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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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“seafood” (145 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank rmg110
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank nikimc
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank DonH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Passionfish is overrated in our opinion. Restaurant was very hot and stuffy. Very little space between tables (i.e. be prepared to dine with others). Menu is very limited. No salads. Small portions. Just not that great. There are many many excellent restaurants on the peninsula,...More

Thank JenandErik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best prepared dishes I have eaten in quite a while. The obvious effort and attention makes each bite delicious.

Thank krondor100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had one night in Pacific Grove and had heard good things about this restaurant. The food was great, the service friendly and informative. Wide range of wines reasonably priced. High quality but relaxed atmosphere. A gem.

Thank dtgoug
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought this was the best restaurant in the Carmel/Monterey/Pacific Grove area by a mile. Great atmosphere, service, food and, especially, value. We enjoyed fried squid, tuna, and crab salad with a white burgundy and everything was phenomenal. Passionfish makes a point of not marking...More

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here a few years ago and my husband made a reservation when we were back in the area based on the Trip Advisor review. When we arrived we recognized it and remembered it was great...it still is! Passionfish deserves the great Trip Advisor...More

Thank BDD_11_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we had here was great from the apple & beet salad all the way through to the chocolate torte dessert. The scallops were large, cooked just right and so flavorful. They only serve sustainable seafood so you can choose anything you want from the...More

Thank coloradosuzd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decent meal with good service. Limited menu and no spirits. (Just beer and wine). No bar area and cramped waiting area. Portions small and prices on the higher end. Plenty of better places to eat in the area.

Thank Sharks_Rugby
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We were casual - jeans and a button up shirt
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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
  • E-mail
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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