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Wine Cask

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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
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Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The Wine Cask is one of Santa Barbara's fine dinning restaurants, there food is seasonal and experimenting with new innovations and ideas constantly. It's located in the old El Paseo buildings, has a lovely little courtyard with a fountain, nice for lunches and mild evenings. This time we had roasted Duck, mixed organic field greens, a small watermelon appetizer, The... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

A friend suggested the Wine Cask as one of her favourite local haunts. It is located in charming downtown Santa Barbara and has a valet parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. There is both indoor and outdoor dining and we chose to sit outside on the patio which was pleasant on a balmy summer's evening. We looked at the wine... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We went there with my husband's business associates and spouses and children. The room they had set aside for us was gorgeous. We had a set menu and all of the selections were very nice and full of flavor. They had some couches set up around a fireplace which made for the perfect place for the kids to hang out... More 

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Springfield, MO
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We stumbled in here on our first night. A block off of State Street, so the vibe was much more casual than everything over there. Locals populated the place, excellent food and very good wine list. A good server was training a not-so-good beginner, but probably worth going there just to enjoy the historical ceiling.

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Stockholm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Here you will find both the old school Calif menu and partly modern kitchen.European-style alfresco is a nice alternative to the somewhat drab décor of the wine bar.Nice and relaxed attitude of staff

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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We had house guests so we went here instead of the san Ysidro ranch or the el Encanto. We had drinks at the el Encanto for the view and then came here for dinner. We had just returned from France where I ate foie gras every day. I ordered the foie gras terrine, thinking it would be mixed with other... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

I had the seabass, it was dry, coworkers scallops were so salty she could only eat one. My husbands ribeye was pretty good though. Lava chocolate cake was dry also, as well as the chocolate chip cookie that had ice cream on it. Very pricy especially since it wasn't that good.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

My dog and I enjoyed a patio luncheon at this noted place, and it was really an outstanding meal. The dog had fresh water delivered under the table, and I relished a slightly mexican flatbread with a glass of great chard. The service was so attentive...I am sure it was my cute dog, not me, that attracted one wait person... More 

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Chandler, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We had booked online via Open Table and a week before the reservation got a call from the hostess asking if it was ok to be seated in the courtyard as they were having a special event inside which restricted space. I said that was fine and it was a lovely evening, thank goodness. Sommelier was very helpful and made... More 

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California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I'm sorry I can't say anything nice about the Wine Cask any longer. We've lived here for 15 years and visit four or five times per year, and each time things have gotten worse. The menu is staid, the service is terrible, the food's flavors are bland and "Sysco" like even though they claim Farmer's Market influences. Our meal was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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
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 al fresco on the patio lounge 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?