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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn Ratings and Reviews
We had been there before the change of o ...
We had been there before the change of ownership and liked it better as the red barn the food and choices were better more of a family feel this time the food was ok steak to raw and for the price not a great value. We were excited to go and felt a little letdown when leaving.
Everything was wonderful. Grew up in th ...
Everything was wonderful. Grew up in the area, and the Red Barn was my families favorite place for dinner. Came back recently to the area and decided to eat at the Red Barn again even though I knew the restaurant had new owners since I was a kid. Have to say the food and service were every bit as good as when I lived in the area.
Thank you new owners (at least new to me) for keeping up the fantastic quality.
We had and excellent meal and wonderful ...
We had and excellent meal and wonderful evening. We have followed the Brothers from various locations in the Solvang, Los Olives, Santa Ynez area for years and are never disappointed. We will come back again and again.
Overall, I enjoyed it very much, and was ...
Overall, I enjoyed it very much, and was happy with the choice; it was a bit noisy -- but that was due to a single, rather large table of old friends who hadn't seen one another for a while. The cuisine was complicated enough to be fun with the flavors were clear, and the amounts appropriate.
We enjoyed our meal at Brothers, as we a ...
We enjoyed our meal at Brothers, as we always did back when they were at Mattei's Tavern. The familiarity of the menu was comforting but then it also had a bit of a tired feel when I thought about it later that evening. Maybe that's why it's taken us so long to come back? The food was very good, though. Would've loved to have found more summertime vegetables, like zucchini, in with the brown rice that was served with the salmon, instead of such an abundance of carrots.
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.
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