Recommended by the owner of our hotel on our first trip to Santa Barbara, SBSC is hands-down the best sea food we've experienced in Santa Barbara! Like their name implies, they specialize in shellfish, so you'll find plenty of crab, muscles, clams, oysters and scallops on their menu to satisfy your craving for the freshest seafood in town. Don't miss their cioppino of crab legs, shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels in a homemade sauce. It's served in a bread bowl topped with Parmesan cheese and will make you a SBSC addict with your first bite! Prices are fairly reasonable ($10-20) considering they're a tourist trap at the end of the pier, but we found it packed more with locals enjoying a late afternoon lunch and cold beer while tourists seemed to gravitate toward the walk-up window. The atmosphere is that of a bar and grill, so plan on it being a little loud. Your best bet is to wait for a table in the limited patio seating that overlooks the harbor, beach and marina.
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