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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company Restaurant Review: 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 and shellfish---teems with coastal character. Pick a victim from the live tanks, and then sit outside in the ocean breeze celebrating your place at the top of the food chain. Simpler is better here: oysters on the half shell, Dungeness crab, spider crab or steamed local lobster, which comes into season in fall. There’s nothing daring or innovative on the menu, just straight-ahead fresh seafood served with lemon wedges, cole slaw and sourdough. Wash it all down with a glass of chilled local white, a pint of frothy Anchor Steam or a Santa Barbara Blonde, if you prefer.