Joe's Cafe - Stiffest Cocktails - Greatest Atmosphere! Since 1928, Joe's Cafe has been Santa Barbara's acclaimed American steakhouse and upbeat bar. 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.