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“Gone but not forgotten” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Barn Steak House

Red Barn Steak House
3539 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-4142
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Ranked #6 of 17 restaurants in Santa Ynez
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Santa Ynez, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Gone but not forgotten”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Yes, it is closed. Food was good with a simple menu. The staff was always nice to deal with. Definitely not your tourist destination, but had a loyal following here in the valley.

Work on the building has seemed to stall, if not stop completely. Rumors have it that the Brother (formerly of Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos) are in the process of remodeling the building.

Hopefully it will work out. It will definitely be different once it opens (whenever that may be).

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“The Restaurant that Time Forgot”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

My friends called this "the restaurant that time forgot." It literally–iceberg lettuce salads, steaks with no seasonings, decor––was like a restaurant from the 1950s. It's closed now, being remodeled for a new restaurant by some guys who can really cook.

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Orcutt, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We have never had anything but the most delicious, beautifully prepared meals in the cozy, rustic atmosphere with fireplace. Anyone we take agrees it is the most tender, melt in your mouth prime rib they've ever eaten, along with the delicious garlic mashed potatoes, warm, fresh bread and almost too beautiful to eat salads (try the Blue Cheese dressing if you like it, this is the best ever). Don't miss out on this treat, although I heard it might be under new management soon, so hopefully the menu and quality remain the same.

Visited October 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“AN ICON NOW CLOSED”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I have been eating here for years. The food has always been excellent and the ambiance, cozy and local. Seems its been bought out by The Brothers who took over Mattei's Tavern a few years ago and they are in the process of remodling it and the menu will probably change too. I expect another expensive, not-much-on-your-plate, fru-fru L.A. restaurant experience that are a dime a dozen, now. Sad. Time will tell. If the orginal place was still in business I would have given it a VERY GOOD rating.

Visited September 2011
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Santa Barbara, California
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“:)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

They have a great selection of nightly specials and the service is great. Good food and the mood is very casual and relaxed

Visited March 2012
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