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 $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There are two parking lots adjacent to our building. One is off of Montecito Street at Rey Street. You can also park at the amtrack parking lot that can be accessed from State Street as well as Montecito Street.
Private Party Facilities:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Price for Steak and Fish is not listed o ...
Price for Steak and Fish is not listed on the menu. This is to understand for catch of the day, but not for beef. So you have to ask the waiter for the price of different steaks. He was wondering about my question, but had to inform himself about the prices. Maybe I am the only person who wants to know the price of a 43$ steak?
Great casual atmosphere with creative fo ...
Great casual atmosphere with creative food. Nice happy hour, too. We did both on our overnight stay in Santa Barbara, and would definitely return. The parking situation is a little awkward. As a visitor to Santa Barbara, we had to drive by several times before we figured out how to get to their parking lot, which then cost us an extra $6. Maybe they could validate for their customers, who might then stay and spend money a little longer.
Food always great. Clam chowder is fabul ...
Food always great. Clam chowder is fabulous. This time however my sea bass was under cooked and it had to be returned. When it came back they had not reheated other items on my plate. Still a great place as I've been there before and had great dining experiences.
Food was excellent. Service was terrible ...
Food was excellent. Service was terrible. Our order was brought out incorrectly and when we told our server about he had the gall to actually ask us if we were sure this wasn't what we ordered. Twice! One of our party had to eat their order before it got cold but the other person had to sit and watch the other eat while his was made. Then i had to watch him eat after mine was finished. No apologies, no concessions. Beverage service was slow as well. Went most of the meal with empty glasses. Swordfish was cooked perfectly and the fish and chips with sweet potato fries was great as well. Not greasy at all.
Waiter seemed to forget our table once we pointed our errors. We then had 3 other people waiting on us.
Probably will not return and would not recommend.
We searched several sources for a good s ...
We searched several sources for a good seafood restaurant for our weekend visit with friends to Santa Barbara. Enterprise Fish Co. seems to get good reviews so we decided to eat here. We arrived in time for our reservation (Saturday, mid-afternoon) and were promptly seated. I was really looking forward to trying the Macadamia Mahi Mahi. The first thing our server told us was that the Mahi Mahi was one of the items they ran out of. Seriously? Out of Mahi Mahi at 3:00pm on a Saturday? I decided to try the Golden Fried Seafood Platter, as did two others. On their menu, it says it comes with "Coconut shrimp, fresh fish, sea scallops, calamari". When our orders arrived, all three orders of the platter were plated differently - with different ingredients! Two plates had three dipping sauces, one had only two. One plate had two small fried octopuses while the others had none. Octopus? That's not on the menu! Leftovers from the day before or maybe they were trying to make up for the fact that the plate with octopus didn't have any fish on it? One plate had two pieces of fish, another had only one and the third had none! One plate had an overload of calamari while another had absolutely none! There were NO coconut shrimp on any of the plates. There were one or two sesame seed encrusted shrimp on two plates. The third plate, you guessed it, had none. Again, NO coconut shrimp on any of our plates. There were a couple of very small sautéed shrimp and one small scallop on each plate. Maybe it should be called the leftover platter. Now let's talk about the quality of the food. Fried seafood is not rocket science. Whoever is preparing (and plating) these meals needs to be re-trained! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was extremely overcooked. All of our seafood was tough and chewy - shoe leather tough - and had to be cut with a knife. For $24 a plate, this was a ripoff. I'm not one to make a scene, especially with guests. It was embarrassing and we would never eat here again.
Every Wednesday. . . $1 oysters YUM; Mon ...
Every Wednesday. . . $1 oysters YUM; Monday and Tuesday specials on Maine lobster - to die for. Great local spot for many, many years. Gets noisy and crowded during Holidays and Fiesta, but you can always count on the food and drink. Staff if all gracious, courteous and friendly.
Large and noisy, but not offensively so ...
Large and noisy, but not offensively so if you sit near the walls ( not in the middle - leave that to the party people)
Great variety of fish dishes all well prepared.
Also steak/ lamb/ burgers etc
Wine list excellent, also reasonably priced
Went to lunch here for my birthday. Ther ...
Went to lunch here for my birthday. There were 4 adults, a three year old and a one year old. The kids meals come in a cool paper boat. Between the boat and the little toys they get it kept them pretty busy. I had the fish and chips with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious. My companions said the fish tacos were really good too. Prices are average. Even though we told them it was my birthday there was no treat after lunch :(
We took my 10 year old nephew out to din ...
We took my 10 year old nephew out to dinner at Enterprise because he wanted "Santa Barbara seafood." Enterprise never disappoints! The food was delicious, selection is enormous and the service was right on point for us adults. The best thing is that they take reservations through OpenTable! It's always a busy place and on a Saturday night, we didn't want to wait for a table. We were able to get a reservation for the exact time we desired. Thank you, we had a great experience!
We wanted a fresh fish place to have din ...
We wanted a fresh fish place to have dinner and chose this. I had not been there but my husband had. We split the chowder which was good (not great). I had the cioppino special which was very good and he had the parmesan crusted dover sole which was also good. The service was pretty spotty and it was somewhat noisy but we had a good table by the window that was relatively quiet.
Enterprise continues to surprise. Its b ...
Enterprise continues to surprise. Its been around awhile and its located away from the high-traffic parts of State Street. Nevertheless, it has consistently delivered a solid dining experience. The place is big and on the loud side, but the overall ambiance is informal and easy goping. No need to dress up. All are welcome. Good bar scene, too. As for the meal, the fish is not fishy, portions are reasonable (neither too small nor excessive) and the nmost things come with two real sides. Not simpley garnishes. If you want a baked potato, you'll get an actual baked potato. Not a potato-ette. Expect that dinner is going to run $75-100 for two, with drinks. Good food. Fair price. Given some of the alternatives in town, Enterprise is always on my recommendation list. Hasn't disappointed yet.
Great ambiance - the decor matches the " ...
Great ambiance - the decor matches the "fish co" theme. Server was prompt and responsive. Kids meals came in a little boat which they enjoyed. Unfortunately my sea bass was overcooked and a bit dry, though the miso sauce was good. My wife's pasta was also average - her comment was it was nothing she couldn't make at home. Overall a fun restaurant to visit, but food was only average.
Besides the fact that they did not accep ...
Besides the fact that they did not accept our reservation because is was less than 1 hour out - we ended up waiting for 25 minutes then eating in the bar area. Why is this an option (open table) if they will not honor it. Almost walked out due to the rude hostess. However a waitress overheard the conversation and placed us in a corner table near the bar area - where we ended up having dinner as well. After the early battle the night settled in and the food was very good. Thanks
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