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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
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.
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?
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 .
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.
Wonderful place for our small wedding dinner of 15, including small children. Staff was so helpful in making reservations, and even made us a wedding cake. Service was very excellent, so welcoming and accommodating. Perfect place for a large party. We had plenty of space to move around without disturbing other patrons. Thank you Wine Cask!
We ate at the Wine Cask as we were considering it for a private function. It was great and our waiter was very excited about many of the wines by the glass. We let him select a few to do with our food and he did not disappoint. Try this gem before it's too full to get in!
The ambiance was great! The wait staff was wonderful, being alert, but not intrusive.
Unfortunately, all six of us had 'tepid' meals! There was really no excuse for this, as we did not have appetizers, so we did not hold up the serving of the main course.
Such a shame. It's a lovely restaurant with lovely staff and ambiance, but I can see that they may go out of business if they don't correct this major problem.
The food was fantastic and the wine pairings with each course were perfect. Kicked off the meal with champagne and ended the night with a 40 year old Port wine. Highly recommend. Started with the cold tomato soup, then the gnocchi appetizer, my filet was delicious, she loved her salomon. Staff was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable in recommending the wines that went with each course.
A classy experience in a beautiful historic setting. The indoor space is lovely with stenciled beams; patio dining is also available. The food was fantastic: inventive, fresh, and absolutely delicious. Our waiter was well informed about the food and wine. Overall an A+
The Wine Cask is a very reliable, fine dining restaurant in Santa Barbara. Generally very consistent in all aspects. I have been there several times for business dinners. It has an upscale feel, and in my mind, one of only 4 or 5 REAL fine dining establishments in Santa Barbara. My dinner there this week was pretty spot on with the exception of one disappointment, where the server had described one of their specials as having been sourced from a specific location. After getting the dish and tasting it, she later came and informed me that the items were actually sourced from a completely different place. And it was one of those items that if you were told came from Place A, and you look at it, you'll know right off the bat if it was from Place A or not. Otherwise, it was a great dinner.
I reserved a table for 11 to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. They had a bouquet of roses on the table and custom menus with my daughter's name - that was a nice, unexpected touch. The service and food were outstanding! The wine was outstanding. I don't think it could have been better
The place is very nice and the ambiance very classy. We had lunch and I had the best flatbread I've ever tasted. The rest of the table were equally pleased with their choices. The creme brûlée infused with lavender was heavenly. It is on the formal side but you can also seat on the patio area, which is very pleasant, for a more casual atmosphere.
Returning to this restaurant after many years, such a disappointment.
The staff is lovely. The service very good......the food, really mediocre. Not good quality, not creative and interesting, as we remembered from past visits.
The place was nearly empty, so maybe the word is out among locals.
We were looking forward to dining at the Wine Cask for our son's graduation from college. My overall impression was good, initially. But, I got the distinct impression that once we ordered two moderately priced bottles of wine, the waitress lost interest in us. The wine sommelier was pleasant and helpful. We saw very little of the waitress from that point forward. The scallops were so salty that I could not eat them. Braised short rib was excellent. The gazpacho was nondescript. It was just a mixed bag for what we hoped would be an outstanding dining experience.
Well, not that good. The Wine Cask has been around for a long time and so have I. We had a 22 people client appreciation dinner a few weeks ago and got charged for 25. Okay, maybe it was in the contract I didn't read carefully enough. So be it. But the biggest problem was that everyone who ordered the NY Steak found it not very good. In fact, many didn't finish it and a few took home what they didn't eat literally for their dog. Then, this other evening Friday, June 26, I took another client who couldn't make that group dinner. All was pretty good, he and I ordered the lamb ... and it was cold. Okay, not refrigerator cold but cool, point is, not piping hot as it should be. So what can I say. Beautiful place to be, for sure, and I don't mind the price because the real definition of cost is not price but rather not getting what you expect (or hope for or deserve for being there). Needless to say, we've quietly removed Wine Cask from our Contacts.
Anytime that my wife and I travel to Santa Barbara area, we always plan on dining at the Wine Cask. The menu tends to have many pleasing options with excellent service and atmosphere. The location in the Paseo area makes it very convenient to all that Santa Barbara has to offer. We highly recommend it.
It was my husband's before so we had the tasting menu. We have been to the Wine Cask before but never had the tasting menu. It was excellent and we did the wine pairing. The only hiccup was a wedding party out in the courtyard that slowed down the service. As usual the quality of the food is excellent.
Always a pleasure to eat at the Wine Cask. The food is uniformly good, the people always pleasant. They have a robust wine list. The main dining room is one of the most beautiful in Santa Barbara. Get a table in front of the fireplace for a truly elegant experience.
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