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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

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503 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
(805) 897 1160
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the Food Network's "Triple D"show with Guy Fieri, the owner of this establishment--visiting from the UK--said that he and his wife decided to open this place because "there was no good fish place in Santa Barbara". Besides the fact that there are at least a half dozen restaurants that serve food as good or better than this. perhaps no... More 

Thank billyboy53
Southport, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

British owned but catering for other tastes I think! Fish looked nice but can't comment as went for a pie, which looked fab but wasnt. Mushy peas didn't taste of anything and the chips where definately not 'chippy chips' more like fried jacket chips which would have been fine for a different sort of meal/menu. Set in to eat and... More 

Thank Mac1963
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried this restaurant because it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It did not disappoint. We had the Fish and Chips, Clam Chowder and Cole Slaw. All very good. The Fish is very tasty, not too heavy or greasy. Very good. It definitely is a casual place, has a very casual atmosphere. Service was very friendly and efficient. Not... More 

Thank Carol W
Torrance, California
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118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw on Drive-Ins Diners and Dives, driving down the coast and wanted to stop by. Small place on busy shopping and eatery street. Great crowds. We walked in and ordered our food and found a seat. TVs' on mute (football on this day) and music. Nice and clean environment. We ordered Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder. Clam chowder was... More 

Thank Deana S
Orange, California
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214 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

You can't go wrong at Mac's... The food is all wonderful! If you order a little larger meal and share it you'll be glad you did. Everything comes it relatively large portions; easy to share, and cheaper if you do. May as well save a little cash.

Thank FunintheOCsun
Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

You would think the fish and chips would be great. They are not. Prices are OKAY, but not great value.

Thank john11112014
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We took a leisurely drive just to have lunch here just for the "toad in the hole" (that's bangers & mash or sausage and mashed potatoes for anyone who's never heard of it, i.e. me until now) & the fish & chips. My fish and chips was great. We ordered coleslaw but it was missing a little liquid, and a... More 

Thank Ronda K
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Food was overpriced and greasy. Food lacked quality. Place is run by college students that lacked customer service. Nothing like English pubs. Food was horrible due to the extra grease. Fish was not crunchy but soaked in oil. Would not recommend to anyone. Pay the extra money and go else where.

Thank Critic1000
Los Angeles, California
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428 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

TravelinAlan has had fish and chips all over the world, which includes London. Mac's is as good any place I have been. The portions are very big. The fish is excellent and the chips (fries) are great. Add the mushy peas to get the real English feel to meal.

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Newry, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

My wife and I ate here because we saw it on Triple D. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was tasty and we enjoyed it. It is nothing amazing and it does not claim to be, what you get is good food similar to a very good chippy at home which is what we wanted. Keep up the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 503 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 897 1160

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?