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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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Open Now
17:30 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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1 - 10 of 346 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For over 30 years Downey's has been the top of the line restaurants in Santa Barbara. John is the chef and his wife handles the cozy restaurant itself. Always a changing menu reflecting whatever John can find that is fresh. So very seasonal, of course....More

Thank EDD1967_83
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious and inventive food. Large portions. Very knowledgeable server. We had the tasting menu which was a very full meal.

Thank Drcuellar2013
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for reviewing Downey's. We truly appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We LOVE Downey's, and return to it as for special anniversaries and birthdays. Liz and staff make it warm and welcoming. It is quiet, so that you can actually have a conversation over a fabulous meal, and elegant without ever being stuffy. The food is...More

Thank sbannemarie
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this glowing review! We look forward to seeing you again soon...John & Liz

Reviewed 17 June 2017

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 19 June 2017

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

Reviewed 14 June 2017

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

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John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

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 10 June 2017

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

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John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

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 23 May 2017 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

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John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

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 7 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 4 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

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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 3 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

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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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