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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

503 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897 1160
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Ranked #176 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
Washington DC, District of Columbia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

We loved the fish, it was fantastically crispy on the outside and fresh on the inside. I ordered the small which was a nice sized piece of fish. The chips were okay--they do not seem authentic (I've only had f&c in England once). They are kind of thick and they don't take the skins off. Mine needed lots of salt.... More 

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West Yorkshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We visited here what on holiday from the UK and can say the Fish and Chips were rubbish. The fish was just ok and the chips were dark brown and over cooked, they tasted really bitter and were only just edible after loads of vinegar ! We were disappointed as we were looking forward to them! This is not how... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed in Santa Barbara with our three kids. We're Aussies so we know what good fish and chips is like. We bought takeout for the whole family. This was easily the worst we have eaten anywhere - tasteless fish fried in very old stale oil, and the chips were just as bad. We could only stomach a small amount.... More 

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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

My wife and I shared the Whale sized portion of fish and chips with coleslaw, which was more than enough for dinner. The beer batter on the fish and chips was thin and light making for a not too greasy meal. The cod was fresh and delicious. The coleslaw, like the fish, was just slightly on the bland side. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

As a brit, I’m always weary of American restaurants that claim to be fish & chips shops. If there is one dish we do well in England its F&C's. I was pleasantly surprised with Mac's and it was great to wash the yummy food down with a decent beer.

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Santa Barbara, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

After having the delicious fish and chips, I found myself craving to go back again. Atmosphere is simple and basic, but perfectly suitable.... Very tasty and the price is great.

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santa barbara ca
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is the real thing. Mac is there to make sure you get exactly the best fish and chips to be found for thousands of miles.

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Los Angeles
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband is Scottish, from Glasgow. I thought it would be a treat to take him to this place for fish and chips. The food was average. The fish was hard and tasteless and a bit too oily as the batter didn't stick on the fish. The chips were soggy and tasteless. It was good that there were huge containers... More 

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Los Angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We saw this restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and knew we had to try it out. The fish was so delicious. You could tell it was fresh. We didn't love the fries, but overall I would definitely eat here again.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We live in Santa Barbara for five to six months every year for the last seven years , coming from the UK . We were so excited with macs fish and chips NOT ! No more British fish and chips than an American burger ! In the UK the chips are dryed in lard with NO Cajun spice just plain... 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: English

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