About Spencer Makenzie's
Hello, my name is John Karayan. My wife Jennifer and I own and operate Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company. Being a family owned seafood restaurant, we named it after our two oldest children. Our son Spencer & our daughter Makenzie.
Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company, LLC, started out as a fairground and festival concession trailor in May of 2007. Its popularity was quickly established with attendees at events such as The Ventura County Fair (where we won the Best Food Concessionaire Award), The Aloha Festival and The C Street Long Board Classic.
The concept for the restaurant and trailer had been an idea of mine for 20 years. During that time, I perfected our Ceviche and Giant Fish Tacos into the unique recipies that have become "the Spencer Makenzie way". When Jennifer and I started creating the full restaurant menu our main goals were to offer high quality, healthful food at consumer friendly prices. We wanted to provide a tastier, healthier alternative to the so-called "Fast Food" of the taco/hamburger chain variety. All of our tempura is hand dipped to order and is served crispy, hot and delicious.
We use only sushi grade fish in our seafood menu items. That's why it always tastes so fresh. Our vegetables are bought from produce wholesalers that are known for the freshness of their products. Ninety percent of our sauces and 100% of our salsas are homemade, and so is our clam chowder.
Along with health consciousness, going "Green" is very important to us as well. All of the cooking oil we use (which is 0 Trans fat) is turned into biodiesel fuel for vehicles. Our plates, cups, and utensils are biodegradable/compostable.
Our family and our restaurant staff thank you all for your support! You, our customers, are always our #1 Priority!
Spencer Makenzie's restaurant Décor represents our Eclectic California Beach menu. Our clean, streamlined interior features local beach photographs, 36" flat screen TV's airing skateboarding, surfing, sporting events and FUEL TV. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, maintaining a clean restaurant and kitchen at all times. We consistently receive an A rating from the Health Department on regular inspections.
Spencer Makenzie's is an Environmentally conscious business using all biodegradable and compostable plates, cups and utensils. The used cooking oil is turned into bio-diesel fuel for vehicles. Doing our part by limiting the impact we have on the planet is an important part of our business philosophy.
Our restaurant offers diners a warm welcoming experience with friendly waitresses and a laid back vibe. Customers listen to mellow acoustic music from singers such as Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and Colbie Caillat. Spencer Makenzie's has quickly become the regular meeting place for friends, families and business associates. We take pride in making our customers feel that they are always welcome-and part of the Spencer Makenzie family. We regularly have people driving from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, just to get their "Spencer Makenzie's fix".
Spencer Makenzie's restaurants are perfect for people of all ages. We offer a wide choice of entrees that can be customized to anyone's needs. Our menu is comprised of 70% Seafood Products and unique A La Carte items. We offer Sushi quality fish that is available at affordable prices. Many of our menu items are only found at traditional sit down restaurants, and our customers appreciate the opportunity to find their food favorites in our restaurant. Our kid's menu offers healthy choices in addition to food favorites. Spencer Makenzie Fish Co. has become known as one of the most "Kid Friendly" Restaurants in the area. It is currently ranked as the #2 Best Kid Friendly Restaurant on Urbanspoon.com.