Mozaic - Santa Cruz

4.8
319 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
We named our restaurant Mozaic because we wanted to capture the diversity of flavors and culmination of authentic Mediterranean dishes that we offer. We bring together the best of Mediterranean recipes from Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Sicily, emphasizing Middle Eastern influence.

Our menu is hand-crafted after years of experience in the restaurant business knowing what people like. We make every dish completely authentic, utilizing 100 years old techniques that have been passed down through generations to bring you incredible flavor. COME AND TASTE THE DIFFERENCE We seek only the best, local ingredients. We use high-quality meats, like our Australian lamb tenderloin and select only sustainable seafood. Our lavash comes from an authentic Persian bakery.

Everyone wants family. Mozaic is a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone can feel at home. Come enjoy our incredible and lush atmosphere.
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karinab
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and an absolutely great staff! Our waitress was so nice and instantly asked how she can make our experience as great as it can be! Even the busboy was so nice and wanted to help us in any way he needed. The food is absolutely incredible and I’m always craving it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place has authentic food and every thing we tried was awesome and delicious. We had Chicken Slouvaki, Lamb shank, meze plate for 2 and Mozaic Burger. It will be our go to place when we are in the area

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NaderH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere, best lebanese authentic food I have had.

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DeeG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat, drink, and celebrate! Looking forward to Our next visit! Amazing people, food, and service!👏🏽

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CindyR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foo was delicious! The service was wonderful! Nice social distancing was available, which made us feel relaxed & comfortable!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner very friendly. Food was great. Fresh salad and tasty lamb kabob!

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Brent
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! We have been dining at Mosaic for several years now and have always had an excellent experience. The owner, Jay, takes service seriously and made sure that we were completely satisfied with the food and service. During our conversation with him, he even offered a free dessert which was great as well. They are doing a great job despite COVID restrictions limiting dining to outdoors.

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Trace
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, bursting with the flavors indicative of daily Middle Eastern cuisine. The staff is engaged and enthusiastic, always seeking ways to ensure a pleasurable dining experience. Well done!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Socially distancing with outdoor dining. Relaxing and comfortable along with large personal table heaters. Friendly & punctual service!! Excellent cocktails!!

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vipHanito
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a neighborhood gem. The food is great, drinks outstanding and the staff is off the charts. The community should pull together to make sure they survive the remaining difficult days ahead.

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vipPeggy
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mozaic has plenty of space to accommodate covid indoor restriction.
Great bartender, fun server, excellent food.
Large portions, great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Shrimp and crab ravioli was devine. Recommended place in downtown Santa Cruz

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CarrieZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration. Food was delicious!!!
Pistachio Dessert “Decadent”
Staff was awesome!!!!
We will definitely return.

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Roger
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my Birthday. Our meal service were outstanding. We started with the flaming cheese (so much fun) excellent with Uncle David Rye IP A, then then shared a Greek Salad. I had a delicious Lamb shank and my wife had the Chicken and Aregula pasta. Finishing with the Fudge cake simply awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there super early and they were super accommodating. Food was delicious. We ordered the meze platter to share and then got the gyros and chicken kebabs. Delicious... Ambiance was great and we can't wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The lamb shank and gyro were great. The calamari was mostly batter, so it was a bit disappointed; however, I would go back again. Overall it was a good experience.

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vipkaboolie
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The good food, the pretty setting, the surprise belly dancer made it quite an event! There are so many items on the menu there will be something for everyone in your party and it's a party there! Don't expect an intimate quiet dinner here as the high ceilings mean a high noise level. There are several sections that break up the restaurant so you can feel you are not overwhelmed. Grab some friends and go.

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vipBruce
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mozaic is always one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. Alicia, our server, is the best in Santa Cruz.

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vipNick
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Everything is dated and complacent here. The tile floors are oily, slightly slippery, as soon as we enter the restaurant at 5:30pm when there's hardly any body here, you smell the stench of the old dirty carpet, really sets a bad first impression. The food is tasty although the paella has a good dose of MSG because I was so thirsty after a few bites already and for hours after. The service is good and attentive. Husband's chicken is very very well done and dry. Overall our experience is fine but I won't come back again. They really need to upgrade floor coverings at a minimum.

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vipLisaF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always great! I love their creative cocktails. Location is good for checking out downtown before or after dinner. Great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grill octopus is like going to heaven

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vipCathyP
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always yummy food and great service and prices . Noisy on a Friday night but that’s to be expected?

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SantaCruzVeg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends for New Years Eve dinner -- excellent food + service, but quite noisy!
Several vegetarian/vegan options, including the hummus and veggie shish kebab which were very good.

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IvanaV
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Santa Cruz, and opted to go to Mozaic because of Mediterranean cuisine. It was three of us adults and a 6 year old. We couldn’t choose better. The food was excellent - the only issue was how to make our minds up what to order, so many delicious choices. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The ambient was 100% adequate (coming from someone who has just visited Lebanon recently) and atmosphere was great. They even had real Turkish/Greek/Lebanese coffee, however one prefer to call it. We have already recommended Mozaic to our friends and will be back ourselves for sure!

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AlexandraR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a delicious lunch with warm and friendly service from Mike. I had the Mozaic salad: arugula, beets, oranges and almonds, with a skewer of jumbo prawns which were seasoned and very tasty. To drink, I tried the Mozaic (?), which to my mind was like a prosecco-based mojito. Next time I’m in Santa Cruz I’d love to have dinner there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from everyone for our larger group
(8 people), and food was outstanding.

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vipDianeB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We like Mozaic - the lamb is great. But it is very noisy.

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vipybrob24
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Nothing special. The paella was overcooked and the fish was very fishy. I would avoid. The moussaka was solid, as was the hummus and pita. But very little for vegetarians.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place. So wasy ro fome off hours for aquiwt visit. Greek salad with salmon was a atar for me and always rhe Tzatziki and pita.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was excellent! Ordered some appetizers which came quickly but the entrees took a bit more time. Overall a good experience and would definitely go back!

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ConnieF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent drink and food. A little scattered on the welcoming and serving, but no delays in service. A tad noisy, but doable for conversation between 2 people. Definitely recommend this place.

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vipchakavak
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I was told 2 times that bread and pesto will come shortly, however it came with my food; after I waited. I asked the waiter to take the br ad and pesto as not to be waisted as I was going it eat my food. Then my order which was a rare medium kabab came as burnt well done.
When he came back to ask how was everything and I told him about the meat being burnt and well done but I am late and have to go, he took the small plate where I was resting my knife, so I had to to eat with a fork and nothing to help the food to get to my fork. Now I had a bottle of peligrino and a glass of Gin, so it could not have been because I ordered a salad only meal.

I left paying $34, no tip, and hungry

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the hummus, flaming cheese and grilled vegetable salad! The dirty martini was great too! Others at the table had lamb shank and lamb kabob. They said what they had was the best they have experienced anywhere. Great ambience and service, too!

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Lizz
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Every time we visit Santa Cruz, we always visit this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly considerate staff and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was quite good- the noise level was a bit uncomfortable, particularly the music- it made it hard to have a conversation across the table. Toward the end of our meal, the waiter became scarce, probably from the busyness of the evening. I’ll definitely return, though, particularly for the flaming cheese!

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vipkymore
Central Coast
86 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food is marginal. Ravioli seemed previously frozen. Food lacked flavor, especially the soup. Chicken dry and octopus rubbery. Our guest loved the bar.

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goodie
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambience was fine, and the service was very attentive and friendly. We started with appetizers and enjoyed the warm dolmas with sauce; the bread and pesto were also very good. The shrimp skewer was fine. However the grilled salmon was lacking in flavor, had no sauce and was a little dry. The accompanying rice pilaf was uninteresting - the greens were the best item on the plate. We also found the chicken souvlaki to be mediocre.

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janN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

the food was good, the plates were not really pretty. The ambiance was fun, bar was great, service is great but the bellydancing killed it for me.

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KyleP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the chicken wrap sandwhich, large mezza platter and gyro plate. We will definitely come back again. The babaganoush seemed to have an artificial smoke flavor rather then the natural smoke flavor you attain from grilling the eggplant. It was too heavy in smoke flavor for our liking and more then we are accustomed to at other restaurants or how we make it at home. Overall great experience.

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Mozaic - Santa Cruz does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Mozaic - Santa Cruz is rated 4.8 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.