The last time we were at Stearns Wharf was with my (A) parents. That was a long time ago. In the meantime, a fire devasted the wharf in 1998, and it was rebuilt to the tune of $13,500,000.
Our friend Walt of Walt Wine fame recently mentioned that he and his wife loved having lunch at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. We know when Walt raves about something, we should take his advice, even in "tourist land" as he says. Since all the outdoor seating was full, we sat inside at the bar.
There is nothing fancy about this place, just good fresh sea food. They have two large tanks filled with uni/urchins and local lobster.
We ordered the dungeness crab Louie or our main course (pictured above), and had calamari for our appetizer.. They also have two of our favorite wines Gainey Sauvignon Blanc, and Palmina Pinot Grigio. Both are from Santa Barbabra County, and Palmina only produces wines from Italian varietals. Both are delicious and a perfect companions to seafood.