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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
805-966-6676
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Ranked #22 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Chicago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Drove out to the pier on a Monday night and were the last ones to get in after a 45 minute wait. If there is a line, be sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet hanging from the clipboard as no one is there to take names. This is a shack with stools, not a regular restaurant with... More

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Camarillo, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

True to its name this restaurant is all about shellfish with very limited options for non shellfish folks. However the staff does a great job accommodating off - items from the kids menus, even for adults. We had a very large group and Harmony did a great job handling everyone's special requests, dealing with the finicky members of the party... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We heard great things but the food was so disappointing. Clam chowder was extra thick and tasted canned. Lobster bisque looked and tasted like bad tomato soup. We both had shrimp entrees that were lack luster and nearly tasteless. Bummer It was inexpensive thank goodness Server was kind and attentive -we did not complain just didn't enjoy anything about the... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I visited this spot on a busy Sunday. We didn't end up waiting for a table, but instead ordered from the outdoor service window. There are plenty of picnic tables to sit at on the pier. The food was phenomenal! We shared peel and eat shrimp, crab cakes, lobster tacos and the lobster roll. This is a must visit restaurant... More

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Sedona AZ
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A great little find if you like fresh shell fish and as not looking for fine dinning seating, although the views are spectacular. Not much of a wait for lunch last Friday. Then you see the other restaurant on the wharf empty or close to it, then you can figure out the wait is worth. Great oysters and crab cocktail,... More

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RI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great seafood - crabs, shrimp, lobster at a reasonable price. During high season (summer), the wait for a table can be long. We waited for an hour, but we had 8 people and their 4 (outdoor) tables only seat 4. So, put your name on the waiting list and grab a beer from the bar.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On the Wharf, great view, nice patio. Food was very so-so. I was very disappointed to find that there was no local seafood on the menu and what we did have was bland and without character. The only reason I give this restaurant 2 stars is the location and service.

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Best sea food you will ever eat. At the end of the pier you'll find this charming restaurant. We had to wait approx. 20 mins for a table, which was no problem as you can take in the scenery and watch the fishermen on the pier. I had the chowder and I swear you wouldn't find better anywhere in the... More

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Trabuco Canyon, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Be willing to wait, you add your name to outside list... small place, mainly counter or bar seating inside, few tables outside. Very fresh, good food, loud music.. definitely soaking in the sea and "fisherman" atmosphere. Nice friendly staff.

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England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We got here after we'd just arrived in Santa Barbara and were keen fpr some fresh seafood and the reviews led us here. It was about 7.30ish by the time we got there, saw the queues and decided to order something to eat outside as it wasn't too cold. We ordered the mixed platter with fried calamari, scallops, shrimp and... More

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