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"!
Always try to stop here when we are in Los Olivos. Good solid menu and attentive staff. The food is always above average.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
This restaurant never disappoints. Great food, great service and great local flavor and ambiance.
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!
Food quality was outstanding considering it was a $18 Burger....
Everything about this place is great. Totally recommend.
Excellent place. Delicious food and fantastic service.
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.
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. :-)
One of the best in the Valley for lunch
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!
Been here many times food is always amazing can’t say enough of this place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stumbled upon Sides during a recent visit and was very happy we stopped in. Matt was our waiter and was great.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service! Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed their meals and beverages. A must when in Los Olivos.
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.
This was our second time dining here. Absolutely love this place. Can't wait for #3!
Everything was amazing!
Great service too!
We had a large group and they accommodated us well!
Great atmosphere, very professionally run. Excellent creative cocktails and tap wines. Deliciously different menu items using locally sourced ingredients.
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!
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
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.
They changed their menu from my last visit. Meal was okay. Disappointed on the selections offered . Thought it was lunch menu instead of dinner.
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!!
My steak was okay and my vegetables undercooked. Tried to fix, but still didn't work. I had heard their hamburgers were among the best, and that's what my wife ordered. It was outstanding.
The menu was recently revised and pleasantly so. Their amazing burgers are on their dinner menu and a terrific assortment of exceptional salads as well!!
This is a local restaurant that we have always enjoyed. We brought some friends with us for dinner. We have not been there for a while and found the menu choices have decreased and was what were used to for the lunch menu. This is not what was on the website prior to Labor day when we made the reservation.
The 4 dinner options were printed on a 3" x 4" piece of paper that came with one of the menus. We received one of those for 4 of us. If you are going to print dinner options, at least provide one for each person.
We all finally ordered and asked for an order of sweet potato fries for the table. That is when things start going a little off.
First the waitress came back after taking the order to tell one of us that the Albacore (Taco plate) was not available. She did have a couple of fish options of which one was chosen. She also provided a free glass of wine to make up for the situation.
Then the food came out and it was excellent, but we did not receive the sweet potatoes. After about 10 minutes of trying to get someones attention we finally flagged down the waitress (there was only one other table being served at the time but the waitress was not to be found). She managed to get the potatoes to us in short order.
I think the food is very good and would make a great lunch spot but I would not recommend it for dinner.
Very disappointed in the food and wine choices. What was once a very diverse restaurant has retreated into simple food with very few wine selections in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country.