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5514 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
+1 912-638-2844
17:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sun - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Lots of meat options spanning beef, poultry, and seafood. All steaks were very tender, and the fried shrimp was uniquely seasoned. It was a bit loud, but the atmosphere is terrific for larger crowds on-site for specific celebrations. The price tag was a little hefty, but we came away satisfied with the meal in the end.

Thank Jeremy S
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224 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is a Saint Simons Island classic, popular with local residents, diners from surrounding communities, and visitors. The Red Barn fits its description and was designed after a German barn that founder Bennie Gentile took refuge in during World War II. The dining room features a massive central fireplace and is quite a sight on a cool winter evening. The... More 

1 Thank James C
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

If you want some really great fried chicken, go here. The fried chicken is outstanding. Nothing else on the menu is worth a second look, and the serve is poor, even on a slow night. Don't know is the poor service is the fault of restaurant management (how they assign tables, etc.) or just the poor, almost rude, extremely slow... More 

Thank Robert S
Barrington, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Delicious! Make sure you go hungry. Portions are very large. Great atmosphere. Our waiter was very helpful and enjoyable

Thank Michele P
Brunswick, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Steaks have always been enjoyable at Bennie's but my husband ordered grouper which wasn't fresh and appeared to not even be grouper. Replacement dinner of fried shrimp was quite skimpy. So disappointed.

Thank sandpiper38
Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

If you want a very good steak in the Golden Isles, Bennies Red Barn is the place. Skip the salad and the baked potato, but the onion rings are very good. HOWEVER, if you want to enjoy your meal in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, this may not be for you. The acoustics are bad, and the clientele can get a... More 

Thank DickietheStick
Gainesville, Georgia
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1,121 reviews
899 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,032 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

bountiful crab legs put a smile on mrs bbq's face that was still there when we returned 3 nights later for steak and pork chops. both cooked over a woof fired grill, chops were enormous and perfectly prepared, ribeye was flavor packed and well presented though i would have ordered a thicker cut, which we later came to discover is... More 

2 Thank Bbqman3341
Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Our family returned to Bennie's to visit with Chip Wilson, have dessert and coffee and loved catching up with him! He sang gospel songs and helped remind us of the good old days gone by. There is a lot of history and great people in SSI, and he is one of them. Thank you Chip!

1 Thank SweetSleuth
Warwick, New York
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385 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

We came here with a bunch of people. Service was fantastic. Dat at a round table which made for easy conversation. Everyone has the steaks and all were perfect.

1 Thank PennStateTim_24
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147 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Bennie's seems to be living off its reputation these days. The food was average at best. Steaks were pretty average, but prices were well above average. Perhaps my memory is failing me, but I remember this place to be much better than it delivered.

Thank neilm707

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 25
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5514 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Georgia Coast  >  Golden Isles of Georgia  >  Saint Simons Island
  • Phone Number: +1 912-638-2844
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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