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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (169 reviews)
“shellfish” (69 reviews)
“lobster tacos” (60 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was to die for! Just go and try it, you won't be disappointed. The Cioppino was 5 Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank Gwen J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Abalone "special" $21 for 3 small pieces of blandly prepared abalone. This was after a long wait on benches outside that were next to foul smelling garbage bins. Our table was a narrow counter with wooden stools. There was outdoor seating, which would have been...More

Thank jctsytf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food. Great service. Not my first time here and likely not my last. I had the steamed clams and mussels and the beer of the month. I enjoy sitting at the counter and watching the cooks do their thing.

Thank Rose L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Near the end of Stearn's Wharf is the Shellfish Company. The at atmosphere is super casual, the beer is cold and the seafood is fresh. When we are along, my wife and I sit at the bar to watch the cooking. When we take visiting...More

Thank Claude C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch. Be prepared for cool weather and a good breeze. The Cioppino was excellent! Meet a local brewery owner and scored a good inside tip to a good location!

Thank Aaron C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good seafood lunch with great view of the water. It was dog friendly outside. They have limited seating so get there early or late.

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we arrived here, there was a very long waiting line. The waiter advised us to order from the take out counter on the side and we can sit and eat at the tables on the outside nearby. It was a great suggestion as we...More

Thank Phi S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had read reviews at TripAdvisor and on Yelp before my trip to Santa Barbara and thought this restaurant would had been a good choice as I had been craving seafood. Well, it was a total disappointment. Both food and service. At 3pm on a...More

Thank fay m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trip Advisor reviews led us to this little "hole in the wall" restaurant on Stearns Wharf and are we glad they did!! There's nothing fancy here except the view, but the food was AMAZING! Best dungeness crab I've ever had! The lobster pasta was also...More

Thank pmrichard00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an unusual, very casual place. They have very few seats/ tables both inside and outside. Prepare to put your name on a clipboard and wait 30-30 min. Do NIT bring a large party here, there are better choices; or plan to use the...More

Thank soccermanagermom
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Questions & Answers
5 August 2017|
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Response from luvplayacar | Reviewed this property |
This is basically a fish market that cooks up food. Local, fresh from the sea items (mostly). As long as you don't have a shell fish allergy, this is a great place to eat. Order grilled lobster or crab legs.
Susan W
2 August 2016|
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Response from justine b | Property representative |
Hello, Yes we do for outside dining?
Sue K
1 October 2015|
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Response from GoletaCa | Reviewed this property |
Allergies are serious business. Call the restaurant and when ordering make sure they do not use rosemary or have it near the food you are ordering. There are outside tables on the pier and a take out window. This may work... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
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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