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A Night at Joe's

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Santa Barbara’s legendary downtown
restaurant and bar

Joe’s Cafe is an acclaimed American steakhouse and upbeat bar that’s been the centerpiece of Santa Barbara’s dining, drinking, and socializing since 1928. Our commitment to offering great meals, stiff cocktails, and a friendly ambiance has made Joe’s Cafe a downtown destination for generations of locals and visitors alike.

Renowned for serving up a great evening out, Joe’s Cafe transforms seamlessly from a neighborhood restaurant to a lively bar as the evening progresses. Many visitors start and end their night at Joe’s Cafe.

Joe’s Cafe - Stiffest Cocktails - Greatest Atmosphere.

photo Kenny ThomasFor decades, Joe’s Cafe has been lauded for our award-winning cocktails – sweeping the “stiffest drinks” category year after year. The restaurant boasts a robust wine selection, favorite beers, and top shelf martinis and specialty cocktails.

Over the years, we’ve maintained the nostalgic charm and unassuming elegance that have become the hallmark of Joe’s Cafe. Our seductive speakeasy atmosphere features comfortable leather booths, red checkered tablecloths, pressed tin paneled ceiling, and a prominent wooden bar flanked by classic photographs.

Open every day, Joe’s Cafe is filled with the hearty handshakes and warm smiles from our gregarious staff and familiar guests. We’re always awash with a sea of conversation and laughter.

photo Kenny ThomasThe Best Steak, Seafood, Brunch and More. Eat Out!

Our menu is hand crafted, modern American favorites in generous portions. Diners can find everything from prime steaks and chops, savory lamb shank, market fresh seafood and vegetables, classic sandwiches, pastas, daily soups, burgers, vegetarian entrees, and salads.

On weekends, Joe’s Cafe buzzes as people flock to our extensive breakfast menu that offers something for everyone. Remember - pancakes absorb alcohol!

Joe’s Cafe is tended by a welcoming and accommodating staff – some of whom have worked for us for 40 years. The experience we’ve gleaned as the oldest restaurant in Santa Barbara ensures you receive our trademark excellence.

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