Downey's Restaurant
1305 State St.
Santa Barbara Ca.
Phone: (805)966 5006
Serving Dinner
 Tues.- Sunday  
From 5:30

Award Winning Dining
In the heart of Santa Barbara

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' (Fishing Vessel)

Downey's has received and continues to receive Top Scores with the  Zagat Survey in Santa Barbara for both Food  and Service .
Congratulations John & Liz and their talented and loyal staff!

Summer is starting to wind down and schools will be starting up shortly.  We hope you all have had an enjoyable time this summer.
Our Celebration of Summer dinner was a huge success and delicious!

 We look forward to the upcoming Fall and Holiday seasons and have some great events coming up.Keep in touch with us on our website for more information.

 Email         Website

Your Hosts,
John and Liz Downey
(pictured above)

Open since l982, John and Liz and their staff  continue in their passion and hard work at Downey's and are always eager to make your evening at Downey's a great one!

"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' ".

The Menu changes daily with the availability of fine foods and the creativity of
 Chef John Downey. 
The majority of the produce used in
Downey's kitchen is grown organically by local farmers; their seafood is chosen using the sustainable guidelines of 'Seafood Watch' and local when available; meats and poultry sources are classified 'Naturally-raised' wherever possible.

Downey's Sample Menu
(Daily- Changing Menu )


Downey's Prosciutto
with Cantaloupe, Arugula & Roasted Walnuts

Santa Rosa Island Crab Salad
with Papaya & Fresh Ginger-Lime Dressing

Santa Barbara Smokehouse Salmon
 with Roast Golden Beets & Meyer Lemon Dressing

Local Mussels
with Watercress, Sweet Corn & Chili Vinaigrette
Artichoke Heart Salad
 with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

Lobster & Angel hair Salad
 with Sundried Tomatoes, Olives & Basil

Second Courses

Market Cauliflower Soup
with Gremolata

Farmers' Market Salad Greens
with Choice of Two Dressings

B.D.'s "Little Gem" Lettuce
 with Sundried Tomatoes, Parmesan, Pine Nuts & Balsamic


Local Black Cod
with Meyer Lemon Sauce, Leafy Greens & Parsley Potatoes

Grilled Duck
with Fresh Peach Chutney, Exotic Grains & Ginger Sauce

Local King Salmon
with Sorrel Sauce, Asparagus & Parsley Potatoes

Watkins Ranch Filet Mignon
with Balsamic Sauce, Roast Beets, Potatoes & Scallions

Carpenter Ranch Squab

 with Roasted Garlic, Swiss Chard & Potatoes

Local White Sea Bass
with Saffron-Lobster sauce, Braised Fennel & Parsley Potatoes
Colorado Lamb Loin
with Shepherd's Green Beans Roasted Garlic & Shitakes

AND, don't forget there are some wonderful and delicious desserts available!

Downey's wine list is in the care of Liz Downey, who will be happy to guide you through some of the California-produced selections (with a proud bias towards the locally made wines!).  The Downey's invite you to see a recent edition of their constantly-evolving wine list.

We look forward to seeing you here at

We continue to offer the "Chef's Dinner" to celebrate each of the four seasons:

February (Winter)
May ( Spring)
August ( Summer)
November ( Fall)

  The cost for these four-course prix-fixe dinners is $60 per person, excluding wine, tax and gratuity.
Please call for more information and making your reservation.

John and Liz are pleased to accept your reservations at
Downey's.  They pride themselves with their attention to detail and personal service.  With this is mind, they welcome your telephone calls during our normal business hours.  They believe your dining experience at Downey's starts from that very first phone call at which time they can confirm your reservation and discuss any special requests. 
Consistent with their 'No problem' philosophy, if you prefer to send an email request, again, they will contact you as soon as they read the message.

They look forward to seeing you!

Liz Downey is proud to announce her participation in the Santa Barbara Mesa Artists' Studio Tour (MAST) Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th.

Many of you have enjoyed Liz's paintings in our dining room for many years.  This will be your first chance to see much more of her work as well as that of her fellow Mesa Artists.

805 966 5006


Take 101 Freeway to Carrillo Street Exit
From the South turn right on Carrillo
From the North turn left on Carrillo
Proceed 5 blocks to State Street & turn left.
(Left turn not permitted before 6pm - Turn one block earlier at Chapala St)
Proceed three blocks to Victoria
Cross over Victoria to find
Downey's on your left, 3 doors past the intersection.
1305 State Street
If you are already in Santa Barbara,
Downey's is on State Street, thirteen blocks up from the ocean, near Victoria.

Valet parking is not permitted in downtown Santa Barbara, but there are lots on Victoria St. & Sola St.