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Wine Cask

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Seafood, Wine Bar, American
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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: DOUG MARGERUM and MITCHELL SJERVEN'S Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa...
DOUG MARGERUM and MITCHELL SJERVEN'S Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Their passion is great food, the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfort and nostalgia of one of Santa Barbara's favorite restaurants. Indulge in great foods featuring the freshest local ingredients and select from the best wine list in town, not to mention signature cocktails that change regularly. Whether you're looking for a casual drink and shared plates al fresco on the patio lounge or nestled up in front of the fireplace, or feel like a lively dinner in the main room, you'll find what you're craving at the Wine Cask.
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  • 53
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner

We have eaten in this Restaraunt before we felt the experience was much better this year plus the service and wine list were first class. The menu is excellent and the fresh produce on offer is first class we will return

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Kenfolly
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We have eaten in this Restaraunt before we felt the experience was much better this year plus the service and wine list were first class. The menu is excellent and the fresh produce on offer is first class we will return

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This was our first visit to the Wine Cask and it was to celebrate our anniversary.What a pleasant surprise. Food was excellent (try the scallops), the service was accommodating, and the atmosphere was superb. It has been a long time since I have been in a restaurant where I can actually hear what my companions are saying. What a treat... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Excellent food quality. Very nice setting. Outstanding selection of wines and beers. Service is attentive, though not particularly educated about food and wine. But the quality of the experience is superior and an excellent addition to Santa Barbara. Mac & Cheese is great, burgers are cooked well, flatbreads are OK (Taco one is the best - very spicy), artichoke crab... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The ambiance here is beautiful but the food is just okay. I had the scallops and my husband had the New York steak. Neither one was remarkable. Our appetizers were good enough, not great. There is a great selection of wine, per its name and a full bar. We went for our Anniversary, as many do, I'm sure. Nothing special... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Everything here was on point! The wine, the food, the service and the ambiance. Will definitely go here again. Truly found a gem in the heart of downtown Santa Brabara.

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Merida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We celebrated a friend's birthday party in this beautiful restaurant back in early July and it was excellent. The staff so attentive, the food was pretty tasty and the wine selection was superb! Great ambience in an elegant and contemporary setting. If you visits downtown SB and want to have a special dinner, you definitely have to try this spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Wink Cask & Intermezzo are classy places to have a wonderful meal or just to sit and relax (especially in front of the fire on a chilly day) and enjoy some delicious snacks (I'm partial to the mac/cheese...). A lovely place to be with friends and enjoy yourself...

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Nobleton,ON Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We can not say enough about the outstanding service and great selection of fine wine and food. It is downtown SB and recommend using the valet parking next door as there is few places in the area.

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San Diego, California
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

So when we were last there in 1994 the meal ranked as one of the best I ever had. We tried to get back on several occasions but we were either in SB on a day when they were closed or someone was sick etc. In the intervening 21 years I have traveled extensively to London, Napa, New York, Ireland,... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My sister had her wedding reception here. Great food, friendly staff, amazing wine. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed it all!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (Canon Perdido)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

DOUG MARGERUM and MITCHELL SJERVEN'S Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Their passion is great food, the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfort and nostalgia of one of Santa Barbara's favorite restaurants. Indulge in great foods featuring the freshest local ingredients and select from the best wine list in town, not to mention signature cocktails that change regularly. Whether you're looking for a casual drink and shared plates al fresco on the patio lounge or nestled up in front of the fireplace, or feel like a lively dinner in the main room, you'll find what you're craving at the Wine Cask.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?