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Wine Cask - Santa Barbara

4.7
768 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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The Wine Cask Restaurant (dinner only)
Intermezzo Bar Café (lunch and dinner)
Private Dining
MWC Tasting Room
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian, French American
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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)
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Phone number
(805) 966-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brandon Cogan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canon Perdido
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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)
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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.
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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

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Wine Cask can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 768 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We came to wine cask to celebrate my 30th Bday.

Christopher was our guy! Service as expected to be good was not that. It was beyond exceptional. Food and wine knowledge, all that jazz but more importantly an inviting and welcoming and patient with us. We knew what we wanted and he still directed us for a better time. Six stars out of five.

Executive chef and the BOH is doing it proper. Thank you wine cask!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Nuri was our waiter. He was very knowledgeable, gracious and charming. You couldn’t ask for better service. The food was delicious. My wife had the cod which was perfect. I had the braised ribs. I always love them here because the flavor is so deep and intense. Wow, it is terrific. We frequently come here for our anniversaries.

I prefer my wines to have the same intensity as my main courses. But alas, sommeliers don’t think wine should stand alone as a strong flavor course on its own. Nuri helped by suggesting I taste the wine before deciding. I was able to get pretty close to my preferred flavor threshold.

We loved the evening and always recommend this place to our family and friends as one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Ordered the tasting menu. Took almost three hours. Frequently sat for long periods with no food on the table. Very poor timing. Ran out of water frequently. Food excellent. If they could figure out the timing of their tasting menu would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very welcoming. Excellent service. Food is outstanding. Overall, highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Highly recommended - exquisite, subtle, fine flavors, excellent service, c-o-m-f-o-r-t-a-b-l-e,
good for conversation, in a Santa Barbara heritage site.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wine Cask came highly recommended by a friend and the meal etc did not disappoint. We got married at the Courthouse and then had our celebration dinner there. Everything was delicious and the ambience was fancy enough for the occasion! Our server surprised us with a champagne toast on the house too. We really appreciated that!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I love love love the Wine Cask! The Embiance is romantic and elegant! The food was deliciously superb! We had leek and potatoe soup, the duck, shortribs and the warm chocolate chip cookie! Everything was scrumptious and the service was impeccable!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Had a wonderful evening. Enjoyed the chefs tasting menu and wine pairings. Very fun and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Such a rare treat to have both *excellent* staff awareness about celiac disease *and* so many high-quality options. I honestly couldn’t pick one favorite dish I had, but the scallops alone were definitely worth going back for.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was very good. Service was mediocre at best. Forgot something we ordered and was non attentive.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Delightful Valentine’s Day lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Totally fabulous!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner and menus was very good and nice

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Christmas celebration

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent vegetarian dinner. Friendly, knowledgeable service.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful menu and great atmosphere, highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. A great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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