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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
805-966-6676
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Ranked #26 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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El Paso, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Been coming to SB now for quite some time and we always make sure before we leave to dine at this restaurant. The location is great, while waiting you can snap pictures and the end of the pier, have a cold beer, meet new people from all over the world, time goes by quickly while waiting. I say waiting because... More

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Egham, United Kingdom
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198 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Santa Barbara town was very busy so the valet parking was very useful. Very friendly waitress and good menu. We chose Lobster Tacos (very nice) and mixed fried seafood. Had a couple of beers with our meal. Very enjoyable and good value.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

SBSC was a discovery while touring Stearns Wharf. It is at the end of the wharf which is at the end of State Street at the beach and yacht club area. It is a little hole in the wall, unfancy place with stools pulled up to window seats and a few tables inside and out. You sign up at the... More

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172 reviews 172 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On a seafood tasting, we were introduced to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company's delectable ceviche. Wow, delicious! And what a cool location, right on the water.

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Saltash, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great location on the end of the pier. walked in and were sat at the bar, service was great. very quick and staff were very friendly. We had the seafood cioppino (served in a loaf of bread!!!) very messy, but fabulous.

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Haacht, Belgium
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We last had dinner in the SB Shellfish Company. Their food and service are both perfect! We had the 3lbs Crab and the Cippione. Truly delicious fresh seafood. PS Don't wear anything white since you might get 'spotted' ;-)

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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I sat down at the bar and was immediately welcomed by JP. (Found out at the end of the meal that he is the manager.) The wait staff was accommodating to the packed house. It was the very end of the night on a Monday and yet, you would think it was a weekend with how busy it was. The... More

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Matamata, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our crab and lobster meal very much. The casual atmosphere was brilliant with an option to sit outside or in. The waitress was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Nicely situated at the end of the wharf.

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Sarasota, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My wife and I are lovers of seafood ad we decided to try Shellfish Company when visiting the pier and it was a great decision. You will likely have to wait to get in, be prepared but the food, selection and service is worth the time commitment. We had the cioppino and fried clams for lunch never got back for... More

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San Francisco
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65 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Restaurant seating is somewhat limited and we took whatever seating we could get. It was very pleasant at the bar chatting with other patrons and the bartenders. Lobster bisque soup quite good and fried oysters and shrimp were perfect. The crab cakes had way too much batter. Next time we'll remember not to order. All in all, a good experience... More

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