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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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Chowder, Seafood
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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
805-966-6676
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 48
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  • 18
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We drove down State St and parked at the railroad depot. A quick photo op at the huge fig tree, then a walk down Stearns Wharf brought us to Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. We arrived around 11:00am and put our name in for an indoor table as it was cold and windy outside..June gloom. About 40 mins... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Lou P
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Kansas City, Kansas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Kansas City, Kansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We drove down State St and parked at the railroad depot. A quick photo op at the huge fig tree, then a walk down Stearns Wharf brought us to Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. We arrived around 11:00am and put our name in for an indoor table as it was cold and windy outside..June gloom. About 40 mins. later, we were... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I came here with my cousin, as we wanted to try the local seafood and it seemed very popular and busy. Wrote our names on the board and waited for a seat outside as there is not much outdoor seating, but it is definitely worth it thanks to the beautiful view of Santa Barbara. I had an oyster shooter (my... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Must have their clam chowder! We had it two days in a row. We also liked the crab louie, fried oyster, clam linguini. Shrimp in the sampi was a little over cooked for my preference, but loved the garlic buttered rice.

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We put ourselves on the waiting list. After 20 minutes the hostess asked us if we wanted to sit outside. It was really breezy but she said there was a picnic table in the corner with a heat lamp. Perfect choice. We would have waited another 30 minutes if we didn't take the table. The restaurant is bar type sitting.... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We got here around 3:00 on a Sunday and waiting about 30 minutes to sit inside. It was quite breezy so that's why we didn't want to sit outside, but once we got inside I realized why it was such a long wait. There aren't any tables and all the seating is bar-style along the kitchen and the outer windows.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We loved this place. There is a bit of a wait but for a good reason! This place is amazing! I had a Maine lobster half and my boyfriend had lobster tacos. We also shared a half dozen oysters.. All were fantastic! Service was great as well. Everyone was very friendly! What a great lunch on the pier!

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Ferndale, Washington
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The only down side to this place is the number of people who also know it is great and try to go at the same time. I went with 6 to 10 people several times in three weeks. I always had latest catch of the day and oyster and other seafood appetizers. Always seemed fresh and well prepared. No complaints.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Absolutely LOVED the Shellfish Company! The freshest crabs (They are all in tanks in the restaurant until you order them). Great atmosphere and overly friendly staff! Not too expensive and the location is great.

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yebass
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Visited on a Tuesday evening, wait time of around 50mins. An update on expected waiting time would have been appreciated. The food was quite average as were the surroundings. This was a top pick in the lonely planet California guidebook and I would say is probably not warranted. I have had far superior seafood in other restaurants. If you are... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was a wait, but so worth it! Service was good, locals offered for us to join them at an outside table! We saw an awesome sunset, laughing with locals and eating great food!

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

Address: 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
Phone Number: 805-966-6676
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-966-6676

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?