Moby Dick Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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DB
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

P
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.

B
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving. It was goid.

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

Lovely great food and service

K
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.

a
Los Angeles
79 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.

MS
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.

OC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent views across the waterfront and great service and food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to dine...food, ambiance & service😊

WB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

TOO LOUD. I wanted to listen to my beloved adult son, in town for a while. The acoustics are marginal to start with, in the outdoor area, and they added mood music over the speakers to make it a bit worse. Not super loud music, but enough to make listening a chore. Also the blinds didn’t keep the sun from shining right in my face, so I had to switch chairs.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks, excellent food, amazing views.

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Lee and the entire staff went above and beyond the call of duty. My son’s birthday was a great success.
She even carried a tiered cake to the table and helped me serve it
I greatly appreciate everything the experience! And the manager was completely accommodating to guests coming and going!
Thank you

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Halibut was completely over salted 😟

NJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Rude impatient waiter (Craig), very annoyed by the people ordering water and did not refill water glass even one time.... But made sure to offer to refill drinks that were paid for. The green beans were limp and overcooked, the salmon was undercooked, gray steak, tasteless rice with the"seafood mush" on the tacos. Not sure what the greasy goop was they served with the 2 lobster meals, but it definitely was not butter. The waiter rushed us, asked us to help put things on the table when he did not feel like walking around, snapped at us when we tried to hand him our menus. Overall a truly awful, overpriced dining experience. The supplier of the seafood did a good job.... Just a shame they did not do the calamari or salmon justice by the cooking of it. He was really rude to the people at the next table also, who caught my eye every time he did something "off" to them too.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food...as always when we visit Money Dick’s

CT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED this restaurant- everything about it! We sat outside and viewed the water. Our server was excellent!!! Our food was delicious!!! The dessert was amazing (I had the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream)! We got back to our hometown and told our friends if they are ever in Santa Barbara it is a MUST!!!

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for casual dining

VA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, I have and will continue to recommend Moby Dick Restaurant to my family and friends.

DZ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice, fresh seafood well prepared. Our server Lee was excellent — friendly and attentive without hovering. Prices are reasonable and a nice view of the harbor at sunset. Self-parking on Stearn’s Wharf pecan be difficult so we recommend the valet parking, which is complimentary. Be sure to tip your attendant.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was some of the best seafood we’ve ever eaten! We will definitely make plans to go again some day. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive for us, but would be totally worth it! Great service as well!

G
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a sunset dinner overlooking the Santa Barbara marina. Always good here and this would be my 4th time dinning here. Parking on the pier is free for 90 minutes. But do make reservations.

F
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was fine with the exception of the table and two small serving plates that weren't cleaned prior to our arrival. One of the spoon was also dirty. The food was delicious as usual.

RL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For an enjoyable lunch with watching pelicans, yes but food value was less than I expected.. Steam platter at $55 was far below than what I expected in terms of quality and the amount of seafood.
Another very important thing was ‘water’. The taste of water even with a lemon was not pleasant at all. Pls provide a bottle water at a reasonable price.

k
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The last time I ate here was a few Mothers days ago. no complaints. there were 6 of us his past Mother's day and everybody's food was awful. hopefully a one off, didn't look at any reviews. the water tasted terrible, my sister actually gagged. nice that the manager comped my mothers meal but we felt that they just didn't care. the service was very good. doubt we'll return

S
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood great service and a great view! So much fun

RT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We've been there many times over the years. But not for the food. Nice ambiance, great view, good service. The only thing to complain about it the mediocre food.

s
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Very disappointing experience. Various items on the menu were not available. The food quality was merely average and over priced for what it was. I would not return or recommend this restaurant.

OT
Sweden
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice & Accommodating staff

DB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic seafood selections at Moby Dicks! Reserve ahead & make sure you ask for a table with a view. It's well worth it, watching the boat traffic going in & out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Great wait staff! Everyone's very nice & helpful!

KB
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a nice night out with my best friend.

C
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was terrible and the food was over cooked, wouldn't go back again.

LF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seeking a restaurant open on Christmas Day night and this fit the bill. We had a lovely view, well prepared fresh food, and our server was very good. They did a good job with both fish and veggies.

There are places to go to have a better quality meal, but this was fine.

What they could do better: They only had one vegetarian entree and our vegan guest ended up ordering sides of potatoes and veggies--which ended up being surprisingly pricey. Having more veggie options would be great. (They were more choices on the website but not on the menu the night we ordered.)

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

At the last minute we had to move my parents anniversary lunch to Moby Dick's. They were friendly and accomdating. Really appreciated that they didn't rush us or our meal, allowing us to enjoy the views, weather and company.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was cooked to perfection. We had a large group of 9 of us, we arrived 1/2 hour early for our reservation and they already had the table ready for us. The service was great and friendly and the view at sunset was perfect.

MV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can't say Enough about the fabulous waitstaff! Especially our Waitress(I believe her name was Lee?) Made our Thanksgiving a delightful experience. Food was warm and delicious! We had a party of 4. Three of us ordered the Thanksgiving dinner. My Nephew ordered the surf and Turf. Turkey was moist and generous. great selection of side dishes. Nephews Steak was cooked to perfection.

JT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Moby Dick Restaurant for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the waterfront. The price was reasonable and the food was really delicious. The service was outstanding! We had a relaxed meal overlooking the ocean. Beautiful!

i
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Server a bit forgetful. Had to remind about multiple things. Friendly and just nice.

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