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Mac's Fish & Chips Shop

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503 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
(805) 897 1160
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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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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Torrance, California
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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212 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars 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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419 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

1 Thank TravelinAlan
Newry, United Kingdom
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243 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Centre p
Ashington, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Hmm. Where to start. This is not a good "chippy". The chips themselves are decent. The rest of the menu not so much. Under cooked. Glasses all "smelled" and the overall hygiene is not up to standard. In fact. Quite bad. Prices are fine but certainly would not recommend or go back. And no. I'm not American. 2/10.

Thank Mazda787b55
Seal Beach, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

everything looks like a English fish and chip place English employees a few imports newspaper under fish and chips fish rather tasteless coleslaw way way too much included plus not good needs vinegar chips yeah fries average price slightly high had much better fish and chips for less money example englandale long beach,ca. oriental run for at least 25 years... More 

Thank Steve M
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Sick of seeing Americans complain on this thread about this chippy. 1. Don't complain about the fries, they are not fries and they are not supposed to be anything like fries. 2. Don't complain about thickness of chips, they are British chips and are supposed to be thick and not crispy. 3. To the guy who complained about kids charging... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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