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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
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.
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.
We were there for my wife's birthday. We shared a salad which they split for us. Very generous on the parmesan cheese. Tasty dressing. She had the prime rib and I had a filet. Both were cooked perfectly with great flavor. Save room for the mud pie. Outstanding. Thanks guys.
Having grown up on a cattle ranch, I had the opportunity to enjoy some of the best steaks and meat. I also never skimp on costs when purchasing a steak to bbq at home, my theory if your going to splurge...splurge all the way! The Brothers Restaurant had "hands down" the best filet steak I have ever ate. Through out my 55 years I've been very fortunate to enjoy some of the best restaurants, and The Brothers absolutely nails a steak!!! So please if you want a great steak this is your place!
Great food....a little expensive ....but worth it. Wait staff very friendly, attentive and competent. Decent bar with local atmosphere. All in all, one of our favorite places to eat in Santa Ynez....forever. Now the bad part: it can be SO noisy as to ruin the dining experience. Some folks seated at a table next to us, sat there 5 minutes.....found the noise over-the-top too loud, got up and left!!!! We had to shout across the table to be heard. Really ruined a great meal for all of us.
Since their remodel, the changes in acoustics have been devastating. As much as I like the food, makes me think twice about going there.......and we have been going there for 40+ years under 3 different owners!!!!
Matt and Jeff.....what can be done to quiet down your wonderful restaurant???? Help!!!!!
The food was delicious! The wait staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The noise level was a little more than comfortable for conversation, however. I ordered the salmon, which was every bit as good as I had expected. Two in our party shared a filet, which was like butter, and my husband ordered the sirloin, which he said was great - a little more cooked than he would have liked, however. The desserts were scrumptious. Bananas Foster, Mud Pie and Graham Cracker Ice Cream. We'll be back, for sure.
We had been to the sister restaurant in downtown Los Olivos and thought we'd give this a go for my husband's birthday. When they confirmed our reservations they asked if this was a special occasion and I informed them that it was (I also had put it on the Open table reservation). The food and service was excellent. All the steaks were cooked correctly and the prime rib was devoured by my son. The only thing was no mention was made of our birthday celebration which we found odd. No dessert comped, etc. If you're going to ask if it's a celebration then please try and remember this when we come in. It was only the night before they confirmed.
Other than that we would recommend this restaurant for all that would like a great meal. So far the best in the area!
We have been to the restaurant on many occasions. Our experience this time was not good. The server was curt. The restaurant was very busy and she seemed totally overwhelmed which is not the customer's fault.
The food was extremely salty and therefore we left most of our dinner. We told the server and she said she would tell the Chef and that was the last mention of it.
We paid our bill but basically left most of our dinner.
We will think twice about going back again.
The brothers always offer good food. Though the meat was over cooked, my wife and I enjoyed the meal as a whole. The menu is ok nothing really to brag about. The service is always impeccable and really the main reason why I like eating here. Both the waitress and the other helpers are on top of everything. the food was overpriced, but the brothers have built a reputation and are cashing in on it now. There are other restaurants in town that are much cheaper and have better food. Still the Red Barn is always a nice place to eat.
There were six of us for dinner on a very busy Sunday evening. We were seated immediately (we had reservations) and our waitress immediately came to the table and asked if we wanted to order drinks, besides water. She was very attentive and gracious. The food was outstanding!!!! Four from our party had steaks, I had the sole and another had the bone in veal chop. Everyone devoured their meal!
One of the couples from our party live nearby in Santa Ynez, and that is how we learned of the restaurant (they frequent it) We live in Ojai and I sure wish we had A Brother's Red Barn here!
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.
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