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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a pretty good range of seafood-based dishes here, but I think that I would recommend sticking to live, locally caught shellfish--lobster and crab primarily--steamed or grilled. Small, picturesque, highly informal. Doesn't appear to be set up to accomodate largish groups (more than 4).

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

We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable time while dining with us and we appreciate you sharing it with us. More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely love this place! Not a lot of tables so you might have to wait to get a seat but I assure you the food is worth the wait! SOOO FRESH!!

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Sliema, Malta
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161 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The place was recommended by my french book guide and it delivers. The place is nice and cosy,you will have lunch overlooking the sea and watching the birds. The food is really well priced, very good quality, fish and lobster pasta, perfect cooking no complains. The wine was good, but of course, we are in California!!!! Definitively recommended.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the spot on the wharf you can't miss! We had to wait a short time to get a table, but it was worth it. Food delicious and service great. Don't go expecting silverware and fine dining, just go with it!

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paris
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

food was average, plus, nice soup, very nice location of course, on the wharf, nice people, affordable food, pleasant athmosphere i enjoyed my stay

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

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. More 

Aliso Viejo, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OMG this place was a great find. John took exce5care of us and meals were served up quickly. Food was excellent and could not have been fresher. (Live in the tanks)

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Sacramento, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for a wild, loud, skull-dugary – kind of place place with friends at night I guess, but pretty lousy for a romantic place with your sweetheart. Very limited very expensive seafood menu

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bikfaya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place on the Santa Barbara wharf, I believe it was the last restaurant on it. It has live-catch seafood, specializing in shellfish. Good sunset views whilst you eat. The place is packed at sunsets so be there early as they serve in a first come first serve system. Preps of dishes are quick, but fresh fresh fresh! Dishes lack... More 

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

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the fresh local seafood while dining with us and the gorgeous sunset views. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a little jewel at the end of the pier. We just arrived after a 4 hour journey from the desert. Loved the atmosphere, the seafood was fresh and tasty, and watching the sunset as we ate completed the feeling we had discovered a special spot.

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

We appreciate you taking the time to share your dining experience with us and are happy to hear it was a pleasant and enjoyable evening! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Frequented this establishment on a Saturday lunch time, it was busy and we had to wait for at least 20 minutes for an outside table (the time could have been reduced if we had annotated first available on the waiting list), but as it says in the title it was worth the wait, between us we had the lobster and... More 

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

We are pleased to hear the wait was not too long on a Saturday and that the food and service were top notch! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
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
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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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