Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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: (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
Our first visit to this restaurant. Wai ...
Our first visit to this restaurant. Wait staff very good and made thoughtful recommendations. Menus choices are nice and provided opportunities not easily available at other restaurants nearby. Good wine list. Nice evening.
Passionfish is our all time favorite res ...
Passionfish is our all time favorite restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula and time and again they never disappoint. Always surprising new additions to the menu seasonally like their hot brussel sprout mustard salad, standards like their Wagu beef, and always beautiful fish--delicate and refined and tasting like heaven!!! And even better...It's SUSTAINABLE!!! We love that they support Seafod Watch. The service is beyond reproach--very helpful and accommodating. The parking is on the street but usually fairly good. Incredible wine list, focusing on European whites. They have been a little light in the dessert department but this time we tried the mint mud pie and it was pretty good==rich and gooey!! Oh, and last but not least--try the fried olives--FAB appetizer!! Oh yeah, and the biscuits!! Oh yeah, and.......just everything!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are foodies spoiled by many really ni ...
We are foodies spoiled by many really nice restaurants in CA and beyond. And having said that we are really enjoyed our dinner, complements to the chef! Great nicely balanced courses with tasteful presentation. Definitely a keeper!
Our first time here even though we are l ...
Our first time here even though we are longtime locals and have heard much praise. We made reservations the night before for 5:30 and dined with my 6mo old niece for my Birthday dinner. Kid friendly. Things start to get busy around 7PM. Everything we ordered was delicious and had a distinct flavor palate. Fresh, local, sustainable, well seasoned, well priced, and accommodating to vegetarians as well. Between 3 adults, we shared two of the appetizers (fritters & brussel sprouts), 2 biscuits, 2 entrees (spoonable lamb, rainbow trout) and a dessert (banana bread pudding). The portions were perfectly sized, and our server was happy to give us extra plates to eat family style, and we left feeling comfortably full. All of us were very impressed. My mother is a Carmel local, my sister from the NYC expensive and trendy cuisine scene, and I am a person who rarely dines out because I am usually disappointed when I go out because I often find I can make more tasty, healthy and affordable dishes at home. Nothing on the menu was bland or uninspired, and you know they are using locally and seasonally sourced quality ingredients. Definitely will return and recommend making reservations if you plan to go later than 6:30.
I am very disappointed dining at Passion ...
I am very disappointed dining at Passionfish this time. Passionfish used to be the restaurant we go to every time we went Monterey. Compare to last year, the restaurant had became very noise. We felt that more seats were added in and too close together. The food was good but the dining ambiance was very poor. We felt very compressed and hard to relax to enjoy our meals. Real missed the old Passionfish that was very elegant and exclusive.
"Forget the Mains" Sorry to Pun on "Re ...
"Forget the Mains" Sorry to Pun on "Remember the Maine", but it seems applicable here. We totally enjoyed Passionfish last spring (2016) and found it to be one of the very best restaurants in the entire Monterey Bay area. This past week our experience wasn't so good. Maybe something has changed in the kitchen? In any event, we recommend that diners choose a great bottle from their sensational wine list, and also enjoy a splendid appetizer (which are as creative as they are delicious). Then go straight to dessert, which is also amazing. Forget the "mains" (entrees), as we both found our respective dishes to be nearly inedible.
The food tantalizes your tongue from the ...
The food tantalizes your tongue from the first to the last bite! Great ambience. We drove 11hours from Las Vegas, got turned around 50 miles away by a landslide and made to the restaurant minutes before it closed and the entire staff was wonderful about us taking our time to enjoy everything. Highly recommended!
We were very well treated for a birthday ...
We were very well treated for a birthday. Service was friendly and very competent. Impressive wine list, well priced. Our dinner was interesting and delicious. Focus on local and/or sustainable, especially the seafood. Would gladly go there often.
I had a great table, and my server was J ...
I had a great table, and my server was John. I enjoyed the Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, the scallop appetizer, the Dungeness Crab salad, the Mussels, the scallops entree, and for dessert, the banana bread pudding a la mode. Bravo!
Wonderful evening. Celebrating a 38th a ...
Wonderful evening. Celebrating a 38th anniversary. Couldn't have been better. Great food, wonderful service, charming rainy evening in Pacific Grove. One of the most creative, innovative menus we have experienced in a long time. Strong sea food influence of course, but options for those inclined to other choices. Great wine selection. The epitome of the Monterey culinary experience.
I thought the prices were reasonable con ...
I thought the prices were reasonable considering the caliber of the food, and the food was Amazing. Loved every dish we had. The Fried oysters with house made Kimchi were amazing. Our server was also very well versed with the wine list. We will be back.
I enjoy high end dining and have eaten a ...
I enjoy high end dining and have eaten at Passionfish a few times now. It is located in the same town I live in and I like the lively, yet comfortable atmosphere. The service is always good and so is the lighting.
That said, the savory dishes consistently lack flavor. Just to be clear, I am not talking about salt and pepper. My last visit, I had the 12 hour lamb which was tender and mild but very plain. My friend had the chickpea stew. It was bland. He did not enjoy it but did not complain.
I am a fan of the desserts. The creme brulee and bread puddings are my favorites. I appreciate new dishes and twists on classics. The creme brulee dish I had recently was was updated and described as "deconstructed". This is misleading. There are three distinctly different dishes in place of the one and should instead be called a "sampler", or something of the like. I really like the passion fruit syrup with the panna cotta. So much flavor and complexity. Nice touch!
A favorite we keep returning to, year af ...
A favorite we keep returning to, year after year. Sustainable seafood, creatively prepared, although the entree menu includes other options for meat-eaters . Dessert is not to be missed. Service is excellent, wine list is extensive. It's a must-visit in Pacific Grove.
My boyfriend and I had the most wonderfu ...
My boyfriend and I had the most wonderful time at this restaurant. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and had a great ambience. The staff were very friendly and provided excellent service.
We started off with Nancy's buttermilk biscuits and the spicy fish stew. The biscuits were served right out of the oven, warm and flakey. The stew was pretty spicy, but so good!
Before going to the restaurant, we read that a lot of people enjoyed the Dungeness crab salad, so we ordered it and it definitely lived up to the hype. The Albacore tuna was a seared tuna served with greens and a cauliflower puree. The tuna melted in your mouth and went well with the cauliflower puree.
For dessert we ordered the Maple-banana bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. This was one of the best bread puddings I've ever had and paired perfectly with the suggested tangerine tea.
The next time we're in Monterey we'll be sure to come back!
My overall rating 3.5 stars This was my ...
My overall rating 3.5 stars
This was my first visit to Passionfish in Pacific Grove, CA. Nice corner location, easy to find and parking was not an issue. I had a 7:00pm reservation on a Thursday night. Decor and seating were very comfortable. Wait staff well informed about menu and products, kept glasses full and very attentive. I liked the practice of providing sustainable foods from local vendors/purveyors.
I was disappointed in the dishes we ordered. We had two appetizers: the spicy fish stew was overly spiced with black pepper. The broth was one dimensional, peppery, without notes of chilis or herbs that would excite the palate. the fried oysters were outstanding. For entrees: My rockfish was fine, the fish cooked just right; My husband's seafood dish was lacking in complex flavor, the sauce was a mess of bland. Dessert: banana bread pudding was terrific!
Perhaps I expected too much from this restaurant which receives many great reviews. I think the food is of unexceptional quality but like the concept of serving sustainable fare.
For me, based on my overall experience, I would say Passionfish is a try-once restaurant. There are many more area restaurants serving better food with competitive pricing.
Try The Fish House in Monterey or Max's Grill in Pacific Grove.
Passion Fish as always delivered a great ...
Passion Fish as always delivered a great - the warm Brussels sprout salad - Dungeness crab salad and spoonable lamb breast as always were absolutely delicious - my only wish would be they add some new items and maybe selectively alternate their menu by season.
I hadn't been here for quite a while an ...
I hadn't been here for quite a while and now I wonder why I stayed away so long. The food is delicious and the attention to details and to sustainable fish sources are admirable. I won't wait so long to enjoy Passionfish again.
Service usually very good on previous 10 ...
Service usually very good on previous 10 plus visits; however, waited 45 minutes for main course and saw others who orderd after us receiving theirs. When course arrived asked for explanation and was hurriedly told "printer wasn't working." Had to ask what that meant and was told the cooks had not received the order. End of explanation. No apology forthcoming.
I love this restaurant. We come here ev ...
I love this restaurant. We come here every time we are in the Monterey area. The risotto cake under the sea scallop is incredible and the sea scallop is perfect, the duck is perfect. The banana bread pudding was great. The biscuits are to die for--and likely are filled with butter.
I've enjoyed everything I've had there every time I've been there. I wish they had a few more wines by the glass. That's my only negative.
Fantastic fresh seafood, amazingly exten ...
Fantastic fresh seafood, amazingly extensive and well-curated wine list (with refreshingly modest pricing), and a nice ambiance with fairly attentive service. Hard to go wrong at Passion Fish - an upscale dining experience for Bay Area mid-level prices
My wife and I have eaten at this restaur ...
My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant several times, and this last time to celebrate our 20th anniversary we essentially drove for 1 1/2 hours to get there. Every dish we've ever had has been outstanding. Try the warm Brussels sprouts salad.
Service was excellent. We had an expire ...
Service was excellent. We had an expired gift certificate from a non-profit auction, which they honored. Food was exceptional, creative and delicious, and full of vegetables, which we appreciated. The fish was perfectly cooked. This is a solid A restaurant, not cheap, but a great place for an anniversary, visitors from out of town, or any special celebration. Delicious and friendly.
We ate at Passionfish based on a recomme ...
We ate at Passionfish based on a recommendation from a friend who is a local and we were not disappointed. Our food was incredible, so much so, we went again the next evening. The seating is a little tight and both nights we were seated next to loud groups of 4 but I can't blame the restaurant for that. The food was wonderful and I will definitely go again when back in the area.
A long-time favorite when visiting the M ...
A long-time favorite when visiting the Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove region, Passionfish continues to excel in the variety and quality of the food, exceptional wine selections, especially in half-bottles, and service that is most professional yet, friendly. Listening to our waiter describe the dishes, it felt like dining with a host who is a close friend, informative and conversational.
We have read about Passionfish for years ...
We have read about Passionfish for years. I believe Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronical has written about it several times. I want you to know our Christmas Eve dinner experience was totally delightful! The ambience, food, wine and service were excellent. If I could request anything, it would be for the brussels sprouts salad recipe! We are looking forward to our next visit to Passionfish when in your area again. Thank you very much for a great holiday getaway!
Doug Lorimer, Sonora, Ca
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