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Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

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3539 Sagunto Street, The Red Barn, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4142
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: With a fresh, de rigueur exterior of barn-red paint, the interior...
With a fresh, de rigueur exterior of barn-red paint, the interior expresses the warmth of a local tavern, using clean lines and a rustic feel. Accented with oak, restored branded wood beams, a white paneled ceiling and wrought iron lighting, the L-shaped room is refreshed, with higher ceilings and massive glass windows that open the space. As before, there is an open display kitchen observing the chefs at work. Newly created for the restaurant is a glass-enclosed wine room flanking the dining room that co-exists with two wood-burning fireplaces preserved from the original Red Barn. Firewood is supplied by the Agin Brothers, the family that has serviced the Nichols family with seasoned wood for ten years. Two wrought iron and rope chandeliers, hand crafted by local blacksmith Hans Duus, illuminate the room and are lighted with replicas of vintage Edison light bulbs, with more of the Edison-styled glass globes accenting the room. The walls are decorated with historical photographs of Los Rancheros Visitores, the club of local horsemen and ranchers dating back to 1929. Salvaged during the construction was wallpaper discovered under layers of paint and paneling, beautifully illustrated with dancing girls, pistols, playing cards and saloons, now preserved, framed, and gracing the dining room walls. JC's handsome bar was created by locals Scott and Chris Bruhn who used a felled pine tree salvaged from Figueroa Mountain to form the expansive bar top.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Got My Vote

We went here of course with my daughter and hubby and my hubby. My first time, loved the atmosphere, had a 5pm reservation, you need one for sure. I took my own bottle of wine and you can take yours, $15 fee, not bad when you think how much a glass would cost. Anyway I had stuffed Idaho trout... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
kittytoby
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Orange County ca
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
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Orange County ca
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We went here of course with my daughter and hubby and my hubby. My first time, loved the atmosphere, had a 5pm reservation, you need one for sure. I took my own bottle of wine and you can take yours, $15 fee, not bad when you think how much a glass would cost. Anyway I had stuffed Idaho trout mm!!... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We watched as the Red Barn closed and the remodel began. For a while it looked as if it would never reopen. When it did it was worth the wait. We have been in more that once and the food is consistently good & has a very nice atmosphere. The staff is always friendly and attentive but it can be... More 

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Santa Ynez Valley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Brothers Restaurant is consistently excellent. Over the years, they have been a favorite of mine through 3 restaurant locations in this area. Their newest location in the village of Santa Ynez is well run with excellent food and service. You have a choice of choosing from the same menu in the bar at high tables or in the restaurant... More 

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mapleton Ut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very down home and mostly locals when we went. Excellent food, well prepared and presented. The menu changes, but I had the best pork chop I have ever eaten. Sides were also excellent as well as desert. Worth going to this wonderful valley just for the dinner here.

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Santa Ynez, CA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Have been here half dozen times or more. Food is always good (especially sole or trout). However, two hours is too long. It was an hour before we got dinner….all service was slow. Took a half hour to get more water. No one even looked at us. It is nicely decorated, but noisy if trying to talk. Took out of... More 

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Long Beach
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Was told by the locals to eat at Brothers, we went on a Saturday night the staff was great. The food was awesome, asked them to blacken my prime rib and it was the best prime rib i have ever eaten. The fish was great as well.

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Glendale, California
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We ate at both of the Nichols Brothers restaurants, one night after another. They were recommended by locals, and we were totally impressed. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was out of this world! The meal began with a generous platter of fresh breads. Each one was delicious! Tonight, two of us ordered the Prime Rib -... More 

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Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We have dined at other Brothers establishments, this was our first time at The Red Barn and it did not disappoint. Although we ordered shrimp cocktail, but got tuna tartar (how does that happen?), it turned out to be pretty tasty. The veggie spring rolls had flavor that popped in your mouth. Yum! We shared an 8 ounce filet that... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We ate dinner one night at the Red Barn based on the recommendation of a local we had met earlier in the day. Really glad we did. While the restaurants in nearby Solvang were crowded with tourists, we traveled just a few miles down the road to Santa Ynez and had a nice meal with the locals and regulars. It... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Red Barn has a long tradition of good food prepared by the Nichols Brothers. Their restaurants have been local favorites for many years. We eat there at least twice a month.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3539 Sagunto Street, The Red Barn, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Ynez
  • Phone Number: (805) 688-4142

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 70
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

With a fresh, de rigueur exterior of barn-red paint, the interior expresses the warmth of a local tavern, using clean lines and a rustic feel. Accented with oak, restored branded wood beams, a white paneled ceiling and wrought iron lighting, the L-shaped room is refreshed, with higher ceilings and massive glass windows that open the space. As before, there is an open display kitchen observing the chefs at work. Newly created for the restaurant is a glass-enclosed wine room flanking the dining room that co-exists with two wood-burning fireplaces preserved from the original Red Barn. Firewood is supplied by the Agin Brothers, the family that has serviced the Nichols family with seasoned wood for ten years. Two wrought iron and rope chandeliers, hand crafted by local blacksmith Hans Duus, illuminate the room and are lighted with replicas of vintage Edison light bulbs, with more of the Edison-styled glass globes accenting the room. The walls are decorated with historical photographs of Los Rancheros Visitores, the club of local horsemen and ranchers dating back to 1929. Salvaged during the construction was wallpaper discovered under layers of paint and paneling, beautifully illustrated with dancing girls, pistols, playing cards and saloons, now preserved, framed, and gracing the dining room walls. JC's handsome bar was created by locals Scott and Chris Bruhn who used a felled pine tree salvaged from Figueroa Mountain to form the expansive bar top.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?