100 Best Restaurants 2009: PassionFish
No. 84: PassionFish
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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PassionFish
Address: 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-230-3474
Neighborhood: Reston/Herndon
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Open Monday and Tuesday for dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Friday 5:30 PM to 11 PM, Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM, Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Clams casino; fried clams; hamachi crudo with grapefruit and jalapeño; eight-piece “kamikaze roll” of tempura prawns, avocado, and spicy tuna; red Thai curry lobster; crabcakes; whole-roasted branzino; freshly fried doughnut holes.
Price Details: Appetizers $5 to $18, main courses $19 to $29.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Restaurant impresario Jeff Tunks’s latest raw bar and seafood emporium dabbles in influences near (crab cakes), far (Mexican seafood cocktail), and farther (Thai-style crispy flounder with tamarind-chili sauce).

Mood: With a soaring dining room, artfully bubbled chandeliers, crisp service, and good-life chatter at the tables, the most ambitious restaurant in Reston Town Center exudes a big-city aura.

Best for: A business lunch or dinner; cocktails at the bar; a date.

Best dishes: Clams casino reimagined as a dip and served with a warm baguette; Big Daddy, a seafood tower of iced oysters, clams, shrimp, crab claws, and lobster; spicy bigeye-tuna roll; fried oysters with apple slaw; fried clams; roasted whole branzino with green sauce; butter-poached lobster in red curry; crab cakes; freshly fried doughnut holes.

Insider tip: If reservations are tight, try the bar, which has lots of dining space.

Service: •••

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.

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