The Passionfish restaurant located on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California is a gem, and well worth the money. We dined there New year's Eve, but other than the sight of a few diners decked out in their Tuxedos and Evening Gowns, it was a regular night for the crew and the chef.
Passionfish, not surprisingly, concentrates on sustainable seafood entrees but also has excellent beef and other dishes on the menu. Most entrees are in the mid 20 dollar range, with a few lower and a few higher. Everything is priced fairly considering the time and effort that's gone into the meals. The chef is always there and very approachable.
The real star of the Passionfish is the huge, varied Wine list and the prices they charge: As an example, most of their wines are marked up only 10 dollars above retail. Even Wine Spectators number one Wine of the Year, Saxum from the James Berry Vineyard in Paso Robles (a Grenache blend with other Rhone grapes that got a 94) was listed at 15 dollars above retail. Pricey at 85 dollars it is virtually impossible to find at the winery's listed price of 70 dollars, so anyone wanting a taste might be grateful to pay this price (we went for a less expensive but excellent wine)
Interestingly, every member of the wait staff has been thoroughly schooled in the details of the wines they offer, and can recite specific tasting qualities on any wine listed. Very impressive.
For any Insiders heading to Monterey or environs I would recommend Passionfish for a destination meal to savor