Mosto

3.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
Opened October 27th 2017 Mosto is a new addition to the Santa Barbara food and wine industry.
At Mosto we serve a variety of small plates, home-made pastas, and other Italian dishes like local fish and roasted Porchetta inspired by Chef Tiziano Fioretti. We offer a wide selection of local and imported wines, sangria, selection of beers and ciders.
Our business is made up of two of us - a general manager and an executive chef. We work together to strive to create an atmosphere that we hope resembles our home!
What 47 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
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3.7
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3.6
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant has closed and you should remove from your site.

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MVKelly
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Ths restaurant is closed.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We decided to book a nice reservation for Valentine’s Day at Mosto as we’d done some research on the Santa Barbara food scene. We were so excited all day long for our evening.

When we walked up to Mosto, we noticed it was really dark but people standing outside. Then we quickly noticed the restaurant was closed. Other couples were outside, also disappointed in finding their Valentine’s Day dinner was ruined. We then had to make a quick decision on where else to eat - very few other options.

Dinner was just ok.

Really upset that either Mosto didn’t update their availability or Open Table didn’t remove from the options.

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KeithC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Want open even though we did an OpenTable reservation. Was Valentine’s Day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed with no notice.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Opentable, your company should know this. We showed up for our reservation and the lights were dark and they had a sign that said, "Closed. Apologies," on Valentine's Day, when our reservations were confirmed that by Opentable, "Mosto knows your coming." WTH. First, we hope that everyone is ok. Second, if they are, the restaurant had the responsibility of letting everyone with a reservation know they had to close. They are not professional. Shame.

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AntoniP
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked reservation for Valentine’s Day at Mosto. When we arrive we noticed the place was closed. So we had to call around to find another place to dine. Wished we were informed that they were closed.

Open Table please remove them from your options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This isn’t an Italian restaurant like open table lists it as it’s a tapas restaurant. Their food is decent but $34 for a very over cooked filet mignon with zero sides isn’t worth it. I understand the dish but why use a filet mignon when you have to cook it medium (the waitresses words). 3 of us spent $166 then went to inn and out afterwards to actually eat. Santa Barbara has too many tapas places the trend is over played and this place isn’t going to make it. Nice people.. The margins must be huge with tapas restaurants... Tiny portions and huge price tags no thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! So cool! Cooked out of a tiny kitchen in the front where you could see!!!!

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foodlover
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really nice to have a menu this heavy on the vegetarian side, even though I am an omnivore, it's easier to share dishes.

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Pietro1455
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Awful, awful “service” by the waitress. We had made reservations earlier in the day through Open Table and the place was empty. Waitress insisted we sit in the back next to the restroom door as a “large” group wanted the front of the restaurant for their Happy Hour. Once they arrived, she was nowhere too be seen. Had to go to the counter twice for wine, once for the check. Very noisy place until I opened the front door to let sound escape.
Asked if Risotto (which was on the menu) was ever going to return to it and she stated that due to the high cost of electricity and how long it takes to cook the risotto (presumably on electric stove) it is no longer offered. Overall, the food was good, service very poor.

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vipTaste
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small bistro with limited but good menu with some vegan options. Only concern is portions as they are on the small side.

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vipDakini2
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant, intimate and innovative when it comes to cuisine and drinks. Plenty of vegetarian fare and one of my favorite small places to take friends to enjoy! Nice people who work and serve. A little Santa Barbara Secret you will be pleasantly surprised to discover!

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vipCoop1571
London
32 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience1

I was only one in restaurant which made experience feel quite awkward

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good food. Amazingly flavorful produce and delicious cheeses, bread, and meats make for excellent tapas. The drink menu is wine/beer/sangria, and spritzers range from very good (the red sangria) to meh (the white sangria with rosemary).

I would highly recommend the Brie and the beet salad. The figs are also A+

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CristyP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My daughters and I went to Mosto Crudo for appetizers and drinks. It was really fun! The atmosphere was vibrant and the service authentic and fun. The food was great as well. I will definitely go again!

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JeanP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cute "find" in Santa Barbara. Love their salads. I fear if I am too effusive then it will be discovered by too many and will not longer be a great place to drop in.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small but unique restaurant, in downtown Santa Barbara, with a really different menu. Fun dishes, many for vegetarians. Cheese plate suggested as appetizer, so we ordered. It was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing small plates. Great wine selection. Get off State Street and try something different.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a small restaurant with nice ambiance! The wine is also really good. The manager is really kind. Would definitely recommend going there :)

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DeeN
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Our service was very slow. The employees were nice. The food and drinks were good. I believe they needed more staff.

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vipmarkAtlantaGA
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find!

Comfortable, interesting and delicious food — very light and flavors - too often we have found tapas in atlanta to be over sauced

We were visiting SB; if we lived here this would be a regular!!

JC
vipJosephC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute, arts oriented small place; menu a bit limited for tapas, but food tasty and well prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little getaway place. Short on tables but fun to go to. Service was excellent and the food was very good with some great dishes and some that were unusual but tasty. Definitely worth the visit. Prices were very fair.

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food! But pricey for what it is (mostly bread, though very GOOD bread). It was open mic night when we went, so very loud, prob not usually as loud I’d guess. Great staff, fun atmosphere, tasty tapas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

After reading the reviews, I thought this was a good restaurant to try. Unfortunately it's not a restaurant! It's a bar trying to serve some snacks and charge a lot of money. No food was actually prepared in a kitchen. The food was prepared at one end of the bar. Everything we ordered was mainly of cold cuts of dried meats and cheeses. There is nothing served hot! One of our guest ordered Augie tuna Was not fresh, it smelled and tasted fishy. This place was a disappointment for me and all my guest.

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful little place slightly off the Main Street in SB. Fabulous, fresh food, all hand put together. We really enjoyed ourselves. They are very accommodating to food differences.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, sangria so, so. It’s a little pricey

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ROMAN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small place, with small plates filled with creativity, passion for good food and commitment to making time fly and feel like a mini-vacation to southwest Europe.

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vipCarolynP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and charming, with a great happy hour menu, great wine and great service. Highly recommend.

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vipfrequentdiner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it

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DJPJr
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's the attention to detail, presentation, and unique flavor combinations that make MC an ideal spot to impress a date or a mate.

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HeatherT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Food was great, great atmosphere but the service was horrible. Worst service I’ve ever had. Took an hour to place our order..... almost 3 hours to get all our food and then told they didn’t have something we ordered 2 hours ago.... mixed up the bill charged us for food we didn’t order. Too bad it’s a cute place and once we got our food it was very good.

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vipvino
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New favorite in SB. Scott was fantastic and the food is fresh, interesting and perfect proportions.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a wonderful and delicious meal. We tried six different dishes, all beautiful presented, great flavor and perfectly prepared.

The ambience was average, but not horrible. The lighting was too bright and eventually adjusted. The life music complemented the meal and was not too loud to have a conversation.

Th staff was genuine and attentive. Would recommend Mosto Crudo for the culinary experience.

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DeniseB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A waiter at another restaurant recommended this place as one of his favorites. It's a tapas place, mostly cold dishes. We sampled several dishes and they were all delicious. There is live music on Saturday evening. I'll go back again!

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viplive2eat
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

While the food is tasty, the diversity of this restaurant's offering of tapas is not there. Most of the items are served on bread crostini style. If you want to have an actual meal with more substantial servings, this is not the place. I understand that it is a tapas restaurant, but I expect that there'd be more selections that do not involve bread.

Mosto
Responded on November 8, 2018

We appreciate that you liked the food, but we wanted to point out that our menu offers a variety of food that don't involve bread. All of our Crudo (raw fish) is not served on bread, all of From The Market section which includes all of our vegetarian options is not served on bread. The cheese and meats are served with side of toasted bread. The items that we serve on bread is our Bocadillo and Crostini selection. We hope you will come back to try all these options, I'm sure they wont disappoint

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JamesM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Boston we wanted a tapas style dinner to pair with a variety of local wines and this is what we got and much more. Tiziano was a great host and made excellent suggestions for us on what to select and in which order. The wines he chose were all delicious and the food was fabulous. With excellent Spanish and Italian meats and cheeses paired together with only fresh local herbs, fruits and vegetables it was the perfect way to showcase CA’s amazing ingredients. Everything was truly top quality here, don’t hesitate, just go.

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vipcedinesout
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon Mosto Crudo on Open Table when trying to figure out a last minute dinner spot on Saturday. I can't believe I have never been before, it was amazing! We tried things from all areas of the menu. The Crudo was very fresh and flavorful and the Charcuterie choices we made were wonderful. We can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu!

FAQs

Mosto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 689-5679.

Mosto is rated 3.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.