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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
Open-Faced Skirt Steak
Ciabatta, chimichurri, herb butter, greens
Seared Sea Scallops
organic arugula salad, basil pesto, baby artichokes
Good food and great atmosphere
Our go to for many years but attitude from the top down has caused us to say No More. It just doesn't cut it anymore - too many better restaurants in Santa Barbara where the food, service and energy is infinitely more appealing.
Hello alwaysgr8... John O'Neill here. So sorry we no longer meet your expectations. As you can see from the hundreds of 5 Star reviews that we've received since reopening in October, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, for food, service and energy, we strive daily to exceed our guests expectations. Unfortunately we are not perfect and mistakes, like having aioli on a hamburger bun, do happen from time to time. Guests opinions like yours are very important to us. Our sincerest apologies.
Good value for the top notch food. Definitely a Santa Barbara must try.
Wonderful service, great food. Everyone was so attentive and kind, it really made our night.
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!
Their menu is average. Nothing too exciting. Their wine pricing is through the roof.
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.
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.
Stellar experience from Moment One to walking out the door. Every bite was outrageous. Can’t wait to get back!!
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.
Phenomenon service and food! Highly recommended!!
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
Everything was great! Made us feel welcome and took care of our needs as our wedding dinner. Thanks again for making us feel special!
Great meal and great service by Tucker!
fantastic way to end our wedding day
Always love coming here with friends and family. Great vibe and excellent food and service
Great waiter, lovely patio setting, along with decent food.
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!
Awesome spot. Historic building made for a great ambiance in the courtyard. Food and service were terrific.
Lace staff, service excellent. Food very good. Pizza and beet salad excellent. Definely go back
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.
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!
Thanks so much!! So glad you had fun!! English Beat!!!!!!
Really great food and a friendly staff.
Charming courtyard. Excellent food and wine reasonably priced. Salmon is especially good.
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.
Simply put, outstanding service, ambiance , food and drinks.
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!!!
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.
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!!
Birthday dinner for my daughte
Amazing food. Great service. Salmon was awesome. Sorry steak was so delicious ! Highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A wonderful birthday dinner for my wife, with kids in tow. Fantastic service.
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!
Excellent food; varied offerings. Great service too. Friendly and professional. Our "Go to" restaurant.
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!
Lovely from start to finish! Excellent and knowledgeable staff mad us feel welcome and special. Food was delicious.
Loved it! Such a cute little spot
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.
We loved the mushroom pizza, wine and service and highly recommend this restaurant!
Wonderful venue…..the servers are excellent, as well as the food & ambiance.
Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.
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