Barrel & Boar- Gahanna

4.3
312 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.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Brunch Buffet w/ house smoked carved ham! BYO Bloody Mary Bar! Complimentary Mini Easter Baskets for the kids with reservations through OpenTable! Just note how many kids are arriving and we will do the rest. All from 10am-4pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brinch

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ben the Manager is amazing.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was tasteless. Brussel sprouts had sugar in them, sweet potato fries had sugar and cinnamon.

Kielbasa platter came...the kielbasa was sliced in tiny slices and if you lined all slices up, it was probably half of a store bought size...for $13-$15!!!

Pulled pork and pulled chicken was not pulled, it was chopped and dry like it had been warmed up from the day before.

Never again!

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

Jason was such an awesome waiter. Food was delicious. Fire pit was the icing on the cake. Exceptional

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AC
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. Party of 8 having dinner in the bar area so we could see the Honey Tones. Our service was great, the food was delicious, the entertainment was wonderful. All in all we had a really good experience.

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d
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Barrel & Boar! This was our first Saturday night experience in a while, and we had so much fun. Made some new friends while having a drink at the bar, and enjoyed a feast of the best bbq in columbus. We always bring friends and family here and everyone loves the food.

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

We really enjoyed our family and friends dinner everything was beautiful waitress was good she did need help however Ben was great making room for our party!

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J
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food and service were spectacular. We had a great experience and Amy was very attentive. We look forward to our next visit.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Appetizers came out burned. Sheet pans of food lying out on the counter in the front of house. Gross!!!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my family to this restaurant that I found on the web. The food was fantastic and my daughters loved the fries! We will be back when it is warmer to eat outside. A great family place to eat.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food, price was fair. Overall experience was good.

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SH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Barrel and Boar... never disappointed. We dine there almost every week!

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

Our server was wonderful and food was brought out quickly. After eating we stayed for drinks and the atmosphere was lovely.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Entrees were tasty and service was fine. Nice selection of craft beers. However, they were out of the smoked chicken wings (which someone at our table had ordered) and I received the last order of ribs. Seems strange for a barbeque restaurant to run out of these basic entrees fairly early (7:15) on a Saturday evening.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were awesome.

The only issue we had was they were out of 2 items we wanted to order.

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AS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was below average. Meat seemed to be cold after about 3 minutes. Server was great, just not a good barbecue spot.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was setup nice and service was good however most of the food we had was barely warm. It tasted like it had been re-heated and dried out specifically the brisket and pulled pork.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrel and boar at creekside is always awesome! My husband and I live close and go often. The food is consistently great! They change up the menu just enough to give us some new things to try if we’re not feeling like a staple favorite that day. The service is always wonderful and food comes out really quickly. Highly recommend the loaded barrel chips with brisket on top! They are a great appetizer to share, but so good I want them all to myself! Ben runs a great restaurant with an awesome staff! Fun place too if you like live music!

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The first time we dined at B & B is was wonderful! Food was hot and fresh and service was great. The second time the service we received was poor. We ordered 36 ribs and 3 sides of fries and were very offended with the waitress gave us a look like, "36 ribs?" We were a party of 10 after all. The food came out promptly, but it was not hot and the fries were soggy. Then the waitress proceeded to ignore us for the duration of our stay. I noticed her attending her other tables quite frequently, including another large party of 10+ guests. We never were able to refill our drinks and we sat there after finishing our food for sometime before getting our bill.

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D
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really like this location and have been here many times. The food is delicious. Service has always been good. Nice ambiance. Noise level is ok. Sometimes they have live music which I've enjoyed. Skip dessert. Twice I've had slices of pie to go. $7 and each time the slices were very small - noticed when I got home. Literally 5 normal sized forkfuls.

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RP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time there for a few months. We enjoyed it very much the food was great along with the service. The music (recorded, not live) was nice but a bit loud for conversation. We look forward to going back.

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A
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and service. It’s a great location and nice ambiance.

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JF
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrell & Boar specializes in barbecue related items. The brisket was excellent and my wife's crab cake sandwich was also very good. We were there on a Tuesday before a Blue Jacket's game and had reservations that were probably unnecessary on a weeknight at that hour (5:30), but reservations may be necessary at other times. Excellent food, very good service, nice relaxed atmosphere. We will go back!

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KS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We highly recommend it. We were there for a 4:45pm reservation on Tuesday so we have no frame of reference for busier days or busier times of day since it was fairly quiet during our pre-dinner rush visit. However, setting that aside, our first experience there was outstanding. I've already forgotten our server's name but my wife and I were so impressed with his top notch customer service skills, his energy, his attention to detail, and everything else that he did for us that we tipped 30% which we've never done before. The owner, Ben, was equally impressive during our brief conversation with him just before we left. The food was also outstanding and the value?....Even after ordering a $10 drink, our dinner bill still came in at only $33 pre-tax. Speaking of pre-tax, the pre-calculated suggested tips printed on the bill were properly calculated based on that pre-tax $33 rather than post-tax like so many unscrupulous restaurants tend to do. We made sure to let Ben know how much we appreciated that aspect of our visit also. Great great first impression. We will absolutely return.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Felt like we were a little rushed and was never asked if we wanted desert. We took a family member there for their birthday and they don’t do anything special if you go there on your birthday. The other location is better and serves bigger portions. I ordered the shredded pork platter and was given a lot of the skin and was kind of fatty.

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VS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious. The sweet potato fries are great. We had fast service and our waiter was very friendly.

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JS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went for brunch. The food was good, but there is a total of maybe 8 items on the buffet, so you better REALLY LIKE what they have. Pancakes and French toast were left in a chaffing dish, so they are soggy when you get to them. There was also live music in a different room but they still played the radio where we were, so it was just loud and we couldn’t understand either. Good food, but poorly conceived by whomever put it all in order

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Being southern, I was super excited to visit Barrel & Boar during restaurant week. With hoppin john and brunswick stew on the menu, what southerner wouldn't be excited?

The ambiance was great. For the quality of food, quality of preparation, and portion size, the restaurant week menu was over-priced. The brunswick stew was alright. The blackened catfish was okay... poorly seasoned, but the winter root vegetables were not cooked well. It was missing the potato croquet. The peanut butter pie was GREAT, but was just a sliver and could barely be called a portion.

I'm hoping it was an off night. I'd be willing to go back and order off the regular menu and see how that goes. Not too many true southern options here in Columbus so I was really excited to learn about them. I hope the next visit doesn't disappoint!

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Maybe because it was restaurant week
The food wasn’t on point as in my times before. The mgr host & waiter were amazing tho!!! 💪🏾👍🏾

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B
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We went here for Restaurant Week. The options were limited. My husband had the pork chop, it was pink & bland. I had the catfish, it was under cooked & the potato cake was so salty, neither one of us could eat it. We’ve had better food. The only thing this place has going for it is the atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, special request from the bar done just right. Large portions made for two meals, gotta love that. Highly recommend and will come back

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JE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As glowing as my review, I was disappointed that I ordered an Ohio draft beer, a porto, sto be served as 0ne pint or 16 ounce. However, I was given a 10 ounce tumbler. I did take the server to task for fear of embarrassing my spouse.

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EU
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had never been here but the food was to die for. The poutine was delicious and the s’mores bread cake was outstanding. The service was quick and on point which was just an added bonus. Will definitely be back!

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NR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My group and I had such a fun experience at Barrel and Boar. I would definitely come back. Their ambiance is wonderful, the staff were very kind and attentive, and the food was delicious! I will be coming back!

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HG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not as romantic as I was hoping for my date, but regardless, the food was wonderful, the waitress was great and attentive, and the location is beautiful.

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K
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jamie was a great bartender who took great care of us all evening! Great food and live music in the bar.

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Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Taco Tuesday and my husband loved the tacos. It is a great deal—all you can eat and thee kinds of tacos. I enjoyed one of my favorites—shrimp and grits. Service was great as usual.

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

A group of use went to Barrel & Boar for New Years Eve Dinner. It was very nice. We had great food and service. It was responsibly priced.

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VH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Shrimp and grits were great. Spicy Mac and cheese hotter than anticipated. Brisket sliced thin like deli meat, disappointing. Nice atmosphere, good location to sit by outside fire or walk near the creek.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve date. Food was great and plentiful.

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