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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
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  • 22
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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 with good choice of food

Visited here early one Sunday evening to find happy hour in full swing. Opted to drink and eat in bar area taking advantage of happy hour. great choice of eats, so not surprised it has won happy hour awards in the area. Good service and a great atmosphere. Great value for money.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Wendy K
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Romsey, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I know I've reviewed this restaurant before, but I have been going there for several years now and I just want to report it is as good as ever. The venue is a very large old industrial building that was once a commercial laundry. The bar area is lively and has special canapes. There are $12 lunch combos. My favorite... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We came on the recommendation of a relative. Our waitress Kelly was wonderful. She brought us the lobster bisque to try along with the clam chowder that my husband ordered. This was one of the best lobster bisque cups I ever had. Her recommendations were spot on. My husband had the swordfish and I had the halibut with brown rice... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

They have excellent food & the restaurant has a great interior decorated up really nice! They have plenty of parking & it's good to make reservations. I don't know if they still do this, but you used to be able to get a free slice of mud pie on your birthday along with your meal!

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napa ca
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Can't go wrong with this great place to dine. Lots of activity, people having fun enjoying good eats. Near the Amtrak station, kind of hard to find it, have to around Amtrak to rear parking lot. Good choice for SB dining.

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

Thanks for your wonderful compliments! Hope to see you back again soon for another great meal. Cheers, Eryn H. Manager More 

Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Deceiving from the front on just how busy this place is. The food was very good. I had the fried trout crusted in parmesan. Maybe a bit to salty for me with the cheese but there were 3 pieces. Sides were excellent, veggies, potato, salad.

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

Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments on our food, Dianne! It's great to hear you enjoyed yourself. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Eryn H. Manager More 

Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have eaten at the Enterprise Fish Company many times over the past 8 years and have always enjoyed their delicious food and good service. I had not been to the restaurant for over six months, but made a point of taking friends there this past Thursday, May 7, 2015 prior to catching the Amtrak to San Diego, which stops... More 

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

I'm truly sorry to hear about this experience you had recently. As you know from your other visits, this is not at all the norm for us, and I'm disappointed this visit didn't live up to what you've come to expect from us. I do hope you'll give us another shot in the future to impress you. All my best,... More 

Wilmslow, England
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Hwre now the second night running. Sit at the bar and don't bother waiting for a table as the locals sit at the bar. Taste the different beers before buying one fro the handsome bar man James and the go for lobster or salmon

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

Thanks for all your great compliments -- I'm thrilled you have enjoyed our place two nights in a row! Hope to see you back again, Eryn H. Manager More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Went there for Sunday happy hour (5pm to close.) The atmosphere was pretty cool inside, fun decor. Drinks were great, lobster bisque was the best we've ever had. We ordered 2! Service from Frances C was A+. She even surprised us by bringing my mom a bday dessert w/a lit candle. Red Sox/Yankee game was on in the bar. Good... More 

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

Wow -- your feedback is so wonderful to hear! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again, Eryn H. Manager More 

Romsey, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Visited here early one Sunday evening to find happy hour in full swing. Opted to drink and eat in bar area taking advantage of happy hour. great choice of eats, so not surprised it has won happy hour awards in the area. Good service and a great atmosphere. Great value for money.

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

Wendy, I'm beyond excited to hear you enjoyed your first happy hour with us! Thanks for all your wonderful compliments. Hope to see you again soon! -Eryn H., Manager More 

Burnaby, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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

Frankie, I can't thank you enough for giving us a try! It's wonderful to hear you had such a great visit and enjoyed all your food. Hope to see you back, 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: 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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