2020 Best Seafood Restaurants in Santa Barbara Area

Best Fresh Fish & Shellfish in Santa Barbara

The best seafood is fresh, and prepared in such a way as to accent the natural flavors of the sea without overwhelming them. Some, like raw bar oysters and clams, need nothing more than a sharp knife and skilled hand to unleash the briny seasonings of the sea.

Presented in alphabetical order, here are the top seafood restaurants in Santa Barbara.

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Arigato Sushi
15/20
Downtown Santa Barbara’s most popular and trendy sushi spot is also one of its best. See More
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Beachside Bar & Cafe
12/20
Beachside Bar & Café's oceanfront location is prime for summer noshing. See More
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Brophy Bros.
12/20
Brophy Bros. is known for fresh-caught fish and harbor views. See More
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Chuck's Waterfront Grill
12/20
Chuck's Waterfront Grill is all about seafood and steaks. See More

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Enterprise Fish Co.
12/20
A family-friendly seafood restaurant with a kitschy nautical theme turns out surprisingly good food. See More

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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
14/20
A classic locally owned steakhouse in downtown Santa Barbara. See More

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Olio Crudo Bar
14/20
Part of the Olio Cucina restaurant group, this small spot offers crudo (Italian raw fish) as well as cooked dishes. See More
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The Santa Barbara Fishouse
13/20
A Parisian chef with a fondness for Asian flavors helps distinguish this waterfront eatery. See More
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