About Restaurant Brooks


BROOKS is the first restaurant venture for husband and wife team, Andy & Jayme Brooks. The restaurant has been a lifelong dream for Andy and together with Jayme, they have made it a reality. BROOKS is located in the historic downtown district of Ventura, just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Andy focuses on local seasonal ingredients for his bold and inventive menu and his nightly five-course tasting menu.

Andy Brooks – Chef/Owner

Andy Brooks is a 20+ year veteran of the restaurant service industry. He grew up in Southern California and then attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. After graduating in 1993, he joined the Stonehouse Restaurant at the world-famous San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California as Head Cook.

From there his career developed in some of the top restaurants in California. Other restaurants and positions include working with Chef Bradley Ogden as Chef at Lark Creek Café in San Mateo, Sous Chef at Drago in Santa Monica, Co-Chef at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, Chef de Cuisine at Nic’s Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, and Executive Sous Chef at Tanino Ristorante & Bar in Westwood.

In 2000, Andy left California to work with Chef Carrie Nahabedian at NAHA in Chicago as the opening Executive Sous Chef. Andy then joined Executive Chef Jeff Tunks as Chef de Cuisine of DC Coast, one of the top restaurants in Washington, DC.

In 2006, Andy and his wife Jayme decided to return home to Southern California to be close to their family, their love of the West Coast, and to open BROOKS.

Jayme Brooks – Co-Owner

In addition to joining her husband in the formation of their restaurant, Jayme is the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for a publicly traded, mid-size manufacturing company.  Jayme also grew up in Southern California. She has an undergraduate degree in business from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from Duke University, and is a licensed CPA in California.  She oversees the business management of the restaurant as well as welcomes guests.

Shawn Williams – Executive Sous Chef

Shawn worked with Andy at NAHA as the restaurant’s Chef Tournant. Most recently, Shawn was Executive Sous Chef at A New American Steak House @ The Country Club, located in the Wynn Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas, and prior to that he was Sous Chef to Five Star/Five Diamond Chef Ken Vedrinski of Sienna in Charleston, South Carolina.


The style of the restaurant is rustic and elegant with modern accents. The designer is Tom Nahabedian, founder of NC Collaboration located in Chicago. The space is contemporary yet warm featuring a palate of earthy browns and grey blues. The oversized zebrawood light fixtures suspended from high ceilings enhance the circular motif found throughout the design of the interior.


Contemporary American cuisine. In addition to the nightly a la carte menu, Andy develops a daily five-course tasting menu from his signature dishes and seasonal creations that may be perfectly complimented with individual wine pairings. Andy’s signature dishes include:

  • Limoncello-Steamed Northern Mussels, Oven-Dried Tomato, Lemon-Thyme Cream
  • Cornmeal-Fried Oysters, Fennel Celery Root Slaw, Gorgonzola, “Buffalo” Aioli
  • Pan-Seared New York Foie Gras, Black Pepper Waffle, Maple-Glazed Seasonal Fruit, Crispy Pancetta
  • Warm Mexican Lobster Sope, Baby Spinach, Chili Lime Lobster Cream, Guacamole
  • 16 oz. Certified Prime Bone-In Center Cut Ribeye, Anson Mills Smoked Cheddar Grits, Fall Truffled Squash, Cherry Tomato Horseradish Relish

Additionally, BROOKS offers the Chopped Hearts of Romaine salad with Chi-Chi dressing. In the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, Chi-Chi was a grand supper club located on the main strip in Palm Springs, California. There were two shows a night in the Starlite Room, which included performances from legendary entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, and the Smothers Brothers. Jayme’s grandfather was the business manager of Chi-Chi in the 50s and later purchased it with his business partners in the early 60s.  Not only were the entertainers famous but requests would come in nightly for to-go containers of the famous Chi-Chi salad dressing. When Andy and Jayme decided to open their restaurant they knew the Chi-Chi dressing had to be on the menu. The recipe had been hidden away in Jayme’s grandfather’s office, for safekeeping, over 40 years ago and now the legendary creamy garlic dressing is back at BROOKS.

Tasting Menus

BROOKS offers a BROOKS CLASSIC MENU nightly for $35. The three-course menu features seasonal and BROOKS signature dishes. Also available nightly, is the CHEF’S FIVE COURSE TASTING MENU for $60 (food only) and $90 with wine pairing. This menu is available for the entire table only.

Bar Menu

The full menu and desserts are available at the bar which includes bar favorites: Creole Spice Crispy Calamari with Buffalo Aioli Dipping Sauce and the BROOKS Handmade Artisan Cheese Plate with Toasted Nut & Fruit Bread and Seasonal Chutney. To view full lists go to Menus.


BROOKS offers a full bar and signature cocktails which includes: Rock & Roll Margarita (Cabo Wabo Silver, Fresh Lime Juice, Cointreau, shaken & served straight up); Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini (Blue Ice American Potato Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Marinated Dried Blueberries); Sage Margarita (Sage Infused Tequila, Blood Orange Juice, Grand Marnier, Chili Salt). To view the full list go to Menus.

Wine List

BROOKS received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2008. A creative collection focused on boutique Santa Barbara, Central Coast, and Santa Ynez Valley wines in full and half-bottles. BROOKS offers winemaker dinners where guests get to interact with the winemaker or winery representative and Chef Andy explains each pairing. The featured winemakers have included Sanford, Palmina, Carr, and Eberle. BROOKS also offers a half-price wine list every Wednesday and the BROOKS wait staff can assist with wine pairings from our selection of wines by the glass. To find out about winemaker dinners and Wine Wednesday go to Events @ BROOKS. To view the full wine list go to Menus.

Private Parties

BROOKS is an ideal venue for private parties and corporate events. The private dining room seats 32; the private patio seats 28 and the bar and restaurant together seat 87. The entire restaurant can accommodate up to 147 seated guests. Private Party menus are available by calling the restaurant or go to EVENTS @ BROOKS.


Since opening in May 2007, BROOKS has received excellent media coverage including 805 Living Magazine; “Best New Restaurant of the Year” & “Best Wait Staff” from VC Reporter; “Critics Notebook”/ Los Angeles Times/ S. Irene Virbila; Ventana Monthly Magazine; Ventura County Star, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and a 25 Food Rating in the 2009 Zagat Guide.

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