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Wine Cask

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Seafood, Wine Bar, American
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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
Monday
Closed
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
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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288 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wine Cask feels like an old restaurant -- high, painted ceiling, spacious room, much quieter than your typical modern restaurant that is engineered for a frenetic sound level. To us it felt dated, like something that hadn't changed much in decades. Wine list is large and interesting (had a nice Kunin chenin blanc from California) and wines by the glass... More 

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Lompoc, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the greeter/maitre'd left something to be desired.) Parking also left something to be desired. Even though there was a parking lot outside the front door, we were required to give $8 for valet parking. We were stuck in traffic due to an accident. Arrived almost an hour late. They recognized that we were frazzled and gave us a glass of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly every bite was scrumptious. We had the steak, mashed potatoes and spinach - a common meal, but done really well. The wine options were affordable and varied, which is important. The atmosphere and noise level were comfortable. No complaints, truly enjoyed our experience. Priced high, but we were prepared for that for a special occasion.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

You can eat inside and you'll be very comfortable and happy, but try to sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy the way this restaurant ought to be experienced. The food is expertly prepared and the service is professional. Wine list is superb. One of the very best places in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We went on Saturday evening, having chosen this location based on TripAdvisor listing. We were originally planning to order entrees from the menu, but on our server's recommendation, we decided to try and the five-course pre fixe dinner. She said the pre fixe was "chefs choice," so each course was a surprise. The presentation and creative, complexity of flavors rivaled... More 

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Arlon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a nice lunch outside in Santa Barbara and wandered into a courtyard where we found the Wine Cask. As the name suggest they had a nice wine list and I had a lovely fresh and fruity glass of rosé and my friend had a wonderful Pinot Gris. We share the calamari with the cilantro sauce to... More 

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Harrison, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

I loved the privacy of this restaurant. Its down an alley way. We sat in the courtyard. There is a small fountain in the center and the sound of the water adds to the experience. My friend and I both had salads. They were fresh and delicious. The cocktails as well. If I am fortunate enough to visit Santa Barbara... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I had lunch recently at the Wine Cask, after a long absence, and it was a great experience. We shared the mixed green salad then I had the Filet Mignon Enchiladas while my companion chose the Herb-Crusted Salmon; both were absolutely delicious: seasoned and cooked to perfection ! The service was excellent without being intrusive and, while we opted not... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This was recommended by Ana, the concierge at Bacara. And she was right! This turned out to be one of the best meals we had during our 10 days in Cali. We enjoyed lunch in the courtyard. If they have their tomato soup when you go, at least start with that. The two salads and scallops were also perfection. And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The Wine Cask is one of Santa Barbara's fine dinning restaurants, there food is seasonal and experimenting with new innovations and ideas constantly. It's located in the old El Paseo buildings, has a lovely little courtyard with a fountain, nice for lunches and mild evenings. This time we had roasted Duck, mixed organic field greens, a small watermelon appetizer, The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
Cuisine
Seafood, Wine Bar, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?