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Wine Cask Restaurant

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
+1 805-966-9463
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“risotto” (8 reviews)
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Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great Dinner!
"wonderful environment, food and waitstaff. The food was delicious"
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2. Exceptional Experience
"elegant food, beautiful décor and ambience, friendly and welcoming"
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3. Beautiful Courtyard!
"outdoor courtyard was a beautiful location for pre-dinner cocktail"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a small family wedding in Santa Barbara and this was the location for the reception. We enjoyed cocktail hour with served hors 'doeuvres in a private room and our meal was served in the courtyard. And what a culinary delight it was. I...More

Thank IllinoisMrsZ
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Great food, enormous Santa Barbara area and CA wine selection, fine dining at its best. Indoor or outdoor heated patio seating. Have an after-dinner drink at companion casual dining-pub. Enjoyed tremendously, highly recommend. One block away from State Street.

Thank kelton56
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a large business dinner. The service was prompt, friendly and we'll organized. A good wine selection and the food was excellent. Try the parmesan cauliflower !!

Thank K6820DCjoel
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Ambience is incredibly peaceful, high scale, romantic, and new age. Menu spectacular. I had the salmon on green lentils and it was the best salmon I’ve ever had. Service was perfect, not too fast not too slow, but quietly attentive. This is a wonderful change...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We had lots of appetizers, great local white & red wines; service was attentive & accommodated my GF needs! Other winery tasting rooms in the same complex.

Thank sekingrn
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Historically, this has been a fine restaurant with an emphasis on wine, especially local Santa Barbara County wines. It has gone thigh numerous changes of chefs and therefore menus and currently is offering decent choices across the board for almost all preferred tastes and diets...More

Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We were at the WIne Cask with a big group in a separate room and they treated us very well. My entree was the Local Sea Bass that was excellent and my wife enjoyed her Risotto. The Wine was good. I would not hesitate to...More

Thank Paulta2016
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is super pretty inside with a cozy fireplace...wonderful ambience. With that said, food was totally average. My huband's filet was way overdone. We were in a group, otherwise would have sent back. My risotto was totally average. Would not return.

Thank Travel813320
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We are from Belgium and were pleasantly surprised by the great taste of the dishes and professional and friendly staff! Also the wine list is impressive with local and French wines. Recommended! Ps: ask for a table outside if this pleases you.

Thank Beguwe1
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Hit or miss, but when it's a hit, it's great! Definitely worth a visit. Great wine selection and cozy patio on warm days.

Thank BAEM23
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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
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289
    (Canon Perdido)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9463
  • E-mail
Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Our 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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