About Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-10pm,
Friday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Enterprise Fish Co. has always been a winner in my book...until last Saturday. Let's start with the positives. They took us early for our reservation. The bread was great. The wait-staff was attentive. The food came out relatively quickly and was well-prepared.
The negatives. Portion size was small. My sesame-crusted ahi was just blah. Blah is the only way I can describe it. Not much taste. And for some reason, even though it was cut into thin slices, it was tough/stringy. That's not something I've ever experienced with ahi before. For the amount of ahi on my plate, the dish was WAY overpriced.
So, last Saturday Enterprise disappointed. I'll probably give it another try to see if they were just having an off-day in the kitchen, or whether they've slipped overall. Time will tell...
worst valentine's day dinner ever! I can't rate the food because we didn't even get to order. We were barely 10 minutes into the evening when our waiter tripped and spilled an entire bloody mary on me. right down the front of my top, and into my lap. i was covered in tomato juice. They did very little to help or offer any apology. Maybe they were as shocked as I was, but they just let me walk out, humiliated in front of everyone. Awful service.
Outstanding menu options. Unpretentious, casual vibe with several televisions showing sports in the bar. Quality fish, fresh herbaceous seasoning. Attentive server. Nice kid menu options. The quality of the fish, service, and location command the price. State Street location and parking off Rey/Montecito is convenient for locals and tourists alike.
Had a reservation, but were surprised that we were taken to just about the worst table in the place when we arrived. We offered to wait, but were told all of the 'good' tables were reserved. We said we had a reservation, but this didn't seem to help. After a minute of refusing to take the first three bad tables we got a mediocre table and were ok with the selection. We noted that many good tables seemed to be available in the next 10 minutes of so.
It was a special occasion--my birthday--and we had a coupon, but had not shown this yet. We go to the Enterprise often, but this was worse than average treatment. I wondered if they put the Open Table people in the second-class section!!!
A go-to place for me when I'm in Santa Barbara, delicious fresh-caught seafood, perhaps a bit slow in service, very popular, it seems. Great waitress we had. You can watch the cooks at their craft, complete with wood-fired grill. Televised sports are on at various spots, but no sound, so you can watch or ignore, based on your preference. Not too expensive, but definitely not inexpensive either.
Well, it's New Year's Eve and we just walked out of this restaurant after waiting 35 minutes. We never ate. We arrived on time for our 9pm reservation and the unfriendly (I'm being nice) hostess takes us to the worst table in the place, right next to the service room where staff are walking in and out. We said nicely that the table was not going to work for us and asked if they could seat us somewhere else. She said it would be a 15 minute wait. We sat at the bar for 25 minutes and after asking for an update on our table we were told they were "cleaning" tables for us. Huh? Meanwhile, parties of 2 were walking in and being seated at tables that would have worked for us. The two hostesses were rude and unaccommodating. Enterprise, we have eaten at your restaurant a few times and that's why we came back. But, based on this evenings experience you won't be seeing us again. Our service at the bar was fine. The only reason I rated this restaurant is because I couldn't save my entry without doing so.
It's was New Years Eve so I knew we would need a reservation. It took an extra 20 minutes to get seated and it was cold so the crowds were trying to find a place to squeeze inside to stay warm. Not a fun or comfortable wait but again it was NYE so we remained patient.
The food was fine but felt rushed and the saving grace was our server, he was fantastic. Not much else to say, we have eaten at the Santa Monica location many times and had a good experience. I think they did their best on a super busy and cold night.
We visited this restaurant many years ago and decided to try it again on our most recent visit to Santa Barbara. Instantly familiar was the difficulty getting to the restaurant as the address is on State St. but you cannot get to their free parking lot unless you find 'the way' to the freeway frontage road that goes up and over State St. Otherwise - you can pay a fee and park at the train station.
Upon arrival, out party of 2 was seated at a very small table next to a walkway/stairway entrance to the particular area of the dining room. When I requested seating a t a larger table nearby, the hostess informed us they had reserved that table for a larger reservation. Within minutes a party of 2 was seated right where I requested!! I did not complain but was very frustrated to see several 4-tops turn in the same area while we ate, only to be re-seated with parties of 2. That set a negative tone from the outset.
We enjoyed the Steamers appetizer and I had a cup of the lobster bisque with puff pastry. The lobster bisque does not disappoint and it is one of those things we had remembered from years prior. My swordfish an my wife's Cioppino, we agreed, were both good, but not great.
Food was great and the wine corkage is very reasonable ($18) compared to other SB venues. Unfortunately, the server was not trained in the least about wine service. If you BYO, be prepared to take a little control of your service or you'll end up with filled to brim glasses and Champagne in red wine stems.
went with my husband and kids on Sat night. We had delicious steamers, louie salad (add the crab) and some soup, everything hit the spot and was delicious! My kids had fried shrimp and they came with some sides in this adorable boat, they loved it and enjoyed the meal. They sat us next to the fish and even had a little craft for them to do. We had a blast, would go back in a heart beat.
Not sure who could have written a good review. The fish was disgusting. Soaked in butter. Tasted like it had been frozen. Nothing I ate was anywhere close to fresh. Never had such a bad meal anywhere in California while visiting.
The waiter even seemed apologetic without actually apologizing.
Would not recommend this to anyone and have never posted a bad review before. Only thing that could have made this food experience worse would have been a episode of food poisoning.
We had been here once years ago for lunch. Dinner is much better. We had seven fresh fish to choose from - cooked a variety of ways. They also had a great gluten free menu to help me figure my choices. All of their salad dressings are gluten free. I enjoyed lobster bisque without the bread bowl - really yummy! And I had fresh Alaskan Halibut! Excellent! Our server Alexis, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I asked a lot of questions. She made our dining experience great.
The fire from the grill is very hot. We moved from our first seat. The place is loud. Couple of TVS going with sporting events. Quite a few large parties.
We'll be back!
Revisited here after 10 years and sadly will not be dining here again. We got spicy squid to start which was tough and chewy, mains were fine but ordinary. The service was friendly but very rushed, got the impression that they like people to vacate the table as quickly as possible to fit in more diners. Previously we found the ambience to be lively but this time everything seemed louder and faster, overall not a relaxing dining experience. Had to argue to get a table as we were 15 minutes late due to traffic so not a very good impression to start with.
Price for Steak and Fish is not listed on the menu. This is to understand for catch of the day, but not for beef. So you have to ask the waiter for the price of different steaks. He was wondering about my question, but had to inform himself about the prices. Maybe I am the only person who wants to know the price of a 43$ steak?
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