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Moby Dick Restaurant

220 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-965-0549
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good39%
  • Average23%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
Travelers talk about
“alaskan cod” (6 reviews)
“calamari” (23 reviews)
“fish tacos” (15 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 8:30 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
220 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed May 20, 2016

I first visited this restaurant 5 yrs ago when my son got married in Santa Barbara & it was lovely so as I was back I thought I would return. On entry we were greeted with a rather luke warm welcome ad shown to a...More

Thank ManchesterFoxylady
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Being from England eating on a pier is something you would avoid, but here is something else. The Moby Dick from the outside looks like somewhere to avoid but once inside the ambiance, food, service and beer together with live entertainment was great. We ordered...More

Thank Barry P
Reviewed May 11, 2016

Located on Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara and occupying a great space. Given the setting it is almost criminal that this place does not serve better food. The fish is poorly prepared, and almost certainly frozen before preparation. Other food such as breakfast eggs and...More

Thank Fred M
Reviewed May 8, 2016

Had the lobster tail spec. It came with soup or salad, fresh veg. medley and baked potato. good bread. My daughter had filet mignon with same choices I had, we shared tieramasu for dessert. Everything delicious.

Thank Georgia M
Reviewed May 7, 2016

We had eaten some great crab at lunch in another restaurant and both really fancied fish and chips for dinner. Got a good outside table looking over the harbour, but that was the only good thing. Ordered a beer which had a slice of orange...More

Thank mandafell
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Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on a very windy day! The service was great - we didn't have to wait long for a table with a great view. The waiter came to the table very quickly to take orders for food and drinks. We had...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2016

I came to Santa Barbara quite early but I wanted to eat seafood; the only place open at that time was Moby Dick. I had the shrimp omelette, not a fan. The service people were attentive and almost made up for the not so great...More

Thank lilphd
Reviewed April 27, 2016

This place has been operating for a long time and has a pleasant, old style wharf feeling. The views are fantastic and right on the water and it is unpretentious. There is also some outdoor dining.

Thank s h
Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Excellent Fish and Chips. Lightly battered and fresh. This with a pint of ale and we were good to go. The lunch time was not crowed or busy and the restaurant is large enough to hold quite a few customers. Inside and outside seating had...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed April 23, 2016

My first visit to Santa Barbara and Stearns Wharf. It was so beautiful! Then we decided to eat at Moby Dick. It was all downhill from there. The calamari was tough. My husband's fish and chips looked and tasted like it was two days old...More

Thank Teena H
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December 17, 2016|
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Response from Laura D | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, but it sure was tasty!
April 6, 2015|
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Response from CAPTAINCUISINE | Reviewed this property |
Fruit Salad, Spinach Salad, New England Clam Chowder, Steak, fresh fish, just don't eat the sourdough bread or crackers that come with things.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-0549
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