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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.7
1178 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 1178 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful supper for 4 in the courtyard. Even though it was a little chilly we had heat lamps moved to keep us cozy. Great waitress very knowledgeable and helpful. Delicious suppers. Will return again.

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HARRIET
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was having dinner last nite Tuesday and left my American Express card
Please call me when you open to let me know you have my card and I will come to pick it up
Thank You
Harriet Mosson
805-451-4546

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vipcrob
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDennisP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipJillW
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask
Responded 3 days ago

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!

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JulieM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipThom
San Diego
160 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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KathyQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fabulous! Loved the entire experience!

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CGull
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipPaulaM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and helpful staff, delicious pizza, and lovely outdoor patio.

PH
vipPrHarry425
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and consistently delicious. A stand out.

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vipexpat7
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipCBohnet
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Russell, was fantastic!! The food was good and the restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous!

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vipsbmelanie
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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Edsie
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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vipDinner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Expensive, but the food and service will not disappoint!

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipAlexfosb
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly & accommodating staff... great food & wine
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went just before a Lobero concert . Food was excellent, as usual..

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MontereySteve
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, beautiful ambience. Very close to the Lobero Theater, so it is a perfect spot for a pre-performance dinner.

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Corey
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipShazam
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
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 on September 25, 2021
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
42 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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
69 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great ambiance.

LG
LummiGirl
Los Angeles
15 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
58 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!

SB
vipStanB
Orange County
14 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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Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.7 stars by 1178 OpenTable diners.

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