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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 281
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best seafood in Santa Barbara

Great bloody mary's, crab, fresh oysters on the half shell, and lobster. be prepared to wait anytime you arrive. Restaurant is very casual.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
susan5200
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great bloody mary's, crab, fresh oysters on the half shell, and lobster. be prepared to wait anytime you arrive. Restaurant is very casual.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Enjoyed lunch with a friend, food was amazing and fresh. Staff was outgoing and sitting at the counter, is a wonderful way to meet new people and share stories. I would highly recommend it.

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Food is always good. Can't beat the location on the edge of Stearn's wharf. An especially good spot to bring out of town guests. Only complaint is the no reservations policy and the resulting long wait.

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Santa Barbara
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this is the best sea food on the coast. Nothing more to be said. If you like super fresh, simply prepared, you've come to the right place. If you like deep fried seafood, there is always the Red Lobster.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Neat place to eat, good atmosphere and the food was good. The view is great and easy walking distance from Fess Parker where we stayed.

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Santa Barbara, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Such a treasure! This place has such an ocean atmosphere, it's on the pier overlooking the pacific. Food is excellent! Crab and lobster pulled out of tanks and cooked on the spot! Very casual place that is a locals favorite.

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Simi Valley, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Although it's rather small inside it is still a wonderful place to eat!! They have plenty of room outside to eat and you can soak in the view. The food is very reasonably price and it's always fresh. It can get a little busy on the weekends so get there early!!!!

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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 pleasant experience with us. We appreciate all feedback and we are happy to hear you had an enjoyable meal. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We had dinner here and had the crab sandwich and Fried oysters and fried shrimp. Again, my food was lack luster but my friends food was great. The crab was ok, not anything to write home about. I loved the atmosphere and could see why everyone likes it here. I just think I made a bad choice. Other entrees looked... More 

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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 feedback with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed some of the food and we appreciate you sharing your feedback with us about the other entree. We hope to see you back soon to give some of our other dishes a try. More 

Dusseldorf, Germany
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

It's a classic when coming to Santa Barbara. Everything, in this restaurant, is fresh. If the weather allows it, eat outside, on the public tables. The view is incredible and the food is amazing. Try the crab sandwich. You'll never eat Surimi again !!!

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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 feedback with us. We are so happy to hear you enjoy dining with us when in town. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

It is worth the walk to the end of the pier, mostly because the view is fantastic, and because you're about to have a stellar meal. This is a grab a seat at the bar kind of place. Not fine dining or pretentious. I ordered the crab - that came with soup and salad. Really I would have paid the... More 

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

We are happy to hear you had such a great experience while dining with us recently. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We hope to see you back soon. 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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