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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
Faroe Island Salmon
Fall Root Vegetable and Butter Bean Ragout & Chive Aioli
Panko Herb Crusted Chicken
Wild Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Cracked Seed Vinaigrette, Meyer Lemon
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 The marinated skirt steak has been replaced by marinated hanger steak and it is hard to choose between them.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.
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!
Wonderful meal. Great ambiance.
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!
Everything we ordered was fantastic. Our server was attentive and made the experience so enjoyable.
Definitely recommend this restaurant
Great food and good friends
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.
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.
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.
Intermezzo is back to serving great wine and bistro food. Very pleasant out door dining and an attentive staff.
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!!
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.
Awesome food and ambience…..and service was excellent!
Great food, wine and service. Will definitely go back on our next trip to Santa Barbara!
As we entered into the restaurant they immediately sat us down and wished us a happy anniversary! The food was amazing, the customer service was probably the best we’ve ever experienced and the chef gave us a complimentary appetizer! We had a four course meal and it did not disappoint. We will definitely come back! Thank you for making our wedding anniversary an unforgettable one!
Setting, beautiful, private
Steak frites, no complaints
Our weekly destination, I often say I’m going for the wine list.
Who leaked this gem to all those folks from L.A.?!
Plan ahead, they fill up.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is consistently very good and service is superb. It was a great place to celebrate a good friend's birthday.
Best gourmet hamburger ever! Great wine and salads. Great clams too!
Overall I really like this restaurant. However this time, one of the servers (I think he is also sommelier but can’t remember) gave us a little grief about wanting the empty table that was in the less crowded area of courtyard. He said “in 30 minutes, this whole place will be sat”. They finally let us sit where we wanted to sit. we got a different server which was great because I thought the first one was rude. We didn’t have to sit by party of 8 and it was so much quieter. Should try to make people happy if it is easy to do.
We came for the Sebastian Maniscalco concert and found everything to be expedient, and excellent . The food tasted amazing and we were glad we made our reservation here. The chocolate mousse was incredible !!
Our waiter was attentive, but not obtrusive. We had water at all times and my husband lived his martini so ordered another! My wine was just perfect to compliment the shrimp and salad.
Next time we are in Santa Barbara we will definitely come back. We have already recommended to friends
Great Restaurant. Wonderful patio. Friendly staff and bartender. Really amazing food. Truly enjoyed myself. I highly recommend this restaurant. We met the owners and they were awesome. Super upbeat and friendly.
Food was just ok. Potatoes served were still hard. Took the entire meal to replace them. By then I didn’t want them. Not a restaurant to repeat.
Hello Jazz, John O'Neill the owner here. So sorry your potatoes came out to you under temp. Obviously our team strives nightly to hit all marks. The potatoes must have been pulled a little to early on an exceptionally busy night. Again, my apologies... I truly hope you come back to give them another go. It would be a shame to drop a guest over potatoes. As you can see from our hundreds of 5-Star reviews we're doing something right. Please come back and potatoes and drink are on me! Cheers!
Had outstanding drinks/dinner in very nice interior courtyard, before short walk over to Lobero theater for show. Made for a lovely anniversary dinner celebration and evening for the 4 of us. Recommending to our friends and we'll be back.
Beautiful spot and the service from the phone, to checking in for our reservation and all the way they dinner was outstanding. Great selection of food. A couple of points on the food - the pizza should have been warmer and the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were a bit mushy. All tasted very good and our drinks and the other food items ordered were quite good. Definitely will continue going back!
Fantastic from start to finish! Cool vibe, great cocktails, and amazing food! Perfect place to gather before a show at the SB Bowl.
Everything was wonderful from the service to the food.
Good experience overall starting from the host to our waiters and of course the food. Just everyone was kind. And that goes a long way to setup the rest of the evening. We had the special steak bites appetizers, the fried chicken, and the shrimp plates for the mains. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse and creme brulee. Everything was really good. We would come back!
Nice place. Steak Frites is really good! Highly recommend.
Great service. Great night. Would definitely go back!
Our first night back to Intermezzo since they changed owners, and it was the perfect meal before heading out for the re-opening night at the SB Bowl. We ordered 4 seafood plates, and thoroughly enjoyed everything. There is so much love put into all that they do—from the service to the ambience to the FOOD. Really impressed, and cannot wait to come back to order the (BOMB!) manila clams with grilled ciabatta; and the mixed greens with grilled salmon. Congrats, guys! You are doing an epic job and we loved bumping into many friends throughout your beautiful restaurant last night.
The food was excellent and the service was better. If you love wine, ask for Nuri, he will hook you up with something fantastic.
We live in Southern CA and frequent Santa Barbara. We went to dinner for my husband’s birthday along with our 8 and 3 year olds. Start to finish amazing dinner. Service by Jamie was outstanding and he definitely new the menu very well. They treated my kids as if they were adults dining with us as sometimes restaurants see kids and roll their eyes.
We sampled quite a few items from the menu and we enjoyed every single one!
If you are in Santa Barbara visit Intermezzo as you will not be disappointed!!!
Great ambience, perfect for a romantic evening.
Our third time here… So nice! Sat out front… food was great. Crispy Chicken, Salmon, and a cheese pizza for good measure!! It was all really tasty! Our server? Tuck?? Was great! Wine suggestions… awesome! and history of the place! The owner John stopped by also. Really a great night! Thank you and yum! Will recommend.
Drinks and Food was superb. The outdoor patio was just perfect. Zero complaints, 100% wonderful!
The whole experience was impressive and well done. The service was attentive without being overbearing, the food superbly prepared and well-timed and paced. I highly recommend a visit.
We really enjoyed our meal. The courtyard was so charming. The service was outstanding!!! The food was delicious. Definitely a great place!
The entire Team showed us an exceptional experience with their attention to detail throughout our visit; from our hosted arrival, John’s ownership tour, greetings from Chef Josh and to Nuri’s table meal service. Celebrating our Anniversary meal couldn’t have been better! How we understand the way business needs to be safely run with the COVID mandates, the Intermezzo By Wine Cask Team ran a safe and consistent operation from the top to the bottom! Thank You Very Much! Mike & Steph
Today's Intermezzo is not yesterday's Wine Cask, in terms of breadth and sophistication of menu and the total fine dining experience. However the courtyard dining is still pretty fine and special. Heaters worked. The foreshortened but more accessible menu still has some style. The service is still a cut above the typical SB casual.
On our visit (exceptionally?) we were completely unattended for the first 20 minutes until we got up from the table and sought out some help. The restaurant comped us satisfactorily for this inconvenience.
Overall this is still a top choice in town for a business dinner or special occasion with friends.
The courtyard was a welcome surprise as well as complimentary Champaign to celebrate our anniversary.
Waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable. He recommended a very good bottle of local wine. The pâté appetizer was perfect and accompanied by a variety of tasty items.
The Panko chicken was outstanding! Can’t describe how good chicken could be.
The Manila clam dish was different and tasty but a little too salty.?
We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Intermezzo By Wine Cask is rated 4.8 stars by 1158 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.