Award Winning dining in Santa Barbara.

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."

Dinner Menu

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".

Wine List

Our winelist is constantly evolving; the selections shown are current as of March, 2016.
Additionally we regularly offer 10 or 12 local wines by the glass.

Taste of Santa Barbara Menu

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.

About Us

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.

Upcoming events

At Downey's we always have exciting upcoming events, read more here.


Phone: 805-966-5006

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Diner’s Choice 2015

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner

Santa Barbara Independent Foodie Awards 2011


Tuesday - Sunday from 5:30 p.m.


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Downey's Restaurant

1305 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101