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: 3103928366
  • 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
167 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (57)fit for foodies (53)special occasion (49)great for lunch (45)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (28)kid-friendly (27)hot spot (23)romantic (18)great for brunch (16)late-night find (15)notable wine list (9)Show More
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
  • Thom
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great meal. The fish was outstanding. Great environment and service. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite!
    fredVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent restaurant with excellent, fresh fish. It is always difficult choosing because all the fish dishes are well prepared and delicious. Great ambiance, great servers. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen FAIL!
    CaptainCuisine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ordered the Salmon Special, medium rare. It was old, dry, medium well and smelled so strongly I couldn't eat it. My wife's Almandine Filet of Sole, also ordered medium rare, was prepared medium well, the breading was twice as thick as the filet and the filet was so thin you could read a newspaper through it. She took 1 bite & gave up. Our 2 guests ordered chicken breasts which were dry, chewy and seemed old. The fish in the Children's Fish & Chips was thin, dry and overcooked and inedible. We hardly ate anything. This used to be a well run business. The floor manager needs to pay particular attention to customers pivoting their heads looking for staff and to address uneaten food left on a plate, especially when it is left by the whole table
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There were six of us. 4 adults and 2 small children. We requested the patio but instead got the front window which turned out to be perfect. Our waitress was amazing. She could almost read the children's minds keeping them engaged. We had a very nice dinner with very little "drama" from the children and since it was a birthday celebration, a piece of ice cream cake was brought out. The 3 year old got most of it. We have been going to this restaurant for many years and the food has only gotten better. It's close to home and that makes it a good spot for entertaining as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BelAirVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Not sure I would go except for the lobster at $32.95 :)
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  • I'll be back!
    mandajilly
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I visited Enterprise Fish Co. with colleagues based on a friend's recommendation and we were very happy! The location is great, we didn't have a problem parking, the restaurant is beautiful and interesting, and the food was fabulous! It's on the pricey side but it was worth it. We tried 3 appetizers: lemon peppers, crab cakes, and ceviche. And I had the blackened swordfish for my meal. I would recommend them all!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved the food and the service
    AVJ9VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've never been disappointed here. And they are one of the last restaurants that will give you a free dessert for your birthday or anniversary! we love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great fish and steaks. noise level a bit high. pleasant staff!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for fish for sure!
    EclecticTaste
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent fish menu and lots of ways to prepare it. If you like fish, this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good service
    seetheworld2113
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the servic. We went on a Monday night and reserved thought Open Table. We arrived 30 minutes prior to our reservation but able to sit down in 5 minutes. It was nice to get a Key Lime pie for the B'day occasion on the houseFood is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood selections...
    Damien
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love this place. My wife loves the trout and I the Cioppino. The service and drinks are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good a Food, Slow Service
    Karen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was only our second time here; the first time was so great we decided to bring out of town guests back. Yikes! What a difference a waitress makes. Ours the first time was knowledgable, friendly and attentive! This time our waitress was extremely slow, and seemed to be scattered. At least the patio seating was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Long.....
    focalpoint
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wife & I finally got to get out and enjoy ourselves with a private dinner (no kids). We've been coming here since 2006, but have not been by for a while since the children. Everything was great except it took 40-45 min for fish and salad and that was after our appetizer came. Other guests around us came in after us and got served before us!?!? To make things worse, we're the last table in the back, so we really felt neglected!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I wanted Salmon.
    Now1LobsterLover
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My friend is very cheap. Not only did he buy 2 lobster dinners , he said it was the best he ever had. Sweet and tender. Meaty. When the soup and salad are great - the meal pretty much follows. I came for salmon, but my other friend raved about it - so it was 4 lobster dinners all around. I left full , satisfied and very happy. The special M-Th. was an added incentive. My first time - already recommended it . Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lobster dinner
    PAvisitors
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed the Enterprise Fish Co very much. We took advantage of their M-Th lobster special and was totally impressed. We had more food than we could eat! The waitstaff was very attentive and our waiter very helpful. We would definitely return on our next trip to the LA area!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • klutzieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The lobster is fabulous. My friends from the east coast say that it is equally good if not better than they get in Maine.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time experience
    tikki969
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was our first time at restaurant and we were celebrating anniversary. The place was loud and alive, the service was quick and friendly, and it was restaurant week and we scored a four course meal with two lb lobster for 49.99 per person. The meal was great even though it was a Saturday during restaurant week and it was busy, but it did not affect the service or meal quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FSH blah,lobster yum!
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wild king salmon was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bland..it tasted like they thawed it out &let it sit ..it tasted like nothing! No FSH taste no nothing..it tasted like water... Rm other hand my bfs lobster was good Srvc was great apps were alrite,fish suckd....lobster good Overall I'd go again for h.hr
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Consistently delicious with excellent service, accommodating every request. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.