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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 46
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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
Very good food

Stopped here when in the area on business. The restaurant is located at the end of a pier, so the views are quite pretty. However, seating inside is very tight quarters and limited, also you don't necessarily get the best view. I would encourage waiting for one of their outside tables (although... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
RovingAVP
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McHenry, Illinois
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Huntingtown, Maryland
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122 reviews 122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

extremely crowed even in the off season. No treating on entry. has dive written all over it. seating for less than 20 with the bar right next to the cooking area. Don't waist your time.

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Longview, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I don't see what people like about this place. I live in south Texas and love the seafood especially in Galveston. When we visited Santa Barbara we decided to go to Shellfish company because of all the good reviews. The only good thing I will say about this place is the service is excellent The first thing we noticed is... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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106 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Stopped here when in the area on business. The restaurant is located at the end of a pier, so the views are quite pretty. However, seating inside is very tight quarters and limited, also you don't necessarily get the best view. I would encourage waiting for one of their outside tables (although there are not too many). I had their... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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57 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our fourth visit to Santa Barbara and many vists to Shellfish Company. First night here the waiters were really pushing the California crab $17.95 a pound. Hubby fell for this one was $38 and maybe 3/4 cup of meat. You could tell from looking at them no meat. Now for the good part they have the best clam chowder and... More 

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Cheney, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Small, but worth the wait! Out on the end of Stern's Wharf, a stroll worth taking anyway, is a busy and wonderful shellfish restaurant. I had ceviche, my wife clam chowder and a ceasar salad. Great food, nice people and fast service. I will be going back...

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It's out all the way at the end of the pier. It's tiny. It's not configured that the views from inside are that great but it's nice. I ordered the local rock crab which was a lot of work but very good. It was an enjoyable meal. I can see that during peak season there would be a huge wait... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

I ordered the crab sandwich and an iced tea from the pick-up window. Total was over $16! Tea was good, but small. Crab sandwich was totally tasteless. Best thing about the meal was sitting at a picnic table on the Whatf and spotting a passing whale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

The shellfish company is one of our favorite places to bring friends who come to visit Santa Barbara. Great location at the end of the pier and great food including the best clam chowder and lobster bisque. Don't miss this spot!!

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Excellent fresh seafood located right on Stearn's Wharf Santa Barbara. Try their Cioppino, it's incredible.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We ate supper here and found it had a great menu of fresh seafood. We had chosen it because of guide book reviews. I wouldn't usually pick something so touristy as a cafe at the end of a pier, but it was good. The menu included crab, lobster, farmed abalone as well as delicious shrimp. The dishes were generous and... 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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