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Joe's Cafe

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536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-966-4638
07:30 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Joe's is our go to lunchtime restaurant in Santa Barbara. We live many thousands of miles away and get to Santa Barbara every couple of years and Joe's never disappoints. This time 3 good value kids meals, a Greek salad and a bowl of chilli. Great beer choice too.good food, good atmosphere and reasonably priced.

Thank Julianfin
Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great old school family Italian restaurant. Although there were lots of couples and smaller groups of blokey blokes, we felt just as a home with our two girls having dinner. A good varied menu to suit all tastes and the pours on the drinks could have been very dangerous had it been date night rather than family nite!

Thank JGandL
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Joe's Cafe is a Santa Barbara tradition and a perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My cup of perfectly seasoned clam chowder was the size of a bowlful, full of clams. My small caesar salad was the perfect side salad. Service was excellent and I appreciated our wait server suggesting the smaller sizes as they were more than ample.

Thank Balidude
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was delicious and service was great. Highly recommend for a quick lunch or dinner. Location is great.

Thank JandK02474
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before heading out on our daily adventures we decided to have a hearty breakfast. The orange juice is fresh, the pancakes were good, French toast was ok, we also ordered a side of fresh fruit-very good. The servers are very friendly and there was no wait, reasonably priced for Santa Barbara.

Thank Soraya K
Centennial, Colorado
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130 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very average place. Santa Barbara had high food prices in general and this was expensive for hamburger and sand which. My concern was glass jars used for mustard and ketchup and how unsanitary with people sticking knives in - especially the Mustard. Just like us - those knives may have been in the butter cubes (dairy allergies)... More 

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Sydney, Aus
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46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really friendly little diner by day (restaurant by night). Great breakfast menu and service with character.

Thank travellingKarrieG
Camillus, New York
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was delicious, and the place was packed! the pork chop was the size of your fist! quick and efficient service.

Thank Cheri H
Central coast CA
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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

Thank Vince2008

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?