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American, Seafood
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside and had an incredible view. The fish and chips were delicious. The fish was tender and crispy. Fries were ok. But go for the fish. So delicious.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and super fresh seafood. Yes the wait can be long to dine on the patio with full service but they also have great indoor seating & a to go window that you then take to the picnic tables outside. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered a local Rock Crab and as recommended by our server, the local King Crab. Both crabs were not that flavorful, and the Rock crab wasn’t completely cleared of the gills. The sides of onion rings and garlic bread were good. I do appreciate the...emphasis on local seafood. Box and Rock crabs ordered in the past here were great. Perhaps local seafood isn’t that great this time of year? Maybe try a garlic butter for dipping? The biggest let down was the crab cakes. Mostly breading with very little crab meat, and had a taste of old cooking oil. So surprised since this was our 8th visit and the priors visits were great. In addition to the local offerings we ordered seafood flown in from Alaska, Maine or the North Pacific coast in the past. All were wonderful. An okay experience became extremely disappointing by the horrible crab cakes.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant no nonsense seafood st the end of the pier. You may need to wait a short while to be seated but it’s worth it. We had coconut shrimp and lobster tacos which were excellent.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is amazing. It's located right at the end of the pier, so the outside seating is really cool (both the vibe and temperature). The inside seating is made up of bar tables, and the kitchen is open space - hence, you can...watch the food being prepared by chef's that clearly know what they are doing! The place feels truly authentic and the food is delicious. Would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Box crab: gf loved it. Sweet and meaty. They cleaned it though...she would have preferred to taste some of the goodness inside the shell. (5/5) Laguna oysters: Too briny for her taste. (1/5) Uni over scallops: A bit bland. Scallops were not sweet (3/5) Fried...seafood platter: It was fine. Too salty for my taste. (3/5) Clam chowder: Was good. (3.5/5) Linguini with clams: Too much sand (2/5) Service was ok. They were busy, I understand. Overall came out to $225 including tip. Great outside view of the ocean. Free parking for 90 minutes.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful location, good service. We sat outside and enjoyed the atmosphere. I ordered the shrimp tacos, which were great.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

Great casual seafood dinner with an incredible view of the sunset! This was the perfect meal for our first night in town after a long day of travel. We had good local beer and shared some shrimp tacos and each got the cioppino. Delicious!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

This place was a strange find. Kind of run down, but the staff and the seafood were spot on great. Went toward closing but it did not matter, wanted for nothing.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022 via mobile

Excellent lobster roll and shrimp tacos - fresh, delicious & v generous portions. Would love to return to try their signature crab dishes which looked as equally amazing !

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022 via mobile

We got the lobster tacos and they were a slightly overcooked but still edible. The restaurant is on the wharf so it is pure wooden planks to the restaurant so you have to watch your step. There is parking close by...we went Wednesday and the...parking was great. There is more outdoor than indoor seating. For a family of 3 and sitting outside we put our name on the list and got seated in about 15 min on a Wednesday. It was definitely a good experience but would try another seafood place next time.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022

We wanted a seafood restaurant that would be pet friendly since we had traveled to Santa Barbara with our toy poodle. There were three seating options: inside dining, which we could not do with our pet; outside seating with waitstaff; and our option, which was...to place an order at the pickup window and sit at benches on the pier. The service was great, the food excellent and the view to die for! We will visit again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 11, 2022 via mobile

PROS: Sitting by the wharf, near the water. Fresh seafood Good amount of shrimp and scallops for a $16 pasta. Friendly waitstaff CONS: Dirty. Kitchen is dirty, wharf is dirty (there was a crab claw under my table). Toilet is dirty. I usually judge a...restaurant by the state of its toilet. Be prepared to wait 20-30 min for your turn. Why is there cheese in a crab bisque! It ruined the soup…More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 13, 2022 via mobile

Very nice waitstaff, fast seating, table outside with views of harbour. We had the caesar salad..one with shrimp one with scallops...i preferred the shrimp one.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022 via mobile

It was chilly so we each had clam chowder or crab bisque. Very good, we all agreed could have been hotter. Had an Alma Rosa pinot noir. Fish tacos, lobster roll. Just delightful food, fresh. Fresh Uni on the menu, for which I understand that...Santa Barbara is famous , but we did not try.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Helen C
May 7, 2019|
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Response from lad0206 | Reviewed this property |
Not ahead of time... they have a sign up list which was on a clip board the day we were there. They move pretty quickly through the list.
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May 4, 2019|
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Response from Litchfldman | Reviewed this property |
none required, just come relaxed for spectacular shell fish!
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November 9, 2018|
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Response from Justine B | Property representative |
there is public parking on the pier and there are multiple handicap parking spots available
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Yes, Santa Barbara Shellfish Company offers takeout services.

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5