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
My husband really liked their burger. It was juicy and moist and had a great grilled smokiness. It gets a 5. I gave it a 3 for food because the French dip was just okay. The au jus wasn't too flavorful and the bread was soft, not crusty French bread. Great service.
We have been coming to Brother's for years and before that Mattie's. We have always rated our experience "AMAZING" ! This time not so much. We had to return one of our meals because the meat was tough, our plates were not cleared in a timeful manner, our waitress un- attentive, and very distracted by "someone" in the bar. I actually think the bus girls could have done a better job. Anyway, it was just one time after all of our wonderful experiences there. Hopefully, this was just a one time experience and we hope our trust and loyalty will be restored.
The wife had the filet. It came with a full-bodied wine sauce reduction that had an abundant blue cheese nose. The potatoes au gratin was delicious and rich. The vegetables were al dente and what you would expect for finer dining. I had the stuffed chicken breast and it was equally delicious. We had a starter of a chanterelle mushroom salad that was fresh, and wonderful. The pear tart for dessert was not quite as good as was to be expected. I thought the berry caramel did not pair well (excuse the pun) with the pear tart and the crust was quite hard.
Overall though we will be going back soon.
Really good food, excellent service. Full bar, and small but good wine selection. My martini was well prepared, as I ordered, and a generous pour. My rib roast was excellent and my wife's prime filet with Stilton cheese sauce was wonderful. Appreciated that entree menu items included potatoes (different preparations) and vegetables (that were delicious and well prepared). Not inexpensive, but I thought the overall quality and dining experience was well worth it.
Wonderful experience, excellent food, best cheese cake I have ever had. The veal chop was superb, the clam chowder was great and the trout was prepared perfect. The staff was very friendly and had very good knowledge of the menu, also was very helpful in choosing good wine perings for both dishes. Worth the hour and a half drive and we will definitely do it again soon.
I messed up the reservation on a very busy night, and they still managed to fit us in after a short wait. And it was a night that accommodating us wasn't required or necessary, but the Red Barn did anyway. Loved the service, loved the meal, loved the experience! Wonderful night!
Thank you so much. I recommend the ribeye and the chocolate pecan pie. Fantastic!!
The food was very good the service was excellent however this was one of the noisiest loudest restaurants I've ever been in. Some people would call it energetic I just call it loud. My husband was sitting next to me and most of our conversation we couldn't even hear each other.
Enjoyable restaurant with many locals. Great food. I had prime rib dinner which was cooked perfectly. The best thing on the plate, however, were the green beans and carrots. I know, I know, vegetable....but these are worth getting. My wife had a filet steak which was absolutely tender and delicious. Nice wine selection. The restaurant is far from the crowds, but well worth the trip to visit it.
This is a gem in the Solvang area. Very easy to find. It was recommended by one of the wineries and people wine tasting. They all said it was by far the best in the area and they were so correct. One reocmmendation said to order the lamb chops, which I did. They were a treat. The food was cooked perfectly and the service was very good. I can't imagine eating anywhere else if I am in that area.
We love this restaurant and are always confident bringing our out-of-town guests here. The food is simply delicious; one can see that much care is taken in the preparation and presentation of each dish. Consistently. My husband likes to order a baseball (coulotte) cut top sirloin steak which is not available in many restaurants. I like everything!
The dinner was by far the best dinner we've had in a
Long time and now to think about it ever! We pride ourselves in finding great hidden gems and I'm kind of hesitant to give it a great review because now everyone will make it a point to visit when visiting SYV. The cod and the filet were excellent. A must try is the apple bread pudding so make sure to save room for dessert!!!
My wife and I have been here several times. Excellent food and good selection of local wines and beer on tap. I usually order the top sirloin steak and it is among the best steaks I've ever had. Cooked to perfection. Nice place fairly casual , clean blue jeans and a button up shirt is fine.
My wife and I have been eating with The Brothers for years, they even served our wedding guests at our reception at their previous location in Los Olivos.
The food has always been superb, and our guests last Saturday from Utah were absolutely gobsmacked at the quality and care of preparation and presentation.
The staff are friendly and caring, our server Terry, patiently took out orders, my wife has some food allergies, and without hesitation, presented a perfect meal to our table.
Cannot recommend a more suitable restaurant in the Solvang/Santa Inez area than The Red Barn.
This is the second time I have visited your restaurant. I reside in Santa Maria and was told by a co-worker that your restaurant "beats any steak in Santa Maria!" Trust me, I have been to all of them, and sure enough, your steak beats them all! I like my steak well done and a good cook knows how to make sure it's well done. I ordered it medium well, based on the waitress recommendation. It was not burned, not pink inside, yet tender. Those are the three things I look for in a well done steak. If they apply, the cook knows what he/she is doing.
I was fortunate to get "Diane". She is awesome; cannot think of ONE complaint! She was perfect! One can tell that she enjoys doing what she does and loves people. I will definitely be back.
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