Craft Burgers with Heart and Soul

Step into 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 McConnell's 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 100% all Angus custom blend of chuck, brisket, and short-rib, served on a locally baked brioche bun. We also have a selection of turkey, chicken, fish, vegan / vegetarian sandwiches. 

 

Our Team

Cat Cora Photos

Cat Cora

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 Photo

Chris Chiarappa  

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. 

Gabriel Ibarra

Gabriel Ibarra is kitchen manager and lead chef for Mesa Burger. A Santa Barbara local, Gabriel has previously worked at The Honor Bar, Lure, The Biltmore, and The Blue Owl. Gabriel takes great pride in what he does and is Cat Cora’s right-hand man in the kitchen. 

Pixie Green

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

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!

 
About Mesa Burger

An extra special thank you to our investor family. Your belief, trust and support has helped tremendously in making Mesa Burger a reality!

Thank you

 
  • Bill Gerard
  • Mark Sherman Consulting
  • Sierra Property Management 
  • Pintard Commercial Real Estate
  • Buynak, Fauver, Archbald and Spray Law Firm
  • American Riviera Bank
  • Nelson Construction 
  • Kristi Gordnier Design
  • Paul Poirier and Associates Architects
  • Santa Barbara Studio
  • The Unlimited Hope
  • BoMo Design
  • Sonos
  • Santa Barbara Merchant Services
  • HDZ design
  • Blue Isle Bookkeeping
  • Simply Marketing 360
  • Surface IT
  • M Special
  • Eco Green Supply
  • Vogue Signs
  • RG Woodwork
  • Chris Henry Photography 
  • Anderson and Sons Electric
  • Kamran and Company
  • Boone Graphics
  • RE Pelletier
  • Jordanos 
  • Pacific Beverage
  • Deux Bakery
  • Aqua Systems
  • The Berry Man
  • Cordova Custom Concepts
  • Mission Linen
  • Local Craft Distribution
  • Durbiano Fire Equipment
  • Garibay Drywall
  • Word Wines
  • Consolidated Overhead Door Company
  • JNL Glass
  • Central Coast Audio Visual
  • Paychex
  • Specialty Plumbing 
  • Godfrey Electric
  • Andy Smalley Painting 
  • Foundation Press
  • ID Works
  • McConnell’s
  • Sinaloa Surf Adventures