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Wine Cask

813 Anacapa St. (E. De la Guerra St.) Send to Phone
805-966-9463 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
One of Santa Barbara County’s most comprehensive wine-and-dine experiences.
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Dining room at Wine Cask, Santa Barbara, CA

Wine Cask Restaurant Review

: Ground zero for wine and cuisine in Santa Barbara County, Wine Cask comprises a trio of restaurant, wine bar and wine tasting room orbiting one of the city’s most historical courtyards. The interior is dark and moody, sleek and sophisticated, though not formal and stuffy. Chef Brandon Hughes’ food is not for the weak of palate. Blasts of salt bring out the flavor of a rosy-centered pork chop, which is double-cut and served with apple cider reduction atop a purée of local root vegetables and pancetta-flecked Brussels sprouts. Even a seemingly innocuous endive salad is a textural triumph, with crisp apples, a potent and slightly sour blue cheese vinaigrette and candied walnuts. Though Hughes mostly avoids culinary avant-gardism, dishes like a cassoulet “trio” --- deconstructed and plated in sections of succulent duck leg confit falling off the bone, braised pork cheek and Farpoint Ranch sausage --- reflect his city upbringing. The menu changes seasonally, but you’ll find dishes like (oven-roasted) whitefish straight from the Channel Islands to herb-crusted rack of lamb with Tunisian spices and curried couscous. Pastry chef Rosie Gerard turns out desserts such as pistachio macaroons made with rosewater cream and candied nuts, as well as a margarita cheesecake with tequila-lime reduction. The sommelier guides patrons through a phone book-size wine list that includes a strong showing of Santa Barbara wines.

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Wine CAsk Restaurant - worst dining experience ever
by daniloni on Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:05 pm
We spend a fair amount of time and money eating out both dometically and interntionally. We had reservations for 7:45 on Saturday night for 4. and were seated on time. The waiter was cluless but that was not the issue. Though we received our appetizers within a reasonable amount of time we did not get our main course (nothing too complicated) until 9:45 at which time we were sitting at an empty table for more than an hour and a half. Though we had few meek appologies oferred we finally left without eating.

I will not recomand this restaurant to anyone, friend or foe until (and if) they get their act together.

Expensive, non attentive, decent appetizers but expensive. Can not comment on the main courses or desert as they were never served.

Stay away from this place!

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