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About Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
The Wine Cask Restaurant
Intermezzo Bar Café
MWC Tasting Room
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
American, Californian, French American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 11:30am to 2:00pm - Served in the Courtyard and Restaurant “Gold Room”
Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm - Served in the Courtyard and Intermezzo
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 reservation)
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking (free) OR several nearby Santa Barbara Parking Structures ($1.50/hr after first 75 minutes) OR adjoining Valet Parking Lot (NOT complimentary)
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
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
All four of us were very impressed! We had booked another place to take our guests too but it turned out they were not open late enough so we lucked into returning after for the first time after reopening and we were very very pleased with our luck. Please do give the new Wine Cask a try.
I was host to two women and both liked their crab cakes. I had the open faced Thai Chicken. This did not match the same dish about two months earlier because of very tough bread. This made it difficult to cut and clumsy to eat. *The waiter was a polished and trained person. Very professional and pleasant. He provided tastes of wine to find our choice. Nice touch.
This is now my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food is awesome.
We were given a choice of where to sit; unfortunately we chose a table next to a rather loud group of people (at the time we were seated only half the party were there, so we weren't to know). Aside from this, it was a great meal.
Overall, simply wonderful. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked with wonderfully matched sides. Other diners enjoyed the salmon and scallops, noting there was just a bit too much of the sweet pea puree. Nicely attentive staff without overdoing it. First time back since it reopened and look forward to coming back!
This was our first time dining at the Wine Cask, and it was a wonderful experience. My husband and I were celebrating his birthday, and it was a perfect place. Nice, but not a stuffy atmosphere, great service, and really good food. On the waitress' recommendation we ordered their white fish in fish broth with beans, tomatoes and kale. Never did something so healthy taste so good! We would definitely return!
We were celebrating an anniversary. We were visiting from Los Angeles and brought with us our 2 puppies. Santa Barbara is great for allowing dogs just about anywhere. We did not want to leave them in the hotel room so when we would go out to eat, we would go to dog friendly restaurants with patios and everyone was always so accommodating. Wine Cask wasn't any different they sat us in the inside patio and we had a great dinner, the salmon and short ribs, some champagne and it was very enjoyable. Most people don't even notice the dogs and when they do they are just glad they are well behaved. We want to try the Intermezzo and the flatbreads next time.
Appetizers, scallop entree and desserts were excellent, as was the extensive wine list and waiter's advice. The scallops were cooked to perfection and well complimented by the Jerusalem chokes and pea puree. The braised short rib was flavorful but dry. Overall, a memorable dining experience for a birthday celebration.
I would go back to this restaurant! The excellent preparation of our food, and the waiter's knowlege of the menu made it a great experience. Wine list is far better than others in the area, and reasonably priced. I had a beet salad that was simply outstanding. Well done Wine Cask!
Excellent all around menus were creative and interesting. Service was attentive and not intrusive.
Food was well prepared and visually attractive and delicious
Wine list was very complete with appropriate but not overbearing prices
The new decor and menu show a huge improvement from
The Restuarant former life. Wine cask
Should well regain its space among Santa Barbara's best
Amazing is the only thing I can say about this place. The food was wonderful, I will most likely go back to the Wine Cask the next time I am in Santa Barbara. I had the Lamb and it was off the hook. Perfectly cooked and tender with great flavor. The wife had the mushroom risotto she couldn't stop raving about it. Our server was great too, through me off a little with the jeans for a uniform, but he knew his wines and his beers. Superb place.
In short the Hostess was fantastic and well dressed! The wait staff looked frumpy in there Levi jeans. Our waiter came to soon and didn't make any suggestions and got busy with another table, but a different waiter saved the day and took our wine order. We were missing our bread plate and knife. The First course of Asparagus was bland with no flavor and the beet salad was under cooked. However the main meal was very nice of Ahi Tuna and Risotto. I felt very uncomfortable with the wait staff, and my wife even said she was uncomfortable!
Great place. This is currently one of the places I like to eat while in town. The server that night was 'groping' our table. There is fine dining etiquette when it comes to allowing a table to enjoy there dinner conversation with not too many disruptions.
The waitserver needed some wine service training. Constantly refilling the wine glasses as if it was coffee at a diner shop is not a good idea. Never pour a large wine glass near the rim... Especially at a nice dining establishment. But, he was nice and endearing so I just shrugged and let it go.
They were seating everyone along the perimeter of the room and tables were basically on top of each other. At least we were. The 4 top table next to us was about a rulers length away and they were so loud we could hear everything they said. Not really romantic for your husbands birthday. Food was very good though.
Food and ambiance both excellent. Great seating by the fireplace. Carrot and beat salad was very good with fresh tarragon. I also had the diver sea scallops and they too were outstanding. My husband had the garden salad and the duck cassoulet trio and it too was fabulous.
I noticed that wine by the glass is served in smaller wine glasses and if you order a bottle then you get a larger wine glass. I should have asked for an upgrade. And, it would have been nice to have a French wine on the by-the-glass menu.
While the service was impeccable and the restaurant was quiet, making it easy for our party of four to carry on a conversation, my meal was totally inedible. I ordered the "white fish" special -- which turned out to be the most rubbery and tasteless piece of fish i have ever had, served on top of what appeared to be cannellini beans straight from a can and "caramelized" onions (which were in fact not caramelized at all -- merely sweet -- TOO sweet) and TOUGH TOUGH tasteless kale. To be fair, my dining partners (two of which ordered the tuna and one of which had the scallops) seemed to enjoy their meals -- although neither of the people who ordered the tuna came close to finishing it.
I was pleasantly surprised after dining at Wine Cask. We go to many fine restaurants since we go back to Los Angeles a lot. I thought the food was delicious, and I would return , We have gone to many. restaurants where the corkage is $25. Their corkage is $35, which is higher than most top LA restaurants.
The waiters kept trying to pick up plates before people were finsihed eating. I believe plates should be picked up when everyone is done with their meal. One of the women at the table mentioned that to the waiter and that's the last time we saw him. He must have assigned us to someone else.
This restaurant is at the top of the list with a few others in Santa Barbara, like Downeys and Olio Limone. The ambience is the best - it has high wood carved ceilings and the light is kept low. The tables are spaced far enough apart to allow for privacy in conversations. The food and service is perfection.The wine list is extensive. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Go and see for yourself!
The food was better the last time we were here, but it was the day after Christmas . . . I barely had to mention that I was dissatisfied with my fish entree and the server whisked it away, brought me something else and took it off the bill. They really care about their customers here. I will go back.
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