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- 98%Green Travelers
- 67%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (14)
- PassionfishOct 18, 2013
Sustainable seafood, creative presentations, chewy sourdough bread and a wine list -- wait for it -- priced practically at retail! This is our favorite restaurant in the Monterey Bay area, and we're pretty picky foodies. It's a locals' kinds of place, and the value-for-price ratio is super-high. The chef is super-conscious about following the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch list guidelines, so you can eat anything on the menu, guilt-free. We've always found that the food here beats what's served at more famous places in Monterey, Carmel, etc. It's worth the detour, definitely.
- PassionfishMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Aug 07, 2013
Top notch seafood restaurant. I can't say enough good things about Passionfish with it's 100% sustainable seafood menu and seemingly limitless wine selection.. They follow (to the letter) recommendations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program - http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx - yet serve up their selections with innovation and flare enough to appease the most critical of foodies.
One word of warning to visiting tourists from the heartland - don't expect a nautical-themed seafood stereotype here. This is elegant dining in a trendy setting that happens to have a seafood menu. There are plenty of "amusement park" seafood joints along Cannery Row and the Old Fisherman's Wharf if that's what you've come to the Monterey Peninsula for. Come to Passionfish prepared for a world class dining experience.
- PassionfishMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Sep 06, 2012
Once in a while, you happen upon the perfect restaurant. It has everything you could ever want in food service: The perfect view. Sustainably caught seafood. Decent prices. Lots of yummy starters. Inventive taste combinations. ... Okay, I want to go there now.
- PassionfishMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersSep 06, 2012
This place is no secret, it's very popular with locals and visiting celebrities, but it's worth the hype. The food and the service here are top notch. The combinations of flavors are very well done. Must haves: crab cakes and seared scallops. Perfectly seasoned and cooked! I did think some of the presentation was a little monochromatic, but the food and the service were so great, plus the fact that they only serve sustainable seafood is far more important than that. They even hand out Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch cards with your check (mine was outdated anyways) - which I loved!
- PassionfishMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Passionfish is still serving great meals at good prices on the Monterey Peninsula, to packed houses!
We came here again after a 1.5 year hiatus, and it didn't disappoint.
We started with Fried Oyster Salad, which was delicately balanced, with a lot of arugula and Mom loved it. My Sister had arancini croquettes, which were fried nicely and tastefully filled, with a great pesto sauce to compliment it. I had a wonderful Beet salad daily special, which was refreshing with young pink and golden beets drizzled in a herbed aioli sauce, and centered with delicate, thin onion strips with a nice toasty flavor.
For main courses, we shared the Duck Confit, Sturgeon, and Mahi Mahi. All were excellently done, nicely balanced and plated with tasty enhancements that added instead of masked their own flavors.
After much consideration, and querying our server Crystal, who was very helpul and knowledgeable about Passionfish's very large but resonable wine offerings, We picked a 2005 Bourgogne Faiveley Pinot Noir, which was an excellent choice. They have a large selection of domestic Pinots, but these tend to be too high in alcohol content. The Faiveley is perhaps the best known PN from France, and 2005 was one of the best vintages in many years for French reds. Passionfish marks up their wine prices very little, typically about 20%, rather than many places 50 - 150%. This sultry wine was only $30 and really enhanced all of our dishes.
We finished by sharing a Panna Cotta custard served with fresh orange and grapefruits, and a fresh, homemade strawberry ice cream tanged with rosemary bits and served with diced fresh pineapples. 3 coffees ended the meal, which was under $150.
- PassionfishCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 05, 2012
Tasty and affordably priced, Passionfish is a popular destination for those in-the-know about seafood restaurants in Monterey. Located along the freeway, parking isn't too difficult (park along the road), and you get some nice views. Service is friendly. It's not as fancy as I thought it would be, but I had a decent time.
- PassionfishMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jul 04, 2012
I don't eat seafood, I eat normal food. So what to do when you end up at a seafood restaurant and there is not a single thing on the menu you can eat?
Yes, I am serious. Even the "Land" portion of the menu included stuff I never touch such as lamb, veal and even the pasta had lemongrass which I have never been a fan of. being a picky eater is a challenge and dinner on this night was one of the most challenging.
How did I get through dinner you ask?
I noticed a pork belly listed on the starters and spotted a seafood dish two tables served with mashed potatoes. Ok, thinking here...
I ask the server if there were anyway possible the kitchen could combine the two and make me an entree. Not only could they, they were more than happy to accommodate my request.
This by itself would be worthy of 3 stars, but the fact that rest of the table completely raved about their fish dishes was a huge indicator to me that any seafood lover would be happy here.
The bread pudding at the end of the meal was a huge hit.Spoons and forks were flying towards this dish as we left the bowl empty just like a pack hyena leaves a carcass.
I must say, my dish was just ok. The potatoes were dry, and the pork belly was fine but nothing special. But the fact that they were able to plate me something up was very nice.
The wine list? MAJOR HIT! Little or no mark up on the bottles of wine. How can they do this? Not sure how, but they do and it put smiles on our faces.