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“Stay away!!!”
Review of Bennie's Red Barn

Bennie's Red Barn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Bennie's Red Barn, the oldest privately owned restaurant on Saint Simon's Island! Nestled between beautiful live oaks, Bennie's has been a favorite of locals and tourists since 1954. No visit to the Golden Isles is complete without a visit to Bennie's! At the Red Barn you can enjoy steaks grilled to perfection over an old-fashioned open oak flame, seafood, chicken, or spaghetti in a classic, family-friendly setting. If you had visited us back in 1954, you would have enjoyed the best steak and seafood served in the Golden Isles. Some things never change! Our steaks are still cut fresh and cooked over an old-fashioned wood fire and our fresh, local seafood is brought in daily. The Club at Bennie's is a rustic, indoor and outdoor venue located just next door to the Barn. Enjoy a cocktail at our famous TREEBAR or watch the game on either of the 2 big screens. Two outdoor fireplaces and multiple heaters will keep you warm in the winter while the ice cold beer, ceiling fans, and AC will cool you in the summer. The Club is southern casual and ready for your party, but we can help you gussie it up for a more formal event. Experience an Island tradition at Bennie's Red Barn! We look forward to serving you soon.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stay away!!!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you like having the menu shouted to you by a very rude server and paying for bad food , then this is the place for you. If it isn't, then stay away. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants on the island where you are treated with respect and are served edible food.
Minutes after being seated at our table we had a salad of iceberg lettuce swimming in dressing literally thrown in front of us. Shortly therafter a waiter came to us and proceeded to scream the menu at us.Apparently they have NO PAPER MENUS. He became rude when we had trouble keeping up with his rapid rendition in a very loud room.
The scallops were tastless and the steaks tough.We couldn't get out fast enough. Just don't spend your time or money here!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!

  • Visited December 2012
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Roswell, GA
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Disappointing meal”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We had a group dinner here, recommended by our hotel. We were seated in a very dark corner of the restaurant with only a small lantern for our large table. The waiter ran through the verbal menu so fast, I only caught about half of it. The salad was iceberg lettuce with dressing. We had scallops which were tasteless and just mediocre. Then we got the bill for $75 for 2 beers and 2 plates of scallops. Well, I don't think we will be back and you shouldn't either.

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Brunswick, Georgia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“not that great”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

If you don't like an iceberg lettuce salad with oil and vinegar, you're out of luck here because there's no choice. I was unimpressed with the food. This place needs to hire a creative chef to add some pizazz to the outdated sixties menu.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Mike P
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St. Simons Island
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just right steaks”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

I haven't been there in a while- just too many other places to go on the island. Expect to gpo there again over the holidays. Their steaks are very good. Great waiter staff

Visited December 2012
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent Party Location”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

My wife and I our wedding reception at Bennie's Red Barn. We wanted something low key and fun and located on St. Simons. Bennie's 'space' was private and free with our reservation of 40 or more. We opted for a BBQ dinner. The bar and bar staff was fantastic and there was plenty of selection. Bennie's had a first class DJ playing great tunes that everyone danced to. Outside, guests were able to gather around the large fireplace to chat. We had a great wedding reception at Bennie's and our friends really enjoyed themselves. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it. As I mentioned, there was no 'room fee', the BBQ was $15 per person and we set a dollar amount limit on the open bar. Once that limit was reached, it turned into a cash bar. What I can say is that we had a fun wedding reception with great music, excellent food and plenty of booze and it didn't break the bank!

  • Visited November 2012
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