The Barrel

The Barrel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barrelokc.com/
  • Phone: 4055256682x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday 3:00pm to 2:00am
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW 42nd & N Western Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Barrel
The Barrel offers a wide variety of pub-fusion cuisine and an extensive selection of craft beers, wines & spirits. Our warm and welcoming atmosphere is sure to please on any occasion, whether it be for an intimate date night, well-deserved after work cocktails, relaxing weekend brunch or a group special event.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
The Barrel reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (25)great for brunch (23)vibrant bar scene (20)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (9)romantic (5)special occasion (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outrageously good burgers!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my family but we went during the early afternoon. I could see where it wouldn't be kid friendly in the evenings as it had a bar feel. The food was fabulous but our waitress only stopped by a few times. Luckily there was a guy that came by and kept our glasses refilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time at The Barrel. The atmosphere was English Pub. Bar is great. Decor is fabulous. Our waiter Ryan was fantastic. The food was outstanding. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy new restaurant
    Primadiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Heard about this restaurant through groupon and tried it with my husband. The food is amazing and the beer selection is huge! Luckily our waiter was able to give us suggestions. Definatly a young adult hot spot and worth making a reservation for! A bit pricey but soooo worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good with an
    Valerie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    interesting twist on Sheppard's Pie. The Barrel 3-Cheese Melt was definitely the table's favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Davken
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had an awesome time & the food was wonderful! We will definitely be back- can't wait to try the brunch menu as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Brunch
    SundayBrunchGroup
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great brunch at The Barrel! Party of 6 for brunch, plenty of room, wonderful service, the food was great and very affordable! Huge upgrade from the location's previous venue. We would definitely recommend The Barrel, and already have to several friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening
    MomOfBoys
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated a bday with 8 of us women. We had a great experience with the manager and wait staff at The Barrel. They were accommodating, polite, fun, and flexible. They even brought the birthday girl a sundae in honor of her birthday! I had originally requested outdoor seating, but the day of our reservation, it was 100 degrees outside. They not only had a table ready for us outside, but also inside in case we changed our minds..Our waiter was friendly & offered good suggestions from the drink & food menus. He didn't seem as attentive as I think most waiters should be. Overall, I would come to this place again whether it would be with a friend, a date, or out with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A very loud environment - better for drinks than for having a dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected More
    rose
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant was loud, and the food was ordinary. My husband ordered carrots and parsnips because he loves parsnips. They brought only carrots, and did not tell him prior to bringing the food that they were out of parsnips. They also do not carry horseradish for corned beef. I will say the waiter tried to get some across the street. We lost a nice neighborhood restaurant (Cafe Nova) for a loud pub.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good brunch
    faison8
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    the omelet was awesome with the herb roasted potatoes and spicy . The filet my cousin had was tender also. We had the strawberry sunrises and pint mimosas. Will have to try dinner time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful service
    jdubVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was terrible didn't get waited on for first 10 min we were seated we would have got up and left if I didn't have a gift certificate. when waiter finally came we only saw him twice after that. Food wasn't good either needless to say I won't ever be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Common complaints
    soonergirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There are some common themes in reviews of The Barrel, and I hope that the management will see and address them. We encountered the same issues others have - the price point was fine, the food was fine to good, the cocktails were fine, but the service was poor and some items were blatantly different than they were described on the menu. When we were able to find our server we had to ask multiple times for several things and he seemed distracted most of the time. The mystery of his disappearances was solved when we left and walked around the corner of the building to see our server and several others sitting on the patio talking and smoking. With so many other excellent options in the area I wouldn't choose to go back to The Barrel.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whit
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We really enjoyed it. We were wanting to try something new so we did. The food was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Millie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great place for a group outing,shepherd's pie was too spicy an French fries were heavily spiced with pepper. Excellent service, a large selection of beers. not so keen on food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad we visited!
    kevinbuck9
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We chose to visit The Barrel because it was a new place in OKC that none of our group had been to before. We arrived for an early dinner, so there wasn't many people there yet. We received great service, and the food was very tasty!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Almondsoylatte
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food, service and beer! Dinner with friends was a success!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruins experience
    serviceisimportant
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Although our wait person was very cheerful and apologetic and our food was very good, our service was so poor that we are not considering returning to The Barrel. Our drink order sat at the bar for the greater part of our meal and by the time they finally decided to deliver our drinks to us we were finished eating and ready to go. Our wait person seemed extremely busy the entire time we were there, however, there was plenty of wait staff just standing around and not assisting her at all, making our experience that much more annoying.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is not even a good pub.
    CuisineCritic
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was fair. I had to pull a lot of fat off pork belly sandwich. My wife was presented with tuna and a glob of mashed potatoes. She had to ask for gravy and bread. Actually, they have no bread. Just corn muffins. This place has never heard of the word "presentation." Skip it unless you are only drinking.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gastropub?
    KaraRose
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I were very curious about this new "gastropub" that had replaced Nova. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at the decor. It was really neat. Because it was named "The Barrel", I thought our server might introduce us to some different kinds of whiskey. I also thought that because it was a "gastropub" that there would be an endless array of tap and bottled beers. Neither was the case. We ordered "barrel chips" which were delicious. The menu indicated an avacado dip, but we didn't receive an avacado dip. The two other dips provided were great. Both of us ordered salads. They would have been great salads for someone who was on a diet restriction. There was little substance to the actual salad and no dressing
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good times
    ImaEatu
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The hardest part was trying to decide which of the delicious dishes I would try first, there were so many to choose from. Dining with friends at least allowed taste testing a few others. Our waitress was funny and attentive. The drinks were good, great beer selection. However it is price, but you get what you pay for. I can't wait to go again, it's just going to be awhile before I have a good excuse for the expense.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with friends
    victor
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant was not very busy, however the service was a bit slow.....food was hot, cooked as I order it, and flavorful. I would definitely like to try dinner next time. specialty mimosa was not that 'special', I think I'll stick to beer, wine or other cocktail next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went to The Barrel for a Bachelorette Party kick off with a party of 16. We received great service. Food was great. Will go back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was good but not food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food was really underwhelming. It all looked like it was frozen not fresh. Fries weren't cooled all the way. Husband's fish and chips weren't good either.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the The Barrel reviews archive.
  • kdsthebest
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a great time at The Barrell. We met friends there and we all enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still in its early stages, but...
    Cmjones
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was okay but lacking a bit in flavor. Portion size was an EMBARASSMENT, especially for the $$$$. Overall a prior value. But I assume the bar/nightlife scene will make up the difference early on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious brunch
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was my first time and brunch was delicious. The atmosphere was cool and staff were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for drinks
    aurora3b
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our experience at Barrel was amazing! As a party of two, we attended during brunch on a Sunday afternoon to scope out the venue for an upcoming event. The service, management, food and ambiance were great. We scheduled our event for 20 people on a Saturday evening, and it was great. Everyone was impressed with the drinks and ambiance! Their signature drink menu was not yet complete, as it is a new venue. However, there is a separate menu for beer and spirits; both are quite extensive. I ordered the seared ahi entree and it was fabulous! I can not wait for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcome Barrel to Western!
    Cari
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love the newly renovated Barrel restaurant. Great location to grab a bite to eat before the Energy Soccer game just down the road. Lots of good beer choices and my party of 6 all seemed to be happy with the food from the hamburger, fries, patty melt, and fish and chips! Also had the homemade chips as an appetizer and they were tasty as well. It has a very cool interior - love the décor. Yes, I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new restaurant
    DWestVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My wife and I both enjoyed our first trip to The Barrel. The food was great and reasonably priced. My wife had the fish and chips which were superb and I had the blackened fish po' boy which was fantastic. The french fries that came as the sides were crisp and tasty. Will definitely return..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    ArchetypicalVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Loved this new place. No Bud Lite, thank you! No fusion music, thank you!! Yummo, flavorful, large portions on an interesting and eclectic menu. We had a PB(pork belly)LT and a Turkey Wrap.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SueSue
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was just - ok. Had the Pub Salad which was really good, but the fish and chips were not very tasty. Fries very spicy and horseradish in the ketcup. Hard to go back with so many new restaurants around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FIrst time there
    winnerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I experienced our first visit to The Barrel on Saturday April 26th, 2014. We had a wonderful experience. The wait staff was excellent and the food was great. We will be back again and recommend the Barrel to our friends. Great addition to the choices on Western in OKC.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great
    Monk
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food at The Barrel was great. I especially loved the French fries and the reasonable prices on drinks. Environment was great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Bubwink11
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Overall the menu was one of the best I've seen in a long time. It was very difficult to choose 1 item. You can tell a lot of time, effort, and care was put into the preparation of the menu. The quality of the food was also top notch. I will be a frequent visitor of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.