Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant

Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sidesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (805) 688-4820 ext. 103
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 8:30pm (until 9:00pm Friday and Saturday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cherney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: No catering offered at this time.
  • Entertainment: No live entertainment is scheduled at this time.
  • Special Events: For special events, please contact Brie Cromer, General Manager. 805.688.4820 ext. 101

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Avenue
  • Public Transit: Routes A and B stop across the street from Sides Hardware and Shoes. Please check www.syvt.com for route information.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Locals and visitors alike will find parking at the front of the building. There is additional parking across the street and around the small township of Los Olivos. All Los Olivos is within walking distance.
A word from Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
Named for its original storefront, Sides Hardware and Shoes serves new American comfort food. You'll experience excellent service and phenomenal cuisine in this casual Los Olivos scene.
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Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (13)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (7)romantic (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Lacks Atmosphere
    Tbill
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was the first time I'd had dinner--usually lunch. The food was fantastic, but there was a table of ladies near us who were completely obnoxious. Their voices and loud laughter carried throughout the whole restaurant. It might have gone unnoticed had I been with a larger crowd, but I was trying to have a conversation with my husband. I think I'll stick to lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS Great here!
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food is always great. the soups are always creative and awesome. Best of all are the people!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great As Always
    DoBeeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The Sides menu has evolved into unique choices in the SYV. Some of the original fried selections have been replaces with more refined and delicious plates. That being said, two of us had the long standing steamed with frites, both deliciously flavored, and the other two in our party had the beautiful duck breast and salmon. The Brothers always have standout seafood, fresh, interesting and properly cooked. We went on Halloween, so it wasn't as packed as usual. The noise level was under control. Great bar and tini's. A local hangout and favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate, distinctive local gem
    Bulldog80
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Simply one of the best the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Intimate setting, good service, good wine list and distinctive specials accompanying a solid regular menu. Locally raised produce as to season and wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Couldn't wait to return to Sides from a visit last year. Was not disappointed, had a dinner for 2 out of 4 appetizers. 3 of them had the amazing bacon. Brussel sprouts were very delicious too. After a day of wine tastings, the excellent cocktails hit the spot! We came kinda early, the servers were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a tacky tourist spot
    sunnyDayz
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our meals. My favorite was the sweet pea risotto that came with my fish. The mussels that accompanied it were a bit bland however. The ambiance and service was excellent! It was too bad that the parents of the badly behaved child at the table next to us didn't get their meals to go. In addition to the screaming he actually threw a piece of bread at our table at one point. Seriously?!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the third time we have visited Sides. Always a treat. Try anything with bacon. It is made on premisis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    patch24
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The staff seemed a little reticent to accommodate seating for 6, but once we put together 2 and 4 person tables we made it work. Food was exemplary! Service was awesome! We had a fantastic time. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harvest Weekend
    CuriousMonkey
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Once again the experience was incredible. Had the Fried Calamari to start followed by the Diver Scallops and Colorado Lamb Sirloin. I have to say that was the best Lamb I have ever had. Washed it all down with some Kaena Grenache - Santa Ynez Valley 2012
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TF
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great as always, food is second to none and staff is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    BamBam
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We always make it a point to hit Sides when we are in Los Olivos. The food is always amazing. Unfortunately, this time the service was deplorable. It took forever for anyone to take our order and getting a refill of water was out of the question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange Name, Great Food!
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Really enjoyed ourselves this past weekend! Super friendly and knowledgeable service. The calamari was fantastic (with onions and jalepenos), the "special" salad was incredible. For entries, we had the Fried Chicken and the Pork Cheek, both of which were delectable! The dessert was chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich (ice cream was maple bacon flavored) and was decadent! And all at a very fair price - highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Ordinary Hardware Store
    BBNM
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were quite lucky to have Sides recommended. It's a fairly small restaurant and lounge. They vary the menu and we had no problem finding some great choices. Our meals were excellent and we enjoyed the whole experience. Hope we get a chance to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY GOOD DINING EXPERIENCE
    SidesFan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A unique and delicious menu. Somewhat pricy but, worth it. Over-all a fascinating and enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat!
    Gene
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We live 4 miles away and this is our favorite in the Santa Ynez Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our food was very good -- my husband has the Little Gem Salad and the Sea Bass and I had the Mellon Soup and the Sea Scallops. We enjoyed our dishes with the exception of the scallops being a tad salty and oily. On the down side, I wish we had sat outside. The tall ceilings and cement floor make for a very noisy atmosphere (so loud we couldn't here the music from the speakers) when the restaurant was busy. I would also say that although our waiter was nice and polite he didn't know the wine list or the liquor choices (didn't know the whiskeys at all) and basically read a script to us. We would go back again, sit outside and hope for a more seasoned server.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine Dining in Los Olivos
    Dahlia
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had dinner on a Thursday evening at Sides Hardware and Shoes. The restaurant looks a little like an old movie set. The building appears to be turn of the century rustic with a western vibe. We sat on the front porch around sunset, enjoyed the view of this small quaint town,and a glass of local red wine. The starter we enjoyed was a "bacon Steak", with fresh peaches and greens. The salad with baby lettuces and beets was wonderful, and our entree was the steak au poivre with asparagus and fingerling potatoes. This was excellent. The wait staff were attentive. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Heavy
    RudeWelcomeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food is very heavy. If you like bacon, it is the place for you because everything has bacon. Unfortunately, we had very average service this last time. It was a relatively slow Saturday night and not only did our server seem anxious for us to leave, but he was not very attentive. We only asked for water about 3 times, and he was very slow with the drinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite in Los Olivos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I come to Sides every time I am in Los Olivos. Lunch is great, dinner has inspired dishes that are always perfectly executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Howie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent meal and outstanding service! The specialty bacon appetizer is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 286 reviews are from the Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A gem of a find for central coast
    Nipomofoodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had an absolutely wonderful dinner here on out 47th anniversary dinner. We had 2 appetizers, Side's special bacon with peaches and steamed buns (folded like a small taco) with a bacon and veggie filling. The servings were so big that we decided to split our dinner of sliced lamb... Another mouth watering delight with a fantastic sauce and gnocchi. Dessert was an ice cream Sundae. All desserts are made on site and I wish we'd had the appetite to try more. Sides has gone on our "definitely go again" list. We eat quite often in San Francisco and this place rivals most of SF's better places for 1/3 the price. We also like the casual ambiance and the conversational noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Frustrating evening
    Captainjack53
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was good and the ambience was great. We sat outside on a nice night. The only complaint was the service--it was ok except for one thing. I asked for a glass of water 4 times of three people and never got one. Otherwise it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacon Steak
    Blueskies
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Whatever they are serving with applewood smoked maple glazed bacon steak, order it. We savored the panzanella with peaches, balsamic and bacon steak. Everything was spot on and delightfully casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    Letzeatout
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The market salad was amazing with zucchini, radishes, onion, tomatoes all sliced very thin. I had the Scottish salmon and my husband had the steak au poivre. Both excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neville
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great place for dinner after a day of wine tasting!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite
    GlutenFreeDiner
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food and atmosphere were excellent. The sauteed brussels sprouts appetizer was an unexpected favorite of everyone at the table. The Colorado lamb and Scottish salmon were terrific too. We finished with a dark chocolate and coconut confection that was scrumptious and not overfilling, I had iced tea to drink - which seems like a simple choice but is easy to mess up. Theirs is perfect with a clean refreshing taste. The waitress was friendly and unobtrusively attentive and knowledge, easily accommodating my gluten free diet. The person who was supposed to bring replacements for bread for my family was a little slow. We will definitely return for special occasions though the price is a little steep for a regular hangout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FG was here
    OCwinos
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner was very good. This was our second time here. One in our party thought the gnocchi was too salty, but the reads of the food was excellent. Love the roasted brussels sprouts and the mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the area
    scooter
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Have had some real disappointing meals in Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang. Not here. Service and a visit by the chef goes a long way when you also have exceptional food. Ballard Inn also excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good recommendation
    eatingwell
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    the restaurant was recommended by the front desk manager of the hotel we stayed at. definitely a "right on" recommendation. Be sure they mention the special items of the day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Love anything on their menu with the homemade bacon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Great
    RonN
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I hate to start with "the service was great" but I will. Great service from the time we walked in until the time we left. The food was fine but nothing outstanding as the prices would suggest. Would I return??? Probably not, but it was good enough the first time and we were happy we went. Would I recommend this to a friend.....I would but I would point out that it won't fill you up and for the price point you should be able to find something a littler nicer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but just good
    foodwinelover
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a good restaurant with some interesting wrinkles on the menu. My wife had the sea bass, which she thought good but unremarkable. I had the fried chicken, which was cooked perfectly. However, I thought the batter lacked seasoning or spice or something to really add the 'wow' factor. The risotto and au jus was more exciting than the chicken to be honest, which made for an enjoyable dish but not a knockout. Good food, but not the premier flavors I was hoping for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st Timers
    sher
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was soooooo delish!!!!!!!! Definitely coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    winesanddines
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We happened upon this restaurant about 2 years ago, and was finally able to get back. Same great food & people. Even fellow diners were happy to let us taste their meal of mussels! We, in turn, shared our Evans Ranch wine. Slight corkage fee, but so worth it! Always too full for dessert though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic
    SportivoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    While the ambience may not be fantastic (in my opinion, a little stark), the food is worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    BigDogVegasVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent food, the local mussels were great. Service very good, you will enjoy going. We do miss Patrick though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The fried avocado ceviche and fried brussel sprouts were fabulous. Also LOVED the sweeteenie!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Sambam
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The Brothers have done it again. Simply gourmet food. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderfully inventive without fuss! Each course was delicious without fail especially the popcorn ice cream.............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    GeoLinVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Some of the best food that I have had in a long time. Cold Pea Soup with cucumber and Salmon entree were awesome. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate