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Post Gives Passionfish a Sinking Review

Food critic revisits Reston restaurant - and not thrilled with what he sees.

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema's 2012 Spring Dining Guide is out. In it, he revisits several Washington-area restaurants to see how they are holding up a few years later.

In 2008, Sietsema liked what he saw at Reston Town Center's In 2012, not so much.

Sietsema calls Passionfish's cioppino "wan" and its sushi "gloppy." He gives Passionfish one star.

Read the entire review by clicking here. And  let us know in the comments: Do you agree? Reston Patch tried to get a table there Friday night, and the wait was over an hour, so many diners probably enjoy the food more than the Post critic.

 

Mike M May 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I ate there the first year it opened and didn't see what the fuss was about. While I can't recall specific dishes, I have never been back. I agree the wait staff was attentive and the decor was pleasing but the food was no better than than a chain restaurants $15 offering. In fact, I had a salmon dish at Silver Diner a week ago that was better than the meal I had at PF. Too bad really. I enjoy many of the restaurants at RTC. PF needs to step up their game.
Barbara Moody May 20, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I do agree with the Post. I ate there a couple times the first year, and I thought it was great. I've been back a couple times since then, and it has definitely gone downhill. It's really too bad, and I hope they can bring the standards of the food back up. The service and ambience at the restaurant are still very good, just the food has suffered.
Deanne Baine May 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I have eaten at Passionfish twice; both times I was underwhelmed, particularly by the white fish spread delivered with the bread, and by the clams casino, which is a dip vs. a true, broiled clams-on-the-half-shell casino.
Karen Goff May 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Deanne - I completely agree with you on the whitefish spread.
Frank Sagstetter May 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I couldn't agree more with Sietsema's critique. At a recent gathering, the fried flounder had to be sent back it was so charred and our party of 6 were totally unimpressed with our meals. Staff apologized but we had already swallowed the hook. No more Passion in that fish!
Louis Matsikas May 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Being in the business, I can attest to the fact that the Fish Product at Passion blows the competition away in Reston. Also, the presentation is much superior to Passion's competition. (expensive) I will agree that it is not the Restaurant where you can afford to visit every week, but, for special occasions, Passion Fish blows the competition away in Food Quality, Presentation, Atmosphere, and Service
Tammi Petrine May 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Oh, my, different strokes for different folks... Our party of 5 celebrated a birthday dinner at PF in April and were delighted with our 5 different selections and 4 different desserts. Everything was very fresh and beautifully presented. We would love to return to PF soon to celebrate another special occasion.
Louis Matsikas May 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thanks Tammi....we have a world class restaurant at RTC...lets support it...
Becky Waldrup May 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I have eaten at Passionfish several times for lunch, and thought it was good but not great. The wait staff delivered great service, but the overall ambiance and food quality to me did not correspond to the expense. I haven't found one restaurant locally that does all types of seafood well, but have found favorite seafood dishes at a variety of restaurants. Some cost more and some cost less, but to me they were a better value. They are not all in Reston, but are all within a 25-min. drive of my home in Reston.

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