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About Joe's Cafe

Joe's Café is a classic Santa Barbara dining and drinking institution and is the oldest restaurant in the city, established in 1928. The legacy of Joe's continues into it's ninth decade: Over the years, this vibrant downtown destination has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike, who mingle over cocktails (the stiffest in town) or chat during dinner in a buzzing traditional atmosphere. The exceptional ambiance underscores its rich heritage and long history. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30 a.m. til 10:00 p.m. or stay later and get to know our locals at one of the busiest bars in town.

536 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:30am; Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cota Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 966-4638

Website:
http://www.joescafesb.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public parking lot located just behind Joe's. You can access the lot on Anacapa Street between Cota Street and Haley Street. The first 90 minutes are complimentary. (Joe's does not validate parking)

Executive Chef:
Rick Braun

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Joe's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Comfort Food (8)
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Bar Seating (6)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (5)
Fun (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Live Sports (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Special Occasion (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Romantic (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always great. Baby back ribs are marvelous. Ambience is old world saloon cool.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Joe’s is the best! Been going there since 1978. Great food and strong drinks. A must do if you are from out of town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went Joe’s for my birthday breakfast and it should be something very American. We ordered Joe’s omelette and banana pancakes, to drink coffee, cappuccino and fresh squeezed orange juice. They’ve too much of potion for us but we loved it very much. By the way the omelette tasted really like my mom’s homemade. ❤️

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Not sure how this restaurant gets the ratings it does. I eat out A LOT. The service was less than average and the food was diner quality. Specifically, I had the raviolis in meat sauce and it was just "ok." The cornbread was dry and wasn't delivered with the advertised "butter/honey" that was on the menu. The server was nice, but his english wasn't great and he was handling too many tables to be of good service. If you're going to advertise that you're the oldest restaurant in town and deserve my business, please provide some ambiance or food to validate that claim.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food at a reasonable price. Conveniently located as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The waitress was super nice and really fun. The prime rib is to die for... and on a trip back to the bathroom I noticed they had pie. OMG, the blackberry pie was the topper to a fantastic mean. I am sooo going back as soon as I can.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have been dining at Joe's for almost 50 years. The drinks are stiff, the food is reliably good, and the price is right. The calamari steak is highly recommended.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

love the chick parm and Joes steak great sword fish

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Carlos was our server and he was fantastic! The food was quite good and prices pretty decent for this part of Santa Barbara! Lots of variety.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Amazing service and food was delicious

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Joe's is always a great time. They reserved my table for me through OpenTable without a problem. I love Joes and have been dining there since 1978. It's like home. A must see for people visiting. Always recommended.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Carol was an attentive waitress! And the drinks were potent! Food was superb! Had a very enjoyable visit

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fun place, service was awesome, food was so good!!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Good, local American food at reasonable prices and fair sized portions

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Whenever we're in SB, we always make a stop here for a meal. The food is excellent and the service is great. We always have a great time here. Can't wait to come back on our next trip down to SB. :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Old school charm. The service was expedient, and our food was good. Exactly what you'd expect from a restaurant that has been in business for over 80 years.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food - incredible service, almost too fast! I have a friend from Santa Barbara named Joe so i thought we would dine at Joe's. My friend Joe now lives in Charleston, SC where I live and I'm only telling you this because Open Table said I did not write enough on this review. :)

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We've lived here for almost 4 years and have been wanting to try Joe's....and finally got there with some friends the other night. It is like a step back in time! Wooden high-wall booths and waiters in tuxedo jackets. They have a fairly extensive menu and we all tried something different and compared notes. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. And, the drinks! Oh my! Their bartenders knows how to pour!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Spur of the moment breakfast off State St in St Barbara
Inside a throw back to 50's style dining in Bronx or Brooklyn style restaurants gone by
Friendly and efficient staff
Food arrived quick and hot; too bad the coffee was weak
Overall good experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Fun atmosphere w selections a notch up from bar food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2017

As always, food is really good. Chili was outstanding; prime rib excellent( also french fries). Homemade blackberry pie was great. Service good and thoughtful. Great value for the money.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Classic café with good food good service in a friendly atmosphere

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2016

It is and is always wonderful!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Nice causal place. Very noisy. Baked chicken was very good. Ruben sandwich was ok.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Service was pretty bad this last time. Hopefully good next time we go

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Local, authentic, no frills. food always consistent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Love Joe's for fab food...gotta try the Ribs, mack 'n cheese, and at least one of the freshly baked pies!! Lively and friendly restaurant on State Street. Have come here many times, and will come back many more.

Tags: Happy Hour, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 18, 2016

American diner food, it was OK, but we felt rushed & it wasn't even a busy night.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Quick dinner during move in weekend for UCSB. Good variety on the menu, fairly quick service, quality food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2016

If you can bear the racket, the food is worth the trip.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Lived the fries! Pulled pork was yummy! A great deal for our lunch! Oh, fresh great tasting ice tea!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Crab cakes was amazing. Really fresh and moist. I could eat a dozen of those crab cakes. Yummy. Great size portions. Hospitality and servers were awesome. Great team work!!! People were nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2016

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and Joe's is still the same a I remember it. Good food and drinks and a friendly staff. My kids love the place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Food and service always outstanding. Sometimes the bar noise gets a little loud since the dining room and bar is all one space.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Terrific food and nice, stiff drinks. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2016

Good food ,good service , and pleasant environment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We were traveling south on 101 and decided to try Joe's Cafe. We definitely will return on our next road trip.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2016

Very good food; great service. Continues to be one of my favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2016

One of the few old mainstays on State Street, which is now mostly taken over by chains, Joe's Cafe is comfortable, with a somewhat vintage vibe, very spacious and yet cozy. A broad American menu offers many favorites and all meals are artfully presented. Service was extra friendly and efficient. A great place to relax, and appreciate an upscale but old-fashioned meal and experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Enjoyed the nostalgic atmosphere which was the primary reason for choosing Joe's
Had excellent drinks as well as a large selection of comfort food. Also, service was excellent and prices very reasonable.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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