Santo Mezcal is the newest restaurant to open in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, debuting the latest concept from restaurateur Carlos Luna who had always wanted to open an elevated Mexican concept. The Luna family and their team have built a loyal following at their Los Agaves Restaurants on Milpas Street, De la Vina Street, in Camino Real Marketplace and in Westlake Village. Santo Mezcal features contemporary Mexican cuisine, alongside a sleek bar featuring an exotic mixology program where a mezcal and tequila collection take center stage.
At Santo Mezcal, Executive Chef Ricardo Garcia presents a modern contemporary Mexican cuisine, rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that also celebrate local and seasonal ingredients from the Santa Barbara and surrounding regions. With a focus on seafood, some signature dishes on the menu include Camarones Al Mezcal, Mexican shrimp served in a creamy mezcal sauce; Pulpo a Las Brasas, octopus marinated in a special adobo served with house-infused chile oil; Enchiladas Cabo Azul, stuffed with fresh crab; Tacos Toro, featuring Hungaro peppers stuffed with grilled shrimp and octopus in a chipotle sauce; in addition to a variety of signature ceviches. Several standouts will especially appeal to vegetarians including the Tlacoyo De Huitlacoche Y Hongos; thick corn tortilla with huitlacoche, mushrooms, cheese; and Huarache De Nopal; thick corn tortilla with nopalitos, panela, lechuga, black beans and a salsa verde.
True to its namesake, Santo Mezcal’s bar program will offer a large collection of mezcals and tequilas. Led by mixologist Sean Sepulveda, expect house-made infusions, house made fresh pressed juices from seasonal Farmer’s Market fruit and more on the menu. The beer and wine lists will be predominantly Santa Barbara County, with standouts from across the globe.
Santo Mezcal is located at 119 State Street, the former home of Nuance and Blue Tavern. For reservations call 883-3593 or follow them on Instagram at @santomezcal_sb.