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
We eat at Passion Fish almost every time we are in the area. I've never been disappointed here. This time, we had a young Norwegian guest with us, and she told us she doesn't like fish (strange for a Norwegian). She ended up ordering two non-fish appetizers, both of which she loved. Because our portions were too large to finish, my husband and I put aside portions of our dishes for her to try, and she loved both of them , even though my husband had the scallops (she then admitted she'd never actually tasted them before). I had the 12 hour lamb tagine", which the three of us agreed was the very best dish of all. For dessert, we shared a lemon panna cotta, which was perfect. If you are looking for delicious food that's always great, just not stratospherically inventive, you'll find it at Passion Fish at a price that's quite reasonable for this mostly overpriced area. The service was efficient, friendly, and unpretentious. This is a great find.
A good solid meal prepared with consider ...
A good solid meal prepared with considerable imagination. Trout was well-grilled and seasoned interestingly with basil, dessert well seasoned but not thoroughly enough baked. Overall, a nice night out and apparently popular among natives who were celebrating a patriarch's 94th birthday there.
A truly amazing seafood restaurant. The ...
A truly amazing seafood restaurant. The chef applies great skill to all of his dishes. Fresh and vibrant flavors. Eye-popping presentations. Sustainable catches, herbs grown on-site. Finally. a wine list that is amazing, and they mark wines up about 10%, instead of 100+% as they do at most restaurants! We drive 100 miles just to dine at Passion Fish!
Our server, Manuel was great. Very help ...
Our server, Manuel was great. Very helpful, friendly and just the right amount of attention to our table. Our meals were good (both dinners being fish) but I would have liked a few more choices from the fish meals that evening. Overall, a good dining experience and would recommend to others.
The halibut is exceptional, second to none, also try the grilled asparagus salad. The meal was truly one of the best we've ever had. Two thumbs up!!
Food was artsy but not remarkable. Tuna ...
Food was artsy but not remarkable. Tuna was good but sides were not. Dessert bread pudding was good.
The food was incredibly delicious. The ...
The food was incredibly delicious. The wine selection outstanding. Try it out you will wan to return!!
Great Food, attentive staff and good sel ...
Great Food, attentive staff and good selection. This is place to enjoy food and conversation.
I don't know why it has taken me so long ...
I don't know why it has taken me so long to get here. The food was fabulous. The fish was fresh and the spices were intriguing and enhanced both fish and vegetable sides.
Fantastic. The gnocchi with pollen were ...
Fantastic. The gnocchi with pollen were out of this world. Will definitely be back.
We were seated promptly. Wine was ordered promptly,,but it was probably 20-25 minutes before we were able to order food. Had to request help as we seemed to be forgotten. Once we ordered, it arrived promptly. Good food,,but the service was really poor. We just were forgotten and there was no apology when , eventually he arrived. Sad, as this is a great restaurant and very affordable.
My second visit to Passionfish was even ...
My second visit to Passionfish was even better than my first. The menu is well conceived and the food well prepared and very fresh. Service is great without being obtrusive. Excellent wine list at reasonable prices. The best restaurant in the area by far!
Another great experience
This is the third or fourth time we have been to Passionfish and its always great. The food is delicious, the wine list is interesting, extensive and affordably priced and the service is friendly and professional. Though there are many good restaurants in the Pacific Grove and Monterey area this place remains my favorite.
Excellent food, with some of the best fish around.
Passion fish is one of our favorite restaurants on the peninsular. The food is excellent, the fish perfectly prepared, and the wine list is both excellent and very reasonably priced. The place is light and airy, and the wait staff attentive and pleasant. Very highly recommended.
We try to eat here every time we are in ...
We try to eat here every time we are in the area. I really appreciate the creative flavor forward food. Wines are reasonably priced. Server, as usual, did an excellent job and was very knowledgeable about that night's menu. My husband was especially pleased with the basil stuffed trout. We greatly enjoyed everything we ordered. I was less pleased with our table squeezed in a corner but then again I did make a last minute reservation.
One of the best meals I've had in my lif ...
One of the best meals I've had in my life! Each plate was something very special. Wonderful flavors and presentation. The shrimp with pozole was spectacular and the bread pudding was amazing! Cannot wait to go back again.
My wife and I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary at Passionfish last week. We walked in to find customized menu's printed wishing us a Happy 15 year anniversary across the top!:). The food, service, and ambiance were all top notch and we could not have been happier with our choice of venues for this special occasion! We will definitely be back on our next trip to Pacific Grove!
As usual, fish fresh and cooked perfectl ...
As usual, fish fresh and cooked perfectly. Carefully selected sides to enhance the experience. As usual, also, very pricey appetizers (we had to skip). Our salad was tasty, but the amount of baked gorgonzola on it was miniscule. The only notable annoyance was the absence of a good bread to enjoy with our wine. We had to buy biscuits (hard and dry), which were a poor substitute.
Don't get the duck
I ordered the Duck Confit and it was dry and not very good. I did not eat all of it because of this. Later that night and into the following morning I had a headache and a bit of nausea. Not certain that it was because of the duck, but that's the most likely since my wife ate something else and was fine. The service we received was good.
Passion fish has great food. Best of all ...
Passion fish has great food. Best of all their Gluten Free menu contains many wonderful choices. The waitress was very attentive to our needs. Kudos!!! We will definitely be returning .
Great choice on the peninsula!
This was our second tripto Passionfish. It was excellent. The food is first rate. We shared the sea bass crude appetizer. Perfect sashimi of sea bass with pomegranate gratinee and seaweed. Our fish was excellent as well. And, the pricing on the wine is the most reasonable I have seen in any restaurant. We'll be back next time we visit
We had a lovely anniversay dinnerand can ...
We had a lovely anniversay dinnerand can't wait to visit again. The shrimp and lamb dishes were wonderful and we appreciate their wine list pricing.
Amazing food and service!
Amazing food and service! Rock fish entree was delicious. Wine pairing suggestion was spot on. Dessert was delightfully unique - lemon creme brûlée. Yum!
Great food And wine
We go to passion fish every time we're in Pacific Grove and love it each visit
Too much noise, good food
Good food, but they have a real issue with noise in the restaurant in particular the back rooms of the restaurant where sound reflects loudly within the rooms due to the hard walls and ceiling heights. I understand that they are working with acoustic tiles to try and improve. 2nd time at the restaurant and appreciate the food, but were overwhelmed by the noise so couldn't really enjoy the meal or talk to others at the table without using a loud voice. Hopefully this can be rectified as the food is very enjoyable and the restaurant is nice, as are the people.
I loved my Trout, but my husband hated h ...
I loved my Trout, but my husband hated his tuna. he wanted it cooked all the way through and they served it rare. He wouldn't let me say anything.
Creative menu (gnocchi was wonderful), f ...
Creative menu (gnocchi was wonderful), fish is fresh and well presented, reasonably priced wine list.
Creative dishes with clarity in texture ...
Creative dishes with clarity in texture and flavor - wonderful. The spicy fish stew appetizer was outstanding.
Great service in both friendliness and knowledge about the food and wine. Best wine list in the county. Duck Confit - incredible biscuits - a bottle of 2010 Cabernet I can not even pronounce lest remember and a mud pie for dessert
Lovely, imaginative dinner
We had an excellent dinner here -- fresh and delightfully flavored food served beautifully. My date had a delicious curry-scented salad, I started with the beet salad which was yummy but a bit heavy and vinegary -- too much beet matter and not enough salad matter. We had the scallops that everyone recommended… indeed very good but there were only 3 scallops. We also had the fried oyster appetizer which came with a wonderful spicy kimchi-ish slaw. Our server recommended the perfect wine. I would definitely come back next time I'm in town -- everything on the menu looked great.
Our fourth time dining at Passionfish... ...
Our fourth time dining at Passionfish...the food and service are consistently first rate!
The food was wonderful.
We loved it so much, we cancelled all other reservations. This allowed two evening dinners at Passion fish.
Can't wait to dine here again!
We were visiting from out of town and so glad we found Passionfish for special birthday dinner. The food was amazing, great wine list, and love that everything is sustainably sourced, and that the wine list is priced at retail. The service was excellent as well. Can't wait to come back here the next time we are in town!
Fantastic choice in Pacific Grove....
Passionfish is one of the best in my recent experience... An exceptional kitchen and talented chef who makes magic with fresh creations that delight, bite after bite. The smoked trout tostaditas were full of flavour with just the right amount of spice, the spoonable lamb was luscious, the half bottle choices on the wine list made for a great split between a rich chardonnay and a great 2012 Gigondas... Will definitely be back for more!
We have been going to Passion Fish over the past 10 years . The food, service and wine is still exceptional and the price reasonable for the Peninsula. When friends visit the area I always recommend this restaurant.
Their food was good not great. TOO expensive!
The service was great! Food was good but not quite as advertised for the price. It is still a great place to eat. Wine was good but only came in 1/2 bottles or full, pricey.
We have come here visiting from So Cal 2-3 times per year for the last 3 years. Always great, and neat to try new wines at good value, but...... Do they EVER change their menu other than specials. Almost monotonously good. Maybe not much of a complaint, but makes me think twice before booking there now.
inventive fresh tasty and sustainable seafood
inventive fresh tasty and sustainable seafood. Passionfish is well named - their passion for fish is obvious in every morsel. Last visit we had rockfish crudo, mussels, spicy stew and sturgeon. All were wonderful and the spicy stew was spectacular.
Just OK, boring ambiance, plain menu. Everything from service to food was satisfactory but not impressive. Nothing went wrong, no plates sent back, just blah. I would recommend asking about everything if you have any sort of sensitivities or food allergies because they do use unique ingredients in their dishes. Would go back if someone really wanted to but wouldn't be my recommendation or first choice.
We really enjoyed our dinner at Passionf ...
We really enjoyed our dinner at Passionfish. The food was excellent. Every bite had a great combination of flavors and the meals were creative and delicious. It's also nice to know that the restaurant focuses on the sustainable - even the wine list noted which wines came from providers that focused on the sustainable.
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