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Joe's Cafe

536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“french dip” (13 reviews)
“pot roast” (7 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband, along with my boss and his wife, and I visited this "down home" eatery while in Santa Barbara on a business trip. The other 3 told me this was a "good call." We were there for breakfast. The service was friendly. The food...More

Thank Margo L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had breakfast here and it was good enough to get us back a couple of other mornings. Loved the all American breakfast and the Champion egg sandwich.

Thank Bethany H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our friend said “go to Joe’s Cafe, they make amazing cocktails and the food is great. So we did. Denise our waitress was fantastic, and as a result we had a very enjoyable evening. The food was awesome, crab cakes, calamari and then the fried...More

Thank Denise R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a dinner at this place. Staff very friendly and helpful. Quite quick service and as all US places generous portions

Thank tonyboylan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was great and the food was delicious. Kind of expensive but a definite fun place to eat. Convenient

Thank whitebecky66
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great dinner at Joe's, in town to celebrate my mothers birthday. We visited on a Thursday night, and did not need reservations, but the restaurant was full. Beautiful old building with a great atmosphere. Every person on the serving staff we encountered...More

Thank roni0907
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in today for lunch while in SBA on a cruise. It was delicious! I had the French dip, with fries that were obviously home made. Others had fish-n-chips and prime rib sandwich, which was huge. Those who got drinks said they were very...More

Thank USFlyBoy
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The drinks are indeed stiff. I estimate that the vodka tonic was 98% vodka. Most everything on the menu is prepared well. The calamari steak is highly recommended. The portions are generous and the pies are very good if one has room for dessert.

Thank MOG808
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I had numerous people suggest Joe's Cafe. Man, were they right. The drinks are very strong and huge; which was what everybody told us. Our server Kimberly was fantastic. She was very efficient and friendly as well as keeping our drinks coming. I had the...More

Thank foxymamaruth
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Primarily an upscale diner, relaxed Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner dining, great ambiance and super service. The bar area escalates on a Friday Saturday night.....they really do have the biggest alcohol pours in town! The drinks will knock your socks off! Thanks Alfredo for your service,...More

Thank RocheMaree
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6 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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