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“Good, not great”

Wine Cask Restaurant
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Ranked #89 of 534 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
Reviewed March 9, 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
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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Unique dining experience”
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
Thank lettielou
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Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

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
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Thank Olga R
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Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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
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Thank steven d
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Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Unique menu in a warm environment”
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
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Thank Cutpaste
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