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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.8
1161 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Intermezzo by Wine Cask
New Menu by Executive Chef Josh Brown

Modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1161 people are saying
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Corey
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance, and impeccable service. Highly recommend!!

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vipShazam
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pizza. Excellent crust. Love the corn meal grit on the edge. Large too!!! Not the flatbreads of before. Fries were fresh and perfect. Cheese platter had great cheeses (although small pieces) with various jams and honey comb. Wine offerings were excellent.
The brussel sprouts, however, were not as expected. They needed to roasted longer and tossed /rubbed to separate leaves for a crispy outer layer.
The pizza is now a must have when eating there again.

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DebbyR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Food was excellent but service was very slow. We had much better service the last 2 times we were here. Also, the wine pouring was VERY small.

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vipMcwelen
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience. The marinated skirt steak has been replaced by marinated hanger steak and it is hard to choose between them. The pizza special with goat cheese and squash made a believer of me- the combination was truly wonderful. The chocolate mousse was dense and luxurious.

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vipMarshaL
Fort Lauderdale
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All our food was very delicious but the best was the dessert ! We had the Meyer lemon cream Brulé with blueberry compote on top and I have to say it was the best cream Brulé I have ever had in my life!

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vipMichaelG
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great ambiance.

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LummiGirl
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner at Intermezzo! Everything we ordered was delicious and all staff was extremely friendly and professional. We were seated outside and funny enough I have to say the best part however was going to use the restroom after dinner and seeing how cool the inside of the bar area was. If you're a rocknroll / punk fan lots of really amazing photography of bands & artists - the owner of this restaurant must have a cool story to tell! Will definitely return to find out and enjoy some more delicious food & drink!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fantastic. Our server was attentive and made the experience so enjoyable.
Definitely recommend this restaurant

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vipRick
Corpus Christi
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good friends

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Stacey
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, service even better. In and out in 60 minutes for a show at the bowl, with apps and after dinner drinks. Unsung hero of the Santa Barbara dining scene.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
57 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It's hard to blame the restaurant for having customers at adjacent tables who are too loud, but it nonetheless stole some of the pleasure of the evening. Time between waiter visits was lengthy, but feel they may be understaffed (again, not totally the restaurant's fault during these Covid times). Interesting menu, great wine list for allowing so many good wines to be ordered by the glass.

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vipNick
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Usually we love this restaurant but last night was a disaster. Their pizza oven went down. Now, you would think for a restaurant that serves a lot of pizza they'd have a back up plan...but no. Not even a regular oven? We went for the pizza. Anyway no pizzas backed up the kitchen and we waited an hour between our salads and the main course. We will go back and hope next time is better.

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CraigJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intermezzo is back to serving great wine and bistro food. Very pleasant out door dining and an attentive staff.

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vipCompose4Life
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! They had a steak frites special last night and DANG the food was delicious! We also got the pepperoni pizza (yummy), meatballs (pretty good, but nothing too special), salmon (I didn’t try it, but the husband loved it) and the shake. The shake was so delectable, and we thought we’d be too full to finish it, but it was too good to not finish. Also had the Garden Party and lemonade cocktails, and they were light and lovely while still doing the job of a cocktail. Service was wonderful, and our waitress was kind enough to recommend even more delicious restaurants in the area to us, since we are not local. Will be back!!

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tonyc
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Pizza once again. The Pepperoni, Sausage, Cappicola are all excellent. Great beers on tap and excellent service. When you can eat outside and listen to music by the Clash, English Beat and the Specials you realize why they call this the only resturant that matters in SB. John and Josh are keeping their spot upbeat and I will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and ambience…..and service was excellent!

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vipStanB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and service. Will definitely go back on our next trip to Santa Barbara!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we entered into the restaurant they immediately sat us down and wished us a happy anniversary! The food was amazing, the customer service was probably the best we’ve ever experienced and the chef gave us a complimentary appetizer! We had a four course meal and it did not disappoint. We will definitely come back! Thank you for making our wedding anniversary an unforgettable one!

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vipFranksinSB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters, great
Setting, beautiful, private
Service, excellent
Steak frites, no complaints
Our weekly destination, I often say I’m going for the wine list.
Who leaked this gem to all those folks from L.A.?!
Plan ahead, they fill up.

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MelF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is consistently very good and service is superb. It was a great place to celebrate a good friend's birthday.

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vipFoodie327
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best gourmet hamburger ever! Great wine and salads. Great clams too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall I really like this restaurant. However this time, one of the servers (I think he is also sommelier but can’t remember) gave us a little grief about wanting the empty table that was in the less crowded area of courtyard. He said “in 30 minutes, this whole place will be sat”. They finally let us sit where we wanted to sit. we got a different server which was great because I thought the first one was rude. We didn’t have to sit by party of 8 and it was so much quieter. Should try to make people happy if it is easy to do.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the Sebastian Maniscalco concert and found everything to be expedient, and excellent . The food tasted amazing and we were glad we made our reservation here. The chocolate mousse was incredible !!
Our waiter was attentive, but not obtrusive. We had water at all times and my husband lived his martini so ordered another! My wine was just perfect to compliment the shrimp and salad.
Next time we are in Santa Barbara we will definitely come back. We have already recommended to friends

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant. Wonderful patio. Friendly staff and bartender. Really amazing food. Truly enjoyed myself. I highly recommend this restaurant. We met the owners and they were awesome. Super upbeat and friendly.

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vipjazz
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was just ok. Potatoes served were still hard. Took the entire meal to replace them. By then I didn’t want them. Not a restaurant to repeat.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on September 3, 2021

Hello Jazz, John O'Neill the owner here. So sorry your potatoes came out to you under temp. Obviously our team strives nightly to hit all marks. The potatoes must have been pulled a little to early on an exceptionally busy night. Again, my apologies... I truly hope you come back to give them another go. It would be a shame to drop a guest over potatoes. As you can see from our hundreds of 5-Star reviews we're doing something right. Please come back and potatoes and drink are on me! Cheers!

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TadD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had outstanding drinks/dinner in very nice interior courtyard, before short walk over to Lobero theater for show. Made for a lovely anniversary dinner celebration and evening for the 4 of us. Recommending to our friends and we'll be back.

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
53 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful spot and the service from the phone, to checking in for our reservation and all the way they dinner was outstanding. Great selection of food. A couple of points on the food - the pizza should have been warmer and the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were a bit mushy. All tasted very good and our drinks and the other food items ordered were quite good. Definitely will continue going back!

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JasonS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish! Cool vibe, great cocktails, and amazing food! Perfect place to gather before a show at the SB Bowl.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from the service to the food.

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EricR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience overall starting from the host to our waiters and of course the food. Just everyone was kind. And that goes a long way to setup the rest of the evening. We had the special steak bites appetizers, the fried chicken, and the shrimp plates for the mains. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse and creme brulee. Everything was really good. We would come back!

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JohnO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Steak Frites is really good! Highly recommend.

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BrettD
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great night. Would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first night back to Intermezzo since they changed owners, and it was the perfect meal before heading out for the re-opening night at the SB Bowl. We ordered 4 seafood plates, and thoroughly enjoyed everything. There is so much love put into all that they do—from the service to the ambience to the FOOD. Really impressed, and cannot wait to come back to order the (BOMB!) manila clams with grilled ciabatta; and the mixed greens with grilled salmon. Congrats, guys! You are doing an epic job and we loved bumping into many friends throughout your beautiful restaurant last night.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was better. If you love wine, ask for Nuri, he will hook you up with something fantastic.

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vipCindiP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Southern CA and frequent Santa Barbara. We went to dinner for my husband’s birthday along with our 8 and 3 year olds. Start to finish amazing dinner. Service by Jamie was outstanding and he definitely new the menu very well. They treated my kids as if they were adults dining with us as sometimes restaurants see kids and roll their eyes.
We sampled quite a few items from the menu and we enjoyed every single one!
If you are in Santa Barbara visit Intermezzo as you will not be disappointed!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, perfect for a romantic evening.

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JohnO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time here… So nice! Sat out front… food was great. Crispy Chicken, Salmon, and a cheese pizza for good measure!! It was all really tasty! Our server? Tuck?? Was great! Wine suggestions… awesome! and history of the place! The owner John stopped by also. Really a great night! Thank you and yum! Will recommend.

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ShawnD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and Food was superb. The outdoor patio was just perfect. Zero complaints, 100% wonderful!

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IraG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was impressive and well done. The service was attentive without being overbearing, the food superbly prepared and well-timed and paced. I highly recommend a visit.

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VickyO
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The courtyard was so charming. The service was outstanding!!! The food was delicious. Definitely a great place!

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Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.