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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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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: 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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  • 107
    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
Excellent wine list and great food

We ate outside and it was lovely. The food was excellent and the wine list broad and delightful . Staff was terrific and guidance on wine was very good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
Lisakmerritt
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We ate outside and it was lovely. The food was excellent and the wine list broad and delightful . Staff was terrific and guidance on wine was very good.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wine Cask includes a gourmet restaurant, a wine shop, a vibrant bar/bistro combination with indoor and outdoor dining and indoor private dining rooms, all within one of the most well-located, historic and attractive venues in the city. And the food is excellent. I have not only been edified there; I will be so again and again.

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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great food, best local wine selection in town, top notch service, fine dining meets the 'california' relaxed vibe.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food and service were impeccable. Scott was our waiter and he was very attentive. It bugs me when a enters his service area and doesn't scan every table. Scott was on it. The menu has lots of diversity for my picky eater guest. Obviously has a strong wine list, but I personally love the Margerum Syberite. The price is... More 

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

From cocktails to dessert, the Wine Cask hits all the right notes. Let's not forget that fabulous wine list either! Always innovative with food, & changing the dishes up seasonally, the Wine Cask is a go-to foodie destination, with comfy patio seating as well as the more formal feel of the dining room. A wonderful place for locals as well... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food, service and wine list are are great. It is a very welcoming not stuffy restaurant. The Bar is also fun, if you are up for light fare.

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Santa Barbara
3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Celebrating together, my husband and I had an exquisite experience: the restaurant is flawless, clean, romantic, warm, feels like a restaurant in France. The food was A+ and the wine list perfect.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is a lovely old restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. The food is excellent, as is the bar selection. There is ample parking next door.

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Additional Information about Wine Cask

Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-966-9463
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Californian

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?