Downey’s is one of the more unique dining experiences in Santa Barbara, and Ian Filippini loves to dine here. Founded by a former chef for Queen Elizabeth, Downey’s utilizes fresh, organically grown local produce in many of their dishes along with fresh seafood and naturally raised meats. Chef Downey and his wife, Liz, also offer a spectacular wine list that complements their delicious food and breathtaking decor. Ian knows that he can always count on a wonderful glass of wine when he visits Downey’s.
The interior of Downey’s is refreshing and light, including stunning paintings created by Liz Downey herself. The lovely and carefully selected furnishings are only part of this five star experience. The extensive menu is what brings diners back, over and over again. The menu changes daily, depending upon local meat and produce availability, so every visit to this restaurant is different. Some of the offerings include grilled duck with cabernet sauce, Colorado lamb loins, and filet mignon with porcini sauce. Before digging in to these decadent entrees, begin with an appetizer of crab salad with papaya or lobster with angel hair pasta. Soups and salads include a farmer’s market salad and butternut squash soup with cranberries. Customers rave about Downey’s sea bass, salmon, and even their luscious desserts, such as their chocolate torte. Downey’s has been an institution in Santa Barbara since 1982 and has received several awards, including the Izzie Lifetime Achievement Award. This restaurant has numerous five star reviews on Yelp and has received positive reviews in magazines such as GQ. They also host several events per year, including an annual celebration of summer dinner.
Downey’s also allows patrons to sign up for their E-club and receive monthly emails about current menu offerings and events. For a unique dining experience, visit Downey’s today at in lovely downtown Santa Barbara, CA, 1305 State Street or call for information and reservations, (805)-966-5006. Potential and current patrons can also visit the restaurant’s website at http://www.downeyssb.com/.
Ian Filippini is the owner of Filippini Wealth Management in Montecito. To learn more about Ian Filippini and Filippini Wealth Management, please call 805-969-6200 or visit www.filippiniusa.com