Step into Santa Barbara's Mesa Burger, and you’ll feel like you’re home.
Mesa Burger is the collaboration of a neighborhood — The Mesa — of devoted supporters and investors who, along with award-winning chef Cat Cora and visionary Chris Chiarappa, have created a place that offers you something different. Designed with the heart and soul to reflect the casual goodness that is Santa Barbara, Mesa Burger is your new family table.
We offer gourmet, handcrafted burgers, farm fresh salads, locally-brewed beers, Santa Barbara County wine, and ice cream in scoops, hand-spun shakes, and ice cream cookie sandwiches. Our produce is sustainably grown, ingredients are conscientiously sourced, and sauces are made fresh daily. The beef burgers are fresh, locally produced USDA Choice custom blend of chuck, brisket, and sirloin, served on a locally-baked brioche bun. We also have a selection of turkey, chicken, fish, vegan / vegetarian burgers.
Cat Cora is the taste of Mesa Burger in the dining room and in the kitchen. Cat trained in France with two three-star Michelin chefs before blazing her own trail through the culinary world as the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” in 2005, and as the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame. Cat’s life-long passion for quality food is matched only by her desire to give back to her Santa Barbara neighborhood.
Chris Chiarappa is the visionary and inspiration for Mesa Burger. The driving force behind Chris’ motivation for this project is to give back to the community and the amazing people that make it special. Mesa Burger is a reflection of the California lifestyle that Chris, his family, and their neighbors live everyday.
Mesa Burger General Manager Pixie Green's restaurant experience spans 18 years, including multiple management positions most recently with The Drunken Crab in North Hollywood and Santa Barbara, and before that at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood. Pixie blends her experience with an incredibly strong work ethic, a very natural customer-focused approach and a wonderful, engaging personality.
Mark Sherman has served as the Director of Operations for Mesa Burger since the project began. Mark’s 30+ years of restaurant ownership and management has proved invaluable to the entire formation of this project. Mark will remain a part of the Mesa Burger team in a consulting role. Thank you Mark!