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“Wonderful meal in a quant setting.”
Review of Downey's

Downey's
Ranked #21 of 542 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Victoria
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.
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Fantastic use of the freshest local products with a creative twist. The staff is attentive and warm. You will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

I went here because of tripadvisors #1 rating. I had a great meal with good wine. The owners wife stopped by the table to assure I was enjoying. She was a very pleasant lady. I'd recommend this place while in SB.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Excellent value at $55. You get an appetizer, entree, dessert and tea/coffee. The chef selects fresh ingredients from the market daily and put them on the menu. I really enjoyed the local crab and papaya salad for appetizer. The pork loin for entree is tender and flavorful and the berry tart with almond crust is just delicious. Also, the staff is very attentive. Not only the waitress for the table checked to see if everything is OK, the others also checked periodically to ensure we have a great experience.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

While it was very good, great friendly staff....certainly not my top 10 meals as the reviews would have had me thinking. Bland and under seasoned would be my complaint. Great ingredients just lacked the pow...

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Whenever we're in Santa Barbara, we make sure to make a reservation at Downey's. We've been enjoying this high-quality, and delicious food for the past 16 years and highly recommend this gem! If you're a foodie, you'll love their ever-changing menu and the options on the tasting menu. It's great food and great value! They also have a great wine list! Whether it's a special occasion, or just celebrating the beauty of Santa Barbara, Downey's should be on your list of things to do and experience.

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