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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
+1 805-966-6676
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 73
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  • 21
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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
Great SeaFood and Drink in a great location

A top place to eat when in Santa Barbara. Parking on the Pier is free for 90 minutes so drive as far down the pier as you can get. I had the shrimp cocktail and a cup of New England Clam Chowder, both were excellent washed down with Californian Hard Cider Staff extremely friendly 👍🏻

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dean W
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Truro, Canada
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Truro, Canada
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A top place to eat when in Santa Barbara. Parking on the Pier is free for 90 minutes so drive as far down the pier as you can get. I had the shrimp cocktail and a cup of New England Clam Chowder, both were excellent washed down with Californian Hard Cider Staff extremely friendly 👍🏻

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Thank Dean W
Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Is it a tourist trap? Yes. Do locals eat here? Probably not in great numbers. But the food is good. Its a great location and a nice attraction. Watching the cooks churn out those dishes in the open kitchen and dive into those tanks to pull out living crabs and lobsters is worth the 'price of admission' (figurative term of... More 

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Thank 750GregC
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 had a great experience! More 

California
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is a very popular spot on the wharf. It is quite small, very casual and usually has a long wait. You sign your name on the list and take a stroll around while waiting to be called. We always ask to be seated on the few tables outside. On this visit I had a side of caesar salad... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable meal and we hope to see you back soon. More 

UK
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Side on the end of Sterns Wharf, this restaurant is an amazing place. There is seating inside for only around 30 people with a small number of tables outside. It is extremely popular and even though we went in early February at 11.45am and got a seat straight away, within a few minutes there was a line of people waiting... More 

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Thank LandDT2010
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you had a great experience and that the food was delicious. Great advice to come early so you don't have a wait! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not worth the wait! My husband and I stopped here on a driver up PCH. My Dad actually had told us about a fish place in Santa Barbara on the pier that we had to go to. We looked up restaurants at the end of a pier and thought with the good reviews, it was this one. As we were... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback and we apologize about your experience. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place, Great food. Every time my wife we stop in for dinner. Can't go wrong with service and food

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

Thank you for your feedback; we are happy to hear you are a repeat customer and that your visits are always enjoyable. More 

Cancun
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this restaurant was one of the highlights of our trip it had excellent seafood and although we had to wait 45 minutes in the middle of the afternoon it was well worth the wait

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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 we helped make your trip that much better! More 

UK
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169 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for lunch, we sat inside and feasted on calamari and spiny lobster. It is all very good food, such a lovely place to sit and excellent service. There are no airs and graces just honest, freshly cooked food.

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

We are thrilled to hear you had a great experience while dining with us. The spiny lobster is one of our favorites; glad to hear you were able to enjoy it during the season. More 

Suwanee, Georgia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had just arrived in SB after over 7 hours of traveling. Decided to walk down the pier and have a late lunch. Great chowder. Great view. Fantastic way to start our trip.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we stopped in Santa Barbara on our ocean side trip to San Francisco, we decided to try out Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. It was early evening, even though it was a chilly night we decided to eat here. All the tables are outside ocean view, but they have infra red heaters above the tables which made it a comfortable... 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: +1 805-966-6676

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?