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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want fresh shellfish, and don't need a fancy restaurant, this is the place. Had to put our names on a waiting list, and wait! But was it worth it? So good we went back the next evening and waited for an outside table.

Thank Gwenjohns2016
Bicester, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Firstly, this place is helped by the amazingly relaxed and peaceful atmosphere on the pier. Service was ok, we wasn't welcomed in and wasn't too sure if we just sat down or waited, there should be clearer instructions about how you have to put your name down to seat outside too... the waiter was however very knowledgeable about the food,... More 

Thank Nathan H
Lahaina, Hawaii
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Restaurant was a miss. Every item ordered...meh. Great location. Won't be back. In a town full of amazing restaurants this was a disappointment. Service was okay it was the quality of the food that did not rate anymore than two stars.

Thank MauiConcierge123
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Crab cakes and crab salad sandwich were mainly filler with virtually no crab flavor. Clam chowder was good. View of the sea was through windows that were filthy inside and out.

Thank OhioDave
Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to grab a quick bite from the outside window of here today. It was reasonably busy at about 2.30pm. The service window attendant was polite and working super hard but was obviously understaffed. I got a lobster bisque and a side salad. The salad was pretty standard but the bisque was delicious, well made and of a great quality.... More 

Thank betinarahh
Surprise, Arizona
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is very low key at the end of Stearn's Wharf. The seafood is delish and comes with some good sides-clam chowder, salad and tasty onion rings.

Thank phxwilsons
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all you are eating in a small restaurant on a wharf. Having said that the atmosphere is great and the food even better! You can come and watch the sunset having a nice bear and one of the crab or lobster plates.

Thank Claudio M
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm from Louisiana and let me tell yo that we have amazing food. However, this place was amazing. All the seafood had great flavor. The chowder was to die for and it was a "side." The ceviche was so simple yet full of flavor. We splurged on a California spider crab and it was worth EVERY penny.

Thank Jeanette C
San Diego
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun little restaurant, friendly staff with great views on the pier. A bit of a wait, but not too bad and you can order drinks and apps while you wait. You can also order from the window on the side and eat at the open tables to the left of the restaurant. Snacked on shrimp/scallop ceviche, crab cakes and sea... More 

Thank MarieM619SD
Toledo, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 8:30 (closing time was 9pm) but no worries. We found a seat outside and enjoyed the view. I suggest going a bit later to avoid the crowd. The waitress was great and didn't rush us. We split a pound of Alaskan crab legs, a dozen oysters and a mixed green salad. And a few beers. Perfect low... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
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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