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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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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
They know how to prepare shellfish.

It's not an elegant dining experience. It's all about having a simple, enjoyable and affordable shellfish meal prepared properly while enjoying the gorgeous view.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It's not an elegant dining experience. It's all about having a simple, enjoyable and affordable shellfish meal prepared properly while enjoying the gorgeous view.

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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 this with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the fresh shellfish and the view of the open kitchen. More 

Shanghai, China
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52 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Charming restaurant on the pier with live seafood. This is a very crowed restaurant that doesnt take reservations. You will be rewarded with live seafood very well cooked.

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Arizona
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Signed in for a “first available” table hoping we’d luck out with one of the handful outside, but ended up at the counter. This turned out to be better than expected because we had a direct view of the cook and his activities – quite a show! We each had the crab cakes: very tasty but a bit on the... More 

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We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us. More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Top quality fresh seafood cooked right in front of you. Informal setting with bar stools and a buzz conversation that makes it an enjoyable setting. Some outside seating. You have to put your name down on a list when you arrive to wait for a table but well worth it.

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Ferndale, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Best crab cakes ever.....worth the wait on a busy day, have been going here for years ! luv watching the chefs cooking the meals !

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San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This place rocks of for no other reason than the abalone. Fresh from the tank and smothered in garlic and basil... OMG! If you've never had abalone you don't know what you're missing and if you have then you know what I'm talkin' about. Oh, and the rest of the food is yummy too... but ABALONE!

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

We are thrilled to hear you had a great experience and enjoyed the abalone dish! Thank you for sharing your experience with us! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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164 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Enjoy Stearns Wharf, the fishermen, and other travelers from all over the world! This is pure Santa Barbara! The lobster tacos and crab cakes were superb! The tacos were wonderfully messy, but quite yummy, and the crab cakes were mostly crab and very, very little filler. The lobster bisque was mostly a really tasty tomato soup, very good but not... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very nice location with a view on Santa Barbara beach; this is what you pay for. We read all the reviews and were expecting great seafood, which was instead average and portions were small, if compared with similar places. Crab was not so tasty, rice was too dry and cold. So, in the end, it is a little overpriced for... More 

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

We are sorry to hear you did not thoroughly enjoy your dining experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share this with us. More 

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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

After a long wait (albeit worth it) we were treated to some of the freshest seafood we've ever had. It's definitely worth looking up. It's packed with tourists so I guess it's TripAdvisor reputation precedes it!

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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 thrilled to hear we stood up to our reputation and you enjoyed the fresh crab! More 

London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

After an absence of two years we returned to Santa Barbara for a vacation. We were looking forward to returning to the SB Shellfish Company and we were not disappointed! Yes we had to wait around 40 minutes for a table but as soon as our server called us in it just felt right. A nice bottle of local Chardonnay... 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: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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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