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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
First time visitors. This place came highly recommended, so we were anxious to check it out. We were not disappointed! Glad we had a reservation, since the place was busy. We were seated right away at a nice table right across from the open kitchen. Menu choices were good. My filet mignon was awesome. My wife's parmesan-dill crusted salmon was excellent, and the portion was suitable for two. Good value wine list as well. Finished with a bananas foster bread pudding. Cheers!
Our meal and service was fantastic!
I had prime rib that was very tender and my wife had trout that just melted in your mouth. The sorbet for dessert was incredibly tasty (and since it was our anniversary they did not charge us for it) and they put it on a plate that said Happy Anniversary written in chocolate.
All around, the food, the service, the food presentation and the ambiance make this a wonderful place to celebrate.
We ate there for the first time for our sons birthday. My son and I had the Prime Rib and my wife had the New Zealand Lamb Chops. It was some of the best food we have ever had. The prime rib was outstanding, and my wife, who loves Lamb, says it was by far the best she has ever had. My son had calamari appetizer and my wife had french onion soup and both were excellent. If you have room for desert, try the Creme Brulee. Its made to perfection.
First visit and will not be the last! The service was outstanding —very attentive from the server and bus service. Best I have experienced in a long time. Food was amazing —had the special squash soup — so good. Also the tuna tartare and the stuffed chicken! The chicken was moist and very tasty with the goat cheese — and the mashed potatoes —OMG sooo good! Would definitely recommend!
We came up from Santa Barbara for lunch with friends. The burgers were excellent, especially the ones with melted Stilton and carmelized onions. They let us substitute salad for the fries if we wanted; those fries were darned good, too. A good wine list of local notables, fairly priced.
The service and food were great.
I was disappointed that the special request I added to my reservation did not get done. Apparently they either did not receive it or ignored it. Since I cannot confirm that they received it, I cannot fault them for it.
Also, this is not the place to go if you want to have quiet conversation. It is so loud while dining that the wait staff bends done to table level to talk to you so as to avoid having to yell over the ambient noise level.
Love the food at this place. We had the fried calamari and onions. It was more than enough for two and delicious. Then we shared a tuna tar tar which was great. I would order this every time. Finally we shared a rack of lamb. WOW!! I was cooked perfectly and the potatoes and carrots were wonderful.
The experience was great overall. The ribeye was nearly perfect. Done very precisely exactly how I ordered. You can tell it was very attended to while cooking but it still had character. Also ordered the salmon which came out great as well. I highly recommend this tuna tartare they have there. The calamari was a no go. Do not do the calamari unless you want to dig through onions to try to find the squid. They also forgot to give me the desert for my girlfriend’s birthday. It was supposed to be a surprise but the server totally forgot.
Matt, the chef created wonderful entrees for all us (15 diners). Consistently fine food. Great courteous, professional staff. It was especially nice when Chef Matt (one of the brothers) came to the table and greeted everyone. Gave us the opportunity to thank him for the marvelous meal we had. Whenever we are in the Solvang area, we always make it a must to have a meal or two at Brothers at the Red Barn Restaurant. You have to eat their jalapeno corn bread and Spring Rolls.
We had a great time, the food was outstanding, my rib-eye was perfect, very moist, and tender. We never felt rushed, our waitress was very thoughtful and timely in her service. I would recommend this to any of my friends. The place was lively, but not loud! We had fun!
What a gem in Santa Ynez. We had eaten the night before at the other Bros. Restaurant, Sides and Hardware. Much proffered Red Barn, but their hamburger was outstanding. Pork shop over bacon mashed with applesauce on top with green beans and baby carrots. Yum!!!!!! Wife had the roasted chicken which was fabulous as well.
Although the restaurant lost power near the end of our meal, the staff acted professionally and efficiently. The food was outstanding and we enjoyed it immensely. The loss of power caused the restaurant to heat up and get smoky, but just as we left it looked like the power came back on. We will definitely come back.
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