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Intermezzo By Wine Cask, Santa Barbara, CA

Intermezzo By Wine Cask

4.7
4.7
1670 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Intermezzo by Wine Cask
New Menu by Executive Chef Josh Brown

Modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 966-9463
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Josh Brown
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Cask Gold room is available for private events all year. We have some additional private event rooms such as our "Library" for smaller gatherings under 20 guests or our "Gallery" room for large private buyout events. Please contact Maria@winecak.com for all event bookings!
  • Private party contact
    Jenny Roberts: (805) 966-9463
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    Canon Perdido
  • Parking details
    Street Parking (free) OR several nearby Santa Barbara Parking Structures ($1.50/hr after first 75 minutes) OR adjoining Valet Parking Lot (NOT complimentary)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,670 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Lively

1,670 Reviews
  1. NinaD

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambiance and convenience to the Lobero for a pre-performance dinner. Our wait staff was slow to take our drink and dinner order. When reminded, service improved.

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  2. DoloresG

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love their version of Oysters Rockefeller, they’re the best!

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  3. JamesB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff was excellent allowing our party to truly enjoy the evening!

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  4. CathyR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It checks all the boxes, incredibly delicious meals, the ambience is beautiful & the service is first class!!!

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  5. Ilikefood

    New York City

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place! The pizzas are pretty good, but the food (rubbery chicken swimming in sauce) & service were not up to par.

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  6. LisaS

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamie gave us excellent service and was helpful with the menu. We will be back soon.

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  7. JohnN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great evening. Food was very good. Wife LOVED the milkshake. Thank you!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will return again for a lovely, relaxing early dinner--especially convenient before a concert at Lobero.

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  9. Barbara

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was mixed in my feelings about our dinner. The service was great, the food was good and not so good. The cocktails were very nice as was the wine. The starters were very good - the market gem salad and the French onion soup were both delicious and served nicely. The entrees were a different story: my husband had the mussels. The taste was good but they were just warm and not hot as they should have been - like they had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. The fries that came with the mussels were super hot and delicious. The aioli to dip the fries in was delicious. I had the New York and Filet steak bites - the starter portion for my main course. The portion size was just what I wanted and the flavor was nice but the steak itself was very disappointing. Half of the pieces contained a lot of fat and gristle - as if they had been trimmed off of a New York steak. I found no pieces of Filet in the bowl at all. I didn't eat more than half the pieces so maybe those were pieces of Filet? but it was just not pleasant to have to cut through the gristle and fat on the pieces I did try to eat so I stopped trying. I ate my husband's fries instead! So mixed feelings on our dinner.

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  10. Golf4Life

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m from NY originally, so the bar is pretty high already. The best pizza I’ve ever had in California, and it’s not even close. Denise was our server and took very good care of us. Ian, the manager stopped by and wished me a happy birthday. And then, we asked to see John, the owner to share our experience. What a wonderful way to spend my 60th birthday. Thank you to my beautiful wife for picking this spot, just like she did many years ago when we were first dating.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening with good food, wine and service. We will be back soon

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  12. ShannonH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous ambience amazing food great service fun vibe

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  13. CabernetSB

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. The food and staff are amazing.

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  14. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant with great service and delicious food offerings (pizza is crazy good). Can’t say enough about the place. The owner John is a good guy who is always welcoming. We highly recommend.

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  15. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Intermezzo had a terrific vibe and energy… think high-end rock n roll in a modern classy setting. They also have one of the nicest outdoor courtyards in Santa Barbara. We highly recommend the place. Try the Filet “John’s Way”!! Delish!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best place! Why? - very attentive servers and wait staff - great ambience with candles and crackling cozy fireplace - design of the space is upscale classy modern, with a cool trendy vibe - subtle muted modern colors, high ceiling, just black and white with wood elements - great photography of classic rock concert photos of the owner makes the place very authentic to the local owner - appetizers are surprising and delightful - wine is flavorful and wonderful - dishes are delicious, incredible flavors, with beautiful presentation **extra credit** They had a party of 70 in the party room and still handled a full front house with great service and style

    1 person found this helpful

  17. Atrebor1

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely, but the mussels were not as good as usual.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great atmosphere. The food was good and outdoor area is pretty.

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  19. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of Santa Barbara’s best restaurants. Highly recommend. Great food & service. Owner present every night . Well done. Try the Oyster Rockefeller it’s fantastic!

    1 person found this helpful

  20. elisen

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the vibe Great service Great food A little pricey but delicious

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    service and food were outstanding. Really happy we went and will be going a lot in future.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    intermezzo is a favorite of ours in Santa Barbara. always great service and delicious food. The grilled salmon is really good as is the lemon chicken dish. Highly recommend Intermezzo.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. EastBeachBoy

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Burger with lots of grilled carmelized onions. Salmon was superb. Josh and his crew do an excellant job as I refer many guests to this establishment from my local hotel. Victor Evarone Managing Partner Cabrillo Inn at the Beach Oceanfront "East Beach" Santa Barbara CA

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  24. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant. Great food and service. The owner John? Gave us a tour of all the rooms and rock n roll photos sharing the history of the place. We had a NY steak frite and a mushroom pizza, both were excellent. We highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, greater host, server staff pleasant. However, can’t say same about the food. It was subpar. We went in with expectations of getting great above average meal that will mirror the staff and the decor of the place, and looking at the pictures posted on yelp. It was a let down. Limited selection on entrees on their menu. Hoped for great pasta dishes since it was an Italian restaurant, and yelp indicated that they had great pasta, there was no pasta dish on the menu, over 5 pizza selection though. Needles to say, we ordered meatballs as appetizers and shared beat salad. Salad was tasty, which we thought that was a precursor to good meal. Meatballs were moist, but let’s just say we’ve had worse but we certainly have had better. The sauce had some bitterness to it, the toast that it accompanied was thick slices and had ricotta cheese spread, that had no flavor to it all. The presentation was great and generous portions but flavors didn’t match. Husband ordered shrimp, I ordered mushroom truffle pizza ,since everything else was steak and fish on the menu or hamburger. I was craving for pasta dish, Pizza it is! Pizza had good flavors, again, have had better. My husband’s shrimp dish was over cooked. It was in a larger bowl with sauce liquidy, and again with 2large thick slice of bread. Our table behind us ordered muscle with fries from the appetizer selection. That looked more appetizing than the shrimp dish hubby ordered. We skipped desert all together because it only mainly had ice cream deserts. It was cold evening to have ice cream. Over all great ambience but subpar quality in the dishes. We didn’t feel we had an elegant night out.
    Intermezzo By Wine CaskResponded on February 26, 2024
    Hello Mary, John O'Neill, owner of Intermezzo here. Thank you for visiting with us on Saturday. I'm sorry you felt disappointed with your experience. First, I'm not quite sure if you were in the correct restautant as Intermezzo is not an Italian restaurant, nor anyhwere online, on any platform, are we listed or described as an Italian restaurant. With that said, I want to thank you for your kind words commending both our staff and our lovely atmosphere... I concur, we are blessed with a great team and a truly wonderful space. My apologies if you found our shrimp not to your liking. In the future you just merely need to address your dissatisfaction with your server and we'd be more than happy to correct the situation or offer an alternative. And yes, our mussels are fantastic!

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  26. SBlocal

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intermezzo has been a favorite for sooo long! They’ve gone through some changes, but always have been able to maintain overall quality of food and service, We appreciate that in a challenging environment. Our server Ian(?) was great too.

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  27. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant. Without a doubt our favorite place in SB! Food, service and energy are just great. Try the mussels and fries as well as the lemon chicken. Truly delicious. We love all the rock n roll photos throughout the restaurant too! Definitely recommend Intermezzo!

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  28. tedb

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience for our anniversary. There were rose petals at our table and complimentary glasses of Prosecco delivered to our table. The salads were great and very large. The special mushroom pizza was excellent and the Oaxacan The Line drink was killer.

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  29. Delicious

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was slow. The special salad of the evening sounded really interesting and good when the waiter explained it to us but in reality it was awful!!! Nothing special about it just lettuce and a tiny crumble of pecan that you could hardly find. It was rediculously expensive!! $24.00 for a salad that should be $8.00. The special pizza of the day was very good - $30.00. We were very disappointed!!!

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  30. MichaelB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    went to celebrate our anniversary the day after Valentine's. Lovely experience from start to finish. We usually sit in the bar or in the courtyard, but this time requested a table in the dining room for a change. Such a nice room, warm & well appointed, tables are generously spaced & great music (as always). Top shelf service and food. All the staff that interacted with us were aware we were celebrating our anniversary (we had noted it when we made the reso.) and extended their congrats. Nice touch.

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  31. CindyG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant with multiple dining areas indoors and out. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

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  32. PhyllisP

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here on Valentine's Day, as we had a concert at the Lobero Theater. It was excellent, and the service was superb. The menu is varied, and even has pizza and hamburgers, in addition to many more fine dining selections such as salmon, chicken and steaks. The wine list is very good and the atmosphere is extremely inviting. We will be coming back frequently when we are in Santa Barbara.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience from top to bottom our server Jamie was excellent, every recommendation was spot on! Thank you for a great birthday dinner

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  34. HansE

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our evening at Intermezzo. Our food was very good, the tables were spaced widely in the room we were in, and our server was delightful (as were the food runner & busser). Dinner for two was $200 after tip for a salad and entree for each, and a glass of wine for one of us. That feels like a bit of a stretch based on food alone, but the nice, quiet atmosphere and the truly exceptional service team added up to a terrific overall experience. We'd definitely return.

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  35. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a really great restaurant. Food and service are always phenomenal. Mussels, Steaks, Oysters… some of the best in Santa Barbara. Nice wine list and a beautiful inner courtyard. We definitely recommend Intermezzo.

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  36. Annie17

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant has a lovely ambiance and relaxing atmosphere so you can enjoy conversation and not feel rushed. The food was delicious, particularly the country pate starter, and the service was excellent.

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  37. NinaD

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for a light meal before a performance at the Lobero. Staff is very attentive and the wine list is extensive.

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  38. Anonymous

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Would recommend to anyone looking for delicious food and nice service. Pizza is outstanding and easily the best in SB. The bar is lively and all the rock n roll photos are really cool.

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  39. Munzeee123

    Central Coast

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a favorite place to dine. Even on a rainy night. No beautiful patio but lovely inside. Food is always great.

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  40. local

    Central Coast

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love our genuine locals favorite restaurant with a great bar atmosphere where you can enjoy awesome food, service , excellent cocktails and superb wine list in the beautiful inside and outside dining setting.

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FAQs

Intermezzo By Wine Cask offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 966-9463.

Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.7 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Intermezzo By Wine Cask

813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Canon Perdido
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking (free) OR several nearby Santa Barbara Parking Structures ($1.50/hr after first 75 minutes) OR adjoining Valet Parking Lot (NOT complimentary)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Josh Brown
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 966-9463
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Cask Gold room is available for private events all year. We have some additional private event rooms such as our "Library" for smaller gatherings under 20 guests or our "Gallery" room for large private buyout events. Please contact Maria@winecak.com for all event bookings!
  • Private party contact
    Jenny Roberts: (805) 966-9463
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