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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
+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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Burbank, California
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218 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We waited outside and when we got in there are no tables. Very uncomfortable seating, you are right on top of people. When we asked for a tap beer they advised they were not working, say what. Maybe post that outside or something. We left and did not eat.

Thank CSS9112014
Adelaide, Australia
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1,310 reviews
738 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,035 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go for a casual meal, dining on tasty local fresh seafood. The ambience is casual and relaxed- I suggest you consider sitting at the counter, so you can interact with the friendly staff and watch the seafood being prepared and cooked. The view is fantastic as well- overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline. The menu... More 

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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is the last on the pier and has a wait list posted out front. They have mostly bar stools inside facing the tanks of crab and lobsters and 5 tables outside overlooking the harbor. Great variety on the menu form salads to fresh crab.

Thank clotn
Santa Barbara, California
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92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the terrible seating (tall, skinny stools at the bar, a long-shelflike eating bar with low uncomfortable stools at the window, and a very few outdoor tables in sometimes roaring wind), this tiny place has the finest seafood in Santa Barbara. The best onion rings I have ever had. Excellent clam chowder and seasonal varieties of soups. Shrimp Louis, and... More 

Thank billyboy53
Malmkoping, Sweden
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like seafood... this is the place! We were here in February. We had to wait 15min for a place to sit. (We were told that in high season it can take up to 3hours!) The fresh food is cooked and prepared right in front of your eyes. Honest food preparation! Wine is not served in wineglasses ( but... More 

Thank stinas76
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food. Not fancy, not upperclass, just great seafood directly from the sea. As it should be! It's eaten directly from the bar, with the crabs and chefs just in front. Honest, direct and lovely and friendly!

Thank Magnus E
Prince George, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We shared an appy and main course which was excellent. We had prawn and scallop linguine. Very cool watching cook make this up a few feet away. It was a wet night for outside was not an option. Inside it was close quarters. There was a large group of people who had finished their meal and sat on their own... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Man, what a great restaurant at the end of Stearn's Wharf. Everything was great - shellfish, oysters, cold draft beer, wine, and the incredible onion rings. Service was friendly and the scenery, incredible. Great spot worth waiting for.

Thank Eric L
Moscow, Russia
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82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to eat some fresh crabs, lobsters, scallops and local sea urchin! Medium price. Good value

Thank VasilyGoncharov
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Rock Special crab. We ordered one for three persons and they gave us 1 1/2 crab so it work out well for us to share. For the fresh crab and excellent service, it is well worth the price. I would definitely visit again whenever I visit Santa Barbara again. Great location too!

Thank 495marcusk

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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 93101-1880
  • 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?