Barrel & Ashes

4.6
894 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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was awesome.

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V
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you want some "down home" cooking, made just right and authentically, this is the place to go. You don't need to completely throw out your diet either, but if it has to go, it has to go! Love the food, service was excellent, enjoyed it immensely!

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f
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ. Great whiskies. Great service.

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b
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Like the menu, love the drinks. Great neighborhood place. Wish there were specials - more choices than only 1 type of rib. It’s always solid but more menu choices would be great

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was really good. All of recommended foods from our server, Clay were just awesome! My favorite was Kale Ceasar Salad and my hubby just loved Pie Hoe!!!! You must try these two combination.

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J
Miami
86 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entire staff outstanding as usual

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k
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a reservation but still waited 15 to 20 mins to be seated. it's not that big of a deal but I don't see the point of making a reservation if you can simply walk in and get seated in the same amount of time. Overall the food was great, cornbread was a dream and brisket was tender and juicy. Next time I might just order to go.

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MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Barrel & Ashes is a great restaurant but I must note that it has adopted a billing practice that can most charitably be described as sneaky –– and less charitably as unethical. There is a 3 percent "LA Health" (or some such) tax added to your bill without explanation, forcing the customer to raise the topic with the server. This is, of course, awkward. It turns out the tax is for the health care costs of Barrel & Ashes employees. If the owners of Barrel & Ashes want to pass their health care costs on to their customers, they should be forthright about it, not conceal the cost in a vaguely named 3 percent tax. Our server pointed out that we were not the first people to ask about it and also that the menu *did* include a sentence about the 3 percent tax –– in tiny print, where very few people will see it.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! PRICEY! More than it should be but it is what it is! The price of ONE hot link should be for at least 2 for example. The brisket is crazy expensive but it IS good...just not THAT good! So I come here less often as they could at least incorporate a happy hour or special. The bar is outstanding! Though tiny.

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

Everything was simple and tasty.
The service was efficient and friendly.
For our purposes that particular night it exactly hit the spot.

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IT
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy this restaurant. it is in our opinion the best barbecue place in LA. Authentic, delicious, creative, clean and yummy!

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so cool with us having a leisurely dinner- we had a lot to celebrate and talk about! Food was excellent and plentiful. We love coming here.

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CM
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and can’t wait to go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, nice staff, great space, perfect to watch a game or just hang out. And did I mention FANTASTIC food? Love this place.

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C
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was just not as great as we were hoping it’d be. We will come back for the frito and apple pie though.

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AM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
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
86 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
44 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
26 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
86 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
21 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
99 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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