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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Santa Barbara, California
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a pretty good range of seafood-based dishes here, but I think that I would recommend sticking to live, locally caught shellfish--lobster and crab primarily--steamed or grilled. Small, picturesque, highly informal. Doesn't appear to be set up to accomodate largish groups (more than 4).

Thank WanderJenn
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Absolutely love this place! Not a lot of tables so you might have to wait to get a seat but I assure you the food is worth the wait! SOOO FRESH!!

Thank Memgirl12
Sliema, Malta
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161 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was recommended by my french book guide and it delivers. The place is nice and cosy,you will have lunch overlooking the sea and watching the birds. The food is really well priced, very good quality, fish and lobster pasta, perfect cooking no complains. The wine was good, but of course, we are in California!!!! Definitively recommended.

Thank coquelicotbretagne
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the spot on the wharf you can't miss! We had to wait a short time to get a table, but it was worth it. Food delicious and service great. Don't go expecting silverware and fine dining, just go with it!

Thank Linda K
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

food was average, plus, nice soup, very nice location of course, on the wharf, nice people, affordable food, pleasant athmosphere i enjoyed my stay

Thank filmfestivals
Aliso Viejo, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OMG this place was a great find. John took exce5care of us and meals were served up quickly. Food was excellent and could not have been fresher. (Live in the tanks)

Thank cchrcro
Sacramento, California
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for a wild, loud, skull-dugary – kind of place place with friends at night I guess, but pretty lousy for a romantic place with your sweetheart. Very limited very expensive seafood menu

Thank Sylvia232323
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143 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place on the Santa Barbara wharf, I believe it was the last restaurant on it. It has live-catch seafood, specializing in shellfish. Good sunset views whilst you eat. The place is packed at sunsets so be there early as they serve in a first come first serve system. Preps of dishes are quick, but fresh fresh fresh! Dishes lack... More 

Thank eddierakoubian
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a little jewel at the end of the pier. We just arrived after a 4 hour journey from the desert. Loved the atmosphere, the seafood was fresh and tasty, and watching the sunset as we ate completed the feeling we had discovered a special spot.

Thank Su B
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Frequented this establishment on a Saturday lunch time, it was busy and we had to wait for at least 20 minutes for an outside table (the time could have been reduced if we had annotated first available on the waiting list), but as it says in the title it was worth the wait, between us we had the lobster and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-6676

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