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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

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230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The best time to experience this little place is off peak times as it is truly tiny but that's part of the charm. Order s whole crab and five in!

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Thank Steve E
Buxtehude, Germany
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the great food - fresh shellfish and a tasty Cesar's. Staff was very helpful and good to talk to.

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Thank MaxiMuster
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Long waiting list so we decided to eat outside (buying food through a window at the side of kitchen). The coconut shrimps tasted good, but could have been a bit more tasty / spicy. Location is good at the wharf, except for when the wind is rough.

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Thank Fornebu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's small and funky and the perfect place to eat seafood in SB. We had the lobster and shrimp tacos. Absolutely delicious. Good selection of draft beers and affordable wine. Our wait was only 10 minutes on a Wednesday night although there was quite a lineup when we left. Service is friendly and fast. Seating inside is on stools along... More 

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Thank forteMI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food!!!! Incredibly delicious. Highly recommend if you at the Wharf. Charming restaurant with truly excellent fresh seafood. We are New Yorkers and are very picky and found this restaurant truly wonderful. Very windy and cold if sitting outside because you are at the end of the pier. Service was great.

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Thank Seirshalove727
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So good!! A local told us about this place and I'm so glad we went, we sat at the counter, the staff were awesome and the crab and lobster even better! Will be back!

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Thank Kate T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was average. We had the bisque, lobster tacos, lobster pasta and peel and eat shrimp. The bisque was the best, the tacos had almost no flavor, the shrimp weren't deveined and also lacked flavor. The worst part was sitting at a picnic table trying to keep our good from flying away.

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Thank Nichole K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located at the far end of the pier but worth the walk. It's a lay back place but great fresh sea food with good service. When in the area we always stop for lunch.

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Thank William B
Portland OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this dinner here last week. We shared a 3 lb. Dungeness crab with onion rings and great beer. It was cool & windy that weekend evening so snagging an inside table required a bit of a wait (35 minutes). This place is very popular so unless you come at an off time, you should expect to wait for... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped by for lunch as part of the pacific coast road trip. The place was nice and relaxing sitting by the waters. Had the Cioppino, crab, and coconut shrimp. Months later, I am still reminded for the restaurant for their unforgettable Cioppino. Super yummy with the right balance of tomato and seafood flavors! Best I've tasted so far!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 20:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?