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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #149 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped in here for the British experience. The food was okay. Their claim to be traditional, just like you'd get in Britain may depend on what part of Britain you are visiting. I just returned from a visit to the London area and the food, by comparison, was lacking. Flavor was good but it was not done in the... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a tiny little spot in the middle of all the shops on the main street. Only has 4 - 5 tables. You order at the counter and your fish and chips is brought to your table crisp and piping hot. It was absolutely delicious! Yum!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Not an upscale place by any stretch of the word.. Definitely a low key flip flops kind of joint, but great none the less. The fish was flaky and moist and the batter was crispy and the perfect amount of done. The fries were great.. And they have HP sauce.. Bonus!! A great spot for dinner and a brew (albeit... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Stopped in yesterday for lunch ordered the Whale and a cup of clam chowder. Our clam chowder came out first Which consisted of a thin base chowder not many clams and flavor ok but not over the top as I hoped. Then our fish was delivered to us and boy howdy it was huge and hot so focused on our... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

We loved the fish, it was fantastically crispy on the outside and fresh on the inside. I ordered the small which was a nice sized piece of fish. The chips were okay--they do not seem authentic (I've only had f&c in England once). They are kind of thick and they don't take the skins off. Mine needed lots of salt.... More

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West Yorkshire
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We visited here what on holiday from the UK and can say the Fish and Chips were rubbish. The fish was just ok and the chips were dark brown and over cooked, they tasted really bitter and were only just edible after loads of vinegar ! We were disappointed as we were looking forward to them! This is not how... More

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Hanoi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed in Santa Barbara with our three kids. We're Aussies so we know what good fish and chips is like. We bought takeout for the whole family. This was easily the worst we have eaten anywhere - tasteless fish fried in very old stale oil, and the chips were just as bad. We could only stomach a small amount.... More

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Toronto
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

My wife and I shared the Whale sized portion of fish and chips with coleslaw, which was more than enough for dinner. The beer batter on the fish and chips was thin and light making for a not too greasy meal. The cod was fresh and delicious. The coleslaw, like the fish, was just slightly on the bland side. The... More

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San Francisco, California
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11 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

As a brit, I’m always weary of American restaurants that claim to be fish & chips shops. If there is one dish we do well in England its F&C's. I was pleasantly surprised with Mac's and it was great to wash the yummy food down with a decent beer.

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

After having the delicious fish and chips, I found myself craving to go back again. Atmosphere is simple and basic, but perfectly suitable.... Very tasty and the price is great.

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