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Wine Cask

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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Ranked #44 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $40
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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English first
Santa Barbara, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We love the food here...it's fun and creative. The patio are is beautiful and the location is great when going to events at the Lobero Theater

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We originally had dinner reservations here, but could not make it as we were running late. Instead, we came for lunch. We came about 5 minutes before they were supposed to close but were still seated. The restaurant has a beautiful courtyard that really sets the tone for a quiet, enjoyable lunch. The food was very enjoyable as well. We... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We have had a reservation at the Wine Cask because of an article in the "Weinwelt" with a description of the wine list, which sounded good. Forget it. They offered us a "Barbera" as a "Brunello" as it was mentioned in the wine list and even didn't understand the difference! The "Sommelier" wanted to check the possibility to find a... More

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Interesting dishes well prepared. Service was friendly and professional. Good wine list and knowledgeable staff to help with choices. The atmosphere is upscale without being pretentious. One of the better choices in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Had another great meal here on Sunday evening. We're local and we have been here a few times and it never disappoints. Sat in the courtyard and it was peaceful - quite romantic. The three courses were all very flavorful and creative without being too fancy. Ended with the trio of Tawny Port taster and cheese selection. Bliss! Service was... More

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Palm Beach, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We made reservations for 6 at this place after reading recommadations from others. We arrived at 6 30 and were seated inside. our server came to our table promptly and took drink orders. From there the service went downhill. We gave our dinner order 30 minutes later..... And never saw our sever again. After another 30 minutes We had to... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The ceviche is a delight, the cask burger is sizable and deliciously spiced, and the garden salad has the freshest tomatoes and most wonderful seasoning in town. Ambiance is comfortable without being necessarily memorable. All wines are local to SB and the servers know their stuff and are pleased to share their knowledge and opinions with you as you like.

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Encinitas, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We went to the Wine Cask for an anniversary dinner. It didn't disappoint! Great atmosphere - cozy table in front of the fireplace - an excellent wine list, and a new chef that transformed excellent food into exquisite! Well worth making this restaurant a priority when visiting Santa Barbara!

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New York, NY
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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