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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, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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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

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 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

Reviewed 29 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 27 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 26 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

Thank jrsiler
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 28 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

Reviewed 5 April 2017

Wait staff and chef owned, Downey's has a limited food and wine menu. Food is well prepared and tasty; wines vary in quality and better selections are somewhat expensive.

Thank Kent S
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

This is a small but wonderful restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet with warm and friendly staff who can tell you exactly how all menu items are prepared. The food is flavorful and beautifully presented. The meal time is laid back and the staff attentive but...More

Thank Trish B
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Thank you so much for coming to Downey's and taking time to write this wonderful review. I think you've really captured the essence of what we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz Downey

Reviewed 27 March 2017

I'm sorry that I didn't take pictures, though people; don't seem to be doing that much anymore, because the food was so genuinely attractive. And the preparations were delicious, also. We both had fish—ahi in one case, sea bass in mine, and they were each...More

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Wow! Thanks for the kind words of praise. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz Downey

Reviewed 22 March 2017

Incredible food! The ambiance and interaction with staff make it a dining experience worth doing. Particularly for a special occasion ( anniversary) it was classy.

Thank SSTInc
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. And thank you for taking time to write about us on Trip Advisor....John & Liz Downey

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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
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
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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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