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Wine Cask Restaurant

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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great Dinner!
"wonderful environment, food and waitstaff. The food was delicious"
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2. Exceptional Experience
"elegant food, beautiful décor and ambience, friendly and welcoming"
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3. Beautiful Courtyard!
"outdoor courtyard was a beautiful location for pre-dinner cocktail"
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

A little gem tucked into paseo nuevo. Lovely, serious wine list. Fabulous sandwiches (we were there for lunch). Outdoor dining under a protective canopy, right next to the koi pond. Excellent service - - not overly intrusive, but just right. A great place to get...More

Thank peachesmesley
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Liked - new menu almost every day, great wine list great service Disliked - that I can't afford to eat here every week

Thank Frazer H
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Held my birthday party here and they were very accommodating. We had a medium size group and requested things on and off menu. We drank some great wines with advise from the waiter.

Thank DJfromLondon
Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was the fourth of five restaurant recommendations that we had in the Santa Barbara area. The previous three included the San Ysidro Ranch, Tydes and the Palace Grill. The Wine Cask was the best food by some margin. It doesn't have the location of...More

Thank floristonhall
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were visitors to Santa Barbara and this was our first visit to Wine Cask. We were told that they had no record of our reservation and that the restaurant was booked for a private party that evening. Explaining that we booked a reservation through...More

1  Thank Elaine M
Mitchell S, Owner at Wine Cask Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2014

Hello Elaine, Thank you so much for your review of the restaurant. I believe I spoke to your husband the next day, as I was calling to confirm dinner reservations for the next night. We both quickly realized that the reservation was made for the...More

Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our recent dining experience at Wine Cask. From our table in the gorgeous courtyard, to our friendly, knowledgeable and attentive waitress, and to the incredible fine dining experience, we had a fabulous time! The Curran Rose' was...More

Thank Nicole I
Reviewed June 24, 2014

We took our 19-year old grandson to this restaurant for his birthday. It still maintains its old Santa Barbara ambiance and high quality food and service. We enjoyed the Lamb Sweetbreads, Osso Bucco and Pacific White Fish. Our server, Daniel, was most attentive and helpful...More

Thank Alswed44
Reviewed June 17, 2014

The food was absolutely delicious! The restaurant inside is quite formal looking but beautiful, there is also an outside courtyard. Our waitress was lovely.

Thank HEDI47
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Was in SB for the Film Festival in February. We signed up for a Foodie Tour through the Farmers Market with the Chef and Pastry Chef, Brandon and Rosie. We picked some veggies for our fabulous three course dinner at the Chef's Table that evening....More

Thank 10jilma
Reviewed May 9, 2014

I'm finally getting to write this (long overdue) review! My son got married, last July 13, 2013@ Old Santa Barbara Courthouse. My husband and I hosted a rehearsal luncheon at The Wine Cask on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12 noon. We were within walking...More

Thank Linda R
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August 26, 2017|
Response from Robert B |
I believe so but you should call the restaurant to confirm
July 14, 2016|
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Response from Penny1968 | Reviewed this property |
Not good for children under 10. I am sure they can come up with gluten free.
February 3, 2016|
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Response from cary263 | Reviewed this property |
casual, like for every Santa Barbara restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
    (Canon Perdido)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9463
  • E-mail
Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Our 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 alfresco in the Mediterranean courtyard 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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