About Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn
The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured.
The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.
As chefs, the brothers continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch”, homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers, a wine list that showcases the region’s award-winning wines and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere that takes you back to the romance of the old west. They want you to feel at home, and experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country.
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Matt and Jeff Nichols
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn Ratings and Reviews
We were visiting in Solvang and came her ...
We were visiting in Solvang and came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. The service was very good from the moment we arrived. Our shared salmon dish was very good (though I am not a fish fan). We had a marvelous dessert and were surprised to see that the plate it was served on was inscribed in chocolate with "Happy 52nd Anniversary". A touch we appreciated. Even more so because it turned out to be complimentary. An overall very pleasant experience.
Best Dinner can't stop thinking about it ...
Best Dinner can't stop thinking about it. Our steak and salmon was fabulous
Most excellent hidden gem! If you're vis ...
Most excellent hidden gem! If you're visiting Solvang then this is a must!
The Brothers never fail to please, everytime.
A birthday party for an 87 year old guy, and he ate everything, including his Mud pie. Have not seem him this pleased with the food at a restaurant in a long time. Nice to be able to have everyone at the table find somethey like.
The service is always perfect. The food ...
The service is always perfect. The food was delicious, as was the dessert!
No birthday acknowledgement
Told server we were celebrating a birthday, ordered dessert but no candle or no mention- disappointed
First time here after reopening as Broth ...
First time here after reopening as Brothers. The place looked great, the food was excellent, service great and overall professionally run. We'll be back!
Visited Brothers during our anniversary ...
Visited Brothers during our anniversary weekend. We heard good things and the Restaurant didn't disappoint. Wife had the Prime Rib and I had the Rib Eye. It was fantastic. The mashed potatoes and green beans were a nice side. I cant recall the bottle of wine that we shared, but it was really a nice experience.
Great steak. Outstanding waitress. Reaso ...
Great steak. Outstanding waitress. Reasonable corkage fee.
The food is very rich but not very tasty ...
The food is very rich but not very tasty. If the ingredients are fresh, it was impossible to tell because of all the butter and oil smothering everything.
Excellent as usual!
The food is always excellent. They take a fried chicken sandwich and fries to a new level. Highly recommend!
Service ruined by one waitress
We came back to Red Barn to celebrate our daughter' birthday because we had very good experience with the Tasty food and Excellent service by our friendly waitress, Diane in past trips ( we drove 200+ miles to Red Barn for our birthdays, anniversary, etc. in the last 3 years). For this birthday dinner last week, the host took us to a dark corner table near the wine cellar, which was not what we reserved on Open Table- Window table to celebrate daughter's birthday. While my wife went to ask the Host to change table at 5:30 PM, the waitress called Terri told our daughter rudely "table can't be changed". When the host and my wife returned to change corner table to Window table, Terri insisted that window table was reserved 1 week ago. My wife told her that we also reserved window table 1 week ago and the host told her 2nd window table was available. She became friendly to us when the host told her that she could keep us (or keep her tips by switching table with Diane). Although we told Terri the dinner was to celebrate our daughter's birthday, she did not acknowledge it for the whole meal even when presenting the bill to me (also mentioned on Open Table reservation). Normally, waitress Diane would bring us a special dessert plate with candle light and nice note written on the plate to celebrate our special occasion. Our family special dinner was ruined and we hesitate to go back to Red Barn in our future trips to central coast. Hope this honest review will help the owners, Matt and Jeff improve their customer service. PS- The Nosie level in the dining room was very loud by a table of 20 cowboys that night, which forced several customers moved their tables to the Patio.
Lovely Experience / Great Food / Great Service
I took my 91 year old mother and her friend to lunch. We were seated as soon as we arrived and were very respectful helping my mother to her seat. It wasn't too noisy so she was able to hear our conversation. Our wonderful waitress was extremely attentive during our whole meal. My guests enjoyed their meal but enjoyed their Mud Pie even more. Thank you for a relaxing and great dining experience.
Great place with excellent food and spec ...
Great place with excellent food and spectacular service.
Great Food and Service
If you are looking for quality food and service this is the place to go. Very warm and welcoming environment. The server was attentive. Food was way better than the Hitching Post just minus the Film nostalgic and settings. (we didn't care) I hope they continue to make everyone feel welcome and continue to serve good food!
Meh... good, but not for a foodie in wine country.
Meh... good, but not for a foodie in wine country. Old school steak house and fine dining. We wanted the girl and the fig with everything local and it just wasn't what we were expecting.
Excellent Food and great service.
We have been there several times and never have had a bad experience. The food is high quality and always tasty.
A Gastronomic Barn Find
If you live in or are just visiting The Santa Ynez Valley, lunch or dinner at a "Brother's" restaurant is a must on your "To Do" list. My recent dinner at the Brother's Restaurant at the Red Barn was thoroughly enjoyable – from the warm & friendly service by our waitress to the mouth watering entrees of my perfectly prepared and presented grilled pork rib chop and my guest's grilled prime filet. We paired our main courses with a excellent bottle of Firestone Pinot Noir and finished our dinner by sharing a sinfully good slice of Mud Pie. They say "Life is Good" in The Valley; brother's Matt & Jeff Nichols and their gastronomic skills are certainly part of the reason why.
At first I thought the prices seemed out of line but...NO! The food was fabulous. I had the chicken, it was ahhhhmaaaazing! To be proper the goat cheese stuff chiken leg and thigh with savory mash potatoes. Enjoyed everything. Thank you...
Beautifully rebuilt barn with classy bar ...
Beautifully rebuilt barn with classy bar and separate restaurant area. Service was perfect. Their French onion soup was delicious and authentic, the rack of lamb was wonderful and so was the trout, but what really stands out is the Brothers' signature mud pie that is finally back from their time at Mattei's tovern. A must. Wonderful caramel and chocolate combo without much sugar so you can actually enjoy the flavors.
Found Prime Rib!
There hasn't been a good prime rib served since the Brothers left Mattei's. Thank God they came back at the Red Barn....great food, drinks and company!
Excellent service. We had the shrimp wh ...
Excellent service. We had the shrimp which were amazing and the prime rib. The horseradish dip was creamy and just the right amount of kick to it.
Highly recommend the steak.
Highly recommend the steak.
A perfect experience!
A perfect experience!
Don't let the outside or the name fool y ...
Don't let the outside or the name fool you into thinking this is not a special place. The interior is chic and contemporary and the food is special occasion worthy. We are here on vacation after a day of golf and a winery visit- perfect way to end a perfect day in the Santa Ynez valley.
Always great especially the fillet with the port wine reduction sauce.
I usually eat at the Red Barn at least once a month. The food is always excellent as is the service. The wait staff is always on top of things and would compare to the wait staff at a restaurant costing much more.
For the prices they charge, I expected a ...
For the prices they charge, I expected a much nicer dinner. They didn't even heat the bread. We had excellent service, but I don't think I'll be going back.
Consistantly good food and service.
Local Valley resident. A must go to for our out of town guests. Something for everyone on the menu. Wait staff is attentive without being over bearing.
Great go to for date night or any night.
Great service. You can expect reliable, interesting and delicious entrees. Choices from fish to filet. My husband loves a good filet and I enjoy fish. However, I enjoyed the goat cheese stuff chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes. My husband had a flavorful filet and yummy scalloped potatoes. We shared a beet salad and vegetable spring rolls. The bar offers the best of both -a martini or great glass of wine. You can eat at the bar in a relaxed sitting by the fireplace with a tv or in the white table cloth dining area with the open kitchen chefs. There is always a manager making sure things are going smoothly. Always our go to when we have guests in town or want to step it up.
We had been to Maddies Tavern several years ago and had thoroughly enjoyed it so we were happy to hear that the brothers had opened a new restaurant. First off we were seated at a tiny table for two way at the back in a claustrophobic corner next to the wine cellar. There were several other couples of two sitting at larger tables for four and there were several empty tables for four available but when we asked if we could have a different table the hostess said that there was only one other table (another tiny one at the back). Throughout our meal there were larger tables available. Although our waitress was friendly she didn't know what wine to recommend ( had no clue). My husband's prime rib was overly fatty and grisly and my pork chop was dry, dry, dry. An overall very disappointing and expensive dinner. We don't mind spending money when it's worth it but this was not.
It all was beyond wonderful. Enjoyed every bite! The filet - perfect. Veal Chop - perfect. Thanks for a special New Years Eve. It was a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year.
extraordinary if you can afford it
Every bite of everything-bread, veggies, main course, dessert was exceptional. It is pricey, so it is a special occasion place for us.
The Brothers from Iowa know how to cook. Consistent, never fails to deliver excellent food with friendly efficient wait staff. Sat at the bar this time so I could watch a football game, actually a little quieter than the main restaurant. Steaks and prime rib are the highlights.
Brothers Restaurant Red Barn will not disappoint!
We live in Huntington Beach and travel once a year for wine tasting adventures. We were looking for a new restaurant and "Yelp" had great reviews. The service was fabulous. The steaks were seared and cooked to perfection... The sauce that the chef drizzled over my filet mignon is something I'm still thinking about. My daughter and I would love that recipe! My mom ordered lamb... Again perfection and melted in your mouth. My only regret is that we didn't find this restaurant years ago. We will be back and have already recommended this establishment to family and friends.
Terrible service. Waited 20 min for the ...
Terrible service. Waited 20 min for the waitress to acknowledge us. Food was just average. Not worth the money sadly.
Outstanding and memorable dinner
From hostess, to servers, to all staff...all were friendly, attentive, and made us feel cared for. We celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary with an incredible dinner. Food prepared perfectly and exactly as ordered... and the fillets were incredible. Everything was a 10+!
Fab all around
Everything was amazing. We got seated quickly, we didn't love the center table she offered, but we were happy when offered a table by the window. The food was fabulous- best french onion soup ever. The servers were all great (took photos, filled waters without being asked, cleared plates promptly). The best part was that my boyfriend proposed! I could hear him, see him... and yet nobody seemed to notice, it was a wonderful intimate moment.
Drove from Santa Barbara on a Tuesday night to meet relatives for dinner, five in our party. Two people had salmon and loved it, I had the trout and it was delicious, two others enjoyed the oyster appetizer for their entree. Our waitress was very patient as our party spent a lot of time visiting, she checked on us frequently and did not rush us. As we were leaving we were thanked by everyone including the chefs.
We had a delightful experience. Great service, great food, quiet (it was a weeknight so it might have been noisier on a busy night). Comfortable seating and nice lighting. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We took wine from our own collection and the corkage was reasonable.
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