Nicholas Barrel & Roost

4.7
2768 reviews
$31 to $50
Comfort Food
Since the opening of their acclaimed Restaurant Nicholas in 2000, Chef Nicholas Harary and his wife, Melissa, modernized the concept of fine dining. This mainstay of Red Bank garnered some of the industry’s highest praise, including 15 straight years as Zagat’s highest-rated restaurant in New Jersey, a 4-star review in the New York Times, and a position on several national “best restaurant” lists.

Now, with Barrel & Roost, the couple strips off the white tablecloths and serves up a bold new menu: made-from-scratch food that’s crazy-delicious, yet entirely accessible any night of the week. Set in a newly redesigned modern farmhouse interior, Barrel & Roost is just the place to enjoy Chef Driven Comfort Food with family, old friends, or a grab a drink at the bar for date night!

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What 2768 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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Gwiz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nicholas B&R is always excellent. The service, ambience and food were great. An overall great experience.

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lxmciner
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

This is not my first visit to Nicholas. I’ve been a big fan for years and do love the new look & menu. As always, the service is top notch. Cocktails (old fashion) was Perfectly made. The food was not the best on our last visit. We ordered a small plate of the gnocchi— very strange dish. Would not recommend. I ordered the onion soup, very tasty. My entree was the poached lobster with corn pudding. It was not a pudding, it was succotash and had more red peppers than corn. The lobster was not good. Possibly just a bad night as we’ve eaten many menu items and always been very happy. My husband had the short ribs, which he typically loves. But they were dry and tasteless last night.

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Steve
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant. Food is terrific. Drinks and wine are in the high side compared to other restaurants locally.

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Oded
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Celebration of my birthday.
Menus is one page (a good thing) makes choice easy.
Pescatarians (us) easily find find choices in all courses.
Food: grilled swordfish for me, halibut for my date were you n a word - delicious. The sauces were scrumptious.
Service was fast and courteous.
Restaurant space and ambiance were most welcoming, but noise level (conversations and background music free m another room) a bit loud. Not obtrusive, but nearing.
Overall. An Excellent value and a most enjoyable experience.

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vipPaulG
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal as usual. Staff was very accommodating as we were running late.

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Stebo
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food, service, and ambiance was great. Went at lunchtime during week. We sat outside which was pleasant except for busy highway out front. We’ll sit indoors next time.

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JoeD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at Nicholas since the transition to Nicholas Barrel and Roost. A totally different experience but still up to the high levels that the original Nicholas maintained.

Wide variety of menu options and everything we tried was delicious. Same high standards of service as in the pre-pandemic period.

There was no shortage of staff which would imply that not only does Nicholas have it down when it comes to the physical renovations and menu changes that have occurred but also must have it down when it comes to personnel management.

We have always enjoyed dining here but the changes have made it a place that we will choose more frequently instead of considering it a “special occasion” restaurant.

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vipJimT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything excellent . Sarah’s service outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nicholas Barrel and Roost was excellent! The service was the best we’ve had in a long time. Jim, our server, was spot on with recommendations of food, since it was our first time, and fast, no waiting for anything. Water, wine, ordering, he was on it! And, it was my wife’s birthday, so he brought out a surprise when our desert was brought to our table. This place is classy, and very much worth checking out! I would recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch and service!

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vipKristiF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great brunch with my family on Sunday. I got the lobster roll with pomme frites (ask for the roost sauce for dipping) my son got avocado toast & my husband loved his Nicholas burger and bloody barrel! A special shout-out to waiter Ryan!

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DavidR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! We loved the old Nicholas...but this is terrific in a completely different way. Relaxed and energetic. Upscale but not pretentious. Great food and fun atmosphere.

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vipMicheleF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food is terrific but this is the second time we have come to dinner in the last few weeks and feel totally rushed through the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great place. The reno has done wonders for the establishment. The owner visited our table several times as did his son who is the cutest thing ever!

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Halls
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was AMAZING! Great atmosphere and service is always outstanding. Food is wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good they just kinda oversold the burger, expected more out of it from the menu description. But even still the food was great, service was great, and the vibe was great. Would go back anytime

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vipLarryD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, good service

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JohnG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is great and so is the service. However, we arrived on time for our reservation, but unfortunately, our reserved table was not ready until 25 minutes later. The only option we were given was to buy drinks from the outdoor bar. I'd recommend if you don't mind waiting.

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vipEddie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We have been here multiple occasions. Tonite was beyond a disappointment. It was very busy and required us to park blocks away in an a neighborhood where we had a note on windshield from a disgruntled neighbor. We had to wait 15+ for our table with a reservation.. The swordfish was so salty it was not edible and our son asked that we not complain that evening.The woman serving us was awesome however secondary-staff was not qualified delivering wrong meals to our table or incomplete. It was the busiest night I have seen restaurant for a Thursday. Nicholas was absent that evening. I may not return for quite some time.as quality of food and value lacked. I have been a very satisfied customer of restaurant in past and a wine client for a long time. The dining experience was far below acceptable.Please step up quality and deliver value.I understand a restaurant can have a off night so hopefully that was the case.

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vipCFwasthere
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our new go-to places in Monmouth county. You can get a great burger or a fabulous piece of steak or seafood. Love the grilled oysters!

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RichardT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a fantastic lunch. For me it could have been the best burger that I have ever had. The service was excellent. The whole eating experience is what you hope for all the time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing experience, as usual!

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vipABCDEF
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AOK - all the way! Always delightful in every way.

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vipmydining
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lunch there today. Awesome food. Nice atmosphere. Newly renovated. Service was very good.

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vipMikeN
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nothing to say except all good things! Food, service and excellent waiter named Connor.

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WeiliW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I made an outdoor reservation for the Sunday dinner, but when we got there, we were told we have to wait for at least 30 more minute as it's first come first serve now. If that's the case they should clearly state that on the reservation page. Asked to speak to the manager, he came and only said he understood then walked away. Hope the owner can read my review and maybe send his staff to the Danny Meyer hospitality group for some training......

We will not be going back again, not worth it when they don't know how to treat people even they made a mistake.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great meal, as always!

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BRIANF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Ryan , was fantastic and very funny too.
Love the halibut but was disappointed that I couldn’t get it during Sunday brunch. Had the lobster roll instead and my father had the burger. They were both a “10”. I came all the way from Brooklyn to take my father there for his 85 bday.

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ScottW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food - amazing drinks and atmosphere. Servers were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Bar was noisy but where we were seated was great service slowed a little as room filled up food was excellent perfect portions

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BillS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

First time back since the redo. Fabulous food and wines, creative menu options, rustic-casual atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor options for sesting and bar - self-parking, too.
I hope they find a less-noticable spray sanitizer for tables between patrons...we tasted it while we were eating.
We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! The oysters and the lobster stole the show!

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PaulJ
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Chef Nicholas’s restaurants. As always the service, ambiance and above all Food & Drinks are fantastic. Tried the Brunch. We ordered toast sampler, lobster rolls, French Toast and Bloody Mary’s. Delicious. Of course we will be back.

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vipBarb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

The waiter was very rushed and he rushed us. Then two things that we ordered were delayed I think because he wasn’t paying attention. I was disappointed

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vipIraw
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go here regularly when we want a great meal, service and ambience. for us, it always been consistent

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fabulous dinner !!! Never disappoints !

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BobB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Had a 6:45PM reservation on Wednesday night. Crowed and very noisy in all rooms.
Overall was good. Short Ribs were very short on any seasoning for $32. Bolognese was large but sauce needed more seasoning and you would think a small bread would accompany the dish but no. Roasted Chicken was good and the Nicholas Burger was the best option! Overall pricing is high but expect that at Nicholas. Service is very good and the servers and hostess work hard.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cannot beat the food nor the atmosphere. Understated elegance and a great vibe. Service was excellent, attentive and very knowledgeable. Wine list pairing was spot on. Casual in appearance, but sophisticated menu. Ask for wine pairing suggestion, they are spot on.

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vipLisaG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe etc..... a must go often great food and ambience

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Nicholas Barrel & Roost is rated 4.7 stars by 2768 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.