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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
805-966-6676
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Ranked #23 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This is a very popular place with tourists, so be prepared to wait for a seat if you want to be indoors. There is also a take away window on the side. My wife and I each had a bread bowl. chowder. The chowder had a good portion of clams but was not as flavorful as we had hoped. Also,... More

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Astana, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This place is all about seafood, it's not suitable for a nice dinner with candels as interior is more like fisherman's pub, but the quality of the seafood and atmosphere is very special

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We just stopped for lunch on the way back from Pismo Beach to LAX. We shared a fresh local crab which was cooked properly and the chowder was also great.

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El Paso, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Been coming to SB now for quite some time and we always make sure before we leave to dine at this restaurant. The location is great, while waiting you can snap pictures and the end of the pier, have a cold beer, meet new people from all over the world, time goes by quickly while waiting. I say waiting because... More

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Egham, United Kingdom
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199 restaurant reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Santa Barbara town was very busy so the valet parking was very useful. Very friendly waitress and good menu. We chose Lobster Tacos (very nice) and mixed fried seafood. Had a couple of beers with our meal. Very enjoyable and good value.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

SBSC was a discovery while touring Stearns Wharf. It is at the end of the wharf which is at the end of State Street at the beach and yacht club area. It is a little hole in the wall, unfancy place with stools pulled up to window seats and a few tables inside and out. You sign up at the... More

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123 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On a seafood tasting, we were introduced to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company's delectable ceviche. Wow, delicious! And what a cool location, right on the water.

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Saltash, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great location on the end of the pier. walked in and were sat at the bar, service was great. very quick and staff were very friendly. We had the seafood cioppino (served in a loaf of bread!!!) very messy, but fabulous.

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Haacht, Belgium
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We last had dinner in the SB Shellfish Company. Their food and service are both perfect! We had the 3lbs Crab and the Cippione. Truly delicious fresh seafood. PS Don't wear anything white since you might get 'spotted' ;-)

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Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I sat down at the bar and was immediately welcomed by JP. (Found out at the end of the meal that he is the manager.) The wait staff was accommodating to the packed house. It was the very end of the night on a Monday and yet, you would think it was a weekend with how busy it was. The... More

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