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“Perfect Treat”
Review of Downey's - CLOSED

Downey's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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 March 11, 2013

When my husband and I go out for dinner, we want it to be a special treat, and having dinner at Downey's was just that. We were first greeted by Liz, the owner, who was so nice and congenial. The service and food was excellent and the whole atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and inviting. We will definitely go back.

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1  Thank molliesmomCalifornia
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Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Four of us ate there last night (3/7). We ordered the scallop dish (outstanding)...the app crab meat salad (good)...the seabass (terrible) and the spinach potato soup (awesome) the white chocolate raspberry dessert (amazing). Our host didn't smile and was way too serious...the atmosphere was lacking. The wine was great. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and it didn't have the energy or ambiance we were looking for.

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2  Thank Carla S
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

in every way this restaurant is a five senses pleasure. it is beautiful, quite, romantic and comfortable. the service is excellent, without being pushy..........the intimate room itself is conducive to conversation or just staring in your parnters eyes. and the food.............THE FOOD........what a delight..............flavors that as a foodie i had never experienced before. in the many years my husband and i have been traveling to santa barbara we had never dined at downey's before...........we will not make that mistake again, we are hooked. you must eat there to truly understand what a wonderful place it is......can not wait to return.

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1  Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

Everything was perfect. The place deserves the reputation of being the best in Santa Barbara!!!
Great service with the right attention from the owners

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1  Thank Edu M
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We had a delightful meal here this week. The owner was charming and helpful and made some excellent suggestions for food and wine. She asked where else we would be eating this trip and I replied that I had a few places in mind but was open to suggestions. As we were leaving she gave us a hand written list of suggestions - from funky to high end (and obvious competitors to Downey's). They were all spot on, and all great. How often does a restauranteur give you great recommendations to other places. I will certainly return. (and they had our favorite champagne - by the half bottle- perfect)

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Thank sua2005
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