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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
+1 805-966-6676
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11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here for lunch and had an amazing meal of fresh fish in a cozy locals atmosphere. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided great service and guidance on what we should try that day

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Somerville, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service and wonderfully fresh seafood. The shrimp bisque was very good and the local rock crab incredibly sweet. My "neighbor's" ciopinno looked amazing as well. Nice selection of beers and wine by the glass that pair nicely with the menu. Sit outside if you want to look over the harbor or inside to watch them preparing your crab/lobster/shellfish from... More 

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Moore, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had been sight seeing and decided to stop in for an early dinner. We took one of the 4 ( I believe) booths located outside of the restaurant facing out to the harbor area. It was a chilly day but the heaters above us kept us very toasty. I actually got hot and had to take off my jacket.... More 

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Thank flyingradish
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a gem, nothing fancing but everything is super super fesh. Put a coat on because it can be breezy on the pier.

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japan
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It gets very busy but patience is rewarded by delicious fresh and tasty seafood served at the bar (options to eat outside as well).

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Thank MATI91
Burbank, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited outside and when we got in there are no tables. Very uncomfortable seating, you are right on top of people. When we asked for a tap beer they advised they were not working, say what. Maybe post that outside or something. We left and did not eat.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,036 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go for a casual meal, dining on tasty local fresh seafood. The ambience is casual and relaxed- I suggest you consider sitting at the counter, so you can interact with the friendly staff and watch the seafood being prepared and cooked. The view is fantastic as well- overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline. The menu... More 

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tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is the last on the pier and has a wait list posted out front. They have mostly bar stools inside facing the tanks of crab and lobsters and 5 tables outside overlooking the harbor. Great variety on the menu form salads to fresh crab.

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Thank clotn
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the terrible seating (tall, skinny stools at the bar, a long-shelflike eating bar with low uncomfortable stools at the window, and a very few outdoor tables in sometimes roaring wind), this tiny place has the finest seafood in Santa Barbara. The best onion rings I have ever had. Excellent clam chowder and seasonal varieties of soups. Shrimp Louis, and... More 

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Thank billyboy53
Malmkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like seafood... this is the place! We were here in February. We had to wait 15min for a place to sit. (We were told that in high season it can take up to 3hours!) The fresh food is cooked and prepared right in front of your eyes. Honest food preparation! Wine is not served in wineglasses ( but... 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, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-6676

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?