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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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1 - 10 of 873 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was there on 15 August. Food was amazing!Everything is fresh and delicious. That Italian guy, who was sitting in front of me, please, find me:)

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We ate here on our first night in Santa Barbara and would recommend this place. The wait for a table was about 20 minutes and we were sat outside, which was fine due to the heaters. We ordered the steamed crab, half lobster, Cioppino and...More

Thank Peter_CV2974GG
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great location, beer, and food! Prices were more than fair and the staff was awesome! There is parking on the actual pier!

Thank Totally420
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The seafood was super fresh. If you're looking for fine dining l, look elsewhere. The service was fast & efficient. the prices are reasonable as they are on the whalf. We are picky eaters & this place didn't disappoint.

Thank d72v
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though I got pooped on by a passing seagull, it was great :) I had lots of fried battered seafood. Delicious. The lobster looked great.

Thank Duncan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there Friday 4th when they opened at 11 am. Friendly staff, wonderful fresh clams, great view of the bay, and nice cold beer. Just a wonderful morning..

Thank Bpers2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so looking forward to this place - the reviews were so positive- we were shocked and disappointed at the food. The portions were so small. The seafood bisque was good. However, I ordered crab cakes,- they were tiny and bland. The crab cakes...More

Thank annaclairemyers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great restaurant and you could not find fresher food at the fairly good price. Good: Food was excellent View is great Staff is Friendly Negative: Slow service Long wait (Poor systems in place) This was a good place, overall and we ended...More

Thank georgeg844
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was tasty and prepared fresh BUT the bisque soup was served lukewarm and the seafood pasta had very little seafood. I got about. 4 very small scallops and 3 shrimp. Lots of pasta. Not sure I would return

Thank Irene M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Expect a wait, but it is worth it. Put your name on the list at the front door and hang around, don't lose your place because this place is very popular and they shout your name out twice and cross you off if your not...More

Thank Steven B
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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
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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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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