Moby Dick Restaurant

4.3
91 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
At Moby Dick Restaurant, in Santa Barbara, you'll get not only fresh seafood and excellent service, but an amazing view along with your meal. Situated on the pier itself in Santa Barbara, Moby Dick Restaurant is a fantastic place with a fantastic atmosphere to get something to eat.



Whether you're after breakfast, lunch or dinner there�s sure to be something on the menu to please. Fried favorites at Moby Dick Restaurant include clam strips and chips, chicken wings and chips and many others. You can also order burgers, sandwiches and vegetarian fare. Fresh seafood specialties include grilled Cajun swordfish, bacon wrapped shrimp and grilled fresh salmon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 91 people are saying
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SoozeeQ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a table by the window looking toward the harbor where we could see all the boats coming and going. It was a beautiful sunny day, and our waitress was friendly and helpful. I had a delicious margarita and then perfectly cooked shrimp and chips. It was a delightful way to spend some time. It made my friend and I thankful to live in such a beautiful place.

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Jenn
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I know this wasn’t the best choice, but we were doing the sunset cruise and this was right across the way. I got the grilled fish tacos and they were not good. I never send food back and I had to send this back. The server was great and took it off the bill but just a warning. It was verrry fishy tasting and not warm. My husbands fish and chips were pretty good.

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Amber
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was wonderful. Waiter was extremely polite. Food was excellent

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Susie
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Ricardo was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location

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EricaE
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were first timers. The service was great. Really enjoyed our time there. Good view, good food, and good service! Would definitely go back.

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AnneM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch for an early Mother’s Day celebration was great! Attentive server, great food and beautiful view. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The location was great. The staff was incredible. Very polite, attentive and accommodating. The food was ok, but my biggest problem was the menu selections, or rather lack thereof.

My wife and daughter love seafood, so I was happy to take them to a nice seafood restaurant for lunch. They had lots to choose from on the lunch menu, but I didn’t.

I don’t eat any seafood so I was left to choose between a burger, a chicken sandwich or a steak. That’s it. None of those options sounded good, but I went with the burger. It wasn’t bad but I really didn’t appreciate being charged an additional $2 for a lousy piece of cheese on an already-expensive hamburger. That was a very low-class touch.

The side salads were nice and fresh and the portions were generous, so that was a positive.

We probably won’t be back any time soon and if we do come back, it will only be after they add some non-seafood menu items.

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Bailey
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, good service and amazing views, would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was very attentive to my food allergy. The food was great and we had a table looking out at the water. Had a lovely time.

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ChelsyJ
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was great our waiter was so nice. The view was amazing where we sat right next to the window so all you saw was the ocean. The experience was great. I ordered a latte which was delicious and the sirloin sadly that was just good not great. The steak had to many tendons I have never had a steak with so many. What I did eat around them was delicious. The mashed potatoes and veggies were very good as well. I would go back but would try something else.

Also my poor friend tried to order 2 items and they were out which is weird that they'd be out of lobster. I understand due to the pandemic this was the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff. Perfect views of the ocean. Food is delicious and fresh! One of our for sure places to go to when coming to Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The ambiance and the service was outstanding. But the taste of the food was fair but not upto the mark. Would love to visit again because of the ambiance.

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BessyV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moby Dick is a restaurant that I truly and wholeheartedly enjoyed. The food was tremendous, everything just appeals to the palate. I recommend the clam chowder and Santa Barbara crab. The service was incredibly friendly and considerate. Like the titular white whale, I'll be chasing this restaurant down till the end of time. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! I loved the environment. Very happy. Staff was great!

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vipTravelingAgain
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch on the water! Portions are perfectly sized. Service was fantastic. I had the Lobster Benedict. Wish they had put the lobster on the Benedict, but it was served on the tail shell to the side. My son had the French Toast and it was gone in less than a minute - probably too small of a portion for an 18-year old. Hubby had the pancakes and they were perfect. We will definitely visit again!

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BrandyM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Overpriced for the value and quantity. 17.99 for a hard hot dog bun with a small scoop of seafood spread over it and fries.

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DiOr
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fish tacos were very good tender fish and the seafood sandwich was wonderful filled with crab, lobster and fish it’s chopped up fine though I was hoping to get a chunk of lobster to identify it from the mix but it was still tasty. The clam chowder has always been one of our favorites we grew up in Santa Barbara so it was nice to visit Moby Dicks and find the food to be consistent after all these years.

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vipMNSanJose
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The butter appeared to be mixed with oil and the seasoning on the food was of low quality, msg maybe?

The seafood itself was excellent.

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katyr
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great view, good food.
Takes reservations, which was much appreciated.

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vipBeachgal
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor experience right on the wharf!
So glad they are open after the pandemic shutdown.
Great view and know for it’s seafood❣️

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I did not care for the Lobster roll (just not my thing) fries were cold

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ElviaG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never go back to this place or recommend anyone! I reserved for a company lunch and they never opened!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed, update your system

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Cruz
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for 3 today at 1:00 for 3 people. I received an email from Open Table to confirm the reservation, which I did. I drove from San Diego and the other members drove from Benicia, north of San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. We all agreed to meet in Santa Barbara at Moby Dicks to no avail. The restaurant and Open Table need to communicate better. Both Open Table and the Restaurant deserve a 0 Star rating.

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LobsterLover
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While we do miss dining inside this classic harbor restaurant, we found the outdoor seating satisfactory, and the view was great! We had a very capable, cordial and accommodating server. Our lobster dinners were promptly served, properly prepared. and tasty.

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gboat
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Close at 4, but allow reservations until 4:45. Will shame you if you made reservations not knowing what time they close. We just left. Big plastic sheet obscures the once-great views.

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very friendly staff and yummy food! Service was great. Gave lower score for ambiance just because they only have temporary outdoor seating due to Covid and it’s right next to parking lot- not their fault but not the usual outdoor type ambience since just temporary. We had a casual lunch with the kids and everyone enjoyed the meal.

Moby Dick Restaurant
Responded on November 24, 2020

Hi Jennifer P. We appreciate your visit and feedback. We hope you see you soon again. Thanks for your business.

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, wonderful server and great good. We’ve been coming to Moby Dick’s for 35 years, and it never disappoints.

Moby Dick Restaurant
Responded on November 24, 2020

Hi RyanB We appreciate your visit and comments, we hope to see you soon again. Thanks for your business.

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DavidB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We were disappointed by the food. I ordered Red Snapper - the fish tasted old and oily, veggies were cold, potatoes tasteless. My wife’s halibut was not quite so bad but pretty dry. We heard good things and were looking forward to the meal but will not be back. The house Pinot and Chardonnay were fine

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Potpourri
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service for seven persons was fast, friendly and efficient. We had early reservations to enjoy the sunset and were seated at a perfect table with views of the islands and mountains. Our four-year-old granddaughter was thrilled to receive her birthday dessert and blow out the candle. Several delicious appetizers complemented a tasty variety of seafood entrees. Our out-of-town guests always enjoy Moby Dick.

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vipBestlittledog
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving. It was goid.

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Lovepasta
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely great food and service

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I usually don’t write reviews but I feel like I should for this meal. I grew up going to Moby Dick’s as a special treat with my parents so since my kids and I were in SB, I thought I’d take my kids and I was excited to go. Well the meal was pretty disappointing.
The food was overpriced and mediocre. My son’s 6 “jumbo shrimp” meal for $28 + $3 for a salad was pretty sad. The shrimp were not jumbo at all and for the cost I was expecting more. My $30 lobster was small, over cooked and mealy, unfortunately. I was still hungry so I ate some of my daughter’s fish sandwich. That was actually pretty good for $16 and the fries were good as well, crispy and well seasoned. But the service was slow, they should get more waiters to help; although the waitress was pleasant when I did see her and the gentleman who served water and bread did a good job.
The outdoor seating was hot and loud. I was sweating by the end of the meal and had to move over to the other side of the table to hear my son.
It was an overall disappointing experience.

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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant pier restaurant with a lovely ocean view at sunset. Halibut was OK, could have been better seasoned. Great soft bread, good service although a little slow at the end.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to Santa Barbara for our anniversary dinner. The view was outstanding and the dinning experience excellent.

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OCRich
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lee our server was very ice and friendly. Worked there for 20 years and likes her job.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was kind, lovely, manager was personable, flexible, food was great, fish was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent views across the waterfront and great service and food.

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SuzanneC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Had table next to ocean- waiter was awesome!

FAQs

Moby Dick Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 965-0549.

Moby Dick Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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