Our restaurant is small, comfortable and personal. Adorning the soft green walls of Downey's dining room you will find beautiful plein-aire paintings of local scenes by Liz Downey. If you would like to enjoy a true Santa Barbara Dining Experience where you will not be rushed, but cared-for, we invite you to visit Downey's for dinner. To paraphrase more than one satisfied guest, you just may have "the very best meal of your life."

Santa Barbara cuisine by chef John Downey, using some of the finest organic foods of local producers Tom Shepherd, B.D. Farms, Domingo Farm, S.B. Mariculture and F/V "Mysteri".

Our winelist is constantly evolving; the selections shown are current as of March, 2017
Additionally we regularly offer 10 or 12 local wines by the glass.

Liz and John Downey invite you to join them at Downey’s for the Seasonal Tasting Menu. Chef John gathers fresh produce from the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market and pairs it with the freshest meats and seafood to bring you a meal that will sing to you from your plate.

John Downey knew that he wanted to become a chef at the age of 12 in his native England. At 19 he was cooking for Britain's Queen Elizabeth aboard her namesake ocean liner QE2 while seeing the world.

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Phone: 805-966-5006

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Diner’s Choice 2015

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner

Santa Barbara Independent Foodie Awards 2011

Taste of Santa Barbara Menu

Liz and John Downey invite you to join them at Downey’s for the Seasonal Tasting Menu here.


Downey's Restaurant

1305 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101