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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
Upon arriving, the hostess informed us we were 7 minutes early for our 7:15 reservation & that they had not yet begun seating for 7:00. We could stand in the passage-way & wait until they were ready to seat us. There is no appropriate waiting area; the restaurant had apparently overbooked the slots around 7 o’clock. We finally got our table at 7:40 & found both table service & food to be quite satisfactory. Unfortunately, the booking end needs work.
Another disappointing dinner at Passion Fish. I am a local and have eaten here many times. I know that many locals think this is a great restaurant. The best feature of the restaurant is the reasonably priced wine list. The fish is typical of fish in restaurants in the Monterey Bay: it was reasonably fresh, cooked properly, and relies on condiments and sauces to be of interest. It is not possible to get good fish at any restaurant locally. Occasionally, la Balena will actually have a fresh whole fish.
Fresh fish requires someone from the restaurant, preferably the chef, to go to the fish market, or in Monterey, one of the wharf or fishing boats, to select fish to serve that day. "Fresh fish" should be caught and served the same day. The fish then becomes the focus of the dish, not the glop that covers it or whatever is piled beneath it. Having recently been in Greece and Sicily, fresh fish relies on when the fish was caught more than how it is prepared.
Passion fish is no better or worse than any local restaurant serving fish. It is a sad commentary on the Monterey Peninsula, a large commercial fishing bay on the Pacific Ocean, that there are no restaurants that serve exceptional fish. I assume that the tourists and locals are satisfied with mediocrity. I suggest that they frequent the tourist restaurants on Cannary Row, less expensive, better views, and their fish is no better or worse than Passion Fish.
A wonderful dinner. Everything delicious and beautifully presented. The Dungeness crab salad was a standout as was the triple dessert. Our server was helpful and attentive. The noise level detracted a bit from the fine dining ambiance that the restaurant deserves, but it wasn't so loud as to prevent conversation, just a bit annoying.
We absolutely love this place. The food is inventive and clearly prepared with care and intentionality. We eat very strictly and cleanly at home, and consequently it can be hard to find restaurants for special occasions. Ingredients here are meticulously sourced and most (maybe all?) are local. From the wine, to the greens in the salads, to the seafood, to the coffee for dessert, it's companies I respect, presented in a way that is certainly worth the drive for us (from Santa Cruz).
One of our favorite restaurants. we try to include in all trips to Monterey Bay.
Food is always first-class, as is the professional and friendly service. We are very comfortable, and never been disappointed at this restaurant. We'll keep going back to
After being in business 20 years, they must be doing a lot of things right, and they are! Excellent dinner. Food was fresh and interesting: we had black bean fritters, trout ceviche, bisquits (suggest serving honey butter or preserves, good classic recipe but bland), beat salad special was outstanding, halibut special, arctic char, and a very good bread pudding.
Large wine list. Good service considering they were full.
Suggest reservations because this place gets busy!
This is just an outstanding restaurant. The food had elements to it that were the best we've ever had. But the whole dinner was excellent. And we had Josh as our server for the 2nd time. He does a great job. And let's not forget the ambience. Wonderful. Just a great place to eat.
We discovered Passionfish several years ago and was very impressed at that time. Each time we come down from the SF Bay Area, we make it a point to dine here. We've never been disappointed. We are an retired older couple but we dine out a lot. Passionfish is one of those rare places that is special because they manage to hit all the important factors of a great meal.
We started with a gorgeous Dungeness Crab Salad. It had a beautifully balanced vinaigrette - one of the best renditions of a seafood salad we've ever had. I had a 'cup' of Spicy Seafood Stew. It was big - big enough to qualify as a bowl. But, more importantly, it was terrific. It was a tomato/cilantro broth and loaded with all kinds of seafood. I had an excellent Duck Confit (2 thighs) and my wife had the Sea Scallops. She was equally impressed with her perfectly cooked scallops with a truffle/tomato/butter sauce! And we finished with a Maple Banana Bread Pudding. We each had a glass of wine.
The food is just outstanding. The dishes are creative and prepared with love and a passion to do wonderful things with fresh, superior ingredients. The service is totally professional. All the servers know the menu and preparation of the dishes very well. And, they all seem to share a similar passion for good food. This feeling of dedication to good food is not limited to just the server. We were impressed by the busboy and hostess as well. All seem genuinely interested in giving the customer a fine dining experience.
The ambiance is wonderfully warm and cozy. It is one of the few places that seems to have done something to manage the noise factor. There are what appears to be acoustic pads placed strategically above the tables in the dining room in an attempt to absorb and mute some of the noise.
All the above contributes to an outstanding dining experience for us!
What a great find! Passionfish was recommended by a couple of different people so we had to try it. The staff are attentive. The wine list is fantastic, if a tad overwhelming. The food is outstanding and the environment is friendly. We noticed that diners were both dressed up and also very casual, which we liked - it says "come as you are" it's about the food. Pricey, but I've paid more for a much less wonderful dining experience.
We always dine at Passion Fish when we're in the area, and this is the first time we've ever been less than thrilled. I love lamb, but I found the preparation to be a little "gamey" and not as "fabulous!" as my choices have always been there in the past. Otherwise, everything else was delicious as usual.
Loved the ambiance. Our waiter was cold & aloof. Could be because we brought our own bottle of wine? The corkage fee was $26. It was a very special bottle of wine that I had saved for this dinner. Another thing was the Bus Boy. He literaly "threw" the butter dish and bread on our table. Maybe he and the waiter had something going on....
Wonderful food.....so good it was a real treat! This is so nice for any special occasion. And if you're wondering why there is buscuits on the menu.....order one! So dense and rich buttermilk with real butter- we ordered two to go and had them with butter and jam the next morning!😀
An excellent choice! We ate here while on our first trip to Monterey Bay. Picked it based on reviews and the menu, and we were not disappointed!! The food was multidimensional, creatively crafted, and downright delicious. I especially enjoyed the calamari with spicy micro greens—when was the last time any micro green set your world on fire? Well, these will...
And I don’t know who Karen is, but her biscuits will make you praise the Lord for their crispy-yet fluffy buttery glutinous goodness. And the duck? Delightful.
Definitely the best meal we had on the peninsula all weekend. Atmosphere was quiet, softly lit, straightforward, and no bar(wine list was solid though) so expect to come and let the meal be your entertainment.
Easily one of the best meals I have ever bad. The problem I had was that portion sizes were quite unpredictable. We ordered an appetizer that was absolutely fabulous but very, very small. For the entrees, I ordered scallops and got three on a small plate with a few pieces of something green and a spoonful of something mashed. My date ordered trout and got a huge plate of food she couldn't finish. All of it was to die for but afterwards I was back at the hotel scarfing chips out of the mini bar.
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