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McClain Cellars - Buellton, Buellton, CA

McClain Cellars - Buellton

4.5
4.5
25 reviews
$31 to $50
Winery

Featuring a 5000 sq ft outside patio and adult playground, a beautiful barrel room with thousands of gallons of really good wine, and a luxury wine tasting lounge designed to engage your eyes as well as your senses. This place is just “off the chart” with beauty and creativity. Lounge back under an umbrella and sip on our amazing vintages, listen to jazz or blues, and just experience the very best that wine country has to offer.

Guests can have a private wine tasting, light snacks, artisan popcorn, access to the winemaker and owners, and much more. They also offer homemade artisan popcorn tastings, olive oils & vinegar tastings as well as wine appreciation classes. The wine ambassadors on hand are knowledgeable of the wines and eager to share the story of the McClain family with their guests.

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu–Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 426-4441

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jason McClain

  • Catering

    Wine works for all occasions. Joining our wine club is the best way to take advantage of all the perks we have at McClain Cellars. ASK HOW TO JOIN OUR WINE CLUB FOR FREE To get the very best out of what we offer at McClain Cellars it's a good idea to consider our wine club. It's free to join and the cool thing about it is... you get to pick the wines for each allocation. It's really pretty simple. You join the club for free and commit to taking home 3, 6, or 12 bottles every quarter. For doing so you'll get 10%, 20%, or 30% off every bottle. On top of that, we offer you

  • Private party facilities

    Got a private event? Need an awesome place to have it? Our Wine Tasting Lounge is ready to host your next private party. We offer Private Chef Pairings, Wine Tastings, and much more. We also have wine by the glass and bottles of wine that come from our winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. You will have a chance to enjoy our wide collection of cheese, charcuterie, and light snacks as well. One of the all-time favorite items on our menu, besides the wine, of course, is our artisan popcorn. It's not your ordinary popcorn by any means. It is very unique. Air-popped, white hulless corn from Amish country with fresh herbs and spices made with our fresh Sant Ynez valley olive oils. Flavors such as black truffle & garlic, Garlic Pepper and Rosemary, and many more to pair with the wine. It's just yummy. We can not wait to see you at McClain Cellars and show you just how great wine is served.

  • Area

    Buellton

  • Cross Street

    Highway 246

  • Parking Details

    We have our very own parking lot with plenty of space. If, by chance, things should get a little busy... there is plenty of free street parking.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • 5 Star Wine Tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley

    Multiple dates available
    Award-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.

Menu

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What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AG

    AliaG

    Las Vegas

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always... a lovely experience! Great service and atmosphere. Would recommend this to anyone that is looking for creative wines and has palate ready to taste some different blends that are truly special!

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 9 November 2021

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our wines and that we gave you a five star experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  2. c

    cindiz

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    We did not eat food so I could not rate that. It would be great if there was a N/A option in the survey. Place has a lot to offer, go wine taste & have fun!!!

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 25 October 2021

    Thanks so much for leaving us a review on the wine and fun times :) We wish OpenTable would do a N/A option, too. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    Wine only. We didn't eat

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 18 October 2021

    Thank you for giving our wine 5 stars! We appreciate your support!

  4. AK

    AndrewK

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2021

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    Very good staff and environment. I did not try any food but I had to provide score in order to submit review. They did have charcuterie and cheese but I did not try any. I would definitely go back.

  5. m

    mwstaudt

    Naples

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Stopped in at this tasting room since we had two hours open between hotel check in and dinner. We stayed for 2.5 hours and backed dinner up, Great vibes in this well thought out "fun zone". The wines were all wonderful and our host - Valeria - was superb, making us feel welcome from the moment we arrived, She could not have been more accommodating. Just a great spot to check out.

  6. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great wine, very cool place. Our hostess Valeria was awesome and made the experience better. I can tell how much we enjoyed it because we stayed much longer than we planned and spent three times more money but it was worth every dime!

  7. BD

    BobbyD

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food2service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience at McClain Cellars. Wines are outstanding and service excellent. Staff always friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. Highly recommend for anyone who is either a wine enthusiast or simply looking to enjoy some fellowship, great ambiance and delicious wines.

  8. DS

    DavidS

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    They seamed to have a fair selection, we just opted to not eat.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 23 June 2021

    Thank you so much for your review, David. We are so sorry we were not able to win 5 stars because we’re not a restaurant :( We do hope that your overall experience at our winery was a pleasant one and we hope to have you back in soon so that we can earn 5/5 stars for your experience with us!

  9. LR

    LindaR

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Enjoyed tasting , cozy, comfortable spot, music was good. I think our server was a little overwhelmed by the # of people and our wine tasting info was a little rushed, but she was very pleasant. Nice outdoor atmosphere for Buellton. Loved the wine names & the backdrop stories.

  10. SM

    SharonM

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    This would be a fun and funky place for a brewery. The decor and ambiance has much more of a beer culture vibe. However, in an area filled with places that have much more serious wine to taste, this feels a bit off. Fun place to hang. But not very good wine, unfortunately, and nothing about it, including the knowledge of the "ambassadors," indicates otherwise. Go for fun, but dont expect serious wine.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 26 May 2021

    Sharon, we're so glad that you like our ambiance and decor. It reflects who we are as a brand, which is not your typical winery. I am sorry that you did not find a wine that you liked. Wine tasting is completely subjective to the palate of the guest & very personal. I can assure you, a lot of seriousness goes into making each & every one one of our wines, & our ambassadors must pass a rigorous test before serving. I would love the chance to serve you again & try to find a wine that you like :)

  11. RM

    RonM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolute lately incredible experience. Loved the wines and inneraction.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience2

    Expensive wine that’s only marginal

  13. C

    Caligirl

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent wines along with great people pouring them is what you'll get when you visit McClain Cellars. Ask for Brooke she's fantastic.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My cousin and I can’t wait to go back it was like sitting in friends backyard enjoying time and conversation over wine

  15. H

    Horeseahorse

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great activity in the SYV wine country. There are many tasting rooms to choose from and we made the right choice. With McClain’s.

  16. JU

    JackU

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent wines. Our server was knowledgeable. The only reason I did not give 5 stars on the ambience is because we needed to enjoy our experience under the tent because of the wind. The tent had clear side panels and we had a small fireplace, so it was comfortable. I would like to visit some time when it is warmer and the live band is in action.

  17. TL

    ThomasL

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The setting was very pleasant. The food was good, even though it was packaged and very expensive. The wine was very good, especially the reds. The winery required a certain level of purchases in order to watch the entertainment, and the pricing structure and minimum types of purchases were very confusing--even the server didn't understand it fully. A simple minimum dollar amount of purchases would have been simpler and made more sense.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 30 March 2021

    Thank you so much for your feedback, Thomas! We have definitely tried to simplify the minimum purchase requirements so that hopefully it's not confusing in the future. We hope that you come to try us again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wines, ambiance, energy, attentiveness, and personality of the staff were outstanding! We had a great time tasting wine and talking with Brooke about all the different varietals and options they offer. She really gave a sense of how and why each wine was created. I would recommend McClain Cellars if you are looking for a great time, great wines and casual yet upbeat environment. They offer a wide variety of red blends that are all excellent. Their single varietals were excellent as well. When passing through Buellton it’s must stop for a relaxing afternoon! Thanks Brooke and McClain’s entire team for making our afternoon!

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 30 March 2021

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind words about Brooke, our staff, and your experience with us! It truly means the world to us to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. We hope to see you back again soon!

  19. K

    Karen

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    We only went here because it got 5 star reviews.....what I should have looked at was the prices of their bottles as well. The server wouldn't allow us to eat our own cheese and nuts, even though we were the only ones there. We had to buy their pricey cheese and crackers. We had to ask for napkins. She was not that friendly. Their wines were just OK, but they were priced at $65 and up! We had already experienced wonderful wine that was reasonably priced at many other wineries before this. This one was an epic fail.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 30 March 2021

    Karen, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Our policy since day one has always been to not allow outside food, as we have food for purchase at our location. We really focus our efforts on the experience and the wine and we are sorry to hear we did not live up to your expectations. Finding the right wine is so much about what you like, more so than a price... wine is so subjective.... hard to put a price on what you enjoy. :-) There are lots of wineries to choose from and we appreciate you for giving us a try.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor socially distanced space to taste wine and enjoy a relaxing experience. The Wine Ambassador was knowledgeable about the wines and very attentive. A relaxing time with friends and great wine.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 30 March 2021

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We truly appreciate you, and your support, and hope to see you again soon!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Wine tasting and live music always go well together. Adrian Galysh played and sang great tunes from 1 to 4pm. Brooke provided excellent service. Very open outdoor area to relax and enjoy some wine.

  22. LB

    LuvBrunch

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2021

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    Valentines

  23. KH

    KarenH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Prices for tasting were very high; requirements for minimum orders meant you would have to spend almost $100. to taste there. No outside food allowed - forced to order their very small portion, overpriced offerings. Location in a parking lot not great either. Won't go back.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 16 February 2021

    Thanks for coming out for a visit. Sorry, we did not have what you are looking for. We have no minimums unless your goal is to come out and just listen to our live music on the weekend. As a winery, we want our guests to enjoy the music with our wine. Other than when we have live music we are pretty flexible. :) Sorry you did not a great experience.

  24. JD

    JayD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The owner and his crew are friendly, informative and professional. Their wine is some of the best California has to offer. I have never been disappointed when I visit McClain Cellars. A good time will be had by all.

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 12 February 2021

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We appreciate your kind words about our staff and our wine and look forward to seeing you in the lounge again soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had to check them out before the lockdown. Amazing service, wonderful ambiance, and delicious wines. I left with four bottles!

    McClain Cellars - BuelltonResponded on 15 January 2021

    Thank you so much for your kind words and your review! We're so happy that you had a great time and enjoyed the wines. We hope to see you again soon once the lockdown is lifted!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from McClain Cellars - Buellton using the Order Online button. McClain Cellars - Buellton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 426-4441.

McClain Cellars - Buellton is rated 4.5 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

May 2022
Mon
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Experiences are available.
Google Map for McClain Cellars - Buellton

140 Industrial Way Buellton, CA 93427-9507

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Highway 246

  • Area

    Buellton

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu–Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We have our very own parking lot with plenty of space. If, by chance, things should get a little busy... there is plenty of free street parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason McClain

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (805) 426-4441

  • Catering

    Wine works for all occasions. Joining our wine club is the best way to take advantage of all the perks we have at McClain Cellars. ASK HOW TO JOIN OUR WINE CLUB FOR FREE To get the very best out of what we offer at McClain Cellars it's a good idea to consider our wine club. It's free to join and the cool thing about it is... you get to pick the wines for each allocation. It's really pretty simple. You join the club for free and commit to taking home 3, 6, or 12 bottles every quarter. For doing so you'll get 10%, 20%, or 30% off every bottle. On top of that, we offer you

  • Private party facilities

    Got a private event? Need an awesome place to have it? Our Wine Tasting Lounge is ready to host your next private party. We offer Private Chef Pairings, Wine Tastings, and much more. We also have wine by the glass and bottles of wine that come from our winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. You will have a chance to enjoy our wide collection of cheese, charcuterie, and light snacks as well. One of the all-time favorite items on our menu, besides the wine, of course, is our artisan popcorn. It's not your ordinary popcorn by any means. It is very unique. Air-popped, white hulless corn from Amish country with fresh herbs and spices made with our fresh Sant Ynez valley olive oils. Flavors such as black truffle & garlic, Garlic Pepper and Rosemary, and many more to pair with the wine. It's just yummy. We can not wait to see you at McClain Cellars and show you just how great wine is served.

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