We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Joe's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
07:30 - 23:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

451 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 410: English reviews
Central coast CA
Level Contributor
65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Prices were about what one would expect for State St in downtown Santa Barbara. Sandwich was good - I wanted to try the pie :( Didn't have enough time. Nice atmosphere. Co-worker liked her salad

Thank 458debbia
Thunder Bay, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Based on the other reviews we were expecting more. Portions were larger, (depending what you ordered). We didn't walk away wowed.

Thank Vince2008
Irvine Ca
Level Contributor
92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the vibe with the bar and dining area all together. The service was old school, high quality. The menu is extensive, with delicious food served hot and quick. oh, did I mention Joe's serves the stiffest drinks in town!....Can't beat the place.

Thank BrokerPaul
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Busy place and atmosphere, but excellent service and could still have conversations with my table just fine. Best corned beef hash I've had! Other family had pancakes, fruit and eggs- the oj is fresh squeezed and delicious. I'd definitely go back to Joes!

Thank Minn63
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went the for brunch and it was an amazing surprise! Great food and good service at a reasonable price. I would go back again!

Thank svidar
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Joe's has been a long time favorite of ours. My husband enjoyed his "go to" prime rib sandwich and I had a fried chicken sandwich. Bother were well prepared and delicious.

Thank Carolyn B
Eugene, Oregon
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Topped off our week-long getaway to southern California. One of the best top sirloins I've had in a restaurant and the fried chicken was just as good. They keep their promise for stiff drinks, the service was great. So good, we went back for breakfast on our way out of town and we were not disappointed. First rate coffee, chicken... More 

Thank geverts
Cape May, New Jersey
Level Contributor
84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This was an outstanding surprise! I could eat there every week for the rest of my life! The food was as if I had made it myself, and had nailed it! My husband is still raving about his prime rib. I had a NY strip cooked to perfection. We went back the next night and he had beautiful fish and... More 

Thank ParksideNY
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Level Contributor
49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

What a great breakfast .... one of the best omelets ever! Attentive and energetic staff who never let your coffee cup get empty. Service was fast even with a close to full restaurant.

Thank Deborah A
Santa Ana, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Good for both lunch and breakfast. Like other places in Santa Barbara, it seems to be perpetually short-handed but the ladies are friendly and as efficient as they can be with there are not enough of them. The décor is kind of 50s but far from over the top and there are a lot of cool historical photographs of both... More 

Thank bfryguy

Travellers who viewed Joe's Cafe also viewed


Been to Joe's Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Bar, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Joe's Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Joe's Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?