Mariscos Santa Barbara opens

A new restaurant named Mariscos Santa Barbara has opened at 5892 Hollister Avenue, the former home of Wingman Rodeo, Gimeal Cafe, and The Natural Cafe. Karlos Gonzales, a chef who learned his craft at a culinary school in Mexico as well as at various restaurants in Santa Barbara including Brown Pelican, El Torito, and Bacara, is at the helm. “We are trying to bring a new flavor to Old Town Goleta, the Mariscos flavors which are Mexican seafood like ceviche. You find those places in Mexico when you go to the beach.” The eatery also offers a variety of Micheladas beverages which are made from a mixture of cold light beer, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, a savory ingredient like Worcestershire sauce, and it is served in a salt-rimmed glass.

The menu includes a range of seafood platters such as Camarones (shrimp) A La Diabla, Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo, Camarones Empanizados, Camarones Zarandeados, Filete A La Diabla, and Filete Al Mojo De Ajo, each available for $17.95. The seafood taco menu lists Shrimp Baja Tacos $15, Fish Baja Tacos $14, Shrimp Crispy Tacos $15, Tacos Campechanos $16, Tacos De Pulpo $15, and Tacos Gobernador $15.95. The cold food menu includes Fish Ceviche $19.95, Shrimp Ceviche $21.95, Ceviche Campechano $23.95, and a variety of Ceviche Tostadas, Cocteles, and Aguachiles. Kids menu items are available for $8.50. Expanded offerings outside the seafood realm is planned, including chicken salads.

Mariscos Santa Barbara is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Photos by The Restaurant Guy plus courtesy.

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5 Responses to Mariscos Santa Barbara opens

  1. G says:

    Hopefully they can work out the kinks and move forward with success. Today’s experience was gravely underwhelming, and the food quality was on the verge of dangerous.

  2. Mike says:

    same here…food was totally bland and absolutely no taste or flavor. Left most of it on the table. Unfortunately, since La Carreta closed by Target many years ago, I was looking forward to a good mexican style seafood restaurant.

  3. VT says:

    Prices way too high for Old Town Goleta

  4. Gary Sudder says:

    Prices are eye watering. Maybe they’ll blame in whatever de jour trendy thing. The “food” appeared not naturally favorful, tasted artificial, with lots of salty ‘spices’ etc. Predictable

  5. Bill F says:

    Haven’t tried Mariscos yet but I do miss The English Department, formerly in that space.
    There was a Mariscos restaurant in Isla Vista around 1980ish that was pretty good.

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