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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • 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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Afternoon visit for Uni (sea urchin) and crab which we chose the box crab. Well prepared and tasty. The uni came on a scallop. Not cheap but tasty served with a lemon.

Thank John N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little shellfish co has been a fixture in SB for many years. The food is so good! The cracked crab delicious! The place is an oldy but a goody!! Very casual, but at the end of the wharf great view!

Thank Connie O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to have a fresh seafood! You can choose from a wide menu. They have aquariums with different types of crabs and etc. It is very interesting to seat in the bar area and watch the chef to cook in the open kitchen. They...More

Thank NadiaTrofimchuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is hopping- long lines to sit outside on a pleasant day. The indoor seating can be achieved quicker but it’s pretty noisy and drab. Also, there is a “to go” window which was quick too and the menu was 90% the same. There...More

Thank Lynne N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small restaurant which was very busy hence the welcome was not the warmest. But there is a buzz around this place. This place appeared popular with locals it’s on the end of the pier & the other restaurants we passed on route...More

Thank Sjc462
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We often stop here for lunch after walking East Beach and the wharf. Very casual and often must wait to be seated if you don't do take-out, but it's worth the wait.

Thank ruhskis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

SBSC was recommended by a colleague who lives in the area. It’s located at the very end of Stearn’s Wharf. You can actually drive all the way down the wharf to find parking in front of the restaurant. There can be some long wait times...More

Thank BirdiesTravels1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a tourist place but actually works as a real restaurant. Great views of the ocean and excellent amazing seafood. Many tanks filled with live crabs and a fun, exciting menu of various local seafood creations. One of our favorite lunches in Santa Barbara...More

Thank Franklin W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tried this place out last night, and it had all the right ingredients: great shell fish, fun servers, the perfect atmosphere, and reasonable prices, Its located out on the pier and it looks like a shell fish shack, but don't let that scare you,...More

Thank Mike4mula
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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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, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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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