Barrel & Boar - Newark

4.5
172 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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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 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
11 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
11 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
12 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
3 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
11 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
12 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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D
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Very poor service at what was a celebratory lunch.

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L
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great location. Friendly service. Good cocktails. Nice that they took a reservation. They were out of a couple menu items. Our brisket was mostly fatty pieces but I believe they gave us money off the bill. The pork and Mac got good thumbs up though.

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BN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The waitress seemed in a rush to get us in and out... the first thing she said was it’s going to be a busy night we have a lot of reservations. Maybe she thought we hadn’t made reservations but we had ...she never asked if we wanted another glass of wine, etc and it was not busy yet while we were there.

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HN
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The live music was awesome and the sound system was well placed and at a good volume.

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b
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Door on the women’s bathroom needs repair. Two people from our party almost locked themselves inside And had trouble unlocking/opening the door

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RW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and great service.
Ambience was great and the music starting playing and sounded very good

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z
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good blues trio this past Friday

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A
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It's an OK restaurant, but not a place I would go to for dinner. The price of what you get was the factor for me. I was still hungry after eating the boar burger which was lunch special priced at $8, normally it's $14. Also the burgers are the same size which definitely shows me it's overvalued.

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HG
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were in town for a show at the Midland Theater, which was around the corner. The food was excellent! I had a burger and my husband had the Texas cheesesteak. Both were well cooked and delicious. My husband enjoyed the beer. We would recommend it!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great creme brulee! Exceptional service!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot, good food, decent selection of craft beers.

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TT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal as usual, and the live blues was wonderful! Such a fun atmosphere!

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