Old school, very good it’s easy to see why Joe’s has been around for a while. The food is on point it has that old school diner / steak house feel. Joe’s on State st in downtown Santa Barbara is a great destination point.
No matter what every visit to Santa Barbara will end with a visit to Joe’s Cafe . Iv’e been coming here for about 15 years and I swear it never gets old, from the amazing service to the some of the best food in town and if your looking for a night out for drinks you won’t find any stiffer . The french dip sandwich is the best iv’e ever had and the breakfast well you won’t be bummed with getting anything of that variety on the menu as the food is as memorable as all the great times i’ve had here . If your in beautiful Santa Barbara you gotta give Joe’s Cafe a visit .
Tell people you’re going to Joe’s and the first reaction is often, “Whoa. STRONG drinks.” It’s true. The food is really good (go for the onion rings!) and, located at the corner of State and Cota, there’s some great people watching activity and local attractions to keep the place busy. The service has always been great, with the manager coming around to each table and talking them up and the servers always being chatty and friendly.
Went to Joe’s last Monday based on a friend’s recommendation who grew up in Santa Barbara. As we walked in, I was a bit hesitant (not really sure why) other than it appeared that it had been around a long time, but the decor was great. The service by our waitress was awesome. She made us feel right at home and was always checking on us at the right times. The Tanqueray martini I ordered was way more in volume than expected for $7. And the meals we had were excellent and priced reasonably for Santa Barbara. This place has a lot of history, and is definitely worth the visit anytime of the day. Also, I asked for the recipe of their salsa; because it is to die for, but it’s top secret.
Visited from out of town and this was our first stop. Our server Nicole was amazing friendly, helpful not just with the cafe but for our visit to the town.. She was just a genuine person. I has the pancake sandwich breakfast as found it delicious!! They were very prompt with refills and always checking to see if we were okay. Overall a really great and pleasant experience. The restaurant looked lovely an like it had some good history behind it.
Great meats and seafood, they could charge much more, its great value. Pork Chop is huge and perfect every time. Steaks same. Its been around for years and several waiters & bartenders have been there over 25 years. They know how to make you feel welcome and itsfun and reliable like few other spots in SB.
Good food, great service, best breakfast in Santa Barbara. I guess I summarized my review in the title. Joe’s of Santa Barbara has been around since the 1920s. They have great food and excellent service at a really good price. We had breakfast and afternoon drinks several times and always left feeling good - like we made a right choice.
After several days of seafood, we really felt like having some red meat and wandered into Joe’s Cafe. It did not disappoint. In fact, Joe’s Cafe exceeded our expectations. Our server was friendly, engaging and efficient and the atmosphere nice without being formal or stuffy. And the food...terrific! My husband had Prime Rib and I had Cheese Raviolis, both very straighforward meals. However, Joe’s emphasizes making everything on site from scratch and the seasonings used are terrific. The Prime Rib and accompanying steamed vegetables were perfect and my cheese raviolis I think were the best I’ve ever had. Joe’s isn’t for you if what you are seeking is the latest culinary trend. However, if what you want is a classic meal, prepared to perfection, in a warm atmosphere, then go to Joe’s. We’re glad we did.