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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
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Brothers. It was very convenient from our hotel in Solvang. The service was friendly and attentive. All four of us loved our dinners..the petite filet with excellent potatoes and vegetables and the trout with mashed potatoes and veggies. We would definitely return. We sat over by the wine cellar and it was lovely. We also thought the wines were excellent and well priced.
We follow both Brothers restaurants on Facebook, needless to say they more than live up to but exceed the great reviews. We were in the area and went both days for lunch, wow. The only thing we would do differently is go for dinner too. We most definitely will be back.
This was our third time to the restaurant and my husband so looked forward to their filet. He did order it medium well but it came tough and well done and we were told that the brothers don't cook the same so that is why it was so well cooked. We were offered a new steak but only after we were almost done with our meals, so we did just adjust. I mention this because had we known before ordering, we may have been more delighted in our meals. Sadly, we did not leave with that yummy feeling and the desire to come back and pay the price. The food is very good and I am sure we will return.
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.
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