The Brander Vineyard

4.5
44 Reviews
$30 and under
Winery
Founded in 1975, the Brander Vineyard is one of the winemaking pioneers in Santa Barbara County. We produce a wide range of distinctive, classically styled wines, focusing primarily on Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, from our estate vineyard in the Los Olivos District AVA. The views are spectacular, the courtyard beautiful and the wines are unparalleled. For parties of 6+, you must call us at 805.688.2455, and leave your CC number to hold your reservation. No shows or cancellations within 24 hours will be charged $10 per person. No tastings after noon on Saturdays. We are known for our Sauvignon Blanc and the Bordeaux style wines we produce. There is also a beautiful airbnb on the property and the Brander Museum of Folk Art.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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 44 people are saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Houndlover
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting in an outdoor patio surrounded by mature trees and roses.
Went on a Saturday afternoon when they had live music. Also had a chef, cooking up custom tacos and quesadillas on an outdoor grill.
Great wine selection by the glass or bottle.
Even brought our dog!
A definite gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Went for the wine tasting. Despite being very quiet in terms of customers we were kept waiting for a long time between each sips (and i must say of all the wineries, Brander gave the smallest sampling). Wines were brought to the table under the arm of the server and whether this was the cause or not, were never served at what I would consider a correct temperature.
That said the wines were good, but the whole experience was not at anywhere near the level of the other vineyards visited.

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IvnaBruce
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

It was a very casual wine tasting experience. The fountain was dry, the place did not seem quite ready for guests .

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful afternoon with lovely wine!

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STEVEH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited / Tasted on Saturday afternoon. Brander had a local band playing in their courtyard, and local taco caterer. Wine was great! Food was great! A most enjoyable afternoon.

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vipLira
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Well, this was a bust. We went on a Saturday, so it was busy. There's a downstairs shaded courtyard where they have music and seemed like a pleasant place to sit, but we were told that we had to sit upstairs "because we had an open table rez." Upstairs was not shady, and it was hot. They told us that downstairs cost $15 and you could buy glasses of wine and that upstairs was for tasting ($20).

It was impossible to get a server's attention to get on to the next taste.

They have food downstairs (tacos and quesadillas) but you had to go back downstairs to order the food. So, we did. After about 25 minutes, when food did not appear, we had to go downstairs and collect the food.

The wines they had for tasting included the 2 we were interested in: Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, but they only had the 2020 vintages of both, and they were not good.

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vipStannisBaratheon
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVED the afternoon we spent here. Gorgeous area, beautiful and lively patio— and SUCH wonderful service. Was visiting from LA and cannot wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very mediocre to poor customer service. As members we were looking forward to returning and expected the same personal service as before. We brought two friends to possibly join due to our high praise. We bought a case and they bought a case and we were still charged 2 tasting fees. No ...it’s not printed that the fee is waived with a purchase but come on...members bring two prospective members and purchase 2 cases of wine. Back to Paso Robles and Edna Valley where they appreciate your business, treat you like a valued customer and give you little tid bits of thanks.

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Mimi
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did not have any food at this location.
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CathyF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, friendly and informative. Great experience!

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SeanS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not the place to visit in Los Olivos. It’s basically an outdoor wine bar with overgrown weeds, and not great wine. They offer ZERO tastings during the weekend. The service is slow and unreliable. They offer no information about their wine and clearly don’t care about the customer.

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LillyK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a great fun place to enjoy sipping on wine and listening to music. Especially when its windy, the courtyard is nice and secluded. Will be going back for sure!

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CyndiS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Wines are fairly priced. Nothing really wowed me but there is a lovely courtyard and garden area for tasting

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service Great ambience delicious food and good wine

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wines and atmosphere .
Buy 3 bottles and get tasting free

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom is the best.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience2

The Open Table software distorts this review. We went for wine tasting. We did not eat, so have no opinion on food.
We were virtually alone on a warm Monday afternoon. The lack of other guests felt uncomfortable. We were well served by waitstaff Elana (except when she forgot a bottled water for my spouse).
While sitting on the deck we were disappointed there were no flowers/decorations on the tables, no cushions on the metal garden chairs, no glasses of water provided, no water running in the decorative fountain. Seems like a missed opportunity to make the tasting more attractive. A basket of bread or breadsticks would have been a home run.
The tasting flight was perfectly fine and the waitstaff presented each wine with knowledge of its flavor notes and characteristics. We really came to purchase wines we knew already, but the tasting was a nice opportunity to try something new.

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SteveStar
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

good environment, nice people, service was a bit slow but we were not in a hurry. taco cart was tasty and wine was crisp.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful. No personality or vibe. Did not have a server forever and got up and left. Went to Vincent and for only $20 a tasting it was soooooo worth leaving. Don’t bither

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Wegalvez
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We are going back with family or friends. Need we say more? In addition to a beautiful setting, their specialty (white wines) was great. We did walk away with Xmas present wines for our kids (grown adults) to enjoy.

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vipstevena
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was my second experience at Brander, and I was a LITTLE disappointed.
It was still a good wine, tho.

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NancyL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, great music, good food, what more could you want?

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Cynthia
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio, Attentive staff, Awesome wine!!

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suek
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Peaceful, comfortable patio with pretty views for wine tasting. Fountains were an added bonus. Delicious well priced wine selection. Whites were the king here. Nice unhurried atmosphere.

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Shae
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine was wonderful, service was excellent! Was a great experience and will definitely be back in the future

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ShelbyM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fred's birthday weekend was amazing! We had a great time!

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Deluna36
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Brander Vineyards is going on a trip to Europe for the day. Always delightful, everyone so helpful and kind.

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Dave
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Great vineyard, good wine especially the Fred. Would be nice if they offered some sort of flight or samples, but otherwise it’s an excellent place to spend an afternoon.

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CarolynnC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We didn't have food there, but the wines were marvelous.......

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HeidiS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brander Winery has a beautifully shaded courtyard that allows for an intimate setting, yet also socially distanced to be safe. I attended the Chris Stills concert and enjoyed wine and tacos. It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and would recommend this place to anyone for a unique and friendly experience!

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JenS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branders was outstanding - the wine is fantastic, loved the Los Olivos Sauvignon Blanc. The live music was wonderful and not too loud. The patio is beautiful and charming with lots of shade and the tacos were great! I plan on coming back soon!

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LauraD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Lovely outdoor venue. The wine selection is good, and you can buy wine bottles to go.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on September 21, 2020

Thank you for joining us!

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CarenW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy visiting Brander -- the wine is great, the grounds are beautiful and all of the people working are friendly and know the area and all about Brander wines and the history of the winery. A great place to relax and enjoy your afternoon!

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on September 20, 2020

Thank you Caren! We enjoy having you as our guest!

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PattyE
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place, Brander Winery!!! The wine , food and music was delicious!

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you! We are so glad that you had a positive experience. We welcome you back anytime!

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AnitaA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We had a reservation for tasting. When we got there on time, we were told they were not doing anymore tasting. Wine tasting selections poor. Were not given tasting fee costs up front. Wine just OK. Much better at other wineries. I won’t be back.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on September 16, 2020

Dear Anita, We regret there was a miscommunication. We would be happy to have you as our guest for a complimentary tasting any week day. Please call or email us.

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DavidD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather was very hot, but obviously not their fault.
Great place for wine tasting and taco cart was delicious.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on August 28, 2020

Why thank you David! We'll work on the weather!!

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vipTatanka
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, Fred is an amazing host. Tom pored the wines, and Laurie handles the crowd!

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you so much for the rave review! Come again!

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ThomasT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Brander is a very nice vineyard and they have a nice set up for COVID on their patio. Well worth a visit.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you Thomas! Come back again soon!

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MillieT
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to spend a Saturday. Great music, tacos and wine. Outside service only and you have to order food along with the wine. Tables spread apart. Felt safe and comfortable. Reservations required.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you. Glad you had fun!

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vipmarco
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place to hang out for a few hours. The vineyard has gone out of its way to make a nice setting for their wine tasting.
During COVID19 pandemic they have done a great job of social distancing and making things as safe as possible.
The wine was good, but a bit acidic for me and so I ended up not buying more, but perhaps others will find their flavor more to their liking.

The Brander Vineyard
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thanks for stopping by!

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FAQs

The Brander Vineyard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 688-2455.

The Brander Vineyard is rated 4.5 stars by 44 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.