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Santa Barbara Seafood

WileysHungryAgain Aug 23, 2008 10:01 AM

We're renting a house in SB for a week and was looking for the 411 on decent retail/wholesale seafood outlets in the area. Coming from Los Angeles we're pretty spoiled having the very nice, albeit expensive, Santa Monica Seafood.

We're hoping to host a New England style Lobster & Clam boil, and were wondering about decent clams, lobster, etc.

I know there used to be a seafood store some time ago off Milpas (I think) in that light industrial area.

Any thoughts?


  1. JalamaMama Aug 23, 2008 06:29 PM

    Lazy Acres will fit your bill, the Sat am fishermans market at the harbor would be worth checking out...and there is a permanent fish market at the harbor as well, next to Minnow Cafe.

    Kanoloa has a long list of fish mongers they buy from, it might be worth a call to see what they have currently available, could get you while your here.

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      sbgirl Aug 24, 2008 06:55 PM

      If you're up for being market flexible, you might try the SB Farmers Market Saturday morning. I got some incredible local halibut a few weeks ago for $10/lb., and there were oysters and crab that day. I second Kanaloa (industrial area close to Milpas) and Lazy Acres. You might want to call ahead if you're sold on lobster. Gelson's might be another option.

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        glbtrtr Aug 24, 2008 07:56 PM

        I believe the place off Milpas you are thinking of is Kanaloa - still there. The old Bay Cafe used to have a seafood retail shop, but that is no longer, also in the 'light industrial" (aka the Funk Zone) area.

        I googled "retail fish santa barbara" and got a good list, once you take out the pet food and koi establishments(!):

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        1. re: glbtrtr
          WileysHungryAgain Aug 25, 2008 03:52 AM

          Thanks for the updates and all. I'll do a tip of my glass as I enjoy the fruits of your labor.


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