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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 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Dessert
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Singapore, Singapore
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160 reviews 160 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The graham crackers in milk yogurt is the best we've ever had, even though we were stuffed with 2 scoops of ice cream each, we still wanted to have it. They also have lots of flavours for you to choose from, and was told that their coffee ice cream are popular. Tried their salted caramel chip and chocolate strawberries -... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I've been going here for the last thirty four years and the great thing is the ice cream tastes the same as it did back in 1980 when we first visited Santa Barbara - as in like real , fresh and creamy ice cream - no trans fats , no added air , no corporate tie-ins - just churned cream... More

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Corona, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There's a reason why Mc Connells always has a line out the door and thats because there ice cream is delicious! They have such a wide variety of flavors including some vegan. Every single flavor is worth trying!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great ice cream with some very imaginative and delicious flavors like cinnamon, and Sumatran coffee. There is always a line out the door, but it moves quickly. Worth the detour!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is the way ice cream should be, creamy, no air added. Large selection of favors. Great waffle cones. Reasonable prices. Two locations. Friendly service.

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So Cal
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251 reviews 251 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

While eating ice cream isn't mind blowing anymore, a good chocolate ice cream is always good to have once in awhile....McConnell's gives you so many choices its hard to decide. I went with the Dark Chocolate Paso Brittle, and it was delicious, since I love anything chocolate. I'm sure I could say the same for the other flavors, but I... More

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San Diego
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were wandering down State street when we spotted the McConnells ice cream shop. It was warm and a perfect night for ice cream. Luckily for us, they offer a flight, which is a scoop of up to three choices - perfect amount after you just ate dinner :) We tried the lemon and marionberries - sweet cream, peppermint stick,... More

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Puyallup, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The line was out the door and for a good reason. They get people through there really fast but don't rush you when deciding on your flavors. The ice cream was really fresh, great taste and the scoops were huge. I ordered a double scoop and had trouble getting it all down. Great variety of flavors and great variety of... More

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Calgary, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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