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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 - 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: Late Night

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Suprisingly good Fish and Chips

Dropped in Mac's Fish & Chips located on State steet in Santa Barbara which is the main street downtown. Order from a counter area and the staff delivers your order. We had the regular portion which had a very large of a delicious well breaded and cooked piece of fish. The fish was tender... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Ken L
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Gatos, California, United States
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 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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Palm Springs, California, United States
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196 reviews 196 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Dropped in Mac's Fish & Chips located on State steet in Santa Barbara which is the main street downtown. Order from a counter area and the staff delivers your order. We had the regular portion which had a very large of a delicious well breaded and cooked piece of fish. The fish was tender, moist, and flakey. Well done indeed.... More 

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Kingsburg, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Oh course this is what the place is known for but they really do a great job! They serve large pieces of fish and friendly and causal atmosphere. There's also a good selection of beer and then you can continue your stroll through the shops.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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177 reviews 177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

The staff of Mac's is very friendly. The fish is excellently crispy, hot and non-greasy. The chips were below average and tasted a bit rancid. Next time I will choose the fish only option.

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Modesto, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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: 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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