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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

Seafood, English
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503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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11:00 am - 9:30 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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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    Very good
  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Probably the best fish

This was probably the best fish ever. I don't think their chips were very good though. They were not crisp. You order at the counter and they bring your food. The place has a few tables. For the fish, they use Atlantic cod. It comes it three sizes, petite, regular and the whale which weighs 1... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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English first
Fort Worth, Texas
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The fish was cooked upon order. It was perfectly fried as were the fries. The clam chowder scored a 9, the highest outside Boston.

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Santa Clarita, California
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145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was probably the best fish ever. I don't think their chips were very good though. They were not crisp. You order at the counter and they bring your food. The place has a few tables. For the fish, they use Atlantic cod. It comes it three sizes, petite, regular and the whale which weighs 1 pound! They also have... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Quick and handy snack bar on State St. Clam chowder was good, just a little salty. Fish and chips were pretty good, thick, fresh, well cooked and not too greasy. Pretty big portions. Nice people, nice food, reasonable prices. Felt good after a long day, just a little too full coming out there!

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virginia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I eat Fish and Chip nearly everywhere I go and this was not the best. But what really got me was that they sell something they are calling Haggis which did not come close to the original, no wonder American's won't eat it if this is what they think it is, tasted awful. I also had some kind of a... More 

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Yucaipa, California
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142 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is the famous fosh and chips place featured on Diners, Driveins and Dives. The fish is very good, with a tasty crispy deep fried battered 9-10 inch strip of fresh Alaskan cod. The french fries (chips) are "twice fried". A very healthy portion of both for $ 5.50. The menu also includes other appetizing stuff. You definitely wont leave... More 

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Torrance, California
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were excited to try this place out. Seemed popular. The fish itself was great!! Thick piece of fish!! The fries, not so much. In fact, my wife thought they have been the worst fries ever, mushy, tasteless. I ordered a side of baked beans, also not so great. It needed more sugar and tomato sauce. Hint: just order the... More 

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Sedona AZ
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82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The fish and chips, atmosphere and place is a miss sorry to say. There are too many places to eat in Santa Barbara that can offer you better better tasting fish and chips.

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Simi Valley
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If Guy Fieri is eating here, then so do I! Authentic fish and chips! Generous portions and very tasty food! Their chicken strips they serve with a side of gravy..wow! I'm sorry to have not tasted their deep fried candy bars! That is for next time!!

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Los Gatos, California, United States
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wanted to like this place as it was featured 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. The chips (fries) were not good tasted old and... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were visiting Santa Barbara and spent the morning walking down State Street. We saw this place early on and thought maybe we'd give it a try. Came back by at lunch time and it was already crowded but we went in. Glad we did. The clam chowder is some of the best I have ever eaten. My wife and... More 

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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: Seafood, English

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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: Seafood, English
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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