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Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
+1 805-966-6676
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good28%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“rock crab” (6 reviews)
“onion rings” (6 reviews)
“seafood” (5 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Soups
££ - £££
230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Came off a chilly whale watch trip and ordered a bowl of lobster bisque from the take-out window. So delicious, and such a perfect way to fuel myself for more sight-seeing on Stearns Wharf.

Thank Umbeijo
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We stopped at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company toward the end of a long walk. We were ready to sit for a bit and refuel. It’s at the end of Stearn’s Wharf and commands a great view of the Santa Barbara Channel and the marina....More

Thank jwhallgren
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

If your looking for Fresh Clam chowder Santa Barbara Shellfish won’t let you down! The chowder is bread bowl is amazing

Reviewed 5 January 2018

Nice location, fresh seafood. And great service. They don't take reservation, so be ready to wait. I went in November, and the wait was about 20 minutes. That was not bad, but imagine in the summer months.

Thank Malfont
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Spent three nights in S.B., went here for dinner twice. Rock Crab and Box Crab were superb. Cioppino, lobster and clam chowder were excellent. Highly recommended.

Thank cliffdwellers
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Quirky and fun place to eat. Husband had shrimp tacos which he liked. I tried the abalone special. Should have known better. The tomato-basil rice was tasty but the abalone was overcooked and tough. Still I'd like to try this place again, just ordering something...More

Thank dianef181
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Excellent food, especially the onion rings. Highly uncomfortable bar and "window" seating. Don't take grandma.

Thank billyboy53
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had high expectations when we visited this place due to ratings on Trip Advisor and in Lonely Planet California. And yes, the location is perfect, but the food was not good. We had the crab, which is to our understanding one of their signature...More

Thank Joakim B
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is my favorite place for clam chowder. Nothing better on a rainy day then having it in a bread bowl. Everything is fresh. Great selection of beers too.

Thank Patti G
Reviewed 23 February 2017

It is a very informal palce, but their fish is so fresh and their dish simple and great. Bring a jacket as it can get cold on the peer. Fun to bring the children and check out the birds and pelicans. I go there all...More

Thank thefrenchpro
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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