Nicholas Barrel & Roost

4.6
2591 Reviews
$31 to $50
Comfort Food
Since the opening of their acclaimed Restaurant Nicholas in 2000, Chef Nicholas Harary and his wife, Melissa, modernized the concept of fine dining. This mainstay of Red Bank garnered some of the industry’s highest praise, including 15 straight years as Zagat’s highest-rated restaurant in New Jersey, a 4-star review in the New York Times, and a position on several national “best restaurant” lists.

Now, with Barrel & Roost, the couple strips off the white tablecloths and serves up a bold new menu: made-from-scratch food that’s crazy-delicious, yet entirely accessible any night of the week. Set in a newly redesigned modern farmhouse interior, Barrel & Roost is just the place to enjoy Chef Driven Comfort Food with family, old friends, or a grab a drink at the bar for date night!

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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Short rib was very tuff...very surprised.

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Warren
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently excellent. Service is attentive and not overwhelming.
It has all the right techniques for a great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

For many years we went to the original Nicholas restaurant, especially for important or special occasions. It was our go to for celebration. We were a little sad when it changed to a more casual and family oriented restaurant. But the reality is, we go more often now as it is accessible in its new format. The quality of the food is still top-notch, as is the wine and bourbon lists. Well done!

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Traceyw
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect food, service end environment!

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AlexR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Decent food but overpriced. Service was excellent.

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marier
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our first visit to the updated restaurant and were really impressed. Look forward to a return visit soon. The menu was good and many choices for everyone. Loved the quiet atmosphere. Most restaurants these days are so noisy you can’t have a casual conversation. Loved everything about Nicholas.

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vipSocrates
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were celebrating a birthday.

The food was good, the service painfully slow and the noise too loud. Maybe after 8 p.m. would be a better time. Sigh.

Turn off the background music! It just makes folks yell to be heard. I am reminded of this from a column by Frank Bruni, bemoaning the loudness in too many restaurants: “The chef Jonathan Waxman, 68, who owns the Manhattan restaurants Barbuto and Jams, said that we older diners are true in our tastes to the etymology of the word “restaurant,” which promises to “restore one’s spirit.””

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BrianB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service

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FranG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu had a little bit of everything. Eachnifbys had something different. All delicious.

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vipMichelle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing

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jrzygirl
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Steak was perfectly done - a little too salty. Bucatini was undercooked and very salty. Dessert was delicious
Sat outside and very noisy because the restaurant is on a main road
Wait staff attentive and excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food great atmosphere and awesome service can’t wait to go back

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vipRobert
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always Nicholas was on par with service and food we always look forward to dinning with them. Go and enjoy.

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NJFoodJunkie
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very rustic and chic atmosphere. The staff was very welcoming and professional. Because the industry is short-staffed now, the wait time at the bar and table were slightly longer than usual. The presentation of the food was impressive but my entrée was a little heavy on the salt. The drinks were delicious and you must try the lobster bisque! Overall I do recommend it and will go back for the ambiance.

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RobertS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the beer and wine selections. Had delicious crudité and short ribs. The atmosphere was also outstanding.
Definitely worth a visit.

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RebeccaV
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrel and Roost is consistently delicious, service is excellent, and the ambiance is refreshing. The quality of the dishes and recipes would lead someone to believe it's a stuffy restaurant but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's elevated casual meets exceptional dishes and drinks. It's become our new favorite spot. I've had everything from the avocado toast to the pickled tempura veggies, to a burger, eggs, to the incredible gnocchi and the crispy halbut. every single dish delivers. highly recommend if you want an above-average dining experience.

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JonathanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the "Nicholas Burger," a short rib burger with cheddar cheese, onion, etc...
Was among the best burgers I have EVER had!

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DoloresB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the menu looked familiar the food was anything but....
I had soft shell crab which was excellent never had it prepared that way before.
My daughter and granddaughter had the beef burgers and they said it was the best they ever had. My granddaughter had fried pickles which she said were very good...
The dessert was the chocolate chip cookies the best.
All in all well worth the trip!

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GeorgeIII
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Too noisy for a quiet conversation. Food and service were outstanding.

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vipOpenTableFrequentFlyer
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday. Drinks were great, service excellent, food was also excellent (beer salad - the best). Wife loved her oysters. Fish was very good (flounder a little too well done) and dessert was absurd! And, Nicholas came over three or four times - Great guy! An excellent dining experience ( and we are outside on a beautiful night). Thank you!!

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MichelleV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Will go back. Beautiful decor

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Debbypop
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! It was a nice birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Nicholas Barrel & Roost! Definitely go!!

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BRM81
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is very noisy even when it’s not crowded. Plus they play loud music especially in the bathrooms.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite place!

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Megan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo good!!! Food was delicious and we sat outside which was beautiful:)

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Basho
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Everything a just a little off. Normally the best restaurant around, but not this night. Main courses served a bit cool. Food (fish) just slightly over cooked. Suckling pig was more like upscaled pulled pork patty. Dessert (chocolate cakes) disappointedly small. Wines and beer excellent as usual. Will be back for another try because it’s been our favorite by far and usually excellent on all fronts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food in a new casual setting.

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viptodie4
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The "new" Nicholas (Barrel & Roost) really works. Came for the cornmeal crusted softshell crabs (phenomenal) and left with two amazing desserts, best skillet cookie and ice cream I've ever had (and I've had alot!) and a S'mores rendition in a skillet that looked incredible. Barrel & Roost is in for a long, highly successful, run!!

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Fyndynr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Great food and service, just like the old Restaurant Nicholas, but the remodeled interior, while very handsome and in keeping with the "upscale casual" theme of the new Nicholas Barrel and Roost, features numerous hard surfaces that turn the place into a deafening echo chamber. Also, parking on site is inadequate, so you may end up parking in the professional plaza lot next door or down the side street, then hiking to the restaurant entrance and, later, back to your car, possibly in the dark and after a few drinks, which is no fun and not the way you want to end your evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pasta with bolognese sauce was tasteless, needed salt, pepper and hot pepper! No cheese was offered.
No salt and pepper on the table, none offered and when requested it arrived with not nearly enough for two dishes.
The burger was very good, the fries unevenly cooked and needed salt also.

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WilliamD
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Food and service are fantastic. Great drink menu too.

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vipRJS721
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super friendly, the food was AMAZING and such a good value. The outside seating area was beautiful as well. Noise level wasn’t that bad and we were seated immediately.

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vipAbovepar
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This restaurant used to be on par with Jean Georges in New York. Due to the pandemic they evolved to a very expensive semi-outdoor burger/pizza bar with some remainder of dishes from the old Nicholas. They have a very affected attitude without basis. The manager can only be described as RUDE. He threw credit cards back at a group of older people that even the waitress admitted has had their entire order “very screwed up” and told them there would be no charge and to never come back!

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vipJerseyFoodie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal! Good food. Nice atmosphere. Good service! Will definitely go back!

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vipDm2beach
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just always superb!

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gregk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter ( Ryan ) was the difference. Great experience all in all!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CharVi
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service couldn't have been better. Ambience was perfect. Very relaxing, great music.

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Nicholas Barrel & Roost is rated 4.6 stars by 2591 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.