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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” (179 reviews)
“shellfish” (75 reviews)
“lobster tacos” (64 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although in a high tourist area on the wharf, this casual little known restaurant has great seafood. The lobster and crab here are fresh out of the fish tanks. There are a few inside seats, but most people eat outdoors at picnic tables with their...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little gem, and it's little, is consistently good. But, try to go on of-hours because it's always busy!

Thank trc08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the last building at the end of Stearns Wharf, so it's a great location. Great views, the only thing you can do past the restaurant is fish, and lots of people fish for crab. That's a good sign. At Santa Barbara Shellfish Company,...More

Thank Neecy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great lunch here using the outdoor ordering And dining.only downside was keeping the seagulls away.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's tiny inside, but we got a great spot at the bar. You can watch the cooks pull live crabs out of the tanks. Crab salad sandwich was very tasty, fresh sweet crab on toasted sourdough bread. Chowder was very good too, would have been...More

Thank kay k
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went there with colleagues and we all had great seafood meals. The food is really fresh. We sat outside and even though it was February it was really nice. We were the last customers and the waiters were super nice with us.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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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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Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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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