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Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa Barbara

Wine Cask - Santa Barbara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.winecask.com
  • Phone: (805) 966-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2pm, Saturdays noon - 4pm

    Intermezzo Bar • Café: Monday-Friday 4:00pm to close, Saturdays 12pm-11pm, Closed on Sundays (walk-in basis only)

    Tasting Room: Daily noon to 6pm

    Restaurant: Tuesday - Sunday 5:30pm to 9pm or close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Hughes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Wine Cask offers several areas to host your event. There is no fee to enjoy the exclusive use of the restaurant, instead there is a food and beverage minimum expenditure (varies by room and date.)

    A credit card hold is required. This deposit is non-refundable unless the reservation is cancelled at least 30 days prior to the date reserved.

    A service charge of 20% and CA tax of 8% are additional.

    The Special Event Menu is a streamlined version of our dinner menu; designed to provide a restaurant-quality experience. Guests do not have to “pre-order” their meal, instead they are presented with a personalized menu from which to choose. Please understand dishes and ingredients may change.

    Vegetarian requests are welcome and certain substitutions are available with prior notice.

    We have an award winning extensive wine list. Outside wine is not permitted for groups over ten.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Brodt (805) 966-9463
  • Special Events & Promotions: All groups are welcome at Wine Cask. You will have an intimate experience. We offer warm, inviting service featuring sophisticated yet familar cuisine. We offer indoor and outdoor seating, with various options for private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canon Perdido
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking (free) OR several nearby Santa Barbara Parking Structures ($1.50/hr after first 75 minutes) OR adjoining Valet Parking Lot (NOT complimentary)
A word from Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
The Wine Cask Restaurant, Intermezzo Bar Cafe, Private Dining, and MWC Tasting Room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Heirloom tomato salad was fresh and tasty with interesting flavors and beautiful plating. Pork osso bucco was succulent, flavorful, and as tender as it should be. Waiter attentive, pleasant, and service timely."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The hostess, atmosphere, location and food were all great! The sommelier who, for the most part was our server, also, was charming and most helpful in every way."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I hadn't been to The Wine Cask in about 10 years because my last experience there had been so negative. I decided to try it again as I had heard good things from a friend. I was very impressed with the ambiance upon arrival. The waiter was very professional and knew his menu well. While the wine list was impressive, the prices were way out of line. On average, the prices were 10-20% higher for the same wine compared to other Santa Barbara restaurants. We got off to a good start as the appetizers were excellent. The entres, however, were mediocre. I had duck with pork cheek and sausage. The duck was greasy and the pork cheek was overlooked. My wife had scallops, which were fine, but overpriced. Overall, ok but not worth the price."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is our favorite upscale restaurant in Santa Barbara. Tonight we started with a special Abalone appetizer... Small portion but very good. My husband ordered the Lamb Trio - a couple of small chops, lamb sausage and lamb cheeks which he rated as excellent. It was hard not ordering the Duck Trio which I love but I wasn't overly hungry so tried the Crispy Skin Cod. The cod was served over black eyed peas with crispy chorizo.... also very good. Our waiter, Dan, who's also a sommelier, defiitely know his wines and we were very pleased with his recommendation. The level of service exceeded expectations. Cudos to Dan who made our evening even more special."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "who can find fault with a restaurant boasting some of the most sincere, welcoming, effective staff, a menu boasting a few unusual winners along with more common yet excellent offerings, a beautiful room, and a GREAT wine list. Brandon, the manager/sommelier is spot on in recommending excellent wines. Had a terrific cassoulet---something not on everyone's menu and something that's a bit much to take on at home."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "our waiter really understood our group and treated us perfectly, including he wine recommendations."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, the Wine Cask does not disappoint. The food, wonderful and beautifully presented, the service very attentive but not in your face, the wine list... amazing. We will be returning here soon as we have been doing for years."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was the second of four great restaurants we enjoyed in Santa Barbara. The Spanish style courtyard is gorgeous. There were large vines, plants, and a fountain which added a peaceful ambiance as we dined. For the most part, the food was incredible. We started with the heirloom tomato salad with burrata which was fantastic, and the mixed greens with pistachios and nectarines which had potential, but suffered from the lack of nectarines. The pieces I saw were smaller than my pinky nail. Unfortunate. We had the scallops and crispy cod for entrees. Scallops were a hit. Cod was a bit fishy, perhaps because it was skin on. The bread pudding with salted caramel and cookie pie were BOTH delicious!! Definitely a great spot for foodies."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I took my Dad here recently for his birthday. Brandon Bidwell helped us with the wines- he was excellent. Ask for him, he'll take care of you, if you are a novice or more of a connoisseur..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I had always wanted to dine at the Wine Cask and finally got the chance during a girl's week in Santa Barbara - it did not disappoint! Care was taken with the wine that we brought, menu items were discussed fully so that we could understand each dish, a wine-by-the-glass pairing was suggested for our white wine drinking friend and she was bowled over...I could go on and on, but suffice to say that we had the best time. I would recommend Wine Cask to anyone wanting a wonderful meal served in a professional and exceedingly friendly and kind manner. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were looking for somewhere for dinner that had a nice ambiance and great food. Wine Cask more than exceeded our expectations. Already familiar with Bouchon, we were delighted to find this sister restaurant in town. The wine list is extensive, the service was true white linen table cloth with a five star experience and the restaurant is beautiful. This is an intimate hip spot that is great for a romantic dinner, business meeting or family gathering. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always bring visitors to Wine Cask when in Santa Barbara. It has a unique feel and the wine list is great. It never fails to wow our guests."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal at the Wine Cask. Food was visually appealing and well executed. Fish was cooked to perfection. We did not have a dish that knocked our socks off, so maybe I am being too harsh on this review as everything else about the evening was excellent."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by Bouchon;(a sister restaurant); the al fresco dining was delightful but the food left something to be desired; definitely not the place to go if you are hungry unless you want a burger; the salads are scant and nothing special and the variety was nothing out of the ordinary."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were celebrating his birthday and decided to eat here, we are from the bay area and were just visiting the SB region. The food was excellent, we shared an appetizer, entree and dessert. The lobster fettucini was delicious but the scallops were even better. We then shared the butterscotch pudding, home made and absolutely to die for! We are both foodies and enjoy trying new places and new dishes, highly recommend this place for a romantic or special dinner."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday lunch. The food was outstanding! Definitely got for foodies. I had the white fish. The plate was an explosion of flavors and colors."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food was ok, nothing special. Service was also just ok. We ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter came by only once to refill our glasses. We also told the waiter we were going to share all of our food and the waiter did not provide us with any plates when the food came out. So we had to improvise and use our bread plate. Wait staff also spilled water all over my hand and menu when refilling my water."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "One of Santa Barbara's best restaurants. If you like food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere (no dress-up required), then this is the place."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was surprised how good it was. The pork chop was amazing. Flavorful, just outstanding. My partner's Ahi was equally outstanding. Wine list to die for, almost overwhelming. Definitely worth it. One of the best in Santa Barbara, bravo."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Everything was very nice... beautiful restaurant, great service, and delicious food. Do not skip dessert!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Wine Cask for lunch with family. While the food was o.k., the service was excellent and the outdoor dining was beautiful. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My dining experience at the Wine Cask was certainly one to remember. Living in Santa Barbara my whole life, I had always heard great things about this place, and well one day I decided to see what a the talk was about. I was not disappointed. The food was exceptional as well as the ambiance. I will certainly be coming back for more!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We have always considered this one of the best restaurants in S Barbara. Four of us ate there this last Friday night and all of the meals were off. The scallops were over salted, the pepper steak was Ok but not great. My Duck dish was a total failure. The duck sausage was over cooked and dry, the bean cassoulet was under seasoned, but the worst was the leg confit. Either too long in the brine or else the brine was too salty because the finished leg was so salty I could not eat it at all. If my wife and I had been there by ourselves I would have sent it back and asked to see the chef."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "fun & creative ingredients prepared beautifully which complimented the whole dining experience "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We brought out clients from Cleveland Ohio to experience the best that Santa Barbara has to offer and the Wine Cask delivered once again. Outstanding food, awesome wine list and impeccable service. All were impressed and they will be bringing their group back for dinner."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The Wine Cask is a very special place to dine. We were going to a concert at the Lobero Theatre and picked the Wine Cask for our before our before the concert restaurant. The ambience is comfortable and elegant. The food was excellent. I had the salmon and my husband had the Ahi. We shared a very good salad. Both dishes were cooked perfectly and the accompanying dishes were very good. The wine and cocktail selection were very good. It is a place where we would dine again and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with great ambience....too bad the food and service were so lacking. We ordered the Grilled Wagyu New York Strips (Medium Rare), our medium rare was so over cooked it was grey in spots, we were only able to eat a small part of the strip. The roasted carrot mash tasted like over sweet pumpkin, nothing like carrots. When I mentioned the over cooked strips to our busser, he seemed not to understand what we were talking about. Finally made him understand it was over cooked, and please take it away. Our server was busy talking the hostess, she forgot us after she took our order, which was the reason we were stuck with the busser taking care of us. After sending the strips back, no one came to our table to follow up."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Terrific wine list! Menu not overly busy. Service was a bit spotty because I think they may have been understaffed that evening. Butterscotch pudding was ho-hum, but the beignets were truly amazing!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went at 3pm so it was pretty quiet. The staff were getting Ready for the evening events so seemed a bit preoccupied & busy. However, were friendly and attentive when we approached them.The ambience Was quiet which we like a bit of a livier scene. I heard really good things about this place so wanted to check It out. Will have to try it out at night however was unable to get a reservation the entire Wknd except 3pm."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Dined here for dinner on a Tuesday during a recent mid-week get away to Santa Barbara. We had a marvelous dinner, with many thanks to table server Adam for his help with our vegetarian palates. Adam recommended an "off menu" dish he said the kitchen does regularly for vegetarians and it was delicious. Inventive and well prepared/presented mix of greens, legumes, mushrooms, and tofu like blocks made from chick pea flour. Very tasty. Paired it with a local Santa Barbara (Happy Canyon AVA) Sauvignon Blanc. Wine pricing was very fair and normal for restaurant prices, about 2x retail. An excellent meal from start to finish. Very highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the vibe of this restaurant. There was a casual elegance to this warm and welcoming space. The food and its presentation were excellent. The staff was friendly and informative."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My server was very attentive and her menu recommendations were superb! The meal was nothing short of fabulous and very flavorful! I deemed Wine Cask as my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Fun wine list, good handling of wine. Competent service. Menu could have been a bit more interesting, but did have some nice options. Food was quite good, but not much made us go "oh-my-god." Except for the bread pudding! Butterscotch pudding, not so much. Cheese plate is quite nice, but a larger selection would be appreciated. Seated right in the front room so didn't get an opportunity to check out rest of restaurant. Very pleasant atmosphere where we were."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Looking for foodie place in Santa Barbara, the holiday rep rec Wine Cast, the booking was easily made in the UK and we had to change the date, all quick and easy. On the night it had a great ambience, with wood burning fire. The wine choice was great and the urban farmers salad was something special. So had the succulent beef, mmm lovely. For puds they kindly put a candle on it, a great ending fir a super night, well recommended."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Outstanding service and ambiance. Lived up to all recommendations."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a very nice time, the server was very good as were the drinks. The food was simply under seasoned, no salt or pepper seemed to have been added."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have been coming here for 30 years and each time is better than the last. With the original owner back on deck it was the best yet! The waitress was delightful and the food yummy. The ambiance is stunning..... a DO NOT MISS!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "For some context, I'm rating Wine Cask's food as "poor" for a high-end restaurant. For their price point, Wine Cask should be serving food that impresses. Both my starter and my main course were very salty. Even the waiter agreed that the soup was too salty and comped my drinks. The service was good, but I was so disappointed in the food that the overall experience suffered."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited Wine Cask for the first time over Valentine's Day. We brought our own wine which they graciously put in a decanter for us at the table. We also had the pre-fix tasting menu. I'm usually not a fan of pre-fixed menus but this one was out of this world! I had the filet mignon and lobster and my boyfriend had the NY strip. The filet melted in your mouth and the NY strip was so tasty and flavorful. Overall one of the best meals we've ever shared together. The staff was also very pleasant and accommodating. Even gave us a parting gift of chocolates because of the Valentine's holiday! Bravo Wine Cask! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentin's Dinner. The food was excellent as was the service. Fairly extensive wine list and the staff was quite knowledgeable about the wines. Service was well timed allowing us to have a relaxing meal but not having to wonder when the next course was arriving. Portions were sufficient, we left with a "doggie" bag. I would recommend it for special occassions such as birthdays, etc."
    Dined on 2/14/2014