701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove (831) 655-3311, passionfish.net
The brilliance of Passionfish lies not just in its affordable wine, sleek interior and eco-conscious principles. It’s in the simplicity of the menu, a seafood-heavy list of offerings with an emphasis on fresh and sustainable – think a basic fish preparation with a unique flair, like albacore tuna coated in a pepper-sesame crust or basil-stuffed rainbow trout or scallops with a caper-raisin-walnut relish. Eating here feels like a special occasion, but the prices mean you don’t have to wait for special occasions – a winning formula, year after year according to Weekly readers, for the best. Much effort goes into cultivating a beautiful and sustainable seafood menu, an excellent, affordable and James Beard Award-nominated wine list and an atmosphere where guests are treated like family.