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“Simply wonderful”
Review of Downey's

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Ranked #19 of 530 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$60
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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.
Los Angeles, California
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Simply wonderful”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

One of the best French restaurants in So California. Fantastic food, especially
for the price. Everything was great, but if you need advice: mussels with lentil,
black cod, duck, raspberry pastry with white chocolate.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank JakCv
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Nashville, TN
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Gem”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

With two nights in Santa Barbara, we really wanted to pick winners for dinner. Downey's was absolutely terrific. Warm, wonderful service and a great meal in a cozy ambiance. We'd absolutely go back and likely will the next time we're in town.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Daniel M
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Los Angeles, California
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166 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Absolute best chef in Santa Barbara”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

We've been coming to Downey's for close to 30 years and have never been disappointed.
We live in LA but make a special trip to Santa Barbara to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays (and any other excuse we can think of!).
The ambience is appealing, the service can't be beat and Liz is an amazing host (and great artist!)

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank psychjudy
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Jewell in Santa Barbara”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Superb! This quiet gem has been in Santa Barbara for 31 years and my wife and I have been going there for almost as long. We've never been disappointed. The ambience is quiet and relaxed. The service is always attentive without being intrusive. The staff is always knowledgeable about the food and the wines. If staff doesn't know something, they ask someone who does. We've never been rushed or hurried. The main event of course is the wonderful food. John Downey has been creating his unique version of French-California-American cuisine and we've never been disappointed. He makes extensive use of locally grown produce and one gets the impression he never cooks with anything he doesn't know and like himself. We never miss a dinner at Downeys when we're in Santa Barbara.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank DonLA
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Kennett Square, PA USA
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138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Superb!!!”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We loved everything about our meal in this wonderful restaurant. French cuisine with a twist of California. The service was outstanding too! Please treat yourself to the best food in Santa Barbara!

Visited October 2013
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Thank bouncingbunny
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