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“Splurge and treat yourself”
Review of Downey's - CLOSED

Downey's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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 June 24, 2009

We told the concierge at the hotel that we wanted to splurge for a really nice dinner, and this is where she sent us. It was a splurge! Very pricy. But also very fine food. We drank good wine, passed around every dish for all four to try, and everyone agreed that every single flavor was simply wonderful.

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Reviewed May 21, 2009

Always a wonderful selection of first plates and entrees which reflect ingredients available from local sources. Fresh! ...and wonderfully prepared. Perhaps most impressive: consistency... and we've been taking advantage of it for 25 years. Liz and John Downey have earned their reputation as leaders of the local dining scene.

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Reviewed May 17, 2009

We enjoyed the best American cooking of our holiday which took in Napa, Sonoma and Monteray. Nice people serving and supervising. Certainly doubly recommend to European and English travellers. And reasonable pricing with no problems splitting a dish too.

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Reviewed March 10, 2009

We recently dined at a chef's prix fixe dinner at Downey's which was a a sort of culinary good-bye to winter's local bounty of wild lobster, and chanterelles, and farmed watercress and apples. Just as wine can reveal 'terre,' brilliantly prepared meals created from regional ingredients can reveal the essence of the natural environment and agriculture of a region. Two suggested wines - a white and a red - perfectly complimented the cuisine. As a native Santa Barbarian, I truly say we tasted Santa Barbara that evening. Everyone in our party of three enjoyed every morsel - and of course the service is impeccable.

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1  Thank Lasemuse
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Reviewed March 4, 2009

A very ordinary experience. My wife and I tried Downey's for the first time and were unimpressed. Quite expensive ($250 including Wine and Tip) and just
ok. Mostly dull, old fashioned preparations of classics done with little flair. Weak wine list, particularly considering it's location near many wineries.

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2  Thank FloydJory
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