Nicholas Barrel & Roost

4.7
2338 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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Basho
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual.

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HeatherP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic ambiance, attentive staff.

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allens
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Nicholas delivers a spectacular evening. Great bourbon,apps and entrees!! Not to mention the banana split for desert. Thanks for making my wife’s birthday one to remember.

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shoemaker
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The only issue was that there were soooooo many great choices and we thought we'd start with apps and continue to stuffed. The waitress told us that all food items must be placed at the same tome not allowing us to determine if we wanted to have salad and apps then a lot more apps or an entrees....... and if we ordered entrees to start cold we add on an app?

Is this cover protocol? We ordered lightly and wished we could have added.....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent.
Food was delicious
And I love the new outdoor lights.

JM
vipJamesM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new Barrel & Roost and will definitely go again!

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vipTomA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Delicious beet salad starter, grossly over salted pizza, uninspired and limited desserts. How the mighty have fallen.

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RickyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond amazing along with our drinks. Service was great and all staff was very friendly.

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vipSweetD83
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great brunch, nice dining atmosphere. Only complaint is the service and bussing stations get crammed with servers gossiping which can be distracting (especially when being seated right next to them).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Mothers day. Only a brunch menu at 3:30 on a special occasion day. They would not even accommodate us with a grilled chicken add on with a salad. Expensive for nothing. Will not be coming back.

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JamesM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience at the new iteration of Nicholas, it was delightful.

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DANV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicholas at Red Banks comes up with one remarkable disk after another, for any occasion. It is a place for family time at the restaurant or enjoy a special dinner. I am happy to return to Nicholas for their nice people, great food, and a pleasing gourmet time. From their “Buffalo Bleu” to theirs “Grilled Swordfish”, we enjoy every time!

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JackB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Our food was wonderful and the staff was polite and engaging. We can't wait for our next visit!

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CherylH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and lovely, friendly waitress. Love everything about Nicholas Barrel & Roost!!

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vipLenny
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my wife and I first time back since the Covid restrictions began and the completion of the renovations to make Barrel and Roost. We went to celebrate Mother's Day. The place looks great. There was plenty of spacing, indoors and out doors; we got to sit at the new bar. Food and service was great and the staff was great.

I complemented Nicholas on how everything looked, the new menu and told him we missed his wine tasting events. He told me the good news that he is working on bringing them back.

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vipConnieM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic! We had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. Everyone loved it!

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vipBCC2019
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food. Much more modernized from the original Nicholas restaurant. American menu. Very large bar area had re-opened. Restaurant was quite busy but would definitely recommend (except didn't understand why I needed to pay $6 for 4 pieces of bread).

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Peacelovepurses
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, food was delicious and music was the best!

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vipJoespeh
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I think the concept is great and they did an amazing job with the reno, but if I compare to similar concepts, albeit not identical it’s a step behind in food quality related to $$&. But I would still recommend, maybe I expected more from Nicholas

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great atmosphere is fantastic! Good, delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and great food. Can’t wait to go back to try brunch as well as burgers They look amazing

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RN33
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner at the bar and it was great! Tasty drinks, great food, service and ambiance. Definitely will be returning!

TJ
TJJC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time at the new Nicholas - drinks were the same caliber and food was less formal - but still great.

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RichardM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overall the food was the best part of the experience. The bartender barely spoke to us, except when it was time to drop the check. Our cocktails were OK, however they seemed lacking based on the description and price. Food portions were small despite being tasty. Very disappointing to say the least.

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WilliamD
Miami
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and great service. Never disappoints.

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danielles
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best burgers I have ever eaten - outstanding. Everything was fresh, homemade and delicious. Our server was right on the ball with timing - he was excellent. Highly recommend the restaurant. Loved the decor.

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vipJSbd
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the decor ! Food was great. Wish the menu had more options

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vipJRZGL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience, bar is gorgeous, good vibes, good variety of menu options. Burgers and pizzas were fabulous; pasta dishes not as impressive.

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vipIsabelleV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Highly recommend! Especially the Cheese Curds and Caviar!!

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vipNewtoMonmouth
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful place good food and had a lovely time

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AHCruClasse
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration Lunch on Cinco de Mayo! Sat at table in bar area, attentive service, excellent food - LOVE the changes that have been made to the restaurant and the menu. Bravo!!

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vipMary
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went to dinner with my family to celebrate a birthday. We have been to Nicholas many times and were eager to experience the great dining and ambiance again. This time, however, was a slight miss in one entree, the lobster/clam chowder, which was room temperature with less chowder. It was, nevertheless a fine experience overall.

JM
JenniferM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

After the initial weirdness of being seated at a bar high top after making a dinner reservation, I inquired about it and then we were seated in the dining room... The food was super good; good wine, delicious oysters and amazing seafood dinners, although a bit pricey for the portion size. Also, I did not realize that it was SO family friendly, even the desserts are for kids.

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Foodie8181
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant was recently renovated and the ambiance was very nice. Decent menu; food was just ok. Very strong flavors and very fatty. Nothing seemed fresh. There are many other restaurants in Monmouth county with far better food.

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TMon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food especially the filet mignon and cocktails!

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Dolly
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.. with Edward and Ryan we can’t wait to come back

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vipOpie218
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal

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vipwifesabrucefan
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Brunch. Food is very good. Prices are appropriate for food quality. Service always excellent.

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BMcFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the experience and look forward to my next meal there. I was very impressed with the Bourbon selection.

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vipKate
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pretty good service, but food could have been a bit more flavorful. Avocado toast , gets an A for presentation, but that and the omelettes could have used a little more flavor. #salt/cracked pepper?

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Nicholas Barrel & Roost is rated 4.7 stars by 2338 OpenTable diners.

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