Santa Barbara Seafood

Seafood in Santa Barbara

With the sparkling Pacific at our fingertips, it's no surprise that Santa Barbara is a seafood lover's paradise. Stroll down to the Santa Barbara Harbor and take a close look - after the spectacular views of sage-green mountains sweeping down to the ocean and boat masts punctuating clear blue skies, you'll notice boats ... lots of 'em. Though the harbor at first appears tranquil, it's actually a beehive of activity, with 150 local fishermen hauling in an average of 7 million pounds of seafood each year. The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the country's richest sources of sustainable, high-quality seafood, and this is no small fry, as it translates to a $30 million industry considering its positive effect on related businesses.

The catch of the day depends on the season, but it may include spiny lobster, ridgeback shrimp, spot prawn, rock crab, white sea bass, California halibut, yellowtail, albacore, swordfish, rockfish, Pacific snapper and barracuda. Some of the other stars of the seafood show might surprise you. Red sea urchin roe, or uni, is prized by the world's sushi lovers, and some of the best is hand-harvested by divers right off our coast in the Channel Islands. And if you think squid and sea cucumber are merely the ugly ducklings of the sea, think again - sea cucumbers may look like giant warty slugs, but they are highly sought-after in Asia for use in soups and as a medicinal tonic. And Santa Barbara farms aren't all landlubbers - open ocean aquaculture farms produce delectable oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, using sustainable techniques.

So while you're here, dive into the briny bliss of spot prawns or lobster at a local restaurant, buy some fresh catch right from the boats at the Saturday Fishermen's Market, shop at the Santa Barbara Fish Market on Harbor Way, or head out to sea to reel in your own catch! In October, hit the annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival to celebrate the opening of lobster season, meet the fishermen and gobble the freshest local seafood at great prices.


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Bouchon Santa Barbara
  • 9 West Victoria Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805.730.1160

The original “Santa Barbara Wine Country” restaurant, bouchon santa barbara searches for the freshest, most local ingredients available.  The wine list features local treasures that complement the ...MORE

Chuck's Waterfront Grill/Endless Summer Bar & Cafe
  • 113 Harbor Way, Suite 180
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: (805) 564-1200

Experience Stunning Food & Delicious Viewsat one of Santa Barbara’s Best Restaurants!  Casual Bistro Dining with Surfing Inspired DecorStunning Harbor Views and Covered Decks. Open Seating from 11am.  ...MORE

  • 1305 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805.966.5006

When John Downey opened his namesake restaurant in 1982 the concept was simple... Serve the very best food available, and serve it in a comfortable, unintimidating setting where it would be easy to ...MORE

Enterprise Fish Company
  • 225 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-962-3313

For over 30 years the original Enterprise Fish Company has prided itself on offering the freshest and finest seafood around at an amazing value.We are located on State Street, only two short blocks ...MORE

Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel
  • 31 W. Carrillo Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 879-9100

Finch & Fork, formerly Coast Restaurant, is a gathering place where guests are welcomed to share in small plates and great conversation. Chef James Siao brings to life a menu designed to be paired ...MORE

The Hungry Cat
  • 1134 Chapala Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3112
  • Information: 805-884-4701

Hollywood, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Canyon Since 2005, The Hungry Cat has offered the highest quality fish and meats matched with Southern California's abundant seasonal produce. The result is ...MORE

Breakwater Restaurant
  • 107 Harbor Way
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: (805) 965-1557
Brophy Brothers Clam Bar & Restaurant
  • 119 Harbor Way
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: 805.966.4418
California Pizza Kitchen
  • 719 Paseo Nuevo
  • 719 Paseo Nuevo
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 962-4648
Central City Broiler
  • 1520 North Broadway
  • Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Information: 805.922.3700
Chuck's Steak House of Hawaii
  • 3888 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Information: (805) 687-4417
  • 101 E. Cabrillo Boulevard
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 966-2112
Harry's Plaza Cafe
  • 3313-B State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-687-2800
La Marina at the Four Seasons Resort
  • 1260 Channel Drive
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Information: (805) 969-2261
Longboards Grill
  • 210 Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: 805-963-3311
Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
  • 503 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 897-1160
Santa Barbara Fish Market
  • 117 Harbor Way #F
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: 805.965.9564
Santa Barbara Mariculture
  • at the Saturday Farmers Market,
  • corner of Cota & Santa Barbara streets, ** 8:30-12:30 pm
  • Information: 805-886-1283
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.
  • 230 Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 966-6676
Santa Maria Jetty
  • 35 Foster Road
  • Santa Maria, CA 93455
  • Information: 805.937.5144
Saturday Fisherman's Market
  • 7:30am - noon
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: 805-564-5531
Seagrass Restaurant
  • 30 East Ortega Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-963-1012
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