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“Good, not great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wine Cask

Wine Cask
813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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Ranked #48 of 449 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $25 - $40
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.
Massachusetts
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I took my mom for dinner to this restaurant after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. While I liked the food in general it was not outstanding by any means. The root salad was better in presentation than in preparation. The sea bass was kind of dry to my taste. I was told by the waiter that it's a different fish than the sea bass I'm used to at Cape Cod and it was different indeed unfortunately to the worse . It was not bad but that's all I can say. The whole lamb was the best of our meals. We also ordered two glasses of Langoria Pinot Noir which was fine but definitely wasn't worse $19 a glass. Service was good and to my surprise the restaurant was half empty at 7:30pm on a Saturday night.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Unique dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Very nice restaurant. The menu is for sharing. We opted to just have appetizers, salad, and dessert. Fresh food...we ran into a chef at the farmers market. The food is unique, very good. The brussel sprouts were awesome! They also had pavlova for dessert, which I love! It is a small restaurant, so we ended up sitting very close other tables.

Visited March 2014
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Boston, MA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We were in the area and picked this restaurant for lunch. Crab cakes and sandwiches were well prepared with interesting additions such as corn and sauces. Price is reasonable. Patio is beautiful. Recommended overall.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

If you visit Santa Barbara you should go to Wine Cash. Its a great place to eat a perfect meal with your friends but you have to take in consideration that its expensive but again the dishes served deserve the high prices.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Unique menu in a warm environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The Wine Cask features many unique menu choices with interesting food combinations and innovative ingredients. The environment of the restaurant is comfortable and luxurious. The noise level was very comfortable making it easy to enjoy the company of our dinner companions. Good place to enjoy a dinner with friends!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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