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Char West Fast Food Restaurant

221 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3585
+1 805-962-5631
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good43%
  • Average26%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible11%
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“fish chips” (4 reviews)
“tilapia” (2 reviews)
“hit the spot” (2 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast food
221 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3585
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Came here ok a whim but can't express the fast service with a smile. Food was excellent & well prepared. I sure will recommend this place to my friends.

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

For fast and tasty fish & chips the Char West is the right place . Tasty and wonderful atmosphere , you will enjoy it .

Thank adel a
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

This is just a hole in the wall fast food eatery but one of the best I have been to. Being on the wharf at Santa Barbara it specializes in fish and chips but offers other menu items as well. I ordered the fish sandwich...More

Thank Trish B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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...More

Thank Lydia G
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.

Thank SaraD656
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!!

Thank Sue D
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.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank trago
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...More

1  Thank Miles R
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank Snosearch
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
09:00 - 19:00
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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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