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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #178 of 454 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
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
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Modesto, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

In general, I find Santa Barbara to be overrated and full of itself. However, while browing the shops we stopped into Mac's for a quick lunch and were pleasantly surprised. The place is relatively small and very casual and friendly. We ordered the fish and chips (only one of many interesting things on the menu) and found the fish to... More 

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Ronks, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Stopped in on my way from LA to SF with my dad. Heard about this joint from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It was amazing! Best fish and chips I have ever had! Was very fresh and large with a wonderful Tartar sauce as well. Also happened to be a Latin festival day, so as we sat and ate we watched... More 

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Cambridge
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I know that it is strange for English people to want to visit a fish & trip restaurant when on holiday but with a good recommendation from the hotel we went with a good vibe .... Rubbish! Old fat used to fry the chips, black pieces in the chips, worst salty greasy clam chowder ever, no atmosphere, complete lack of... More 

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Goleta
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Haggis, they got it and for as seasoned a traveler as we are and for much time as we have spent in the UK I had never had haggis until I went to Mac's in my own hometown. It was good I thought. The only difference from the old country is it's doesn't include sheep lung. That's illegal here in... More 

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Richardson, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My sister and I couldn't wait to try this place based on other reviews and love a good authentic English pub fish and chips. Sadly our enthusiasm vanished pretty quickly; greasiest fish I've ever been served. Couldn't even finish it. Slid right off the newspaper it was served on. The British would be offended to claim this was even close... More 

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Fullerton, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The battered cod was excellent. The chips were disappointing. I also wanted to try one of their pies, but they had already sold out. I guess the pies are popular! They also have a small selection of beers on tap and in bottles.

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Crestline, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We wandered into this place accidentally. Immediately on walking in, we noticed that every patron was British. Some kind of Rugby or other non-American sport was on the TV. On the wall was a sign denoting that the small fish and chips shop had been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on the food network. The staff was British.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Just like the Brits, this is real cod with whole battered filets. Great! The chips are exactly what they should be - - chips of deep fried potatoes. Made our day! Worth the wait, even though a bit pricey. Excellent quality.

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San Francisco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Saw this place on the food network diner,drive-in and dives.......sent my husband to get us fish and chips......had to get a table....crowded ...small place.....no AC ...only draw back.....it was a hot day out......my husband came back with one BIG ORDER of fish and chip.....it was HUGH. It was the best fish and chips I ever had...fish was sooo good....coating on... More 

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Calabasas, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is legitimate - good fish and chips like you would experience pub food in England. It is more of a lunch - somewhat fast food atmosphere but the food is good.

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Additional Information about Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

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

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