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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

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225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
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805-962-3313
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good seafood in a very nice old brick warehouse building

We have been here several times. Very good seafood. Large portions. good service. Great old building at eh foot of State street. a short walk to the beach or to the shops..

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We have been here several times. Very good seafood. Large portions. good service. Great old building at eh foot of State street. a short walk to the beach or to the shops..

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We sat next to the acquarium with really interesting ( and colourfil fish). The restaurant is made in a very ' nautical' way, quite funny. The food and service were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

After traveling around in California, Nevada and Arizona for two weeks this was by far the best restaurant we visited. I had fettuccine with seafood and my girlfriend ordered the sea brass. Both meals were exceptional well made. The pasta was fresh (which I think is a huge difference to dried pasta). The service was very friendly and there was... More 

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Bishop, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Clam chowder was quite good as was the large crab louie salad we shared. A cold beer topped it off. Service, however, was not very good with 3 different servers needed to get us our food on a mid-afternoon when it did not look very busy.

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

Hey there! I'm so glad you enjoyed our clam chowder and crab louie salad. I apologize that it took so many people to get your order out to you, though -- that's certainly not like us. I do appreciate your feedback, though. I hope you'll consider joining us for a bite again soon. I know we can impress you even... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I had dinner here with my son and his friend and we really enjoyed this place. Our server was very attentive and the food was very good. We started with the poke salad appetizer and it was very tasty. My son had the sea bass and it was delicious. I had the seared Ahi served medium rare as recommended, the... More 

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

You three ordered a few of my favorite dishes, David! It's wonderful to read that you all loved your meals -- thanks so much for the great feedback. I hope we can welcome you all back for a bite again very soon. Cheers, Eryn H., Manager More 

Agoura Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our dinner. The appetizers were great (grilled artichoke and Brussels sprouts) and so was the fish. I had the wild salmon filet with mojo de ajo and my wife had white sea bass. They were both delicious along with the side dishes. The portions were nice - we were both full when we left. Their wine list was... More 

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

I'm flattered, Craig! From appetizers, to main dishes, to wine list, and portions -- I'm so thrilled you and your wife enjoyed your meal with us. Thank you so much for the kind feedback. I look forward to welcoming you two back for a bite again soon! -Eryn H., Manager More 

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We ate here on our first night in Santa Barbara & it was a great find! The decor is brilliant & there are so many things to look at from antique fishing rods making a dividing wall to a jaws head coming out of a 'shack'! Our waitress was brill & the food was delicious.

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

Wow, Lisa! I'm so glad you found us on your first night here. Thanks for the wonderful review, and I hope you enjoy your stay in Santa Barbara! Cheers, Eryn H. Manager More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had an evening meal here - recommended by several locals and the hotel where we stayed. Reasonable prices. Fish is their main forte but the burger was good here as was the Steak. Reasonable prices too.I had the lobster bisque with flaky pastry top - it was so good. Cocktails were great and not too pricey. We had a... More 

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

This is so awesome to read! I'm glad we were able to accommodate your whole family's taste preferences. Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again, Eryn H. Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This place came highly recommended so our expectations were very high. The buz in the place was good so we were really looking forward to the food but half our party ended very disappointed. Now it may have been bad choices that led to this as the two that had the Cioppino said it was superb, but the Halibut was... More 

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

Steve, I'm really disappointed that our food didn't meet your expectations. That's certainly not the impression I would want you to leave with, and I'm truly sorry to hear you weren't a fan. I know we can show you a better experience, and I hope you'll give us the chance to prove it to you! Best wishes, Eryn H. Manager More 

Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great for a late Monday afternoon lunch . The atmosphere was really cute The lobster bisque was delicious. It was very rich and creamy. I enjoyed the mix grill too. Love the variety of seafood . Although it could use a few more vegetables. I had a refreshing pomegranate lemonade with this meal. Maybe next time I will try a... More 

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

Thanks for all of the wonderful compliments! I'm so glad you enjoyed your late lunch here with us. Looking forward to you trying out our desserts soon! Best, Eryn H. Manager More 

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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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