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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.8
1200 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 1200 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 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
56 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
16 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
1 review
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!

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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
44 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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SylviaH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to be the best dining experience in SB!

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
56 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our best experience yet!

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ChrisG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful good, gracious excellent service lovely ambiance.

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NicholeG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful courtyard with dreamy, romantic ambiance…Stellar service, Delicious meals and desserts…everything was outstanding.

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DouglasM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entire restaurant has been transformed since my last visit. Menu is simplified, more casual and less money. The atmosphere is far less stuffy, the outdoor dining area is even better than before, and the decor has been transformed as well.

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Andra136
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time , food and service were great . I was actually never seated in the courtyard in the past , either inside or at the tables on the sidewalk . The courtyard is a pretty and cozy place . We really enjoyed the evening and will return soon !

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vipBunny
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was so good and so much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate my daughter’s birthday & a close friends birthday. We had excellent service & delicious food. We were able to take our time & had a very memorable evening.

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AlexandraB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out front and enjoyed our food and drink immensely before heading to the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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JohnO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went pre-SB Bowl show and we had a wonderful experience! Service was spot-on. Food came out quickly which was great because of the show!! Best Shrimp Cocktail I’ve ever had!! The shrimp were GINORMOUS!
Filet Mignon was outstanding! Intermezzo keeps getting better and better! Truly a local gem!! Great ambience too!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
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 on October 19, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021

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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vipSmash
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to “girls night out” place! Great food and super service!
We sat at the main bar for a change and it was amazing. The bartender was attentive (and cute!) our food came out really fast and was delicious! Salmon, NY Steak, and the shrimp cocktail was impressively large!!
The ambience is really cool… great b&w photos of iconic rock stars… and the soundtrack follows the photos! Thank you Intermezzo, we love you!!

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vipThom
San Diego
160 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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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JulieM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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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Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1200 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.