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Moby Dick Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA

Moby Dick Restaurant

4.0
4
143 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.

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Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 965-0549

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Parking details

    First 90 minutes are free

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 143 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for Groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

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  1. FM

    FerdinandoM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Very nice place with a wonderful view. Price Vs Quality a bit too high. We’ve been a bit disappointed about the rock crab…under the expectation but this is a personal opinion.

  2. RC

    ReturnCustomer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Nice, clean restaurant on great location (Stearn’s Pier). Waitress service was great. Food only average. Limited menu, Halibut was over cooked and dry. Side dishes not at all impressive (mashed potatoes and vegetables). Needs to improve dish arrangement and quality to match price. Understand s/p Pandemic & shortages but chef needs to pick up his part.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We went for brunch; unfortunately brunch ended at 11 (a tad early for my taste), so we made do with the lunch menu. Think diner-type food, but seafood-themed. The coffee was good, the Bloody Mary was fantastic and the service was excellent. I also really enjoyed the ambiance and our window side location that allowed us a wide view of the harbor and the beach.

  4. T

    Ted1

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food at Moby Dick's has improved over the years. I had the shrimp Louie salad, which was very good. my guests had fish tacos and mussels, and they both enjoyed their dishes. we had a nice table with a view of pelicans all over t he harbor, not to mention foolish boats going out in very strong winds. what's not to like? a good experience

  5. CD

    CharleneD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    No bread was brought to the table. My son ordered the seafood tacos. He asked if it would be enough because he was very hungry. Was told yes. He also ordered a cup of clam chowder. Needless to say, two tacos and some rice was not enough food for my son. I ordered a Luke Salad. It was good but also smallish. My rum cocktail was good & the clam chowder didn’t have a lot of potatoes which was good. Wouldn’t hurry back.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Pleasantly surprised by the breakfast! Can’t beat the location and view. Will definitely come back.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My spouse, myself & our 4 year old dined here. All food overcooked, had to be sent back, the fried seafood platter for 2 was overpriced & hardly any fish or shrimp at all-2 pieces of calamari, shrimp, etc-terribly small!! Will never go here again!!

  8. PT

    PTed

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great experience! The food was outstanding!

  9. L

    Laura

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The location is fun and beautiful. The food is not very good and overpriced. Was a bummer because we heard there was a new manager and it got better.

  10. NR

    NRH1

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter and staff were all very attentive and welcoming

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Food wasn't good at all. The were out of lobster. Second rate restaurant.

  12. R

    Rapaline

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We met friends for dinner. Food was good but nothing exceptional. Wait staff were quite good.

  13. B

    Bnkroll

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is located i the pier. You can park on the pier no charge for 90 minutes. We requested a ocean view seat and sat down right away. The waiter was prompt and our food came out right away. Recommend the fresh catch of the day and the seafood tacos.

  14. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Request a table by the window to fully enjoy the Santa Barbara harbor and views of the beach. Sunset is the best time.

  15. A

    Amethyst1

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Upon our arrival, the host was going to sit us in a tucked away spot where we were unable to enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean. We asked for another spot and he was more than happy to oblige. Our server was great! He was super friendly and attentive. The food was delicious! We were with a group of 5 and everyone was satisfied. I ordered the seafood tacos that comes with rice on the side. It was the perfect amount and super tasty! My husband ordered the halibut special and he was also very pleased. Since we were celebrating 2 birthdays we ordered a piece of chocolate cake and ice cream on the side. Perfect ending to a great meal! I will say, the parking on the pier was difficult and took us about 15 minutes of cruising until a spot finally opened. It was a 3 day weekend but I'm sure most weekends it is really crowded as this spot is a huge tourist attraction so be aware of this when making plans.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate here on our honeymoon! Best decision ever the drinks were amazing, the food was amazing everything was just amazing! The best part was the staff recognizing us and congratulating us. What a great start to the marriage ❤️

  17. AE

    AmericaE

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    If everyone in your group loves seafood, this is the place for you! Their vegetarian options (a salad or veggie burger) are good, but many would want more variety. The cocktails are excellent and the outdoor views are great! A little pricy, but we had a great sunset view~

  18. JV

    JessicaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and perfect view. Will definitely come back

  19. A

    Amber

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service is excellent!! Views are beautiful and food is good.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    We were seated out in the glasses in area overlooking the water. It was nice, but everyone was seated in that area. No social distancing at all. The menu has changed drastically. Very few options and the prices have gone up. I was shocked to see the price of my organic greens with carrot shreds, wow!! I make this same salad at home and for $7.95 I can feed a table of 6 adults. Never saw the waiter once our food arrived. Very disappointed

  21. JG

    JoeG

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great location, good service and good food when in Santa Barbabra.

  22. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our waiter, Ricardo, was great. He was helpful with the menu, attentive, friendly, and seemed happy to be helping us. The food was excellent. Great shrimp and chips. The patio was lovely on a January day. We were celebrating a birthday and it was a success. My only suggestion is to serve coleslaw or something green with the fish and chips.

  23. L

    Local

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very quiet Sunday night in January. Great burger. Interesting tasty soup. Generous cocktails. Nice helpful friendly waitress.

  24. B

    Beachgal

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Female hostess was excellent, friendly and accommodating❣️ The view at this restaurant is spectacular❣️ Staff was attentive, but, not overbearing! This is a local favorite and has been serving our community for decades.😍

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great xmas dinner

  26. MS

    MarleneS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Onion rings not cooked through. Need fresher, crisper lettuce, shrimp had black veins

  27. PD

    PsyDoc

    Phoenix

    114 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    This is a very casual restaurant on the waterfront at Stearn's Wharf. The catch of the day and the specials are very good. The sides could use some improvement, especially for people who have dietary restrictions. A little more flexibility of choice would be helpful. Wine list is limited. However, service was outstanding and the server was very helpful and patient in attempting to meet out needs. Give it a go and see what you think.

  28. GR

    GeoffreyR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Classic seafood spot on the wharf feel. Great friendly service.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Made a reservation and when I arrived there was not a table ready. We had to wait 15 minutes. Other then that it was awesome. Don’t remember our waiters name, but he was awesome. Great vibe, personality, totally a good experience. We were on the outside patio.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Debbie was on it, attentive and sweet. The food was great and everyone was satisfied. First time being there since I moved to Santa Barbara, will be visiting again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Good service. And I love the setting and building.

  32. h

    heatherzalatimo

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Went above and beyond for my moms birthday after just having noted it when booking the reservation. View and ambiance 5 stars!

  33. JH

    JacquelineH

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We visited our nephew who attends the local college. We took him to dinner

  34. MS

    MissSherry

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Other than it’s location, it is nothing spectacular.

  35. MR

    MikeR

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had my moms bday here. Staff was amazing, food great, very nice setting

  36. AC

    AConstable

    Los Angeles

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The menu is very limited, but the food we ordered was good. the view was incomparable, and we had a nice time. this is not the place for wine, awful wine selection, probably the beer and cocktail offerings were better.

  37. b

    barrydrucker012153

    Washington DC

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very good seafood. Mostly fried, but very tasteful. Outstanding views as restaurant is on the wharf over the water.

  38. B

    Beachgal

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lunch on the wharf over the ocean❣️

  39. SB

    SusanB

    Orange County

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious lunch, friendly wait staff and beautiful view! My father ordered the Maine lobster special (which I am always skeptical ordering on the west coast) - it was fresh and delicious. They even surprised us with ice cream to celebrate my parents 68th anniversary.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service by Ricardo. Food was delicious, especially with the Clam Chowder & Seafood Linguini.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Moby Dick Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Moby Dick Restaurant

220 Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    First 90 minutes are free

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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