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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
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!!
Brothers Restaurant has been a "go-to" restaurant for us when in SYV. No more. The food is very good despite leaning to beef entrees and the service is very good. But if you are going there for a special occasion remember this is a local restaurant and therefore preferential to locals. While we requested a particular table for our anniversary and told we would have it, when we arrived we were shown to another table. When we inquired as to the difference, we were told the table had already been reserved by the "Greens." Our advice to anyone visiting SYV and wishing a good table at Brothers, check with the hostess to ascertain whether or not M/M Green have reserved the table. In SYV this couple gets what they want! On a second night, at another restaurant, the same thing happened with the same couple!!
We remember the Brothers restaurants as being a step above other restaurants in the area. I think they have lost that designation. The food was good, but nothing special. The decor just seems tired and the chairs are a bit uncomfortable.
I don't think we'll choose the Red Barn, or Sides for future special occasion dinners. But certainly a good place to go if your priority is a good steak.
good to great steak, but pretty pricey. room was very loud with an open kitchen next to dining and solid walls, ceilings, no curtains nor padding on the chairs. menu has classic, standard choices (ie your steak, your chicken, your salmon, etc) but all very tasty.
Brother's at the Red Barn never fails to deliver. I have going for years, from the earliest days at the Story Book Inn, and entree's that I loved then are still (with some additions and deletions of course) are still as perfect as they have always been. Also, the Fried Oyster appetizer are the best I have ever had.
Based on the wonderful reviews, we decided to try the restaurant on our visit to the area. We were very disappointed in the quality of the food. The fried oyster po'boys were presented on stale buns which were truly inedible. One of our party had the hamburger which he said was good. For the price, we expected more.
I have been wanting to try the Red Barn for a while now. The different types of bread/rolls were so tasty. One I think was a corn bread with some peppers, another a small biscuit that had some cheese in it and a couple of others that were absolutely delicious. I could make a meal of bread and salad. I ordered the trout dinner. It was awesome. Loved that the mashed potatoes were shaped like a fish. Our group shared the mud pie for dessert. So fabulous. I would defintely recommend this restaurant. I will be back! I also love their other restaurant, Sides. Both are a must on your travel schedule to the Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang area.
My husband and I were in town for a long weekend of wine tasting and our hotel's staff recommended this restaurant for dinner. The food is wonderful and the service excellent! My husband had a salad and I had the tuna tartare, both of which sizable and delicious. For our entrees, my husband had the special - a large 14oz veal with whole grain mustard mashed potatoes. The chop tasted like butter it was so delicious and tender - just silken. I had the 6oz petit filet with carmelized onions and au gratin style potatoes. Wow! Great restaurant and friendly atmosphere, though we were out of towners. I only wish the restaurant was closer to our home.
First impression: loud
Food: great, but pricey
Service: excellent, but our silverware wasn't complete as we sat down, tsk, one fork?
Get the pear salad, you could share! Also, bring your own bottle of wine. Great flavor on the ribeye and sirloin. Will be back.
We went to The Brothers at the Red Barn for my wife's birthday (I will not say which one other than This one.) It was very pleasant and appropriately classy. Our server was excellent and attentive. I had the smaller cut of Prime Rib and it was absolutely beautiful. My wife, the server and I all commented on how nice the plate looked and how nice the slice of Prime Rib looked. My wife does not eat red meat and even she commented on how nice it looked. I will testify as to how tender and nice it was. It was as soft a butter and was as tender as a babies behind. It was fabulous. The entire evening was very pleasant and an evening to remember. It is a little pricey, but the quality of the food was right there. We have lived in the Santa Ynez Valley for many years and we ate at the old Red Barn. It was very nice and the Brothers have continued the tradition, although they are a bit more pricey. We cannot go as often as we used to, but we have not been dissappointed yet.
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