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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” (172 reviews)
“shellfish” (71 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 904 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

I tried the special, Urchin on raw scallops and it was excellent. Having the exoskeleton of the urchin used on the plate with the spines still wiggling was a new one on me. The food was great.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is actually on the tip of Stearns Wharf. The boating activity on the water right off the wharf together with great food were an amazing combination. My son had two Maine lobsters and could have a third. The crab cakes were equally excellent!...More

Thank cpcarter2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best fresh raw shellfish I’ve ever had, anywhere. Uni (sea urchin) pulled right out of a saltwater tank, quickly dispatched and beautifully presented on a bed of six scallops atop lime slices. (Warning to the squeamish: you also get the scooped out shell of...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here wit the family this afternoon and having some experience with lobster rolls we can tell you this is the best ever!!! Go there and say mmmmmmmmm

Thank Marcenlinda2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The crab cakes are really nice but that is it. The shrimp bisque is like a tomato soup with a hint of shrimp far far away. The garlic shrimp scampi was just ok with too much rice and too little shrimp and none garlic whatsoever.

Thank andremoysescardoso
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love good seafood, and I had heard of this gem at the end of Santa Barbara wharf and wanted to check it out for lunch. It is wonderfully rustic for a warm October day and I can see it being heaving...More

1  Thank Benjamin T
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Our party of fourteen had a fun, relaxed, delicious dinner. Given our size, our server couldn't have been more attentive. The drinks, appetizers, main entrees, and dessert were served promptly and were fresh and flavorful. I highly recommend it!

Thank W8351WIjohnd
Reviewed 27 October 2017

At the very end of Santa Barbara Pier, there is the rather small SB Shellfish Company. The place is very simple and not fancy at all, the kitchen is the same space as the few seats...so if the weather allows it, I recomend to sit...More

Thank PhoenixSaoPaulo
Reviewed 21 October 2017

In the begining, We don't know what to expect when we visited this eatery and to be honest ....not sure what to order (this was our first time). We went there for an early dinner..it was about 5 pm and the queue was already long..we...More

Thank Jumaxel
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

The best place to eat crab and seafood in SB, if you enjoy a bit rustic, loud and busy place with a bit of a wait. We loved it!!!

1  Thank Rolf P
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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