My thanks for making our organization's dinner meeting a big success! Our guests experienced a seamless evening of hospitality that left all feeling well fed, well cared for and important. Having been involved in literally thousands of business lunches and dinners in my career, I feel pretty qualified to judge an evening like this. The tricky part lies in providing great food, wine and service while allowing the dining audience to interact as if they were the only ones in the room. Your staff did a remarkable job at all of this, especially lead bartender and server Joe Kurtz. He was everywhere, and always at the right time to meet the wishes of his customers. On behalf of our members and spouses, thanks for the special treat of enjoying an evening like this.
I wanted to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for everything on Saturday for my parents's anniversary party! Everything went better than I could have expected. The food was phenomenal and the staff that worked with us for the event was exceptional!! Thank you so much for all of your help to make this event so memorable for our whole family and everyone who attended! The Wine Cask is truly a special place!
As I am sure you can imagine, Adam and I are still coming down from our wonderful wedding weekend shared with family and friends. You and your talented staff at the Wine Cask knocked our wedding out of the park! Walking into the dining room for dinner was a WOW moment for me and I'm quite sure for our guest too! The set up was truly beautiful and exquisite. It was everything we had been anticipating, hoped for, and more. Please extend our many thanks to all involved. Everything was perfect right down to the cake, which also was a thing of beauty and delicious too! I caught many of our friends taking a photo of it. On a more personal note I would like to say thank you to you for your roll in making Lauren and Gary's wedding so perfect and wonderful. I know they enjoyed every minute! You, for me, were such a delight to work with. I know you must have grown tired of my many emails, phone calls, and requests. You never said "no" to me or that one of our request could not be accommodated. Your flexibility was greatly appreciated. You were truly professional from the beginning to the end and really helped to keep me calm and on track through the whole process. I really can't thank you enough. Unfortunately, Branden got the late shift and the wild party guests. But, through it all, he was completely professional and accommodating. Please extend a special thanks to him and his crew as well.
Thanks to all for creating such a fabulous family event for us to look back and reflex upon with great joy and happiness.
Janet and Adam
Scott, our waiter, was great! Went out of his way to make cocktail sauce for my calamari. Food was wonderful and Cucumber Martini was the best! All-in-all, a great restaurant, great experience and great waiter!!
First let me say a huge thank you for you and the staff at the Wine Cask. Our evening was incredible and did not disappoint on any level. The Wine Cask staff was on point as I knew they would be. But honestly, in the 6 years that I have been a part of this event, the Wine Cask has been the best venue, meal and service we have experienced. I look forward to my next visit and hope you will be there when I am in next so I can thank you personally. Again, Sarah, Dottie, and Brandon were spot on along with the rest of the staff. It makes me happy to be able to have friends and colleagues come to Santa Barbara and experience only the best.
Thank you for making our evening flawless last night. Our guests couldn't have been happier. Amazing food, attendance and ambience.
We held the reception for my daughter's wedding at the Wine Cask this past weekend, and we couldn't be happier. From the planning through the execution, things went very well, and overall the price was fair and reasonable. Food and wine were superb, service was excellent, and it was a perfect venue for our group of about 85 people. Jennifer, who helped us plan the event, was a pleasure to work with. An added benefit is the Wine Cask will provide virtually everything you need, which means you don't get nickeled and dimed by vendors. A great place for a wedding reception or similar event.
The restaurant is one of a handful in Santa Barbara that is operating at a truly fine-dining level, and that offers great wines by the glass (something oddly hard to find in Santa Barbara). The new eatery also has a diverse menu with wine country cuisine that is inventive and experimental.
Mitchell Sjerven's staff exemplifies Santa Barbara-style hospitality: warm, sophisticated, accessible, easy-going," says Shannon Turner Brooks of the S.B. Conference & Visitors Bureau. Sjerven explains, "I never end up with workers who are 'just looking for a job.' In fact, my application asks a series of open-ended questions about food, wine, travel, serving, cooking, and what they like/dislike about those things. Once employed, they are provided the opportunity to expand their knowledge, advancing our mutual goals: continuous learning about food and wine.
Good cocktails and the wine, well they do that better than anybody else in town. My wife had the Margerum rose on tap, the perfect summer wine. I like being able to read about a trend, like wine in kegs, in the NYT and actually experience it locally. That doesn't happen much in SB.
We had a rehearsal dinner the night before our son's wedding at Wine Cask. It was for 70 people. It was not a small event and there was so much to do for the whole wedding weekend. From start to finish, Wine cask took care of everything. I arranged the menu, flowers and table layout ahead of time with Jennifer. Wine Cask has a great selection of food and wine. Jennifer was easy to reach when I had questions, professional and responsive to my suggestions. She helped me in planning a spot for speeches and where to get the microphone. They provided individual menus for each guest with the wedding couple's names on the top. The food was outstanding from appetizer to dessert. The service was great and the servers friendly. Usually while having a party or event, I don't expect to have much time to visit. There is always so much to do. When I walked in that evening, there was nothing for me to do, but visit and enjoy the guests. Wow, what a concept. We are still getting comments from friends on how lovely the evening was. Thank you Wine Cask, Jennifer and all the staff. You are the best. I would definitely use Wine Cask again for a party or just go there for a nice dinner.
Great little gem hidden in downtown SB. On warm days, the patio is a great spot for lunch and dinner, and the staff is super friendly. They claimed that their burger was the best in SB..and though I'm no fair judge since I haven't tried all the burgers in SB, it was pretty dang delicious.If you need a nicer spot for a lunch or dinner, this one is definitley worth a try.
My husband and I just had our wedding reception here last weekend. It went off without a hitch, and all our guests are still raving about this place. I was told by many that the food was fantastic, and one person even said it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Jennifer was my contact for all of my planning, and she was wonderful. She was always quick to respond to any questions, and she made me feel very confident that the restaurant had everything under control. We had the dinner outside in the Mediterranean Courtyard. It was covered, and space heaters were available, but we were fairly comfortable even as the evening got cooler. The restaurant provided lovely flower arrangements and candles for the tables, and they set up a bar for cocktail hour and tables for my guestbook and cake. My cake which was made by the in house pastry chef, Rosie, was very cute with a few flowers and some trim around the layers. The flavor was very light and fresh.
I cannot say enough good things about Wine Cask. We had our wedding reception for 60 people in the Gold Room. Everything was fantastic, service, decor, and food. The food was amazing, not just wedding food amazing but going out to dinner amazing. Guests are still talking about the food.
We had our wedding reception here on 5/10 and could not be happier with our choice and the incredible service provided by Wine Cask. Jennifer and her team were incredibly attentive during the planning process and always answered mine and my planners questions quickly and thoroughly. The day of our event was executed fantastically and efficiently. We had close to 100 attendees and it seemed everyone's food arrived at nearly the same time. The waiters were terrific and incredibly attentive. The food was of course freaking amazing, which is one of the many benefits of having your reception at a restaurant.
Jennifer, thank you for everything you have done for the wedding. You have been so great in all the planning and have put my mind at complete ease. (Which is saying a lot because I am super type "A") Thanks for being so patient with me too!
Thank YOU for all the fantastic food and service- always great to work with you guys!!
I'm finally getting to write this (long overdue) review! My son got married, last July 13, 2013 @ Old Santa Barbara Courthouse. My husband and I hosted a rehearsal luncheon at The Wine Cask on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12 noon. We were within walking distance to the restaurant. Jennifer Brodt (Director of Operations) was my email/phone contact person. She was wonderful! Having a destination wedding and never having been to this restaurant, she put me completely at ease. She was quick to respond to my emails and was always available to answer any questions, etc. At one time, she even referred me to Branden Bidwell (Wine Director) to select the wine choices (for our lunch that day). He also had some great wine recommendations (to compliment the meals). The thirty-three guests were seated outside in the Mediterranean Courtyard. Four tables of eight, with one a 9-top. Lovely floral arrangements were at each table and when I asked if they could do seating place cards (along with cookie "party" favors- I brought), it wasn't a problem. I just delivered them prior to our 12 noon luncheon. Our Option #1 lunch selection included selections for all of our guests, even vegetarian. The food was delicious and the wait staff was attentive and not intrusive. Food courses were served promptly, as were the wine and ale beers. Clean-up was done in a timely manner. This was so relaxing! We all felt that this was the family/bridal party time- to reflect, give toasts, share stories and laughter. Thank you again to the Great Staff at the Wine Cask for all you did to make Doug and Jenny's rehearsal luncheon one to remember!
We were just there over the weekend, for our one day wine tasting trip to Solvang! We need to fill our stomach fill so we can sleep on the Amtrak back to LA. We decided to just walked in to a place without reading any reviews. Wow... I mean Wow!! This place was just a perfect place to finish the day! All the dishes we ordered were great, staffs were very friendly & nice!
We reserved the tasting room and courtyard for our 55 person wedding. It was perfect. The setup was perfect, the food was amazing and the staff is incredible. I dealt with Jennifer from September- March in figuring out logistics, set up, etc. and she was one of the easiest parts of dealing with wedding planning. Her responses were all so prompt- all within hours of receiving my questions. She would answer everything so thoroughly that her responses would not spark more questions for me or confusion, she is so detail oriented and organized which just put us to ease on how our day would go. From the responses, to the assistance to the information we received it is clear that the Wine Cask has several events here and that they have it all figured out to a "T". The actual day of, Sarah was there for set up and to help run the event, everything went so smoothly, they truly worry about everything so that we didn't have to. If you are considering the Wine Cask for an event, it will be the best decision, we are so happy to have had our even at such a beautiful location with amazing staff.
Have not been to Santa Barbara since 2001. My husband had never stayed in Santa Barbara. We stayed in Santa Barbara three days and frequented several restaurants, but the best, by far, was the Wine Cask. Our favorite restaurant is Wally's in Rancho Mirage, but Wine Cask was absolutely fabulous!!! We went there for a wedding reception, and the wine was as good as any wine in Napa!!! Great salmon, rice/asparagus dish!!! A+ service!!! A+ cuisine!!! Walking distance to State Street and the wharf. Taxi service available 24/7!!!
We decided to try to the food at wine cask as we are having our rehearsal dinner here in December. First of all the staff could not be nicer. Sarah, Jenn, and Adam worked with us and made the planning so easy. They were professional, kind, and flexible with our schedules. The ambiance is terrific with outdoor and indoor seating. Excellent lighting and conveniently located just far enough off State Street to avoid the loud noise. It was exactly what we were looking for in a spot for our rehearsal dinner. The food did not disappoint either. Recommended dishes include the white fish, heirloom tomato salad, and bread pudding for dessert. Huge wine selection, make sure to ask for Brandon's recommendations.
My husband and I didn't eat dinner here (although the menu looked great as did the food at other tables!), we had some wine and appetizers. The wine selection was fantastic and the server was very knowledgeable. We found some great local varieties. Additionally, the cheese and meat plate we had was excellent as well. All this while sitting outdoors on some comfy couches made for a very pleasant happy hour. I would definitely recommend Wine Cask as a place to relax with some friends/family. Great experience!!
Just wanted to pass along my thanks once again to you and your staff! The word in the office this morning is that the party was a big hit! Delicious food, great service, fantastic setting and wonderful beverages! Thanks again for taking such good care of us!
We decided to split a cask burger, sweet potato fries and and order of macaroni and cheese. Every item was so tasty. The burger was cooked just right and had a flavorful paprika aioli sauce that complimented the burger nicely. The fries were unlike other fries. I think they may have been baked because they were soft and not greasy at all. Different, but in a good way. The mac and cheese was served in it's own little baking dish and it was loaded with cheesy goodness.
Thank you so much for arranging a lovely evening for our rehearsal dinner. So many guests have commented since then -how great the food was and how perfect the venue was for this occasion. We are very grateful for your services and that of the Wine Cask staff.