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Wine Cask Restaurant

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9463
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Seafood, Wine Bar, International, American, Gluten Free Options
813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lavish surrounding but due to being nearly empty lacked ambience Food as expected service attentively But lacked the pizazz customers are seeking Wine lists extensive as expected

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Wine Cask restaurant with my husband. The staff is really good, especially the sommelier. For being French we can be pretty picky about the wine and the food : but this place was just perfect! The patio is absolutely lovely and...More

Thank Eve P
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We attended a lovely wedding reception at this restaurant and truly enjoyed a wonderful evening. The outdoor courtyard was a beautiful location for pre-dinner cocktail hour with outdoor heaters as needed. The staff was attentive throughout the entire evening. The indoor wedding reception dinner was...More

Thank Phyllis54
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We were excited to dine here because of the ratings. The food was mediocre at best and the place was filthy. will not go back or recommend until they fix it.

Thank Rocket-Manlv
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We booked it for our 33rd anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better spot. Really cool main dining room, personalized greeting card on table from owner/manager and well informed server, Jamie. As you might guess, they really know their wines and how to pair...More

Thank Albert M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We celebrated our son's wedding with a rehearsal dinner at the Wine Cask. We live in Los Angeles so all of the planning was done by email and every aspect of the event went perfectly. We reserved the wine library which is a private area...More

Thank jennysaad
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We did a tasting menu that included wine . Was very impressed by the quality of locally sourced wine. Would go back again and would recommend this place to friends and family .

Thank Erick I
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Great service , charming , pretty atmosphere, great location. Unfortunately the food was mediocre! Out of 4 of us; only one person liked their entree which was the short ribs. The other 3 were as follows: Lamb. Was ordered medium rare. Was served medium -...More

Thank joanmaze
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We came as a group of 85 people to Wine Cask for a company retreat. This was by far the best and easiest experience I have ever had with a large group at a restaurant. Wine Cask is well equipped for events and for larger...More

Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 23 May 2017

My first experience at the Wine Cask was last week when I had lunch with family. We sat on the patio, which is a very enchanting little enclave in the city. Small but very comfortable and charming. But that was just the start of the...More

Thank Annick831
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Questions & Answers
27 August 2017|
Response from Robert B |
I believe so but you should call the restaurant to confirm
14 July 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.
3 February 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
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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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