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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

4.9
4.9
993 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 688-4142

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matt and Jeff Nichols

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ynez Valley

  • Cross street

    Edison Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 993 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • California Central Coast

    Best Value

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Service

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Value

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Innovative

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for special occasions

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  1. GH

    GaryH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Way over rated and over priced for just average food. Unimpressed.
  2. ST

    SusanT

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the chanterelle mushroom soup and it was delicious. Our entrées were prime rib and Chinese chicken salad and both were excellent. We always have dinner at Brothers when we visit Santa Ynez.
  3. C

    Cassi08

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The swordfish was one of the best I have had. This restaurant is always consistent and the food quality is high.
  4. FF

    FoodieFreak

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food is very good but beware that the portions are large. The smoked salmon appetizer could easily have been shared by two. The rack of lamb was 4 double ribs - 2 or 3 double ribs would have been plenty.
  5. TJ

    TomJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, best-cooked prime rib, mashed potatoes and vegetables I’ve had in a long time. The waitress brought us a delicious basket of various breads before we even had to ask.
  6. SY

    SYVNH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great ribeye steak followed by orange creamsicle cheesecake!
  7. SC

    StuartC

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding as was the service. Highly recommend
  8. S

    Squiggly777

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husband’s birthday. We always have a great time at The Red Barn.
  9. SF

    SharonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and super service! Highly recommend for a great evening!
  10. T

    Tomfio

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please reopen for lunch in 2023. We miss your burgers, salads, steaks for lunch. Your food is too good not to share it with more people.
  11. T

    Terri

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The patio is a nice option for a quieter evening.
  12. KK

    KathyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prime rib was so great! We really enjoyed it all!
  13. SH

    StevenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an old favorite of ours. We hadn’t been in the area for a couple of years and it was as good as we remembered! Rib-eye steak and a wedge salad were delicious. The steak was perfectly seasoned. The service was great. Thanks Kay! We’ll definitely be back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly our happy place in SYV. No better chef than Matt Nichols and no better server than Diane!
  15. SY

    SYVNH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The fried calamari was excellent as was the pork chop dinner. The sweet potato cheesecake was outstanding!
  16. HM

    HollyM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I have ever had. Pricey, but worth it!!
  17. KG

    KarenG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THe food, service, and experience was fabulous. We always enjoy going to the Brother's Red Barn
  18. GB

    GerriB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful meal after wine tasting! We will be back!
  19. R

    Ricky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, I went for dinner and it was seated on the side patio. They have warmers that keep you plenty warm and the food was amazing!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING! Food is delicious. Staff is friendly. The desert special was an upside down spice apple cake—was soooo good. Even their ice tea was great.
  21. FD

    FineDiner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, warm valley atmosphere. Always love Brothers
  22. LS

    LindaS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service. We had a 5:00 reservation and were done by 6:30 in time to make a performance. Restaurant seems to have a lot of regulars of which I would become one if I lived in the area.
  23. MK

    MichelleKP

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff was so kind and attentive. The food was amazing and it was hopping on a Wednesday night! I’m sure weekends are crazy busy!
  24. d

    daleb

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first return visit since the Pandemic. We were seated before our reservation time and treated as honored guests. Our server, Marty, was awesome. She was attentive and thoughtful, helped to make my wife's birthday special. Our filets were tender, tasty and cooked perfectly. The 6 oz cut was plenty. The scalloped potatoes were delicious and the desserts amazing. The place was packed with locals and visitors on a Tuesday night. The Brothers are providing some nice fine dining.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Red Barn. The food is always good and the wait staff are great!
  26. PH

    PennyH

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place to go for a memorable evening. Everything about this restaurant is perfect, from the decor to the people and the yummy food.
  27. GN

    GuadalupeN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was delicious and very tender (like cutting into butter). Desserts yummy! Excellent service.
  28. VD

    VeniceD

    Exclusive

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal. The steaks are excellent and so is the fish.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  30. CM

    CMac

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic Anniversary Dinner! - From the hostess Molly to our server Carlos and the rest of the staff - it was a memorable evening! - Thank you to all for a fantastic night!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Poor lighting at table for 8 Noise level loud Had to get up so servers could get around to serve food. Food very good
  32. C

    Captain

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to return after three years, and experience the same top quality dining we love so much! We started with a cup of corn chowder, as delicious as we remembered from the past. The prime rib and pork chop were excellent and our server Stacy could not have been more attentive. The mud pie for dessert was such a treat!! We shall be back soon!
  33. KB

    KathrynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite! My only recommendation is to have more of the “Blackened” seasoning. Last few times I’ve come in they didn’t have it which is a bummer. I LOVE that they have a dairy free gluten free desert option for a sweet treat at the end of a meal. Best steaks in the Valley
  34. PE

    PasoEd

    Central Coast

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants to dine at whenever we head to the Santa Ynez/Solvang area. Service and food is always top notch and a great bar to boot!.
  35. LW

    LauraW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I am in Santa Ynez I always make a reservation to eat dinner here. The filet is cooked perfectly every time and the side dishes of the potatoes and vegetables are delicious. I would highly recommend Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn if you want a great dinner and enjoyable experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for our anniversary. Husband had prime rib (on special) that was def larger than 16oz! I had the 6oz filet. Both were cooked perfectly. The sides were simply but beautifully done and wonderfully flavored. We really wanted to get dessert but we’re just too full! Maybe next time, we will be back.
  37. s

    suunshine888

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always eat here when we visit the Solvang area. Must have dinner here! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
  38. R

    Roseway

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We recently had dinner at the Brothers Restaurant with out of state family. Each of us were blown away by the meal. They even were able to handle one of us that has food intolerance issues. Can't wait to go back again.
  39. SY

    SYVNH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The ribeye steaks were perfection.
  40. HB

    HBDiner

    Los Angeles

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic cuisine made from the finest ingredients, prepared and served most competently! Highly recommended! Dining room was louder than we experienced in our many previous visits.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 688-4142.

Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn is rated 4.9 stars by 993 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

3539 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Edison Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ynez Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt and Jeff Nichols

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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