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Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant

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567 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Named for its original storefront, Sides Hardware and Shoes serves new American comfort food. You'll experience excellent service and phenomenal cuisine in this casual Los Olivos scene.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open Daily
Monday 11:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday 11:30am - 3:00pm
Wednesday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:00p - 7:30p
Thursday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:00p - 7:30p
Friday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:00p - 8:30p
Saturday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:00p - 8:30p
Sunday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:00p - 7:30p
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Phone number
(805) 688-4820 ext. 103
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
No catering offered at this time.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Avenue
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Parking details
Locals and visitors alike will find parking at the front of the building. There is additional parking across the street and around the small township of Los Olivos. All Los Olivos is within walking distance.
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Public transit
Routes A and B stop across the street from Sides Hardware and Shoes. Please check www.syvt.com for route information.
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Entertainment
No live entertainment is scheduled at this time.
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Special events & promotions
For special events, please contact Brie Cromer at 805.688.4820
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We very much enjoyed our entire experience and will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

There were 6 of us on Saturday night. 4 people loved their meals and the other two both had the "pig" salad. Apparently it was awful. It was a piece of breaded pork tenderloin (I believe) that had absolutely no flavor and was a complete disappointment. The burger, the rock cod and the scallops were all excellent.

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We have eaten here many times over the years. Last night was the worst. Their were four of us in our party. Two of us had meals miscooked. One was corrected fairly quickly. The other was a disaster.

They scraped the fries off his plate and returned them to him to munch on while they corrected his undercooked burger. The rest of us were 3/4 of the way through our our meal when his arrived. They delivered the burger sans fries.

No effort made to correct the problem. All meals charged at full price. Left the restaurant feeling like they could care less. BAD JOB BROTHERS!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best for lunch!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Clean and quiet. Service was great, really good food. As my husband says "you know it's good when you can't eat it slow enough"!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always try to stop here when we are in Los Olivos. Good solid menu and attentive staff. The food is always above average.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Solid place. We hit it up every time we are in the Santa Ynez wine country and it never seems to disappoint. We are fans of the steamed bao buns, the brussel sprouts, and the whole sandwich board. Don't discount this place for lunch. It is pricey, but solid.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This place was great. Very accommodating. Had a later reservation and they were able to fit us in early. The bacon steaks are out of this world. A couple of those could be the main course. All food cooked as requested--very tasty. Will return.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We were wine tasting in the area and stopped in Los Olivos at Sides Hardware and Shoes for lunch. The service was good, food was scrumptious and the atmosphere is rustic, historic and cool. They smoke and cure their own bacon, and it is incredible. You can find bacon steak, pork belly and bacon on most of their dishes. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Once again we were camping in the area and visited Sides 3 times! Happy to see they have brought back some of the dinner entrees on the menu along with their delicious burgers and salads. The Hammered Pig salad is my favorite salad and the scallops were especially good with the brothers bacon!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was our second visit to Sides Hardware and it did not disappoint.

Seemingly simple, down home dishes, with local ingredients that are hearty, flavorful, and absolutely delicious. The food was served right as it came out, which was another plus. We each had the carrot soup and the fried pork sandwich. Each were EXCELLENT.

Dessert was good, just not as amazing as the mains. The cocktail we had was on the sweet side; however, they have an excellent local wine list.

We will be back! Be sure to make a reservation- even for lunch. Wait was around an hour without one.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This restaurant never disappoints. Great food, great service and great local flavor and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We thoroughly enjoy lunch at Sides. They're very accommodating for dogs , if you eat outside on the terrace. The ahi tuna salad is delicious. We'll keep coming back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food quality was outstanding considering it was a $18 Burger....

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything about this place is great. Totally recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent place. Delicious food and fantastic service.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Super-good experience for New Years Eve dinner. The two corner, window tables offer an awesome view outside onto the covered & heated outdoor table area along with the entire inside portion of the restaurant, so try to get one of these.

The food is very tasty & well prepared with attention to detail.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

They called us as we were pulling up 1 min past our reservation (thus we had 14 more min to arrive) and said we can't accept your reservation, after we drive all the way out there from Buellton. We dined there the next night ( I know, I know) and had to send my steak back twice (ordered med rare and it was solid brown) then it came out all cold and bloody.

With that said, once the steak was corrected, it was good, and the other dishes were good.

The location is not for everyone, but if you like small towns, farm to table vibe eating here - in Los Olivos is general will be a treat, if you show up well before your reservation and clarify how you want your meat/meal prepared. :-)

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

One of the best in the Valley for lunch

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Probably our 10th time here and it never disappoints. It's always first on our list when we visit Los Olivos. Amazing brussel sprouts, honey chicken to die for and BACON!

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Been here many times food is always amazing can’t say enough of this place.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Really enjoyed the food at Sides, we had pork belly tacos, amazing Brussel Sprouts, butternut squash soap and burgers. Everyone was raving. The portions are pretty big so order accordingly, I originally ordered the hammered pig salad and changed it to the soup because the tacos and sprouts were very filling.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was of very high quality. Bacon Mac & Cheese was great as was the Brussel Sprouts
. Fried chicken was very tasty too. Cocktails were very interesting and delicious. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Mid-week lunch after lovely wine tasting and chatting with owner at Sunstone Winery. Ate on very quiet front porch. Beautiful weather. Salad greens and dressing lovely. Good mushroom burger. Pork cutlet over breaded and over done.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

We always enjoy our lunch and dinners at Brothers. Food is great! Noise is a bit much, especially for us OLD folks, but we just smile at each other and pretend we can hear.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Stumbled upon Sides during a recent visit and was very happy we stopped in. Matt was our waiter and was great.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

An excellent choice when in the area. Indoor and outdoor seating in a renovated hardware store. Nostalgic and delicious with a menu with enough fresh choices to please everyone.

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Sorry to say, Sides just isn't what it used to be. The last two times I've been there (we are local), the food has been mediocre. It was deathly quiet both times, once a Saturday night. You would think they could at least put some music on so you can't hear every word the table nearest you is saying. So disappointing, because this used to be a real go-to fun spot, both for us and for guests who come to town. I know they changed chefs recently, maybe that's the reason. The patio is lovely for warm nights, but I probably won't be back for a while.

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2017

We are locals and eat at Sides regularly. We went last night specifically for the fish tacos. When we order we were told no albacore, but they can make them with halibut so we said yes. We ordered martinis, 1 gin 1 vodka. The vodka was supposed to be Hangar 1 plain; the drink tasted off and I commented to the server who insisted it was Hanger 1. A little while later the bartender comes over with a new drink: she'd made the original with Hangar Mandarin. This was error #1.

We ask for some bread, which takes over 30 min to arrive. Error #2.

After finishing the cocktails we want to order wine, but can't for 50 min - no one inquires.

My salad arrives, but no tacos for my wife. We wait a while and I start eating my salad. The server comes over to say the last of the halibut was gone - so no tacos. Error #3. By this time my main has also arrived (before finishing the salad). Error #4. I will not eat unless everyone at the table has their entrees - this is simple good manners. So we wait until her main arrives and I eat my now cold meat.

Undoubtedly our worst experience at Sides. They weren't busy: it was a Sunday evening and there no more than 5 other groups there. And the servers 'comp' of 1 glass of wine was laughable.

We will return, but likely check ahead of time to see if they have what we want.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food and service! Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed their meals and beverages. A must when in Los Olivos.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Second time dining here for DINNER because my first experience was great all-around. We're also in Los Olivos all the time so why not?!

What went wrong? The menu this time around (mid-Oct 2017) was uninspiring. There were only 3-4 entree options, so I opted for a burger because nothing else sounded amazing or unique. There was a hanger steak option, salmon, and pasta option...that was it.

A friend ordered her steak medium rare. The meat came out cold and looking freshly butchered...I'd be surprised if that thing saw 10 seconds of heat. The "sides" were lackluster and common. The food also TOOK FOREVER to reach the table and it didn't seem that busy...no more than usual.

The wine list left something to be desired and the prices were high for second-tier labels. The staff seemed a little novice as well, but no real complaints from a service standpoint. The butternut squash soup was good though. Probably will not return or recommend to friends any longer. Too bad, because there's only 1 or 2 dining options in Los Olivos.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our second time dining here. Absolutely love this place. Can't wait for #3!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was amazing!
Great service too!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a large group and they accommodated us well!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Great atmosphere, very professionally run. Excellent creative cocktails and tap wines. Deliciously different menu items using locally sourced ingredients.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Hadn't been to Sides for awhile and we were happy to be back. Love the more casual all day menu changes and the diver scallops never disappoint! The menu now has a broader appeal, it seems, whether you want a lighter snack or a full meal. Our group chose a bacon grilled cheese, an order of those scallops, the albacore tacos and a few different salads...and we shared the yummy Brussels sprouts. Mmm, the fig cake was fab, too! Thanks for the attentive but unfussy service!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

We go to Sides every time we visit the Santa Ynez valley and win area. Great place for lunch....
The burgers are large and most have a big piece of awesome pork belly on them. Great to split with a side of tasty roasted brussel sprouts or other goodies. Never had a bad meal

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2017

I don't know why I keep coming back here, but the dishes are certainly upscale compared to anything in Los Olivos. It's really too bad that out of my 4-5 dinners here over the past couple of years, the dishes have been consistently way too salty. Not a little bit of extra salt, but they take the "salt at every step of preparation" literally. It's so much so, that I couldn't finish the steak frites tonight. I am not someone who shies on extra salt, so this is unfortunately exceptionally overdone, and it ends up killing the dish for me. As I wrote above, it's been the same issue every time I've eaten here, bit I keep coming back because I'd really like them to do well.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

They changed their menu from my last visit. Meal was okay. Disappointed on the selections offered . Thought it was lunch menu instead of dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Sides always has great food and service in a unique atmosphere! We enjoy taking visitors there and it is always a hit!! Open Table is a great way to avoid waiting at this popular spot. We will definitely be back!!

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