A Fish Come True: The Best Seafood Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Looking for a meal that's fresh from the ocean? You've come to the right place! This list of the 10 best seafood restaurants in Santa Barbara will help you satisfy your hunger - whether you're in the mood for sushi, grilled swordfish or fish and chips. 

If you're only making one stop while you're in town, don't miss Brophy's. A local favorite for decades, this restaurant serves up fresh catches (and amazing Bloody Marys) paired with an incredible view of the harbor. Their chowder is great, but if we could recommend just one menu item, it would be their garlic baked clams.

For a more casual meal, you can stop in at On the Alley for an amazing fish taco. Or for a fancier seafood treat, make a reservation at Yoichi's to enjoy a Kaiseki-style, multi-course Japanese meal. 


Avoid bad tastes, high prices and tourist traps by dining at one of the seafood restaurants on this list. You can thank us later!

Shintori Sushi Factory
Photo courtesy of Rick S.


For delicious Japanese food in a cozy (read: smaller than most shoeboxes) setting, look no further than Shintori Sushi Factory. From their delicious proprietary rolls to their tasty teriyaki bowls, there is something for every appetite. Order...  Read More



The motto at the Santa Barbara FisHouse says it all: Usually local, always fresh. If you're looking for some fresh catches and pretty view, head to the FisHouse, a welcoming seafood restaurant located just across the street from the Pacific...  Read More



Chuck's of Hawaii is the Santa Barbara steakhouse where everybody knows your name... if you're a local, anyway. Chuck's has been serving award-winning steaks, wines and seafood in the same uptown location since 1967! This cozy restaurant is the...  Read More

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On The Alley
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On The Alley is a more casual sister venue brought to you by the owners of Brophy Bros., Santa Barbara's wildly popular seafood restaurant. Serving fresh fish tacos, tasty sandwiches (try the pulled pork) and burgers, On The Alley dishes up...  Read More

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The Boathouse is a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant with the best location in town... it's right on the beach. Tucked away in a quiet part of town and facing Hendry's beach, this is a great place to go for a romantic date, family dinner or...  Read More

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Freshness is paramount at this sophisticated Japanese restaurant, where sushi is the top draw and crowds flock for ambience and fun. Creative chefs craft spectacular rolls featuring sea urchin, yellowtail, albacore tuna, quail egg and all the...  Read More



Seafood doesn't get any fresher than this. At the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, you can pick your lunch right out of the tanks. Established in 1980, this restaurant began as a shellfish shop before popular demand (and secret family recipes)...  Read More

Corazon Cocina
Photo courtesy of Julia Garcia


For ceviche, tacos and other Mexican favorites that are farmer's market fresh, visit this restaurant tucked inside The Santa Barbara Public Market. Chef Ramon Velazquez prepares dishes you won't find elsewhere in town, like fresh scallop...  Read More



Enjoy a traditional Japanese multi-course dining experience at Yoichi's, the place to get the freshest seafood in Santa Barbara. Get seven-courses that change with the season at this traditional Kaiseki-style restaurant in the heart of downtown....  Read More

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Brophy Bros.


Unbeatable harbor views issue a siren's call to patrons at this popular restaurant. Of course, a menu full of delicious seafood doesn't hurt business either. Bustling and busy, Brophy Bros. serves up some of the city's most coveted clam chowder,...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva