Mozaic - Santa Cruz

4.3
373 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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SharonC
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Mosaic restaurant. The ambience was nice and the waiter was prompt and attentive. We ate indoors and the tables were place far enough apart that we felt comfortable. We ordered the lamb kabobs and really enjoyed them!

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RAnderson
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and it did not disappoint. We wanted to sit outside but the weather did not cooperate - the restaurant notified me in advance of the situation, and we sat comfortably and safely inside. Food was very good (we both had the falafel wraps and the cocktails delicious! I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, nice service and awesome belly dance entertainment!!

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Roger
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been year since before COVID. Food, and service still excellent.

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Chevyman
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The music was a little on the high side, the music could have been Mediterranian. It was a cool damp evening, both front door were open so it gave the restaurant a cool feeling. Not warm and inviting. I asked and they complied to close one door and turn down the volume of music. Our server was wonderful, food very good. I can teach them how to make a Greek salad though.

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Cookie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Best grilled lamb ,vegetables, & tiramisu' ever. Too noisy, but otherwise an excellent restaurant.

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DawnE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

The music was loud, fast-paced, and made me and my dining companions nervous. The service was slow. The food was just okay. The gyros are not shaved thinly from a spit, but cut in thick, unwieldy slices (and not off of a rotating spit as far as I could tell. They seem to have been baked in an oven that dried out the 3/4" slices). Everyone else's food (there were four of us) seemed dry and bland. A neighboring diner ordered some sort of fish dish, and as it passed us on the way to their table, the smell of not-so-fresh fish filled our lungs and made all of us feel ill. I'm pretty sure that fish was at least a week old, based on the overwhelming fishy, old smell. We won't be coming back.

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TerryD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This experience was generally good but there were a few things that could’ve have made it great. The music got VERY loud once the belly dancer made her entrance. My husband and I had to practically shout across a small table to hear each other. Also, our waiter was not wearing a mask which made us feel uncomfortable, especially when he had to come close to hear what we wanted to say to him regarding ordering, etc. I think every other waitstaff person had theirs on. The food was tasty and served quickly, but the above mentioned items made this a less than comfortable experience.

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MarkJ
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great … will be back!

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Ralph
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Originally requested outdoors but space was on the street, very dirty and poorly set up.
Indoors was much better. Space is nice, not great. Service was excellent. Quality of food was uneven with decent but not great flavors.
Think there are better choices in Santa Cruz for Mediterranean food.

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StephanieW
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sadly disappointing-the saganki wasn’t a big lump of Feta which I have never seen used before -so it was very salty and had not gone all gooey like it should…

The lamb shank was delicious but then the specialty coffee we ordered came in a glass mug, no cream etc and that was $12!

Felt we were a little underserved by the wait staff who were dealing with a big tsble

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Ross
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating a friend’s birthday!
Food was delicious and the belly dancer was a great entertainment…our friend enjoyed dancing with her.

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StanW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service despite limited waitstaff. Got the flaming cheese appetizer

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vipMMeadows
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional. Service exceptional. In town visiting, but if we lived here we’d be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food for a good price! The belly dancer that danced was fun

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service good.
I feel for these restaurant owners trying to get staff to work due to Covid and stimulus checks.

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AshleyA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food! Such fast service too. Can’t wait to go back!

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MichelleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Santa Cruz for a work event and decided to try this place for dinner. It didn't disappoint! The food was SO good (try the feta/burboun appetizer). And our server was top notch. When I'm back in the area I will definitely be coming back. We were incredibly pleased with this place!

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vipJaredW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quality food, nice staff, great place for pre-Ironman dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant service. Cocktails were good concepts but did rise above your typical grill sort of drinks, very sweet, etc.

The Gyro was quite well prepared. However the Moussaka lacked some flair. I think tightening up some recipes would
Really elevate this restaurant.

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vipOBBRIAN
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all around! Make sure you order mezza platter

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triciam
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service, underwhelming atmosphere and food.

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Jtnovmom
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The chicken kebab was not cooked this had to be sent back. They did accommodate with a free drink.

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LeahS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great
Alicia Salad
Chicken Souvlaki
Grilled Salmon
Combination App platter
Everything was top notch and primo

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vipnone
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

They do not know how to make Saganaki, used feta cheese, it was terrible!! Should be kasseri.

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vipBillandSherry
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. Lamb kebabs were excellent! Service was very friendly and attentive. The only drawback is that one must navigate past a good number of homeless on Pacific Avenue if walking.

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DellE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful day to sit outside with fantastic attentive service and great food.

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SpecialK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food exceeded our expectations and our family wanted to return the next day-except we were headed out of town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service Good food

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vipErinB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The artichoke wasn’t cooked enough so that we could scrape it like is supposed to be done, maybe steam it for a little first next time? Also, all our meat dishes were over done. The gyros meat was not made in house, which I was really hoping for from an authentic Mediterranean restaurant.
The food was OK, but wasn’t the best. And the cocktails were awesome. Definitely visit if you want appetizers and cocktails, but entrees weren’t the shining star of the visit.

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Alberto
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These folks are incredible! The customer service is too notch and the food is amazing! We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and everyone in the whole place sang happy birthday! I’ll be coming and recommending all my friends! Thank you to the Mozaic team!

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CAHarriet
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and then seated immediately by a friendly waitress. We were offered delicious bread and pesto spread while we decided what to order. We decided on the Mezza platter of assorted appetizers and the shrimp kebab entree to share. Each of the items was unique and perfectly prepared, and delicious.
I would definitely eat here again. And recommend Mosaic highly.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I had been a patron prior to Covid.
Upon returning Vege platter was awful. Thank you for making it for me, but so inferior to prior days.
Waitress brought out meal when not asked for (friends hasn’t arrived to dine with) though she took it back to kitchen, was obviously cold and just not good food.
We had asked about it not being on the menu and she shared they would make it for us.
A misunderstanding I know but then a Coca Cola is brought out for me ( not ordered) friend had ordered it for himself which was brought out and we were merely chatting about my drinking diet and he drinking regular!??Bummed as my boyfriend and I ordered the same and both disappointed hugely. Won’t be returning.

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vipLawrenceB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager, Jay, was extremely helpful. The reservation is at 8:30 by mistake and the restaurant started closing down. Jay Who is gracious and courteous and restarted the grills for us. The food was fantastic and some of the best Middle Eastern/Greek food I’ve ever eaten. Would definitely recommend it is a must see restaurant for anybody in Santa Cruz.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, great service

JG
vipJenniferG
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Poor service …. Very good food. Server had a really bad attitude , should have comped item that came out really late because she forgot to bring it. Restaurant was not that busy. Another server even apologized when he walked by, and suggested the item be removed from bill. I didn’t insist on the comp , but server missed out on a chance for a great tip as I do tend to tip generously …. not this time.

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MaryK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dinner, nice service. good wine.That's all I have to say

KB
vipKakiB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

There service was terrific. The fried calamari was great and I enjoyed the octopus and greek salad. The chicken souvlaki was dry and the seafood paella most of the shell fish (mussels and clams) were either not fresh or did not open during cooking. The bathrooms were also extremely dirty but the staff was responsive in saying that they would handle it. Unfortunately I don't think I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!!

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TwofromSantaCruz
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people, family friendly food for everyone.
We love the Mediterranean food and atmosphere but the also have spaghetti for a picky eater :-)

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

Mozaic - Santa Cruz is rated 4.3 stars by 373 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.