal, but they were completely forgotten until we asked another server for them, and this was after I'd consumed my 2 starters. The person serving water never came by and checked to see how we were doing with that, and we needed refills. So, this restaurant is great for many people, but we won't be going back.
The food was tasty and the atmosphere is decent but the portions are pretty small. I ordered the scallops. The plate arrived with three small to medium size scallops and a dollop of rice for about $30. I order scallops often at restaurants and this was by far the smallest portion I have ever received. Disappointing. $150 for the two of us and walked out hungry. Not worth it.
Delightful. Food and service wonderful.
Delightful. Food and service wonderful.
Our waitress was extremely helpful and help make our experience memorable. Food was over the top! We had the Tuna Tartar, Asparagus Salad and Lamb Breast and would not change a thing. Enjoyed a half bottle of Pinot Noir followed by a half bottle of Cabernet. Thank you for a wonderful night!
We had a terrific meal. The menu was inventive, and included some less-frequently seen options (e.g., sturgeon), but didn't privilege novelty over taste. Crab and avocado salad had a really nice ponzu-based sauce that neatly balanced the richness of the salad. Fried oysters were a little bland on slaw that was a bit spicier than expected, though easy (it too had an Asian dressing--really nice.) Superb pepper-and-sesame crusted seared albacore with mashed potato and parsnips and greens with bacon (great combo of flavors!) and sturgeon on a bed of white beans and root veggies. We couldn't fit in dessert, but neighboring tables told us the peach cobbler was excellent. Only sustainable seafood was served. Service was excellent, too. The room is fine, if less elegant than the food. We'll go there again!
Four of us were in Pacific Grove for the weekend and dined here on a Saturday night. Our server was very good, scallops were excellent, but the breast of lamb was fatty and disappointing. Also nice to have a great dining experience without having to drive far.
Fantastic, perhaps BEST place in Pacific Grove
First, I should say I've been in the industry for over 20 years now. Mostly in fine-dining and wine sales. I am a very conservative reviewer.......I've eaten at PassionFish a few times now. This place is absolutely fantastic. The ambiance is nice but really laid back. It has a clean, modern feel to it. The staff here really shines. I've worked as a sommelier and I can attest to the difficulty every restaurant has of fielding a consistently friendly and knowledgable staff. A+ on those efforts here. PassionFish is unfortunately in the minority of restaurants that are doing their wine list CORRECTLY. Specifically, their pricing is exceedingly fair within the context of what so many others are doing. The longstanding practice of charging three times retail, should've been abandoned by the restaurant industry years ago. PassionFish is doing their part to see that practice end. I don't think I saw a single bottle more than 150-160% of retail. (Except maybe on the really low end.) Great food should be accompanied by great wine. We shouldn't be gouged for it. A+ on those efforts too. The wine selection is also very good. They have some of the very best unheralded wines in the country. Sandhi, would be one example. I selfishly don't want anyone to catch on to those wines, but the fact that they made room on their list for this winery tells you something about their wine buyer: He/She really knows wine. The food here is great. I came here with family this time and we had three different menu items. All of them excellent. I think the duck-confit is one of their rock stars. I gave the food 4 stars this time because both the duck and the short-ribs were just a little dry. Still highly enjoyable, and on previous occasions, just right. I am merely being critical here. Save room for dessert. WOW. Close your eyes and just pick one. Again, WOW...... Overall this place might just be my favorite place on the peninsula. Completely unpretentious. Excellent on all fronts.
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