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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
+1 831-655-3311
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We've dined at this restaurant a total of 3-4 times, over a span of 15 years or so -- and we always enjoy the food. There's just so many good places to choose from in the Carmel/Monterey area but this is one of those places...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food amazing service excellent and really interesting menu . Fish the specialty . Can get noisy when very busy but that’s because it’s popular with great food . They change menu frequently .

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful seafood meal and my partner enjoyed a delicious vegetarian dinner. You rarely find both in one restaurant. The food was fresh, tasty, and well prepared. The service was comfortable and accommodating. And the prices were reasonable for a tourist town. Would definitely...More

1  Thank FLguyTampa_FL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever I go to the Monterey Peninsula, I go to Passion Fish for dinner. It was first recommended to me by my son, a real "foodie." The restaurant is like a home with four or five rooms, so it is relatively quiet. The service is...More

1  Thank Nancy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined for the first time at Passionfish last year on New Year’s Eve and have been raving about it to anybody that would listen ever since. Even just the night before we returned, we were chatting up the couple sitting next to us at...More

Thank Luke A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our dinner here. Brussels sprouts were out of this world. Desserts were heavenly. We had scallops, duck, fish and lamb for main courses all were fantastic. Nice sauces to compliment, but not drown each.

Thank Rlkthkkrkcak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our go-to restaurant in the Monterey/Pacific Grove area, Passionfish is sure to delight. Last night was no exception, as my wife and I and a west-coast friend dined here for the Holidays. A surprise striped-bass crudo appetizer was heavenly (so good we ordered another). The...More

1  Thank DCBart2016
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The food is creative and delicious. The wine list is spectacular with endless Growers Champagnes to choose from along with wonderful local pinot noirs. And then there are Nancy's biscuits. These delectable delights are worth a trip to the restaurant alone. Not to be missed....More

1  Thank rmg110
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Busy Friday night of Thanksgiving weekend. Yes we had to wait a little, but no big deal at all. We visit regularly when down in the area, and somehow this visit I ended up not having fish. The special venison meatballs were too tempting as...More

1  Thank Blubuggal
Reviewed 30 November 2017

I have often raved about Passionfish and recommended it to colleagues--this is my 3rd review. And it is still outstanding and a favorite place. I had the halibut special which was unbelievably delicious! For dessert I had lemon panna cotta, also delicious. With a glass...More

1  Thank DonH
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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