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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
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.
Ambiance was great, food, not so much. I don't understand how an upscale restaurant could send out food that isn't hot, very disappointing. Took 'forever' to get our drinks and it wasn't busy. The server even commented on it and apologized. My husband and I have dined here several times and this time was not up to par. Dessert was good, but I was the only one who had it, everybody else was 'done'. 😔 Will stick with Bouchon for a nice dinner.
We had lunch at Intermezzo, which is the more casual restaurant connected to Wine Cask. Wine Cask is only open for dinner (at least on the weekend). Excellent burgers, french fries, onion rings and artichoke heart flatbread (so very, very, good!). Cute place and service was excellent. We live in Los Angeles but, the next time we're in Santa Barbara, we would definitely return for lunch. We also really want to go back to Wine Cask for dinner. It has such a beautiful room and the menu (and photos) look(s) incredible!
To say we were disappointed is an understatement. For over $240 for 2 people I would have wanted to be overwhelmed by the meal. It was bland and less than average . We left feeling like we could have cooked a better meal at home . Very disappointed with the entire evening.
Pros: Elegant dining in downtown St Barbara
In/outdoor seating in a secluded and clean backyard
Relatively inexpensive and for the most part good food
Large wine list
Cons: Incorrectly defined address - visitors note that restaurant is in one of the many backyards and not at the street address listed
Only two waiters for a large dining room
Our waiter was not a sommelier though this is a primary a wine restaurant
Shrimp dish used frozen food which were re-thawed and then partially fried
Rest rooms are tiny and for one person only
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