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701 Lighthouse Ave. (Congress St.) Send to Phone
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Sustainable seafood, seasonal vegetables and meats served nightly in the “Last Hometown.”

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Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA

Passionfish Restaurant Review

: Overfished species are turned away at the door of this establishment. Instead, it’s invitation only for abundant undersea creatures such as sablefish, tilapia and sturgeon. Chef Ted Walter does fish right, sealing in flavor and translucency through simple cooking techniques. His wife Cindy, who comes from a fishing family (her father, a wharf rat), tends to the front of the house. The amicable wine list draws its own congregation; bottles are priced just above retail with over 300 selections of local California varietals and rarer gems allowing for experimentation. The menu changes almost daily. Standouts include a lusty salad loaded with fresh crab and avocado --- tender and spicy with its ginger vinaigrette. Side dishes may arrive unnecessarily overdressed and appear as thinly disguised reruns (for example: wasabi slaw versus lemon grass slaw) but main events such as basil-stuffed rainbow trout and sea scallops drizzled with tomato-truffle butter are sure to please. Drink your dessert from a long list of diverse libations (there’s a Dr. Loosen Riesling, even chrysanthemum tea), or try the Meyer lemon panna cotta. Walk a few blocks downhill to the sea and inhale the scent of righteous dining.


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