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, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Passionfish Ratings and Reviews
This is our go-to place in the Monterey ...
This is our go-to place in the Monterey area. We have never had even a sort-of disappointing dish here. Must orders are the warm brussels sprouts salad, crab cakes (if on the menu) and the buttermilk biscuits, which you order individually. Service is impeccable and friendly, and the wine list is very well-priced and chosen nicely. We've been to many seafood restaurants around the world, and this one is definitely in the top 5, if not the best!
We were here for our 36th Anniversary. ...
We were here for our 36th Anniversary. Had the biscuits, warm Brussels sprout salad, scallops and sturgeon- all wonderful! While we brought a bottle of wine for the occasion, the wine list here is fabulous and seriously affordable.
We always make sure to get to Passionfis ...
We always make sure to get to Passionfish when we are in the area. Great fish/seafood, interesting wine list with an extraordinarily low mark up. This trip we had the scallops (always excellent), crab salad special (crab season just opened), spicy fish stew (another favorite) and a nice wine by the glass. Wait staff knowledgeable regarding the food and regarding wine pairings.
This is a wonderful restaurant when you ...
This is a wonderful restaurant when you are visiting the Monterey area. We have eaten here every time we come to the Monterey peninsula and are never disappointed. The food is always wonderful, all courses are delicious, great desserts. We love the brussels sprout salad, the trout was perfect and the lemon dessert was amazing. Can't recommend this any more highly, one of our favorites.
I chose the Brussels' sprouts salad. Al ...
I chose the Brussels' sprouts salad. Although it was tasty, it arrived looking like a casserole with melted cheese on top. Strange?! The char fish was again tasty but the plate had too many other flavors that overwhelmed the delicate seafood. You also have to ask for bread and water. This visit was a bit of a disappointment.
While we have been going to Pacific Grov ...
While we have been going to Pacific Grover for many years, this was our first to Passionfish. It will not be the last. The wine list is carefully and intelligently designed, the menu is creative but not overwhelming, the staff was attentive and pleasant. Could not have asked for anything more.
This is one of the best seafood restaura ...
This is one of the best seafood restaurants we have experienced and we lived in San Francisco for 9 years so we have tasted some fine seafood. The wine list is also amazing. If a restaurant wine list includes Austrian Gruner Veltliner, it is probably a great restaurant and Passionfish certainly is.
We were recommended this place for our a ...
We were recommended this place for our anniversary, and we were not disappointed. Sleek, comfortable space; gracious, informative, and attentive staff; inventive and delicious food (sustainably provided, which is evidently part of their mission); and an extensive wine list all made for a perfect evening for us. The one thing I will note is that they do not serve any cocktails -- they are wine only. I heard another person asking about cocktails, too, so I suspect they get asked about them pretty often. No matter, the wines are excellent. We would definitely return.
Food portions far to small. Price far to ...
Food portions far to small. Price far to high. Meal should include more than a piece of fish and salad.
My name is not Loren McMaster. He passed away some time ago. Not sure how the reservation was made in his name. Might to correct that. Do not use his name for the review.
I love this place, and so does everyone ...
I love this place, and so does everyone else, so you need reservations. It has stood the test of time and is as great now as it was when if first opened. You must be willing to try everything. Don't bother if you are a picky eater. Just go and enjoy!
Had a couple of great meals at Passionfi ...
Had a couple of great meals at Passionfish seven or eight years ago. We were looking forward to going back again but we were disappointed this time. The noise level was up; probably a sign that everyone was having a good time, but our entrées were not up to what we remembered from our previous visits. The scallop entree that I ordered might have been OK at the Wharf but not at Passionfish; only three small scallops and a pretty ordinary presentation. However the desserts were great. May try again if we're in the area...just might have hit a bad night.
Passionfish is a special treat where I g ...
Passionfish is a special treat where I go for special occasions. My most recent dining experience was no exception. Everything from the food to the service to the extra attention by our waitress were perfect. We saved room for a dessert to share -- persimmon-yogurt-pistachio-honey -- one of the best desserts we've ever tasted.
For a special night out, it was perfect. ...
For a special night out, it was perfect. Arrived early, but we were seated immediately. The waiter was awesome. Answered questions and was helpful in selecting wines for the occasion.
Starters were amazing. We could have had our entire meal off of this list. Nice to be able to purchase half bottles of wine, so we could sample more than one for dinner. The presentation and prep were impeccable. Topped off with dessert and a dessert wine, perfection. Will definitely dine here again during our next Monterey visit.
Playful spectacular food with emphasis o ...
Playful spectacular food with emphasis on sustainability that we appreciated as well as local sourcing. Loved the appetizer scallop on artichoke risotto-- such bursts if flavor
The food was great. After we left we go ...
The food was great. After we left we got a phone call that my wife had left her sunglasses. Actually they had fallen out of her purse. The fact that we had made our reservation by contacting Open Table, they had my phone number and we were able to quickly retrieve the glasses. Our friends highly recommended PassionFish and it certainly met our expectations. I had the duck confit and it was THE BEST I've ever had. My wife had the scallops and liked that. We had a very pleasant experience
Great place to eat with yummy food, dese ...
Great place to eat with yummy food, deserts and a great selection of wine priced reasonable...Been going to Passionfish for years...It's nice they have different specials offered. Will continue to go, as continue to recommend it to friends!
Had a lovely night with my for her birth ...
Had a lovely night with my for her birthday dinner. We love this reasturant for its classy meals. This is our 2nd time dining here, but we will be back when we're in town. Love Pacific Grove & the Monterey Ray Bay Area.
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