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About Enterprise Fish Co. - 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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-9:30pm,
Friday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm
$31 to $50
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There are two parking lots adjacent to our building. One is off of Montecito Street at Rey Street. You can also park at the amtrack parking lot that can be accessed from State Street as well as Montecito Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Service was friendly and energetic . The lobster roll appetizers were filled with meat and nicely seasoned. Chowder taste was a good mixture of clam with a hint of bacon but much too think presumably with flour. The crisp crab salad was ample and had skewered shrimp to compliment the crab. The issue was the Ahi...the wasabi tasted mostly of mayonnaise and did nothing to bump up the fish. In fact the Ahi was nothing like what one sees in Hawaii. The slices seemed to have ribbons of what presumably is the equivalent of fascia in beef. The end result was an ample serving of Ahi slices with a nondescript wasabi and almost a toughness typically not seen in Ahi.
Visited with our adult daughter and sadly we were disappointed. The drinks came wrong twice and one of the meals was wrong too. Then to cap it all the bill was wrong. The seafood platter that I had was also quite overcooked with the butterfly prawns so hard and chewy they couldn't be eaten. All in all a sad state of affairs for what was once a great place to eat
Food always good and reliable, but service was lacking this time. Server could use little extra training in hospitality,,returning to the table to see if you anything else, picking up used cups and glasses,when they give refills. Attitude was lackadaisical.
Also, for the second time at this restaurant, they cancelled my open table resv., as if I wasn't there. I always specifically say I have an Open Table reservation and repeat my name and the time. I think the hosting personnel need training on how to use the open table system.
I called later and the manager was able to recall the cancelled resv., so that I could get my points!
We love this place. I've never had a poor meal here. We had the trout and the mahi mahi. Both were cooked to perfection. Great service. They allow you to pace your meal and don't rush you. Huge bar selection. We will definitely come back. It's a very busy place so I would recommend reservations. Also know the parking is free up to 75 minutes.
I wanted to try a new seafood place for us while in Santa Barbara. I made reservations on Open Table for a party of 3 at 7:30 on a Tuesday night. When we arrived, the place was packed. The atmosphere was on the border line of typical seafood restaurant touristy feel. The tables are fairly close to each other and the place is bustling with conversation. Becky was our server.
We ordered cocktails while perusing the menu. We ordered the Mesquite Prawns, Miso Glazed White Sea Bass (served sauteed green beans, risotto cake) and the Tuesday Lobster Dinner Special (2lb. lobster for $38, good deal!) All the entrees came with your choice of a side or New England Clam Chowder or Salad. The Lobster special came with both. The food was good, all the seafood was cooked perfectly.
Everything ran smoothly, service from Becky was perfect up until the end when we requested our bill. We had to flag down another server to get our bill, wait for the bill to be picked up, and wait to get it back to sign, a TOTAL of 34 minutes we waiting for bill paying! Becky went MIA and we were the forgotten child. That was my only compliant.
We love the food, but we felt very rushed, we were served with drinks and appetizers, oysters, calamari, no less that 10 minutes, our waiter wa serving us salad and soup, mind you we only ate a couple of oysters by that time,(and it's not like we were talking to much, ) and again they brought our main entree out while we haven't finished our appetizers, , soup and salad was not even eaten yet!!!they don't look and see if they should serve the next course, , mentioned it to the manager, he apologized but it ruined the experience for us already. Too bad , food was good, it felt like a fast food joint, we know they want to appear efficient, but we felt like they want to get rid of you quickly, and there wasn't a line to get a table even!!!!
Something they should improve on, otherwise, it's a good food place.
We were 3 people - my friends ordered a calamari appetizer and fish tacos - thought it was overpriced for what they got. I ordered the catch of the day which arrived not fully cooked. Also we were supposed to get salads with our order which they forgot to bring - in the end I returned my fish - the manager apologized and offered us a dessert to compensate - we declined - she didn't charge me for the fish and also the calamari appetizer.
This was our one special night out for dinner on our vacation. We had 5 in our party. The menu is varied enough to please all. We all had fish or seafood of some sort. The appetizers were tasty and everything seemed very fresh. The prices seemed reasonable for the quality and we shared a nicely priced bottle of wine (those of us who were wine drinkers). We experienced competent service. It's a fairly noisy, bustling ambiance so not sure it would be a great choice for a romantic dinner out. I have to ding the food slightly for serving a steamed vegetable side doused with oil - likely excessive run-off from my trout. All in all, after seeing some more negative reviews comparing the food here to standard "chain restaurants", we were all pleasantly surprised at the variety of dishes that were done well.
Wife's birthday. She loves the Lobster Bisque. We were seated without any wait and sat near the large front aquarium and ate fish - interesting juxtaposition. Nice decor. Still think about the place as a laundry but that was years ago and restaurant has been here since 1977 and replaced the hotel linens with fantastic nautical decorations and historic black and white photos. I had a fried seafood platter with white fish, calamari, shrimp and scallops. Came with four sauces and was delicious. My wife had the crab grilled cheese sandwich. She could not eat it all so we took half home. I had some of the half and it was delicious. Overall a very nice early evening dinner.
I wish it had been a better experience. I came prepared for a great meal and it started out just fine. By the time the entree came however, things went downhill fast. I ordered what should have been an easy meal. Filet mignon. I got it cold and it tasted like a bit gamey. Maybe it was me, it's a seafood restaurant, right? Anyway I'd go back again - but I won't go for steak.
This restaurant has so much promise - but it acts like a lot of fish restaurants in upscale tourist towns - great atmosphere, lively place, good appetizers and soups - but the main event, the fish(!) is overcooked and dry as a bone. Fish should come off the grill at the exact moment that it is done (unless you are getting sushi or seared). So often these big fish restaurants leave it on the grill for minutes too long, and what you get is a fish which you can barely swallow. Happens all the time, and I was hoping that Enterprise wouldn't fall victim to that kind of experience. Both my mom's fish (swordfish) and my fish (seabass) came out with an excellent topping and nice presentation - but one bite on each revealed a taste of chicken at a church picnic, than fantastic, fresh seafood. I would still probably recommend this place to friends for the ambiance - but I'd tell them to stick with shellfish, soups, salads, and appetizers. If they are going to order the fish, I'd also recommend a lot of alcohol to numb your sensation, and anger for paying $27 for a maritime hockey puck.
My son got sick from a $29 Swordfish, we all for a Clam chowder with Lots of corn and few chewy clams that was so full of corn starch that the spoon did not fall over and the "Crispy Brussels Sprouts were soggy in a vinegar bath. So to make it short the food sucked on all accounts and the price is very high for nothing in return
Really enjoy this place. One of our favorite places to eat in Santa Barbara. You can get your seafood and an adult beverage for a decent price. I like to people watch and this place is good for that. You can watch the chefs prepare the food through viewing windows. In all we had a great time.
Booked a Sat night table for our family. In Santa Barbara for a short visit, had to try one of the top-rated seafood restaurants. The food was alright - the lobster bisque was tasty but heavy, the cioppino was ok, the grilled shrimp and the mahi-mahi were not extraordinary. The biggest drawback was the cacophony and the snug seating. There were 6 of us and we could not hear each other because it was so loud. The seating is super tight. I am a foodie and love to try restaurants and innovative cuisines. I am always surprised at how some great restaurants make no effort to create an ambience of comfort where you can have a conversation. Our server was very nice and polite, though she looked harassed. If you're a 20 something, its ok to dine in a place that sounds like a fish market, I for one regretted making the dinner reservation, as soon as we walked in. We fled as soon as we finished our main entree, to get dessert in a place that was less frenetic.
Food was a bit too chain- restaurant feeling. The calamari app was tough, I had a very good crab mac n cheese, my husband had the parmesan diver sole, which I think was the best of what we had. This place is really good for a big group with a variety of tastes and people with kids.
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