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Mc Connells Ice Cream

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201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2323
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Stockholm, Sweden
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Three different flavours of coffee icecream. My favoriter taste. I had Turkish coffee flavour. It tasted really good, with strong coffee taste. Everyone in the family loved their icecream.

Thank Thornrosa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Ice Cream in the Santa Barbara area. Don't miss the opportunity to try a variety of great flavors

Thank lzaa52
Halifax, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a bit annoying to get stuck behind the fat guy sampling just about everything before going for a double cone of something cheap and boring, but that's not Mr McConnell's fault. Superb, home-made ice cream, as godd as any I've tasted anywhere in the US or Europe.

Thank dredd123
Garden Grove, California
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We need your Rocky Road flavor in Orange County, CA area!! Even the Los Angeles locations don't have Rocky Road. How about opening a location at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA?? Also Sweet Cream flavor, we want Sweet Cream flavor!!

Thank valentinanat
Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Don't miss McConnell's! This rich, creamy delight, which comes in both regular and special seasonal flavors, is also available in supermarkets and sometimes at Costco, but you'll love it in bowls and cones at the locations on both State Street and Mission. There is also a shop in the newly renovated Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.

Thank Mary S
Arroyo Grande, California
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Our favorite ice cream, bar none. This place is awesome for ice cream alone. Try to go sometime that won't be too busy because parking can be horrendous. Only 3 spots and if you are the fourth you get to drive around the streets. Worth it though for the great quality ice cream. We were in town 3 days and... More 

Thank Scott F
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Single scoop is definitely enough, although if you feel like going to town, by all means, go for two. Ask for samples, they have lots of unique flavors!

Thank Daniel V
Applecross, Australia
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99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

This place is a must, the ice creams are delicious the staff are energetic and you will be back that's for sure! They do taste testers so you can choose your fav :)

Thank Josh_soph
Irvine, California
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This place was busy on Sunday night but service is quick. Very popular and seemed like locals. I didn't like it though. Didn't seem very creamy. I got the strawberry ice cream. Haagen Dazs is way better. Sorry locals. They did offer a vegan alternative for one me be of our party though and she really liked that.

Thank glass_half_full_10
Orlando, Florida
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

My sister took me here and mentioned that it was a local favorite. I was not disappointed. Limited seating but worth the wait.

Thank Kelsey W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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

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