Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica

Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.enterprisefishco.com/
  • Phone: (310) 392-8366
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-10pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bruce G. Choi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A variety of private party options available: Seated Dinners, Cocktail Parties, Garden Patio Setting, Private Patio Bar, Indoor Semi-Private Room, In-House DJ, and Endless Menu Options
  • Private Party Contact: Victoria Guyon 3103928366
  • Entertainment: The Best Happy Hour in Santa Monica! MONDAY thru SATURDAY 4pm - 7pm, & SUNDAY 8pm-10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a city lot in front of our restaurant that is metered. Pricing is $1.00 an hour.
A word from Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica
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. Also just a few blocks from the waterfront, our sister 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.
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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)good for groups (64)fit for foodies (61)great for lunch (50)special occasion (49)vibrant bar scene (43)kid-friendly (33)great for outdoor dining (28)hot spot (26)romantic (18)great for brunch (18)late-night find (17)notable wine list (7)Show More
  • not as good as it use to be
    gigi
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I usually like to pop in here since it's near me and a sure bet for a nice piece of fish-- but Saturday Night the wait was long even though we had a reservation- the food cold and not good the trout was BLAND and the soul which I usually love was sticky the waiter was MIA and never came back to refill drinks- even brussel sprout were not tasting good and were cold the management needs to get on top
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent restaurant for fish. Somewhat high priced for lunch but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks, great service
    VegGourmet
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our waiter was fantastic -- very helpful -- and the bartender was generous. We could feel the impact of those drinks! The food is upscale basic -- nothing unusual, but a nice slab of fish, well prepared, with good sides.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster and Champagne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I love this place - my only one concern was when they ran out of lobster and it was their specials (Monday and Tuesday). That was a bummer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No lobster
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We went specifically for the lobster special at 6:30. They had NO LOBSTERS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night out with friends
    maxison
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Looking at the reviews it was a no brainer to at least take a look at the place. The place was busy which usually means it's a good sign. The Lobster bisque was EXCELLENT with that pastry on top. Everything else was good as well. My friends and I had fun and had good food which was all I was looking for and this hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enterprise Fish Co.
    greengirl75
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Terrible name or a restaurant, but beautiful, cozy inside. Rustic beach warehouse feel with exposed brick. It could be 1978 or today, would still feel the same. They have a great Happy Hour each evening. Decent food, decent drinks. A nice mixed crowd of old and young. The only thing they can loose is the TV's at the bar. Every bar does not need a flat screen TV in my opinion. Just engage each other. It's a permanent go to on my neighborhood list. Love it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • promises not kept
    HillyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    we haven't had dinner here for over a year because we received very small portions of very average tasting food....well, nothing has changed..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • always a nice meal
    EthelMartinPetersVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The good: tasty food prepared the way you like it. FULL bar with great selections. Beautiful wood beams and exposed brick. okay now for the not-so-good: Boy, they need to fix the place up. Needs new flooring. THe Lady's room needs a major update. The booths need some more "cush".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bubbiefay
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Meal was good, the booths are skimpy, it was a tight fit. the sevice was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My experience was absolutely great. The restaurant service was really good and the food was spectacular. I was there to celebrate a birthday and the hostesses make sure everybody was taken care of including the birthday girl. This is my recommendation for anyone in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    MelEMel
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service was good. Kyle was our veteran server and he was training Niche and they were both friendly and attentive. The food however was so so and it took a long time to receive our entrees. I ordered the macadamia nut mahi mahi. It wasn't good and the entire dish was cold. I sent it back and it was returned reheated from the microwave and replated. It was as though the attempt was for me to think it was a new plate of food. #Fail! So I then switched my entree to the sea bass. It was ok but unimpressuve. This was dusappointung as (1) it was my birthday dinner and (2) I'm a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats fish) so I was really looking forward to this dinner but it was sub par. The star of the meal was the mud pie birthday dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic lobster & steak dinner
    Cookinwithluv
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Teriyaki steak, lobster tail, baked potatoe w sour cream & chives, Caesar salad, key lime pie and Pinot Grigio, with my hubbie on a Saturday night in Venice, Ca, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish was not cooked properly
    MamaH
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The best thing here was the wine and lobster bisque. One in our party ordered the surf and turf (lobster tail/filet). Filet was cooked fine, but the lobster was over-done and rubbery. Pretty disappointing since this is (a) a seafood place and (b) they charged $82 for the dish. Sides were disappointing as well. Texture was like cafeteria food. Old and mushy cheesey potatoes. Liquor was good. Service was good. For a first date-night out after baby was born, we were pretty unimpressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 9TH VISIT
    dam2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is our 9th visit we enjoyed it each time/ We have imitated friend and family everyone enjoyed. We will be coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review.
    BIGFELLOW
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This a lively restaurant with a noise level higher than I would prefer. I was seated promptly. The waiter was efficient and knowledgeable. My drinks were delivered promptly and were good. My food was excellent. Chowder and the 11 oz lobster tail. I enjoyed my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smell the Sea
    spritzVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    great place to dine for seafood. No messing around most fish is charbroiled mesquite style in front of your very eyes. Then again great sashimi and Charred Ahi. Anyways, all time favorite if you are really wanting to eat seafood. Amazing pre-meal warm bread. Stay away from the cole slaw only downfall but get the salad, soup, or steamed vegetables instead. Also go for the steak fries not to be dismissed easily or yam fries. Great desserts huge family style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    Samantha
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Have eaten here before and find its offering to be okay but I think they're overrated. The Mesquite Prawns are not prawns. According to size I would say they are more like extra-large shrimp but certainly not Prawns. For me I found that they were overcooked, somewhat dry and not that tasty. In addition we both ordered margaritas, and I was sorely disappointed. I don't know what they did with the tequila, but I don't think there was any in that glass. On the other hand, service was fine, noise level a little much for me, parking is convenient even at a dollar per hour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrating 12 years aniversary
    Willie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food delicious as always, the services, however, very poor. This girl approached us like she never serve people, far away from the table, did not care if we have been there before, nor if we have questions about the choices. She brought in to the table the warm bread after we finished with the soup. That was very especial! Then she did not show to the table, once she delivered the main course. That was very romantic. LOL. Overall, we love this place. We have been going there for many years, this is not a halt for us no to come in anymore. We will back, and will review the services.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Second Time -- a bit disappointed
    southpaw1022
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I took my wife there for the second time in two weeks. I loved the Cioppino (sp) on my first visit. We ordered steak, lobster, prawns on our second visit -- steak was a bit tough -- lobster was a bit tough/dry, my wife said her mashed potatoes were dry -- I did like the prawns. There are lots of restaurants -- it was not a bad experience -- just not the quality of experience for the price. I will try some other places in Santa Monica before I go back (unless Cioppino is all I am looking for). The service was excellent both times though -- great waiter and waitress
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BabeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Really good seafood. We've been there many times and will keep coming back. The best seafood in the Los Angeles area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambiance
    Cecile
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It's our first time to dine here for my birthday and we had a wonderful time! We were there on a Wed night so the ambiance could be different on a weekend. For seafood lovers, this a great restaurant. Lots of choices/varieties at reasonable prices. The food is tasty and service is great. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
    JFK1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was perfectly prepared, excellent presentation and service was remarkable. Waitress was pleasant, attentive and very polite. Reservation on Open Table was honored and on time. Hostess seated us promptly and courteously. Will definitely return..Enjoyed our evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh+
    agrossVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant is lively and fun, but the food is very hit and miss. The oysters were surprisingly fresh, but the shrimp was rubbery and tasteless. The clam chowder was good, but then again so is the clam chowder from Trader Joe's. My white sea bass was lifeless. Maybe because it was dead, but still... My kids loved it and the $4.99 children's menu was reasonable. Our server was energetic and helpful, but the food just isn't good enough to merit a return visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters were great, the rest... meh
    coffeefoodwine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The building itself is pretty cool looking and we'd driven past so many times that finally we decided it was time to go in. Started off with some oysters (two different kinds, one salty, one sweet, both delicious) and then soup (clam chowder, two different kinds), again delicious. We were loving it all aside from how noisy it gets until we got our main courses. I had the Parmesan Crusted Halibut which was okay and my boyfriend got the sirloin and lobster tail ($72). Their was no flavor on the lobster aside from the grill and it seemed to be overcooked. The sirloin was a good piece of beef but combined with the steamed veggies that hadn't been cooked all the way, it really was lacking overall. Definitely not worth the $72 price tag.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring back the lobster special
    AnonVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Although we have been coming for years for the lobster special about two hours before my large dinner party I received a text saying lobster special won't be around indefinitely. Whatever that was supposed to me is unclear but bottom line is they no longer serve the special as of a few weeks ago. The lobster was triple the price. Not cool to advise on a three week old reservation right before. The server was great and felt very bad. It also affected the size of the crowd at the restaurant. They should raise the price but to eliminate it totally is going to affect their business and repeat customer line. Will think twice before booking again there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Things have changed
    mikeyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have been going to EFC for several years but this was the first visit in several weeks. What changed? First, though our reservation was the middle of dinner time, thee was almost no one there, not even at the bar which is usually pretty lively. Undoubtedly there are several factors in play, but I think much of the problem is explained by the mid-week lobster special (a crowd favorite), which had gone from $29 to $33 a while back but somehow jumped to $57 last week. The food, our server, and the staff were generally very good, but you could sense the lack of spirit, and they had a hard time staying on top of their game. I would still highly recommend EFC, but it will be much better when they get their act (back) together.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fish restaurant
    David
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We've enjoyed consistently high-quality fish and our favorite mud pie dessert here for many years. It's always a treat to sit at one of the booths and enjoy the ambiance of the old warehouse-look ceiling. Thank you, Enterprise!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy it all!
    NixPix
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The eneving was a mix of conversation good food and drinks. the crabcakes were done to perfection and the White Bass was incredible. The service was spot on; there when you needed something but not hovering. A great place for a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BusBoy
    MDRDINER
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food, un-attentive waitress, busboy deserved the tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shopperVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have been here many times and it never disappoints Our lobster dinners were excellent and delicious. Great value with two side orders. Our server was extremely attentive and very friendly. Would recommend this restaurant in a minute. And will return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's birthday
    ZeeManVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As always great fish and seafood - my mom loves it. Accommodated us at a table in the back room that is quieter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enterprise isn't a prize
    Dinename
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great kids menu, awesome fish tank, yummy dessert. Food is good but not great, service was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleased
    crowbolt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The table bread was soft with a good crust. She enjoyed her Boston Clam Chowdah; I loved my Lobster Bisque. My Trout Almondine with Lemon Beurre Blanc was good, but her Halibut with Garlic Parmesan crust was fantastic! Despite our excellent waiter's suggestion for the Enterprise Strawberries, we went with the Molten Chocolate Cake. It was good, but the ice cream's texture was a bit off. All around, the food was very good. The service was prompt, attentive, and friendly. I observed good rapport between waiters and their tables. Support staff was excellent--seamlessly helping without needing direction. It was a busy night, and staff brought our food when it was ready, instead of delaying for the waiter. I appreciated that. $82 before tip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Meal
    Nicki
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Only drawback was a loud group drinking men at the table of next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love that Lobster
    TheFineDinersVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've been here weekly since we discovered the lobster special. The lobsters are perfectly steamed and of good size.... A great deal. The atmosphere is very comfortable for such a large space. Highly recommend for less than half the price of the Palm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now1LobsterLover
    Now1LobsterLover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It is my second time here. I brought a friend for the lobster special. As before they were impressed with the lobster, price, flavor, Boston Clam Chowder and filet mignon. It was a great nite. The complementary mudd pie for his birthday was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Atmosphere, ok food
    MVRuffnecks
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loved the decor, how the bar laid out, high ceilings. Terrific looking restaurant. Food was just ok. Lacked presentation but tasted good. Not much food with each entry so be prepared to order an appetizer. Service was slow and waitress didn't check in as often as she should but was pleasant and friendly. We were there for lunch. I'm sure the place heats up quite a bit at night. I plan on coming back to take friends to the bar area, but not to sit down and eat.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    5seasonfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was great and good was delicious! I had the swordfish and grilled veggies! Loved it. Service was quick, prompt, and very helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a consistent meal here!
    judyjetson
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We dine at this restaurant probably one or two times a month. The fresh fish and seafood are always well prepared along with delicious sides. Te waitstaff is helpful, accommodating and and there to make the dining experience a good one. Straight forward food with a nice flavors. Menu rarely changes but I like it that I can always count on a flavor I've had to be replicated. Interestingly, there are all types of folks who frequent this spot. They have a terrific bar menu at good prices so for those who wish to drink, take in the sports on tTV, a delicious and value driven option.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate