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About Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant

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.

2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue
Los Olivos, CA 93441
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily
Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm

Cross Street:
Grand Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 688-4820 ext. 103

Website:
http://briecsides.wixsite.com/sideshs

Entertainment:
No live entertainment is scheduled at this time.

Catering:
No catering offered at this time.

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.

Public Transit:
Routes A and B stop across the street from Sides Hardware and Shoes. Please check www.syvt.com for route information.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special events, please contact Brie Cromer at 805.688.4820

Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for a Date (12)
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Casual (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Cozy (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 16, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything was amazing!
Great service too!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a large group and they accommodated us well!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 25, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Business Meals, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I do not like the lunch for dinner menu. $30 for a bowl of not-very-interesting pasta?

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Organic, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Still our go to for top flite Dinner in the Valley. They have undertaken a menu revamp, pleased to say great as ever

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Restaurant needs to be re-established as a casual diner; new menu is featured, however staff was not adequately trained in the preparation of dishes. Extremely disappointed in our dining experience. Will not be returning in the future.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The Pork Belly Tacos are fabulous!! Service was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We do not eat red meat so of the five entrées the fish and the chicken were sold out. So we ended up having just side dishes, so we ended up having just side dishes and bottled water.....50.00 plus tip, not pleased at all.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good, pretty simple food. Good wine choices...
Brothers always do a good job...

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful special of fried chicken with polenta and kale. For some reason the cook put honey on the fried chicken, the fact of which was not disclosed in the description the dish. Our server was gracious enough to get me another serving without the honey. The dairy and gluten free dessert was amazing. We were a bit disappointed with the menu change. Sides is more of a bistro now, but still excellent. We'll be back.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

So bummed they changed the menu here. Now all they have are sandwiches and burgers. Used to have an amazing dinner menu. Have had some outstanding meals here in the past, but this one fell flat. My fried chicken sandwich was charred and so dry it wad barely edible. Unfortunately we will have to take this restaurant off our list when we visit Los Olivos again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Outstanding experience. Food and service excellent. This is our second time dining here two years in a row and it does not disappoint.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food was fantastic, service was great,and was a great value for a family of five. Nice wine and beer selection.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Excellent food despite single menu for lunch and dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Still dreaming about the marinated tomatoes in the Cobb salad! They were delish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

They have changed the menu and now it is very limited for dinner. Food is still excellent and I will be return but not likely for a spe

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Delicious food. Whatever the seasonal soup is, get a cup!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Vacation 1st night out

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

You must order a burger!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 5, 2017

I found Sides to be pleasantly fancy but casual at the same time. The food was gourmet and I could walk in dressed to the nines and feel like I was splurging but I could also walk in wearing casual attire and also feel like I fit in and would get equally as great of service. All the food was delicious. Some of the plates I felt should have more food on them, but they all were of high quality. I would definitely go back again if I were in the area and would recommend to anyone visiting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Best meal I've had in a long time! Really great food. Wonderful service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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