Barrel & Boar - Newark

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184 reviews
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Barbecue
Slow smoking in the capital since 1983. Formerly Yoho's BBQ Catering and Holy Smoke BBQ. Using slow smoked meats and Southern influence to create a casual menu that brings the South and Midwest together. Centrally located in Ohio cities of Columbus, Gahanna, and Newark.
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K
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beth was a great waitress. Helped make the night fun.

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BV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st Visit to this place, food was excellent, portions were big! Prices are more than fair for the quality of food and the portions served.

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MB
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Mothers Day visit was a hit. Even with a full house we got excellent service and very tasty food. We will be back!

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K
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great BBQ, drinks and service. One our most-favorite spots in the Newark/Granville area.

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JG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great, the service was poor. We were there for Mothers Day Brunch. You could either order from the menu or go to the buffet. Everyone in my group ordered from the menu except my son. The food ordered from the menu came out perfectly, except they ran out of bacon. The waitress told me to just go to the buffet and get some bacon. The buffet was constantly running out of plates and out of food. I never was able to get the side of bacon I wanted because it was never restocked. My son had to wait about 20 minutes for them to bring out French toast to the buffet and when they did it was undercooked. We've been to this place a few times and it is always good, I just don't think they prepped very well for the Mothers Day crowd.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service on the other hand was not great and the buffet was never stocked with food. We had to wait 20 minutes for French toast

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R
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. Have eaten here before concert at Midland theater many times because of location and food. However, on this visit we were not happy with the time it took to get our food. They were very busy, but we arrived at 6:15 and got our food at 7:35! Salad and 3 sandwiches are not labor intensive. With the concert at 8:00, we had to eat very quickly which was not what we planned. That's why reservation was made at 6:15! There was a pub crawl going on, but those people were standing at bar drinking, not eating.

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Noisy but very crowded with special events happening in the area. Love the restaurant and the food! Had excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, requested a secluded seat and was sit by large family gatherings was the only downside. Service was great as always. Highly recommended place to eat.

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JJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was top notch. The food was everything the other reviews said it was. The ribs are low in fat as ribs go and the house BBQ original sauce is very good. It was nice to have grits offered as a side that were creamy and not spicy, The only thing that keeps from giving 5 stars is the limited beer selection. They offered no porters or stouts the night we were there. In my opinion, a good beer selection is as important as a good wine selection; especially in a place that specializes in BBQ.

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JV
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

In town for a conference and stopped by night before for a drink. Great bartender, music and drinks so came back next evening for dinner. Again great service at the bar; good food, music, and atmosphere. A very pleasant surprise. Will be back when we’re next in Newark.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter with family. Had great service, great food.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner. Food was great; except for the Brussel sprouts. We all tried them and thought the recipe needs tweaked or something. I had the crab cake and sausage, cheese and grits. Very good! Enjoyed the band also!

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AH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music on Friday nights is amazing The food and service is always excellent.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service!

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Pre-concert crowd. Extremely busy. Slow service but worth it!

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BN
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Brisket was dry and lacking in quantity for $18. Spicy mac and cheese was over flavored by jalapeno peppers which is not my kind of spicy. Waitress was nice and efficient since it was busy. I would not go here again.

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TS
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here before a concert at the Midland. Service was excellent as was the food.

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MB
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there before several Midland concerts and can always count on a great experience. The food is excellent- well prepared and imaginative. The server was attentive and made the dinner enjoyable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sides were awesome. Especially the greens and coleslaw. Definitely order the hush puppies! Pulled pork and smoked wings were great but disappointed in the brisket- it was dry. Good selection of beers on tap!

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LL
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted very quickly and helpfully, got a great table for our group. The wait service was very good, no lack of attention and everything flowed just like we would want. We also had a few cocktails, which likely heightened our mood, but the cocktails were also excellent.

We would definitely recommend this restaurant for a friendly night out with the family, or dinner for a group before a night out. I was particularly appreciative of the gluten free options.

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r
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've wanted to take my daughter here for several months and we finally got our plans to match! She loved the atmosphere and her dinner, fire burger! My dinner pulled chicken was beyond fabulous!

I can't remember our server's name but she was so sweet. We were there on Sunday, March 10 at 6:15. Hope we have her the next time we come in!

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is awesome! Great atmosphere along with great music.

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JD
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I only visit Newark once or twice a year but always make a reservation for this place. The food is excellent always. We got to meet the owner, Alex, and he was nice enough to give us champagne for our anniversary!!! Can't wait to visit next year.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-concert date at Midland theatre. The food was great. Service a little slow but was a very busy evening.
Will definitely eat there again.

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J
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got last minute reservations for Saturday before a concert. That was awesome. Food was good and service was great.

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother is a professional chef at high end restaurants in places like Vegas and NYC and absolutely loved that i brought her here!

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m
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We truly did not get to experience the restaurant. I had made reservations for for of us at 6pm. We arrived at 545 and were told that they were holding tables for a party of 55 at 630 (1/2 hr after our reserved time). We would have to wait till some other tables opened to be seated. 2 tables did open while we were waiting but we were told those also were for the party of 55. They told us that they were waiting for a certain table for us. And that table had checked out but just hadn't left yet. We didn't understand why we couldn't be seated in one of the earlier openings and the table we were waiting for be used for the party of 55. By 620 we had yet to be seated. As the bus w/ the 55 found its way to the square we knew that the kitchen would be slammed and since we were still not seated we chose to leave as we had a commitment that we did not want to be late for. Unfortunately this was all of our first impression of the restaurant. Not so great

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and the price was not bad. I had the catfish and it was cooked well and tasted delicious. I decided to have the side dish special rather than fries, a roasted tomato veggie superfood mix (?). It was not very good. Our waitress seemed to not have a lot of patience for questions when I asked her if she could describe it to me. I would recommend that you make a reservation to make sure you get a table. The craft beers were excellent. It is a noisy environment, though. It doesn't have TVs or music, but it can still be very noisy. We were in a booth and had to speak loudly to hear each other.

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LW
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from the East Coast and found this place on Open Table. Superlative BBQ in a comfortable setting with upscale decor. Brisket, beans and sandwiches were excellent. Would highly recommend.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service and the food!! Our waitress was so sweet!

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J
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, as always, good service and staff made sure our visit was pleasant and well tended to without being intrusive

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CG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was very good. We had ribs, burgers, appetizers, cuban sandwich - all were good. Ribs were outstanding.

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MB
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed the music and atmosphere. Our dinners were excellent. Service was very attentive/ even with a near full house.

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Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised with our experience. Food, vibe and live music made for a great night prior to the play.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Barrel and Boar for New Year's Eve so we could take in a movie afterwards. The food was excellent and the service was quick, efficient, and attentive without being overbearing. I like being able to
choose a salad and vegetable for sides. The vegetable side was a little boring, but I added the remoulade with my crab cakes to it and it was great! My husband had the pulled pork and was very satisfied. I had the crab cakes which are very good, but could use more crab and less filler. We were able to go to the movies
in plenty of time. I definitely recommend Barrel and Boar in Newark, Ohio.

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PP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a fan of the Sunday brunch. The gravy has a slight spicy flavor that you won’t get anywhere else. Pour it generously over the buscuits, eggs and crispy potatoes. The Canadian ham/bacon is gone as fast as it’s brought out. Service is as expected- attentive.

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EP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been several times and have never been disappointed. Big meals for reasonable prices. Live music on weekend are perfect for a nice dinner.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Vegetable of the day was asparagus which was thicker than I’m used to but tender throughout. There were 8 of us and we all wanted to come back. Pork and beans was full of brisket which both guys loved. They were not busy but steady, service was great. The place is small but the tables had adequate room around them for comfort and service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration with friends

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