Wine Cask - Los Olivos
[closed, no longer in business]
2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos
Phone: (805) 688-7788
- Category: Californian
- Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Sun 7am-10am Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-2:30pm Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-9pm
- Chef: Troy Van Tolbert
- Price: $20+
- Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
- Reservations: Yes, recommended
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Reviews by the General Public
Used as bait
Reviewer: R T Siegel
from Santa Barbara, CA
I have waited to post this review hoping the feeling would go away, but it has not.
My wife and I made reservations to go to the Wine Cask- Los Olivos at 6:30 on Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day 2007. The reservation person said that they were full inside, but we could dine outside. We agreed.
On Saturday we went to Los Olivos in the early afternoon and went to the Wilding and did the town. By 5 pm it was blowing and getting chilly. At 5:30 we went to the Wine Cask and asked the receptionist if we could come early so we could sit inside out of the cold. There was one party in the restaurant. She said she would have to check. She came back and said all the inside tables were taken. We sat outside on the street side. There is a non street porch with gas heaters, which was empty. Two or three parties of 4 were directed to the outside porch while we were dining.
My wife had the $32 pheasant, which she said was unremarkable. I put it down to the cold. I had the $28 duck, which was quite good. The cold was coming through my Cargill jacket. The server was efficient and the cold was not his fault and I gave him 20%
Throughout the time we were on the porch, the inside had not filled. We did not have dessert. None of the other parties had dessert, not even the inebriated one. We all left early. I think our bill was about $120 with starters, mains, two glasses of wine, and tip.
When we left at 6:30, the restaurant was ¾ empty. We had been used as bait. Three or four parties were put on the front porch to attract more diners. All of the parties remarked on how cold it was and why couldn’t they move inside.
Don’t think we will be back.
What The Valley Needs
from Santa Ynez, CA
We live the in Santa Ynez Valley and waited a while to try the new Wine Cask. There is a difference between going out to dinner and dining. If you are looking to “dine”, this is the place. The food & service was right at an 8 to 9. Presentation is the best I have seen since Brothers was in Solvang. It was a refreshing treat to experience first rate service without the Sideways attitude. Server David knows how to properly wait a table. We have eaten everywhere in the valley and if you are looking for a great dinner, this is the place. The wine list is amazing. Pricing- not for a budget dinner. Atmosphere is warm and elegant. Overall rating, a 7. Overall rating for the SYV, a 9.
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