Menus are laminated to prevent diners from spilling coffee or trying to pen “oyster” into every item’s description. Get the dish you really want with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh seafood at Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica.
Enterprise Fish Co.'s resident chefs craft their menu of mesquite-grilled specialties and seafood fare from tasty ingredients fresh off the boat. Diners can silence rumbling tummies with starters of blue-crab cakes ($12.95) sidled up next to fresh-roasted corn salsa and wild-arugula salad, or opt to slurp up spoonfuls of a creamy lobster bisque ($9 for a bowl) fit for a king, puff-pastry crown and all. Mesquite-grilled sea-scallop skewers ($15.95 for lunch, $24.95 for dinner) may tangle tongues with a challenging alliteration but soon make up for the trespass with a rich, smoky flavor. The kitchen’s seafood sages crust tender Idaho-rainbow-trout almondine ($14.95 for lunch, $19.95 for dinner) with delectable almonds to shield it against carrot missiles during rapidly intensifying food fights.
The historical brick building envelops diners in the cozy confines of original hardwood floors and wood trussed ceilings. Diners can opt for outdoor seating, where they’ll find ample opportunities to endear themselves to the local firemen by throwing their table scraps to hungry fire hydrants.
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 90405