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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crab” (174 reviews)
“shellfish” (73 reviews)
“lobster tacos” (62 reviews)
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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wounderful place to stop and get take and bake. Some foods are prepared and others cut to your liking. Always reliable and fresh!

Thank 1busyman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place with live fresh crab, lobster and other fish. Watch them prepare fish if you can. Great place and I eat here every time I visit.

Thank Debbie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here during a day trip to Santa Barbara. Had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a table and decided to sit inside because the wharf was rather windy. Regardless, we sat at the counter facing outside and had a nice view of the Pacific...More

Thank ReaganMurphy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for lunch during a casual walk on the wharf. The fresh crab was delicious as was the clam chowder. Also had a good variety of beers and other drinks. The Uni shooter was my son's favorite.

Thank rhilder1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very casual restaurant with mostly counter space. The food was excellent and the freshest possible.

Thank tamaram912
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super fresh seafood. Amazing fresh lobster rolls. King crab, Maine Lobster, sea urchin, shrimp, scampi. You name it, it's available. Succulent, fresh and an abundance of taste. Reasonably priced tap amd bottled beer available as well as wine list and sodas. You'll wait up to...More

2  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 8 December 2017

I tried the special, Urchin on raw scallops and it was excellent. Having the exoskeleton of the urchin used on the plate with the spines still wiggling was a new one on me. The food was great.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 5 December 2017

This restaurant is actually on the tip of Stearns Wharf. The boating activity on the water right off the wharf together with great food were an amazing combination. My son had two Maine lobsters and could have a third. The crab cakes were equally excellent!...More

Thank cpcarter2017
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

The best fresh raw shellfish I’ve ever had, anywhere. Uni (sea urchin) pulled right out of a saltwater tank, quickly dispatched and beautifully presented on a bed of six scallops atop lime slices. (Warning to the squeamish: you also get the scooped out shell of...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We have been here wit the family this afternoon and having some experience with lobster rolls we can tell you this is the best ever!!! Go there and say mmmmmmmmm

Thank Marcenlinda2015
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Questions & Answers
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.
Susan W
1 August 2016|
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Response from justine b | Property representative |
Hello, Yes we do for outside dining?
Sue K
30 September 2015|
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Response from GoletaCa | Reviewed this property |
Allergies are serious business. Call the restaurant and when ordering make sure they do not use rosemary or have it near the food you are ordering. There are outside tables on the pier and a take out window. This may work... More
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine
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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