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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.8
1111 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 1111 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjoec
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for the top notch food. Definitely a Santa Barbara must try.

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Nomo
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food. Everyone was so attentive and kind, it really made our night.

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GabrielC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. The staff could not have been more gracious and accommodating. Nuri’s food & wine recommendations were spot on, and Chef Josh knocked it out of the park on the execution. Can’t wait to go back for more indulgence!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Their menu is average. Nothing too exciting. Their wine pricing is through the roof.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Anonymous... John O'Neill here, owner of Intermezzo by Wine Cask. I'm sorry you found our menu "average". With regard to our wine list. We are the only Wine Spectator "Best Award of Excellence" in downtown SB. We have the second largest wine collection in Santa Barbara, with over 630 offerings in our over 1800 bottles wine cave, with price points ranging from $32 to $2500, we have multiple options to please all palates and budgets. Again, my apologies for not meeting your expectations.

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vipPTF317
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely eve - the cocktails are fresh and inventive, the wine offerings by the glass are some of the beer in SB, and the kitchen is great! Best oyster Rockefeller in SB! The management and staff are welcoming, warm and professional.
Recommend for all occasions.

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vipRoshell
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar experience from Moment One to walking out the door. Every bite was outrageous. Can’t wait to get back!!

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vipjules
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time eating here and the food was fresh and huge wine list. We sat outdoors and plenty of space between tables. We got great service and would return. The pizza is the specialty so we shared a pizza and ordered a few appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenon service and food! Highly recommended!!

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vipBobG
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Great service, lovely ambience, superb wine and food. I was hear by myself for a business trip. Great spot for a date or group. Really enjoyed myself

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Made us feel welcome and took care of our needs as our wedding dinner. Thanks again for making us feel special!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service by Tucker!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic way to end our wedding day

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Benjamin
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here with friends and family. Great vibe and excellent food and service

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vipBill
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great waiter, lovely patio setting, along with decent food.

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JenniferM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. the service was excellent, the ambiance was nice and the food was delicious. I had the Steak Frites and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had! I highly recommend this place and can't wait to come back!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot. Historic building made for a great ambiance in the courtyard. Food and service were terrific.

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vipluvthisplace
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great
Lace staff, service excellent. Food very good. Pizza and beet salad excellent. Definely go back

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vipdatenite2
Omaha
95 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 45th wedding anniversary and this restaurant was recommended with a list of other more upscale places. Being from Omaha we didn’t have any idea of which restaurants were upscale in Santa Barbara. All others were booked so settled on Wine Cask. The staff was so welcoming and sweet, especially Tara(?). They accommodated us in the courtyard area which we heard was pretty neat and it was. We had great service and a delicious meal. It was a lovely way to spend our anniversary. We loved it.

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tonyc
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many great things about this place. Handcrafted cocktails, Oysters Rockefeller, Beet Salad for starters. Entrees such as the Panko Crusted chicken and the pizza with spicy cappacolla are a must. Cool music vibe and outstanding service make for a great night out in Santa Barbara. Awesome photos of great artists like Joe Strummer and Iggy Pop line the walls of their distinctively cool Bar area. Five Stars!

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on July 9, 2021

Thanks so much!! So glad you had fun!! English Beat!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and a friendly staff.

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vipJimG
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming courtyard. Excellent food and wine reasonably priced. Salmon is especially good.

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TERRIC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Elizabeth provided wonderful service. She was engaging and very attentive.The courtyard space is beautiful and the awnings were great to shade the patio.
Our food was good and the wine choice whitElizabeth recommended as her favorite- Grimm Cabernet was delicious.
My only suggestion would be to lower the volume of the music.

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vipMichael
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, outstanding service, ambiance , food and drinks.

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vipsonisf
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed a great dinner! Food was yummy, service was good and we loved our server, who we go way back with. :) Only issue was that dessert took a super long time to come out which dragged our meal out much longer than we would have liked. But overall, a lovely evening and we will be back!!!

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SparkyJoy
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond amazing. The atmosphere for outside dining is exqusite and "very Califonia." Amazing cocktails and also amazing wine list. A pure delight. We go there very week.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on July 4, 2021

Hello SparkyJjoy, John O'Neill, owner of Intermezzo by Wine Cask here...I just wanted to say a simple thank you! We appreciate all your support and patronage! Cheers!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughte

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Salmon was awesome. Sorry steak was so delicious ! Highly recommend.

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vipLovely
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a wonderful experience. From start to finish, from cocktails, to the wine recommendation, to the food! Had the fresh oysters (kumamoto) and shrimp cocktail for starters, then Gambas and Manila Clams (amazing dish!!!).
Jamie is a fantastic server!!!! Everyone in this profession should be trained by Jamie - he is the epitome of what good service looks and feels like.
One nitpick - the choice of music on the playlist...uhm...it was taking away from the beautiful elements of the space and the food and the vibe. BUT. if that's all I can moan about, then that's really nothing compared to all the amazing things about our time here.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on July 4, 2021

Hello! John O'Neill, owner of Intermezzo here. Thank you for the kind words about your experience and YES! We are blessed to have Jaime for sure. And Thank you so much for noticing the music! The entire vibe at Intermezzo actually does focus on late 70's- early 80's Punk/Alternative rock. If you didn't notice walking thru the bar... all of our photography on the walls is of iconic musicians from that era. Blondie & The Clash just to name a few. Please come by and take a peek if you missed it.

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vipCaptainCuisine
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who would ever think one of the best margaritas in Santa Barbara comes from Intermezzo?. The first visit, I was impressed; but anybody can get it right once in awhile. Now, the third visit and the house margarita with Mescal is still one of the all time best in town.
Moving on, our server Russ is the consummate professional. Anticipatory, personable and just downright good at what he does. We ordered the Steak Fritz ( not on the menu; but so popular with the locals it is readily available) with super crispy fries. Certainly enough for two, tender, juicy and cooked MR to perfection. The fries were perfect, skin on and very few “stubbies”. Garlic aioli was delicious; but Heinz rules the roost IMHO.
Very reasonable prices and just enough “off the beaten path” to attract mainly quiet, respectful locals. Outside in the front has great views and the ped traffic is entertaining, though the traffic noise can get loud. Pass through the inside dining and there is another sheltered, outdoor patio that is quite romantic.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on July 4, 2021

Hello! John O'Neill, owner of Intermezzo by Wine Cask here... Thank you so much for your kind words! We agree! Russ IS great for sure. We are lucky to have him on the team! We look forward to hosting you again... Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful birthday dinner for my wife, with kids in tow. Fantastic service.

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JohnO
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night at Intermezzo by Wine Cask!
Best NY Steak (Steak Frites) in Santa Barbara… our server Jamie was spot on…
Hot food was hot… cold food was cold!!
Really a perfect meal all around… we love the new Intermezzo!! Keep up the good work! Highly recommend!

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vipBikemore
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; varied offerings. Great service too. Friendly and professional. Our "Go to" restaurant.

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CoolAunt
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I and another couple celebrated the purchase of our new home. We were seated on the inside courtyard patio which is pretty nice. Noise level was low, service was attentive but not intrusive. The waiter recommended the french chablis when I was looking for a Chardonnay and it was delicious. My husband and I split the roasted beet salad and a pepperoni pizza. Both were yummy. We shared the meatball appetizer with the other couple, who enjoyed the steak dinner. We highly recommend!

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vipjillh
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from start to finish! Excellent and knowledgeable staff mad us feel welcome and special. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Such a cute little spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Intermezzo is a very nice restaurant, private and peaceful setting, as we sat in the courtyard by request. The background music did not compliment the atmosphere but perhaps that changes. Not a deal breaker.

The menu was unique and the service (by Paul) and others was excellent.

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WalterL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the mushroom pizza, wine and service and highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue…..the servers are excellent, as well as the food & ambiance.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Music selection was very odd… sounded like 80s punk rock and was pretty loud. Distracting. Food was good not great.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on July 2, 2021

John O'Neill the owner of Intermezzo here. Thank you so much for noticing our music selection. You are correct! We are in fact playing late 70's-80's British and American punk/alternative rock. The entire concept is based specifically on that vibe. The art collection throughout the restaurant features iconic imagery of bands from that era. Also, I'm sorry you didn't feel our food offering was to your satisfaction. Our culinary and service team strive daily to offer an amazing experience.

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vipNick
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant and was blown away. Best pizza in town. The salads were excellent as well. Our server made everything delightful. Can't wait to go back.

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Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

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