Barrel & Ashes


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Helmed by chef-owners Timothy Hollingsworth and Rory Herrmann (both Thomas Keller veterans), this Studio City hotspot serves up chef-driven, traditional American barbecue and stellar sides in a warm and lively setting.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“With 20 years at The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon between the two of them, chef-owners Timothy Hollingsworth and Rory Herrmann have traded in sous vide for a smoker (a Southern Pride rotisserie, to be exact). Consider their mantra "Barbecue does Napa." We'd recommend building your own platter, a meat medley of brisket, sausages, chicken, pulled pork and pork ribs. On that one tray, you'll find elements of Texas, Carolina, St. Louis and Keller. There are meats from natural, family owned producers; local, free-range chicken; and subtly refined flavors of smoke and spice. To finish: The composed board is done up with smoked sea salt and pickled vegetables tucked into cuts of meat.” – Tasting Table

“...The Best Damn Chick’n Sandwich Ya Ever Had [a starter] comes pretty close to living up to its name. These are prime picnic sandwiches—crispy fried chicken and dry coleslaw, jalapeño, and pimento cheese clasped within a poppy seed bun. A bite of fried chicken, a forkful of braised greens—sweet, and with chunks of flavorful pork rinds—and you’re set...The spare ribs are sauce-drenched, tender and fatty in all the right places, quite possibly some of the best ribs I've tried this year...[The hoe cake] is the dish that everyone talks about after they visit Barrel & Ashes, and I’m not an exception. What’s in it? Butter (lots of it). More specifically, maple butter, but all you need to know is that it is thick and rich and sticks to your bones the way cornbread should. You could almost finish with the hoe cake as a dessert, skipping over the silky smooth banana pudding topped with toasted meringue. Then again, I'd order the pudding, too.” – Time Out


  • The 21 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, 2015 – Eater LA
  • Where to Eat Now, 2014 – LA Magazine
  • Where to Get Killer Wings Around LA – Zagat
  • Zagat rating of 23 out of 30


The bustling space, recently restored to its original 1940s glory, is finished in wood paneling and bright tiles (some of which were unearthed during the restoration). Rustic lighting—fashioned from 10-gallon barrels—illuminates the dining area, which includes wood tables (communal and traditional), a narrow chef’s counter facing the open kitchen, and a small bar. Chalkboards announce the specials and televisions broadcast sports. A wall of windows provides a view outside, where picnic tables line both the front and rear patios.

Menu for Barrel & Ashes

11801 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

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  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Eclectic, Neighborhood Feel
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Family, Groups, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (818) 623-8883
  • Private Dining Room: Yes