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Downey's - CLOSED

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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Restaurant Hours Closed
CUISINES
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Santa Barbarans mourn the closing of Downey's at the end of August 2017, after over 30 years of serving wonderful meals in a classy ambience. Mrs. Downey was the perfect hostess, her husband was one of the first chefs to promote farm to table dishes....More

Thank travelbug2408
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you. We will miss you too, but we are looking forward to relaxing in our retirement. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 7 September 2017

This place was so good! It closed down at the end of August, but I wanted to throw out my congrats to the owners for running this long-standing 5-star restaurant!

Thank Dutchman101
John D, Owner at Downey's, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thanks for the kind words. We have a lot of great memories to keep us going through our retirement. Cheers...John & Liz

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Unfortunately, Downey's is closing at the end of August. This had been our 'go to' restaurant for over 30 years. If you can, go NOW!!

1  Thank Judith B
Reviewed 1 August 2017

We decided to have my 81st birthday dinner at Downey's, even though we hadn't eaten there in a long time. Were we lucky; just after I reserved, they announced that they are closing the end of August. I had the lamb and my wife had...More

Thank straehle
Reviewed 30 July 2017

My wife and I had dinner for the first time in March. Food was the best we had while visiting Santa Barbara. We will be sure to return when we are in town again.

Thank auf192696590
Reviewed 13 July 2017 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 15 July 2017

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

Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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

Reviewed 3 July 2017

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 5 July 2017

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

Reviewed 18 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 20 June 2017

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

Reviewed 15 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 17 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

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 30 - USD 60
Cuisine
Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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