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Downey's

1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-5006
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Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was there as part of a small wedding reception and had such an incredible meal.The ambiance is casual elegance with beautiful art and the food is superb.Started with an amazing cauliflower soup and enjoyed a beautiful tender veal for my main dish.The taste and the...More

Thank alohapeter
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 1 week ago

John Downey is a great chef who creates superb high quality food - taste, ingredients, presentation and service. He has maintained his high standards and quality at this State Street location for more than 35 years. He selects the finest food which he turns into...More

Thank ConcernedCalifornia
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this great review on Trip Advisor. We look forward to seeing you at Downey's again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is the food always a delight to the buds, the warmth and friendliness of Liz and the staff make it like a visit with family. To top it off, it's one of the few places you can actually talk in normal tones with...More

Thank darthgeezr
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! We believe you've experienced everything that we would wish for you...Good food, good service and a calm oasis in which to enjoy both. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Downey's is a wonderful restaurant. The food is superb. The service is impeccable. My husband and I have special memories of going to Downey's before we were married. We spent the millennium there with our extended family for a memorable dinner. Tonight we were able...More

Thank subrogoddess
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! Thank you so much. It looks like we share a long history. We are so glad we still are able to offer you a nice place after all these years. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 8 May 2017

My husband used to visit Santa Barbara frequently in the 1980's . I would generally try to accompany him. Our favorite restaurants then were Birgette's and Downey's. Birgette's closed but we thought we'd visit Downey's. We had the best meal of our trip there. The...More

Thank Sue N
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you so much. I'm glad you remembered us after all these years! We look forward to seeing you again next trip. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

We would do more than a 5 star if we could. The service was so attentive and the food spectacular. I do not know if it was Mary's farm raised duck or the culinary artistry of the chef, but it was one the best duck...More

Thank donna w
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2017

Wow! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. We so happy to know that you enjoyed your evening at Downey's. See you again soon...John & Liz

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Excellent food in a civilized environment with 5 star service!! Whenever we visit Santa Barbara, we consider this restaurant a " not to be missed'!

Thank Lenore K
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thank you for this positive review. We love your use of the word "civilized". We think it's a good fit! Look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John and Liz

Reviewed 30 April 2017

Atmosphere is warm and friendly. Service was a bit slow but once our water was poured, everything was fine. We enjoyed the salads, the cod and the sea bass and the dessert cart was wonderful. Since there were six of us, we were able to...More

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John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you very much for choosing Downey's and taking time to review us on Trip Advisor. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 28 April 2017

Small, warm, great staff and Fabulous food. The chef uses only local provisions. You can look forward to dining not eating. I will be a multi hour experience

Thank iwilltrain
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Thanks so much! We are happy to see you enjoying a relaxed dinner with us. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Small restaurant close to the B&B we were staying at. Very friendly staff, attentive but discreet. Quiet but elegant setting with wonderful menu choices. All of our choices were prepared perfectly with beautiful presentation. Our party of four agreed that this was our best meal...More

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John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Thank you so much for writing this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at Downey's and look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

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SantaBarbaraShrink
Do you do vegetarian entree?? Thanks
4 December 2015|
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Response from John D | Property representative |
We can always make a vegetarian entree for you. There are several appetizers that are vegetarian as well. Our vegetarian entree is centered around a beautiful artichoke heart and we always have legumes, grains and a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$60
Cuisine
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
    (Victoria)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-5006
  • E-mail
Description
Downey's restaurant is the cornerstone of fine casual dining on State Street in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara theater district. Chef John Downey has been serving "Farm-to-Table" cuisine since 1982. The dining room is comfortably furnished with well-spaced tables allowing for pleasant dinner conversation. Original plein-aire landscapes of local scenes painted by co-owner Liz Downey adorn the walls. Liz also is most often overseeing the smooth running of her dining room where you may expect professional yet friendly service.
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