101 EAST CABRILLO BLVD.
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
FisHouse has built a huge following by offering ultra-fresh seafood, good drinks, an excellent happy hour, great prices and exactly the kind of friendly, casual atmosphere that beach volleyball players, fishermen, families, locals and visitors love. It’s an everyman sort of place where everyone feels welcome. “People use the bar as their office and their living room to watch every big game,” says owner Adam White, – and customer service is more than a motto: “If someone has something wrong, we apologize and fix it.” The FisHouse is also the only restaurant in town that has a fish receiver’s license from the California Department of Fish & Game, allowing Adam to buy crab, lobster, fish and shellfish right off the boat – no middleman. “It removes a step and means that you can be eating seabass that was swimming that morning,” Adam says. “When black cod, local king salmon and seabass are running, we keep a couple of fishermen going full time just for us.” Popular dishes include fresh-fish tacos; the fish and chips and fried calamari are standard bearers, and the steamed shellfish are first-rate. The macadamia nut–crusted seabass is a top seller, and look for vermillion snapper. “When we get them from the islands,” says Adam, “we serve then as a whole roasted fish.”