Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara

4.3
1125 reviews
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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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MV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating here . Great staff and yummy food

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BB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

It was our 38 Anniversary with our son and my best friend that came down from Northern CA. We retired to Bend OREGON. We came back to our special place to celebrate. I ordered the mix seafood grill which was suppose to be shrimp, scallops and fish. Everything came pretty fast. My mixed grill was shrimp and two kinds of fish. When I asked where my scallops where, I was told they where to expensive so they made the white fish look like scallops. No sorry at first and I was the first person to bring it up. They made it up in the end after talking to the manager. It put a damper on our celebration.

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WS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, food and atmosphere. Will come again.

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PT
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Usually one of our favorite places, this visit just wasn’t up to par. The food was good as usual, but even this early on a Friday night it was so crowded the staff couldn’t be very attentive, and the noise level was almost intolerable. I’m sure we’ll be back again, maybe midday sometime. This one was a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, nice table. Party of 4.
Service a bit off. Not checked on regularly. Order confusion. No water refill until we flagged down waitress.
Otherwise nice experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Weekend getaway.

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c
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I don't know where to start it was so bad. Wouldn't even touch half the food they put in front of us. Terrible.

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DW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Food never disappoints. Highly recommend for a good seafood restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner here and loved the Swordfish and Mesquite Grilled Shrimp. Good portions, lots of options on the menu and service was superb

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s
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great ambience. The first place to eat when you visit SB!

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PP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Over cooked fish courses served way before finishing appetizers and hurled onto the table by impatient wait staff. What’s not to make me go elsewhere?

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New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere with exposed high ceiling and open kitchen. The nautical atmosphere and large aquariums make a perfect atmosphere for a casual get together.
The prices are very reasonable. Their strength seemed to be fish tacos, fish & chips, and other bar food rather than gourmet fish dishes. The service was iffy but I would go again for a casual evening with friends.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Server was rushed, forgot our place settings, had to be reminded multiple times. Didn’t know the menu, I placed an order for something and he came back saying it was out of season. He should have checked ahead of time and known what was available before taking the order. Seemed annoyed every time we asked for something. Added a service charge/tip and our party only had 4 adults and 1 child?!

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d
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service. Also very loud, but restaurant honored request for table that provided some relief from the noise.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was slow and inattentive. The noise level is way too loud. The food is barely eatable. I would not suggest this restaurant, there are plenty of other choices in Santa Barbara

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d
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We used to really like this restaurant, but now if is only "OK." Prices no longer include soup or salad, just veggies and cole slaw, which given the portion size of entrees, is not a very good deal.

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Portland
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined on a Monday $30 lobster special night - fantastic 2 lb lobster dinner. Watched my elderly mother enjoy the entire lobster.

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a
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Enterprise Fish Co. several times and have never been disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very average

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time and will return when in Santa Barbara.

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BD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought an out-of-town friend and we both loved it! I like to bring friends here.

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SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Excellent help.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent cuisine, beautiful location and friendly staff. Recommended.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to come here often! This was the place for our first date 36 years ago! The food was delicious and our waiter was attentive and adorable! We will definitely be back!

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HB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A wonderful, generous sparkling wine cocktail and some of the best whole roasted fish I've had in ages. Over all a wonderful New Years Eve meal (given the Chinese penchant for eating fish - lucky! - on New Years). Seated next to the colorful fish in the nice aquarium was lucky too. I would normally prefer a more stylish ambiance, but all things considered, I feel lucky (!) to eat here on New Years Eve.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My wife’s Fish was a little over cooked, service was a tad slow.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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AB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food and perfect location. Always a fun place to eat at while in Santa Barbara.

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We picked up our son at the train station and walked right over and had a delicious dinner. Everyone raved about their meals. The cocktails were perfect. It was a very satisfying end to the day, especially for our son after 14 hours on the train! We will be back!!

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H
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a fun environment. We Loved our meal!

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice find near funk zone. Overall very good, child friendly and friendly service.

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F
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always a great locals place. Very busy tonight so service was not up to normal excellence.

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EM
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good location, great seafood. Only problem is staffing. They allow 6PM reservations, but only have "2 servers on duty" until a little afterwards. This is not the first time we've had to wait for a table, even though we had a reservation.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall experience just average, food was good, however I felt rushed by staff always interrupting to remove plates etc. Have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but will not be coming back. There are many other restaurant in SB that offer a better dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great time!

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CW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! I will definitly return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Been going for years. No more Red Snapper on the menu. Service was poor on a not to busy Friday night.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with a friend during a gals weekend away, and it was a terrific spot for some stellar seafood. Classics and new creative stuff alike, and the server was kind, fun and warm.

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LV
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

There was some kind of a problem with the computer. Our dinner did not come for nearly 45 minutes after we sat down, but it was not until we had been there for over 30 that someone finally told us what the problem was. Our initial waiter just kept telling us he would check on our order but never explained what was actually happening

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