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“Lunch, wonderfully friendly staff”

Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
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Ranked #13 of 529 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Amtrak
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.
Fullerton, California
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Lunch, wonderfully friendly staff”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

Friday afternoon in Aug'10. Staff was very friendly, sociable, hoping we'd come back often. Late light lunch, not crowded, a range of meals for the 4 of us, all lively seniors. Food was nicely presented, very tasty, atmoshere very nice near a long slim fish tank. Total bill about $75, lunch for 4, no wine. Good clam chowder, also.

  • Visited August 2011
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san diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun and delicious”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

This place is always packed. It has a great easy going atmosphere. Try the lobster bisque it is fantastic.

  • Visited August 2011
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Toulouse
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Beware the trap!”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

Beware the trap!
According to the table or you install, the price is not the same!
This can range from one to two!
Indeed, over night, we ate the same thing, oysters, fish and wine, but the first night the bar, and the second room. I said that we did not request special table as there was no question of happy-hours.
Even after complaint to the manager, the bill was double.
It is inexplicable and unacceptable.

  • Visited May 2011
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Iowa City, Iowa
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good seafood”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Enjoyed the scallops and risotto. Good staff with a relaxed ambiance. Everyone at the table of four enjoyed their food.

  • Visited May 2011
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Union City, Tennessee
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Unnecessary Attitude”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Enterprise Fish Co. came highly recommended to us by the manager of the hotel in which we were staying. We arrived about 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd. When "greeted" by the seater, we were met with some unnecessary attitude when she found out we didn't have a reservation (we were 2 people early on a week night and the restaurant had plenty of seating available). She took us back to a small table that was literally on top of the open fire pits used for cooking. My husband and I were there about 30 seconds when I looked at him and he understood my body language of "no way". We picked up our menus, handed them back to the snippy seater, and my well mannered husband said, "it's just too hot where you put us, we're going elsewhere". So, this review can't really help or condemn the food at the Enterprise Fish Co. as we never got that far. We also realize the behavior of one employee shouldn't reflect on the establishment as a whole. Perhaps, someone in management at the Fish Co. could suggest to their greeters that if they don't have better options for those without reservations, they should be open about their dining choices before putting guests in the hot seat.

Visited August 2011
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