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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.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn Ratings and Reviews
What a gem in Santa Ynez. We had eaten the night before at the other Bros. Restaurant, Sides and Hardware. Much proffered Red Barn, but their hamburger was outstanding. Pork shop over bacon mashed with applesauce on top with green beans and baby carrots. Yum!!!!!! Wife had the roasted chicken which was fabulous as well.
Although the restaurant lost power near the end of our meal, the staff acted professionally and efficiently. The food was outstanding and we enjoyed it immensely. The loss of power caused the restaurant to heat up and get smoky, but just as we left it looked like the power came back on. We will definitely come back.
We always have a great meal and great service. This happened to be my husbands birthday and once I told the server I did not have to mention it again. This was his special day and having it at the Brothers Red Barn was a real treat! We will certainly be back.
First time there. Won't be back. Long story short- entrees were great, apps and desserts were not. And service was below average.
Service- waitress was inattentive, took way too long between checkins and didn't seem to understand some basic server 101 type things.
Apps- The appetizers were the worst part. The calamari had no flavor and it comes mixed with onion rings which was really weird. It was about 80% onion rings, 20% calamari. Had to fish out what calamari we could and ended up giving up. Way overpriced at $15. Tuna tartare was ok. It was creamy, not in a good way, and flavorless. Also overpriced at $16.
Entrees- However, both entrees we ordered were great. Definitely the highlight of the meal. I got a pork chop with bacon mashed potatoes. Big portion, lots of flavor, juicy. Would highly recommend. My wife got the rack of lamb. Pricy ($39) but it was a excellent.
Desserts- vanilla bean creme brûlée was blah. No flavor. Nothing special. But the bananas foster bread pudding was pretty good.
Side note- it is definitely an older crowd. Average age was probably 60. We're in our early 40s and felt really out of place.
Anyway, good job on the entrees. But they were the only highlight. There are much better restaurants at this high price point. No reason to come back.
There are two major qualities that determine the greatness of any restaurant: great food and great service. The "Red Barn" excels at both. It is wonderfully warm with a casual atmosphere making you feel comfortable and relaxed while dining. Plus, the price for the food and drink is very fair especially for the overall excellent dining experience. My wife and I were there for our 25th wedding anniversary and it was perfect, we would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion.
We make a point to eat there when we're up from Camarillo. Never had a less than perfect time there. The noise level might have been a little too boisterous, but that was at our table only. As we met our friends there and we hadn't been together in such a long time.
Food was good as always, but they charged me for a side that I did not order. I told the waitress that I loved that side and she brought me a little extra. I thought she was being nice, but she ended up charging me an extra $6. They should inform you that it is an extra charge, or shouldn't charge without you ordering it. Also, birthday dessert was not complimentary, like at most restaurants.
On a recent visit to Santa Barbara, Ca. we decided to tour wine country there. A google search for a dinner restaurant led us to Brothers. When we pulled up to the restaurant we wondered how this big barn of a restaurant could possible be the one we found online. When we entered we realized that you should not judge a book by its cover. This restaurant was a gem. From atmosphere to service and food everything was wonderful. We hope to return next summer and would recommend Brothers to anyone.
This was one of the best meals i have eaten. the fish was cooked to perfection; the bacon mashed potatoes decadent; veg wonderful. My wife has had two of the best pieces of meat she has ever had. Great flavor; great texture (i.e. melt in your mouth). All in all a wonderful place to eat.
The food is simple and rich. We had sole and trout, and both dishes came with the same mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans. One notch below fine dining. Service is friendly and efficient. They moved us out fairly quickly since we got there at 8.30. Not a bad option for the area, but somewhat over priced for what it is. It could be a much better restaurant.
Service was outstanding, as always. The prime rib never disappoints and the Sole fish was prepared just right. Both dishes had organic carrots and they were cooked to perfection and not mushy. We were at the bar so it was lively and energetic. Love this place!!
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