Markets selling Santa Barbara seafood
- Saturday Fishermen's Market
- Santa Barbara Fish Market
- Saturday Farmer's Market (mussels, sometimes shrimp and salmon)
- Wild Local Seafood
- Whole Foods
- Lazy Acres
- Gelson's Market
Restaurants serving Santa Barbara seafood
- note that usually only a few menu items are local
- let your server know you want more local seafood!
- contact us if you know of restaurants to add to our list!
- Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - October 15, 2016
- Maritime Museum Seafood Tastings
- Market Forays with Laurence Hauben
- Gerri French's Locavore Meetup group
When buying seafood...
Ask questions and show concern - informed and curious consumers motivate restaurants and grocers to maintain high standards of sourcing their seafood. You may want to ask:
- Where and how was this seafood harvested?
- Was it farmed or wild-caught?
- Is the farm or fishery certified as eco-friendly and sustainable?
Tips on selecting seafood
- Look for shiny skin; tightly adhering scales; bright, clear eyes; firm, taut flesh that springs back when pressed; and a moist, flat tail.
- Saltwater fish should smell briny; freshwater fish should smell like a clean pond.
- When buying white-fleshed fish, choose translucent-looking fillets with a pinkish tint
- Fresh vs. frozen vs. thawed ("previously frozen")
- modern freezing techniques (look for "flash frozen") preserve high quality and allow wild caught fish to be served year round
- "previously frozen" fish at the seafood counter may be less fresh and shouldn't be re-frozen at home
- thaw your frozen fish in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.