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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

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225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
+1 805-962-3313
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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94 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The restaurant has a great ambiance ,atmosphere, decoration and the location is close to both State Street and beach. We had a lovely dinner and the service was exceptional and everything we ordered was fantastic , quick service with an excellent food with Good menu choices ,very friendly staff ,reasonably priced. We tried the mussels and it was tasty and... More 

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Thank Ghaith391
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm thrilled that you had such a great dinner with us! It sounds like you really know how to order -- mussels and lobster are always hits! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the service and atmosphere so much, as well. I'm looking forward to having you back next time you're in Santa Barbara! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Years ago, this was a great restaurant. But now, it caters to the tourist, and lays claim to lots of tourist dollars. Once you could go there for a special lobster dinner. Now, you have to sell the farm to get the lobster dinner, and the lobster is puny at that. One thing that is still good are the drinks.... More 

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

Although you're right that we do serve many tourists, we heavily depend on our loyal locals as well, so it's disappointing to hear you don't think we've improved with age! It's great that you enjoy our atmosphere and drinks, but I wish you felt the same about our food. We always try to serve the freshest and most well-thought out... More 

california
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436 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

well located downtown near the water. large menu in a high ceiling warehouse style space. make reservations, which while not required, can save a wait when its crowded which is often. open for lunch and dinner, with a broad menu and consistently pretty good food.

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

I'm so glad to hear that we're one of your old-time favorites in Santa Barbara! You're smart to make reservations for peak hours, as we do get quite busy usually for both lunch and dinner. Hope we can keep providing you with consistently good food and that you'll be back again soon! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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358 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

My sis and her hubby recommended dining here for dinner. Boy were we glad they did. We arrived at the dinner hour on Saturday and our party of four were seated immediately. Sis and I decided to start off with a beverage. We both chose to try one of their cucumber basil martinis. The alcohol taste was too strong for... More 

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

I'm delighted to hear you had such a great experience with us all the way from Atlanta! It seems like some people are Manhattan Clam Chowder fans and some just aren't -- which I totally get. I am, however, very happy that you enjoyed all the seafood and salad you ordered and that your server was also great. I hope... More 

Seymour, Tennessee, United States
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Fun atmosphere with enticing happy hour specials. Our drinks were terrible and our server was a little better. The food wasn't terrible, but nothing special. Better places nearby. Our least favorite restaurant out of the 5 we tried.

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

I'm really disappointed to hear you weren't thrilled by your experience with us, Susan. We do value a fun atmosphere with a great happy hour, but we aim to be much more than that. I hope you'll get to come back if you're ever in Santa Barbara again to try out some different drinks and dishes that might be more... More 

Falkirk, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

Great food - fantastic atmosphere! We stumbled upon this restaurant on our trip to Santa Barbara - what a find! The food was great, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. There was a great variety of people in when we went - trendy 20 somethings to 60 year old locals in Aloha shirts! Loved the place!

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

Stumbling upon a restaurant and actually having a great time is one of the best things ever, Arthur -- and I'm so glad you were able to come in, even if by accident. It's great to hear you enjoyed everything so much and appreciated the diversity of the people here! We love having visitors just passing through dine with us... More 

Orange, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

Expected crowds and were not disappointed as there is a wait after signing in. surprised there was so little seating unless you order take out, but the food was good and server was a great guy. we were lucky to get outside seating on a Saturday afternoon! We'd go back for sure! Good food....not great but good!

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

You were wise to expect a wait, especially on a nice Saturday afternoon! I'm glad we were able to get you a table outside and delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and service. Hopefully you'll be able to come another time to try some of our other dishes to find something you think isn't just good but great! Hoping... More 

Einsiedeln, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Really amazing food. Take the Mahi lunch or dinner. You always will come back. Also desserts are really ro recommend

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Thank birke46
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

We're blushing! It's great to hear you enjoyed your entrees and dessert too. Mahi is one of our most popular dishes, so it sounds like you really know how to order! I hope you'll be back in soon to enjoy lunch or dinner with us again! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

We eat here frequently. The restaurant has great energy, a smart, alert, energetic staff and excellent food sometimes for less than you could make a comparable dish at home. For instance they have a Greek Salad with Salmon on top for $20.00. Its well prepared, generous and for less than you could put this together at home.

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

It sounds like you know when it's worth it to cook at home and when to just go out! I'm glad we can be your go-to spot for when that happens, Fred. Our team works very hard, so it's great to hear you say those things -- we're grateful for our appreciative customers like you. I hope you'll be back... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Loved this restaurant! The food was amazing and the service by Diego was awesome! Can't wait to come back so I can try other items on the menu.

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

Thanks so much! We'll be sure to pass your compliments to Diego, and we hope to see you back soon! Best, Eryn H. Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
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: +1 805-962-3313
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.

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