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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

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225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
Amtrak
805-962-3313
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Just a few blocks from the waterfront, our restaurant in Santa Barbara...
Just a few blocks from the waterfront, our restaurant in Santa Barbara operates in a century-old brick building originally home to an industrial linen service for seaside hotels. While the Douglas fir floors, soaring ceilings, and glassed cupola have always been features of this historic structure, the sweeping arches facing State Street were added after much of the building crumbled during the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake. Built in 1917, the historic building now home to our Santa Monica restaurant was once a transfer station for the narrow-gauge Red Car line, Los Angeles' first mass transit system. It was later the repair house for the world-famous Pacific Ocean Park, home to the oldest wooden roller coaster west of the Mississippi. These days, we're still a stone's throw from Venice Beach, heart of where L.A. goes to play -- and eat.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere

Lovely dinner break, great atmosphere, very friendly, quick service and very good food. Good menu choices, prices adequate, We would come back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Laveno-Mombello, Italia
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  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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Laveno-Mombello, Italia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Lovely dinner break, great atmosphere, very friendly, quick service and very good food. Good menu choices, prices adequate, We would come back.

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Grand Lake, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Neat, historic building housing a very-good, seafood house. The lobster bisque with puff pastry is not to be missed.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was there yesterday and really was appealed by the menu. I tempted myself with the raw tuna slighly seared with brown rice ginger infused along with sweet potatoes chips. I was rather disapointed both by the fish and chips... tuma was tasteless and cold. Chips were greasy and tasteless. The waitress offered to change the dish so I give... More 

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My boyfriend made dinner reservations for 9 pm. Upon our arrival we were greeted and seated. We ordered martinis and the spicy calamari. We were served fresh and hot sourdough and shortly after that came our drinks then app. I recommend the spicy calamari, it was perfect. My boyfriend ordered the lobster tail & filet mignon. Cannot say anything bad... More 

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for this fantastic review! It's so awesome to know you and your boyfriend had such a nice evening with us. Hope to see you all back again soon! Cheers, Eryn H. Manager More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had the happy hour menu and enjoyed the chicken satay and the calamari very much! The raw oysters we had tasted funny and were white and creamy (I learned later that means they are spawning and are fine to eat, the texture is just not desirable). Not sure I would ever order oysters there again in July - yuck!... More 

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Emily, I'm really glad you enjoyed most of your happy hour here with us. That said, I'm disappointed not everything was cooked quite to your liking, but I hope you'll give us another shot to impress you soon. Looking forward to it, Eryn H. Manager More 

San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had dinner one night here. Service is great but we both had fish and it was dry. Not great for a "fish co". The next night we went back strictly for happy hour which was great. Not crowded and the happy hour prices are very good!

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Michelle, thanks for all of this feedback! I'm disappointed the fish you ordered didn't live up to your expectations. I hope we can see you back again for a more impressive meal! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Twice we have gone there for the advertised "lobster special. Both times, we ordered the lobster. After our drinks were brought, about 20 minutes due to poor service, we were then told "sorry, no more lobsters. We are all sold out." Well since this is the same story as before, this time we just walked out. If they were honest,... More 

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Linda, I'm so incredibly sorry that our kitchen ran out of lobster both times you visited recently. There's no tricks here at all -- as you can imagine, the lobster special is extremely popular with our customers, and it's tough to keep up with that demand. That said, we will definitely be keeping your feedback in mind moving forward. All... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This came highly recommended from our hotel, and it didn't disappoint! The service was exceptional and everything we ordered was fantastic!

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Lisa, I'm so glad that you found everything to be fantastic! Can't ask for a better compliment than this -- expect maybe earning that fifth star. Please let us know if there's anything we can do to go above and beyond for you next time. All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The glare the hostess gave us when we walked in made me check my trousers to make sure I was zipped up. The last time I got a reception like this was when I went to visit someone at San Quentin Prison. Keep in mind please that we were nicely dressed, no denim, and well groomed. It was a late... More 

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Tony, I'm so concerned to hear you didn't experience the best service possible during your visit, even though you enjoyed the food. I know we can show you a better time than this, and I hope you'll give us another chance in the future. All my best, Eryn H. Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Recommended by a local friend, Enterprise Fish Co, did not disappoint. Use the find a table option on the app and was seated with 3 minutes of arrival during dinner rush. Being the 1st time I went with Specials offered by our very attentive server and everything was delicious. Only downside was there was about a 25 min gap between... More 

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Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Wow, Kat! I'm so thrilled we were able to meet your expectations during your visit. Thanks for all the compliments on our food! Hope to see you again, Eryn H. Manager More 

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Additional Information about Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

Address: 225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
Phone Number: 805-962-3313
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
  • Public Transportation: Amtrak
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-962-3313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene

Description

Just a few blocks from the waterfront, our restaurant in Santa Barbara operates in a century-old brick building originally home to an industrial linen service for seaside hotels. While the Douglas fir floors, soaring ceilings, and glassed cupola have always been features of this historic structure, the sweeping arches facing State Street were added after much of the building crumbled during the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake. Built in 1917, the historic building now home to our Santa Monica restaurant was once a transfer station for the narrow-gauge Red Car line, Los Angeles' first mass transit system. It was later the repair house for the world-famous Pacific Ocean Park, home to the oldest wooden roller coaster west of the Mississippi. These days, we're still a stone's throw from Venice Beach, heart of where L.A. goes to play -- and eat.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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