Service was prompt and friendly. Pleasant decor inside, and the outside patio was great for people watching. Tasty food!!
Fantastic food & service. I took my mom there for Mother's Day and everything was wonderful!
Sadly they ruined our last night in Santa Barbara. Brought the wrong drink then took 15 minutes to replace. Forgot our apps all together. Then to fix the mishaps, the manager offered a special unique desert. 20 minutes later we were presented with greasy churos.
Greated by floor manager Ryan. Great server Andrew. All of the staff was very friendly and quick to accommodate
This is easily the best Mexican food in town, especially for vegetarians. This is fine dining, so more expensive than people are used to paying for Mexican food, but you get what you pay for. We love the fact that our meals had generous amounts of seasonal vegetables, perfectly cooked, and skillfully seasoned. The chef at this place is definitely talented - creative and imaginative - and understands how to assemble a top notch meal.
They have a new ordering system and when it was all too apparent that our food was not coming the waiter told us that the order was in and would be coming soon. Roughly 20 minutes later it still hadn't come. The manager was very generous in comping us for the mixup so I may try this place again. What bothered me was that I knew something was going wrong, yet we were told everything was set.
Good restaurant, food is very good, stay away from the guacamole.
Food was good, but service was slow to the point that we almost walked out twice. A full 1/2 hour elapsed before any food of any kind showed up on the table (an appetizer), then after the appetizer was cleared off the table, another full 1/2 hour elapsed before our entrée arrived. Seemed weird to have a restaurant with lots of people with no food of any kind on the table. Folks just twiddling their thumbs, checking their watch, texting to kill time. We will not be back.
We sat outside in the well protected patio area. The only problem was that I was sitting and sweating right next to the heater. Our server was super friendly but constantly forgot things. I was super excited to try the cauliflower tortillas but there was something in them that really upset my stomach. Ask what's in them before ordering.
The dining experience with the waiter was very poor. It took 15 minutes to get a drink order, we ordered tea and requested sweetener. He said he would return with the sweetener momentarily. He didn't bring sweetener for another 30 minutes after ice had completely melted.
The waiter was more interested in hitting on girls then actually taking care of his tables. We sat on the patio, with a few other people he was waiting on all dissatisfied with the service.
I would not recommend this place to anyone nor will be back to this restaurant. The price was absurd, the portions were overly small, and the food was not all that great.
I hope that you can take this as fair warning do not expect to receive a warm welcome and prompt service and a low customer demand timeframe.
This was not our first trip to Viva Modern Mexican, but was a bit of a disappointment. We ordered the homemade guacamole with chips as a starter. The first batch of chips was bottom of the bowl crumbs mostly and the second batch when we ask for a replenishment was burnt tasting. One of the entrees ordered, the chicken fajitas was also overdone. The noise level was much louder than I remembered, almost impossible for a quiet conversation. It was not an enjoyable night out and I'm not sure I would return.
It was our second time here. The service is good and the location and interior is great, but the food is a C+/B- at best. You won't be disappointed by it but you won't be knocked out of your seat by it.
Our new first choice in a Santa Barbara for Mexican food!
I love the location and the outdoor seating but the food was a disappointment. I liked the restaurant that was there before , Cielito, so I hoped Viva would be the same or better. Unfortunately, I don't think I will be going back because of the food. Service was good.
We ordered an appetizer which the waiter forgot. we received our meals, they were cold. sent them back, received new meals which were also cold. waiters waste time running up and down the stairs....terrible lay out for dining.
Good food, well prepared and everything ordered arrived together nothing forgotten. Thank you
This used to be Cielito, which had wonderful, subtle, inventive tapas-like fusion food. This new place is nothing like that, and verz disappointing. Apart from the ceviche, which is good, and a few good (but not execptional) small tacos, It is standard Californian Mexican.
The location is really great. Our reserved table was already waiting for us and just had to be cleaned. The indoor as well as the outdoor areas are really nice and authentic. Despite the cold outside temperatures the installed heating devices allowed for comfortable sitting and dining.
However the tables and also the arrangement of the seating was poor. There was no decoration on the tables not even a simple candle light. At least the table clothes were clean and are exchanged frequently.
It took us a while to get the attention of the waiter. Although we did not want to get water served, we were provided with water. Despite the last rain we still want to follow the water wise rules which are still valid.
The selection of food from the menu is great and real modern Mexican. We decided for Tacos and Fajitas. After 45 min the food was served, although the restaurant was not really busy.
We were not asked for the cooking degree of the beef. Luckily the beef was almost at the degree, which we liked. A little bit on the raw side. The beef was good quality, the spices and the sizzling pan great. The accompanying salsas: ridiculous. There seem to be a drought on Guacamole. But we were given an additional serving upon request.
The Baja Tacos were also good and fresh. However served already cold. The beans were tasteless. The rice however great.
The overall experience was really disappointing. A great location, but the restaurant is not really to recommend. More effort in the kitchen, at serving and some nicely set up tables would be really beneficial.
I hate to lv critical reviews but we went here on. A Thursday nite and tho there were a couple large parties, the service was completely disjointed and poor. After ordering we waited more than 10 minutes for our drinks and actually had to ask a second time. Then we ordered fajitas and servers brought the fixings after a long wait but not the fajitas.
Too bad. Good food and a good location but what's the problem with the service??