Opened July 2014 this is a modern, plant-based cuisine restaurant. Its menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes includes items such as wild mushroom tacos, grilled polenta with braised garbanzo and baby okra, grilled kale, and pickled radish and summer squash. Makes a rose petal kombucha. Uses dairy, so vegans should inquire. Interior has an industrial and natural wood feel. The landscape is very tropical. Chef Greg Arnold from Los Angeles is at the helm. Prices moderate to slightly high. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Mediterranean, Fusion, American, Juice bar, Take-out
1919 Cliff Dr
Santa Barbara, California 93109
805-963-4474
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Mon-Sun 7:00am-10:00pm

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First Review by Veganite
Sadiediff
Sadiediff
  • vegan
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Beautiful food!

5
Posted on 07 / 23 / 2014

My boyfriend and I went to check out Mesa Verde the first night they opened and we were very pleased. We expected the timing of the food and service to be a bit awkward being that it was their first night of service, and it was just that. We got some tacos and an eggplant dish on the first round. The eggplant was awesome, however I didn't try the tacos since our server didn't tell us it had a dairy product in it after we explained that we were vegan. When the tacos came to our table with some weird opaque white stuff drizzled on it we had to ask what was in it. (I think that it would behoove the staff to get to know the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian, and which of their menu items have non-vegan ingredients in them. Just saying.) So we sent the tacos away and ordered a falafel bowl which was absolutely wonderful. It came with purple Israeli couscous, greens and hummus. Super yummy dish. We were very happy with all the food we ordered that we could eat. The kombucha tea we ordered seemed like a batch that didn't go though a secondary fermentation, since it was completely flat, but maybe they just didn't have time for the secondary.

We are looking forward to returning next month. This could become a regular favorite!

Pros: Vegan options, YUM, Visually appealing
  • Veganopoly Veganopoly

    Mesa Verde is a vegetarian restaurant. That being said, there are products on their menu that are not vegan. Next time you and your boyfriend eat out, look the server in their eyes and clearly convey to them that you are vegan and for the server to clearly point out vegan items on the menu. Doing this clears up a lot of confusion.

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Veganite
Veganite
  • vegan
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Creative, gourmet, delicious Mediterranean food.

5
Posted on 07 / 12 / 2014

My husband and I went to try this new veg/vegan restaurant during it's opening week and we enjoyed it so much we went back again the next night. Food is amazingly creative, with influences from the Middle East. Staff is friendly and the newly remodeled restaurant is beautiful with a nice outdoor patio. As any restaurant during opening week, there were a few mishaps, but the staff and the owner more then made up for it. We met the owner, Jamal, and have to say he sincerely wants to provide the community with an enjoyable experience eating real food, nothing artificial here. Love that we have a new veg/vegan gourmet option in town. Many amazing options on the menu to try, but I highly recommend the grilled polenta, the quinoa vegetable tagine and caramelized onion and fig flatbread. This is not a place for a quick meal, but more of a nice place to go for a night out with friends, or on a date.

Pros: Creative veg food, Nice patio, Friendly staff

 

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Last updated: 2014/07/09

 

Added: 2014/07/09

 

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