Food was very good, would
Food was very good, would like more lower priced wine by the glass.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ok what killed this for us as what could have been a perfect night was the food. The selection was weird and very limited. My husbands plate was this small lumpy grey piece of fish on some green lettuce leaves. I actually enjoyed my entree of crispy skin Salmon. The dessert was not so good tart was tough but the cinnamon ice cream was very good. My appetizer was an Andoulle sausage encased in a pastry and then served cold sliced on the plate . If the pastry had been better I can see where the chef was going with this dish. Unfortunately they failed in the taste was not so great. My husband had a mixed green salad - how can you mess one of those up ? So the overall food was a 6 out of 10. Service was a 10 out of 10.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
An amazing experience. Celebrating
An amazing experience. Celebrating an engagement, they brought over some complimentary champagne, were super friendly and the service was top notch. Food was delicious, cocktails were spectacular. Could not have been a better experience.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ending to a Sunday afternoon
Great ending to a Sunday afternoon at the Lobero (The Romero Concert)
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVED this restaurant!
Our lunch at Wine Cask was probably my favorite meal during our week in Santa Barbara! Our waiter was very knowledgable and made great recommendations on lunch, dessert and wine. We sat in the beautiful courtyard and just had an overall wonderful experience. Highly recommend!!!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took another couple to celebrate my wife's birthday. The service was attentive and professional. Not fawning nor condescending like many fine restaurant service is. The food was beautifully presented and cooked perfectly. The ingredients were fresh and toothsome. We look forward to returning. Not necessarily on a special occasion.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always excellent
The food is always excellent seasonal, magnificently prepared and presented. You can't go wrong with the wine, the staff is knowledgeable about the selections and pairings with the menu. The ambiance is great as the restaurant has its own courtyard and beautifully appointed interior if the weather isn't cooperating.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall the food was very
Overall the food was very good with friendly helpful staff . The main courses were large and while the meat was prepared perfectly the sides conflicted with the meat and were too complicated. The wine list was deep with well priced CA wines but few French wines to choose from. However, the wine service was excellent.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decadent Santa Barbara Experience!
The food was exceptional. Usually at high-end restaurants these days you'll get a small portion of food, but in this case the portions were spot on, with a bit to spare. My girlfriend had the seared Ahi tuna and I had the NY steak. The Ahi was perfectly seared, fresh, and accompanied with what my girlfriend said was, "the best asparagus I've ever had." My steak was perfect, medium rare, with a smooth flavorful sauce. The wine list is truly great. Normally, restaurants will push through table wines that are void of flavor for the masses, but my zinfindel was full of flavor as well as the chardonnay. The atmosphere was nicely lit with grandiose mirrors surrounding the interior. I recommend requesting a seat by the larger-than-life fireplace.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful meal and experience
We had great service and a delightful meal at the Wine Cask. Every detail was cared for. We would highly recommend it and gladly come again.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I ate here for our anniversary and had a great dinner. I told the bar manager what I like in a wine and he suggested the perfect chardonnay. We had sweetbreads and duck for starters and both were very good. My main dish of scallops was slightly over salted but not so much to ruin the dish. The bread pudding was to die for. Music was perfect. Lighting was perfect. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly.We were there for 2 hours and enjoyed every minute!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am vegetarian, my girlfriend loves fish. Both of us were absolutely satisfied with our starters, main courses and deserts. The food is amazing, the wine menu holds high quality wines. The service is also able to give good recommendations for every taste. We had a very nice evening at the Wine Cask!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better and Better
Each time return to the Wine Cask we are more impressed than the last time. The whole crew has really come together to make this one of Santa Barbara's best dining experiences.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My girlfriend took me for my birthday and they welcomed us by saying Happy Birthday I think a nice to touch would of been a complimentary dessert. They were all very aware it was my birthday as my friend mentioned it when she made the reservations.Would of been a nice final touch to the evening.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The dinner was one of the best I've had in the last year. 5 stars!!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an outstanding lunch here. The service was very attentive and included information about wine pairings that was very helpful. When we ordered the tomato soup which was excellent, our waiter realized that my wine had not been served yet, and he instead brought me a free glass of wine that went better with my soup, and then the wine I had ordered that went best with my entree was timely served next.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Santa Barbara Gem
The Wine Cask is a food and wine lover's delight. A charming bistro with an incredible wine list. I have eaten in many Santa Barbara restaurants and this has some of the best food in town!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ambiance was quiet, and unrushed. The menu had several unusual items, and few enough for the kitchen to keep everything in mind during the preparation. The food and service left nothing to be desired.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a special evening
This was a special evening with my three daughters and we had one of the most memorable dining experiences. I travel all over the United States and dine at a variety of fine restaurants but this is definitely on my top 5 list. Wonderful parings of vegetables, herbs, sauces starting from the first course to the entree. Excellent service and outdoor ambiance was perfect. Highly recommend if you're in Santa Barbara.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a delicious lunch (the calamari is fantastic) but what made the meal so memorable was the attention of the staff. Our waiter clearly knew his wine and was very solicitious without being fawning! We could have spent the entire day sipping wine and asking our waiter's opinion on the selections. For us, it was a fantastic change of pace from the lack of attention to service that we've experienced in our hometown of Los Angeles. Thanks, Wine Cask!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here is alwasys fantastic.
The food here is alwasys fantastic. The setting is beautiful, the wine list is focused on the local vinters.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delightful dinner at Wine Cask. I selected it based on its good reviews on Yelp and a recommendation by Wine Spectator. Our server was great and the food was really good. We ordered a variety of wines by the glass, and that wasn't an issue at all. The only bummer was the loud construction going on outside on the street - I'm talking jack-hammers at 7:00 pm on a Thursday night. Even our server was baffled. It stopped a little after 8:00 pm and the patio seating became a calm and lovely place to dine.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night st the opera
We had a nice (ok... Small) table. Romantic ambiance. Great local wine list. The food was, compared to all the fast food chains, excellent. Service was very kind although we think we met the whole crew during the evening. Everyone poured us the glasses. Over all probabely the best restaurant in santa barbara.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cocktail Fun at the Chef's Counter
Bartender Matt spoiled we three ladies at the Chef's Counter on Wednesday eve. It was a fairly low key night in the restaurant, but we hardly noticed since we received such excellent attention from Matt, who enthusiastically described his cocktail concoctions & checked in on us frequently. The drinks were just what we hoped for -- interesting renditions with topnotch ingredients. We ordered five items from the bar menu & all were excellent; actually, the Mission Flatbread with fig preserve, blue cheese, arugula, & aged balsamico was outrageously good. We sat at the counter for 3 hours, very comfy & had a wonderful evening. The waitress who guided our food ordering was very helpful & nice, sorry I didn't catch her name.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Osso Buco was fantastic!,
Osso Buco was fantastic!, Divers scallops were yum, however 3 scallops for 30 plus dollars... I think they could have placed 4-5 on plate. and made ample profit.
This meal was simply incredible! Eat right at 5:30 pm and you will have place to yourself! Very romantic and quiet!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Could not have asked for a better experience to image press my out of town friend. One of the very best establishments in Santa Barbara.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic Evenening !!!
I mentioned on my open table reservation that my husband and I were celebrating our 35th anniversary. Glad I did!! The maitre'd or wine steward greeted us with a glass of sparkling chardonnay that was outstanding. The staff was extremely friendly and went out of their way to be gracious. All of the appetizers and entrees were outstanding preparations of regional cuisine. We were seated one table from the fireplace, it was such a beautiful romantic dinner . If we had eaten a similar meal at a place conveniently located to us it would've been at least $50.00 more . This place is an exceptional value!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
fine wine restaurant
Wine cask is a terrific downtown restaurant that boasts both a great indoor space (maybe nicest interior in town) and a comfortable outdoor dining area. The wine list is outstanding with heavy representation of local wines. The wine director is very helpful and the service is outstanding. Wine cask also has a creative menu that is executed very well
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful lunch!
My husband and I had a delicious lunch on the outdoor patio. A chilled glass of rose, crab and corn cakes, yummy!! We will definitely go back for dinner next time.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than ever.
We've been eating at wine cask for twenty years. It's been up, it's been down, it closed, but now it's better than ever. There was a big private party on the patio so we had to eat inside, kind of a bummer. The food selections and classic interior made up for our disappointment. I would highly recommend the Duck Trio.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine Cask Excellence
A return visit after many years did not disappoint. Marvelous evening at Wine Cask.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a wonderful dining experience. Our server was knowledgeable in helping us select wine to pair with our various menu selections, offered up a special dish for the vegetarian in the group, introduced us to the pastry chef who prepared a scrumptious dessert. All of our food choices looked great and tasted even better. The atmosphere was charming. Overall, a great experience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The strip steak I had was one of the best I have ever had! My wife's vegetarian plate had some interesting items she had never had before, but did not hold a candle to my meal. I would heartily recommend this place to anyone!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food/wine, mediocre service
How utterly disappointing to have an amazing chef running the kitchen but a waitstaff that doesn't deliver. Especially when you are paying a hefty price for the experience. Our waiter was efficient, but his demeanor was rude and condescending. After 3-1/2 hours of "his greatness", he disappeared behind the curtain, never to return. There are too many other restaurants in SB with the whole package.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommended restaurants
Excellent food, nice atmosphere, prompt service, waiters knowledgeable of wine and made good recommendations.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It Was Fan-Cask-Tic
I was sent to scope this place out for an upcoming business event. Lucky me! The atmosphere is amazing, the food was not only superb, but certainly not your normal, run-of-the-mill upscale menu choices. The menu was both sophisticated & fun -- not an easy accomplishment. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgable & had a sense of humor, which I very much appreciated. A great setting for business or pleasure -- or a little of both!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here. From the moment we arrived, staff was friendly and attentive. Can't say enough about the excellent service, thank you Derrick. The menu is unique and offered so many interesting options, we wanted to try everything. The ceviche of the day was quite good, served in a small martini glass. The lamb sweetbreads were incredible and plentiful. They were served on a bed of delicious fava beans with mushrooms and sauce. The braised beef cheek was a large eight ounce portion, absolutely delicious! The duck trio also delicious, served with a flavorful leg confit, melt in your mouth pork cheek and tasty sausage and with a small, but filling, crock of white bean stew. We will definitely return!!!!!
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
As my silly screen name suggests, I travel a LOT. When my business travel affords me a chance to try a local restaurant, there is a lot on the line. I eat at great places all over the country for business entertainment and I am a bit spoiled. But, when I am out on my own dime and with my own limited time, I really want something special. The Wine Cask did not disappoint!
The food was creative, delicious, beautifully presented, and did I mention delicious?! The service was efficient, knowledgeable, but not at all stuffy. I chose to sit outside as the weather was gorgeous, so my comments on ambiance are specific to the courtyard. It was peaceful and intimate feeling. Great for a date or a small gathering of good friends.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a great choice
The Wine Cask can still boast a wonderful menu - terrific dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and fairly priced. The wine list is excellent, although it would be nice to see more moderately-priced selections. The service, while very friendly, was a bit unresponsive. We'll go back again - could have been an off night.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch in Santa Barbara
Wine Cask is our favorite restaurant for lunch in Santa Barbara. We introduced our granddaughters to a pleasant lunch with white tablecloth in the patio by the water fountain and we all enjoyed our delicious meals. We were all hungry after spending the morning in the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. The sweet potato fries are not to be missed!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious Wine Cask
Wine Cask food, service, and overall experience was great. The flavors in each dish went so well together. Excellent food.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We decided to try to the food at wine cask as we are having our rehearsal dinner here in December. First of all the staff could not be nicer. Sarah, Jenn, and Adam worked with us and made the planning so easy. They were professional, kind, and flexible with our schedules.
The ambiance is terrific with outdoor and indoor seating. Excellent lighting and conveniently located just far enough off State Street to avoid the loud noise. It was exactly what we were looking for in a spot for our rehearsal dinner.
The food did not disappoint either. Recommended dishes include the white fish, heirloom tomato salad, and bread pudding for dessert. Huge wine selection, make sure to ask for Brandon's recommendations.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been wanting to try
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for many years, but never seem to be in SB at the right time. This was an excellent evening with wonderful food, attentive staff, and great ambiance. We usually bring our wine to most restaurants but thought we would try their suggestions because we wanted to try what they had. We were not disappointed by their recommendations.
Definitely a restaurant we will be going back to again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
For good reason, the Wine Cask is a regular foodie heaven.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine Cask Rules Again
Wonderful good and atmosphere. Brought friends from out of town, and stayed two hours eating and drinking. They can't wait to come back. Chicago (where they're from) has great restaurants, and this does Santa Barbara proud.Great wine, great staff. Scallops were out of this world, as was the duck. Not my first time, and certainly not my last time.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love this restaurant ! Every time we visit SB we eat at Wine Cask for our Anniversary!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another perfect meal at Wine Cask
Wine Cask continues to serve great combinations of flavors and perfectly cooked food. Top that off with the very friendly and attentive staff and you can't go wrong when you want to enjoy a special meal.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very expensive if you drink wine...by the glass (each glass a little under 20 dollars for a very small amount) BUT delicious wine, delicious food, great service. Lovely room. Highly recommended for a splash out time.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. The restaurant
Excellent food. The restaurant got busy and the waitress' attention and service dipped a little. It was still a nice experience and I recommend the restaurant.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The title of this review says it all.:) Highly recommend this place for its delicious and elegant food, beautiful décor and ambience, friendly and welcoming greeters, and great wine list. This was our first time here so our first impression will be memorable. We picked this place to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner and the three-course was oh-so delicious. We will definitely recommend and come back again. Thanks for the magical experience.:)
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM