The Mesa neighborhood of Santa Barbara is a community (and climate) unlike any other. Set high atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Mesa is just a 5 minute drive or so from downtown Santa Barbara. But you will feel worlds away in this area that is known for soft sea breezes, rolling fog and a relaxed lifestyle.
Should the sea air help you work up an appetite, this list of the 10 best restaurants on the Mesa will help you satisfy your hunger. Although largely residential, the Mesa does have some great restaurants that are worth a trip from downtown, Goleta and even Carpinteria.
Make a lunch date or dinner reservation at Mesa Verde for unparalleled vegetarian and vegan meals, like smoked mushroom lasagna and hearty avocado bowls. If you're craving something meatier, visit the Rose Cafe for amazing chorizo enchiladas. They have great breakfast too!
Since Santa Barbara City College is part of the Mesa community, college staples are also available. Pop into Giovanni's for a heavenly slice of pizza or make a run to Super Cucas for a burrito packed with french fries (yes, you read that right).
And if you'd rather pack a gourmet picnic than eat in, Lazy Acres is your one-stop shopping destination. Bon appetite!