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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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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  • 74
    Average
  • 21
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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
Great happy hour

I've been to Enterprise dozens of times, usually for happy hour. A good selection of drinks and yummy apps. The fried calamari with jalapeños is always a favorite and the oysters. Prices have increased a little over the years, but still a great deal, good atmosphere and a great place to meet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Brielle P
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Burnaby, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We were visiting Santa Barbara for the day and decided to have seafood for lunch. We decided to try Enterprise Fish Co. based on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. Big portions too. Service was a bit slow, but our waitress was very nice. We started with fresh steamed clams and clam chowder which was delicious!... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate lunch at Enterprise while walking through Santa Barbara. The concierge recommended it as a local institution...and despite our impressions upon seeing the place (smacked of tourist attraction) we took a table anyhow. In short, the service was prompt but lacked knowledge about the different types of fish and their preparations. All he could offer was,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was the only real flop in otherwise great foodie trip... We started with cocktails following our waitress recommendation. There were no meeting points in what she described and what we were served. After that we opted for the tried and true classic martini but that arrived way too salty. After what seemed like a 45 minute wait for our... More 

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

I'm so disappointed to read this -- your experience is definitely not the norm for us, and I'm truly sorry if you received anything but our great food and service! I hope you will give us another shot in the future, because I know we can show you what we're truly capable of. Best wishes, Eryn H. Managern More 

Auckland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The lobster bisque was amazing, but the fish sandwich was tasteless. However, I'd come back any time for that bisque.

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

So happy to hear you enjoyed the lobster bisque so much! That said, we'll be sure to follow up on what may have went wrong with the fish sandwich during your visit. Either way, we're excited for you to come back for another lobster bisque soon! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Santa Clarita, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My husband and I were in Santa Barbara for the day. We stopped here for lunch because of the awards listed on the window outside. My tuna sandwich was tasty and so was the clam chowder. The poor rating is for my husband's meal. He ordered the Trout Almondine and was never so disappointed in a meal in his life.... More 

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

Barrie, I'm truly disappointed to hear that your husband's trout wasn't cooked up to our high standards. That's certainly not the norm for us, and I'm sincerely sorry about this. I do hope you two will give us another shot in the future to show you what we can really do when it comes to our trout! All the best,... More 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I've been to Enterprise dozens of times, usually for happy hour. A good selection of drinks and yummy apps. The fried calamari with jalapeños is always a favorite and the oysters. Prices have increased a little over the years, but still a great deal, good atmosphere and a great place to meet friends or go on a date.

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

Brielle, I'm thrilled that you love coming here for happy hours so much! Thanks for being such a loyal fan -- that's the best compliment we could receive! Until next time, Eryn H. Manager More 

Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Great food. The lobster bisque was the best. Great menu, wonderful seafood. I had the scallops over risotto and I wish I lived close to eat this regularly! Highly recommend this place.

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

Kathy, I'm delighted to read your wonderful review! Thanks for your recommendation -- it means the world to us. Hope to see you back the next time you're in town! Looking forward to it, Eryn H. Manager More 

Oceanside, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

For a weekend getaway in a Santa Barbara, this was the first stop on the trip. Traveling by train, American Fish Co. is walking distance away. Stopping by for some drinks, we did dive into the menu. The lobster bisque is definitely a must try on the menu. The salmon cakes were very delish, a little dry to my personal... More 

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

Edgar, I can't thank you enough for your kind compliments on our food and service! Thanks for stopping by while you were here for your weekend getaway. Hope to see back again! Best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Seated next to the aquarium. Good service. I had lobster bisque soup with puff pastry. It is always consistently good. My friend had salmon with Coke/BBQ glaze which he liked. The coleslaw and roasted vegetables were great sides. The waitress recommended the apple crisp. So much pastry dough, at least three tablespoons of cinnamon smothering the top. Where were the... More 

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

Rachel, it sounds like you had a great lunch here, and I couldn't be happier to hear it! Thanks for your wonderful compliments, and I hope we'll get to see you again in the future! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

West Sussex
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We chose this restaurant as I eat fish but not meat and my husband is a fan of ribs and steak. You get a very good choice of both with extra side dishes served as part of the dish. We enjoyed our meal and it was cooked to perfection. Considering how busy they were my fish was cooked very well.... More 

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

We are truly flattered by your warm compliments, Jules! Thank you so much for your feedback. We're looking forward to your next visit! Cheers, 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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