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Date
Fri, 4/20
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7:00 PM
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Barrel & Ashes

4.6
736 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:30AM-3:00PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3:00PM-10:00PM, Friday and Saturday 3:00PM-11:00PM
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Phone number
(818) 623-8883
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colfax
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Parking details
Street parking and valet parking available
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 736 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

“Healthy LA 3%” tax?
We didn’t know about it till bill arrived!
Very unprofessional

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Incredible experience! Waitress was kidding and and helpful. This is a place you don’t want to miss.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing ribs that are worth a horrible drive from south Orange County and beyond. Every side was great and the Hoe Cake was fantastic. Service was great. I wouldn't change a thing and the only time I ever had the feeling that I wouldn't change a thing.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was great! Space is cool. Food is alright! All the meat was super good, but the sides were really disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was delicious! Service was quick and friendly! Clean and enjoyable setting.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent Kansas City style BBQ. I had ribs that were great, my partner had a combo plate with hot links, brisket and ribs. Great mixology. One of the best Perfect Manhattans in a real crystal highball glass! We sat outside and could still hear the music which was a bit loud for me from the inside. Great neighborhood place.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Went here on a Sunday evening and sadly they had “run out of” Tri-Tip and shrimp. Service on our drinks, especially the second round, was terribly slow though they did comp a late drink. Portions are small.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This place is all hype! We saw it featured on “Worth It” and they lied. The Hoe Cake was delicious but truly most food you make with a stick of butter can be.

We got the fried pickles and pork rinds which were pretty good so we anticipated the main course to be great too. We were mistaken.

The ribs were not tender, the collard greens were deplorable, the candied yams were very weird as they didn’t use the right spices to enhance the warmth and sweetness of the yams and they thought the marshmallows would do the trick (amateur move), and the Mac and cheese were ok considering the rest of the meal.

Unfortunately, the chef doesn’t ACTUALLY know how to do bbq/southern food and charges a premium for his lack of knowledge. I read the poor reviews on yelp and decided I’d go anyway. Don’t make my mistake!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had the fried pickles, rib tips, brisket, spare ribs, slaw, beans, and last but not least the hoe cakes. Everything was great except for the rib tips (they were ok but wouldn’t order again), but the moist, smoky, mouth-watering brisket stole the show.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Always have a great time there. Slaw, ribs, beans and pulled pork are the most. Drinks are delicious too.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

LOVED the ribs! And the Mimosas were pretty generous, no need for 'bottomless'! haha
It did take about 25 minutes before food came out, which is the only reason I gave 'service' a grade of 3 stars.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

First time, pleasant staff, amazing food, good kick to the sauces. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great place. Great food and drink. Noise level bit OTT

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was fantastic, especially the Brisket. We were there for my birthday, so when they sat us at a half booth, half table and the booth seat was too high (like lap pressed up against the bottom of the table too high) and we wanted to move, they were very accommodating.

The service was good, not great. We weren't checked on throughout the meal and the server was slightly bossy, like "Hand your plate" bossy. Maybe that's the style of the restaurant?

At any rate, we'll be back because the food was great.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was pretty good food, better than most BBQ in Los Angeles. The place is brightly lit with several big TV screens, and it's very loud because of the tile-covered walls, which creates an ambiance like a mashup between a sports bar and a medical clinic, but the food is fine and the portions are just right. Unlike many other BBQ joints, the side dishes are excellent, too, especially the cole slaw and the mac n cheese. For mains, the chicken, pulled pork and brisket are all delicious. I liked it fine and felt like it was fairly priced.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Clay, our server, was excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The ribs with sauce on the side were outstanding. All the rest were very good and provided a nice change from other Valley establishments.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The hoe cake was awesome! My parents loved the baby back ribs, the Berry White was delicious, and the dessert special was pretty tasty too. Not too loud and standard service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentines Day. Friendly and attentive service. Food was absolutely delicious. Atmosphere was warm, energetic and comfortable. Great experience!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Been there several times for brunch only. Love the hoe cake, Frito pie and Chicken Biscuit sandwich. Coleslaw was just ok. Service was good.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We had great service they were attentive but courteous enough to let us conduct are business. Good food only had ice tea but would go back to try some of their signature drinks they have on the menu

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

When your Mom is not around to cook you some comfort food, this is the next best thing. Authentic in presentation, seasoning and scope, this is a great place to go without having to wade through masses of crowds for a wonderful evening with friends!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The staff is incredibly kind and courteous, excellent service and food!

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Disappointed . We hoped for something so much better. It was just okay. The corn cake was the best thing.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I really liked the brisket, collard greens, & sweet potatoes! My husband was disappointed with the baby back ribs. They could have been better cooked. It’s a small, organized, attractive place. It got noisy quick.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2018

The chicken was unbearably tough; the potato salad was NOT enhanced by the wasabi. The service was slow, but friendly. The noise was not "energetic" but annoyingly loud and intrusive. Wine list non-existent.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Good food, tasty cocktails. Cool vibe but it had sports games on, so it was a mixed ambiance. The food and drinks (and prices) seemed to convey a higher end dining experience, but it also had a casual atmosphere of a bbq place/sports bar. I didnt mind the mix. Quarter-pound portions of meat are small- get at least the half pound if you’re hungry. The hoe cake was fine, but the green beans almondine and Tri-til were delicious!

I had 3 drinks- old fashioned was the best. Their bourbon prices are too high though.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Great bbq spot with excellent draft beer selection. The "Best Damn Chicken Sandwich Ever" lives up to its name!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food- best BBQ we have had in LA. We will be back very soon for some more!!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great place and location for a BBQ dinner! The Hoecake is worth the anticipation!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Disappointed compared to our previous experience. Pulled pork undercooked and green beans very salty. Waitress informed us they were under new management. That could explain the difference in service and food quality. Undecided if we will return. Pig in barrel absent from their new shirts.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Not really a date place. The food was good. Service a bit slow. The value; a little pricey for what you get. Would go back.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Alcohol is very expensive

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food. Always order a full rack of ribs, they fall right off the bone! Found off buzzfeed and was not disappointed.
Food Recommendations:
Ribs - Amazing.
Brisket - So so. Needs sauce.
Mac and Cheese - Nope don't do it.
Fried Pickles - Amazing.
Hoe Cake - If you love corn bread, buy this.
Fries - Overpriced but good.
Cheese Curds - Also fantastic.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and awesome drinks!

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1.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Awful from the moment we pulled up to the $6.50 rip off valet. Service literally non existent. Food not even mediocre. Would never ever go back and would like my money back. Utter disappointment.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

We were excited to bring 2 of our friends that we’d told about Barrel & Ashes a million times. Nick or server was SUPER nice. We felt so bad for him- we ordered bottomless mimosas, he informed us the restaurant only had 2 1/2 bottles of champagne and we couldn’t do bottomless. Then we ordered an appetizer of rib tips, they were out of that. Then someone ordered the pork belly & they were out of that. It was almost laughable.
We took it in stride- everything B&A makes is great and seriously NICK was so nice we knew it wasn’t his fault. You could see the pained look on his face.
The food we did order was amazing as always.
Nick was an awesome server.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a great date-night @ Barrel & Ashes. We were in the neighborhood and saw them as an option to get a table now. We really enjoyed the experience. Everyone we dealt with, the hostess, the waitress as well as the people bringing us our food and drinks were all wonderful. There were terrific drink options and the food was really good!
I would highly recommend Barrel & Ashes.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Food is down home southern bbq with an updated twist . Good food for the most part (see further).
Service at lunch hour Left Much to be desired — our drinks came after the meal was almost finished, and our waiter never followed up to see how we were doing.

Re food, one caveat: of the members of our party ordered the brisket, (which served in slices)was overdone and the fattiest piece of meat I’ve seen outside of cheap prime rib.


NB: this is one of a growing trend of L.A restaurants that adds a service fee to supplement employees health insurance. As a small business owner in the service industry, I find this distasteful . If you can’t afford to pay for your employee health insurance with the healthy prices you charge — then get out of the business — or Pay for mine — since no one is paying me to defray my cost of employee health care.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

This is fancier BBQ but still very authentic - smoky, tender and very flavorful. The sides and the cocktails truly distinguish B&A. Come hungry, leave stuffed.

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