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1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Ranked #5 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
  • Any
English first
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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Memphis, Tennessee
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

can't say one negative thing about this restaurant. service, food, atmosphere, everything was great. my wife and i have been fortunate enough to have dined at some of the best restaurants in the world and this one makes our top five.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Loved this restaurant! Everything was perfect! Chef Downey boasts farm to table freshness and you can tell. And .... your dinner is served hot. Be sure to try dessert. Best part of the meal!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

With our son at UCSB, my husband and I have been visiting SB on and off for years. We typically eat one meal at Brophy Brothers which we love, but struggled to find one on the higher end that we thought had both great food and atmosphere. For a few years we settled in on Elements which we really like,... More

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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My wife and I made our annual visit to Downey's Restaurant on our 15th wedding anniversary. During this entire span of time the restaurant's quality of food, wine list, service and atmosphere has remained at the highest level of any restaurant in Santa Barbara. The owner/chef John Downey uses fresh local ingredients. His menu changes a little, but he keeps... More

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