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1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-5006
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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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 review

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

Reviewed 15 March 2017

Superb salads, ok main courses, so so wines by the glass, and an overall B experience. The restaurant is definitely understaffed and those on the floor are anything but experienced or accommodating. I wonder if the restaurant will survive?More

2  Thank OakdaleNewYork
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

Hi, it's Liz Downey responding. I am pretty sure that you were overlooked a few nights ago. I am so sorry. I did notice that you seemed to be sitting a long time with your entree plates and I should have asked if you were...More

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food in a classy yet unpretentious atmosphere. Fresh and well prepared. We both enjoyed seafood, the salmon and sea bass were outstanding. Salads were innovative. Our deserts topped off a great meal. We loved the chocolate hazelnut torte with expresso creme anglais and strawberry...More

Thank Virgodream
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner. We also appreciate you taking time to write this great review for us....John & Liz Downey

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Dinner was amazing and the service was spot on perfect. The wine menu is reasonably priced, which isn't easy to find in a restaurant on this level...

Thank Joe C
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. Cheers...John & Liz Downey

Reviewed 12 March 2017

Santa Barbara has many excellent restaurants, but this was the best dining experience we had in our one-week stay. Wonderful food; outstanding service. In pricey Santa Barbara, their four-course tasting menu is a bargain.

Thank MikeA0
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We have been spending a few days in Santa Barbara so I had been looking around for good dinner places. I waited a bit late to book for a Saturday evening, but luckily this place had both good reviews and availability at a good time....More

Thank mcg-car
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found us! Thank you for this glowing review. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Santa Barbara...John & Liz Downey

Reviewed 10 February 2017

We drive up from LA to eat here and always have an amazing meal! This time I had the seafood tasting menu which was out of this world.. The red lentil soup with curry cream is unique and delicious.

1  Thank psychjudy
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed your Taste of Santa Barbara. We truly appreciate your business...John & Liz

Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Downey's has been in the same location for the 25 years we have been returning, and for some years before. It is always top notch - in menu, in quality of food and service, in wine quality, and in its quiet ambiance. It's our 'go-to'...More

1  Thank Tex805
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We really enjoyed our time at Downey's and felt that everyone there was going out of their way to deliver a wonderful experience. We would highly recommend this restaurant to our friends.

1  Thank 06Mexico_Lover
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write this great review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 31 December 2016

A perfect evening starting with an excellent staff, great choices on the menu, excellent wines and food prepared to perfection. Be sure to order appetizers; the crab and papaya is amazing. Fresh ingredients prepared with an expertise you rarely find anymore. They were kind enough...More

1  Thank pamitu
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Do you do vegetarian entree?? Thanks
4 December 2015|
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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 60
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-5006
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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.