Barrel & Ashes

4.6
878 reviews
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Barbecue
Barrel and Ashes riffs on the classical pairing of bourbon and barbecue, featuring picnic style seating on the front patio, and communal and traditional seating inside.

Guests can enjoy chef driven traditional American BBQ at Barrel & Ashes seven days a week. The restaurant’s bar program includes a tap driven program with specialty cocktails, cold brew, teas and an eclectic list of local beers, all on tap. The restaurant occupies the former Spark Woodfire Grill space and has been stripped back to its original 1940’s structure and creatively designed to bring family style southern hospitality to Studio City.

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The Infatuation
7.9

The great, lively BBQ joint that the Valley desperately needed.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic BBQ!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Noise level great at time of reservation. (6:30 pm). Though by 7:00 pm Place was crowded (except for outside tables) so noise level high. Did not order dessert but since it was a birthday occurrence, server brought over a dessert with candle. PS: size of kale Caesar salad was humongous

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GO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best baby back ribs ever. Collard greens and Brussels sprouts were excellent. High quality ingredients and house made sauces make for a more healthy BBQ experience.

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RG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, good value, service could improve a bit...

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J
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jillian was outstanding

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ribs - Excellent flavor, some parts were dry and excessively chewy. I would order again.
Wedge Salad - While the dressing can be improved upon, overall it was executed nicely.
Wings as a side were OK, but overpriced. would not order again.
Brussel Sprouts were OK, nothing special, would not order again.
Chicken Sandwich, one person liked it, two people didn't like any of it. Would not order.
Another side that was orange in color, no one liked.
Bread Pudding. Amazing Order it.
It was the first time any of us had been to the restaurant and we would all return for the ribs, wedge salad, bread pudding and to try a few other things we have not tried yet.

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M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is so nice, food is delicious and it’s such a pleasant experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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RI
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As soon as you walk in and smell the wood smoke, you know you're in for some good BBQ. The challenge is narrowing down your choices for the meal. The Brisket is a MUST, the pork ribs are great, tri-tip cooked perfectly and pulled pork is tender. The options for sides are broad, but I only ever get the Mac & Cheese and Slaw. Can't speak to the other items. The place can get crowded and reservations are highly recommended -- and plan on valet parking. The drink menu is a mixed bag, with many of the signature drinks not available on this night. The dining room is small and seating is a bit limited. The bar is smaller too, so planning on getting a seat there and getting food is tough.

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h
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST LUNCH I HAVE EVER HAD!!! #PAPPYVANWINKLE EVERYTHING TASTED PERFECTLY!

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E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The waitress put the plate of brisket on the table and said not to touch plate because it was very hot. The plate was cold and so was the brisket. She told us she never actually touched the plate. We sent it back. They replaced it with warm brisket. The tadte was terrible. The only thing we liked were the brussel sprouts and the beets. We will not be giving this restaurant another try.

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is small overall, but you could say it was cozy. I had a group of 8 people and we made reservations beforehand. They accommodated us just fine, and the service was prompt. The food was amazing! Very tender meat and tangy BBQ. The Hoecake was INCREDIBLE!

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NH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Here is the issue, we made a 7pm reservation, requested by the window, showed up , the hostess had no table reserved for us, yet had the reservation, which they called earlier to confirm, she had green hair, specifically want to call her out, she was rude and nasty as well as dismissive, finally someone came over and gave us a table. Why they didn't reserve it or be more helpful or apologetic was beyond me. Because, the food is really good. staff nice. Hostess, not nice . Being that is the first person you meet, not a good start to your dining experience and no one apologized. So, why bother using Open table and making a reservation again for this place. They ignore it.

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JR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The case if the missing food--

If the incident had just been this visit, I might have overlooked it. It was the second time...
Ordered some food to go with the cocktails. 30 minutes passed. No starter, plus a waiter that took pains to ignore us. So I did something I've never done before--I went into the kitchen to find him and tell him to cancel the starter- to which he replied he never "put it in". 40 minutes has passed and we finally get the starter ( it couldn't have taken more than 2 minutes to make it) ( we got it because he took it from another table's order). The food came 2 minutes later...

Bye.

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RR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was AWESOME been following them on Instagram and was not disappointed

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday before going to the CBS Center Studio to watch a taping of Last Man Standing. Our experience was amazing. Good food, Great service.

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Collard greens, brussels sprouts and pulled pork sandwich outstanding! Fish sandwich not so much. Definitely quality bbq

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h
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & service! Always a pleasure to come to this spot!

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L
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good cocktails. Good basic bbq food, delicious. We all enjoyed the food, even our kids. The only disappointment was the ribs. They seemed tough over cooked, definitely not juicy. I’m sure it varies depending on cook that day. I would definitely go back!

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J
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best barbecues in LA

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R
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of our go to places, the brisket is to die for. Usually the service is great super attentive etc. but this time it was a bit off, but we'll still go back! It's a noisy place but very lively and everyone is having a great time. We also love their special cocktails and love to sit at the counter and watch what's going on in the kitchen. Still one of our favorites!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect for our small gathering. We will happily return as soon as possible!

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s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I think we caught this restaurant on an off night. We have eaten there before and the food was better - the ribs were overcooked and the brisket dry. The sides and appetizers were better than the main course. The beer and whiskey selection, however, is great.

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D
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu item we chose online was not available on site. Fryer wasn't working so other choices also not available. Our server was terrific and kept a positive attitude to try and please us.

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Basically go there is you like BBQ. The food was good and the Hoe Cake (cornbread) was amazing. As for ambience or vibe, try another place. it's just a cool, little BBQ place. Drinks were average. My biggest complaint was the service. Despite there only being 2-3 tables being served when we were sat, it took almost 15 minutes for our drinks to make it to the table. The food literally came 5 minutes later so we did not get the chance to chill and talk and drink before the meal was served.

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J
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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DD
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s been a while, but we were glad to be back at Barrel & Ashes. Everyone was so nice and attentive from the front staff to the chef. We ate @ the Chef Bar and enjoyed watching the magic of great BBQ and sides. The food is great, cocktails inventive and employees happy & competent.

Not the place for strict dieters, but the menu has good salads and sides in addition to amazing BBQ meats. I like the sample BBQ for 4. Great price for a group.

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TH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great, as it's been our previous 2 or 3 visits. This time, we weren't so jazzed on the food as previous times. The collard greens are overly sweetened, the kale salad overly dressed, and the rib tips were very fatty. The chicken sandwich was awesome as usual, as was the brisket. For the cost, we're gonna not go back for a while.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hi, I liked everything about this restaurant but the temperature. We moved to a table away from the front door because of the breeze but it was just as cold in the corner. The hostess wasn't too pleased with our request and didn't offer to bump up the heat.

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LM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Fried pickles are tasty. Tips appetizer is hard to chew... a touch less firing might be more diner-friendly.

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MB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & upbeat atmosphere. Smaller than I expected but cozy & it looked like the tables were turned quickly to accommodate people coming in. I’d recommend reservations if you definitely wan in. We booked with reservations. There was no problem gettin is in at the time we requested. Kid friendly & good menu even though there is no kid menu. My kids are teens & are Mac & cheese & pulled pork. We would go back for sure!

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Barrel and Ashes. The only negative for the entire experience was that the music was pretty loud making it difficult to sometimes be able to hear.

Everything else was PERFECT! The service was great. When our server was busy, another server would check on us. The food was some of the best BBQ that I've ever had. The brisket was able to be cut with a fork! The chicken was also delicious with simply a dry rub of salt and pepper. And so on with the brussel sprouts, mac and cheese and slaw.

As I said, this was our first time, but definitely not the last.

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation but shuffled off to an upstairs bar area and told the service would be the same. It was basically just a bar. When ordering from the bartender he said you can't order from the main menu. He seemed very inconvenienced. The food was good but not easy to enjoy when you don't feel welcome.

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KB
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We really wanted to like this place. The restaurant was cute, the ambiance was perfect for a hip BBQ place and the service was good. Unfortunately, the food was not good. The Hoe pie was incredibly greasy and runny, the Kettle Beans were ridiculously sweet, the BBQ sauce had a horrible after taste and the mimosas were NOT mimosas because they had a weird sweetness that was not from orange juice. I'm pretty sure they were NOT using champagne but some sort of sweet sparkling wine. Not one of the three of us enjoyed the food.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great brunch, stay away from coffee, order alcohol instead

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B
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brisket and hoe cake is to die for!!! Everything else is pretty wonderful as well!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great barbecue place! Tasty food, great quality meats, fun cocktails. Would recommend.

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MS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Barrel & Ashes several times. It is consistently good. The staff is friendly & attentive. It's fun to get a bunch of menu items and share them. Recommend: the brisket, pulled pork, mac & cheese, brussels sprouts.

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always have wonderful time there. Food was amazing so are the drinks. Never disappointed.

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J
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding friendly and delicious experience as always

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B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We called the Restruant to been at table and they told us they didn’t have anything available at our time request. We went on open table and booked.
Had to wait on busy Ventura blvd as the valet parking was backed up!
Our food arrived cold so we had to send back two dishes and overall all the meats were really grease!
Not a great experience!

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