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Wine Cask Restaurant

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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Santa Barbara, California
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131 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the fireplace is a truly romantic location to get a table. The patio is also... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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249 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Los Altos, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 in professional way. I couldn't have been happier with my experience here.

Thank burbsmom
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272 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 flavors. Definitely a lovely evening.

Thank Walking16
Venice, Florida
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 served not necessarily with the correct course. 3 out of the 5 courses were good,... More 

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Lavallette, New Jersey
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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288 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
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 and interesting (had a nice Kunin chenin blanc from California) and wines by the glass... More 

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Lompoc, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 an hour late. They recognized that we were frazzled and gave us a glass of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 high, but we were prepared for that for a special occasion.

Thank TurnTurnTurnTurn
Waterloo, Canada
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635 reviews
440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

You can eat inside and you'll be very comfortable and happy, but try to sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy the way this restaurant ought to be experienced. The food is expertly prepared and the service is professional. Wine list is superb. One of the very best places in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 40
Seafood, Wine Bar, International, American, Gluten Free Options
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?