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Arch Rock Fish

608 Anacapa St. (E. Cota St.) Send to Phone
805-845-2800 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A contemporary approach to seafood dining in Santa Barbara.
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Arch Rock Fish Restaurant Review

: While the ambience has softened since its opening in 2010, this slick seafood project still feels more modern urban than coastal casual, in spite of its billing as a “neighborhood joint.” East Coast standards like lobster rolls and Ipswich clams heavily outweigh local products. Terrestrial dishes include a Prime New York steak and grass-fed burgers. Happy hour attracts an eager weekday crowd. In addition to specialty cocktails and the usual suspects --- think fish tacos, oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp --- the bar menu includes anomalies such as smoked salmon deviled eggs, yellowtail sliders and a grilled cheese sandwich made with truffle honey and Stilton so pungent it announces its presence to diners in the cavernous main room. Despite its identity crisis, Arch Rock does deliver some notable successes. The aforementioned Ipswich clams are a briny delight, fried yet tender; the calamari is crunchy and lightly battered. A number of Santa Barbara County wines are available by the bottle and glass, and locally made McConnell’s Ice Cream is served in desserts like a root beer float, chocolate cake and “Mom’s apple pie.”

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