Nicholas Barrel & Roost

4.7
2978 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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peterf
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good..... and that would really sum it up.
For the money it was certainly worth it, but now that Nicholas has become more of a standard style of food and ambience I would say that it offers the same fare and tastes of many of the other fine establishments in the area.
This is not a knock or negative critique in any way.
Good food, good ambience, good service!

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vipLoyal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

In today's time, the transformation to Barrel & Roost was smart, and they did a nice job with the setup, bar area, and ambiance. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with our food and dining experience. Minutes after ordering, the food was brought to the table simultaneously as my appetizer—it felt very rushed. The Short Rib was very dry, even though I asked the waiter if it was dry before ordering and he assured me it wasn't. It had a very watery au jus which tasted like a bland beef broth that completely diluted my small amount of mashed potatoes underneath. The meat had no coating or flavor and tasted like leftovers. The Short Rib was barely warm and very dry. Bread is usually free in most places. I was ok in paying $6, but when it came out, it included four small rolls, a slab of butter, and a scoop of overly lemon ricotta cheese which we didn't eat. The brussel sprout side was delicious, and the Chicken Salad was ok, but since they ran out of the usual bibb lettuce, they gave us romaine, nothing special. I decided to order dessert since I was still hungry and wanted to get the whole experience. The Apple crisp came out again within minutes, in a hot dish, but the apple crisp itself was barely warm. It contained a good amount of apples and tasted good w/ the ice cream but would have been better if it was a lot warmer. Overall the dessert menu was very basic and mostly ice cream w/ banana, brownie or the apple crisp. Considering this place used to be one of the best in NJ, I expected more, and the overall meal and experience fell short of my expectations. I wouldn't return for the food but would consider meeting up with friends since it's nice inside and not always about the food.

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JAM3
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My omelette was way over cooked. The burgers were very good, as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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pickyeater
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. We had the pork belly appetizer (best pork belly we have ever had). My husband had the salmon, I had the halibut, and we split a side of whipped potatoes and the brownie for dessert. Everything was perfect. We will be back! Cocktails were also great. Service was slow at first but I believe it was a result of the individual, not the restaurant as a whole, so not letting that affect my review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. The pork belly was tangy and sweet bbq flavored and well cooked. Had the short rib which was firm tender and a nice portion and the swordfish, which my wife really enjoyed. Both were delicious. The desserts were excellent and Very Large. Order one for 2 people unless you really have an appetite. The apple and brownie were great. We took some home. Service was good but a bit off due to possible inexperience of the waitress. That said I wouldn't not come again due to this. Believe it's a one off. Would go again.

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WillB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am zing food and place

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Moments
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I might as well be a VIP member 🤍 this place is amazing, from the staff, food and vibes I love this spot!

MC
MichaelC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Weekend brunch. Good service, food was excellent.

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KitG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Ambience was perfect as well. Definitely recommend.

KW
KennyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced and trying to turn as many tables as fast as possible. Food was mediocre very disappointing

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Fordham
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food. Would go again

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Lotus
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casual but classy meeting place for lunch with friends. Menu was great ! Lots to pick from. Food was delicious!!!! Bright and airy farmstyle room. Loved the decor. STAFF was friendly and accomidating .Will definetly be returning.

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Hublejo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, very nice restaurant and excellent wait staff. The one knock I have is they ask you to order all at one time, because of staff shortages. I understand, but I would also appreciate a wider time between the appy getting delivered and my meal, as it was about 5 minutes, so food was stacked up on the table. Meaning, we were halfway thru the appetizer, when our dinner arrived. Not really a fan when that happens, because we feel we're being rushed and the food gets cold.

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EugeniaT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was good. We only had water, split a salad and each had an entree. No coffee or dessert. She recommended delicious dishes and did not rush us at all even though we weren't having a lot.

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vipMargie
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal from start to finish. Fantastic sausage pizza, loved our salmon, halibut, gnocchi and pasta Bolognese. Service friendly and attentive.

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vipSteveB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner, everything met our high expectations.

NJ
vipNJKahuna
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Overall, the food was excellent. There was a light debate on what qualified as rare in a steak, but the food was excellent.

The problem came in the form of service. Our server seemed to treat our party of 4 as an afterthought. It took forever for drinks to come out to us (Sprite and Chocolate milk for the kids) and our wine came out already opened. Normally, they would do this table side. Appetizers were delicious once they showed up. But, they showed up in three stages. Within about 10 minutes of the first appetizer the last showed up. This was followed quickly by our main courses. Didn't really get an opportunity to enjoy the last app. Main course was delicious. Server showed up at the end of the meal to ask how everything was going. Just vanished. No one was there to check up on us. All the other tables had their needs met. We seemed to be in a void where no one saw us or cared about our service. I spoke to our server to make her aware it was my wife's birthday and we'd like to celebrate when we ordered dessert. Multiple tables were served their desserts with large sparklers and a birthday wish. My wife's dessert came with no fan fare and no acknowledgement. Dinner drinks and coffees came out AFTER we had finished dessert. I spoke with the manager and made him aware of our disappointment. He tried his best to make amends.

As I said, the food was excellent. But, the service was nowhere near what we had come to expect. Not sure we'll be going back anytime soon.

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GeneT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing upscale food in a relaxed family atmosphere. Would go for an adult date night or a family meal.

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vipUpforaGoodMeal
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Seated without delay.

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vipKellyI
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always. Truly enjoyed the French toast and will be back again for another brunch soon!

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vipAnthonyL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best burgers I ever had
Going back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and staff are wonderful. My short rib was just ok. And the bill was $529 for 4 people. A little pricey for how the food came out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food! Each time is better than the last! Make sure to make a reservation before you go!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place was lovely and service was good. For appetizers we had fried pickles, which were fine. My husband’s drink (can’t remember which one) and mine (apple cider sangria) were good.

However, when it came to the main entrees I have to say I was extremely disappointed because my expectations were far different considering the ratings. I ordered the crispy halibut with mushrooms and a cream sauce. Everything was cooked well and presentation was lovely. However, the tastiest item on the plate was the cream sauce. The food itself was extremely bland. I’m glad I ordered a side of their loaded potato - there was way more flavor in that side dish. My husband ordered the suckling pig - definitely better than my dish but I wouldn’t say it was anything special and neither would he.

Dessert was good - we shared the apple crisp.

If you’re going to be seated where they have the tent, plan on layering or wearing warm clothing at this time of year as there is a draft that will be felt throughout your meal if you’re seated along the edges.

As much as I wanted to love the place, I can’t say we would return again anytime soon.

Note, they have more of an extensive menu than other places at this time and given the issues going on in the country, we thought that was a major plus.

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vipreneew
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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PaulM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s ok. Good for a burger and a martini. Otherwise overrated

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JaredC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my wife and 3 kids. We were given a great tableEverything was top notch. Cassie, our server, was attentive and personable. The additional food runners were great too. The menu has a nice variety of things. I highly recommend the Crudite. The food came out very quickly which kept our kids very happy. Us too! Drinks for my wife and I were great. Just perfect overall. We will definitely be coming back.

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vipNameless
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Small menu, good food/cocktail list. Acoustics keep the noise level down. Parking is a problem.

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candicaneadventures
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was fabulous! So full of flavor. We ordered a lot of food in all different categories and we enjoyed it all. The lobster pot pie was chock full of big chunks of lobster and the roasted chicken dish was perfection with crispy skin and the perfect amount of salt and seasoning as was the roasted pig The beet salad has the best dressing and I am going to say that the pizza had the most delicious crust that I have tried outside of Italy! The service is always excellent and there is a lot of attention and pride that goes into the experience of dining with Barrell and Roost. Looking forward to our next meal! Highly recommended from someone who cooks a lot and usually prefers her own dishes!

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KarenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had been to the original Nicholas many times years ago. I never realized it was the same restaurant! Service and food excellent! Love that you cook salmon the right way! I will be back to try the French onion soup!

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kennethb
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Angela was super. Nothing at this visit was off.
Food perfectly done and ample portion.
Great date night out !

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BobC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very nice offered us a great choice of seating and pleasant conversation. The waitress was excellent answered a lot of questions and allowed right amount of time to enjoy the absolutely fantastic food.

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DavidH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great brunch menu, terrific service, casually sophisticated space. Music was a bit too loud considering the relatively light crowd. Overall great.

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MelissaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. We were so happy to find this restaurant. Next time we will save room for dessert.

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egsp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome and fresh, great atmosphere and great wines.

MC
MariaC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Tried and True restaurant! Been coming here from when it was Nicholas and have never had a bad experience. The vibe now is super relaxed, great music in the background, amazing serve staff (Wendy is The Best and our favourite but all are incredible here) There seems to be no shortage of service, which says alot about Nicholas and how he runs his establishment. Many other places that are suffering should take a look at this place and see how they seem to have no issues. Food is incredible! Cocktails are done perfectly! In a time where it all seems to be upside down with the world, its good to have one place still perfectly normal

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CraigB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful inside and out. The service was amazing. Our server was extremely attentive. The appetizers were very good. The entrees however lacked flavor. Quality ingredients for sure but just didn't meet our expectations for a restaurant that has such amazing reviews.

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Nicholas Barrel & Roost is rated 4.7 stars by 2978 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 bookings at the moment.