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About Wine Cask - Santa Barbara

The Wine Cask Restaurant (dinner only)
Intermezzo Bar Café (lunch and dinner)
Private Dining
MWC Tasting Room

813 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Californian, French American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am to 4:00pm - Served in Intermezzo Bar Cafe and the Courtyard
*lunch is a walk-in basis; please email manager@winecask.com for special dining, private or group requests.
DINING ROOM DINNER
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm to 9:00pm (Last seating)
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm to 10:00pm (Last seating)

INTERMEZZO BAR CAFE
Daily from 4pm (walk-in basis only, NO reservations)

Cross Street:
Canon Perdido

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 966-9463

Website:
http://www.winecask.com/

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)

Executive Chef:
Brandon Cogan

Private Party Facilities:
Wine Cask offers several areas to host your event. There is no fee to enjoy the exclusive use of the restaurant, instead there is a food and beverage minimum expenditure (varies by room and date.)

A credit card hold is required. This deposit is non-refundable unless the reservation is cancelled at least 30 days prior to the date reserved.

A service charge of 20% and CA tax of 8% are additional.

The Special Event Menu is a streamlined version of our dinner menu; designed to provide a restaurant-quality experience. Guests do not have to “pre-order” their meal, instead they are presented with a personalized menu from which to choose. Please understand dishes and ingredients may change.

Vegetarian requests are welcome and certain substitutions are available with prior notice.

We have an award winning extensive wine list. Outside wine is not permitted for groups over ten.

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Brodt: (805) 966-9463 ext. 3

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
All groups are welcome at Wine Cask. You will have an intimate experience. We offer warm, inviting service featuring sophisticated yet familar cuisine. We offer indoor and outdoor seating, with various options for private events. We can accommodate private groups of 10-150 guests.

Wine Cask - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (9)
Special Occasion (8)
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Quiet Conversation (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I have to agree with other recent reviews. Great service and ambience. I dined there for Valentine’s Day and the menu consisted of some regular menu items and some specials. I had the duck confit salad for my first course and the filet for my entree. The duck was overly salted which was disappointing. Otherwise, I would have really enjoyed the salad. The filet was served with asparagus and potatoes au gratin. Temperature for filet was great was well as seasoning. The potatoes were over salted as well. Dessert (creme brûlée) was underwhelming with a very thick sugar crust. Overall, disappointing but consistent with other reviews. So I wasn’t surprised. I was just hoping for a different outcome. My date was underwhelmed as well.

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food3
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Special dinner for Valentine’s Day. All was very good.

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food4
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect Valentine's date with my wife. We ate an early dinner (because I didn't plan ahead!) but it was wonderful. Our waiter was informative, funny and was clearly a foodie. Love this place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Delightful Valentine’s Day lunch.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Totally fabulous!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 25, 2018

They just can't get it together. While practically empty, we had to repeatedly ask for water and bread (which came with the check). The food itself is bland, uninspired, and overdressed. What happened to one of the best restaurants we had in the City, if not the whole West Coast?

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I love, love, love the foie grass. My steak tartar was not exactly the way I like it prepared, needed a raw egg and some scallions or onions for crunch and zing. The service was excellent, our server left both of our plates until we were both finished, a rarity today to see things done correctly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

1st class dining. Quiet, superb service. Excellent food and wine selection. Our favorite dining for the two of us.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Warm ambience. Food was excellent and the presentation was interesting and beautiful. Service was excellent. A wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Old & stuffy! Food was great, just too bad service & hospitality was not.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Amazing Birthday dinner, enjoyed it so much, staff was great, will definitely be back!

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner and menus was very good and nice

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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and ambiance v nice. Service ok - no pepper offered on salad until finished.
Pork and creme brulee outstanding

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Christmas celebration

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good but it seems like my food is being serve quickly as if I was eating in a fast chain.

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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We found the restaurant during a one-night stopover in Santa Barbara, thinking it was a bistro that would provide a light dinner and some wine. It is much much more, with great ambiance, food and wine. Even better, the service is excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

For a restaurant that is all about wine the staff and sommelier couldn’t take less interest. They have a new chef who used to be sous who is not on an A game. It seems like a restaurant resting on its laurels and history. Flavor precision was lacking. Over brined chicken. Starchy crab cakes and mushy risotto to name a few.

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food2
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service2
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent vegetarian dinner. Friendly, knowledgeable service.

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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We loved our intimate corner near the bubbly fountain. Very memorable food we both enjoyed from first to last bite.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Five Stars (six for ambiance)...friendly service, fireplace. Very classy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Formal elegance suitable for a business dinner or special occasion. Quiet. Service cordial and attentive except waiter forgot to check in with us until we were essentially done our entrees. Extensive wine list with some gems. Steaks were cooked properly but not very flavorful. Desserts top notch.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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food4
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Classy , always great quality and service excellent for impressing business people or high end out of town visitors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

While everything was very good, I would prefer that birthdays be totally ignored rather than acknowledged with a "cute" little note on a generic birthday card. I think ignoring it is less tacky than the card in an upscale expensive restaurant. A cupcake from the local market would have been better.

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food5
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 (London)·Dined on November 2, 2017

From our arrival and greeting to the finish, completely memorable for the very best of reasons,
Excellent food and impeccable service.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

As always, a pleasure to spend a few hours with friends in a relaxing atmosphere with good food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful menu and great atmosphere, highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This is a quiet restaurant which is increasingly difficult to find. You can actually carry on a comversation. Excellent food with very nice presentation. Put it on your list!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. A great dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food excellent except lamb was too rare. Love the new interior design and orientation.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Had lunch in the courtyard. Very pleasant, service was attentive but not too pushy. Nice selection for lunch. Great wine list. Very enjoyable and will return on our next visit to SB.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 5, 2017

It was an outstanding evening. The food was great and the service impeccable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wine Cask is a favorite whenever we are in Santa Barbara. We have had some amazing meals and some very good meals. The menu is always changing but can be counted on for quality.
They also have a very good selection of wine as you would expect.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Have eaten here several times over past couple of years with much better results. Was a big disappointment this time around. Salad was basically way under-dressed and tasteless. Octopus was tough and nearly non eatable. They comped us on it when we gave our critic, which was very fair. The Branzino was good, but not over the top and very small portion. Have had much better at other SB restaurants. The Shrimp/Gnocchi dish was nothing special and couldn't finish it . Service was very good from moment we arrived and throughout the meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very good food. Foi gras was disappointing. The rest was very good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 23, 2017

In the 1990s the Wine Cask was considered one of the top two or three restaurants in SB. The bread only good thing to eat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The restaurant was practically empty and we were seated next to a couple that had a loud argument that lasted our entire meal. The waiter should have moved us with out us asking. We should have left. Food was good but the loud argument ruined our experience. Also, this was during the annual Spanish Fiesta and the town was packed but the restaurant was nearly empty?

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Terrific menu. Creative fresh foods with a broad group of offerings

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Having a very good dinner out in the courtyard is reason enough to come to the Wine Cask. But if you are going to the Lobero, as we were, it is SO convenient. For a $5 parking ticket you can leave your car there while you enjoy the concert (or whatever)after your terrific dinner at the Wine Cask. Then when it is over, you walk across the street and there your car is waiting for you! It's really slick. Plus the food and service at the Wine Cask are excellent .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I used to live in Santa Barbara and now reside in LA. I'd come up with a friend and I wanted to show off my old stomping grounds. Wine Cask is and always has been over the top for food, wine, and service. It's fantastic location in the historical setting is a tremendous Santa Barbara feature. The food? Had the 5 course, chef selected dinner with the Sommelier selected wine pairing. Incredible. The wait staff was wonderful. The food, perfect. The ambiance, more than could be asked for. Went across the street to the Lobero for a show when done. A perfect evening.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful ambiance. Perfect for a date with a friend or special someone.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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