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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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$$ - $$$
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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

First, don't get excited about the outdoor seating unless you're prepared to wait twice as long. This is a very small 'restaurant'...more like a diner. One gentleman is working very hard to accommodate people when they finally get a table. Kudos to him and I wish I remembered his name! The others seem lackadaisical. My husband enjoyed his pasta/seafood dish;... More 

Thank PA2CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Before we visited Santa Barbara we identified this as the one place we really wanted to eat, but having tried it we wouldn't go back. The location is perfect, and the food was good (but not as great as we'd anticipated). The staff really didn't seem to care though (apart from one server who *really* seemed to care about looking... More 

Thank Keith B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always keen to try places recommended by others, we visited the Restaurant, and were delighted to be able to sit at the bar, and watch everything that was going on in the cooking and preparation areas. We were keen to have Crab and Clam chowder, and our server gave us a very good deal in which we had the chowder... More 

Thank melvillecot
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We splurged and tried a little of all the best dishes. Oysters, crab, abalone, all prepared fresh. A little pricey, but very good seafood.

Thank Craig S
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A small, cozy restaurant with terrific food. For indoor seating, patrons sit at a long table next to windows and right next to your fellow diners. We got to view their food close up. We both enjoyed our orders of crab Louie salads. Large portions, fresh greens, tomatoes, and avacados. The waitress was great, too.

Thank panpanda
Long Island, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It doesn't get any fresher then right from the ocean. I got the Alaskan king crab and my gf got the local rock crab and they were both super juicy and cooked perfectly. They even gave me scissors to cut the shell! The New England clam chowder was also amazing. The wait was about a half hour for a Friday... More 

Thank Mariel D
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great informal relaxed atmosphere. great food. Very popular so expect to wait, especially if you want an outside table as there are only a few of these.

Thank kiwihappydragonlady
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shellfish company offers great food in a very casual environment at the end of the pier past the two main tourist restaurants. Good food with some outside seating overlooking the harbor. Usually a wait but worth it for a simple meal.

Thank TAReviewer--CA
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to wait around 30 minutes before being seated but it was definitely worth the wait. The place is really nice and the staff was very attentive (although we saw one the of the waiters explain twice in 10 minutes the menu to two different groups)! The seafood was really good, I had the mussels with white wine broth.

Thank EleanorRigbyEverglot
Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you l;ike crab or lobster ( and a fine clam chouder as well) this is THE place for you. A very small restaurant - you write your name on a waiting list out side and wait to be called - you can eat inside or out - the food is simply fantastic - my lady has been talking about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-6676

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?