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Joe's Cafe

536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“french dip” (14 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Joe's is a Santa Barbara landmark. An institution. A must visit stop on any SB holiday. But does it deserve the hype? I visited Joes the first time as a college student in the 80's. The place has not changed much since then. It had...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Joe's for breakfast yesterday after walking past it forr a couple of days while on a week long vacation in Santa Barbara. Food was terrible. We both had eggs benedict. The first clue was the bitter coffee, then hollandaise...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jim C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one classic place in Santa Barbara but it could be anywhere in the US since it has such a 50's-60's flair. I had to have their prime rib which was delightful. My wife had lamb chops which she heartily approved. Overall the food...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 832jimf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We fell into this place accidentally on our trip to Santa Barbara last month and it turns out my husband had eaten here back in the 90's when he lived in SB. The place is awesome! We had terrific service and our server was so...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JJJ2007
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, reasonable price points, wonderful lower State street location. In the middle of everything. Since 1928, the dark wood, red and white checkered table clothes makes this a comfortable place for both locals and tourists alike. Steak and eggs around $12, dinner entree price...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank smiller435
Reviewed 6 November 2018

I first ate here in about 1972, and many many times thereafter. My favorites have always been the charcoal grilled steaks, bread and butter with salsa, and the stiff drinks. My all-time favorite go-to Santa Barbara restaurant, I can't say enough about it. You can't...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MichaelHSanDiego_CA
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We were in Santa Barbara for a day on a West Coast cruise. Being tourists, we decided to explore State St. in the downtown area. It was pretty easy to do as the city has an electric bus service that does a loop up and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank tobymarietta
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Staff were friendly. Helpful when we asked for recommendations. Food was just what the doctor after a days traveling.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dundalk84
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had spent a week on the coast enjoying only seafood for the past dinners, by then was craving a diner style meal. I particularly wanted a hamburger. My husband ordered the roasted chicken. Our eyes turned to saucers when we saw...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dottyc60
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped in and got a table for 5 on a Saturday night. We has the delicious mussels, sausage and seafood pasta and a large salad. Our server was friendly and prompt and offered great advice on our choices. Restaurant was cool!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kat503
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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, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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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