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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

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225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
+1 805-962-3313
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Good food at a great price. The lobster bisque is excellent, portions are large. Nice establishment. I wish I had went back !

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Thank Vannlollipop
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

You're welcome to come back anytime you're visiting from Florida! It's great to hear you felt our food and prices were both top notch. The lobster bisque is a house favorite, so good choice there! Hope to have you back again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Perhaps the food was fine... I don't really remember as the experience was so unpleasant with the loud noise echoing in the warehouse style building. This restaurant has been in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years and so someone must like it -- or maybe it just survives on one-time-tourist business -- but there are plenty of great eats... More 

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Thank Mary W
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm disappointed the lively atmosphere in our building dampened your experience so much, Mary. You're right that we do get quite loud when we're busy, but most people love this element of our restaurant. I'm sorry you weren't a fan, but I hope the quality of the food overshadowed the noise at least a little! All the best, Eryn H.... More 

Dana Point, California
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

I couldn't believe I stumbled upon this place! I was early for the southbound train and starving! This place is a short block away from the station so I was able to walk over with luggage and all! The food was AMAZING....AND, the prepared everything TO GO for me as I didn't have time to dine in! Great service and... More 

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Thank D C
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Even though you may not have been everyone on the train's favorite person, I think your awesome. It's great to hear you enjoyed the food you ordered on the go -- I know life sometimes is too busy to dine in! It's also wonderful that you felt our team was so helpful -- I'll make sure to let them know... More 

Laughlin, Nevada
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

We went to Enterprise Fish Co because we remembered it was very good the last time we went there. My wife has to be careful with what she eats and fish is one of the items she is able to have. The choices of side orders fits in to what she can eat and also items she likes. Everything we... More 

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Thank travelforfunnstuff
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm thrilled your experience was just as great as you thought it would be! I know how difficult dining out with dietary restrictions can be, so it's wonderful to hear your wife felt she had many options she could enjoy. It's also wonderful you felt everything was cooked well and tasted fresh -- that's what we're always going for! Looking... More 

California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

The drinks were delicious with lots of local draft beer choices. The crab cakes, & calamari were great. The blackened swordfish & cioppino entrees were very flavorful. Service was great.

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Thank CaliQzilla
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Great service, delicious drinks, and awesome food? I'm not sure what else I could ask for in a review! I'm delighted you enjoyed everything so much -- the crab cakes, calamari, swordfish, and Cioppino were definitely awesome choices! Looking forward to having you back again soon. Take care, Eryn H. Manager More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

This restaurant was recommended by a wine merchant in town for the best fish in Santa Barbara. I had a wood planked grilled salmon with an herb topping with great grilled vegetables. A bit too much olive oil on the vegetables for me, so I would ask for less oil next time. Bread was great and wine was good.Street parking... More 

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Thank ptrubin
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

It sounds like you enjoyed your meal with us, which is great to hear! I'm thrilled you were a fan of the bread and wine as well as the salmon and veggies! Like you said, feel free to ask for a bit less oil next time -- our kitchen is always happy to accommodate requests like that. Hope to see... More 

Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Went with a large group close to closing and were treated well. Excellent sea food! Nice wine list and beer selection.Overall well worth the visit,if I am in Santa Barbara I will return.

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Thank Sam D
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

It sounds like you had a great meal, Sam, and that's wonderful to hear! I'm delighted you not only enjoyed the seafood and service but had the chance to check out our selection of beer and wine, too. Hope to have you back again if you're visiting from Pennsylvania in the future! All the best, Eryn H. Manager More 

Lancaster, California
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

We celebrated our anniversary by eating here. The food was very good and the service was wonderful. They also treated us with a complimentary dessert!

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Thank Pam W
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

I'm thrilled you chose to have your anniversary dinner here, Pam -- what an honor! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the food and dessert so much, and the fact that the service was just right makes me smile! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

Manila
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53 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Ate here on a recommendation from our hotel. We had the lobster special, the scallops on risotto, and the sea bass. The first two dishes were on spot- great value and great taste. The sea bass was rubbish. We made reservations for 7 pm but was only seated after an hour- the manager kindly offered us an appetiser- which was... More 

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Thank CQ2007
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

It sounds like you had an overall pleasant meal with us, which is great to hear. I'm delighted you enjoyed the lobster and scallops so much, but I'm disappointed you weren't a fan of the sea bass. Our kitchen is always happy to recook things if they aren't the temperature you were hoping for, just for future reference! I apologize... More 

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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Very crowded & noisy, but the fish was excellent! The aquarium adds ambiance. Recommend reservations.

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Thank transcontinentalmom
Eliana B, Manager at Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Even though you're right that we do get busy and quite loud sometimes, I'm delighted you were able to look past it and enjoy the dishes you tried! It's also great to hear you were a fan of the aquarium -- I think it adds a little something special, too! Hope to see you again soon, Eryn H. Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3833
  • Public Transportation: Amtrak
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-3313
Description
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?