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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
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Ranked #24 of 442 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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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 NEW

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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch and this could not have been better. Located at the tip of the wharf with beautiful views, this unpretentious place ticked all our boxes. The freshest seafood expertly cooked. What more can anyone want. We loved it. It is extremely popular and you might have to queue a little, but it is well... More

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Monterey Park, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We are big seafood eaters. We've eaten here before, but today was the best. We ordered the peel and eat shrimp which was perfectly cooked. It was crunchy. The fried clam strips were perfectly cooked as well. They weren't chewy like others we've had. The fried oysters were also perfectly cooked. Most places fry them until the oyster is completely... More

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Southport, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a lovely small restaurant at the end of the wharf. Well worth the wait for a table, in fact we sat at the beer, and saw all the action. Draught beer, chowder, crab cakes, fabulous selection of shellfish. Unfortunately we only stayed one night at Santa Barbara or we would have definitely been back. Reasonable prices too. Fabulous!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a very popular place with tourists, so be prepared to wait for a seat if you want to be indoors. There is also a take away window on the side. My wife and I each had a bread bowl. chowder. The chowder had a good portion of clams but was not as flavorful as we had hoped. Also,... More

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Astana, Kazakhstan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This place is all about seafood, it's not suitable for a nice dinner with candels as interior is more like fisherman's pub, but the quality of the seafood and atmosphere is very special

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