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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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Ranked #51 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, 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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Santa Barbara, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Everything from the food to the wine list and the ambiance is top notch. The owners are true professional restauranteurs and it shows their passion. The food is of exceptional quality prepared with care and presented well.

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Reuver, The Netherlands
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

After eating here on sunday evening I didn 't hasitate to make a reservation for wednesday evening (christmas eve). Both meals were exellent. I must mention the great winelist with wines that copmeiments the food very well. Try the tarte tatin as dessert paired with the Ojai vineyard Voignier ice wine; a combination made in heaven! All in all, two... More 

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Houston TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a Santa Barbara institution that continues to offer a good experience. Whether outside in the atmospheric courtyard or inside in the main dining room, the setting is very pleasant, the service is a good version of "California Correct," and the prices seem well suited to the experience. The location is hard to beat too, in the middle of... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were wonderfully delighted to have dinner at the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara. Although a little difficult to find since in a historic building, we were not disappointed once we got there. There was a lovely bar at one side of the building and the restaurant in the rear. The restaurant also had an outdoor center patio that I'm... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It was our first night in Santa Barbara and we were looking forward to an elegant dinner in what appeared to be a beautiful restaurant. It started out poorly with the table we were put at even though we had a reservation. But we were determined to still enjoy our meal. Unfortunately our waitress seemed rather disinterested. The salad was... More 

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My friends and I were visiting from out of town and wanted to check this place out. The restaurant is beautifully laid out and I liked the ambiance very much. The restaurant is best for romantic, and quiet evenings spent with good company or even business dinners. Their wine list is quite extensive and there is a wine guy readily... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is one of the best meals I have had in a restaurant, with wonderful wine and excellent service. I would 100% recommend.

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Tustin, California, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

a beautiful and romantic night under the stars, sitting on the patio with superb food. Perhaps our best meal while in Santa Barbara and a location we will frequent. This and Opal's were our top two.

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Goleta, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Came here today for lunch with co-workers. Tables have been changed on the patio so there seem to be more tables for two, we were a party of three and ended up at a six-top which was a bit awkward. Food was excellent, service was excellent. Lovely experience that shows how lucky we are to live and work in SB

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Santa Barbara, CA
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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Additional Information about Wine Cask

Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
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: American, Californian

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