PassionFish Expands to Bethesda

Chef Jeff Tunks plans a sister spot for the Reston original.

Caption: PassionFish Reston, pictured here, will get a Bethesda sibling in 2015. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

Passion Food Hospitality, the restaurant group behind seven local spots including DC Coast, Acadiana, and Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, plans for its first Maryland venture: a sister restaurant to Reston’s PassionFish. The 150-plus-seat space will debut in 2015 at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues in the upcoming Lot 31 development.

Since PassionFish opened in Reston Town Center in 2008, it has been a constant on our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. As at the Virginia version, chefs Jeff Tunks and Chris Clime plan for an eclectic seafood menu with everything from Mediterranean-style branzino to red Thai curry lobster; the Reston spot also boasts a number of sushi and crudo options. The restaurant is the first to sign on to the mixed residential-retail development, with more to come.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.