Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

4.7
891 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 891 people are saying
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4.7based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent customer service! Delicious food, and great prices.

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cafoxxyy
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I usually love this restaurant but they have no vegetarian or vegan options unless you pay for a salad but don't get the meat. You still have to pay full price. It is not for people on a plant based diet. I had the mushroom soup for $14 which is rather pricey for soup with very little taste. It would be nice if they offered some really interesting vegetarian options.

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vipbunkie
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My trout was beautifully prepared and presented; vegetables were nicely al dente and mashed potatoes very tasty. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. My pet peeve: wait staff wanting to snatch our plates if we even looked close to done with our meals. I thought the standard was to wait until all diners have clearly finished their dinners before removing any tableware. It rarely happens.

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vipyogadaddy
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our server was awesome! And though it was crowded People were not on top of each other. I would highly recommend

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vipCoryD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime dining experience. Great people giving great service.

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We got stuck at the worst table in the restaurant and they would not move us to one of the empty tables. Ruined our dining experience. It was like eating on the side of the highway with all the traffic from the staff and other customers.

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NancyB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service, friendly staff. We stop in whenever we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious lunch before a day of wine tasting. The food was excellent as always. I had the Stilton burger as fries, my husband had the French dip and our friend had the fried oyster po’boy. Everything was perfect. The service was great too, thank you Junior.

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busylunch
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time but definitely won't be the last. Wonderful food and great service. Large portions, well worth the price!. Calamari and sweet onions the best I ever had eaten!!

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dbrvw
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the Red Barn, our local gem. Even with an issue on one meal, it was handled beautifully and expertly by Matt, our fabulous waiter. Another great evening at the Red Barn.

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cucsmnster
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal as usual, took two new guests and they also thought the food was great.

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vipdinnerfor4
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this gem as we were passing through the area. The servers were very attentive, the flavors delicious, and the portions were large. Will definitely be back.

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RobertK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A birthday party dinner. The staff was very helpful in serving a special cake we brought to the restaurant

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vipSusanT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and had a delicious dinner. Nick, our bartender, was very friendly and provided us with great service.
We look forward to coming back soon.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was casual, nice.....it was my husband’s birthday & they offered no desert......I was very disappointed.....Not a place to celebrate......it was a surprise going.... food & service was good, but when I called the said the would do something..... like desert with candle......

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vipThe5MRanch
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I love the prime rib at Brothers, but when I ordered it last Sunday they were out of it! Hard to believe that it could all by gone by 7pm...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although covid restrictions were at their highest, we had a great time. The food was as good as always, and we appreciated the attention we received. One of our most favorite restaurants in the valley!

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RenaeT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapoints. Best calamari appetizer you can get anywhere. My husband loved his salmon and the filet was cooked perfectly. Highly recommend!!

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TerriK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best service you could imagine with exceptional flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was top notch food and service

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vipIngz
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, the bread basket especially the little mini cheese scones was super yummy. Had local wine by the glass, excellent choices. We ordered the Wedge Salad, excellent. Followed by the sliders, again excellent. And I had the special, the pan seared East Coast scallops... which were super good, but what I was REALLY impressed by was the vegetable medley bed that the scallops were presented on. That was really outstanding. So a great little find in downtown Santa Ynez, it will be mostly the knowledgeable locals in there dining, but everyone is super friendly so enjoy!

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vipjake33
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop when in the Santa Yanez area. They are the best!!!!

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vipChar
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Matt took great care of us. The salmon was on point. We always split it because by the time we eat the bread and a salad, we are too full to eat the full meal!

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HorseMomSB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for out-of town relative (we are locals). Seeking “best steak in town” for one; superb prime rib for the other. Both delighted! Despite the more “usual” main entrees, both dishes accompanied by creative, inventive and thoughtfully prepared side dishes (and marvelous desserts).

Anything by the “Brothers” can be counted upon to be top-quality and superbly prepared/paired. That this one is located in Santa Ynez Township AND in the Big Red Barn makes it a truly special dining destination in our beautiful SYV.

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dbrvw
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time @ Red Barn. Our favorite Valley restaurant. Food, service. They always deliver.

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vipRtinoc
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Los Olivos and hear great comments about the Brothers Restaurant. The steak and lamb chops were extraordinary. The corn bread was soft, fluffy and very savory. We brought our wine ( no corking fee) My husband got to choose a dessert for his Bday!! Great food and service

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SylviaA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Clam chowder soup, Romaine salad with shaved Parmesan, and salmon. Banana brioche bread pudding for dessert. Pinot red wine. Diane was our server, and she was wonderful. The service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Diane has been our waitress for several years and she is the absolute best !!!!! We just love her !!

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SCOTTL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we’ve had in awhile. The fried oysters were delicious! Excellent prime rib, rack of lamb and ice cold martinis! We will definitely eat here again!

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MindyD
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our Anniversary. It was a suggested place & it didn’t disappoint

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Blou
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Too much $$$$$$. I can get excellent service and excellent food for half the cost elsewhere-
Sad to see an old town place that has been here since my Great Grandfather was sheriff, get so
out of reach price wise for the locals to afford (unless you're a transplant from LA). Won't be back-

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vipLauraB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best prime rib ever. Service was as wonderful as the food. The environment is unique and a great reflection of the Santa Ynez Valley. Everything was great. Would always appreciate a larger pour of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! We will definitely be back.

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vipCarlosD
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the best prime rib in the Central Coast

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was for our 33rd anniversary. The last time we ate here the food was excellent. This time around, the Prime Rib I ordered was really fatty. I ordered the most expensive Prime Rib cause I thought it would be as good as the last time I ordered it about 2 years ago. The server was great. Just a bit disappointed on the food this time around. Will I dine here again? Most likely when I’m in the area again. I just won’t order the most expensive cut.

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DavidH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived on a very busy night, friendly hostess initially did not see our OT reservation as their computers has temporary issues. But recognizing us as past customers and users of OT, they seated us immediately. Red Barn is consistently among the best restaurant experiences in the SY Valley in every category. Always a major treat to go there.
David

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There aren’t a lot options in Santa Ynez but saw good reviews for this restaurant. The food was delicious, cocktails were spot on and service was excellent. Will defn be back again. Loved my scallops and my husband’s veal chop was cooked perfectly: pink on the inside and slightly charred on the outside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner with old friends from out-of -town. The food was top notch and we all enjoyed it. It was a bit noisy ,but I don't know how that could be mitigated. My wife thought it was a little warm, and she is usually cold, but I didn't notice.
We have been to the Red Barn many times over the years and it is great for special dinners. The prices are on the upper level but so is the food. Just be prepared.

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vipLisaple
Los Angeles
128 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. If you are in the area do like us and try something new rather the same old restaurant. We tried this place and Red Barn did not disappoint. The clam chowder was yummy. The burger and French dip was delicious. We need to go back because we didn't have any room for the famous mud pie. We are on a mission next time.

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Nana
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal i asked for low salt and received a perfect custom meal ! Delicious

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 4.7 stars by 891 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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