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Mesa Cafe & Bar

1972 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
+1 805-966-5303
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good31%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“corned beef” (4 reviews)
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1972 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a LOCAL restaurant. It's in a shopping plaza. Visitors don't know where it is and/or don't stop in plaza lots. What a shame!! They're missing a true beauty. Great full bar. Breakfast served until around 2 pm. Lots of specials. Some take you...More

Thank EDD1967_83
Reviewed 15 August 2017

If you don't make it to this place, you're really losing out!Everything about this place beats them all! Easy location on Cliff Dr. close to 101, lots of seating with tables and booths in the casual section, white linens on tables in adjacent room.Great service,...More

Thank luvgr8trvl
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The food I had was ok. The pasta my friend had was really good. They are fine while you are ordering. After you order and before you are done eating they bring you the check and come back and see if you have signed yet....More

Thank Gracielame
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

I live nearby and stop in occasionally for an early dinner when I'm on my own and haven't eaten during the day. Fresh, home style food, very tasty. Great service. Breakfast is always crowded, and if you come in at 5 for dinner, the bar...More

Thank uclanation
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

I gave Mesa cafe a high rating because of the staff. The food was good but, I was most impressed with the staff.

Thank mikekennedyauthor
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Came here with the family after Christmas for breakfast. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Food quality was good and portion sizes more than adequate. Wait staff very friendly

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning. I asked the server if the pancakes with bananas had bananas cooked inside or if they were just plain pancakes with bananas on top. She said, "I think they're cooked inside". I ordered them despite the outrageous...More

Thank swimmer1960
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I love the Mesa Café for breakfast and went there today with four friends. The food is always good and the staff super friendly. It's like eating in your own kitchen, except in my case the food tastes better! For Lunch, I have the Yater...More

Reviewed 5 January 2017

I have been to the Mesa Cafe many times this past year. I tried a dish that was so delicious on one of my first visits that I order it almost every time I go for dinner now. It is the sizzling 1/2 chicken. It...More

Thank Linda E
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I'm not a local, but you can definitely tell most of the people who come here are. The mid-range priced food is good (the house-made salsa is exceptional), the service is caring and friendly. The attitude is relaxed. They've also got a nice outdoor dining...More

Thank Sabine F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1972 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-5303
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