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Joe's Cafe

536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“french dip” (14 reviews)
“pot roast” (8 reviews)
“meatloaf” (10 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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1 - 10 of 483 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband had pot roast and I had chicken alfredo. I would say they were both just average for quality and taste. A little disappointing. Every restaurant in this area is a bit spendy. It has the look/feel of a classic diner. Prices were ok.

Thank Erica S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for drinks after the Solstice parade, after trying to get into a couple of other places. It was great. The bartender was quick, efficient and friendly. The drinks he made were excellent. Part of their logo is stiff drinks - and, boy...More

Thank Valerie O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few remaining old SB establishments but it still feels fresh and fun. Food is amazing (onion rings!!), staff attentive with a retro (though in this case just who they've always been) vibe and lively bar scene after dinner.

Thank funfamily5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfort food at its finest. The staff was friendly, the food was great, the drinks were delicious. What else can you say??? Eat at Joes! ;-)

Thank TravellingBee338
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Went to Joe's last night and was greated by a old gentleman who sat us down and got our order wrong not only was it wrong he argued with us when we complained .pork chop was under cooked and good vet could have got it...More

Thank Nigel P
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Locals visit this restaurant on a regular basis. Seems to be always crowded but tables/booths/counter are available. This restaurant serves all meals and has a full bar. Fast service and tasty comfort food. TV's mounted in several areas for sports or news.

Thank sewkitty
Reviewed 29 May 2018

All American place, restaurant plus bar with sports on TV, tables or booths, menu extensive, food and service very good, reasonable priced.

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I had the steak and eggs. The steak was cooked just how I like it. The service person read my face and gave me exactly the drink I wanted minus prompting. You can see the history in this place and it's definitely worth going in...More

Thank Merilyn_S_12
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

We were on holiday from Scotland and this is exactly what I was looking for from an American diner. The food was excellent and the service very pleasant. I recommend the chilli, brisket sandwich and cherry pie, delicious.

Thank Greig B
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Great clam chowder. They tune 90 years old later this year. Tri tip French dip was amazing and filling. Get the sautéed mushrooms too.

Thank Mark M
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6 March 2015|
Response from OLDFirefighter | Reviewed this property |
I checked the online menu and it doesn't look like Sweetbreads are offered. That said it may be available as a special. I'd call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-4638
Joe's Cafe, a venerable Santa Barbara dining and drinking institution, is the oldest restaurant in the city. Over the years, it has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike, who mingle over cocktails or chat during dinner in a buzzing, traditional atmosphere. The exceptional ambiance underscores its rich heritage and long history. Our menu is hand crafted, modern American favorites in generous portions. Diners can find everything from prime steaks and chops, savory lamb shank, market fresh seafood and vegetables, classic sandwiches, pastas, daily soups, burgers, vegetarian entrees, and salads.
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