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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, Farm to Table, 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
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
Love the courtyard and the seafood is exquisite. On this particular lunchtime the waiter seemed in a great hurry to take our order, bring our check and get us out though. No opportunity to look at possible desserts or coffee which is a shame as otherwise I have always enjoyed the food and overall appeal of Wine Cask.
We chose Wine & Cask for our wedding night dinner for our parents and ourselves. We arranged in advance for a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course was amazingly beautiful and delicious. And the wine pairings were both interesting and complementary of food with which it was paired. We had a mixed group of foodies and those that like their meats cooked well done, so I was nervous that the food may be a too "fancy" for some in our group. However, everyone was blown away by each course. One of the highlights of the night was the sommelier bringing wines out from the library for us to try (since we were a large group). It was a perfect wedding night dinner. Special, delicious and fun.
We have been going to theWine Cask for over 3 years now, specifically for New Year's Eve dinner. The food is very good and we have always had a festive experience. This year was an exception. Our server was surly and inattentive. We refused to let her poor attitude ruin our evening However, she also misquoted wine prices and gave us an incorrect bill. As much as we like the food and ambience of the Wine Cask, I do not think we will return or recommend to others.
Subpar this time. Usually one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara, but this was a subpar event from start to finish. Indifferent front of restaurant, entrees brought out at different times, one entree was not as ordered and another fish entree way under-cooked. And it's not as if it were terribly busy. I will be back, but if this was my first time, I doubt I would have.
Great ambiance. Starters of salad, prawn, and Gnocchi were very good. Entrees not so much. Lamb was gamey and just not good. Sea bass was not good either. Waiter was MIA all night. Would not return to pour any of the champagne or wine we ordered. One entree was wrong and correct one came out very late when the rest of my party was almost done. No checking to see if all was good; no notice of uneaten entrees; no adjustment of bill. Very disappointed.
The waiter staff was extremely attentive. The truly understand the motto that the customer is always right! Unfortunately each dish, while creative and tasty, could be improved. The gnocchi seemed fried without much sauce, although tasty. I was not used to gnocchi with crunch! The kale salad, although tasty with a lovely dressing and beers, was not massaged nor "baby" kale and was unnecessarily crunchy and "rough"! With a little "massage", could be greatly improved. The "nutella" ice cream was good, but just tasted like chocolate I cream without a hint of hazelnut or Nutella. However the staff removed the charge for the kale salad. I would definitely try again, but hope that the chef is open to a few tips from another chef!!!
Excellent food and service. We'd been numerous times, but never taken family. My inlaws loved the ambiance and felt it was the perfect choice for Christmas Eve dinner. All of the desserts were incredible, especially the bread pudding and lavender creme brûlée. Thank you for making our holiday special!
Overall a nice quiet place if you're looking for a lower key dinner. We had issues with service that made the experience as a whole uncomfortable without going into too much detail. Our bill was over $400 and just felt the level of service needs to be elevated at that price point. Food was ok, the menu seemed well versed but some of the items missed the mark (fish dry, steak not cooked properly, etc) We've been here a couple of times as locals and hope it's better the next time around.
"We love the smooth feel of this place, the lights and the decoration: elegant with clean lines, an a sophisticated touch, like the mirrors. We returned to the Wine Cask, and we will when visiting Santa Barbara. The salad was fresh and delicious, and we both chose New York strip, just perfect! mine medium, the other medium well, both of us got exactly the point we like. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
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