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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 good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“pot roast” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The main shopping district in Santa Barbara is State St, and this is where you will find Joe's Cafe. Great atmosphere and recommended by the locals (so it's got a great following). Meals were very generous and great value for money.

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great place for lunch, great portion sizes, highly recommend. good value for money open turkey sandwich was like a Sunday roast will well cooked veg

Thank 465Christine16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a 40 year local tell us to go here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Said the stories about the drinks are true. Sadly we couldn't experience the drinks, but gladly we hit them up for breakfast. Quickly seated by a nonsense friendly waitress. Coffee...More

Thank rlepson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe has been operating since 1928 and has tremendous character on the inside. Very old school in a charming way. We had lunch there, I chose vegetables instead of fries and they were cooked absolutely perfectly. Done but not dry, not mushy or chewy,...More

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is typical All American food. The drinks are strong. You must try if you are in town. And after dinner, you may want to get your shoes shine, if the guy is there that night.

Thank thefrenchpro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Okay all you road warriors. This is a great place to grab a quick lunch or dinner while working. Great location (Cota and State, right across the street from old hotel Santa Barbara. Fast and friendly service and good comfort food. Had a pastrami on...More

Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Joe's has been a Santa Barbara favorite since 1928. It's a Wisconsin joint in the heart of one of the country's best resort areas. Santa Barbara is a college town, a tourist attraction and just a great place with a great vibe and Joe's is...More

Thank stevesarich
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We had dinner at Joes and found the food to be great at a reasonable price. The tri-tip sandwiches were delicious and the drinks were stiff as we have come to expect over the years. We have been coming to Joes for years and they...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017

Joe's Cafe serves a good breakfast in the heart of State Street. I had pancakes, while my wife had eggs. The pancakes were really fluffy and hot, and tasted great. My wife's eggs came out and the server told her that her english muffin would...More

Thank YayaShare
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The bloody mary's were really tasty and strong, but not overly strong. The food was very good. We all had a breakfast. The service was excellent, friendly, warm and food was brought in a timely manner. They also did not rush you to hurry up...More

Thank SparkyLynne N
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Do you ever serve sweetbreads? We lived in SB a long time ago and loved the sweetbreads and spaghetti. We'll be in town in May. Thanks
5 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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
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
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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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