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Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
503 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 897-1160

  • Category: Seafood
  • Hours: Sun-Wed 11:30am-9pm,Thu-Sat 11:30am-2:30am, Winter Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Better than home, 11/13/2013
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
I'm an english exchange student at UCSB and went to the Mac's a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how good it was. Was honestly better than any fish and chips i'd had at home. The pies were incredible, especially the Tikka Massala one, and the curry sauce to go with the chips was great. Real good reminder of home. Also, run by a couple of English lads which gives it a nice authentic feel, real taste of home. - All i can add to this is to reiterate, best fish and chips i've ever had, even better than England


Disappointing
Reviewer: Sharron from Santa Barbara, CA
Our first visit about a year ago fell short, so we thought we would give Mac's another chance. The staff were nice, service was good, but the fish and chips were very oily and the chips seemed double-fried with an odd taste and a very strange, grey color. The place was busy, so they must be doing something right....just not for us, unfortunately.


Much better 2nd time around
Reviewer: Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
We checked Mac's out shortly after they opened and it was awful. The batter on the fish was a soggy disgusting mess and the fries were even worse, just a pile of sopping pile of grease and potato. Well, we tried it again yesterday and they certainly have gotten their act together. Got served up a delicious cut of fish with the batter refined to the perfect crisp-ness. Fries were perfectly cooked. Redemption indeed! It's not the best fish & chips I've ever had by a long shot (a little place up in B.C. has that prize), but it was quick, relatively inexpensive, and pretty damn good. We'll go back.


Traveled a very long way
Reviewer: Adele from Orange, ca
Servers could have been more polite and I don't enjoy soggy fish. The place could have Been cleaner. I drove 100's of miles to try the fish and I was not impressed.


Just like home!
Reviewer: jodi from Santa Barbara, CA
Being an ex-pat, it's really hard to find authentic fish n chips. This place does not disappoint. Perfect batter and white flaky fish. The chips are also just right - perfect for a chip butty. We will be back.


Third time, still great!
Reviewer: Foodie Dan from Santa Barbara, CA
My family went here last week and we thought the fish and chips were even better than before! Service after order and pick up is weak...but, We are here for the food....


Disappointment
Reviewer: Mrs. H from San Francisco, CA
Was in town from SF. Looked up 2012 best in Santa Barbara. Was looking forward to some great fish & chips, and clam chowder. What a disappointment! The clam chowder was not chowder. It was clam juice that had no clams! You could have watered your plants with it. When I called, it was explained to me that water is added to thin it out and because we ordered just before closing we must have gotten the bottom of the pot. Please don't waste your hard earned money. Save it and come visit SF for real food. Also the judges for 2012 SB best need to be "Chopped"!


Simply Great!
Reviewer: Tom from Redding, CA
My wife and I and our two sons were visiting the Santa Barbara area while checking out some collages for our oldest son. We tried Mac's Fish & Chip Shop specifically because of their appearance on DDD. We all loved the fish & chips! I wished we could have stayed in the area long enough to have tried more of the menu but we'll be back! Thanks for a great meal.


Best Fish & Chips in SB, but....please change out beer.
Reviewer: A & P from Santa Barbara, CA
Hands down BEST fish and chips in SB. Owner really knows what he is doing, fish is always crispy with generous chips. Staff very friendly. The only criticism, if you even call it that, would be for the owner to change out the beer selection. Seems like the beers are owners favorites, but may be good to add a few local options too.


Amazing Clam Chowder!
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Thanks to this website marking them as the best clam chowder I had to try it and it is amazing! The best I've ever had really rich. Tried the savory pies are they were good also. I am going to have to eat here more often. Their pineapple/grapefruit soda is really good too. Server was really nice. The fish is great here too.


I love Mac's!
Reviewer: Shannon from Santa Barbara, CA
I just started my first year at UCSB, so naturally, I had to check out downtown, and was very happy to find Mac's. I grew up in Scotland, and until Mac's, I have been unable to find a place that reminds me so much of my childhood! The haggis is a wee bit different than what I'm used to, since it's battered, but it's delicious - I persuaded my friends to try it and they loved it, too. Also love that it comes in a "taster" size - the "wee haggis" - so people won't be too scared to give it a try. I've not tasted more "authentic" fish and chips anywhere else in the States. Might be a wee bit too greasy for some tastes, and the prices lean slightly to the more "expensive" side, but it's the best comfort food ever! Service is great, there's a very warm atmosphere - feels a lot like a chippie back in Scotland (never been to England so I can't comment on that) - and you typically don't have to wait too long, everyone working there has always been very friendly. And I know where I'll go this year to celebrate Burns Day! (:


We just returned to England
Reviewer: Len from Casa Grande, AZ
Our family lived in England for three years in the early 1970's and really enjoyed the fish and chips from the many local fish and chip shops. We returned to the states in 1974 and haven't had an opportunity to experience fish and chips that compared with those we had enjoyed during our stay. While visiting our daughter here in in Santa Barbara we decided to give Mac's a go. Glad we did, it was a real treat. I think we just returned to England, if only for an hour. We will be sure to visit again. Jolly Good!!!!!


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