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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
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Marco Island, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

small fun place On the pier Chowder was great Shrimp Lobster tacos Service was great -- young guy -- casual Sit outside -- worth the wait

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch on our way to Los Angeles and we checked on Trip advisor for somewhere to go. Based on all the good review we decide to go here. It was Sunday so the place was fully booked with a long queue to get a table. However, you can decide to go for the "take... More

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

We are happy to hear we were able to provide a yummy lunch for you from our togo window. Next time you are passing through and have more time we would love to provide you with the full experience dining inside. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. More

Fresno, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We tried this place based on mostly favorable reviews. We needed a light lunch so we ordered and split a crab louie salad and crab cakes. The salad was just good, but the crab cakes were exceptional. Service was good and being on the wharf adds charm. But the place could use a serious cleaning. Beat-up and worn woodwork, and... More

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

Hello Paul, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your crab louie and crab cakes! Being that we are so busy from the moment we open our place does get a bit dirty due to all the fresh crabs being cracked open for enjoyment. I can assure you we give the place a thorough scrub... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

delicious food, great view. come get you oysters, crab, and clam chowder! there is going to be a wait so come early and enjoy the ocean view.

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

Ada, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed all your food choices and the great views. Great tip about coming early, we do try to get our guests in quickly while giving great service but there often is a wait for our delicious and fresh seafood! More

Los Angeles, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My wife and I weren't terribly impressed. We found the food overpriced and just okay. Service was mediocre as well. Seemed like the value in this place was the beautiful view. But it's a popular joint so maybe we just didn't order wisely. We also sat on the pier and it was very cold, even in early September, which could... More

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

Josh, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are always trying to improve and are happy to hear any and all opinions. I hope that next time you are in town you can give us another try and we can deliver a more enjoyable experience. More

Santa Barbara, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I remember this place when it just served crab, shrimp and lobster in a paper plate out a walk-up side window. This owner now has three good seafood restaurants in town (Boathouse, Fishouse and SBSF plus Casa Blanca (Mexican). In my mind, this one still serves the best seafood. Now has seating for approx. 20 inside this little picturesque shack,... More

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

I am thrilled to hear you have been coming to the Shellfish Co. for so many years! Shellfish Co. really does have a great casual atmosphere with delicious food. Normally I would suggest trying on of our other restaurants but it looks like you've already done that. Thank you for taking the time to share your great experiences at all... More

Vancouver
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were in Santa Barbara for the day with friends. Friends wanted a seafood lunch and we had heard that this restaurant was well recommended. Located in an unimpressive looking building at the end of Stearn's Wharf. Reservation system consists of writing your name and size of party on a clipboard outside the front door. Not a fancy place at... More

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

It is great to hear you had such a good experience at the SB Shellfish Co.. Getting an outside table usually requires a bit of a wait, but does make the experience very enjoyable. I am happy to hear you had great food and service. We hope to have you back next time you are in town. More

Fremont, California
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1,532 reviews 1,532 reviews
408 restaurant reviews
922 helpful votes 922 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I enjoyed having fried shrimp, oyster, and calamari lunch here. Service was good. The best was having an outdoor table to enjoy the views and watch the boats coming and going, as well as the long boarders and kayakers enjoying the water area. Its a very nice lunch on a beautiful October day.

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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. I am glad to hear you got a nice outside table and enjoyed the great food and service. We hope to have you back soon! More

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you are in Santa Barbara you should stop here and have some seafood and a beer looking out over the water as the sun sets. Great staff, great seafood, great beer and great memories. I've been lucky enough to go to Santa Barbara twice and this place was even better the second time. The spicy oyster shooter topped with... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

The food and the service was great. Eating outside with a nice ocean view. Highly recommend this place!!

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