Downey's

★★★☆☆
  • 1305 State St

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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  • 805-966-5006

About Downey's

Hours
Sun 5:30pm-9pm, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm

Food

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Very elegant Zagat rated restaurant. The inventor of California-French cuisine. A mainstay for years in Santa Barbara and is always rated among the best of California. The menu changes, while the level of food stays strong.

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Very elegant Zagat rated restaurant. The inventor of California-French cuisine. A mainstay for years in Santa Barbara and is always rated among the best of California. The menu changes, while the level of food stays strong.

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Nice ambience good food they don't can rest on their laurels. The wine list is pretty good as well!

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★★★☆☆

Nice ambience good food they don't can rest on their laurels. The wine list is pretty good as well!

Pros: Ambiance was OK, wine list is fairly decent

Cons: Price

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Downeys cloaks itself with a 28 Zagat rating, but the Emperor Has No Clothes. Their service approach wasnt so much pretentious than utterly pedantic. Its a shame the actual dishes did not taste as good as the servers menu recitation was interminable. The food was unimaginative and under-seasoned, all the while over-priced and overrated. When the cheese platter was presented at our table, I rejoiced that an opportunity had arrived to change the taste left on my palate from the meal. I asked if we could just order a sliver or two and the server returned with a full plate of crackers and bread with just a sliver or two of cheese. We paid full-price for a cheese plate filled with carbs that even a diner offers gratis. For such a high-priced eatery, they were inflexible, uninspired And such are Downeys Downfalls.

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★☆☆☆☆

Downeys cloaks itself with a 28 Zagat rating, but the Emperor Has No Clothes. Their service approach wasnt so much pretentious than utterly pedantic. Its a shame the actual dishes did not taste as good as the servers menu recitation was interminable. The food was unimaginative and under-seasoned, all the while over-priced and overrated. When the cheese platter was presented at our table, I rejoiced that an opportunity had arrived to change the taste left on my palate from the meal. I asked if we could just order a sliver or two and the server returned with a full plate of crackers and bread with just a sliver or two of cheese. We paid full-price for a cheese plate filled with carbs that even a diner offers gratis. For such a high-priced eatery, they were inflexible, uninspired And such are Downeys Downfalls.

Pros: In Santa Barbara, on State Street, That's It!

Cons: Overpriced, Uncomfortable, Unsatisfying

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Way over rated and over priced. Small portions, Stark interior,

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★★☆☆☆

Way over rated and over priced. Small portions, Stark interior,

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We went there assuming it would be a romantic dinner, however, we were fooled! NONE of our requests were fulfilled! The food is way over priced and does not taste good. It is a small small place and you can hear everyones conversation.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there assuming it would be a romantic dinner, however, we were fooled! NONE of our requests were fulfilled! The food is way over priced and does not taste good. It is a small small place and you can hear everyones conversation.

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The Best restaurant in town, maybe in the state. Good service, the food was unbeliveable, it was like nothing I ever tasted before. Try the the grill duck it was fabolus, the caramelized garlic and themustard greens and balsamic dressing were really good. I just want to say thanks to John and his wife (Owners) and all the crew in te kitchen.

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★★★★★

The Best restaurant in town, maybe in the state. Good service, the food was unbeliveable, it was like nothing I ever tasted before. Try the the grill duck it was fabolus, the caramelized garlic and themustard greens and balsamic dressing were really good. I just want to say thanks to John and his wife (Owners) and all the crew in te kitchen.

Pros: The Best, Good Food, Good service

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hard to beat this restaurant. food is always good and unique. service impeccable.

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★★★★★

hard to beat this restaurant. food is always good and unique. service impeccable.

Pros: food near perfect, great service, dessert!

Cons: hard to get reservati

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Chef-proprietor John Downey has long presided over this quiet place for serious dining, frequented by people who appreciate good, innovative cooking. Downey's style has been called nouvelle California-French. On the menu you're likely to…

 

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