I will keep this short...Joe's Cafe has been around since the 1920's. It is a busy place, lots of energy. The food is mediocre at best. Our server was helpful while ordering but disappeared after the food was delivered. We had empty glasses (no refills offered) and lots of dirty plates on our table but nothing happened until the very end when a busboy came by to take the dirty plates. I had the ribs...tender but very little sauce. Vegetables were lukewarm, baked potato was fine. My husband had the prime rib. It was heavy with fat and a bone. Disappointing. We will not go back. I ordered an Old Fashion from the bar and it was a nice strong drink. I think it is the bar that keeps this place going.
Best value during Restaurant week. Pies are divine. Classic downtown SB cafe.
I just love this place and there’s always something new and interesting to try
Joe's has a very homey feel. The menu is filled with diner-like comfort foods. The staff is very friendly and welcoming; I see why this has been a Santa Barbara staple.
They have a nice bar where the cocktails are good and strong!
Always great. Baby back ribs are marvelous. Ambience is old world saloon cool.
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.
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. ❤️
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.
Great food at a reasonable price. Conveniently located as well.
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.
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.
love the chick parm and Joes steak great sword fish
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.
Amazing service and food was delicious
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.
Carol was an attentive waitress! And the drinks were potent! Food was superb! Had a very enjoyable visit
Fun place, service was awesome, food was so good!!
Good, local American food at reasonable prices and fair sized portions
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. :)
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.
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. :)
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!
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
Fun atmosphere w selections a notch up from bar food.
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.
Classic café with good food good service in a friendly atmosphere
It is and is always wonderful!!
Nice causal place. Very noisy. Baked chicken was very good. Ruben sandwich was ok.
Service was pretty bad this last time. Hopefully good next time we go
Local, authentic, no frills. food always consistent.
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.
American diner food, it was OK, but we felt rushed & it wasn't even a busy night.
Quick dinner during move in weekend for UCSB. Good variety on the menu, fairly quick service, quality food.
If you can bear the racket, the food is worth the trip.
Lived the fries! Pulled pork was yummy! A great deal for our lunch! Oh, fresh great tasting ice tea!
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.
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.
Food and service always outstanding. Sometimes the bar noise gets a little loud since the dining room and bar is all one space.
Terrific food and nice, stiff drinks. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Good food ,good service , and pleasant environment.