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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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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I visited Passionfish for dinner during July 2017. After reading many mainly positive reviews on various websites, we had high expectations. But we were disappointed as the high expectation was not met. The restaurant had a vary bland, nondescript appearance, almost clinical....More

Thank Nisch_p
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Reviewed 15 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 1 week ago

We arrived late with a recommendation from a local - we regularly eat at seafood restaurants - while the service was excellent, we thought the food was good but nothing more than average ( no bread offered at all with soup or main meal) for...More

Thank tjw1310
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here based on recommendation from our hotel front desk. The place was packed with locals and everything seemed to have a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service was expedient and friendly. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and only...More

Thank KnightJ81
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed dinner here. It looks like it is in what used to be a house (downside is it's packed with tables--you're right next to your neighboring table) and has great ambiance. Service is good.

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have dined here many times. Always take our visitors here. Wine prices excellent. Be sure to get a reservation as it is usually packed as the food is fantastic.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved what I ordered.... We were there on Monday for dinner without reservation in advance, there were many guests already...however we could get a nice place... the restaurant has been in business already 20 years and also good in wine recommendation The price was...More

Thank NapasatkaT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were seated promptly and proceeded to enjoy a very good meal. We went on a Monday, and the place was bustling, but not crowded or loud. We split a scallop appetizer, and my husband got a spicy vegetarian dish while I got the tempura...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No, that's not the rating, Passionfish was so lovely, we ate there two of our three nights during our Pacific Grove/Monterey golf trip. A glowing ambience and clever menu with enough choice and variety to please non-fish eaters. The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked...More

Thank WillBrooks70
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We've dined here repeatedly through the years. We always enjoy our meal. This time we had the chickpea stew and seafood stew. The buttery biscuits were delicious. Service is average. Had to ask for water refills on this visit.

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

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