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Wine Cask Restaurant
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Ranked #86 of 549 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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 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.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We sat on the patio and the service was great on a Saturday night. We shared appetizers (cauliflower and filet bites). Sharing appetizers was perfect. They have all sorts of wines on tap that are great. This was a right place for us. The only reason we didn't give it a 5 was because it was a little pricey.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

A nice special occasion Restaurant suitable for dressy romantic night out-or with a Group-but still comfortable enough for casual attire. Service is flawless and not too stodgy. Simple but excellent two course main Menu is well armed with Veal, Steak, Seafood, Pork, Duck, Risotto etc. Impressive wine list was expected of course and I'm always thrilled to see large format bottles available (bonus points). Portions were significant and probably too much
food-smaller portions at the same prices would still be quite a good value. Steak is excellent-one of the most flavorful and well cooked I've had and I would typically not order a steak! Pork was also incredible..everything else was delicious too and you really can't go wrong here.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The host went out of his way to make recommendations that sounded mouth watering and we enjoyed the seafood tremendously. Our friends from Santa Barbara know the owner, so we got VIP hospitality

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The courtyard was perfect for our family of 17. We were able to request the round tables we preferred. Adam and Branden (?) were fabulous hosts. The food and service were amazing. Thanks.

Thank Sharon W
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We hadn't heard much about this place from the hotel literature and it wasn't that easy to find. They have tables in a courtyard and generously spaced tables indoors with high ceilings and a big fireplace. It wasn't crowded on a cool Thursday night so we picked a place a few tables away from the crackling flames. The mixed greens salad with toasted pistachios, goat cheese in a mint vinaigrette we split was great. The local sea bass tasty and the Veal Osso Bucco with apricot spaetzle, grilled radicchio and charred scallions was an unusual presentation of this classic. Like all our meals on this trip we were able to sample before buying wines by the glass. Those recommended by our waiter, Derek, who was raised in the area and very knowledgable about all things Santa Barbara were well matched with our entrees. It was an end to a wonderful week in Santa Barbara. We also ate at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, Maggie's, Bouchon and Arch Rock Fish on this trip and found it impossible not to get a good meal.

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