• Santa Barbara Independent Foodie Awards 2011. The "Izzie" Lifetime Achievement Award

  • "The Golden Dish Awards of 1995" Alan Richman. GQ, January, 1996: "The first bite was a revelation...John Downey is one of America's best chefs..."

  • 5.0 star rating

    A most incredible dining experience and exquisite meal. A small venue that provides superb service and attention throughout the meal. Liz and John have been here since 1982 and their tenure is proof of surviving in a most competitive market. This is a must try and has us convinced to keep coming back to this gem of a restaurant....Gary on Yelp

  • 5.0 star rating

    Lovely dinner at this wonderful family owned restaurant.  The appetizers (crab and papaya salad as well as smoked salmon and avocado)  and dinners (sea bass with lobster sauce and salmon with saffron sorrel sauce) were all wonderful.  A gem for sure! 
    Nice to have a great meal at a locally family owned restaurant - they know what they are doing and we highly recommend them...Heather on Yelp

  • 2013 Zagat Survey, Downey's has remained "Top Food" in S.B. for the past 26 years in a row! 

  • Los Angeles Times, Ruth Reichl: "The food is so fine I'm tempted to go and talk to the cook."

  • "Food and Wine Magazine:" "We found Downey's-hands-down, to be the best bet in town

  • Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide"/ Arthur von Wiesenberger: "John Downey should be credited with bringing nouvelle cuisine to Santa Barbara. He has revolutionized the way people eat on the central coast...His restaurant on State St. has become an institution to fine dining.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Not a single thing about this meal that could have been improved. Most tender lamb I've ever had. Great place for a special occasion. This chocolate torte with espresso sauce (I think) was so surprisingly light....Rachel on Yelp

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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