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1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Ranked #3 of 441 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $28 - $80
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Victoria
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Had a dinner here a year ago, when I was really impressed. Again this week, and it is still great. The menu changes, but the quality does not. Pure joy. Hope to be back again.

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Central Coast, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It's pricey, but it's our go-to place for a quiet evening of good conversation and delicious food. The menu is never the same and it always features fresh, local ingredients impeccably prepared, not oversalted, never over-seasoned, subtle, such that the flavors always shine through. The fish, whatever's on the menu, is always a winner, the combinations are inspired. I do... More

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Thousand Oaks
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163 reviews 163 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We live close enough to Santa Barbara that it is usually a day trip for us so we don't usually get to eat at dinner restaurants. It had been years (too long for sure) since we visited this store front restaurant on busy State Street. There are lots of good restaurants in Santa Barbara but I remembered this one fondly... More

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Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Downey's from the outside is an unassuming place on State Street, the main road with the shops, other restaurants etc. Understated exterior would be a way to put it. It clearly does not need to self publicise; when we arrived there were already a good number of local people already dining. Most of the customers appeared to be 30-somethings plus... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was our second visit to Downey's and it did not let us down! I came to Santa Barbara with my husband on his business trip and we made sure we made our reservation. Chef Downey's use of local fresh foods is simply delicious. The duck was excellent! The fresh peach ice cream was to die for!! This restaurant is... More

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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My partner and I experienced one of those unforgettable meals of a lifetime at Downey's. We arrived early and had reserved a table by the front window, with views of the mountains at sunset in the background. I started with a melon appetizer, slices of green and orange nicely cut and plated with pine nut and watercress accents, topped by... More

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Prospect, KY
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was EXCELLENT! My husband ordered The Taste of Santa Barbara. I ordered Wild California Salmon. My husband allowed me to taste his soup "sweet corn soup" it was so flavorful I was so surprised. His dungaree crab salad with pine nuts was fantastic. Then my entree arrived. The salmon was cooked just perfect! It was so fresh...the best... More

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san francisco
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The service was very attentive. We enjoyed the food. The salad and soup was very nice. The tuna was nicely seared. The cheese course was diverse and very tasty. The creme brûlée was delicious and was served with a shortbread cookie. Excellent restaurant to visit.

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Clearwater, Florida
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125 reviews 125 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Downey's is fantastic. The restaurant itself is small and unassuming, in downtown Santa Barbara. The wait staff works as a team, so you will have a variety of people ensuring your enjoyment during your evening. We ordered a salad course, which was Dungeness crab and papaya. Not something we imagined together, but it was amazingly flavorful. For main courses, we... More

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Dublin, Ireland
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Tonight we dined in this restaurant on State Street Santa Barbara to celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff, the food and the ambience were excellent. The desert was probably the best we have ever had. We will be back before we leave Santa Barbara. Judy O'B

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Additional Information about Downey's

Address: 1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
Phone Number: 805-966-5006
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
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
Average Prices: USD 28 - 80
Cuisine: French, Seafood, Contemporary, Californian

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