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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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$$ - $$$
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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1880
+1 805-966-6676
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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New York City, New York
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had seen this place when I was on the wharf earlier in the day and it looked tempting. There were lines, and the place was hopping. So I decided to go and went back for dinner. I went late, but people were still coming in. As others said, the staff was reasonably friendly and the crowd (including me) was... More 

Thank idbinnyc
Detroit, Mi
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to eat here because of the reviews and the line once we got there seemed promising for a delicious dinner. The staff was very friendly during the entire wait and talked to us about the menu features, so we were prepared to order once we sat down. We ended up going with the lobster and while fresh (which... More 

Thank Andrea P
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I get out to Santa Barbara once a year and always get here for at least one meal. The chef puts on a great show while cooking. The staff at the counter is always friendly and attentive and make you feel welcome. I have never had anything close to even plain. It is always fresh tasting seafood. It is low... More 

Thank John B
Los Angeles, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here a couple of times and loved the food, the place, and the service. The server was very polite and professional. Prices were reasonable. We will visit this restaurant again next time we're in Santa Barbara.

Thank Khosrow S
Beverly Hills, California
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my best friend, who wanted to take in Stearns Wharf after being drenched by El Niño all week. The Grub So glad we chose to eat here! I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the bar eating a crisp crab louie salad, clam chowder, and fresh (fresh!!!) shrimp cocktail. I liked that it was a real seafood bar.... More 

Thank Michelle S
Pomona, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My parents and I went here on a Groupon, and I'm glad we did! Since its fresh seafood, it can be quite expensive! We had the rock crab, main lobster, fried calamari and clam chowder. The atmosphere was great and service was awesome! I'm not a crab person but if you are you must go. You can watch them cooking... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lady and I stumbled unto this place walking down the pier in search of dinner. It was warm, fun, and busy. There were many people and even more crabs. It has a relaxed vibe, and the wait doesn't take long. Outdoor seating has heaters (and they work well in the cold). It has a decent beer selection and hot... More 

Thank jordan r
Wyong, Australia
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135 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little restaurant to have some lobster, crab or other form of seafood. I tried their lobster pasta which was delicious. We dined here during the winter months so it wasn't as packed as it could've been which was lucky.

Thank CTR15
Palo Alto, California
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rock crab, spider crab, and any other crab this establishment offers is worth eating. This place is very popular. We waited for 1 hour and 30 minutes during a holiday weekend to taste their crab. Once seated, we focused and went straight for the rock crab (steamed, accompanied by 2 fried onion rings, red cocktail sauce, and lemon to... More 

Thank CLColbert
Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great experience with fantastic Seafood. Don't miss it when you're in Santa Barbara. The Boulebaise was out of this world.

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

Thank you for the rave review! We hope to see you back! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, 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 93101-1880
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-6676

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?