Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

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By edhat staff

Goleta's burger station in the Camino Real Marketplace, Kahuna Grill, has closed after 17 years in business in the popular shopping center.

With the same owners as the Natural Cafe, Kahuna Grill offered unique burger combinations, onion rings, and craft beer selection. The announcement came on Monday, February 25, as the location abruptly closed.

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"It’s been a pleasure serving this community and we want to thank everyone for their kindness and support over the years. Mahalo!" said Jean Young of the Natural Cafe in an email to edhat.

Young also stated the Kahuna assets have been sold to another local burger spot. Mesa Burger, the Meigs Road restaurant owned by celebrity chef and local Cat Cora, will remodel the Camino Real Marketplace location next month and should be open in late March or early April.

"This sale allows us to focus on operating the seven existing Natural Cafes. Now we are in the process of looking into new locations in Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo. We are looking forward to many more prosperous years!" said Young.

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pstarSR Mar 01, 2019 08:01 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

its burgers, whats not a lunch place about it? HAHA such elitism, my wife just said that statement made us think of demolition man ( movie ) where they go to Taco Bell, and Taco Bell is a fine dining restaurant in the future. thanks for the laugh

a-1561017261 Feb 28, 2019 09:53 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

The cheapest burger at Mesa Burger is $10?! Yeah, Kahuna was a little pricey too, but $10 for a basic burger is beyond ridiculous. I hope they learn quickly that we don't need an overpriced burger joint in Goleta.

a-1561017261 Feb 28, 2019 06:10 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Mesa burger is way too pricey, and has become inconsistent. Last few times I've gone there it's been underdone burger, or not fresh bun (the worst!)I'd rather go across the street to Kyle's

love my bubble Feb 27, 2019 11:32 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Sad to see Kahuna go. Gone there often over the years. We live on the Mesa and although we were really sad to see Mexican Fresh leave as we went there at least once a week, we were excited for a good burger place on the Mesa. Sadly they are way over priced and not practical for a family of four to grab a burger. Not quite what we are lookin for at those prices, I’d rather go to the Boat House. And for those in our family that want a good plain burger, it’s just crazy to pay Mesa Burger prices. So we drive over to the Habit in La Cumbre Plaza for a yummy burger and shake instead of walking to Mesa Burger (which I’d prefer if it were more reasonable). Oh well. Maybe we will hit Kyles when out in the MarketPlace, or drive down the road to Old Town Goleta Habit. We will definitely continue to enjoy Natural Cafe - great food, great prices.

a-1561017261 Feb 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Mesa Burger = high prices Competition from Costco's food court will do it in along with Lily's awesome tacos across the street & maybe even Micky' D's in the same parking lot. Just wait until Home Depot decides to fire up a grill for loss leader chow amongst the 200 they place out from in the spring & summer.

mm1970 Feb 27, 2019 10:06 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Costco is not the same. Nor is Lily's. If you are looking for a burger, anyway, you aren't going to run off for a slice at Costco. Likewise, if you feel like tacos...you can go to Lily's. I'd say the major competition will be from Kyle's Kitchen. Though I like that Mesa Burger has the gluten free bun option. And the fries are delicious.

alorsenfants Feb 27, 2019 08:58 AM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Anybody on here able to steer me to another place around here with a good green chile cheeseburger? Kahuna had a nice one. Mesa? Don't know, last time I went and ordered medium-rare, I got well-done and tasteless. Maybe stick to Harry's for the Jac N Bleu, and make green chile burgers at home...

420722 Feb 26, 2019 05:57 PM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Will miss it for sure, must have eaten there at least 50 times over the years and although I do love Mesa burger it sucks that we will have two of them and no Kahuna!

a-1561017261 Feb 26, 2019 04:07 PM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

I too liked Kahuna Burger. However, we will survive, life will go on. Mesa Burger is good too. Glad to see a local celebrity chef's restaurant doing well. I will enjoy eating there just as much as Kahuna.

a-1561017261 Feb 26, 2019 07:17 PM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Absolutely not! Kahuna was more than just Burgers for one and Mesa Burgers are more organic with weird toppings. Kahuna was much cheaper and way more deliciously grilled! Like someone else said the Mesa Burger vibe is for the Yuppies.

a-1561017261 Feb 26, 2019 07:19 PM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

Absolutely not! Kahuna was more than just Burgers for one and Mesa Burgers are more organic with weird toppings. Kahuna was much cheaper and way more deliciously grilled! Like someone else said the Mesa Burger vibe is for the Yuppies.

a-1561017261 Feb 26, 2019 03:17 PM
Kahuna Grill Closes, Makes Way for Mesa Burger

No, they are different restaurants. Mesa Verde is a vegan restaurant around the corner from Mes Burger, on Cliff Drive, between 7-11 and the gas station. Mesa Burger is on Meigs Road, though it is technically in the "Mesa Verde Shopping Center," which could be confusing.

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