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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
805-962-3313
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Ranked #50 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Amtrak
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.
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

wait staff was excellent, fish was fresh and served nicely. They served the grilled veggies on the same plate as the lobster which makes it a bit soggy and a little fishy tasting. You have to get a grilled artichoke. It was simply the best I have ever had.

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Northern Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The location was good, right next to the Reagan Ranch Center, and the decor looked cute, and the menu especially looked good for seafood. First, the place wasn't full and we had to wait 10 minutes at the bar to be seated (Sunday at 1:00). Beers were ok, but the bloody mary was pretty basic with too much crunchy peppercorn... More

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

I'm very sorry to hear this visit disappointed. We always want to be efficient, and it sounds like we missed the mark that afternoon. We normally have a full kitchen staff on deck to get orders out as quickly as possible, so there may have been a mishap. Another chance to show you what we're truly all about would mean... More

Estero, FL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We took some friends there for dinner and had a great time. The food and the service was quite good. The portions were generous and well prepared and presented. It was a little noisy, but not more than you would expect at a very busy restaurant. All in all it was a pleasant experience.

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

It's great to hear our fresh seafood dishes hit the spot! Thanks for taking the time to share your review. The next time you visit CA, we'd love to welcome you back in! Cheers, Maia H. Manager More

Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a delightful and filing lunch at Enterprise Fish Co. The large dining room is comfortable and the kitchen is behind glass in the middle of the room. It is fun to watch the action behind the glass. Our lunch was fresh fish including fried calamari, a Nicsiose salad and fish sandwich. All were delicious and filling. Service was... More

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

Hey, Shasha! It's great to hear our fresh seafood is hitting the spot. Thanks for taking the time to share your kind words! I see you're from New York -- the next time you make it out to CA, we'd love to see you back in! Best, Maia H. Manager More

Nipomo, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a much loved restaurant that I always go to when visiting Santa Barbara. The location is great and the decor is perfect. The calamari is the BEST I have ever had and the menu has amazing fresh seafood dishes that never disappoint. An all round excellent dining experience.

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

Hey, Carol! It's great to hear our calamari is hitting the spot. We'll see you during your next trip to Santa Barbara! Cheers, Maia H. Manager More

Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been to Enterprise several times in last 30 years. It is about the same as in the beginning, although at least the inside was given a beautiful remodel. The food is about the same with a few changes in the Oyster Bar menu. But way overpriced for all the fish selections and the same old 2 side options... More

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

I'm sorry to hear you find our prices a bit high, Bob. We're only serving up the freshest, highest quality seafood, so it's important that we price accordingly. We also have lots of sides to choose from, it's just most of our entrees come with a choice of 2 out of the many. That said, we have a pretty killer... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When we want fresh fish, casual atmosphere and friendly service, we go to Enterprise. My favorite is the macadamia mahi and my husband dreams of their cioppino. But everything we've had here, mixed seafood grill on a skewer, fish tacos, lobster, and salads are great. A must is their creamy lobster bisque topped with puff pastry! We take our picky... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your kind words! It's great to hear we're one of your Santa Barbara go-to places. The next time you're in the area, we'll see you back in for more of your seafood favorites! Cheers, Maia H. Manager More

Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

As per the title, the food in here would Probably seem better if there weren't other amazing restaurants in the vicinity. The fish was nice and fresh, but I didn't enjoy the sides which came with mine. The potato tasted like instant mash, although I don't think it was. The service was quite slow, yo the extent that I ordered... More

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

I'm very sorry to hear about this delay in getting your drink, Jessica. You should certainly expect it well before your meal, so this is disappointing. It sounds like you didn't see us at our best, so I'd love to welcome you and your husband back to check out a little more of our menu. First impressions can be hard... More

los angeles
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Everything is good, pleasant, tasty and fishy. Overall it's just what Santa barbara needs. A good quality fish restaurant.

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit, Mike! You can't beat some fresh seafood after a day in Santa Barbara, right? We hope to see you next time you make the trip up from LA! Take care, Maia H. Manager More

Long Beach, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It's a gem... The Enterprise Fish Company... you feel like you have been waiting for this resturant all your life... relaxing, casual and inviting. Every kind of FRESH FISH available in the Pacific Ocean and beyond... even fresh salmon from the rivers, streams and ocean up and down the West Coast and Alaska. Crab - lobster - Yes Sir! But... More

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

Wow! Your review just made my day. Thank you for taking the time to share such kind words. It sounds like you sampled some of our seafood favorites, which is great. I'll see you next time you make it to Santa Barbara! Take care, Maia H. Manager More

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