Arch Rock
Arch Rock

Arch Rock

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://archrocksantabarbara.com/
  • Phone: 8058452800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Banks
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Inquire within for corporate lunches, large takeout orders or limited catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining and Events take place in our Anacapa Room. We can comfortably seat 55 people and are equipped with an overhead projector and drop down big screen to accommodate our guests with anything from Power Point presentations to Slide shows.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren 8058452800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cota
  • Public Transit: Public Transit stops bihind the restaurant on Cota Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking with a large parking lot directly behind the restaurant or a 3 level city parking lot across the street.
A word from Arch Rock
Arch Rock is a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar with attention to Quality, Service and Value. Steps from State Street this locally owned and operated restaurant boasts Fresh Fish Daily and the Best Happy Hour in town.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Arch Rock reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (6)romantic (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Just Awesome !
    Foodie35
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place , great food , great service definitely coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tough night
    bikedes
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Screaming kids in the background and overworked service didn't provide the best experience. Food was good but things seemed to be in a bit disarray. Could have been a bad night but probably won't be back for some time to find out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    SB4diningVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were trying out numerous dishes between our diners to narrow down the selections for a wedding dinner in the private room at Arch Rock. All the dishes were fantastic, and it was difficult to pick the winners! We did select the items we will offer at the wedding dinner, and are pleased we picked Arch Rock. The Miso Cod was amazing (my favorite), we tried the cioppino, salmon, and the pork chop. The salad and chowder were awesome! Looking forward to our evening there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Seafood
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had lunch with family. They enjoyed their seafood. My fish sandwich was okay. I recommend this restaurant for seafood lovers which I am not! It was quiet for lunch, service was nice but slow. I will not go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were not impressed by the service provided by our server. She seemed too busy for us. We had our 2 kids with us and it took a long time to take our order, and unreasonably longer to get our food. Crayons and a coloring page can only keep hungry kids entertained for a short period of time. Otherwise, the food was great. Good and reasonable portion sizes, and well prepared. Will will go back, we just probably didn't have the best of luck with our server this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    BETTYPIANOVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I reserved Arch Rock after reading the mostly very good reviews, but was not at all impressed - except for the very friendly and efficient service. But of course, one does not come to a restaurant mainly for the service! I say this because the food was quite average, both in preparation and flavor. Too bad.
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  • KAS1VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fish tacos were overcooked but otherwise the food was very nice in a very nice environment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time. Drinks, food and service was all top notch. Andy was over server and was attentive and provided great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveLondon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They put us in a room at the back of the restaurant ,even if there were many other better tables available at the front.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carolet
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very good food and a great happy hour however very mediocre service Too many other good restaurants around to recommend
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late Night Date Night
    KSeto26
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Got there around 9:30pm and they had no problem seating us on a Sat night. The bar was fairly busy so they sat us away from the crowd. The restaurant is much bigger than it looks from the front. We ordered 2 appatizers, 2 entrees and dessert. Everything we ordered had great flavor with the exception of the chocolate cake. It was a big piece but there was nothing special or different about it. Still pretty good though. Overall good vibes, great food, good service. Recommened.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining, very satisfying.
    HeartHealthyDining
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    People are very accommodating. Needed emergency medical care and restaurant staff could not have been more responsive. Next night ate there again and food was great and service superb. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently BestFood/Service/Value
    ByronVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have consistently enjoyed each dining experience at Arch Rock Fish and highly recommend this restaurant. The food is tasty and healthy and what really stands out for us is the friendly warm and down to earth service that has always made us feel welcomed at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again
    kcadeaar
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The last time I was here the waitress had apparently decided to go on vacation mid-shift and we sat unattended for the better part of our night. We were lucky to get anything from the bar or kitchen. Then, as I mention the ordeal to the manager as we're leaving he has the gall to get angry with me for not notifying him sooner, as if I'm responsible for keeping him apprised with the happenings in HIS restaurant. I came to eat and be served, not to pull a shift as assistant restaurant manager. This time around was the same, only, I didn't let it last for too long. After about 10 minutes of sitting and waiting to be addressed by the server (or even have waters dropped off for that matter) we left. RIP Arch Rock (Fish?).
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  • Joe
    BJ815
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I enjoyed the food. The server and the manager were particularly helpful. My grandson son ordered a pasta dish that was too spicy for him and they redid it without hesitation. The manager came by later to check that all was well. Well done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arch "Rocks" it!
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great neighborhood find and worth the trip off the main scene . Very fresh seafood dishes, options for kids and darn good food! Great drink selections as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great spot to grab dinner or drinks on a weekend out. They have happy hour everyday of the week, which also include a late night menu as well. I had the grilled fish taco that was seasoned perfectly with a flavorful salsa and guac on top. I also had the calamari which had a great lemon pepper flavor, with a dip that I'm not sure what was in it, but it was good. The only thing is our server left halfway through our meal and did not tell us she was transferring the table, so it took us awhile to realize. I don't remember her name, but she was really helpful when making our order, I just wish she would of told us she was leaving. All in all, it was a great night out for less then $30 between two people.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Brooklyngirl1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The shrimp appetizer was amazing and the steal for dinner was perfectly cooked and tender!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavors, Nice Spot
    WillMc
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have been to Arch Rock probably about a dozen times in the last two years. The reason for that is pretty simple; consistently tasty and well prepared dishes at reasonable prices. While the server quality has ranged from awesome to 'ok', it's never been 'poor.' I have taken friends, coworkers and family members to Arch Rock, and every one has been pleased at their experience. With a great happy hour selection, affordable pricing and tremendously flavorful dinner options, I know I will return yet again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good prices
    will
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The happy hour is a great deal for drinks and appetizers. Dinner can be had at a reasonable price. I was surprised because Arch Rock's advertisements make it out to be an expensive chi chi place. It's really reasonable for such tasty food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Good for travel through Santa Barbara, very plain looking building, easy to miss.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just ok
    RB36VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Was between two restaurants and picked Arch Rock and unfortunately it wasnt up to par. Food was just ok had the mix sampler which seemed small for how big the plate was. My girlfriend had the spaghetti with clams which was really watery. We then had apple pie for dessert and were disappointed again because the slice of pie was huge and not hot at all with a tiny scoop of gelato. The service was great and the atmosphere was cool but you dont go to a restaurant just for good service. All that said we wont be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very consistent
    Darmok
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had the Ahi tuna, my favorite dish there. It was excellent. My wife had the sea bass. It was truly exceptional. Alex is a great server. One of the best restaurants in SB. Be careful with the Fresno chili peppers. They are quite potent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 425 reviews are from the Arch Rock reviews archive.
  • Too busy at the Marina
    ermmd
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    But we wanted good seafood so we were well accommodated at Arch Rock. Seafood was fresh, service was attentive and we had a nice dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual but good!
    Tobo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was a nice little spot to discover. Convenient parking, friendly staff, delicious salad and salmon. Our party also enjoyed the chicken and turkey burger. Very casual in a nice way!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff training needed
    LindaD5280
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    There were 8 of us celebrating my son's graduation. The server seemed very inexperienced and, while very nice, seemed overwhelmed with the size of our table. The food was satisfactory enough, although nothing stood out. The biggest drawback to the experience is that we had people reaching in between and over people clearing plates as we were still eating. This restaurant could be improved with better training of the staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not ready for primetime
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Heard that Arch Rock was under new management so we thought we'd give out a try. Our experience was not great. We ordered two appetizers, but were told that one wasn't available. We also ordered a bottle of wine. Our app came 10 minutes before the wine did. We ordered our entrees and waited 40 minutes before the manager said that they were all out of what I had ordered. I understand that restaurants run out of things, but should it have taken them 40 minutes to tell me? So, I ordered something different. When that finally came we were underwhelmed. The flavor was one note and the marscapone polenta that was supposed to be part of the dish was substituted with mashed potatoes. When I asked the manager about this he said "oh you noticed huh?"
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  • Huge fan
    EricGreenspan
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Seafood Cobb for lunch. Cioppino for dinner. No brainer. Great flavors, friendly servers, well managed. Great SB spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood join
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Excellent, fresh seafood and great local flavors! The menu selection was great and all items were excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Hostess station set up strangely with wine barrels to either side of stand which impedes traffic. No kids menu available and server could barely remember what was on it. Good muscles for app. Very slow service, she barely came around. Said manager was supposed to come by to aware us of long waits but didn't come to us. Strange set up everyone is in a booth. Would much rather sit in front room or bar area. Fritto Misto not an entree should be offers as app like calamari. Bus boy did strange thing as already had plates from another table and stopped to pick up only some of out old dishes. Cioppino pretty good but broth should be more fish/shrimp flavored. People could not find bathroom and would wander around.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our server (Lacey) was happy, friendly, personable and had great food suggestions! Tomas was friendly and come to our table to chit chat with us which I think was great! And came back to see how we were doing, just enough to not make it annoying! Overall I had a great experience and plan on going back very soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Both food and service excellent.
    ForLoveOfMom
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    When we are traveling, we like finding new places to eat. Arch Rock is a hidden gem. Located at Anacapa and Cota St it would normally be overlooked by all the State St restaurants. Everything we ordered was perfect. The clam chowder was close to the best ever. Loved the stilton blue & truffle honey grilled cheese. The best seafood Cobb salad with green goddess dressing. Wonderful miso cod with baby bok choy as the main dish. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. The folks working there seem to actually enjoy working at Arch Rock. We're not sure what we will have next time, but we're looking forward to trying other items. My only suggestion would be to expand on the dessert selections. We give this place 4.75 stars. Yum, thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just sea food
    BillTVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Arch Rock has been a favorite place for sea food since they opened so I was surprised to find they have expanded their selection of other dishes. I really enjoyed the braised short rib served on a bed of Mascarpone Polenta, the combination was outstanding. My wife got the fresh local sea bass on tamales, it was beautiful. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great location
    Angel
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Everything was very nice about the place...the staff, the service & the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out more than "in"
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Very disappointing to arrive for dinner and find out that several menu items were "sold out". This included salmon, a staple of amonst every restaurant; curious how this happened (if it did). Our ordered entres arrived but were not prepared as requested. Two of four were sent back and a third awaited the ordered side. This Enterprise Fish "copy cat: is faltering--its better ambiance is no longer an edge.
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  • excellent, but is you prefer,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    excellent, but is you prefer, ask for a table in the rear for a little more quiet -- so can talk easily to your quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couples review
    ATeam
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    All in all it was good! The atomosphere was fine except a few of us had to look at the supply of tableware on the backside of the booth. Service was pleasing & the hostess desk very pleasant. Chalkboard speacial were had to see from out booth w/o standing up & we couldn't see them on the other wall due to extra placesettings. Those must be moved! Nice wine list and great variety of fish options. Three of us had the special, 1 chioppino, bass & crab legs....all very good except chioppino could use additional ingredients!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ahi!!
    Dine4biz
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    This was a business dinner for a party of 12 - big plus that Arch Rock could accommodate a sizeable group. The food was fantastic - fresh fish all around. I had the Ahi and am still thinking about how fresh and tasty it was!! We will All be back again! Thanks for a great evening, ARF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    My girlfriend and I were I town for a quick vacation. We know the town well, but wanted to try something with seafood that we hadn't had before. The location and food couldn't have been better. Due to a crying child, everyone from servers to patrons were on pins and needles. I doubt that kid was there for the oysters, and there are plenty of family restaurants around where crying kids are par for the course. Patents, don't bring your young kid to fancy place unless they can handle it. Sorry for the diversion. The people were friendly and food was great. Get the clam chowder. It's great! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Descent option especially for fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Main dining room needs a look as lacks ambiance while bar area and outdoor area are cute and visually appealing. Meal was nice, wine options good. Only issue was a bunch of items were not available on the menu which was a bummer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.