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Joe's Cafe

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American, Bar, Cafe
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536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
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07:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Oceanside, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I woke up early the last morning of our romantic getaway in Santa Barbara and decided to drive up State St. on this rainy morning to find a spot to eat. We saw Joe's Cafe at 7:27am, it was empty, but decided to park and give it a try. I had to loop around the block and... More 

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Thank Ron C
Brazil
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to celebrate my father's birthday and we had a great experience. After dinner the place transforms into a bar with music. Very fun.

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Thank raquelscherer
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the Tuesday special pot roast and the special steak for lunch. Good home cooking style food. Pot roast came with roast carrot and roast onion as well as baked potato. Had the steak with chips but it was totally floating in gravy since it is normally served with mash potato. Sizes were quite large and we were so... More 

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Thank Michael S
La Palma, CA
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446 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Joe's Café is a classic Santa Barbara restaurant. They have very good sandwiches. I stopped with my grandson on our wine tasting trip to Santa Ynez Valley to show him the beautiful old bar and have some of their very good sandwiches. I had the Brisket open faced sandwich for $12.95. The brisket was very lean and delicious. My grandson... More 

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Thank David from La Palma
Langen
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Nice, but not over-the-top. There is alot of pride there about how long they´ve been in business, which taken into account seems to be because they have fair prices with really good food and good service. Even with a slight human error with my ordered side, the staff rectified it is so fast that you cant complain. Simply a very... More 

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Thank Bill S
Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I usually go to the Palace-my favorite restaurant but we opted for Joe's along the street. Cosy atmosphere.I had the chill and corn bread and a couple of deserts. It was a delicious dinner with service provided by experienced servers. Loved it.

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Thank outoftowners99
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This place was great. We were driving from LA to SF and decided to look for some breakfast. We found this places. The food was good and the price as well. I want to go back to San Barbara to go have some good breakfast. The service was averages but not bad.

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Thank WorldCitizen210
Virginia, USA
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Opens early and is a choice spot for on the road style and mexican style breakfasts. Large worn china mugs and blue plate platters served old-fashioned bacon and eggs or huevos rancheros.

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Thank Islandman46
Monterey, California
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196 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Stopped for late lunch on our way back from Baja. I had a craving for their Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, oh don't forget the salsa and sourdough. Wife also had her usual the Crab Sandwich, just what we expect, hit the spot and reached that special spot of satisfaction. We are customers from 1973 to present, love the place

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Thank DaCoach61
Alicante, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Cool old-school deco with a big menu and not too pricey food. You should stop here while visiting Santa Barbara Main Street to try any of their sandwiches, mac and cheese and homemade pies.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cafe
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 23:00
Monday
07:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 23:00
Thursday
07:30 - 23:00
Friday
07:30 - 23:00
Saturday
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-4638
Description
Joe's Cafe, a venerable Santa Barbara dining and drinking institution, is the oldest restaurant in the city. Over the years, it has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike, who mingle over cocktails or chat during dinner in a buzzing, traditional atmosphere. The exceptional ambiance underscores its rich heritage and long history. Our menu is hand crafted, modern American favorites in generous portions. Diners can find everything from prime steaks and chops, savory lamb shank, market fresh seafood and vegetables, classic sandwiches, pastas, daily soups, burgers, vegetarian entrees, and salads.

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