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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
+1 831-655-3311
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (167 reviews)
“seafood” (142 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited Passionfish tonight. Really interesting menu - hard to choose what to eat. Would have been happy with any choice. Wonderful food. Easily the best meal we have had since arriving in California on Friday . Don't hesitate - just make a booking.

Thank DiannaMax
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 16 November 2016

When down in Pacific Grove/Monterey I struggle to eat anywhere else. I eat out around the SF Bay Area often, and I put this restaurant as one of the best restaurant experiences. I have eaten here numerous times over at least 15 years. The food...More

4  Thank bayareasportguy
Reviewed 5 days ago

I am not sure I can add much more to what others say in their reviews. These guys are known for their fish and their wine menu. Both were great but require you know your wines as our server was excited by the wine choices...More

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love love love Passionfish! The food is always delicious, the ambiance is elegant yet welcoming, and the service is excellent! We especially love the reasonably priced wine list, which allows you to enjoy a bottle, or two, of very good wine without breaking the...More

1  Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Exceptional preparation and flavors. The trout ceviche is fabulous. Passionfish is all about the food, so the spare environment does not distract.

Thank thepiratedoc
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was by far the best meal we had on our 10 day trip in California, much better than anywhere we went in San Fran or LA. Really tasty well put together dishes in a lovely relaxed setting. Scallops were amazing, followed by sesame tuna...More

Thank Sophiedior
Reviewed 1 week ago

Again, TA reviews guided us to this fab restaurant. It is CHOICE. The ambiance is very relaxed but the food prep and presentation is simply so fine, that if you added white table cloths and doubled the price, it would be fitting. Glad they did...More

1  Thank Grey C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there when it opened, impeccable service. First time I really saw a restaurant focus on "sustainable" fare and it did not seem to be an issue to me. The fish was fabulous. This is well worth going to dine. The ambiance is simple,...More

Thank jkendo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to take advantage of the local seafood here, and this was the best meal ever! Outside of the restaurant gives no hint of the fabulous space inside. We started with the crab salad, which had a generous portion of crab. The star for...More

Thank Arlene C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a knockout wine list; something for everyone! Food is tasty and attractively presented (don't forget the biscuits, they are addictive!) Passionfish is one of those "landmarks" that people in San Francisco ask about and well worth a stop; certainly you have to go into...More

Thank wuwei_meteor
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Response from norm911 | Reviewed this property |
We were casual - jeans and a button up shirt
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28 December 2016|
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Service dogs, accompanied by their handlers, are always welcome at Passionfish.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
    (Congress Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-655-3311
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Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant focused on saving our oceans. Awards: - Zagat rated #2 Best Seafood in Bay Area 2012 - Repeatedly named "Best Restaurant in Monterey County" by Monterey County Weekly readers. In 2012, Passionfish was voted Best Selection of Wines by the Glass, Best Restaurant in Monterey County, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove, Best Seafood Restaurant, and Best Sustainable Restaurant (a record-breaker for the Weekly's 22nd annual Best of Monterey County poll). - Participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. - Selected in April 2012 to be on the Ameriorganic list. - Certified green by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. As the first officially green restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing.Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife, Cindy Walter. With an ever changing menu that features the freshest sustainable seafood, slow cooked meats, farm fresh organic greens and delectable house-made desserts, your experience is guaranteed to be unique EVERY time you dine with us. The chef’s simply inspired dishes reflect his philosophy of serving healthy, flavorful, and ecologically sound meal choices. All are complimented with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, priced well below what you might expect.Over the past eight years, Passionfish has earned a noteworthy reputation for Chef Walter’s unique California cuisine. His simple, inspired recipes have been published in:- Bon Appetit magazine - Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chef's - The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Eating from San Francisco to Monterey Passionfish has also been featured on KRON TV's "Bay Cafe", Rachel Ray's "Tasty Travels" and the Discovery Channel's new healthy lifestyles program.Join us for dinner and experience the NEW good life!Our Passion - Be sure to check out these organizations and to support our ocean friends:Monterey Bay Aquarium Tag-A-GiantSeafood Watch Eco TrustFish WiseLeatherback Turtle TrustLiving Oceans Marine Fish Conservation Network Marine Stewardship Council NOAAOceana Oceans Alive Plastic Pollution CoalitionSea Turtle Restoration Project Sea Web Seafood Choices Tagging of Pacific Predators The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform The Institute for Fisheries Resources
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