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Mc Connells Ice Cream

201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2323
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Ranked #11 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Dessert
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89% Recommend
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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the ice-cream but servings a bit too large and couldn't finish. Loved sarcastic humour of server (owner?). Very busy but line moves quickly. A bit out of the way - not near beach or busy part of state street - didn't go to any other spots for ice cream so not sure if worth drive?

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Sonoma, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This is not your average ice cream shop. Expect to have to wait in line, but so worth it! Very unusual concoctions - you have to check it out to believe it. They do let you taste, so if you're not sure about garlic or olive oil ice cream, i's okay to be adventurous without committing.

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Chicago, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I wanted to try more than one flavor but don't want 2-3 whole scoops of ice cream. So very happy McConnells had the flight options: 3 small scoops! The Salted Caramel Chip...amazing. Also had the Oaxacan Chocolate and English Toffee. All three were creamy, fresh, and a perfect topper to a beautiful summer evening out. A must try if you... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This particular location of McConnels is so good! The ice cream and the frozen yogurt are spectacular and everyone should run right out and try it all!

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very tasty ice cream. Lots of good favors. Eating area outside was a bit cramped, but enough for an ice cream parlor. For an ice cream place with such a reputation, I would have liked to have seen a organic option or two. Prices were regular as ice cream places go.

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We discovered, this iced cream in a shop in Cambria, what a joy to find the source!! We visited the State street parlour, what a joy, we tried a different combination each visit and had a new favourite each time. We had no puddings in restaurants, we saved ourselves for a treat from here. The flavours are to die for,... More

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Venice, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place is totally legit. From the first taste you can tell they are using nothing but the best fresh ingredients in each bucket of ice cream they create. So many different flavor combinations and they are so delicious. Don't be afraid to step outside your normal flavors and try one of their unique offerings. And whatever you do, DON'T... More

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Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I'm usually a cookies and cream or mint chip kinda girl, but I'd give up my ability to eat both of those flavors for the rest of my life if I had to choose one flavor to eat for the rest of my life. I'm telling you, get Sweet Cream in a waffle cone. You won't be sorry. Sometimes, the... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very rich and delicious ice cream with a large variety of flavors. Open late, always a line but moves quickly.

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

A scoop of Dark Chocolate Paso Brittle ice cream was just the ticket on an 85 degree day! Although the line was out the door service was excellent and we were quickly served. It was so hard to choose a flavor as they all looked wonderful! McConnell's ice cream is truly a premium treat.

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