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Intermezzo By Wine Cask
New Menu by Executive Chef Josh Brown
Modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak
Fontina Potato Gratin, Chimichurri, Roasted Garlic, Crispy Shallots
Spanish Chorizo, Saffron Potato, Roasted Fennel, Sofrito, White Wine, Thyme
Meyer Lemon Crème Brûleé
Local Blueberry Compote
Our table was at the edge of the seating area so the backs of 2 of our party were on the sidewalk. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions. The white pizza special was the perfect starter and just the right size for the 4 of us. We all ordered seafood and made it disappear. The wine list was extensive. All in all, it was a great experience.
Paul was outstanding server and guided us to some special items. Restaurant is in redevelopment phase but manages very well. Will continue to improve from a high standard.
Punk rock cafe? Intermezzo is normally a favorite of ours however our last visit was marred by an overly loud and driving playlist which made conversation difficult. Hope this was just an oversight by the staff.
Hello JillW! John O'Neill owner of Intermezzo here. Thank you for noticing our purposeful playlist. We are in fact a "Punk Rock" café so to speak. Hopefully you noticed our décor & artwork throughout the facility. We proudly display photos of bands such as The Clash, Blondie, and Ramones to name a few. With new ownership, a thoughtful remodel, and exciting new energy... paired with amazing food and service, we sell out most nights. As our ad branding states... "Press Pause... Rock Your Senses!
Enjoyed excellent appetizers: pizza, meatballs, oysters. Dinner entrees were fantastic: scampi, salmon, filet and fritters. Dessert: chocolate mousse and creme brûlée. All delicious and memorable!
We dined on a lovely patio courtyard. Requested a wine paired tasting menu that they no longer offered, but the chef and som put it together on the fly and it was fabulous. We enjoyed every bite and sip!
Our server was fabulous! Loved the entire experience!
Everything at this spot is superb. The mussels and the frites (new!), the pizzas (that dough!), the best Caesar salad I’ve ever had… the little gems. Everyone from the hostess to the bussers are polite and outgoing. The owner always took the time to come say hello and thank us for coming in. The bartenders are friendly and talented, and the servers are top notch. I’m excited to come back and try more of the menu!
Very nice and helpful staff, delicious pizza, and lovely outdoor patio.
Welcoming and consistently delicious. A stand out.
Have to say that Intermezzo is becoming my go to place for great food in a fine dining atmosphere. The menu is perhaps not "fine dining" in all its options - there's high end burgers and pizza but the other items certainly are which gives you the option for a high class casual meal or a more up market experience. Good wine list.
And finally, this was my third time here and the consistency is excellent. Just wish they would have the Lobster salad as a permanent fixture - I dream about that!
Our server, Russell, was fantastic!! The food was good and the restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous!
The last time we had visited was a couple years ago before ownership changed and we did not have a positive experience. A friend encouraged us to try it again under the new owner and I am glad we did. The cocktails were on point. We ordered the pizza and it was some of the best pizza I have ever had. Our server was attentive and friendly. We will definitely go back.
Wonderful food and service
Burger was ordered rare but came medium.
Wait staff kept interrupting conversations to ask if they could take plates away.
Prices have been raised too much regardless of costs.
Expensive, but the food and service will not disappoint!
Best girls night out dinner we have ever had in Santa Barbara! Food was fantastic, the cocktails were delicious. Our server was attentive, professional and fun.
You really can't beat the ambience in the courtyard! Simply beautiful.
We will be back again!
Food was good, but not outstanding for the 4 of us. Some items, like the steak/fries was excellent and the salmon was nicely prepared, but the four meals came at least several minutes apart, so some food was getting cold while waiting for the balance to arrive. Mixed green salad, probably the Best Bet. The Beet salad could be better as the beets are overly soft (cooked too much) and no crunch. Shrimp (Gambas) were good, but not even delivered hot, so the flavors were off. It was a Friday evening and although they did get very busy by the time we were leaving (8 PM), the service should have been more efficient for a 5:45 start time. We'll be back as the ambience is very good and give them a second chance.
Friendly & accommodating staff... great food & wine
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Great food and service
Went just before a Lobero concert . Food was excellent, as usual..
Superb food, beautiful ambience. Very close to the Lobero Theater, so it is a perfect spot for a pre-performance dinner.
Amazing food, great ambiance, and impeccable service. Highly recommend!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful meal. Great ambiance.
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!
Everything we ordered was fantastic. Our server was attentive and made the experience so enjoyable.
Definitely recommend this restaurant
Great food and good friends
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.
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.
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.
Intermezzo is back to serving great wine and bistro food. Very pleasant out door dining and an attentive staff.
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!!
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.
Awesome food and ambience…..and service was excellent!
Great food, wine and service. Will definitely go back on our next trip to Santa Barbara!
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!
Setting, beautiful, private
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.
Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.7 stars by 1177 OpenTable diners.
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