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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

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503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Today
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Guy Fieri's show made us try this!

We knew that we had to try Mac's fish & chips after we saw it on the food network. We went ordered fish & chips, obviously, however I don't like it so I went with the deep fried pickles. The pickles were fantastic, however the fish & chips were just ok. My husband and daughters said it was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
britofam4
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Cypress, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to have good fish and chips, this the place to come. The owners are from England and do now how to cook fish. My wife and I have came here many times and enjoy this little restaurant on State street. It is worth the wait if they are busy.

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Thank bowman99
Cypress, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew that we had to try Mac's fish & chips after we saw it on the food network. We went ordered fish & chips, obviously, however I don't like it so I went with the deep fried pickles. The pickles were fantastic, however the fish & chips were just ok. My husband and daughters said it was very thick... More 

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Thank britofam4
Escondido, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'll keep this brief, the Fish was exactly like I had in UK. I enjoyed the fresh and perfectly done Cod. Thanks

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Thank Chefajax
Santa Barbara, California
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91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bleach blond bad boy cruised into,town and ate fish etc. here and sampled several,other places. All god. The Brit owner knows,what he's doing. Worth a try.

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Thank oldfresno
Garwood, New Jersey
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here for dinner in July. Being that this place on DDD, I was expecting the prices to be a bit lower. I was on a budget and as much as I wanted to try the chips with my fish sandwich, I could not afford both. The sandwich itself was delicious and the fish was cooked perfectly.

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Thank Amanda D
California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Huge portions. Several draft beer selections. Fish & chips are crispy & fresh. The clam chowder is great.

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Thank CaliQzilla
Flagstaff, Arizona
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been going to this restaurant since the opened a good 7-8 years ago and had seen an ad in the Union Jack newspaper, long before Guy and his show turned up. Being British, it was a natural to try to seek out a good chip shop, as they are few and far between in the US! It became a... More 

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Thank Paul B
Seal Beach, California
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My kids split the whale size portion which was cooked more evenly but my fish was thick and mostly inedible. The fries were also too thick to be cooked correctly.

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Thank familytravl
Phoenix, Arizona
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162 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

A little pricey but we just had to try it! I also had a delicious Crabbies Ginger Beer, yum! The fish was a large piece and tender and the chips perfectly browned! This place gets busy with the weekday lunch crowd, great local place!

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Thank sparkysgrl
Long Beach
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I went in craving fish and chips, but got distracted by the Shepard's pie which was fantastic! A tip, if anyone in your party is ordering chips you don't need to order any, it was 5lbs of potatoes... lol...

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Thank Sara H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 897 1160

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?