The day before our nation celebrates its 241st birthday, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill opens in Hollister Village Plaza at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, adjacent to Smart & Final Extra. After 25 years serving guests throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, this will be the first Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill on the South Coast and the 28th location for the restaurant brand, which now has restaurants in Southern California, Oregon and Nevada, with more on the way in existing and new markets.

Westlake Village, Calif.-based Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill was founded in 1992 by Chief Executive Officer Steven Paperno. The Goleta location is locally owned and operated by franchisees Todd, Laura and Denise Schwarz and Scott Bayliss, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

“It’s no secret that Santa Barbara and Goleta’s growing foodie culture is built around a desire to enjoy food made with the best possible ingredients that deliver on taste and flavor,” said Todd Schwarz, franchise owner of the new Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Goleta. “At our new Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Goleta, the menu delivers on that promise while giving our guests an opportunity to eat in a way that suits their individual lifestyles. We can’t wait to open our doors and share the Sharky’s experience with the community.”

Founded in 1992, Sharky’s offers a diverse menu featuring Mexican-inspired items such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and nachos, as well as contemporary fare including Superfood Salads, Power Plates and an organic Roasted Veggie Bowl. The menu has been designed to appeal to varying lifestyles, accommodating vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free preferences, or for when occasions call for more indulgence. Each dish is made-to-order, using organic, non-GMO, hormone-free, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also popular are Sharky’s fresh, house-made beverages, including: red and white sangrias; seasonal lemonades such as Watermelon Basil, Pineapple Lime, and Blueberry Mint; and, infused organic teas including Hibiscus Ginger Green, Cinnamon Orange Black, and Pineapple Ginger Tropical. Sharky’s beverage menu includes a selection of wines by the glass and local craft beers on tap.

Guests can choose to dine in booths, at the dining bar with prime TV viewing, at a community table, or outside on the patio. The interior features design elements including sandblasted Douglas fir beams, Carrera marble counters, reclaimed wood, galvanized steel tables, and oversize mason jar light fixtures. Solid wood beams frame the outdoor patio that has also been designed for comfort, with a cascading water feature, overhead fans, heaters, and decorative lighting.

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  1. El Guapo says:

    YES! Love the one in Camarillo, so stoked that this one is finally going to open.

  2. sbkrista says:

    Went to a soft opening for friends and family, and I got to say, a wonderful new fresh and healthy choice for Goleta! Menu options are amazing with substitutions welcome.

  3. drbigness says:

    we did too on sun., and menu is way more organic than last visit to ventura spot in december. heaven!

  4. AJ says:

    We went yesterday for lunch and it was excellent! We both got the tofu fajita bowl, very generous portions with really well seasoned, grilled tofu. I really appreciate that a lot of their menu is organic and best of all, super friendly and attentive service!

  5. Sue says:

    We just had lunch there, so delicious. I had the Shrimp Power Plate and my husband had the Tostada Salad. Generous portions and tasty. So glad that they proudly advertise their food as organic, non-GMO, wild , sustainable, etc.-and there are so many selections. Can’t wait to go back!

  6. Cris says:

    Got the Shrimp Tacos yesterday. Food was pretty good! Service was attentive and welcoming. Looking forward to returning.

  7. rockl says:

    My family did not enjoy. Fish was way overcooked, salad dressing overpowered by cumin, and the flavorings were just off with the beans and rice. The menu looked so good but I won’t return. For fast Mexican, I will stick with Los Arroyos.

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