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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious and local fare

Excellent food and amazing service. Corn soup was great. Enjoyed the Tuna tartar appetizer. LOVED the tomato and burrata salad. Loved the rib eye steak.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and amazing service. Corn soup was great. Enjoyed the Tuna tartar appetizer. LOVED the tomato and burrata salad. Loved the rib eye steak.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Had a very nice dinner with three friends on a weekday evening. The food and drinks were excellent! The wine list is also very good. The deco at the revamped Red Barn restaurant is very friendly and welcoming. The only negative is the service slid downhill as the number of diners increased, so much so that when it came to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We arrived for dinner without a reservation, but were seated promptly at this busy restaurant. The food was excellent, if a bit pricey. Our servers were attentive and friendly. When we return, we will make a reservation in advance.

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had driven around the whole day and were quite hungry when arriving to Santa Ynez. We had read some reviews about this restaurant and decided to go and have dinner there. First impression from the outside prooved to be totally wrong. White table cloths and classy place. Open kitchen which is always a plus in our opinion. The food... More 

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Newark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Melt-in-your-mouth, mouth watering. What a lovely restaurant. Great location, nice ambiance (great setting and fine dining, but still very casual place - we wore shorts), amazing food. We started with the pureed corn soup, French onion and a salad. We had the special of the night which was a sole, and it was delicious. However, there's was no competition with... More 

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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The 'Red Barn' in Santa Ynez and their other restaurant in Los Olivos: 'Sides Hardware' are both excellent venues which they have taken their time to develop. Reservations recommended, as they are usually full most days of the week. However you may be able to slip in to the bar at the Red Barn and still access the full menu.

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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were there over Easter weekend and the restaurant was packed. The service was excellent from start to finish. We were seated in the outdoor patio which got a little cool and breezy, despite the overhead heaters. The food was great and well presented. A little pricey, but well worth it.

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Santa Ynez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Many of my friends love this place. Since the Brothers took it over the food is more sophisticated. The fare is much better than average as are the prices. Dessert was great. But I can get similar food at the Vineyard House for a bit less money. I can't complain about the food, but for me, it's a bit overpriced.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

...I was in the area for a Wine tasting trip after a wedding in Santa Barbara...though the whole thing might just be a waste of time....area and wine are great, go and have fun...I sure did.......I like a good meal and hunt for them when back in NYC....steaks are my special treat and I am ready and willing to pay.....Sides... More 

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Sherman Oaks CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Also located right next to my favorite B&B, For Friends Inn! The food is very good overall, if a little uncreative. Great wine selection. A good place to stop at if you're hungry and just want to relax

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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