Moby Dick Restaurant

4.5
115 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 115 people are saying
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GeoffreyR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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heatherzalatimo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 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!

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MissSherry
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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vipMikeR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAConstable
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on August 27, 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.

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Beachgal
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lunch on the wharf over the ocean❣️

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vipSusanB
Orange County
56 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MelissaD
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was okay. Priced a bit too high for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was good

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vipJOHNR
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot on the wharf with outdoor seating. Service was excellent and quick. Fish of the day great!

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vipOCfoodie
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We visited here while in vacation. The service was good but the food was mediocre. Great cocktails and nice view

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good, my meal came very late, service was a bit slow.

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TamiW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and view were amazing! Would highly recommend!

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vipdlpa
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running late and the host graciously changed our arrival time. Ricardo our server was friendly attentive and agreeable to everyhing we asked for. I had fried fish tacos and hubby had half fried shrimp and fish. Dined outside in an unusually cold windy summer day.

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marks
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great, and the view was great; a wonderful way to sped a day off

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TerriM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Grilled fish tacos were excellent and GF. Server was super nice and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipMFenley
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We asked for outdoor seating but that was not available. We were promptly seated at a window table which was very pleasant. great view of all the activity on a pleasant, though foggy late morning in June (there is a reason they call it June Gloom).

Service was spot on from beginning to end. Food was quite good but nothing over the top. No complaints and we will return.

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vipAndyC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Didn't like the food. Oysters were really big and not great.

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GayleR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The clam chowder is not as good. Not wnough potatoes or clams. Veey disappointing.
Standards are failing.

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SoozeeQ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
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 on June 19, 2021
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
4 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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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
41 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!

FAQs

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

Moby Dick Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 115 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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