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Wine Cask

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$$$
Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Californian
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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 16
    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
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On break from a meeting, we went looking for lunch, walking randomly, and fortune guided us to the Wine Cask. The ambience is quiet, understated and elegant. Table spacing is generous for private and undistracted conversation. Service is very attentive without hovering. There is a nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Fringe_Gatherer
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

On break from a meeting, we went looking for lunch, walking randomly, and fortune guided us to the Wine Cask. The ambience is quiet, understated and elegant. Table spacing is generous for private and undistracted conversation. Service is very attentive without hovering. There is a nice selection of wines by the glass - VERY nice wines. We tried three different... More 

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San Francisco
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Every aspect of our visit was wonderful - the food, the wines and the service. Can't wait to come back.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We went there for a wedding reception. the wedding was only 20 people and it fitted all of us comfortably. The service was great, and I think they were playing nice romantic music just for the room because there are different music at other parts of the restaurant. The food was great, not big portions. I had their wild salmon... More 

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Elmsford, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Four of us each ordered a different appetizer and a different entree (by chance, not by design). We were each exceedingly satisfied and cleaned our plates completely. Two fish entrees, a lamb shank, and a chicken meal, each accompanied by well prepared vegetables showed off the chef's versatility. An extensive wine list, perhaps priced a bit too high, provided great... More 

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Huntingtown, Maryland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

...after a terrible day of USAir airline screw-ups we arrived in Santa Barbara 5 hours late The restaurant was able to accommodate us one hour later than our reservation. The decor is great. The wine list has great local wines. Every wine we had was superb. The food was all outstanding as was the service. They even had Van Winkle... More 

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Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is a great place for late night drinks and appetizers. I recommend but its a little west of town

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Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We started with the oysters which were not as tasty as we expected. The bream fish was dry and not flavorful at all. For dessert we shared the lava cake and pudding both were great. In summary, The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance but the food just didn't meet our expectations. The wait staff was very accommodating. Maybe we just... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Ate in the dining room and the menu, food quality and service were great. A bit pricy, but I would go back and recommend to anyone. They have parking and its in a very good location. Their web site is very helpful. Reservations are a must for dinner.

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Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I had the Wine Cask brand of petit Syrah which was Wonderful great body full & full amount. It irritates me when you pay for $12-15 wine & they pour 4oz, not here!! Excellent salad, salmon & butterscotch pudding

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Alabama
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We eat in a lot of fine dining restaurants. Culinary experiences are sought out whenever we leave our hometown. One of the best meals i have had in years. I actually abandoned my steak to eat more of the sides!! I admit my husband wasn't as thrilled with his pork but from my mixed greens salad to the main course....FANTASTIC... More 

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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, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?