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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%
Travellers talk about
“french dip” (13 reviews)
“pot roast” (7 reviews)
“meatloaf” (9 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this place. They had a kids menu with much variety, which can be hard to fine. Fun atmosphere. Great service. Excellent margaritas.

Thank SouthPacificSarah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had breakfast during perhaps the busiest day of the year. The June 21st Summer Solstice parade is on State Street and so is the restaurant. There was an hour wait but understandable. The staff were very friendly, our service was prompt,...More

Thank Cary1126
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved what I ordered. I had the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables. It was all freshly made. The meatloaf was delicious exactly how meat loaf should taste. The mashed potatoes were perfectly mashed and buttery. The steamed vegetable were steamed to perfection. I...More

Thank yolanda644
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great diner food without the grease! The french toast ad egg specials were good and they have a full bar for those who want a mimosa (fresh squeezed oj) or bloody mary

Thank Simba B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is more so like a diner than restaurant. Really cool ambiance that reminded me of Musso & Franks in hollywood. We should have ordered the food accordingly burgers, fries vs pork chops. Food was decent but a little bland. Service was slow but...More

Thank oanhee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, reasonable prices. Service was sloppy but friendly. Basically a greasy spoon with a full bar.

Thank GrinchSFBayArea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled into Santa Barbara late on a Sunday night and needed dinner. We stopped by a number of places that were all closed down by 9. We drove by Joe's Cafe at 9:40 and the place was hoppin'. We ran in and we're happy...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow so many oldies to choose from meatloaf, french dip, we were there on a Saturday so I had the special Turkey Pot Pie and my wife had a great salad. Check out the menu and plan on some great comfort food.

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 13 June 2017 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
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6 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
USD 15 - USD 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
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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