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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
+1 831-655-3311
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (165 reviews)
“rockfish” (53 reviews)
“seafood” (140 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed today

I had a very similar experience to Joduane a couple reviews down The food was quite good and I thoroughly enjoyed my order. My only complaints are that the food took a very long time to come out and the waitress was MIA for a...More

Thank BrianU7
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

3  Thank bayareasportguy
Reviewed 2 days ago

The restaurant is very attractive and the items on the menu are a creative blend of flavors and textures. Both my entree and my wife's were quite good. The downside is that there is relatively little fish in my fish dish. I was disappointed in...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Starters and mains all very enjoyable (particularly the oyster starter and chard main). Extensive wine list but seemed overpriced (certainly compared to UK) and deserts were a little underwhelming (we had the mud pie and panna cotta).

Thank DavidJR1999
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved the peaceful and local atmosphere of Passionfish. Spouse ordered lamb which was just okay; his fault for ordering lamb in a place that has "fish" in the name. Extensive and excellent wine list- I enjoyed the Heitz Sauivgnon Blanc. There was a halibut...More

Thank Bonnie K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took one of my dearest friends here for a birthday celebration while we were attending a nearby conference. We could not have asked for a better evening! Delightful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and patient service with an exquisite champagne selection - we simply could not decide! Lovely...More

Thank newmoondoc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great. Ambiance was more for the locals. I felt it was odd on the menu that it said water or refills by request only. Places always give you a warm feeling but this restaurant did not make us feel welcome. Waitress gave us...More

Thank Joduane
Passionfish701, Owner at Passionfish, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Joduane, Passionfish is required by law to refrain from serving water unless requested by a guest. This also includes refills of water. Restaurant's that do not abide by this state law are severely fined. I also find it curious that you thought your server...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best meal of the trip. The biscuits are not to be missed. Every dish was divine from the curry vegetable salad to the banana bread pudding and everything in between (scallops, salmon, and rockfish).

Thank chefjade
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really delicious food I have allergies and they tackled it professionally Good atmosphere Fair price

Thank Benedikte v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came with a group of 6 and everyone one of us had an amazing experience! To start, the biscuit is a must get! My husband and I got the crab salad which was so amazingly scrumptious and scallop with tomato truffle - super delicious....More

Thank itsxjackie
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Response from norm911 | Reviewed this property |
We were casual - jeans and a button up shirt
Luke A
28 December 2016|
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Response from tultrip | Reviewed this property |
Call, don't trust online system
23 June 2016|
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Response from Passionfish701 | Property representative |
Service dogs, accompanied by their handlers, are always welcome at Passionfish.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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