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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%
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“crab” (181 reviews)
“shellfish” (84 reviews)
“lobster tacos” (63 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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1 - 10 of 936 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Great seafood spot, great location, fantastic views. Food is very good but not quite five stars. Everything came out sort of cold, crab cakes had too much bread for the amount of crab. Overall a very good place for lunch.

Thank David P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Drove to the end of the Stearns Wharf near the Santa Barbara airport. Enjoyed a fresh Shrimp Cocktail and oysters on the half shell. Nice find for a 1st visit.

Thank SupraMike
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in randomly for lunch and we really enjoyed it! The atmosphere is very authentic and comfortable and the food was delicious! The perfect Santa Barbara lunchtime wharf scene. We enjoyed a craft beer, some wine and a plate of fried seafood. The staff was...More

Thank Ella G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to wait for over an hour for an outdoor table but I am so glad we did. Being from Scotland, we don’t often get the chance to sit outside in the sunshine!! The seafood was cooked perfectly and was absolutely delicious. The menu...More

Thank yulifer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What can i say everything was good and fresh. The service was very friendly and good. The view from inside was very quiet

Thank Bastien G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They are all the way to the end of the pier. They have a few tables and counters inside and a few picnic type tables outside. Expect a wait. They have you sign a wait list and wait to be called. But we only waited...More

Thank Lance2002
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We had the chowder, cooked prawns and the Alaskan crab legs (which were great). Not overly taken with the chowder, a cup was enough to share. Perfect place for a lunch stop.

Thank Oceanusx
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Seafood is best when prepared fresh!. This is as fresh as it gets. All the seafood they serve is alive in a tank. Fantastic meal! Well done guys!!

Thank Barry L
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Going to the end of the pier, eating a crab and having a beer is one of my all time favorite things to do as a Santa Barbara local. The Shellfish company is great for shellfish and a drink at twilight. It’s a beautiful experience...More

Thank Divawing
Reviewed 5 March 2018

We sat at the counter and watched as our meal was prepared - it’s great to watch talented people work at something they enjoy. You know the food is fresh when you watch it being pulled from the tank behind the kitchen. The lobster tacos...More

Thank Kate L
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9 February 2018|
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Response from Laurie M | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember seeing one. This is a place where you eat fresh shellfish prepared in various ways (including pasta). No grilled cheese sandwiches or chicken fingers. However, the onion rings are delicious and would... More
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?
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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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