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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crab” (195 reviews)
“shellfish” (88 reviews)
“lobster tacos” (68 reviews)
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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing beats strolling to the end of a pier to enjoy seafood with a view. Although the view is best if eating outside A taxi driver told us this was a “ tourist trap” but it’s a very popular one. We waited a considerable time...More

Thank Bon1111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picked this restaurant from our guide book recommendation, and boy we were not disappointed. Place your name on the list outside and wait to be called. My wife and I sat at the bar and watched all the food being cooked to order whilst sipping...More

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate Dungeness crabs right at the counter while watching them cook. What an enjoyable time to drink local brewed beers. Eat crab taken from their fresh tanks. Many choices and many delicious seafood dishes to choose from. Eat inside to escape the wind

Thank bluesaveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordered the Dungeness crab, the clam chowder (a must every time we go to SB Shellfish Co) shrimp cocktail, and coconut shrimp. ALl were fabulous. My kids LOVED the crab! Everything is SO fresh!

Thank S5146TXadamm
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Read the reviews in tripadvisor and decided to go there with my wife to eat seafood. There were long queues to get a table, so we decided to order to go (much faster), and you can eat on the adjacent benches. Food was very tasty...More

Thank Jordi-cr7
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We had a fun and delicious lunch at the SB Shellfish Company! The food was very fresh and the ocean views from the pier were such fun! The wait staff were efficient and helpful. A lovely place to eat that was well priced!

Thank Diane V
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing seafood with live crab and lobster in tanks. Cannot be more fresh than that. You can watch the pull you crab out of the tank live, cut it in half, and throw in the cooking pot. We went here twice over a weekend as...More

Thank Jared A
Reviewed 7 October 2018

I truly had a blast at this location. The Food was amazing. Crabs, Shrimp, and Lobster tacos were cooked to perfection. Nothing was over or under cooked and everything came out in record speed! The atmosphere is welcoming, casual and fun. All of the staff...More

Thank WanderingMsRugby
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Stayed in Santa Barbara overnight and ate at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company on the pier. The food was fresh and delicious. My wife got the 3 pound rock crab and I got the Cioppino. The rock crab was full and tasty. My Cioppino came...More

Thank thumps727
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Everything is so fresh and perfectly prepared. Not a very roomy restaurant and all seating is at a bar on stools. However, you can order take-out at a window on the side of the restaurant and eat at tables outside on the pier. The restaurant...More

Thank Nina681
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Anthony M
9 November 2018|
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Response from justine b | Property representative |
there is public parking on the pier and there are multiple handicap parking spots available
8 February 2018|
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Response from justine b | Property representative |
yes we do
4 August 2017|
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Response from luvplayacar | Reviewed this property |
This is basically a fish market that cooks up food. Local, fresh from the sea items (mostly). As long as you don't have a shell fish allergy, this is a great place to eat. Order grilled lobster or crab legs.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
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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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