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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
805-966-6676
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Ranked #23 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Great little place at the end of sterns wharf. If I had not researched it first we would not have gone in as it is not our usual style of dining, but I had read such good things about this place not eating here was not an option! We arrived at about 7.00 pm and could see a number of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The waitstaff set us up with a beer while waiting for a table, nice touch. The clam chowder and ceviche were excellent.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I ate here on a trip advisor recommendation and it was delicious I had the local rock crab and my wife had the lobster sandwich special of the day she is still going on about how good it was,the restaurant is pretty busy and is very casual seating at wooden stools and the bar area which is... More

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Ensenada, Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place has such a happy vibe, located at the end of the pier. It's also very very popular and, I'm sure, quite wonderful in many ways. We ordered local oysters and, yes, they were good but they weren't fantastic. We also ordered locally raised abalone which also was good but not fantastic. I'm sure there are better seafood choices... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited Santa Barbara Shellfish Company while visiting on vacation. The wait ended up being about two hours - you sign up on a sheet of paper outside the door - but it was worth it, and it was fun waiting on the pier, drinking the restaurant's spicy bloody marys. We were finally seated at the bar, where we got... More

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Redlands, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

First, walking the Stearns Wharf is great fun, then having lunch at S.B. Shellfish Company makes the walk worth it. Nothing fancy but fresh and great seafood, pick an outside seat, but be willing to wait because it's no secret as everyone else has found out about this place.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The cioppinno will make you sing like an angel. SO GOOD. Love the atmosphere and the food. It can be VERY busy and you will wait, because the food is THAT good.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We ate at the Fishouse rather than the shack at the end of the wharf. The food and service were brilliant and the prices not too steep either.

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New Albany, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Casual dining, reasonable prices, good food, good service. We dined outside. Not exceptionally clean. Worth the visit.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

As written Santa Barbara Shellfish Company has the best and freshest seafood in Santa Barbara all year round at all the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company owned restaurants. The Shellfish Company on the SB pier has an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean with indoor, outdoor, and walk-up dinning. All are good and busy choices in spring, summer, and fall. There... More

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