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Mc Connells Ice Cream

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201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2323
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10:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 82
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My sister took me here and mentioned that it was a local favorite. I was not disappointed. Limited seating but worth the wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I SCREAM for McConnells. Authentic, creamy, pure heaven in a cone. I love how they suggest pairings when you order! It takes you back to a time when life was simple- no preservatives, and fresh flavors that leave you wanting for more.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Our family has been going to McConnells for four generations. It's the first place I would go when visiting. Wall St. Journal rated McConnells as one of the top best family owned ice cream shops in the Country, need I say more. Parking is a hassle but worth it.

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

McConnell's has been around forever and they do ice cream right. Founded in 1963 and recently taken over by new ownership, the new owners have kept making the luscious taste and rich texture with the same loving care as the original owner. Plus, they have not been shy with developing new flavors, some unusual but always good.

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Thank Sharyn C
Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Two locations in Santa Barbara - one downtown on State Street and one on the corner of De La Vina and Mission St. Even though the parking is poor for the Mission location, I like the frozen yogurt choices. For those who like toppings they have many appetizing options, but their real ice cream rules!

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Thank Grammyjane2015
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Super creamy and delicious ice cream. Some really unusual (but not weird) flavors - churro, salted caramel cookie. They will combine two flavors in a "single" which is really wonderful if you are trying to save a few calories. Loved the seasonal peppermint stick and my all time favorite, but hard to find, toasted coconut almond chip. DON'T MISS THIS... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

This iconic place is by far the best ice cream "joint" out there. They have kept the flavors consistent and nothing funky. Not much more you can say but a must do on anyone's list if you are in the area.

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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Was told about this Ice Cream shop by Chuck the trolley Guide. He was not kidding .....really wonderful flavours . Much better then Coldstone Ice Cream. It is so creamy like old style taste. I had Burnt carmarl Apple....... Still have taste on my mind 4 hours later. New to State Street Santa Babara.

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Santa Barbara CA
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Don't miss this experience and don't go to the McConnells on State Street which is different ownership. Friendly service, huge portions and delicious ice cream and Yogurt. I've lived in Santa Barbara for over 20 years and this place is not only fantastic but the only place to get ice cream in town.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

No question about the quality of the ice cream -- it's great. The yogurt doesn't really match up to yogurt-speciality shops like Yogurtland. The only problem is that there is no place to really leisurely enjoy one's ice cream. McConnell's is very popular and there are few tables for you and your date or children -- it takes away from... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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