The sea has much to teach us: its tides foretell the lunar cycle, its salt treats us to delicious shark jerky, and its colorful creatures prove that nature looks better in Blu-ray. Celebrate the big salty puddle's sagacity with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood, steaks, and more at Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica.
For more than 30 years, Enterprise Fish Co. has cultivated a reputation for serving fresh, sumptuous seafood from the confines of its historic brick storefront. Begin with a bowl of creamy lobster bisque ($8.95; $5.95/cup) or a crispy clutch of deep-fried calamari ($8.95) to appease the Nautilus entombed within your stomach. Soldier on with one of the house favorites, such as the fresh fish tacos ($16.95) or a plate of cioppino, a piquant medley of shrimp, Alaskan king crab, fish, scallops, clams, and mussels luxuriating in a bath of spicy tomato sauce ($24.95). Invite a taciturn dinner companion from the live Maine lobster tank (market price), or avoid a nasty case of sea legs with an 8 oz. top sirloin of USDA-certified Angus beef ($23.95). Swab the face-decks with a selection from Enterprise's intrepid list of specialty cocktails ($10), regional craft beers, and wines.
With its massive saltwater aquarium and icy display of Alaskan king crab legs, Enterprise encourages eaters to pause and recollect the briny depths from whence dinner came. A gleaming exhibition kitchen centered within the dining room avails curious patrons a lesson in charcoal combustion and theatrical food-making, while two areas of patio seating preserve the cooking process's sensual air of mystery.
Enterprise Fish Co.
When Enterprise Fish Co. first opened in 1979, its founders set to work renovating the historic 1917 brick building to emulate a classic Pacific-coast seaside restaurant. Today, the original hardwood floors, trussed wood ceilings, and brick façade remain, though an exhibition kitchen and faux bois–printed leather booths lend a modern air. Seafood such as Miso Glazed Sea Bass and King Salmon headline the menu, accompanied by Red King crab legs, lobster tail and fresh oysters on the half shell. In addition to its ample fish and shellfish dishes, Enterprise also whips up filet mignon, candied-apple pecan salads, and the Enterprise burger, which is topped with a fried egg, to serve in the dining room or out on the patio. Old photographs of Venice Beach dot the dining-room walls, along with snapshots from other notable seaside spots, such as the Iowa coast.
174 Kinney St.
Santa Monica, California 90405Get Directions