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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-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:
Private Party Contact:
Oriana Iannitti: (805) 962-3313
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
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.
This place is hopping with excitement! Housed in an old industrial laundry, don't expect to carry on a quiet discussion. But if you want well priced, excellent food, and snappy service, and don't mind the throbbing beat, this is the place! My wife had New England and I had Manhattan clam chowder, and both were great (included!) She then enjoyed a large mixed grill of fish and shellfish which she loved. My entree was a triple fillet Dover sole, simply done with capers, but fantastic! As with most SB spots, local wines dominated the list, and values were several. A little tricky to find the parking but worth the hunt!
We visited Enterprise 25 years ago when our children were attending college in Santa Barbaara. After recently moving here, we decided to go back and check it out as locals. We were wonderfully surprised to find an excellent fish restraurant with reasonable prices, a creative menu and good service in our own home town. Whether you're visitors or locals, this is a good place for good food fresh from the waters of the Pacific!
We went there for a Lobster dinner for my wife. They had a flyer on the table advertising a Lobster dinner for $38.00 on Monday and Tuesday. The day we went it was $60. We found a coupon on the Internet, but they said they would not honor it as it was not theirs. The manager was adamant about not honoring the coupon. We had dinner there, but we're greatly disappointed as we had this reservation for quite a while and my wife was really looking forward to a Lobster dinner. We will not be coming back to this restaurant.
Enterprise Fish is fine if you are young, on a budget and want a huge selection of fish and shellfish. We were there on a Friday night and they were completely sold out. Our waiter was very professional and our food came quickly. We were not impressed with the preparation. My husband had a fish special and it did not look like anything I want to try. I opted for the Shrimp Gumbo. It would have been good had it not been so watery that it was not even the consistency of a good soup. What was painful was the noise level......
I like the food at this restaurant and the service is usually pretty good. However, the noise level is very, very loud and not good for couples or groups of 4 and below.
What with the two noisy groups around us and a crying child we could not wait to leave.
"Did we want a dessert, additional wine, coffee ? Yes please - but we can't bear to be in the place a minute longer, so can we just have the check?"
Won't be back until summer is over and the crowds have lessened.
Suggestion to restaurant: put couples and small groups (no kids) in area away from the rabble, where one can talk in relative comfort.
Overall the food and drinks where very good, the service started off strong but as soon as we ordered we never really got much service from our server.
We had to clear all of our own app plates, then Soup/ Salad course to the end of the table in an attempt to get them moved off our table. Our table was a mess from start to finish.
No dessert was offered, I had to flag down the server and ask for dessert menus and more drinks. They never even cleared all of our entrée plates.
18% Tip was added to our check as we had four adults and three kids but the server never mentioned the tip when he dropped the check or when he returned with the Credit card slip.
We spend $380 with tax & Tip for very average service.
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