Santo Mezcal: Santa Barbara Restaurant Spotlight

It’s no secret that Santa Barbara has some pretty incredible restaurants. Santo Mezcal Santa Barbara is one of our favorites in the SB area! So sit back, relax, and see why Santo Mezcal is our latest restaurant spotlight. But be warned: this will make you hungry!

About Santo Mezcal Santa Barbara

Santo Mezcal is a contemporary Mexican restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. This restaurant features an incredible menu based on contemporary Mexican cuisine. Restauranteur Carlos Luna created this concept, which combines the tradition, history, and flavors of Mexico with the modern Santa Barbara cuisine. Head chef Ricardo Garcia expertly crafted a menu that’s rooted in traditional Mexican dishes but explores the seasonal and local ingredients and flavors of Santa Barbara.

The Menu

We know what you really care about: the food! Here are a few of our favorite menu options:

  • Hongos al Guajillo
    • Shiitake mushrooms sautéed with chile Guajillo and garlic
  • Ceviche de Mariscos
    • Octopus, shrimp, and scallops served with red onion, cucumber, salsa macha, nuts, cilantro, and Fresno pepper
  • Ensalada Mezcal
    • Spring mix, mango, mandarin oranges, cranberries, cherry tomatoes, cheese, avocado, and balsamic dressing
  • Filete Costeno
    • Rib-eye steak with a cheese-stuffed pasilla pepper and one crab enchilada. Served with beans, grilled onions and nopal, and yellow peppers
  • Tacos salmon
    • Two salmon tacos topped with grilled pineapple and chipotle sauce
  • Tacos de atun
    • Two ahi tuna tacos topped with cabbage, avocado aioli, sweet sauce and chipotle sauce
  • Enchiladas verdes
    • Two chicken or beef enchiladas, melted cheese, green sauce, sour cream and queso fresco
  • Enchiladas cabo azul
    • Two shrimp, fish, and melted cheese enchiladas topped with a creamy chipotle sauce

You can explore the rest of the menu here

Enchiladas cabo azul served with ensalada mezcal

The Drinks

If you enjoy your meal with a nice beverage, Santo Mezcal Santa Barbara can make that happen. Their drink menu, which you can see here, has many enticing offerings. These are a few standouts:

  • La Flor Ahumada
    • Mezcal, honey-lavendar syrup, lemon, lavender bud
  • La Paloma Clásica
    • Choice of mezcal or tequila, grapefruit, pinches of salt, jarritos grapefruit, salt, grapefruit slice
  • Luna de la Mora
    • Choice of vanilla-infused tequila or vanilla vodka, café de mure cordiál de la casa, lemón, mint, espresso grinds
  • Santo Margarita
    • Choice of mezcal or tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, lime wheel
  • La Fresa Margarita
    • Choice of fresno mezcal or tequila, pressed strawberries, agave nectar, lime, strawberry
  • Margarita Jamaica
    • Choice of fresno mezcal or tequila, spiced hibiscus syrup, lime, hibiscus flowers
A delicious margarita at Santo Mezcal!


Santo Mezcal Santa Barbara is located at

119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Sunday – Wednesday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

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