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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6 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.

  6. Caro says:

    The mexican food is one of the most extenses cuisines just like chinese food. Reading all the comments seems like you have no idea what mariscos in Mexico means talking about food and not the actual word. Specially in Sinaloa where it’s known to have some of the best mariscos dishes. Someone mentioned something about the food being at the border of dangerous, maybe he or she is refering to the plate called aguachiles…like some ceviches “peruvian ceviches to be specific” are cooked in a citrus lime juice, not raw but almost. Mariscos are the Mexican version of japanese Sushi,, and yes, Mexicans Mariscos dishes have soy souce as one of their ingredients, just like the souce you use for sushi. In some places in LA they even have Sushi Sinaloa Style as they call it. About the prices, they looked normal to me, i love to go to old town coffe right in front of that restaurant and they have the same prices that Dune Coffe has in DT, there is also a tacobell and a Mcdonalds almost next to that place, when you compare prices with them, maybe Mariscos “Seafood” will look a bit more expensive. I took all this time to explain this just because i love Mariscos and seafood in general and trust me they do have good micheladas and shrimp coctels and also this is the first Mariscos Place That opens in Santa Barbara in the last 10 years or so. There also ceasar place by milpas but can’t compare. Thank you for reading.