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Char West Fast Food Restaurant

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221 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3585
+1 805-962-5631
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09:00 - 19:00
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Ojai, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I don't do Fish 'n Chips for obvious reasons. BUT, I just had to take the plunge here. The rumor is true - they are fabulous. Fresh tilapia with a light batter on top of skinny french fries. You won't find this on a recommended list of healthy choices, but well worth the indulgence. Friendly people too, which makes it... More 

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Thank Lydia G
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped in for fish and chips which I think was $14.95 each. A little spendy we thought but you're on the wharf so not many options. Food was okay.

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Thank SaraD656
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The fish and chips for $14.95 wasn't bad for the amount of fish and chips (fries) they give you. The fish was great. Loved the fries. Happy there was a large eating area to eat as we were with our dog!!

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Thank Sue D
Durham, United Kingdom
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A cup of clam chowder at $6.95 for 8oz was a bit steep but the fish tacos at $10.95 were much better value and delicious with a really piquant salsa.

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Thank Andrew M
Hampshire
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

It was a mistake really - an ill-formed dream of fish and chips by the ocean. Arriving in Santa Barbara for a few days whilst visiting family in Los Angeles we had this romantic notion to eat fish and chips on the pier. We weren't in Brighton or Newlyn for goodness sake, we were in the USA...of course the fish... More 

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Thank trago
Athens, Greece
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We took a couple bites of fish and chips and threw it in the garbage. Totally wasted our money. Really think and gross batter on the fish with really cheap frozen french fries that were barely cooked. We were really sorry we gave them our money.

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Orange County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Located right on the pier, with outside picnic tables and cool breezes from the spectacular harbor view, this is a simple little quick-serve joint amid tourist-trappish overpriced, poor quality restaurants. For a quick, simple lunch midweek on a hot day, it was just right. Best dishes were fish tacos and fish and chips. Looming for lighter fare, we subbed a... More 

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Thank Snosearch
Vienna, VA
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We needed some lunch and this place was more or less what we were looking for -- has fish and was right on the wharf with some outdoor seating. My wife and I shared a fish taco plate with some fries and that was plenty of food for both of us. I first thought it was expensive (that's why we... More 

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Thank MisterMVA
Halifax
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Called here for some fast food after being on the beach prior to travelling on to Oxnard. Service was service, nothing special. Handed out wrong number of knives/forks, forgot special instructions re food etc. Having said that...food was quite tasty. The fish was a nice white meat and the burgers (regular) and teriyaki chicken were flavoursome. Seating both inside and... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The fish and chips were great, sauce was incredible. Would go back any time I'm in town. Can't beat eating fish on the water.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Fast food
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3585
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-5631

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?