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Wine Cask Restaurant

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813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Canon Perdido)
+1 805-966-9463
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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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Los Angeles, California
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192 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We went on Saturday evening, having chosen this location based on TripAdvisor listing. We were originally planning to order entrees from the menu, but on our server's recommendation, we decided to try and the five-course pre fixe dinner. She said the pre fixe was "chefs choice," so each course was a surprise. The presentation and creative, complexity of flavors rivaled... More 

Thank Jrryo
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227 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a nice lunch outside in Santa Barbara and wandered into a courtyard where we found the Wine Cask. As the name suggest they had a nice wine list and I had a lovely fresh and fruity glass of rosé and my friend had a wonderful Pinot Gris. We share the calamari with the cilantro sauce to... More 

Thank Viviane H
Harrison, Maine
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178 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I loved the privacy of this restaurant. Its down an alley way. We sat in the courtyard. There is a small fountain in the center and the sound of the water adds to the experience. My friend and I both had salads. They were fresh and delicious. The cocktails as well. If I am fortunate enough to visit Santa Barbara... More 

Thank rhonda t
Santa Barbara, California
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I had lunch recently at the Wine Cask, after a long absence, and it was a great experience. We shared the mixed green salad then I had the Filet Mignon Enchiladas while my companion chose the Herb-Crusted Salmon; both were absolutely delicious: seasoned and cooked to perfection ! The service was excellent without being intrusive and, while we opted not... More 

Thank WineGoddess6
Dallas, Texas
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This was recommended by Ana, the concierge at Bacara. And she was right! This turned out to be one of the best meals we had during our 10 days in Cali. We enjoyed lunch in the courtyard. If they have their tomato soup when you go, at least start with that. The two salads and scallops were also perfection. And... More 

Thank Porter L
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104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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 

Thank chi-art
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 

Thank Bacrm5
Springfield, MO
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank JTRSpringfield_MO
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1,568 reviews
874 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
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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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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