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Wine Cask

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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Ranked #33 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Canon Perdido
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.
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84% Recommend
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English first
New York, NY
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a good restaurant with multiple rooms offering differing varied dining experiences from large to intimate. Excellent wine list with very good house wines.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

The night we visited (last Wednesday) was the first night of the new menu. What a treat, delicious food, good service and excellent wine advice. Thank you, this was the best meal we had whilst of holiday in California.

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A little gem tucked into paseo nuevo. Lovely, serious wine list. Fabulous sandwiches (we were there for lunch). Outdoor dining under a protective canopy, right next to the koi pond. Excellent service - - not overly intrusive, but just right. A great place to get away from the activity of State Street. Great for a romantic or special occasion.

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Santa Barbara, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Liked - new menu almost every day, great wine list great service Disliked - that I can't afford to eat here every week

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London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Held my birthday party here and they were very accommodating. We had a medium size group and requested things on and off menu. We drank some great wines with advise from the waiter.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was the fourth of five restaurant recommendations that we had in the Santa Barbara area. The previous three included the San Ysidro Ranch, Tydes and the Palace Grill. The Wine Cask was the best food by some margin. It doesn't have the location of the San Ysidro Ranch nor Tydes but the service and food are excellent. The wine... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were visitors to Santa Barbara and this was our first visit to Wine Cask. We were told that they had no record of our reservation and that the restaurant was booked for a private party that evening. Explaining that we booked a reservation through Open Table, we were told that the restaurant holds little regard for Open Table bookings.... More

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Mitchell S, Owner at Wine Cask, responded to this review

Hello Elaine, Thank you so much for your review of the restaurant. I believe I spoke to your husband the next day, as I was calling to confirm dinner reservations for the next night. We both quickly realized that the reservation was made for the day after you came to join us, so that was indeed the mix up. We... More

Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our recent dining experience at Wine Cask. From our table in the gorgeous courtyard, to our friendly, knowledgeable and attentive waitress, and to the incredible fine dining experience, we had a fabulous time! The Curran Rose' was perfectly chilled and the best we have ever tasted, the seafood carpaccio was fabulous, and... More

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Woodland Hills, CA
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We took our 19-year old grandson to this restaurant for his birthday. It still maintains its old Santa Barbara ambiance and high quality food and service. We enjoyed the Lamb Sweetbreads, Osso Bucco and Pacific White Fish. Our server, Daniel, was most attentive and helpful and the food was excellent. It was a bit expensive, but worth it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The food was absolutely delicious! The restaurant inside is quite formal looking but beautiful, there is also an outside courtyard. Our waitress was lovely.

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