McClain Cellars - Buellton

4.3
18 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Featuring a 5000 sq ft outside patio and adult playground, a beautiful barrel room with thousands of gallons of really good wine, and a luxury wine tasting lounge designed to engage your eyes as well as your senses. This place is just “off the chart” with beauty and creativity. Lounge back under an umbrella and sip on our amazing vintages, listen to jazz or blues and just experience the very best that wine country has to offer.

Guests can have a private wine tasting, light snacks, charcuterie & cheese boards, access to the winemaker and owners and much more. They also offer homemade artisan popcorn tastings, olive oils & vinegar tastings as well as wine appreciation classes. The wine ambassadors on hand are knowledgeable of the wines and eager to share the story of the McClain family to their guests.

Experiences

  • 5 Star Wine Tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley

    Multiple dates available

    Award-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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 18 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

They seamed to have a fair selection, we just opted to not eat.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for your review, David. We are so sorry we were not able to win 5 stars because we’re not a restaurant :( We do hope that your overall experience at our winery was a pleasant one and we hope to have you back in soon so that we can earn 5/5 stars for your experience with us!

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LindaR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoyed tasting , cozy, comfortable spot, music was good. I think our server was a little overwhelmed by the # of people and our wine tasting info was a little rushed, but she was very pleasant. Nice outdoor atmosphere for Buellton. Loved the wine names & the backdrop stories.

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SharonM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This would be a fun and funky place for a brewery. The decor and ambiance has much more of a beer culture vibe. However, in an area filled with places that have much more serious wine to taste, this feels a bit off. Fun place to hang. But not very good wine, unfortunately, and nothing about it, including the knowledge of the "ambassadors," indicates otherwise. Go for fun, but dont expect serious wine.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on May 26, 2021

Sharon, we're so glad that you like our ambiance and decor. It reflects who we are as a brand, which is not your typical winery. I am sorry that you did not find a wine that you liked. Wine tasting is completely subjective to the palate of the guest & very personal. I can assure you, a lot of seriousness goes into making each & every one one of our wines, & our ambassadors must pass a rigorous test before serving. I would love the chance to serve you again & try to find a wine that you like :)

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RonM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute lately incredible experience.
Loved the wines and inneraction.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Expensive wine that’s only marginal

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vipCaligirl
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wines along with great people pouring them is what you'll get when you visit McClain Cellars. Ask for Brooke she's fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My cousin and I can’t wait to go back it was like sitting in friends backyard enjoying time and conversation over wine

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Horeseahorse
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great activity in the SYV wine country. There are many tasting rooms to choose from and we made the right choice. With McClain’s.

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JackU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent wines.
Our server was knowledgeable.
The only reason I did not give 5 stars on the ambience is because we needed to enjoy our experience under the tent because of the wind. The tent had clear side panels and we had a small fireplace, so it was comfortable. I would like to visit some time when it is warmer and the live band is in action.

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ThomasL
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The setting was very pleasant. The food was good, even though it was packaged and very expensive. The wine was very good, especially the reds. The winery required a certain level of purchases in order to watch the entertainment, and the pricing structure and minimum types of purchases were very confusing--even the server didn't understand it fully. A simple minimum dollar amount of purchases would have been simpler and made more sense.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback, Thomas! We have definitely tried to simplify the minimum purchase requirements so that hopefully it's not confusing in the future. We hope that you come to try us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wines, ambiance, energy, attentiveness, and personality of the staff were outstanding! We had a great time tasting wine and talking with Brooke about all the different varietals and options they offer. She really gave a sense of how and why each wine was created. I would recommend McClain Cellars if you are looking for a great time, great wines and casual yet upbeat environment. They offer a wide variety of red blends that are all excellent. Their single varietals were excellent as well. When passing through Buellton it’s must stop for a relaxing afternoon! Thanks Brooke and McClain’s entire team for making our afternoon!

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind words about Brooke, our staff, and your experience with us! It truly means the world to us to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. We hope to see you back again soon!

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Karen
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We only went here because it got 5 star reviews.....what I should have looked at was the prices of their bottles as well. The server wouldn't allow us to eat our own cheese and nuts, even though we were the only ones there. We had to buy their pricey cheese and crackers. We had to ask for napkins. She was not that friendly. Their wines were just OK, but they were priced at $65 and up! We had already experienced wonderful wine that was reasonably priced at many other wineries before this. This one was an epic fail.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on March 30, 2021

Karen, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Our policy since day one has always been to not allow outside food, as we have food for purchase at our location. We really focus our efforts on the experience and the wine and we are sorry to hear we did not live up to your expectations. Finding the right wine is so much about what you like, more so than a price... wine is so subjective.... hard to put a price on what you enjoy. :-) There are lots of wineries to choose from and we appreciate you for giving us a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor socially distanced space to taste wine and enjoy a relaxing experience. The Wine Ambassador was knowledgeable about the wines and very attentive. A relaxing time with friends and great wine.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We truly appreciate you, and your support, and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wine tasting and live music always go well together. Adrian Galysh played and sang great tunes from 1 to 4pm. Brooke provided excellent service. Very open outdoor area to relax and enjoy some wine.

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LuvBrunch
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Valentines

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KarenH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Prices for tasting were very high; requirements for minimum orders meant you would have to spend almost $100. to taste there. No outside food allowed - forced to order their very small portion, overpriced offerings. Location in a parking lot not great either. Won't go back.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thanks for coming out for a visit. Sorry, we did not have what you are looking for. We have no minimums unless your goal is to come out and just listen to our live music on the weekend. As a winery, we want our guests to enjoy the music with our wine. Other than when we have live music we are pretty flexible. :) Sorry you did not a great experience.

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JayD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and his crew are friendly, informative and professional. Their wine is some of the best California has to offer.

I have never been disappointed when I visit McClain Cellars.

A good time will be had by all.

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on February 12, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We appreciate your kind words about our staff and our wine and look forward to seeing you in the lounge again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to check them out before the lockdown. Amazing service, wonderful ambiance, and delicious wines. I left with four bottles!

McClain Cellars - Buellton
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and your review! We're so happy that you had a great time and enjoyed the wines. We hope to see you again soon once the lockdown is lifted!

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You can order delivery directly from McClain Cellars - Buellton using the Order Online button. McClain Cellars - Buellton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 426-4441.

McClain Cellars - Buellton is rated 4.3 stars by 18 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.