Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

★★★★☆
  • 230 Stearns Wharf Ste A

    Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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  • 805-966-6676

About Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

Hours
Daily 11am-9pm

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I had wanted to go to this place forever, and finally got a chance. Warning ahead of time -- this isn't a sit-down place like its competitors up and down the pier, but that's the whole point. While the other restaurants on the pier give you cushy accommodations but mediocre, over-cooked food and sky-high prices, Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. specializes in getting you quality food at a price that is more than fair.

The menu includes Cioppino as well, and my wife (who had it) said it was far superior to others on the pier. I had the Dungeness crab special, which included salad, chowder, a whole crab (cooked expertly), and onion rings for $23 -- that's a steal in SB! They also have lots of great quality microbrews on tap, including my favorite, Anchor Steam, and many others bottled.

As mentioned in other reviews, the seating is not fancy, and it is cramped -- get there early and often. There are booths outdoors, but indoors you will be sitting on bar stools and eating off of a relatively slim counter.

For those that like a good crab, a good beer, great prices, and a nice view of the harbor without getting charged for that view in your prices, I wholeheartedly recommend Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.

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★★★★★

I had wanted to go to this place forever, and finally got a chance. Warning ahead of time -- this isn't a sit-down place like its competitors up and down the pier, but that's the whole point. While the other restaurants on the pier give you cushy accommodations but mediocre, over-cooked food and sky-high prices, Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. specializes in getting you quality food at a price that is more than fair.

The menu includes Cioppino as well, and my wife (who had it) said it was far superior to others on the pier. I had the Dungeness crab special, which included salad, chowder, a whole crab (cooked expertly), and onion rings for $23 -- that's a steal in SB! They also have lots of great quality microbrews on tap, including my favorite, Anchor Steam, and many others bottled.

As mentioned in other reviews, the seating is not fancy, and it is cramped -- get there early and often. There are booths outdoors, but indoors you will be sitting on bar stools and eating off of a relatively slim counter.

For those that like a good crab, a good beer, great prices, and a nice view of the harbor without getting charged for that view in your prices, I wholeheartedly recommend Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.

Pros: Great food, great prices, great view

Cons: No frills, not a good sit-down place

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My wife and I were married at the courthouse in SB and we had a two party reception at SB Shellfish Co....it is the best seafood restaurant in SB by far! Their clam chowder is hands down the best in the US, we have tried clam chowders all over the US, but SB Shellfish Co is number 1.

5
★★★★★

My wife and I were married at the courthouse in SB and we had a two party reception at SB Shellfish Co....it is the best seafood restaurant in SB by far! Their clam chowder is hands down the best in the US, we have tried clam chowders all over the US, but SB Shellfish Co is number 1.

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Basically a dive with great food. Don't expect to be pampered, it's not a fancy pants restaurant. There's just a small bar that runs around the perimeter facing the wall and the stools unfortunately had no back support so I suffered from a really bad back ache about halfway through my meal. But the dungeoness crab was worth it. Maybe you figure 'well how do you screw up crab anyway?' That's what I figured and then I ate some at this more traditional style seafood restaurant in Pismo Beach and it was no where near as good as the one I had at the Shellfish Co.
In summary I really recommend it and I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

Basically a dive with great food. Don't expect to be pampered, it's not a fancy pants restaurant. There's just a small bar that runs around the perimeter facing the wall and the stools unfortunately had no back support so I suffered from a really bad back ache about halfway through my meal. But the dungeoness crab was worth it. Maybe you figure 'well how do you screw up crab anyway?' That's what I figured and then I ate some at this more traditional style seafood restaurant in Pismo Beach and it was no where near as good as the one I had at the Shellfish Co.
In summary I really recommend it and I can't wait to go back.

Pros: Best dungeoness crab I've ever tasted

Cons: REALLY uncomfortable stools

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Great location at the end of the wharf. Wonderful view of the ocean if you wish to sit outside be careful of the wind. Sign the post out front and you'll get seated sooner. The clam chowder is loaded with clams, very good. The Shrimp Scampi was to die for best I've had in a long time. Prices were OK remember you are in Santa Barbara but the service was pleasant and very friendly.

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★★★★☆

Great location at the end of the wharf. Wonderful view of the ocean if you wish to sit outside be careful of the wind. Sign the post out front and you'll get seated sooner. The clam chowder is loaded with clams, very good. The Shrimp Scampi was to die for best I've had in a long time. Prices were OK remember you are in Santa Barbara but the service was pleasant and very friendly.

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I saw this restaurant on the food network and decided to try it out. Well, I was very dissapointed at their service and their food. The waitresses lack customer service skills while the chef had to point them to the window where we had been waiting for over ten minutes to order food. Thats when she finally came to take our order and still was very unpleasant. When we went inside the restaurant , no one greeted us either. The food was overpriced for what we received and the odor that filled the air was very unpleasant. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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★☆☆☆☆

I saw this restaurant on the food network and decided to try it out. Well, I was very dissapointed at their service and their food. The waitresses lack customer service skills while the chef had to point them to the window where we had been waiting for over ten minutes to order food. Thats when she finally came to take our order and still was very unpleasant. When we went inside the restaurant , no one greeted us either. The food was overpriced for what we received and the odor that filled the air was very unpleasant. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Pros: None

Cons: BAD SERVICE, BAD FOOD

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If ambience was the deciding factor in choosing one Santa Barbara seafood restaurant over another, Santa Barbara Shellfish Company would stand alone. Perched at the end of the pier, this humble eatery---once a buying station for local fish…

 

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