Nice place. I went their several times. Food is good. Nice place to hangout with family. Location is awesome. Prices are steep. Regular customers don't mind of this price.
For a casual seafood dining experience in Santa Barbara. I also added a review for their Ventura location. Ive been going to the SB location for 15 years and can say without a doubt is one of my favorite places. This place is a must when you visit Santa Barbara! They have such beautiful views of the harbor and the hills. We really appreciate it for the simply-prepared fresh seafood, lively, casual, open-air atmosphere , quick, efficient service, and terrific value. Thanks Brophys
Upstairs at the Harbor. I have eaten here. The food is good. The prices are steep. Those who eat here regularly dont seem to mind. They are the old school Santa Barbarans. The faces are familiar from somewhere. There is inside and outside eating. Outside is preferred, to watch the harbor inaction or talk to the visiting sea gulls. The place fills up at lunch time. So after lunch time is a good time to go. Look for the stairs and go up.
I want to thank you for taking your time and reviewing our restaurant. We appreciate the kind words and hope you come back and see us soon.
My favorite place all time!!.
For a casual seafood dining experience in Santa Barbara, this is the way to go!
We came for dinner on a Saturday night. Expect a 40 + minute wait but not to worry: it's right next to the marina and there's a museum and store nearby. Not to mention a Brophy Bros. bar below the restaurant where you can have drinks and appetizers while you wait. The bartender even gave my little one a Shirley Temple on the house which I thought was sweet - it's a drink that always brings back childhood memories :) especially when everyone else at the bar is drinking it up!
It's pretty busy and loud and great for those who come with kids.
The clam chowder is excellent, and the sea bass was nice with a surprisingly zesty sauce. The salmon was super and the coleslaw was yum. (Just to clarify, I didn't eat all of this by myself!) Service was above average and overall we had a great experience - I would definitely come back! And when I do, I would def. want to try the Garlic Baked Clams.
Maybe I Visited On A Bad Day.
Well, after reading all those great reviews, this seemed like the place to eat.
On the plus side, the service was great. It's a small place, so waiting for a table is understandable. However, we arrived early, so we were seated right away.
On the downside, while the clam chowder was indeed quite delicious, it also included an ingredient that I wasn't expecting: sand. For such a popular place, you'd think they'd be better about cleaning up their clams.
Speaking of cleaning, we ordered the hot combination platter. It contained Beer Boiled Shrimp, Garlic Baked Clams, Oysters Rockefeller, Steamed Mussels w/Broth and Steamed Clams w/Broth. For the most part, everything was just a bit overcooked. And after chowing down for a while, I quickly lost my appetite when I realised the shrimp hadn't been deveined. Bleh.
Not sure how this place became so popular. Maybe I'm just a seafood snob.
Horrible Customer Service. I will never go back to Brophy Brothers. Our waitress not only had a bad attitude, but she was outright rude to our entire party. When we asked to speak with the manager, he told us that as long as we paid our bill he didn't care what we had to say. Now I don't know about you, but I have never experience customer service as poor as this. I guess that Brophy Brothers does enough tourist business that they do not care about the local business they receive and therefore i will never return and I plan on telling all of my colleagues and friends to not go as well. I am truly disappointed with this restaurant.
Overpriced, not worth the wait.
We stopped for lunch on a Sunday afternoon (3pm) and the place was absolutely packed. Our wait was about 40 minutes, and that was for the first available table! Hostess was not very friendly.
We got a very small table next to the outside bar, so there were people standing over our table the whole meal.
Food was average at best: clam chowder and rice too salty, both the Salmon and Mahi Mahi were way overcooked. Disappointing for a $25/person meal.
Maybe the food & experience is better on a quieter day but we won't be back to find out.
yummy. we went to this restuarant cos it was my mothers bday and she wanted to go there. we're from l.a. and was spendig time in santa barbara over nite. it was kinda pricey but it seemed she like her dinner she ordered the hawaiian ahi. i was just gonna get a soup / sald combo with tuna melt but she said " learn to eat! i can make you a tuna melt at home" so i ordered the thrasher shark sandwich. maybe it was cos it was shark. but it was fishier than fish that i had b4. and i've had alot. the clam chowder was ok not as great as everyone here made it to be. the manager was super nice and the waitresses were attentative. there was a 30 min wait but we also had the garlic baked clam and that WAS AWWWEEESSSSSOMMMMMEEE!! i even licked the shells they were that good. we will return!! it seems like a great hang out!
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