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Joe's Cafe

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American, Bar, Cafe
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536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
07:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was with friends who like basic American food, Joe's certainly met that category. We also had a baby stroller and they immediately had a spot for us on opposite where all others were being served and a perfect spot for the stroller. The server was attentive and helpful. I had a grilled turkey Cesar salad that was superb. My... More 

Thank Nancy H
El Paso, Texas
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158 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

had not been here in awhile and was looking forward to it but was disappointed. the service was sooo slow, waiter a bit rude, our coffe was cold, the eggs were cold, i know it was New Years Day morning but Joes should have gotten more staff. left very disappointed. the decor was the same kinda retro, parking was tough,... More 

Thank mspatron
Larnaka District, Cyprus
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great food and selection, fair price. Loved the atmosphere. Felt like a family run business. Loved the bar in the middle, loved the dining booths. Almost felt like I was in Europe!

Thank Canbfussy
Oceanside, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I woke up early the last morning of our romantic getaway in Santa Barbara and decided to drive up State St. on this rainy morning to find a spot to eat. We saw Joe's Cafe at 7:27am, it was empty, but decided to park and give it a try. I had to loop around the block and... More 

Thank Ron C
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to celebrate my father's birthday and we had a great experience. After dinner the place transforms into a bar with music. Very fun.

Thank raquelscherer
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the Tuesday special pot roast and the special steak for lunch. Good home cooking style food. Pot roast came with roast carrot and roast onion as well as baked potato. Had the steak with chips but it was totally floating in gravy since it is normally served with mash potato. Sizes were quite large and we were so... More 

Thank Michael S
La Palma, CA
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446 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joe's Café is a classic Santa Barbara restaurant. They have very good sandwiches. I stopped with my grandson on our wine tasting trip to Santa Ynez Valley to show him the beautiful old bar and have some of their very good sandwiches. I had the Brisket open faced sandwich for $12.95. The brisket was very lean and delicious. My grandson... More 

Thank David from La Palma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Nice, but not over-the-top. There is alot of pride there about how long they´ve been in business, which taken into account seems to be because they have fair prices with really good food and good service. Even with a slight human error with my ordered side, the staff rectified it is so fast that you cant complain. Simply a very... More 

Thank Bill S
Los Angeles, California
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28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I usually go to the Palace-my favorite restaurant but we opted for Joe's along the street. Cosy atmosphere.I had the chill and corn bread and a couple of deserts. It was a delicious dinner with service provided by experienced servers. Loved it.

Thank outoftowners99
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This place was great. We were driving from LA to SF and decided to look for some breakfast. We found this places. The food was good and the price as well. I want to go back to San Barbara to go have some good breakfast. The service was averages but not bad.

Thank WorldCitizen210

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 20
American, Bar, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?