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Mc Connells Ice Cream

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201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2323
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10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Ice Cream in California

If you like your ice cream rich in flavor and dense like gelato, this is your place. McConnells ice cream is made locally in Santa Barbara, California, with local ingredients and TLC. If you are an ice cream fan and find yourself in or near Santa Barbara, McConnells is a must.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you like your ice cream rich in flavor and dense like gelato, this is your place. McConnells ice cream is made locally in Santa Barbara, California, with local ingredients and TLC. If you are an ice cream fan and find yourself in or near Santa Barbara, McConnells is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

How good can it be?? THAT good!!! I love that their tasting spoons are real spoons! Their flavors unique and amazing! I wish I could taste them all. Have the churros con leche and Brazilian coffee...together! Wow! Their lemon and marionberry...crazy good!! Wait in line! It's worth it!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Excellent ice cream (one of the best I've tried in the US), several options for every taste, good prices, nice service. Not too many places to seat, but nothing better than buying an ice cream and then go for a walk in Santa Barbara's State Street.

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Mc Connells is a local Santa Barbara institution. It is sold in some high end grocery stores in Southern California and I have always really loved it. Being able to get a mixed single scoop of caramel pecan and mint chocolate was nice to be able to get two flavors in a single scoop. Although a bit pricey the ice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Located near upper State street in Santa Barbara. Great ice cream. Not many places to sit, though, so take it with you and very limited parking.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

if you find yourself near Santa Barbara, you MUST plan a visit to McConnells. The ice cream is delicious and worth the cost and calories! I bring all my out of town guests here and it never disappoints. The salted caramel chip is my all-time favorite, such a treat! Parking lot is terrible but there is plenty of street parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When you go, whether you choose something simple or indulge in your ice cream fantasies, you won't be disappointed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It was recommend from a friend who visited many years ago. I had sampled a few but the chocolate covered strawberries was to die for. We were lucky enough park in the small lot but the streets were pretty full with people so finding parking could be tricky. I was nice to sit outside eating the ice cream watching cars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Amazing ice cream!!! The staff was so nice and helpful offering our group as many samples as we wanted. We finally picked out our favorites and loved them!!! I recommend the macadamia nut, churro, and Turkish coffee. A little pricey for ice cream, but you pay for what you get. It is totally worth it and should not be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Had the pumpkin ice cream. It was the best I've tasted anywhere. My wife had double peanut butter chip, and was very pleased as well.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 569-2323

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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