Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

4.8
750 reviews
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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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BK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience with fresh, quality food. Went on a not-so-busy weekday night and a little later in the evening so the prior comments about noise level were not an issue for us. Wine list and service were good.

Prices were a little high but for the portions and quality of food seemed reasonable. Still don't get the $8 charge for a split entree plate.

Would recommend and will definitely return.

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M
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I sat at the high top area, but the restaurant was very quaint. My server was very attentive, and the menu was great. The bread they serve was delicious-had a cucumber basil martini, that was very tasty and refreshing. The salmon was alright, I liked it. Didn’t love it. The mud pie-omg. The best! Definitely a great place to dine

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MP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch at 1:30 on a Saturday. It was not crowded or loud. We received Very prompt service through a fantastic server. The food was delicious!!

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k
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves the most delicious food! We were in the Santa Ynez Valley for a horse show, and liked the dinner so much we went back for a second time. The wait staff is extremely efficient, and very friendly. All-in-all, a magnificent experience!!

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PT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was great. We had trout, prime rib, and the pork chops, all of which were delicious. We also opted for dessert, ice cream and gelato, all made in house and were delicious.

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B
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They butter their steaks like RuthsCriss. Personally I’m not a fan of that technique.The veggie egg rolls were delicious. The tuna appetizer was lacking flavor.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We asked for a quiet table ( my daughter is deaf in one ear) and we were seated right next to a table of guys who had been on a wine train and were obnoxiously loud. There were 10 or 12 of them. We only see her a couple times a year and very disappointed. The food was excellent and didn't disappoint us. The waitress kept apologizing for them. Next time if I see a large group I definitely would not sit by them.

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j
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal as always! Just lunch this time, we love this restaurant!!!!

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r
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will return. Great service. Food was as good as always. Tuna starter was worth second serving.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and nice ambiance! We will return!

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FH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A fantastic dinning experience as usual. Our favorite place to go when we want to treat ourselves to something really nice. Great food, extremely consistent, great every time. Great service.

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s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, pleasant ambiance - a delightful way to end a day of wine tasting!

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JW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service at a long time favorite

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D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to dine here. Great steaks, service and drink options. Wonderful end to a great day of wine tasting!

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunningly great food, good size portions. Attentive yet not overbearing staff. Can’t wait to go back.

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FD
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great cocktails, fantastic wine list. The food is well prepared and a nice variety of choices. The dining room is warm and lovely. The crowd varies from locals to tourists so it is never the same experience but the staff is so adept at dealing with the dynamics your experience is always first rate.

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RK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Delicious food. Prompt service. Just the right amount of noise. Good for a date or a group.

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WK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been going to Brother's for almost 15 years and in all of their iterations of restaurants one thing stays constant - GREAT food and service! My wife had two friends in town from back east and we decided it had to be Brother's for the best sampling of the valley. Brother's didn't disappoint! A great dinner contributed to great conversation and a great evening. Truly, Brother's is one of the Central Coast's great culinary gems!

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RS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Brothers Restaurant. The occasion was my birthday, and a Santa Barbara business owner highly recommended Brothers for the occassion. I’m visiting from New Mexico and it’s unlikely I’d have found this restaurant on my own.

I’m so glad I chose this establishment. The food was great, and so was the service. There was another birthday celebration, and those folks invited us to join them. There’s was a party of approximately 16 people, and they’d driven all the way from Los Angeles to celebrate at Brothers. This wasn’t their first time.

I recommend Brothers to others with no hesitation. I suggest calling ahead (or using OpenTable) for reservations.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great dinner this evening to celebrate my mom’s birthday! Every dish was fantastic...from the wedge and baby green/poached pear salads to the salmon, filet mignon, pork chop and seared scallops. Service was great. Would definitely recommend and can’t wait to go back!!

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j
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual. The tacos were a little spicier than normal

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SC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but nothing extraordinary. Scottish salmon was good but preparation was not exciting. Food was served too quickly. Nice ambiance but the experience was spoiled by rushed service. Busboy asked whether we were done while we were clearly still eating. Waitress did the same a minute or two later, and when turned away, she plunked the bill down on the table without even the customary coffee shop line, “no rush, pay when you’re ready”. Instead of a pleasant dinner, we found ourselves out the door in record time, feeling as if we’d been through a race.

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R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Barn in my opinion has the very best food in all of Santa Ynez Valley. The chefs, Matt and Jeff Nichols, are extreme talent that came from a royalty resume - Spago in Los Angeles, Ocean Seafood Santa Monica and The highly acclaimed Cordon Bleau epicurean school in France. So lucky for diners to have them land in Santa Ynez Valley to create the most well prepared food with a California fresh green garden flair with every dish they make. Everything here is excellent. Try the Vegetable Spring Roles, a signature dish!

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BG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was terrific, and the portion sizes were generous. Our server was lovely. The noise level did make it difficult to have a conversation across the table.

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our friends recommended the Red Barn. We were not disappointed. Food was very good. We split the prime rib dinner. We had heard about the noise issue so we asked to sit in the corner where it was less noisy since we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. Our waitress Jenna was a delight. Looking forward to returning soon.

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C
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted to return while visiting the area. Without a doubt the best prime rib dinner ever, preceded by cups of delicious French onion soup and artichoke soup. We cannot wait to return on our next visit!!

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious!!! Yummy bread basket consists of herb Focaccia, Ortega type Chili flavored MOIST cornbread, a mini Spinach/cheese finger biscuit, & Wheat bread. Entrees: hubby had the Salmon and I had the Sole in a Lemon Caper sauce(to die for) paired wth Sour Cream/chives mashed potatoes & some fresh Al Dante veggies. Dessert: Brother's Mudpie w/ Caramel & Chocolate sauce & pecans. DELICIOUS EVERYTHING!

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TM
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely the best prime rib I have ever had. We will be going back every time we visit Santa Ynez!

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RP
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific! I ordered an end cut of prime rib and it did not disappoint. Excellent flavor and an extremely tender piece of beef. My wife had the scallops and raved how good they were. Only complaint would be the noise level. IT WAS LOUD! There was a Cowboy/Wrangler get together on this night and the place was packed. Even with the noise level, we enjoyed our dinner and the vibe of the evening.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!

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CJ
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and s service. Loud environment.

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OT
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Trout entree is unbelievable! Deep fried oysters will make you order seconds!

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LH
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant not only in Santa Ynez, but in all of the greater Santa Barbara area. The food is unique, delicious and consistent. The service is outstanding. The ambience is warm, comfortable and unpretentious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding

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J
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent filet and the best Ceasar salad anywhere. Great food delivered in a timely fashion by a very friendly staff. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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S
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food is always great but the noise is so loud. Very hard to have a conversation because of the noise. The last time we went the noise was so loud that it made the dinner not as fun. On this visit the food was good but not as good as our previous visits.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib was excellent. We enjoyed the French onion soup and the Chinese chicken salad. The food is very flavorful and presented beautifully. We always look forward to having dinner at Brothers Restaurant when we are in Santa Ynez.

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J
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Barn is one of our favorite restaurants to go to. The food is always consistent and great. I have the trout almost every time because I love it. i have never been disappointed with it. That in itself says a lot for a restaurant, that a meal is always good.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely delicious! We had the Scallops, which were prepared to perfection. The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was enjoyable!! One of my favorites

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ST
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m just a little upset. We’ve eaten at “The Red Barn” many times. And the food and service are both lovely.

Two close friends from Georgia we’re spending the night with us in town and we thought it would be nice to take them out to one of our favorite eateries.

They said they wanted to share the special dinner of the night. Rather than delivering a beautiful plate of Diver Scallops and a small empty plate, the staff plated up two small plates of Scallops. Our guests said that that was such a nice thing of the chef to have done...we had a lovely time together but when I got home and checked the bill I paid for all 4 meals their was an $8 charge for their “Split/Shared” dinner. The Scallops were a $38 dinner and to pay $46 to have “shared” it seems a bit much.

These “Split/Shared” dinner up charges are a pet peeve of mine since it’s no more than a 2nd plate to wash.

Next time we won’t ask the wait staff to share but just do so at the table.

We did share appetizers and there was no up charge for that .

We will continue to frequent The Red Barn as we are fans of Matt and Jeff’s cooking but I do think guests should be informed that there will be a surcharge for sharing if the restaurant plates the split rather than the guests simply doing it at the table.

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