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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
+1 831-655-3311
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (170 reviews)
“seafood” (146 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501
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Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so impressed with this restaurant's food & service. Our server, Travers, was terrific, helpful, and very capable. He suggested the biscuits and they were buttery, light, and delicious. My Artic char was fresh & light, and the red curry sauce had just the...More

Thank GACRhodeIsland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only prepared and served exquisitely, the imaginative combination of flavors in the whole dish combine superbly. Delightful service and wines, as well. Not to be missed! - esp. with their mission of local and sustainable foods.

Thank PriusThree
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By the time I heard the waitressess' very long lecture on how Passionfish is saving the planet I did not feel I deserved their food; so I left.

Thank mccabemichael
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were somewhat disappointed after reading the reviews. We started with the seafood stew and fried oysters. The seafood stew was just a spicy tomato broth with scraps of whitefish, no other seafood was present. Call it fish stew. Fried oysters were very good but...More

Thank LarryPau
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good good and very friendly service. They had no childrens menu printed, but had some alternative options for the kids to choose from.

Thank annica s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I hate to give negative reviews on a highly rated place, but honestly we were underwhelmed. We experienced a really cozy upscale place with immaculate service. The deep fried oysters with kimchi are delicious, but, only 3 little oysters? We love a spicy seafood soup,...More

Thank Susan P
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We were casual - jeans and a button up shirt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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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