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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501 (Congress Ave)
+1 831-655-3311
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Santa Clara, California, USA
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Who constructs these outrageous flavor combinations? Ordered scallop appetizer. Scallop has mild, rich flavor, sadly completely masked by potent taste of chipotle relish. Ordered duck for main dish. Nicely prepared as confit and large serving, sadly drowned by sickly sweet sauce. Ordered hot tea but it was served lukewarm. Service was attentive. Atmosphere was just acceptable. High noise level, the... More 

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Napa, California
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264 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ordered the sea scallop for an appetizer and the star of the show was the artichoke cake it came with! Ahi tuna was good, my friend had the lamb and said it was ok. Nice reasonable wine list, but not a lot by the glass. The biscuits were not what we expected; they weren't light and fluffy, but they were... More 

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Carnelian Bay, Ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm sorry that I didn't order the braised short ribs or lamb breast. I think they may have been more flavorful than the arctic char special which was bland, served over a flavorless nearly raw kohlrabi slaw. The mussel special was good, but have had better. The cucumber salad special was certainly that...copious cucumber slices, sweet and well seasoned/marinated over... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my wife's birthday here and the experience was wonderful. She had a braised lamb entree and I had a delicious duck confit. Dessert was a trio of lemon infused delights. We highly recommend

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California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As in, a sommelier. This restaurant has an incredible wine list to go with its excellent food. We enjoyed our meal the night before Thanksgiving and perhaps the sommelier was home cooking up a storm. With so many great wine choices, and very modest markup, it would have been great to have some expert guidance in our choice of a... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad followed by a Sea Scallop entre accompanied by a Sauvignon Blanc. For dessert, we literally had one of everything on the menu (four items) and shared between the four of us - Maple Banana Bread Pudding, Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta, Chocolate Truffle Torte and Organic Mint & Expresso Mud Pie with Chocolate Sauce. Second time eating... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner with friends here, came highly recommended but I didn't love it! Nobody was over excited about the meal!

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Sunnyvale, California
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Passionfish to celebrate our 30th anniversary, arriving a few minutes early for our 7:15 reservation. As we perused the menu, it became apparent that other parties, arriving after we did, were being seated ahead of us. When we approached the hostess, she was clearly befuddled and we were seated within 5 minutes. Our waitress was robotic and not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food friendly and knowledgeable staff Seafood watch used I highly recommend eating here With all the great choices in the Monterey area Iam glad we chose this one for my birthday dinner

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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Planned a dinner here after reading reviews and checking website of this restaurant. Our server was attentive and asked for help when he did not have answers to our questions about which wine to choose. Both our salads and main courses were beautifully and carefully prepared, and delicious! Highly recommended!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
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
Description
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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