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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
PassionFish is a lovely little restaurant with great food and really nice people.
And when I say really, I mean REAL people, because sometimes in America people sound OVERnice, but they just sound... in fact they don't care.
I had great time and great food!
We had a great experience dining here for dinner. First we ordered a bottle of wine, and our server was very helpful by providing the tasting comments for a couple bottles we were considering. I should note that the wine list is immense! We ended up choosing a viognier and it was delicious.
We ordered the arctic char and two small plates - the goat cheese black bean fritters and the fried oysters - for our entrees. All were cooked perfectly and incredibly delicious. The pickled onions were a very nice touch with the arctic char, and I could have easily eaten five plates of the goat cheese black bean fritters!
Overall a very delicious meal and great service.
I've dined at Passion Fish twice before and both times we great! This last time was not so great, unfortunately. The service was great, our waitress was amazing. The salads were good, the spicy soup was out of Thai world, the ceviche app was tasty, and the biscuits were good too. The main entrees however, left me and my party completely unsatisfied. We were very disappointed because we were looking forward to a great meal. We hope that our next trip to Passion Fish will be better.
This was the best tasting food: from the zesty salad to the delicately complex entrée and the wow desserts - I wanted to lick the plates! They even printed special menus with a birthday greeting for my husband.
Our server was attentive without being too much of a presence. Although every table was filled, we were able to hold a normal conversation, enjoying our company without having to shout over crowds.
The simple ambiance was highlighted with David Campbell's unique underwater photography exhibit.
Walking out into the charming streets of Pacific Grove, after such a satisfying experience, was the "icing on the cake."
We'll done- we'll be back!
It was our first time back in over 6 years and we were thrilled to see it was as amazing as ever. They have an allergen menu that has all the common allergens for each dish listed and any in parentheses are able to be removed from the dish. There wine list is amazing and they don't mark the prices up like most restaurants. To top it all off the food is phenomenal and the wait staff really knows there stuff.
when visiting the central coast, always visit Passionfish, sometimes more than once! The specials sounded great but our reservation was later, so we missed out on some of the menu items. Always look forward to a great meal with great service.
I have been to this restaurant now five times, and everytime I get to the Carmel area, I want to eat at Passion Fish. Everything on the menu is unique and absolutely delicious. They must have an excellent chef. I had the crab and avocado salad, and it is not your mother's crab salad recipe. So creative and such wonderful flavors. What a joy. The restaurant is quite expensive but worth it for a special occasion. One starter for two, two crab salads and two main courses - no bread (which is extra), no desert and one $10.00 glass of wine for two and the total including tip was $150.00. The "by the glass" wine list is very limited. In order to get a glass of pino you need to get at least one-half bottle - which I saw prices like $55.00/half bottle. I'm glad I'm not a big drinker. I will eat here every time I am in that area because the food is so delicious I will remember the experience until I'm there again.
After reading so many positive reviews, our expectations were realized on our first visit. While the decor isn't fancy and the food menu very limited (the wine menu is extensive), Passionfish delivers on its sustainable fish approach. The food is excellent. As long as you can find something to your liking, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience. My wife had a salad and an appetizer -- a scallop on a risotto cake that was one of the best bites we've ever had. I had duck confit, which was two crispy legs in a honey reduction with a child smoked potato cake and asparagus. We knew desserts were excellent, so we tried the mud pie. OMG. Two kinds of ice cream on a chocolate wafer, all covered in chocolate sauce. A great finish to an excellent meal. While their single glasses of wine are limited (usually just three for each varietal), the Domaine Eden chardonnay was perfect with our meal and fairly priced, as are all their wines. If you are anywhere near Pacific Grove, this is a must stop.
This is the 5th time I have eaten at Passion Fish. It is our go to place when we are in the area.
We have never had a bad meal and the service is always excellent. We especially appreciate the wine prices besides the excellent choices.
Excellent rockfish and trout entrees, with very fine vegetable sides. A wonderful hybrid Grenache wine (orange [!] in color and very tasty). The venison meatball starters were nicely spiced, although for a party of two four of them instead of three would have been welcome. Quiet but lively room done in tasteful modernist style. Pleasant staff and prompt service. Excellent value for the money.
When we ordered three glasses of the sparkling wine, Samantha could have suggested we order a bottle..
Years ago a signature item on the menu was sweet potato fries, disappointed they were no longer offered.
Are the servers trained and required to take tests as in years ago? We really appreciated the knowledge, training and professionalism we experienced on our last visit years ago.
Passion Fish is a great restaurant. We had never been before, we were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary. It all worked, great food, great wine list, great service, attractive environment, a little pricey. But a great dining experience.
This is my second time as PassionFish & I could not be more excited about the experience.
Every time it is delicious food mixed with an assortment of different people dinning. The food is always on point with great flavor and presentation. I would always suggest going with the fish as its sustainable and fresh.
If you want to eat during a normal hour make sure to make a reservation or else you will be stuck waiting....but it is well worth it!
This restaurant never disappoints. We've been fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of dining here many times, and it's always an absolutely wonderful experience. Seafood is perfectly prepared, salads are flavorful and prepared according to which fruits/vegetables are in season, soups and desserts are flawless. Fabulous, well priced, wine list is the icing on the cake! Servers and waitstaff are well trained and seem to enjoy working at Passion Fish. Already planning our next visit!
Of all the restaurants on the Central Coast, I would say Passionfish is the best, most consistent seafood restaurant we know of. Second would be Galley in San Luis Obispo and Paso Terra in Paso Robles. You just cannot go wrong at Passionfish.
Excellent food in good portion sizes. Fresh, seasonal ingredients creatively used. Pleasen service that was appropriately attentive and not intrusive. The Deserts our party tried were unuformally delicious and a perfect way to close a meal.
Here for 50 Birthday for our son and daughter in law. Server was excellent personable attentive. They had even printed Happy Birthday 50 on our menus. A nice personal touch. Hubby and I had overcooked rockfish. Disappointing. The sauce under it was smooth and tasty. DIL loved her scallops. Loved. Birthday boy liked the dungeness crab salad. Huge red wine selection was surprising given all the fish on the menu. I liked the tea service of loose leaf teas I know it takes several pieces of equipment and they did it right. Probably won't return because of the overlooked rockfish even though we liked everything else
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