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Live Oak Cafe

By: Kristyn Huang / 06 Mar 2019
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Three Years ago, Live Oak Cafe opened on the property of the Best Western Plus Encina Inn and Suites and has since been a welcomed addition to both our hotel and the community at large. A trip to Live Oak Cafe is worth going out of your way for.

Molly Holveck and Mark de la Cruz have created a restaurant that offers creative, healthy, and affordable menu options that burst with flavor and culinary excellence. A hard and fine balance to come by. Culinary influence for their menu comes from De La Cruz's Hawaiian upbringing and Holveck's experience managing veg-forward restaurants such as Natural Cafe and Sojourner. Whether you drop in for a lingering weekend brunch, a mid-week working lunch, or evening dinner date, Live Oak's menu is versatile enough for every occasion and will genuinely surprise and delight you.

Our Top Menu Recommendations


Pacific Rim Fried Rice: Elevated comfort food with quality ingredient

Live Oak Benedict: A healthier take on a classic Benedict; the perfect poached eggs.

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Green Star Coffee: Quality you can taste, the perfect addition and lift to any breakfast item.

Lunch or  Dinner

Salmon Salad: The best value on their menu and our go-to.

Kalua Pork Grain Bowl: A delightful combination of bright and savory flavors.

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For a behind the scenes look at Mark and Molly's life as restaurant owners, check out their feature in Santa Barbara's Independent.