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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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Beverly Hills, California
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I came here with my best friend, who wanted to take in Stearns Wharf after being drenched by El Niño all week. The Grub So glad we chose to eat here! I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the bar eating a crisp crab louie salad, clam chowder, and fresh (fresh!!!) shrimp cocktail. I liked that it was a real seafood bar.... More 

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Pomona, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My parents and I went here on a Groupon, and I'm glad we did! Since its fresh seafood, it can be quite expensive! We had the rock crab, main lobster, fried calamari and clam chowder. The atmosphere was great and service was awesome! I'm not a crab person but if you are you must go. You can watch them cooking... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lady and I stumbled unto this place walking down the pier in search of dinner. It was warm, fun, and busy. There were many people and even more crabs. It has a relaxed vibe, and the wait doesn't take long. Outdoor seating has heaters (and they work well in the cold). It has a decent beer selection and hot... More 

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Wyong, Australia
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135 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little restaurant to have some lobster, crab or other form of seafood. I tried their lobster pasta which was delicious. We dined here during the winter months so it wasn't as packed as it could've been which was lucky.

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Palo Alto, California
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rock crab, spider crab, and any other crab this establishment offers is worth eating. This place is very popular. We waited for 1 hour and 30 minutes during a holiday weekend to taste their crab. Once seated, we focused and went straight for the rock crab (steamed, accompanied by 2 fried onion rings, red cocktail sauce, and lemon to... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience with fantastic Seafood. Don't miss it when you're in Santa Barbara. The Boulebaise was out of this world.

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Thank AndreaK-M
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

Thank you for the rave review! We hope to see you back! More 

Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come here every year for our anniversary and New Years. The restaurant is located all the way at the end of the pier which makes it even more charming. We got the king crab legs and in the past have had the rock crab legs, both of which tasted fresh and delicious. The clam chowder is good, too. Excited... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good dinner here. Located on historic Stearns Wharf.Good food &great menu selection. Very popular so expect at least a 20 minute wait.

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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217 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Santa Barbara to spend Christmas with our son and his girl friend. We were also going to meet the gf's father for the first time so it was an extra special trip for many reasons. Knowing that we live on Cape Cod and love fresh sea food they asked to meet at the Stearns Wharf and have... More 

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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tiny place seems to be a local gem, in a picturesque setting on the end of the pier. Everything else on the pier was quiet yet people were queuing up to get in here. Felt pretty exciting when the long wait was over and we finally got a table. Friendly staff and fresh ingredients (which we saw in the... More 

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justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and we appreciate you sharing it with us. More 

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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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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?