* Click here for rating key
Brophy Bros. Restaurant Review: With its backdrop of mountains and swaying boat masts, this seafood eatery in Ventura Harbor parallels the original in nearby Santa Barbara. Indeed, the scene and cuisine are virtually identical. A bustling mix of tourists and locals work over plates of steamed mussels and clams in order to mop up every last drop of extra broth with their crusty sourdough bread. A Dungeness crab cocktail, oysters on the half-shell and fried shrimp round out the “small” menu offerings. Fresh fish specials, such as grilled white sea bass from local waters, mahi mahi dusted in Cajun spices, and pan-blackened local yellowtail, are highlights on the “long” menu. Libations are always in order at this picturesque gathering place; although the wine list is fairly basic, there’s a good selection of beer on tap or by the bottle, as well as a full bar. If you can’t get a seat, stand outside and watch the workings of the harbor until one opens up.