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Craft Burgers with Heart and Soul

Step into Santa Barbara's Mesa Burger, and you’ll feel like you’re home. 

Mesa Burger is the collaboration of a neighborhood, who along with award-winning chef Cat Cora, visionary Chris Chiarappa, and manager Pixie Saavedra, have created a place that offers you something different. Designed with the heart and soul to reflect the casual goodness that we are accustomed to, 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, served on a brioche bun. We also have a selection of turkey, chicken, fish, vegan / vegetarian burger

Our Team


Cat Cora

Cat Cora is the taste of Mesa Burger. Cat trained in France at two three-star Michelin restaurants 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 Culinary Hall of Fame. Currently Cat is the judge on ABC’s “Family Food Fight.” Cat’s life-long passion for quality food is matched only by her desire to give back to the Santa Barbara neighborhood where she resides with her wife, Nicole and their 6 sons.

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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. 


Pixie Saavedra

Pixie Saavedra is the everyday face of Mesa Burger and the contact for all things regarding the culture, structure, and operations of the restaurants. Her experience in this industry spans more than 20 years. As Regional Manager Pixie blends her experience with an incredibly strong work ethic, a very natural customer-focused approach and a wonderful, engaging personality. 

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

  • Sutherland Bookkeeping

  • Simply Marketing 360

  • Surface IT

  • M Special Brewing

  • Eco Green Supply

  • Vogue Signs

  • RG Woodwork

  • Chris Henry Photography

  • Boone Graphics

  • RE Pelletier

  • Jordanos

  • Pacific Beverage

  • 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

  • Sinaloa Surf Adventures

  • Anderson and Sons Electric

  • Kamran and Company

  • Wildflour Bakery