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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #147 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
Lompoc, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was my first time in Santa Barbara, and I pleased to discover this little gem on State St. The group I was with picked it on a whim, but it was well worth it. The atmosphere was pleasant and casual. The food was fast and delicious and very reasonably priced. They also had a good number of drink options,... More

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Austin, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today. I thought the fish was very good and the portion was a good size. It tasted fresh and the batter they used was tasty. The fries were okay but nothing spectacular. The cole slaw had no taste whatsoever.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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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Senior Reviewer
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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52 reviews 52 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
94 helpful votes 94 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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