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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
Today
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 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 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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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 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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157 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 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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Halifax
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361 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Eric B
UK
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164 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

This restaurant isn't the most visually appealling, and actually comes across very much like a typical fast food joint in both decor and atmosphere. The service is pretty dismal, with moping staff who gave me the impression that they were much happier before I walked in and made them do work. I did subsequently wonder if this was related to... More 

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Thank SarahKnowsThisOne
Forster, Australia
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

A bit disappointed with this fast food shop. Great location but staff were not welcoming or helpful. I know it was nearly at the end of the day, but they could have said they were closing and we would have gone elsewhere. Both staff looked like they didn't understand my order for ' fish & chips'. The food was fine... More 

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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246 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

There are a lot of places to eat at Stearns Wharf, but we just wanted fish and chips and Char West offered a no-frills meal. I don't remember the fish, but think cod, two pieces to each order was meaty and well fried, though, coming from New Orleans I found it to be under-seasoned like most other places. The fries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Seafood
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?