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Joe's Cafe

€€ - €€€American, , Cafe
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
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536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, reasonable price points, wonderful lower State street location. In the middle of everything. Since 1928, the dark wood, red and white checkered table clothes makes this a comfortable place for both locals and tourists alike. Steak and eggs around $12, dinner entree price...More

Thank smiller435
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first ate here in about 1972, and many many times thereafter. My favorites have always been the charcoal grilled steaks, bread and butter with salsa, and the stiff drinks. My all-time favorite go-to Santa Barbara restaurant, I can't say enough about it. You can't...More

Thank MichaelHSanDiego_CA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Santa Barbara for a day on a West Coast cruise. Being tourists, we decided to explore State St. in the downtown area. It was pretty easy to do as the city has an electric bus service that does a loop up and...More

Thank tobymarietta
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff were friendly. Helpful when we asked for recommendations. Food was just what the doctor after a days traveling.

Thank Dundalk84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had spent a week on the coast enjoying only seafood for the past dinners, by then was craving a diner style meal. I particularly wanted a hamburger. My husband ordered the roasted chicken. Our eyes turned to saucers when we saw...More

Thank dottyc60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in and got a table for 5 on a Saturday night. We has the delicious mussels, sausage and seafood pasta and a large salad. Our server was friendly and prompt and offered great advice on our choices. Restaurant was cool!

Thank kat503
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In Santa Barbara for a couple of days and had to take in the iconic Joe's Café for brunch, and it didn't disappoint. Great service, fabulous menu choices and the food lived up to its billing. My wife had the SB omelette and I had...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Spag and meatballs, very meaty, would have liked it to have a higher sauce to meat ratio, huge portion. Open faced turkey sandwich- nice pieces of carved turkey, sauce tasty. Diner unpretentious and buzzing even though not full later on a Thursday evening. Service prompt,...More

Thank OakvilleGal
Reviewed 7 October 2018

We came here for drinks one evening and were made delicious cocktails by the incredibly friendly bar staff. Frankie and Steve were amazing and made the experience highly enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.

Thank LilyMallick
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

A quick stop for lunch during our drive from Anaheim to Cambria, and really glad we stopped at Joes. Our waitress was so friendly and welcoming, and was very obliging with my son’s allergy, making sure there was something safe he could eat. She even...More

Thank Sam H
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5 March 2015|
Response from OLDFirefighter | Reviewed this property |
I checked the online menu and it doesn't look like Sweetbreads are offered. That said it may be available as a special. I'd call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
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
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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