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Wine Cask Restaurant

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9463
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • 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 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at the Wine Cask. The food is always good, the people friendly, the wine list robust. The cherry on top is the ambience. The main dining room is a beautiful restoration that feels like eating in someone's elegant home and...More

Thank Penn69
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I was outside and it was quiet atmosphare, but I had to wait to mutch for service. Personal was friendly. Food was ok but for my personal feeling not special. Handling with WIFI and Passworts has room for improvement.

Thank Zoran-K
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I attended a rehearsal dinner with my family in the courtyard of this restaurant. What a wonderful environment, food and waitstaff. The food was delicious - everything we had was great - well presented and fresh. The waitresses especially made good recommendations and were friendly...More

Thank burbsmom
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We were seated near the fire place on a chilly evening and felt we were off to a good start! At the recommendation of our server we ordered and enjoyed the stuffed calamari. The halibut chowder was amazing, such a wonderful blend of textures and...More

Thank Walking16
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had a group of 8 which couldn't decide if they wanted a Chefs menu or not (This was part of the problem). But they did accommodate those of us that wanted it with a wine pairing. The wines were not very good and were...More

Thank LivingLife500
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Went on Valentines Day. Beautiful setting and the staff was pleasant but not worth the price. The food was mediocre and meager portions. Very disappointing!!

Thank Louise H
Reviewed 13 January 2017

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...More

1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 January 2017

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...More

Thank TravelingPrincessWT
Reviewed 2 January 2017 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...More

Thank TurnTurnTurnTurn
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the Wine Cask okay for children and does it have gluten free options available?
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.
What is dress code for lunch?
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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.