Nicholas Barrel & Roost

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$31 to $50
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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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vipKathyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was perfect - the food, the service, the decor and room were all just perfect.

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PatrickP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Completely underwhelmed. Had two apps. The bacon (essentially like pork belly) one and the bread with house made ricotta. Both were mediocre at best. The bacon had an almost nonexistent amount of peach and glaze. The bacon simply wasn’t cooked well. That’s not to say it was undercooked but it’s nothing like amazing bacon (think Luger’s) or pork belly I’ve had at a half dozen or dozen other restaurants. In the case of the bread with housemade ricotta and butter, well it might as well have been bread and butter. Virtually every better restaurant (Drew’s, Tramas, Char, Via45, Piccola, Brando’s types ) in the area or elsewhere always give a solid dollop of housemade ricotta. This was literally 5-10% the amount. Not enough to have with the four good-sized pieces of bread. And the housemade butter was okay, as was the bread, but there was absolutely nothing impressive about it. It was average at best.

My father had the short ribs dinner which he loved and admittedly, it looked very good and was a good portion. I, on the other hand, ordered the pig suckling entree. It was small to say the least, and like the pork belly, the pig just wasn’t very tasty.

We finished the night with a dessert that was very good. No complaints there. But given 3 out of 5 dishes weren’t even average let alone good or great, I was extremely underwhelmed.

The bill was completely reasonable. And I have zero problem paying $200-400 for a great meal for a party of two. But honestly this review has nothing to do with price. The food just wasn’t good.

On a side note too, the music was pumping on the inside. We sat on the outside so as to avoid the overbearing volume and so we could hear one another talk.

While the former restaurant stood out in the area as elite fine dining and had its niche in that sense, I feel like this has a menu and ambiance like one of 50-100 in the area, only the dishes aren’t executed very well. At all. I’ll give it another chance but not soon.

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JoelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at this restaurant. The outdoor decor was impressive and walking up to the place made it stand out to the people in my party. Once inside, we were immediately greeted and the rustic decor made it feel nice and cozy. There was plenty of outdoor seating that was heated. The menu had enough variety from meats to poultry to fish and salads and appetizers to wines desserts and many other items. The food was fresh and the staff was friendly and attentive. They take reservations and probably needed because they seemed to be booked when I went to make my reservations. I definitely recommend and I myself would like to go there again.

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imwishing
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I ordered a specialty drink ... they switched brands of liquor without telling ... i sent it back , they returned with it and said they ran out of the name brand i ordered... the waitress wasn’t seem after.... the app’s chicken nuggets were very good... the “bacon “app had delicious sauce but the pork belly fat was totally unrendered ... the veal chop was small fatty and raw ... not medium rare but raw... the short rib pasta was very greasy in flavor .... so much so i didn’t eat it... the waiter came and acknowledged we were long time regular customers and to give them another try... we paid full price and didn’t want or expect any thing off... i posted on the instagram what happened with the drink and my comments were removed and my upcoming brunch reservation was cancelled!!! so much for please give us another try

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent.ate outside.good heaters outdoors.nice experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lower the sound of your music. Would be more enjoyable especially for people 70 and up. I am 38 a little bit to much

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vipKenny
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Barrel and Roost's menu is eclectic, and reasonably priced. Moderately priced wines are present on the extensive wine list, as are cocktails, and beer. Service was excellent. My only reason for not giving five stars is we were seated at a high top table, and I don't like sitting at them. A pretty minor factor. I will gladly go back again and again.

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TeresaF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Restaurant is beautiful, food was delicious and service was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicholas Harary does it again! After loving 20 yrs of fine dining at his Resturant Nicholas, we Love The Barrel And Roost! Upscale casual dining at its finest! Does Not disappoint .

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DoriS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely amazing! Love the ambience, the new menu, and the food is superb!! Can’t wait to go again!!

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FrankM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Nicholas, and the newest version did not disappoint!

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vipShoregirl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The menu has something for everyone. Can't wait to return.

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vipRioinNj
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been regulars at the previous Nicholas restaurant for many years so I was not surprised by the exceptional food and service at Nicholas Barrel & Roost. Place is casual now and menu more affordable but the food is still amazing! A must go and we will be back soon

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vipEileenC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. Our waitress was outstanding and very knowledgeable about each menu item. Our appetizers and entree came out in a timely manner and as one would expect everything was perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best restaurant in the area before the makeover. It's still the best!

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LarryN
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Loved the new surroundings.

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1stTimeDiner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday dinner at Barrel & Roost. Food was excellent as was service. Especially appreciated was how the Chef took my "no onions" order in stride and substituted a delicious side order with my grilled scallops!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since the renovation. The inside is completely redone and is elegant yet modern. The service has always been top notch and was up to the same standard during this visit. For dinner our table shared the following: (apps) Nicholas classic oysters, chicken and bacon. All of them were great. The oysters was probably the best : most standout dish of the night to me. For dinner: scallops, roasted chicken and cavatelli. All of which was excellent and portion size was perfect. One friend at dinner told us the cavatelli was one of the best pasta dishes they had ever had. Topped the night off with the warm chocolate cake which was amazing. Now the real reason your reading this review... no, Gov. Murphy was not on location. Or at least he was not in public view. I’ll have to ask Nicholas about his secret “Presidential table” next trip. Great job Nicholas, look forward to coming. back really soon.

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vipGreycatgirlNJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Have been a faithful customer over the years...first time since reopening. Negatives: the room we were in (13 tables) at one point had 6 tables occupied, well above the 25% threshold. I did feel I was far enough from other patrons so I guess that was ok. I tried the margarita pizza and was disappointed. Did not care for the sauce. Strangely, about half of the pizza did not have sauce, only cheese and the crust was very dry. Would not get that again. Had the gnocchi, which was great (could have used a little lemon?) sauce was not as flavorful as I remembered, but happy it was put on the menu. My husband had the short ribs which were awesome, I had the salad with hazelnuts (large portion!) which was great. My son has the burger which he enjoyed. Did not get dessert so I can’t comment on that. Going back next week so I will have a follow up report. Glad they are back, did not see old staff but service was great.

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Usmc2017
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m looking forward to some bar time. Nice bar menu-games and burgers

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JosephC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, service and ambiance were all near perfect. Can’t wait to go back

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vipMargieG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Can't wait to go back. Innovative and delicious.

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viprobert
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Brunch

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vipCant
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There aren't enough superlatives to describe the meal. Quality and quantity abound. Attentive wait staff. I had the French Toast. The perfect marriage of sweet, soft, and crispy-ness. My wife added a few drops of syrup(I deemed that gilding the lily).

She ordered the 3 eggs any style. Had them poached and asked for (and got) a little guac on the side to make her own avocado toast with egg.

Combined with mimosa and life (breakfast was complete).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Delicious
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super accommodating and helpful. We went for brunch and it was delicious. French toast was outstanding.

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imwishing
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

decent burgers but expensive drinks .. don’t like the hoe down atmosphere

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ScottB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great job with the new build out. Food, atmosphere and service was very good.

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florydori
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new concept at Nicholas. This is a place where I will certainly dine on a regular basis. Atmosphere is casual but classy and upscale however still comfortable and warm. Food is superb.

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RSpringfield
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and service is a great relaxing casual atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special

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vipbb51
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New concept is fabulous!!

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JeffreyW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. While I loved the original Nicholas, the revised menu is casual and more open to many more dinners than the original menu. The pizza was great as well as the main course. Recommended to all including for young children

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vipJudy
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the new style of the restaurant, very comfortable, easy going. The food was spectacular. My husband enjoyed the different bourbons. We look forward to going back when we can get a reservation.

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KaraK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was terrific! We will definitely be back.

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Fyndynr
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you loved the old Nicholas, you may or may not like the new one. Gone is the upscale ambiance, the jacket-and-tie staff, and the exotic, super-inventive food. In its place is the best pub-style restaurant I've ever been in. A few of the tastiest items from the old menu have survived-the butter-poached lobster and the Parisian gnocchi made the cut-but the new menu now includes prime steaks, a killer burger, and personal pizza, and there's a kids' menu as well. So, not your old Nicholas then. But, be advised, the new Nicholas is just as expensive as the old one. Everything is ala carte, and that means the filet mignon comes by itself on a plate for $39 with absolutely nothing else unless you order sides. However, I guarantee it's the best filet you ever tasted. Personally, I loved the old Nicholas and I'll miss it, but I understand that he needed to change with the times to stay profitable. For me, dining at the old Nicholas was always a special event, but the new one, while superb, just doesn't transport me to that special place anymore.

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TommyBoy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Menu diverse enough for my family. Dinner consisted of:

French onion soup, salad, burger, ny strip steak, veal chop, etouffee. Deserts: banana split, smores, and lava cake. Everything was great. Pricing is a bit high but I've been experiencing that at a lot of places recently. As long as the food is above average...all good. One simple upgrade and perhaps it was a result of dining at the end of the night...paper towels in men's room didn't meet the overall vibe and ambiance of Barrel & Roost. Thin paper towels typically resigned for a burger shop. But again, perhaps they ran out at the end of the night and this was an emergency stash. I'll survive! Looking forward to returning to sample a few different dishes. Glad to have a high end comfort food joint near my house! I should say a menu which includes comfort food.

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BigEnchilada
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at Nicholas Barrel & Roost. The remodel of the space is amazing and we really enjoyed trying several different menu items. All of the food was fantastic and highly recommend the pizza. The service was excellent as well. Looking forward to going back soon to try more of the new menu items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there last week and was blown away. So we decided to try the brunch. It did not disappoint. They hit on every cylinder - food. Menu selection, ambiance, service and pricing. Can’t wait to go back.

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Nicholas Barrel & Roost is rated 4.7 stars by 1893 OpenTable diners.

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