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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Excellent clam chowder. Sea food prepar ...
Excellent clam chowder. Sea food prepared well in a straight forward manner.
Great server!!! Made the experience wond ...
Great server!!! Made the experience wonderful.
Make a reservation!
Made a reservation for Mother's Day and walked right in. The were super slow as expected on a holiday but the food was fabulous as always! That's why we always come back! It wasn't quite right that they jacked their prices up for a holiday though. Lunch for two adults and one small child was $100! But the potatoes Romano is to die for! And really good iced tea. And the blackened halibut was amazing!
This restaurant is amazing! The environm ...
This restaurant is amazing! The environment is awesome and the food is super delish! We loved and definitely returning with more family.
Best deal around 2 pound lobster for 40.00 plus 2 sides......
Food has declined in quality
Been dining here for many years, but had a bad food experience recently. My wife's halibut was supposed to be medium-well done, but had a gooey spot in the middle as well as what appeared to be a stringy fish gut. My expensive Maine lobster was under-cooked on one side.
If you MUST..
The good just is not good. The only redeeming quality of the place is its proximity to the train station otherwise go some place else
Perfect anniversary dinner
We arrived almost 30 minutes early, expecting to wait at the bar, we were pleasantly surprised that they seated us right away. The service was very good, attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent, everything we tried was to our liking. The lobster bisque was perfect. Not a seafood fan? You don't have to be, the steak was just as good as the blackened Mahi-Mahi. It was the perfect anniversary dinner!
The food was delicious: cooked as reques ...
The food was delicious: cooked as requested. The ancillary personnel were pleasant, timely, and accommodating. However the waitress that attended our table was not friendly, I had to find her whenever we needed drink refills, she didn't even bother to come back to the table to check on us once our food was served. I've been to this restaurant several times previously. This has been the worst service I've ever experienced from this restaurant. She managed to check on her other tables that surrounded our table but she could never seem to make it to our table. Normally, I would've left an appropriate tip for a job well done but I left the minimum amount only because all of the other people that helped us. If I had a choice I would have left the tip for everyone else that had to help with dinner and as much as I paid for food, appetizers, and drinks I expected more courtesy from my server.
Good food; Poor service
Enjoyed the Jambalaya. Left glasses case on table. Sent email inquiry to see if it was found. Received no response.
The $12 lunch specials include "a little bit of this and bit of that". We enjoyed the Caesar Salad (but skip the packaged croutons!), and the tomato-based red clam chowder. The fried calamari was just ok, with big fat pieces; and the "fresh tuna taco" gets a "D" for never-minD. We've been there a couple of times with a discount coupon, so that might be the reason we get the C-minus food, but well . . . that is NO way to encourage us to come back!
Stopped here on our cross country roadtrip for my boyfriend's birthday. Awesome atmosphere, great service and the tropical aquarium was beautiful even though eating seafood in front of fishies seems pretty messed up.
Fun outing. Rather loud & crowded.
Fun outing. Rather loud & crowded.
Tasty, but loud
It's a "warehouse" setting--it's going to be a bit loud. It's a nice piece of fish--it's going to be a bit pricey. I would've liked, however, for my macadamia coated/crusted fish to be actually can't covered as such. Seemed more of a dab or topping. Like I said, tasty, but different than expected. 😊
Always a great experience at Enterprise. ...
Always a great experience at Enterprise. Good food and wide variety. Service and the atmosphere are very pleasant.
Good for lunch reasonable prices. Also e ...
Good for lunch reasonable prices. Also even better if you have an Access card. Kids menu available.
Cute Place but food was hit and miss
Yummy lobster bisque and calamari but disappointing meal. When it comes to restaurants I have one big pet peeve; putting in strong flavored ingredients and not listing them with the dish description. Red peppers being one of those! I ordered parmesan crusted fish with a lemon caper sauce. A nice light tasty sauce. It came with a bunch of chopped red peppers all over it! Big mistake! My husband order rice pilaf as a side and again it contained a bunch of chopped red peppers. So that being said I would ask a lot of questions when ordering here.
Always a great meal!
Every time we go to Santa Barbara, we make it a point to eat at Enterprise Fish Co., and it's ALWAYS fantastic!!
Great Service, good food, fun atmosphere
We are visiting from Nashville, TN and had someone recommend Enterprise Fish Co to us. So glad we went in!
I wasn't blown away.
The side salad with blue cheese was a bit soggy and the salmon was tasty but a bit over cooked. We had the mud pie for dessert and it was good but clearly not housemade or spectacular. Our service was phenomenal and I thought the interior was fitting for being a coastal restaurant.
Good food, noisy.
It was a Saturday, so I expected it to be noisy. It wasn't a problem for us. The fish was good. Haven't been there in years, so happy to revisit and have a good meal.
Good basic food
The Enterprise Fish Co. has basic, consistently good food. If you are hungry and looking for a fair deal, you will find it at Enterprise Fish Co. Don't count on socializing. Although they can put two tables together for larger parties, the sound prevents even the simplest conversation with the person next to you.
A must stop on way to LA or SB visit. We've been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Food and service are top notch.
My husband and I each had the 2 lb. lobster which was fantastic. That's saying a lot because we come from San Diego, where the lobster is great. He had the best clam chowder he has ever had. I had a baked potato and grilled veggies which were wonderful. We topped it off with the warm molten dessert. Service was great. Our server was very friendly and attentive. It's easy to see why this place is a favorite with locals and tourists. I highly recommend going there for a lovely dinner.
This was our first time at this restaurant. It was not easy to get to their parking lot, hidden by an underpass. The reservations were honored promptly. The food was good but not exceptional. Pricing was as expected. Seating was a bit cluttered and close. Most notible was, in a search for fresh fish in the area, Enterprise was about the only restaurant in that came up.
Had lunch on a Sunday afternoon, nice an ...
Had lunch on a Sunday afternoon, nice and quiet, not a lot of people there, but have been here in the evening when it's busy and it can be loud, but what do you expect they come here for good food and to have a good time, always liked this place,
Enjoyed dinner for three. Nice ambiance but a tad noisy. Food was good. I had seas bass that was quite good, husband had the mahi mahi which was good. Service was fair. Busy place! Lots to look at from the ceiling, walls, bbq area and diners. Would recommend this and will go again.
We were treated very well.
Our servers were excellent. We were very happy with everything. Thank you for putting us at a quiet table for my birthday dinner. That was very nice for that occasion.
Amazing Happy Hour!
Happy hour deals were great - and so was the food! Definitely recommend the mussels and calamari.
A great evening with 6 people. Food was excellent- paricularly mussels, cioppino,jambalaya, and grilled prawns. Also Manhattan clam chowder. Service very attentive and pleasant. Good selection of beers. We were sated at a table ,at our request, which was quiet( relatively)
Good food, good value, good times. Great place. Easy to recommend.
Italian Fish Lover
The Cioppino was about the best I have ever had. It was loaded with crab, mussels, clams, scalps, salmon and a white fish (either cod or halibut). The tomato fish sauce was the best. I would highly recommend the cioppino to anyone who likes fish!!!
Love the aquarium!
We had 6:30 reservation and restaurant was already sold out of 3 of their fish choices. Unusual for a seafood restaurant. Waiter was apologetic and second choices were delicious so I guess all was well. Waiter said large group was reason for shortage. Not sure if it was just the large group by restaurant was very noisy. Enjoyed watching the fish in the aquarium as we waited for our dinner.
First, the wine list both by the bottle ...
First, the wine list both by the bottle and the glass is extensive and appreciated by those of us who live wine. Second, the lobster bisque is fabulous- flaky crust over smooth and flavorful bisque...yum! Third, service was excellent - I'd call out our server by name of only I could remember it! He was friendly, courteous, and attentive. Had a great dining experience, and will be back.
just gross-if you enjoy seafood-DON'T go here. The prawns were the size of a pebble, the fish taco's were dry and tasteless.
Food was amazing, lobster bisque soup wi ...
Food was amazing, lobster bisque soup with the breaded top was unique and great tasting. The house salad compared to all the other dishes left more to be desired. The south african lobster tail as a main dish was melt in your mouth with lemon butter delicious. If you have not had a dish at the restaurant... do. They only thing that left me wanting were the chairs.... not so comfortable, but hey it's a casual venue so what did I expect.
We were very pleased with the experience at this great Santa Barbara institution, always friendly, always solid flavorful food, though more expensive over the years, but in the middle of a major tourist town to be expected.
Went for the first time on night before Valentine's Day. Great calamari - not too bready and large pieces - oysters good but would have liked larger selection. Lobster bisque excellent and risotto with scallops was great. Nice draft beer selection. Kind of noisy but we liked the vibrancy that brings with it. Definitely returning.
Totally recommend Enterprise Fish Co. Bu ...
Totally recommend Enterprise Fish Co. Busy 3 day weekend, fast service, super fresh seafood, and very delicious. Very friendly and attentive staff.
Based on reviews from various sites, we made a reservation. We were expecting good food, but the food was incredible! I highly recommend the Crispy Brussels Sprouts for your appetizer. The Cioppino was some of the best I've ever enjoyed, although I would never describe it as spicy as the menu did. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. They took the time to converse and make suggestions even though the restaurant was packed due to the Valentine's Day weekend.
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