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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #152 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Seal Beach, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are a DDD fan, you will recognize this place. It is located on the main drag of Santa Barbara walking distance from Stern's Wharf. It is a small place with limited seating. You have your choice of small, regular or large fish with the options to add chips and a side. I had the regular with chips and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I made the mistake of ordering a regular portion of fish band chips, I should have asked for small. Far too much food, the fish was excellent, the chips a bit overdone. Mushy peas were just that. Tomato sauce, salt and vinegar. Really enjoyed it. The shop itself needs a bit of tlc. It was quite busy with a mixture... More

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San Diego
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We read about this place and saw that it was on DDD with Guy Fieri, so, we figured it had to be good. We both ordered the regular size fish and chips. It is a good sized fish fillet, tasted fresh and the batter was good. Unfortunately, it was a bit greasy and it was resting on the chips, which... More

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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We found this place through the Food Network app. The restaurant has appeared on Diners, Drive-ind and Dives. Whilst we are Australian, I was born in the UK and have some very fond memories of most of the items on the menu. We shared a serve of Toad in the Hole which is a giant yorkshire pudding filled with mashed... More

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Lompoc, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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
37 helpful votes 37 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 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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