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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.8
1203 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 1203 people are saying
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LauraW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quintessential Santa Barbara especially seared on the outdoor courtyard. Service is great Not sure why this doesn't get more recommended. I've been coming here for 17 yrs but it's been a while since I was here last. Never disappoints!

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vipJamesE
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location. One of the most enjoyable restaurants in Santa Barbara!

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vipBethS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Excellent on all levels.

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vipcedinesout
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had to been to Intermezzo in a long time and was pleasantly surprised. Everything about the experience was exceptional. The back courtyard was new to me and it was really comfortable to sit there. The food and wine by the glass offerings were perfect. The staff really made the meal though. They were attentive, informational, and always there when we needed them. I was really impressed and will be back!

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KarenJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of our favorite go-to spots since we first tried 8 or 9 years ago. The food is simple, understated, and delicious - we've never had a dish we didn't absolutely love. The service is always stellar too, and the entire team makes us feel like we're hanging out with old friends each time we dine here. A local's delight!

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my girlfriend! Simply OUTSTANDING!
Caviar service… Beet Salad… Oysters Rockefeller… and four Filets “John’s Way”!! That’s grilled Filet Mignon with broiled Point Reyes Blue Cheese on top, served with Maitre’d butter and grilled asparagus!! The steak melted in our mouths! Service was fantastic and the cocktails were delish! Ask to sit in the new “Gallery” room… it just opened… very cool rock n’ roll vibe!! Will definitely be back with more friends! Thank you Intermezzo for making our night so special!!

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JosephM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing.

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LaurelP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Intermezzo on the back patio, beautiful setting, delicious food, and great service! G

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AnneR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening!! Service, food and ambiance. I my opinion the best restaurant in town! Go! You will not be disappointed. It provides something for any preference. Casual or special occasion.

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CecilyB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was fabulous. Service is impeccable and warm; food selections are diverse and well thought out. Don't miss the meatballs, the oysters Rockefeller, or the flourless chocolate cake. Wine and cocktail selections are wonderful - so walk or get a ride and have it all. Kudos to the entire team!

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FarrahM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for New Years Eve. Food was excellent. The restaraunt is beautiful. Our server was so friendly and kind. Great experience.

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent New Years Eve at Intermezzo and it was absolutely fabulous!! Short ribs, Filet Mignon, Caviar service… Oysters Rockefeller!! Halibut. Truly a delicious meal in an incredibly beautiful restaurant. Service was great and the rock n roll vibe was killer! NYE decorations and party favors were a bonus! Really just a great night! Thank you Intermezzo!

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vipDesigner
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Food is always consistent. Service is top notch. Flavors are very memorable. Wednesday night is our regular special night there. Thanks to all. We'll be back. THE MESTBALLS, OMG THE AMAZINGNESS OF THEM ALL!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing drinks!! I love the wine cask! I have been eating here for over 25 years! Our waiter was amazing and gave us stellar food and wine suggestions. The only reason for 4 stars is that service was slow- they were understaffed, not our server's fault at all, but it is just part of our new normal in covid times. Ambiance and spacing between tables was great with plenty of heat lamps.My only suggestion is that it appeared the owner(s) were seated near us on patio... they could have assisted or checked on customers waiting longer for food.

we will be back! delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Wife and I went on Christmas Eve, so maybe it was the chef’s night off?? The food was not good.
Is quite a lovely setting and we had very good interactions with staff, service was great.
But the food was not good.
Both of our appetizers (a mixed green salad and salmon tartare) had so.much.salt.
My main course was the fish and she went with chicken; both not only were over seasoned but also were overcooked.
Expensive. Very.
Disappointed

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on January 14, 2022

Hello Anonymous, John, owner of Intermezzo here. I'm sorry you had a disappointing experience on Christmas Eve. We served over 125 guests that evening and we've received countless 5 Star reviews for our beautiful $95.00 Prix Fixe menu. So, I truly feel terrible your experience was less than special. The Salmon Belly Tartare may have been salty due to the amount of crispy capers in the mix. Again, my apologies. Please ask for me upon your next visit and I'll send some love to your table!!

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RenaW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date, or for meeting old friends. Warm, cozy and intimate with delicious food and drink. I can't wait to go back.

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AlisonJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - Love the new look. The food was fantastic! Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome, they had the table set up so nicely for our anniversary and were so polite throughout the entire time. Our waiter was the absolute best, he had amazing suggestions and made the night very memorable. Will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine menu. Pizza is fantastic. Salad was inventive yet simple and delicious. Service meets the tempo and energy of your table. We were in a hurry to get to a show next door and had a lovely efficient meal.

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vipTrebor
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A new favorite in SB. This new version is the best ever.

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vipJamesE
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza, great service, wonderful wine list!

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StevieV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very very good service and quality and value of food

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MichaelB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an amazing dinner on a Friday evening. The new look of Intermezzo with black & white photo art depicting 80´s and 90´s rock & punk performers is right up my alley!
The superb ambiance in the canvas covered court yard, the service, and of course the pre-dinner cocktails and exquisite food made this a perfect way to kick off weekend! We will be back for sure!!!

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MichaelN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Quickly becoming a local favorite.

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
59 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food…but service was really slow. But I think they may have been understaffed.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello RinSB, yes we are completely understaffed due to Covid. We appreciate your patience on busy nights! All my best and we look forward to seeing you again... Cheers! John O'Neill, owner.

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MobDining
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of our go-to places when we plan to be downtown for any music or art event. Or El Paseo wine tasting. Delicious food and good service, lovely atmosphere. A place you can count on.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Came here for our rehearsal dinner 7 years ago, and went back this past weekend and the food was just as good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary, first visit and we will be back. Loved the ambiance of the covered patio(thru the bar into a cozy
Stone patio with lovely lighting and plants. Excellent service by Nuri who gave us great recommendations. We meet John the owner who came to our table and had a lovely conversation of the history of the restaurant.
Complimentary bubbly for our anniversary. Highly recommend and we look forward to retuning soon.11

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To say we we indulged in this experience is an understatement! Together our table ordered a little bit of everything and shared family style. Every single plate was not only delicious but they were also beautifully presented. We had the special pizzas, Moules Frites (Mussels & fries), Grilled Salmon with a citrus salad, Raw oysters on the half shell, and the oysters Rockefeller... all were Amazing!

Our server Russ suggested a beautiful bottle of red that paired perfectly with our feast! He also dazzled us with a delicious flight of dessert wines to finish off the evening.

We love this restaurant, the vibe, the ambience and of course the delicious food and Service! Will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and this restaurant made it special with wonderful food, ambiance, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We booked a special dinner for my college son’s birthday and mentioned while booking. Dinner started off well. Ambiance was very nice. The drinks were good.

Vegetarian choices are very limited here but I knew that beforehand, so no big deal. The waiter mentioned that we can have black truffles on anything. He did not mention that it would cost extra. When I ordered the pizza, he again asked if I wanted some truffle shavings.. no mention of cost, so I said yeah sure.

My pizza cost $22, the truffle shavings.. wait for it…$35!! I frankly felt it was handled disingenuously by the waiter. It was offered like would you like extra grated cheese!!! NOT COOL! Don’t hide the cost if you think you are offering something special.

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Foodie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food... a little pricey for small portions.
Support wait staff was great.
Head waiter condescending to support wait staff
Atmosphere was beautiful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great all around. Waiter helped advise on the wine selection, and the courtyard area was great.

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vipCraigB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, great food, friendly engaging servers.

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vipvino
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed our meal very much. Very good service and excellent food. Everything served hot and salads were very fresh. Sidewalk seating well spaced with slight noise from Anacapa.

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croatia
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Intermezzo pre covid but I can't say enough about how terrific the new owner and chef have made this special spot. Food was so fresh and innovative, it was super fun to chat with friends who happened by and of course the courtyard is beautiful. This will be a regular experience!

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luvtoeat
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive and knowledgeable service. Will definitely be returning soon!

AJ
AJVZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service. Enchanting space. We’ll be back!

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WineCaskRepeaters
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting in the courtyard. Not too loud for conversation, but at the same time, a lively experience. The menu ( drink and dinner) is imaginative with options for a variety of tastes, and the service was appreciated—letting us linger after the bill was paid, and not feeling hurried or, rushed.

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vipWilliamP
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food and service were good but even outdoors, conversation levels were so high that verbal communication was challenging. It was hard to hear the roar of the Ferraris passing by.

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Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1203 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.