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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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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

This place Even through Is a Chain, always has a good Energy, great happy hour and Is close to the beach. You can go with friends or kids and have a great time. I love their ahí tuna and oisters.

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

It's great to hear you're a fan of our oysters and tuna, Lucila! We have two locations -- one in Santa Barbara and the other in Santa Monica, but that's it! It sounds like you've come by with friends and kids and had a great time, which is awesome. Hope you'll be back again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

Plymouth, Minnesota
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Stayed at the hotel across the street and this place looked interesting. Atmosphere is great - in an old warehouse. Went for lunch on our way out of town. We had plenty of time (nearly two hours) so we were not worried. We ordered basic lunch menu items (fish sandwich, etc) and almost had to cancel since it was about... More 

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

While I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, the real star of the show should be the food, and I'm disappointed that wasn't the case. It sounds like you waited a while for your food while on your way out of town, and I apologize for that. I want to assure you that we value using fresh ingredients to create our... More 

Coronado, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

Must try the Lobster Bisque in pastry! Generous menu, great service, lots of choices of salads and entrees.

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

It's great to hear you loved the service just as much as our extensive menu! I'm also delighted you enjoyed the lobster bisque so much -- great choice! Hope you'll be back again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

This restaurant is open with wood stoves, open pit where you can watch them prepare your food while you wait. We loved everything we ordered and would recommend it to friends. We are travelors from Florida, so we know good sea food.

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

As someone who knows his seafood, your seal of approval means a lot, Dennis! I'm glad you enjoyed the decoration and layout of the stoves just as much as the dishes you ordered. It's also great to hear you would recommend us to your friends -- friends don't let friends eat bad seafood! Hope to see you again sometime, Eryn... More 

Buffalo, New York
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300 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

After visiting the Reagan Ranch Museum, we asked a staff member if there were any good places to eat nearby. She recommended Enterprise Fish Co., literally right next to the museum. Our lunch was very good with quick and professional service.

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

It's always nice when a recommendation for a restaurant meets your expectations, William, and I'm glad we did just that! Museums can make you surprisingly hungry, so it's great to hear you enjoyed a quick lunch here and appreciated the service, too! Hope you'll be back again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

Portland, OR
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

We ended up here by default - Santa Barbara is not a late night town. The wood was very good, and the seafood was fresh and the presentation and service were very good. The lobster bisque - recommended by our waiter, was excellent. Bread with the meal was fresh and still warm!

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

I'm delighted you found your way here for a late-night dinner. Spot-on service, fresh food, and lovely presentation -- I'm not sure what else I could really hope to hear! It sounds like you made a great choice going for that lobster bisque with the bread -- definitely a match made in heaven! I hope you'll be back again next... More 

La Crescenta, California
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

We stopped by here after a long afternoon at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Arrived just in time for happy hour! We had two toddlers in tow, and we were warmly greeted by the receptionist and seated quickly to a booth that was next to the aquarium and a large screen tv. The kids loved the aquarium and... More 

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Thank Tylersnana55
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

There's no better time to arrive by accident than happy hour, if you ask me! I'm delighted your toddlers loved both the Chicken Tender boat as well as the aquarium -- happy kids means time to focus on your own food! It sounds like the smaller plates you shared were hits, and I'm delighted to hear it! Hope you'll be... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Old timey brick building with grand open feeling inside. Lively bar with sports screens. Very casual. This place could definitely use a little remodel, or at least a new carpet. Most of the food is cooked on an open flame grill, and these people really know how to grill seafood. Great menu options, really tasty food. Our waitress was able... More 

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Thank 1269NHD
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm glad you thought our food was high quality, fresh, and worth every penny! It sounds like the service was spot on, too, which is great to hear. I'm sorry you had mixed feelings about our carpet -- that's something we can consider for the future! Looks like you're in Santa Barbara -- I hope that means you'll be back... More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

On a recent road trip in California I spent an evening in Santa Barbara. After an extensive wander up and down State Street I decided to go to the Enterprise Fish Company dinner. What a good choice! Most of the food is cooked on a mesquite - a nifty grill (see pictures) which is split into sections to cook seafood,... More 

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

I'm delighted your night in Santa Barbara ended with you coming in for dinner, even though you hadn't planned to originally! It sounds like you made some great choices with your order, especially by getting the cheesecake for dessert. It's also great to hear you enjoyed both our grill and our service, and I hope you'll be back in next... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This is in response to your request for my overall favorite restaurant. Though it does not offer the sort of haute cuisine served by my second favorite, the Italian restaurant Ca Dario, overall Enterprise is tops for food, service, and reasonable pricing. The clam chowder is the best in our seafood oriented town, the Dover Sole is incomparable (just be... More 

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Thank billyboy53
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm smiling from ear to ear knowing you think we're the best food for the value in all of Santa Barbara! Sounds like you've gotten to try out many of our dishes: clam chowder, fish, salads -- you know how to order! It's great to hear your feedback -- we really appreciate you supporting local! Hope to see you soon,... 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
Brunch, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
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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