Mesa Restaurant Guide

Santa Barbara is home to a variety of exceptional restaurants, each one bringing their own unique flavors, ingredients, and ambiance. Every week this April, we will showcase a different Santa Barbara neighborhood by creating a guide to the excellent restaurants they have to offer. This week we will be highlighting the Mesa, a coveted neighborhood situated right on Santa Barbara’s stunning coastline.


Breakfast at The Boathouse

Set right on the shore, The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach offers a superb dining experience where you can enjoy views of the ocean while enjoying a delicious morning meal. The Boathouse boasts an impressive selection of breakfast and brunch favorites like french toast, omelets, and mimosas. With their specialty being in seafood, we recommend trying a seafood spin on a breakfast classic, like their salmon benedict! Employing incredible service and using only the freshest ingredients straight from the sea, the Boathouse epitomizes the beachy yet classy vibe that the Mesa is known for.


Lunch at Rose Cafe

Rose Cafe is a local, family-owned restaurant that provides fantastic Mexican cuisine amidst a cozy and homey atmosphere. Centrally located on Cliff Drive, Rose Cafe is a convenient and tasty lunch option full of charm, inside and out. Their menu offers Mexican staples like chicken tacos and cheese enchiladas, and combination plates, perfect for lunchtime. Rose Cafe is a wonderful spot to spend a relaxed afternoon while enjoying a warm and flavorful meal.


Dinner at Mesa Verde

As the day draws to a close, Mesa Verde invites you for a unique, plant-based meal that exemplifies creativity and sustainability. With its warm lighting and rustic decor, Mesa Verde sets the perfect mood for a relaxed evening of fine dining. From mushroom umami burgers to picadillo empanadas, each dish showcases the incredible versatility of vegan cuisine. If you are looking for a fresh and inclusive culinary experience, Mesa Verde is an excellent choice!


Whether it's seaside breakfasts or inspiring dinners, restaurants on the Mesa encapsulate the neighborhood’s laidback, coastal lifestyle and add an essential ingredient to Santa Barbara’s diverse and vibrant culture.

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