Barnyard
Barnyard

Barnyard

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barnyardvenice.com/index.html
  • Phone: (310) 581-1015x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30-10:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: noon-4pm
    *we do not accept reservations for Brunch at this time
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Barber
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th/Mildred
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Barnyard

Barnyard is an intimate, neighborhood restaurant by Chef Jesse Barber. Bringing a soulful menu of small and shared plates, small-production beers and naturally farmed wines to Venice.

Known for his mastery of seafood and respect for seasonal produce, Barber cooks with a nod to classical French and Japanese techniques. House-made sausages, slow-cooked stocks and seasonal produce are meticulously cared for; the quality refelects Barber's training under Thomas Keller, at French Laundry and Bouchon.

As the opening Chef de Cuisine at The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Jesse led a troupe of talented, young professionals on a journey that involved late nights, early mornings and loads of commitment to their culinary craft. They transformed the space from near bankruptcy into one of GQ's “Top 10 Restaurants in America” and nominee for three James Beard Awards.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Barnyard reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (14)romantic (13)special occasion (13)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Love of Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It is clear that everyone who works at Barnyard has a true love of food. The dishes are inspired, and well-executed. The staff are accommodating, and make great suggestions. I adore that the menu gives diners the chance to buy the kitchen staff beer! Do it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Excellent, a gem in Venice
    foodluverVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Barnyard is a must for dining in Venice. Easily competes with the Abbott Kinney restaurant scene, the service is great and the food is excellent. Nice compact menu and great selection of wine to match. A must for any foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grumpy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I like it, Good choice. My third visit. along with the red
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Relaxed
    KrisC
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had dinner here for an anniversary celebration. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food walks a great line between rustic simplicity and subtle sophistication. Solid wine/beer selection. Nice low-key, unpretentious atmosphere. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent choices for vegetarians.
    unclerick
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We brought a colleague from Norway. She got the full flavor of vibrant, local Southern California cuisine. My guess is Barnyard will have many more visitors from Norway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will never dine here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    They cancelled my reservation made the day before without even speaking to me. For six people. We left and had a fantastic dinner at James Beach.
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  • Cool but not a classic
    RmschreyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The ambiance perfectly captures the laid back Venice vibe. Some of the items ordered, the olives as a starter, were outstanding. But most of the meal was contrived and was rejected by the three foodies at the table as not worthy of a repeat visit. Our waiter was so spaced out and glassy-eyed one it was hard to get his attention. Maybe it was an off night, but my guests were disappointed, as was I.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Erick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Omakase tasting menu was incredible. For almost the same price as an appetizer and an entree we ate almost everything off the menu and it was a great deal considering the amount of food we were stuffed with. Everything was delicious but highlights include the octopus, scallops crudo, and the escarole and pear salad. The service was great although we felt a little rushed by the non-stop water refills and asking if we were done. The front and back outside dining areas are completely different dining experiences so make sure to specify.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow. Great place.
    jonathanparfreyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We didn't know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Great food. Great wine. Reasonably priced -- and quiet!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Amazing on every level-
    Kris
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Thank you for a perfect evening ! The food, wine , ambience and level of personal service delighted us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Squid appetizer was well seasoned but oily. Halibut entree served raw. Though we were told it was sushi grade Halibut it was not listed as a sashimi style entree. It was cooked up to temperature after we expressed our dislike of eating it cold and raw but by the time we got it back our appetite was gone. Preparation of the market vegetables was outstanding and the service was professional and unobtrusive. We liked the atmosphere and will give it another try and choose different items.
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  • Fine for our late dinner for 11
    chu105VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reserved for 11 people on sat 9pm. Had beer, halibut crudo, tomatoes, and lamb. Bites of friend's octopus and grilled bread were great. Group was happy and I'd return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Priced
    RiveraVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great space but over priced and small portions not sure if I will be back - there are other restaurants with better prices
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  • Very expensive
    Reneeray1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was quite good, but very expensive. The wine list did not have the types of wine we were wanting and the glasses are very expensive as well.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slightly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I really wanted to love Barnyard, but I only liked it. Some of the food was great (octopus, seasonal peach salad). But, unfortunately, for my tastes, it was not all that memorable. Sorry. Over-all, I feel that I really over-paid for just "good" food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced wine list
    Whine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Barnyard is a gourmet retreat amongst hot dog vendors. Wine list is way overpriced (3x wholesale+) and unfathomable. I am a wine lover and I did not recognize one bottle. All over $45, and many over $80. Wait staff was helpful by offering sips, but in the end we could not find a white wine to our liking. Shame on you, Barnyard! I perceive this approach is intended to run up the wine bill! We had the chef's tasting menu. Way too much food to handle, but most dishes were tasty, none truly extraordinary.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    mattyg
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Service was solid, food was excellent. The raddichio salad and gnocchi with crab were amazing. The grilled bread was wonderful, but we filled up too quickly on it, so use restraint. Only complaint is that some of the screened windows have holes, allowing a few flies into the dining area. But don't let that stop you - the food is really, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Mandaran
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food. Nice atmosphere. Accompanied changes to our group size without a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vibe, great food, great folks
    TableRenterVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Make's this place a fantastic experience - I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trust them
    Coughter
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We went to Barnyard on a restauranteur's recommendation. We placed ourselves in the hands of chef Jesse and our server Richard, who suggested he would bring whatever Jesse suggested and match that small plate with a wine. It was a wonderful idea and a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A big disappointment
    Sheppie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went here because a friend raved. All around it was a bad experiece for our table of five. The portions on the main plates were extremely small and rather boring and the presentation was unattractive. Our bill had to be corrected three times. We had five different people wait on us and no one seemed to get anything right. Bad management. Don't know what the raves are about. Wouldnot go back.
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  • Oink?
    Herbaloo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was probably dumb to focus on seafood at this land-named restaurant. But that’s what we did. The grilled octopus appetizer was the best. The warm olives also great. And the fish belly crudo we had was terrific. But the mussels dish disappointed. The fish plate looked nice, but seemed ordinary, and a special house-made sausage served with a slice of tough fatty lamb wasn’t so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's all about the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wow. We went with the omakase - chef's choice - and so glad we did. Every dish was amazing - and interesting. A great value for the money as well. And as Jonathan Gold said, on the surface so simple that you'd think you could make it yourself. Notably the yellowtail crudo, the sald with pine nuts and herb vinegarette, the fries with harissa and creme fraiche, pork links...and the raddichio salad had us puzzling over its bitterness yet cleaning the plate. Budino for dessert, wow. Very casual, entire restaurant screened windows and an outdoor patio. Very casual. Family friendly, we saw a couple of families there for Sat night dinner. We bought the kitchen 2 rounds of beer, and you should too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    What a surprise. Funky, but great ambience. Attentive waitor. Great wine recommendation. The food was unusual and excellent. I had a pork sausage with fennel on top of a marinated bean salad. The food was great. Would return. Wine list filled with European wines and the white wine recommended almost as good as greinleiner I had in Vienna. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious, but check daily menu
    SeekingOnoFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were excited to go after hearing great things about this place. The food was excellent and always updated with fresh ingredients. I recommend checking with the restaurant on daily features and menu highlights if anyone in your party has allergies, preferences, vegetarian, etc. (it's not a huge menu). The menu that is on the OpenTable website is not accurate and some of the entrees were 2 - 3x the listed prices. Rated high for food, our waitress unfortunately wasn't attentive so docked on service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We tried the chief's tasting menu and it was truly a revelation. Brilliant food, original without being precious. Delicious tastes. Fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 219 reviews are from the Barnyard reviews archive.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had the tasting menu, $50, about 7 or eight courses. Fantastic food. Interesting wine list as well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wrong Dish
    VeniceEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was great, but server didn't write down our order and instead of one of the orders of salmon, gnocchi came to the table. It was attributed to a "mistake" (salmon & gnnochi don't even sound alike, forget the caloric/nutritional disparity). As I was hosting a guest for a special occasion we didn't want to create a delay or awkwardness in the evening, so we played it off as fine and we'd just go ahead an eat that dish since it was already on the table, and were happy to be told it wouldn't be on the bill. It was on the bill. So kind of a drag - given the choice between being "that guy" or being agreeable & accommodating, I feel like I made the wrong decision.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The bar's the best.
    misterwalsh
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food bar at Barnyard is close to the kitchen, close to the wine, close to perfection.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Ordering coffee - watch out!
    GS4DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our meal, but were a little put off with the heavy selling vibe -- being asked to pay for bread, coffees running at $5 a cup, etc. Also, why do so many new restaurants want to be in your face giving you water ALL the time? Barnyard is such a place, providing small glasses that are constantly in need of refilling and a server who reaches across everyone's plates to fill them. Did they think we don't have anything to say to one another, or do they see constant "service" as a goal? Why not just leave the bottle on the table? The wine list has only a few bottles under $50 and the first one we ordered was disappointing. However, the restaurant was good enough to exchange our oops order for a great, less expensive wine.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Omakase
    Ahroon
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We ordered the omakase menu - chef's choice. It was fresh, absolutely delicious, and the amount of food was incredible. It seemed like they may have brought one of everything on the menu. In order to get it, the whole table needs to order it, and they accommodated one vegetarian and some other food aversions beautifully. For the price of $50 each it was a noteworthy deal, too! The back patio has a lovely atmosphere and the staff is friendly and informed. Good wine and our water glasses were always full!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood find
    JSK1VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a great restaurant for foodies! Small portions good for sharing. Decent wine selection.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My review
    Grumpy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Everything was OK. The bread is delicious, but the wait for it was far too long. Also, why do you charge extra for bread?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    Oct79
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This was our best dining experience in Los Angeles. We had the chef's tasting menu, well paired with wine for each course. The food was wonderful. Deceptively simple, made with the best stuff, just really great. Awesome flavor combinations. Same with dessert. Service was friendly and attentive. I could say more but I'd rather leave it as a surprise. It was a beautiful experience, everything we ate was excellent, and we all felt very comfortable in the candle lit yet laid back atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Certainly wanted to enjoy this
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Seated at the wrong table, moved to another one after we ordered drinks and appetizers with nothing said nor offered other than an apology. Severely poor entree timing and kitchen out of quite a few items. Dry chicken came out 8 minutes after main courses. Pea shoot salad highly acidic and hard to eat. So close to my house I was really hoping this was going to be a hit
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  • Great food, accommodating!
    Jill
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Friendly service and good food. Parking is nuts. Randall accommodated our sudden party size increase like a champ. The grilled bread is a must, and the crudo was killer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over attentive waitstaff
    Cayman
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've never said that before, but it seemed like every 2 minutes a new staff member was coming over to ask how everything was. It started to get a bit annoying. The food was ok, cooked well just lacking flavor. We had the steak frites and salmon. Beer and wine only, a good selection but fairly pricey. I think the cheapest wine was about $12 a glass. I probably wouldn't go back, it wasn't bad but there's a lot of other places out there. We stopped off at hotel Erwin which is next door for drinks after and the food smelt amazing.
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  • Overrated
    CantEatOutEnoughVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Don't believe Jonathan Gold; this place is quite overrated. The food, while altogether fine, was uninspired and a bit clunky in execution.
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  • 1cbfood
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food was delicious, organic and so tasty -service was incredible this place is a gem!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baron
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food was fine but overpriced. $35 for a flatiron steak is ridiculous. Yellowtail was good. Grilled bread was very good but you shouldn't have to pay extra for bread grilled and served with mayo, a bit if mustard and some preserves.
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