Barrel & Boar- Gahanna

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324 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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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the hush puppies!!! The food was wonderful 😊

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MW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites close to home! Always great food, drinks & service

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The server marred our experience with a lackluster, wish I was anywhere else on a nice summer weekend evening.

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JN
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! Love the patio and the beautiful Creekside area

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m
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to B&B but not my last. Gorgeous day so we sat on the patio listening to the nearby fountains. Service was prompt, friendly and courteous. I had the Texas Cheesesteak Sandwich made with tender brisket that was just fabulous. My lunch mate's salad and crab cake were also wonderful, she said. There is a lot on the menu that's not BBQ for those who don't care for smoked meats. The interior still looks as nice and upscale as it did when the restaurant was Mezzo.

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MZ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I went here for Mother's Day dinner. Food is very good and reasonably priced. This was not our first time and will continue to go back.

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SG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Dont order the burnt ends unless you like eating fat.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and a couple of friends went for prom and received the red carpet treatment. She said they had an attentive server and delicious meals! Highly recommend for any special occasion or just a night off from cooking at home.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our new neighbors there for dinner. They had never been before. We were seated immediately (made reservations online), the service was great, the atmosphere was really cozy and we could hear the jazz band in the background, the food was wonderful!!! We all ordered different entrees and sides and no one was disappointed!! Being from the South I always order your fried okra, just like my grandmama's. The peanut butter pie was heavenly!!!

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JJ
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best BBQ and sides in Columbus ! Definitely will return

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I came out for my birthday dinner I had around 10 to 12 guests. The restaurant itself was beautiful I would’ve preferred the outside patio area but it was a rainy day so the inside was just fine. I loved the couch cushion seating for the few extra people who decided to come last minute. The service was great food was good and I will definitely be returning.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was delicious!

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

Birthday brinch

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Cleveland
2 reviews
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
6 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
44 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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OT
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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OT
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
3 reviews
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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OT
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
6 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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