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
The creamed corn soup was delicious, the ...
The creamed corn soup was delicious, the tuna tartar was average and so were the vegetables that came with the 14oz ribeye steak my husband and I shared. The steak however was over cooked. We asked for medium rare, they brought out well done. Also the entire meal was swimming in butter. When a good steak is cooked correctly there is no need for butter and certainly never as much as was on the plate. I've had better steaks off my own grill. My expectations were high based on previous dining experiences I had when the brothers were cooking at Matties in Los Olivos. I couldn't wait for my husband to experience it as well. Unfortunately we were both disappointed. We thought about sending the steak back but since we hadn't eaten since the morning and had a concert to go to right after dinner, we ate our meal and went on our way.
Had a very good meal at the Red Barn. T ...
Had a very good meal at the Red Barn. The service was great, our waitress was very attentive. Food was well prepared, several steps above the usual steak place. Menu has a nice selection of food is not as adventuresome as Sides in Los Olivos but not just the plain steak and chicken that most steak restaurants offer and the portions are very nice size. It is one of our go to places for lunch and will now be one for dinner.
The gents who own this restaurant have b ...
The gents who own this restaurant have been around in the Santa Ynez/Solvang/Los Olivos for many years... I remember dining when they had only about eight tables at the Storybook Inn in Solvang. Thanks guys for great food, fine service, and reasonable prices.
Our visit was a special dinner while on ...
Our visit was a special dinner while on vacation. We arrived at 6 and the restaurant was active but not crowded or too busy. We were seated immediately and offered the wine list. Our waitress was knowledgeable abut the differences in wines and helped with our selections. We had small filets grilled to our specifications and topped with a delicious sauce. The vegetables were tasty and not overcooked, which often is the case in too many restaurants. The potato dish was a rectangular serving with layers of sliced potatoes, but not juicy like scalloped potatoes, and topped with cheese and perhaps breadcrumbs and special seasoning. One of the best potato dishes I have ever devoured. This will remain on our best of class list as long as they keep doing this.
We love this restaurant! We followed Th ...
We love this restaurant! We followed The Brothers from Los Olivos and were so happy when we discovered they had reopened in Santa Ynez. We ate here on a Saturday night. Be sure to make reservations. We got right in and had a great table where you could see the chefs in the front kitchen prepping plates, etc. We had the smoked salmon appetizer which was awesome, I had the Filet and my husband had the prime rib. Everything was cooked just as we'd ordered, it was hot and the service was great. The carmelized onion and potato gratin was really good. I'm not a fan of the stilton/port sauce served with my steak, but ordered it on the side and I would recommend that if you're not sure. The steak needed no enhancement! The bread plate delivered with our wine was also yummy - many choices, all of which were good. I highly recommend this restaurant, and hope to try the new one in Los Olivos as well.
We come to the Solvang area every few ye ...
We come to the Solvang area every few years and look forward to a special dinner at the Red Barn. We were worried when we found out it was under new management and disappointed at the new sterile look. But one bite into our dinner we knew all was well--the steak melted in our mouth and the accompanying vegetables were prepared to perfection. We look forward to a return to the Red Barn in the future.
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.
Brothers Restaurant knows how to put tog ...
Brothers Restaurant knows how to put together nice restaurant experiences. The food, as it is at Sides, was not fancy, just nicely prepared and well served by a very pleasant server. Definitely a "go back to" experience for our next trip to the SYV.
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.
Went for lunch when they first opened an ...
Went for lunch when they first opened and was underwhelmed with the run-of-the-mill food. We decided to give it another try (2 years later) since I had heard that the lunch chef is different from the dinner chef. What a difference! Food was excellent. Our steaks (even the top sirloin!) were tender, flavorful, cooked to perfection. The creme brulee was amazing, every dish made from scratch and expertly prepared. Also, it was my teenage son's birthday and they very thoughtfully brought him out a complimentary mud pie to celebrate. Will definitely go back (for dinner :)
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.
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 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!
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.
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