Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.enterprisefishco.com/santabarbara/fishco.html
  • Phone: 8059623313
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-10pm,
    Friday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Choi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private locations.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Amtrak
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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.
A word from 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (34)kid-friendly (26)vibrant bar scene (24)special occasion (23)hot spot (23)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (14)late-night find (9)romantic (6)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My favorite seafood restaurant inSB
    Namwhan
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great seafood selections, deliciously prepared, reasonably priced in a lovely, lively restaurant conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara with excellent staff who are friendly, attentive, and on-the-ball.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic SB Seafood Restaurant
    PedalandChew
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I've been coming to the Enterprise my whole life, and it was a special joy to introduce my wife to it when we visited SB this weekend. We had delicious oysters, lobster, swordfish and salmon, all fresh, all beautifully prepared, and served in a friendly, lively atmosphere. It's a great hidden gem that's good for tourists and locals alike, located right downtown in the midst of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing visit....
    fsp4
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We go to Enterprise very often but Sunday was a disappointment. We have noticed that it gets uncomfortably warm when the restaurant is crowded...and it was. In addition, we ordered the ahi tuna which we had to send back. It was overcooked and rubbery....a first at Enterprise. Enterprise is one of our go-to places in Santa Barbara and we will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good food
    Patty
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Enterprise because we were looking for a historical spot with seafood to meet friends up from the San Fernando Valley. What a great surprise! Gorgeous old building. Fun decor, very well done. We were there early and had a reservation so we were very happy with our table. Not all of the seating is desirable. Tables very close together, lively bar scene and a fairly high noise level. We were good because of the table we had away from the bar and in a window. We had the Ceviche, oysters on the half shell, swordfish, Cioppino and the Dover Sole. Everyone was more than happy with their food. The sole was perfect and the grilled vegetables excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $32 Lobster!
    chowdown
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enterprise offers the best value for seafood in Santa Barbara. I've heard that people rave about the happy hour appetizers and drinks here but only feel the food is only mediocre. I disagree. While the seafood is not fancy (don't expect heavy sauces or delicate preparation), it is fresh and reasonably priced. If you stick with the basics and appreciate simple, grilled seafood, then you will enjoy the food here. My favorites are the basa swai and swordfish, and you can never go wrong with the lobster or king crab. Also, you can't beat the weekday special of 2 lb. lobster for $32.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jane
    Jane
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was outstanding at this seafood restaurant. The appetizers and soup were completely delicious. And the entrees (swordfish and Dover sole) were exquisitely fresh and prepared with some serious skill. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    JudeK
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went on a Friday night which was probably our mistake. We had reservations so we were seated immediately, fortunately. Getting into the restaurant through the bar crowd was difficult. We were seated with a view of the kitchen which my husband enjoyed as he is the cook in the family. Conversation was impossible because of the noise. I had the lobster bisque soup which was great! The rest of our meal was just so so. My risotto was gummy. The best part of the whole time we were there was the waitress-she was charming! There was no parking other than on the street about 3 blocks away. It was a difficult walk for my husband who has a bad back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent seafood
    rbsb
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were traveling up the California central coast and I picked this place when we were in Santa Barbara because it seemed to have the more extensive seafood list when compared to some of the other waterfront restaurants. Enterprise did not disappoint. We were seated right away. Our food and wine was excellent. I had the halibut and it was the best seafood dish I had on our trip. The family was also impressed with their desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh fish and good side
    MarlaPR
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Favorite location but hard to find parking!! Food is good and love the fish cooked over wood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnificent dining
    HeartHealthyDining
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The lobster was delicious and would recommend it for the sea food lover. Especially tasty was the baked potato with the works. Looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sea food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent service and very good sea food Complicate to arrive, confuse Really recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I recommend Enterprise
    Dallasite
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Was plenty packed, but that added to the ambience. Good menu for seafood lovers , but also had a number of entrees for non- fish eaters. My ciopino was as good as I've had. Servers did a good job of keeping up, even in a tough crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On Fire Restaurant- SUPERB
    Lanny
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This restaurant has it all- great food-great service- great drinks- great atmosphere- Make reservations if after 6:30- Happy Hour is gracious and offers superb savings on appetizers in the BAR! OUTSTANDING!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but pricey
    thebestinLAVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    i'm no stranger to the term MARKET PRICE, but, when three people order the crab legs, a small portion i'll add, although it was very delicious, it was a little shocking to see that that slab of crab was $60, times 3. $180 for 3 orders of crab legs. the server was really rude and i suggested when an item is almost 3 times the price of any other menu item, it would be a nice gesture to warn the customer. but i was just told "well, you didn't ask so i didn't tell you. next time ask if you want to know" which was the most communication we had with him the entire night. i'll probably not return as i can spend $300 someplace that will appreciate the money more. this place didn't seem to care.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Gr8Time
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Overall, we had a good experience, only issue was to re-fire a not so warm crab cake, lobster presentation was great, service was on point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster special
    1davidt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Really enjoyed the lobster special. Services was awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a nice birthday lunch
    doctorVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We frequent and enjoy the Enterprise often and have for years. The setting by the window is so pleasant and the bar scene is vibrant. I love the crab Louie....the best I have had in the area. Our server was lovely and professional. At the end of this birthday lunch with my mom our server surprised me with an incredible mud pie desert complete with candle. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lobsters !
    Loveseagood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very good fish & sea food, we all enjoyed our food , a group of 9 people . Will go there if we go to Santa Barbara , as we were just visiting
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish and Shellfish
    Enfieldanne
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The restaurant is great, very vibrant with lots of interesting things around the place. The food was great too. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistent favorite
    Judyd
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    You can count on the food & service at Enterprise Fish Co. to be consistently very good. We arrived a few minutes late, but they were gracious & seated us right away. Service was friendly & prompt. The food was really good - our table ordered lobster bisque all around, popcorn shrimp, Shrimp Louie, a burger, tuna melt & grilled swordfish. Everyone was happy with their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casual atmosphere, incredible food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There's no outdoor seating here, which was the only disappointment. Otherwise, the decor is very beachy/comfy, the servers are very professional, and the food was some of the best we've had in Santa Barbara (we had the Mahi-Mahi, Sea Bass & crab cakes.) Definitely looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I ordered a seafood salad which was good but very small. For $22 I got lettuce, tomatoes, & a little bit of crab!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Mabbie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Loved the food, the lobster bisque so yummy! Will always come back for this! The grilled lobster tail was moist and delicately delicious, recommend both. The cola covered salmon was also delicious along with steamed broccoli.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our all time FAVES!!
    angelbella30
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Every time we're in Santa Barbara we have dinner at Enterprise Fish Co. and we're never disappointed. The food is always outstanding and the service is even better. Try the Scallops Risotto - it's delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty
    JKofHI
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We stopped in for a quick bite to eat while in Santa Barbara. The lobster bisque was excellent and is enough to make us want to visit again. The staff were really friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    daktamVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Verry nice to be albe to make reservations for July 4, and to enjoy excellent food and great service. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was great, the waiter was very informative, discribed each dish very clearly, instead of stupidly saying "Oh everythign is great" . The fodd itself was average. It is made for mass dining .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Choochansu
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Made a reservation an hour before and was seated as soon as we got there. Food was really great as well as the service by Eric. Awesome !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service.
    Nini
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A must go if you are in Santa Barbara. We are from Orange County and we always go there when we are in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    RichU
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been going for several years and never had an issue with the Food or Service. Also, I love the energy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sta Barbara Getaway
    neighborhoodgem
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Lovely capper to our family's w/e in SB! Superb service and great food--every dish a hit! Too stuffed to have dessert, but I would've loved to have the Key Lime pie. Beverly
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JS EFC Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Fish was very fresh and the lobster special can be beat (2lb. live maine lobster $33) Service was excellent, place is a bit noisy due to the bar and eating area all together. Go for the food and you'll be satisfied otherwise skip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    golmec
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had not been to the Enterprise for a couple of years, at least. Judging by this dinner, on Mothers' Day, it has dropped a lot in quality. The seabass was good, but not exceptional. I estimate that the portion was 3 ounces, at most! Likewise, my son was disappointed in the ahi--nothing special and a very small portion. The grilled vegetables were the best part of the meal, but we went there for the seafood! I will not return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I have eaten at Enterprise Fish Co. about 10 times in the last year. I have always been pleased with the quality of the food, the presentation and the service. The staff are friendly and capable. The dishes have excellent flavors and have always been cooked correctly. This is a great place to bring small groups of people. I take customers there regularly. I would not recommend bring more than 6 people because the space doesn't seem to work for larger numbers. Enterprise has a great feel and is a place I will continue to go back to for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 412 reviews are from the Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara reviews archive.
  • Dependable fun for 40 years...
    Delighted
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    My partner chose this as a birthday celebration location. I was happy to make the reservation for ten very diverse friends due to my many past successful dinners at the Enterprise. The help & food were fantastic. I had many compliments from our guests about how upbeat & fun the occasion was.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great employees and food
    LindaKVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The employees are phenomenal. The food is fantastic, and the whole restaurant is decorated with everything seafood, and ocean oriented. Ask to sit by the aquariuml, and you can still check out a game on the televisions in bar area. This place is hopping, so making a reservation is a must. My husband has to travel to Santa Barbara every three weeks, and this is the restaurant we go to every time. The fresh homemade sourdough bread is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food!
    DRosie
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We had an amazing food experience at fish Enterprise. Each item was outstanding - from the clam chowder to the fresh crab.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Chris
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a great Easter dinner here and all of our good choices were prepared in excellent fashion.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended. Excellent Seafood
    WHTDOUTHNK
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great selection of quality seafood. Nice casual atmosphere. Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Katie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We always come to enterprise for special occasions and Easter was awesome! We have been coming for years and it holds a special place in our heart! Thank you for your acceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.