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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #175 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
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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  • English first
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English first
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
125 helpful votes 125 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 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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Granada, Nicaragua
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I first went ot Mac's sometime in August and was pleased with the perfectly cooked chips and crisp lightly fried fish. Thus as a treat I took my wife there in early October, and what a change! The tables were dirty and sticky. The fish and chips were fried in old oil and the chips so well cooked to be... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We don't usually eat in Chip Shops when we travel, but we just wandered in and was pleasantly surprised. The owner was chatty and we discussed where he was from etc. Food was good.

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Santa Barbara, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Good, authentic fish and chips. They'll even fix you some bangers and mash if you're up to it. Small, crowded, and a lot of fun.

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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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