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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 - 11:00 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Large groups
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 200
    Excellent
  • 180
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A happy hour or two

We only wanted a drink and a small bite so the bar was perfect for that. Excellent service, good buzz, great cocktails and quesadilla. Would recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Dyord
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We only wanted a drink and a small bite so the bar was perfect for that. Excellent service, good buzz, great cocktails and quesadilla. Would recommend.

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice restaurant. The prices are in the $20.00 range and the food is good. If you intend to drink alcoholic beverages with your dinner and you arrive during Happy Hour time, sit on the bar side. You will not get Happy Hour priced drinks in the dining room area. You save about half the price of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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31 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a good restaurant for to visit while in Santa Barbara. Caught the tail end of happy hour and the specials were on point. Price point might set you back a tad bit, but the food was definitely worth it.

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

Thank you for the awesome compliments on our happy hour specials! It's great to know you enjoyed the food so much. Looking forward to next time, Maia H. Manager More 

santa barbara
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I have been coming to the enterprise for years. their food and service seemed to go down hill for awhile there, but recently I have been impressed with the meals and the servers. the place is just too loud for my tastes, though. I can understand pounding music during happy hour, but for a quiet afternoon sunday lunch, when the... More 

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

It's been an honor to have you and your husband as loyal customers for so long, Leah! We really appreciate all this feedback, and we'll definitely keep your comments about the music in mind moving forward. Until next time, Maia H. Manager More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Made reservations with Francesca. Arrived. Told by very rude receptionist we were not on the list. Asked for manager. He wasn't overly concerned. Said the best he could do was put us to the top of the wait list. Still waited 45 minutes for a table. Food was good. Place was busy & servers/receptionist/manager all seemed too inexperienced to handle... More 

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

This is very concerning to read -- I want to assure you that the experience you had recently is certainly not the norm for us, and I'd like to sincerely apologize for that. I do hope you'll consider giving us another try so we can show you the great customer service I know we're capable of providing. Hope to see... More 

Tehachapi, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

if you like sea food, than this is the place to get it you can watch them cook it right in front of you, its hard to find a good restaurant that has Idaho trout, this place does it up right. make reservations, always busy. the sour dough bread is to**** die for****BETTER THAN SAN FRAN

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

Thank you so much for that compliment on our Idaho Trout, Don! It's great to know you enjoy coming here for consistently great seafood. I'm already looking forward to seeing you back again soon! Until next time, Maia H. Manager More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The happy hour menu is deep and the pours are generous! Any night of the week from 4 to 8pm! Great place to meet the locals!

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

Thanks for the awesome compliments on our happy hours, Laura! Thank you so much for your kind words -- I hope we'll get to see you for another happy hour soon! Best, Maia H. Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I plus children and grandchildren have gone here often. Their attention to kids is downright great. From crayons and coloring sheets to special menus, they have it down. The part that is often difficult is the number of people at the bar is like a small town gathering in a small space. And the hostess often has... More 

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

It's wonderful to know your whole family enjoys coming here for those fish and chips! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences here. We'll definitely take all of your feedback into account, and we look forward to seeing your family again soon. Until next time, Maia H. Manager More 

Coronado, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is place is fantastic, our fish was so fresh tasting and all sides were cooked perfectly. A great selection for a menu and we were going to eat here the following day but got tied up. The dining room is not that large and chopped into several different dining areas. We sat up front my the aquarium where is... More 

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

Wow -- I couldn't be happier to hear you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us so much! Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to next time, Maia H. Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Inspite of being several blocks from the water this restaurant is a great place to visit. I live here in Santa Barbara and could go anywhere but choose Enterprise Fish Co to bring out of town guests and friends and family here. Delicious food at fair prices and very good service. There fettucine with scallops and shrimp is one of... More 

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

We couldn't thank you enough for coming to us time and time again, and recommending us to your out-of-town friends and family. That means the world to us, and we look forward to having you back again for some more of that salmon soon! Best wishes, Maia 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?