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
We have very high standards when it come ...
We have very high standards when it comes to food prep (sanitation) as well as freshness of entrees and veggies. PF delivered on each point and our Server Amanda could not have been more caring and engaged.
THis may be the best testimonial one could give as we came back the next night and Amanda served us as well.
You have to give Passionfish credit for ...
You have to give Passionfish credit for a great deal of truth in advertising. It bills itself as a gourmet sustainable seafood restaurant with an award-winning, minimally marked up wine list to match, the sorts of wines that you'll enjoy for the taste, not the label. And that's basically what you'll get when you come here. Except ...
If by "gourmet" you mean elaborately prepared and exquisitely plated culinary creations that defy the laws of physics and chemistry, with esoteric ingredients and hard-to-decipher names, that's not the case here. Unless you find terms like "spicy seafood stew" or "albacore tuna" hard to figure out. And how many gourmet places do you know that proudly serve $1.50 buttermilk biscuits in a place of honor on their daily menu? Gary Danko this is not. If you are hoping for square plates and futuristic flatware (like 2-tined forks) , where the food to plate ratio is shockingly low, maybe you should seek out a molecular gastropub instead. At Passionfish, the fish stew comes in a bowl. A big, white, oval one brimming with chunks of rockfish and sturgeon, a fiery hot habanero tomato cilantro broth that would not be out of place in Goa, and no little pieces of sourdough for dipping. The albacore tuna is served very rare with sesame and peppercorn crust topped with a bacon gremolata (chopped parsley, garlic,lemon zest) and paired with cauliflower puree and wilted green kale. And served, of course, in a bowl. A pretty bowl, but a bowl nonetheless. Mussels arrive in an oblong bowl paired with smoked potatoes and pickled cabbage, steeped in a savory, peppery broth. Even the panna cotta lemon curd, lemon verbena sauce, and mini creme brulee desert is brought to table without even a trace of mint leaf, caramel sea salt, raspberry coulis, or macerated strawberry. It's just a parade of lemony, creamy, tangy goodness. It is rustic elegance in the extreme.
This restaurant has a very talented chef ...
This restaurant has a very talented chef. Both regular menu items and specials (we have had both) are beautifully created and delicious.
My only complaint is that the noise level is too energetic, but this is a problem with most restaurants today.
excellent all the way around. Loved the ...
excellent all the way around. Loved the 12 hour lamb breast. If you love braised lamb, each bite melts in your mouth. Wine list is large and very well priced (same as if your bought it at your favorite wine shop. Service was great all servers pitch in and help each other cover guest so no one is waiting or wanting for long.
We were at Passionfish to celebrate my h ...
We were at Passionfish to celebrate my husband 's birthday. We enjoyed the experience very much. We split an appetizer and a special fish dish and both were delicious. We had been told the portions were small, but sharing them was perfect for us. Our server was very friendly and efficient. We would definitely go there again.
My wife and I have been to Passionfish s ...
My wife and I have been to Passionfish several times and the service has always been friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. Wine pairing is easy with a full selection and $ range, including half bottles. The Meyer lemon desert was outstanding in taste and presentation.
We have been coming to Passionfish for y ...
We have been coming to Passionfish for years and for some reason this experience was very average. Not sure if something has changed or we just got the wrong things. My wife had the duck and it seemed different. Oh well, we'll give it a try again sometime.
First time dining here. We love seafood ...
First time dining here. We love seafood so had to make a trip to dine here while in PG area. Really fresh and innovative dishes/seafood and environmentally conscious seafood practices. Great service, friendly. Food was really, really good. Will likely visit again while we are here this week in PG. Highly recommend.
Enjoyed the goat cheese salad , black be ...
Enjoyed the goat cheese salad , black bean fritters and halibut entre was very good, my companions sturgeon was ok. Wine choices good, could use more range of by the glass choices. Remains one of my favorite places.
Passionfish came highly recommended. The ...
Passionfish came highly recommended. The food and service did not disappoint though the absence of a full bar was odd, strange to not be able to get a cocktail before dinner. We were there to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and were dismayed that they sat a couple very close to us when there were other tables available. The woman talked very loudly and non-stop the entire dinner, it was exhausting and to the point of being rude. They seemed to be regulars which leaves me wondering why the management could not put a buffer around them on a Monday night when the restaurant was not full....
This is by far the very best food experi ...
This is by far the very best food experience we ever had. The food at this restaurant is ALL sustainable. We had the albacore tuna confit salad and the halibut. It was outstanding. Definitely recommend this restaurant.
Visited Monterey for two nights and went ...
Visited Monterey for two nights and went to Passionfish both nights for dinner based on extensive past experience. Of course the dishes were outstanding but a highlight was that my wife had been ill and could only have cooked vegetables as a major side dish and the kitchen prepared it for her with a minimal charge. Terrific!
They use sustainable sourced seafood and ...
They use sustainable sourced seafood and many local ingredients. The wine list is fantastic and varied with may wines from around the world. Most of their wines are quite affordable, you can get a good bottle of wine for $50 or less.
My husband and I celebrated our first an ...
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at Passionfish. They printed a specially anniversary message on our menus, brought us a free dessert and let us take home the empty wine bottle as a keepsake. I would highly recommend Passionfish to anyone!
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