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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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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
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 45
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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
Most recent review
Interesting! Small - plan on waiting

This restaurant is on the Santa Barbara pier. You can drive or stroll out to the restaurant. It is small and popular. It is busy and they do not take reservations. You can sit outdoors - four booths or indoors which is a combination of tables and counter style eating. It is an experience. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Hazel Green
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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annapolis, md
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226 reviews 226 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Usually I trust other diners' reviews on restaurants but this one seriously missed the mark. After putting our name on the list, someone told us about a take-out window, so after 15 minutes or so we decided to place our order there rather than sit in the tiny, crowded, and what looked to be an uncomfortable dining area. So this... More 

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Hazel Green
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is on the Santa Barbara pier. You can drive or stroll out to the restaurant. It is small and popular. It is busy and they do not take reservations. You can sit outdoors - four booths or indoors which is a combination of tables and counter style eating. It is an experience. The food is very good and... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience and had a lovely time. We are very busy and as most restaurants are often on a wait at peak times. We hope to have you back! More 

Chania Town, Greece
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The place is amazing, outside and inside. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. The prices are normal for california. I would come again. Suggested

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and views! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. More 

Orlando, Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Cioppino was ok, too much tomato sauce, but quality ingredients and well put together, the clam chowder was alright, nothing to say much but "meh". The location is very nice, romantic, and watching the sunset over the hill top was beautiful. I wouldn't come back for the food, but it was nice eating watching the sunset. Not much seating, and... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are a smaller restaurant and constantly busy so we do fill up fast! More 

York, Yorkshire
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

we arrived just before they closed, they still let us in for dinner. We got to sit at the bar for our meal. Pasta with shellfish, and the bread bowel seafood dish was amazing. I couldn't re come d this place enough. Amazing & great venue really friendly staff to.

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Happy to hear you made it in time to enjoy a lovely meal! Thank you for sharing you experience with us! More 

Arvada, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Truly some amazing fresh shellfish. The boat pulled up and brought in a tub of fresh crab and lobster. It is local crab, spiny lobster, oysters scallops and abalone.. They also have Maine lobster that is flown in fresh daily. Clam chowder is to die for. We had a seat at the bar and got to watch all the cooking.... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

What a treat you got to eat some of the fresh off the boat (literally) shellfish we have delivered!! So glad to hear everything was delicious and we hope to see you back soon! More 

Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The lobster tacos are delicious! The place is small and all about the seafood. There are a few outside tables where you can sit right on the water, which was just perfect. Will definitely return the next time we are in SB.

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you enjoyed the outside seating and tacos! Hope to see you back the next time you are in Santa Barbara!! More 

Fresno
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food here was delicious! No fish, just shellfish. Wide selection of beers and wine. Very friendly staff. Can watch the cooks work, shelling, boiling, steaming, peeling and frying. Seating is counters inside and tables outside on the pier. Very pretty and romantic at night. Reasonably priced for the area. Interesting historic photos on wall, several big fish catch scenes.... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your visit with us. We are glad to hear everything was enjoyable and the staff provided great service. We hope to see you back. More 

toronto
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Really neat place for lobster bisque, clam chowder, fresh fish dishes and clams. Small with outside tables or sit on stools overlooking the sea. Great place to watch the sunset with drinks. Better for lunch or mid day snack.

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you had such an enjoyable time dining with us out on the wharf! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My son and I (he lives in Canada, I live in Australia) visited Santa Barbara for a couple of days during a trip from SF to LA and ate at this little place. The weather was great, the pier is a great place to be, the seafood was wonderful, the Maine lobster was brilliant, and the whole experience was very... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are thrilled to hear you and your son had such a lovely time. More 

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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: 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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