Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester

4.3
64 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Barrel & Boar BBQ Gastropub is a casual place for family and friends to enjoy finely crafted smoked meats and southern sides, in a warm rustic setting. Barrel & Boar features a collection of low country flavors designed with local products, paired with local beer and craft cocktails. The restaurant has a rustic design using metal, reclaimed barn wood, and antique lighting. The atmosphere is casual, family friendly and open for lunch and dinner.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.3
ambience
3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AshleyV
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Love the atmosphere here and will continue to visit as it's in our neighborhood, but food is inconsistent. Sometimes the food is excellent, other times it's below average. Most recent visit we had what seemed to be the bottom of the bag of BBQ chips with our queso, and everyone's fries had been under the warmer for quite some time. Brisket was dry. We will give it another try, but quality could use some tweeking.

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DirkB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Great atmosphere. Our waitress was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Great service! Great food!

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KrisW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food! Very nice place! Would come back again.

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Responded 4 days ago

Kris - Thank you so much for your review! We would love to have you back again. -Donte

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

This is the second time I’ve been here when there have been fruit flies all around. In fact one landed in my beer.

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Responded 4 days ago

We are so sorry for your experience, I see you rated the food and value high. Thats half of the battle but the experience is what we are trying to provide the most. We found a leak in our bar sinks that we providing a moist habitat for the buggers. We have mitigated that, so now we are on the battle to get them out of here. -Donte

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Noff
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had such a great evening at Barrel and Boar. They had a live Blues band that set a great atmosphere. They told us that they played weekly on the patio before the pandemic, so hopefully that can come back when the warm weather returns. The food was great, we had the brisket and pulled pork. To top it off they had a special bourbon and chocolate pairing that we shared.

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Responded on February 20, 2021

Noff - Thank you for that review! We are extremely grateful for you choosing us on Valentine's Day, as it is our pleasure to serve you. We would love to have you back anytime! -Donte

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PatH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Other than it was very cold at our table, next to a window in winter, it was a great dinner and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Ordered pork sandwich and Mac and cheese.

Food was barely warm. Mac and cheese was almost cold.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food (especially the BBQ and Mac) was excellent!

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JessStreit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were seated right away, but service was slow. We made reservations, but didn’t need them. The were not busy, we never got refills on drinks, and we sat at our table, food finished, for a long time before anyone noticed, then it was several more minutes until they brought our check. The food was good, and restaurant was nice, but after driving 40 mins to try it, my husband and I were not overly impressed with the result.

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Terri
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and our server was amazing. There was live music which was so enjoyable. Just the right amount of music without being overbearing. A great evening out.

Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester
Responded on February 20, 2021

Terri - Thank you for your review! Who was your server? Brandi Sparks is an awesome musician, we will have her back often in the warmer months. Have you followed us on FB? We post a lot of our events and specials on there. Cheers, Donte

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Ordered soup it came out cold send it back the 2nd one was lukewarm so I just didn't have dinner

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HeatherP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my adult daughter for a birthday dinner. Waitress was fabulous, dinner was good and overall great experience! Definitely look forward to going back.

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Responded on February 3, 2021

Heather, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad. we proved you with a great experience. Like always, see you tomorrow -Donte

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CCart
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

This was not our first time dining at Barrel and Boar but it was the most disappointing. We dined on a Saturday night and sat at the bar. Maybe they weren't expecting the crowd they received that evening because the kitchen and staff had a hard time keeping up with things. Probably hard to anticipate what things will look like during Covid times but very frustrating when the two bartenders refuse to make eye contact when you're sitting directly in front of them. When we received our food, it was cold and very salty. Nothing fancy, just a burger and pulled pork sandwich. The staff is very friendly and polite, when they actually serve you. We want to support local, but Barrel and Boar just lost our business. Too many other local restaurants to support that produce a better product and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We've dined here on several occasions, with Brianna being our server every single time...until tonight. We were made aware during our last visit that she would soon be departing for a position elsewhere. Management sure screwed up a good thing by not doing everything within its power to retain her.

Although the food was great tonight, service left much to be desired. It started immediately when our server introduced herself, then immediately complained about being seated in two different sections at opposite ends of the room. She also felt the need to tell us this was her third double shift in a row.

Three other tables were sat in our section. Each time, we were treated to the same introduction. She proceeded to tell all of her customers about her double shifts and double sections. At one table, latecomers were also obliged...subjecting the first arrivers to a repeat. Including our own party, we were treated to this information a total of 5 times within 60 minutes.

Both of us have been servers in the past, and are well aware of the rigors of the job. Yes...it's a demanding, thankless job. Yes, there are multiple shifts which often occur back to back. However, a good server NEVER EVER drops their troubles on their clientele. Suck it up, put on a happy face, and treat your guests as if it's all about them. If you can't keep your issues private, you're in the wrong position.

It will be quite a while before we return, but when that time arrives we'll be certain to request anyone except tonight's server.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome New Years Eve dinner! Great drinks, food and service. Highly recommend getting a whiskey flight on thirsty Thursday

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Responded on January 20, 2021

I appreciate you for your feedback! We really believe in creating an experience that speaks with our products, as well. We would love to have you back! -Donte

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MaureenK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit in 2 weeks. Great service great food!! Variety of beverages and desserts.

Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester
Responded on January 20, 2021

Maureen! Thank you for the love and yet again choosing us! Please, stop back by and enjoy an appetizer or dessert on us. -Donte

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MaureenK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorated beautifully for the holidays. Great social distancing. Our server was awesome!!

Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester
Responded on December 31, 2020

Maureen, Thank you! We appreciate the feedback and love. We'd love to have you back soon. -Donte

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MSGTWL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and a delicious meal. Love this place.

Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester
Responded on December 31, 2020

Happy New Year! Thank you a bunch for the feedback, we adore your words. We are hoping to gain traction in the culture of BBQ in Columbus, so we are looking for everyones thoughts. -Donte

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vipGazandLaura
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dad / Daughter lunch date. Great, attentive, service and food.

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TerryH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place!! Great food!! Service was good but overly excellent.. atmosphere and energy was excellent.

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ANGELAO
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

ALL the food was disgusting. Brussel sprouts were like slime. Cornbread bites were burnt to a crisp. Had to send both back. Replaced for wings, which were just ok. Shrimp and grits, the grits tasted like they were poured on the plate and mixed with water. Straight out the box. Shrimp were booked w/no flavor. My friend got crab cakes that were not on the menu, but over heard the next table ordering. Waitress did not suggest crab cakes were offered on Fridays. Also, we ordered drinks during happy hour, and was not advised if we sat at the bar we could get the drinks for happy hour rate. After composing about it, she gave us the drinks for happy hour price. Will never go back, and would never recommend.

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vipcrickets
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

After Golf sitting on the patio. A young lady playing a guitar & singing. She did a good job & we did tip her. I ordered ribs, they were dry & tough. My husband ordered wings & just said he wasn’t impressed. It was our third visit to this franchise. The 1st two visits to the one in Gahanna both of those times they did not have any ribs & had run out of a few other items on the menu it was before COVID & during COVID days. This visit was at Canal Winchester won’t
try Beer & Barrel again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

If I could give this place zero stars for service I would. We were really excited to try this place since moving to the area. We weren’t given waters to start. I had to ask a hostess just to get something to drink. Then the first time the waitress came up to the table she right away asked what we wanted to order. She seemed put off when we said we needed some more time. After ordering we didn’t see our server at all. Someone else brought out our food, and then we had to ask the host again for assistance when we needed our check. As someone who works in the service industry I was appalled at the service we were given. Will not be going back.

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ChrisJ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, staff exhibited great personality. Very nice ice place overall.

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Harry
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a good place for a business lunch as it was quiet and the service was good.

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vipSterling
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food & excellent service. Nice patio & location. Lots of free public parking nearby.

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TaysiaB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first time experience! The food portions are perfect value for what you pay, we left feeling full and happy! The drinks and food are incredible and the staff is very friendly. We absolutely loved being seated on the patio!

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Cisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Nice place, food OK, but poor service. 10-15 wait for water after being seated on a quiet Saturday night, c’mon bring your A game. If you have to order your fries al carte they should be great. I’d say the kitchen was slow, but it took another 15 minutes to get beer out. Seated outside which was nice, but when the busboy is pouring out the water while clearing the next table and misses and hits the chairs instead, future problem. Pointed this out to a waitress, saw the problem, didn’t clean it up. Only thing timely was the check. Patio seemed ignored, plenty of waitress though. Won’t be coming back. Won’t recommend.

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April
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We met friends for dinner at 5:30pm on a Friday. There was no one to welcome us when we approached the host station and no other staff acknowledged us. Once the host returned, we were seated quickly. Service was okay. Our server was kind, but not prompt with our drink order, though we were one of the only tables seated indoors. Appetizers were good. Drinks were well made, yet pricy. We tried the hush puppies and jalapeño bread. I would order those again. Server recommended ribs to my husband, I chose dry rub wings and a street taco. Our friends tried the Mac and cheese and baked potato. Ribs were tough and hopelessly attached to the bone. Manager kindly replaced the ribs with another entree of my husband’s choosing. His burnt ends were much better. My wings were okay, under seasoned, very little dry rub, but well cooked. The taco was also plain and just unremarkable. The baked potato entree, though impressive to look at, was undercooked. My other friend seemed to enjoy her Mac and Cheese entree. We were not made to feel rushed and enjoyed some conversation before ending our evening with dessert. Highly recommend trying dessert. Our peach bread pudding was delicious!
Overall, a nice place, comfortable ambiance, super convenient to get to and plenty of parking. We chose to sit indoors, but they offer a wonderful patio as well. Customer service from the manager was sincere and our one issue was resolved quickly and without question. The menu is great, even updated from previous visits, and the food presentation was great, yet a good portion of our order was just “okay” when it came to taste. We may visit again and check out other items on their menu... or just order apps and dessert!

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stephanies
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great experience. Wait staff was very nice. Will definitely go back

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HannahC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Stacey, was amazing! She was attentive, friendly and went above and beyond to serve us. The food and drinks were amazing. We got the sausage gravy and biscuits, the brunch hash, and over course - bloody mary's. Everything was perfection! We will definitely be back.

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vipCephuentes1
Columbus
48 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service to go with great tasting food! I’ll see you again, very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! love the patio!

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vipTerrlerr
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Got sick after eating a cold rib. Sweet potato fries were awful and cold.

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vipKimE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Maddie, was very attentive. Thanks!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

When we arrived we were told they weren’t taking or honoring reservations which we had. After waiting for a table, we were seated by the manager who dropped the menus and walked away. It took more then 10 minutes for someone to greet us. When the server arrived she said, “Are you all ready to order?” The food came out timely, however my Brussel sprouts were so hard to chew I didn’t eat them. I honesty couldn’t chew them. My son ordered the kids pulled pork and it was so dry he couldn’t eat it and I tried and couldn’t either. We are locals and have continued to return in hopes things would finally fall into place, but sad to say they still haven’t.

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Melren
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The music was too loud and the food/drinks were expensive. We had good service and enjoyed our dinner but we aren't planning a second visit.

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BradM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great restaurant was nice food was great service was good. One small problem we reserved patio seating when we got to the restaurant we were informed that they did not have us down for patio I don’t know if the restaurant or opentable is to blame, if we could have sat outside this no doubt would have been a home run so whom ever made the blunder make it right
As a side note we took care of our server she got a 85% tip if you can you should do the same.

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JessicaN
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! I love the hush puppies. They remind me of my favorite place in South Carolina.

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Barrel & Boar - Canal Winchester is rated 4.3 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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