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42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 41
Bottles: 130
Cask: N
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13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California, 91423-3825
United States
phone: (818) 906-1427

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Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Revisited on February 20th, 2011.

A lot has changed in three and a half years! The size of the BB has doubled and the craft beer game has stepped up. Food is more interesting (I had the tri-tip 'changa and it was a diet-killing blast of deep fried BBQ goodness) and the beer selection is far above not only what it used to be but easily bests local competition like Laurel Tavern, Blue Dog and Fox and Hounds.

Sherman Oaks' go-to beer destination. Be warned, however: my food, two beers, tax and tip was $40.00. FOR LUNCH.

At least they're open for lunch, now.

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Visited on 08/11/07.

Parking is a pain, as you either pay at a meter or a lot or wind up walking several blocks. I just hate to pay for parking, so I opted to walk about a block and a half to get there.

I had made a reservation and we arrived right at their evening opening time (6:00pm!), but they still seemed a bit befuddled by having us there. In other words, service was disjointed and a bit slow.

The restaurant is small and the decor is mainly wood. Plasma TV shows sports (in an upscale BBQ joint???). They have a "leave your kids at home" policy, but that didn't stop a couple from bringing their squalling child and stroller into the place.

I thought the prices were a bit high for both food and beer, but I did enjoy the food and the Speedway Stout draft that I ordered to accompany it.

I did enjoy the overall experience, but I am in no hurry to return. While this is an okay place, it is NOT Beachwood BBQ North. And that 6:00pm opening time is utterly NUTS, causing me to dock a bit on points when it comes to service.

More User Reviews:
Photo of yoitsarch
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

What keeps bringing me back to this spot isn't only the beer, but the food itself is great. Boneyard bistro is more of an upscale gastropub but has a great atmosphere and always has something interesting on tap. Also serves some fine bourbon as well.

Photo of euskera
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is fantastic and my favorite place to go when I'm in LA. The beer selection is amazing, the food is great and the atmosphere is tremendous. I'm always welcomed as if I was a regular and the staff is quite knowledgeable and eager to please. Just top notch..

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Vibe: The place has a bar on the side with tables opposite it with some more tables in the front. There were a lot of skulls around the place but I couldn't tell if these were added as Halloween directions. Being Halloween, all of the bartenders and waitresses were dressed up.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware including snifters.

Service: There seemed to be a lot of staff working when I went there so service was quick. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food menu.

Selection: The place had about 40 beers on-tap, with about half of them being from local California breweries. The also had two lists of bottled beers - a regular list and a special reserve list. Beers on-tap were available in 16, 12 and 4-ounce pours.

Food: The food was of high quality and had good presentation. I tried seven different appetizers and a burger.

Value: The prices seemed expensive, but they have happy hour specials from 4:30-6:30 pm with discounts on appetizers and 25% off craft beers.

Photo of pants678
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

No one's kidding or over-stating: the food's expensive. It's not disappointing but expect to pay $30-50 for a meal and a beer.

I love the wooden style. TVs you can see from almost anywhere if that's what you're there for. There's even a sort of patio which is better than I'm describing.

The tap and bottle list is the best in the city. Father's Office is great, sure, but this place has an edge. Being able to order in different sizes is key. There are quality brews on tap of damn near every style, plenty of Americans, plenty of Belgians and a scatter of Germans. Staff is perfectly capable of recommending.

Photo of PeterJ
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

By far my favorite bar and restaurant in the valley. The beer & whisk(e)y selection is amazing. The food is to die for but bring your wallet. The food is expensive but worth every penny. The bar prices are surprisingly low. A must visit spot, for sure.

Photo of Absolut
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The Boneyard usually has a good selection of beers of varying styles available on tap. The staff is very familiar with their beers, the different styles, and is helpful and accurate in describing the different beers.

Their food is excellent, although a bit expensive.

Photo of Dirksen
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I am biased. But I've also been to many, many restaurants and bars in my time. And in my opinion, these guys do it right.

The atmosphere is what a bar should be. The focus is on the booze, with a couple TV's around so people can catch the scores/highlights while they imbibe.

The food is outstanding. There are a ton of creative, tasty treats no matter what you're craving. Yes, they are "protein heavy" and their cost are up there, but you pay extra for quality. Again, you pay extra for quality.

The staff great and ready to assist you in making the right decision. They are not order takers, but have actual personalities and honest opinions. They seem to be well educated in the ways of craft beer, which is rare, so take advantage.

And the selection is the best I've seen in Southern California.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Boneyard Bistro tonight with my wife and buddy. I have known about this place for a while but haven't really made an effort to hit it up. Surprisingly it is only about 20 miles from my place and quite an easy drive overall. This place has a lot of brick, wood, and metal on the inside with lots of morbid references (skulls, coffins, cleavers, etc.). It was a bit crowded but I called ahead and the hostess reserved a table in the bar for us. Service was pretty good but we had to ask for certain things a few times before they came to our table. They have a good number of TVs in the bar playing sports. There are a very good number of beers on tap and an extensive bottle list. All the beers I ordered were very fresh and it seems like they take great care of their draft system. They have a lot of different styles offered with a few beers in each style. There are some good tap-only beers offered at any given time (Bruery BeRazzled, AleSmith My Bloody Valentine, etc.). The thing I like the most is that all beer is offered in a variety of different sizes including tasters that range from $2 up to $5 for 4 ounce pours. The food was pretty awesome too. I am giving this place a reasonable value mainly for the beer, as the food is pretty damn pricey. However, as this is a beer website I am rating this place with that in mind.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This IS the best beer selection in LA. And if anyone thinks otherwise, I wanna see their list. 41 taps, most of which constantly rotate. All micros, belgian, and german. Tiny breweries you've never heard of, but will. Glassware is on point as in there's a good chance your beer will be poured in a glass with it's name on it. Oh and there's a reserve bottle list to rival any other, even the super connoisseur's cellar. The bartenders are very knowledgable and can guide you through a meal and pair beers with whatever you may be eating. Their combined food/booze knowledge rivals this site and Wikipedia. The food is delicious. High-end REAL BBQ, great apps, deserts, and specials. The only complaint is that some food items are overpriced. But when it comes to the meat, the quality is there. This place knows what they are doing and do it well.

Photo of jmgrub
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I will admit right off the bat that, as a vegetarian, I am probably not the type of guy who should be reviewing the food at the meat-centric Boneyard Bistro. That's not to say they don't have some delicious items on the menu that vegetarians can eat and I have certainly enjoyed (corn bread, fried mac-n-cheese, onion rings, salad, pasta, portobello sandwich), but a bbq joint is obviously geared towards the omnivores among us.

Now on to the important part-the beer. Boneyard has a very good taplist as well as a nice list of bottles. Both are arranged by style making it easier to find exactly what you want. This is especially helpful for people like my parents, who know that they like "wheat beers" and not much beyond that. The service was very helpful as well-when I explained my parents' preferences to him, he was able to come up with a couple beers that they really liked.

I love the fact that Boneyard does a great job representing local breweries, but not to the exclusion of other great breweries around the nation and world. Hangar 24, Craftsman, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Telegraph, and the Bruery were all represented on the tap list last night. In regards to the bottle list, it is also organized by style and includes some nice vintage bottles as well as some stuff on the rarer end of the spectrum. I have yet to grab any bottles yet though, as the tap list always has something great to offer. Yesterday I had a Telegraph Reserve Wheat and a Flying Dog Wild Dog Porter-the first time I went it was a Marron Acidifie.

The food is definitely a bit on the pricier side, but I find the beers to be reasonably priced. Look forward to hitting Boneyard again, regardless of my vegetarianism!

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a cool little spot. I went at kind of an off-time, so I could not really get a feel for the atmosphere. However, they have a pretty good selection that may be a bit pricey, but if you go during happy hour it is a fantastic deal because they give you 25% off. Mostly American craft brews on tap (about 20), with a small selection of Belgians. They do a decent job of having a couple of beers of each beer style. I would definitely go there again. I can't comment much on the food either because I just had a few appetizers. Nevertheless, there onion rings are really good.

Photo of mrvid123
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

All about Mondays here! Why? Fried Chicken and 25% off all taps! They have a really impressive selection of taps to choose from and they group them by style which is nice. The food is a bit pricey but worth it if you are looking for something special. The servers I have had have been excellent both times. Very friendly and pretty knowledgeable. Lots of street parking to be found. The option to get small pours of any beer is pretty awesome if you are looking for variety not quantity like me. A nice spot indeed!

Photo of Retsinis
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been to Boneyard Bistro three times now, most recently this Past Sunday.

The bar itself is pretty nice, Mostly large slabs of clean and polished wood, mahogony, or colored that way anyway. They have these glass skulls around the place too, but if fits the place.

Had 4 oz taster of Marron Acidifie on tap, my wife had a 12 oz Nautical Nut Brown. Also had a 4 oz Collaboration Not Litigation. Then the wife and I shared a glass of 20 year Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. They have just over 40 taps, all dedicated to craft beer. Their Whiskey, Bourbon, & Brandy selection is also top notch. It's easy enough to see the taps if your sitting at the bar, but they also have each tapped beer listed on these hanging chalk boards, 1 for each tap, that is seperated by styles, i.e. Sours, Porters, Stouts, DIPA's, etc. Which is cool, and convienent.

Have eaten here twice before, but not this recent occasion. The food is very good, but can be pretty pricey. If you really love BBQ though, you probably won't mind. The beer prices are reasonable however, about $3 for tasters, and glasses between $5-$7. Great craft beer spot for the area, the valley needs about a dozen more just like it.

Photo of werdnacross
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this restaurant on a whim. Definitely great atmosphere walking in. Ordered a PtE to start the night which is always a great way to start. Converted to a Gubna after that but kegged got tapped so last beer was another PtE. Lots of great choices for food. Ended up going with the "OMG" Burger. Sort of a wester BBQ version of the burger but was awesome. Beer battered onion rings and IPA BBQ sauce. Great food. Bartender was very helpful and informative. Service was quick and easy although the wife did not enjoy her food quite as much. could have had to do with the fact that she ordered a chicken dish as she was trying to be a little healthy. Not for me. Definitely a great restaurant and looking forward to coming back in the future.

Photo of doraex
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I absolutely love this place. The beer selection is among the best in the city and the food is outstanding.

I love that they have great beers from all over the world and such a great bottle list to compliment that amazing draft list.

To me it's a toss up between this place and Tony's in this area. I feel like this place just isn't as well known but every bit as good in terms of beer quality.

It's easy to get to, right on Ventura Blvd. Parking is had without too much of a struggle.

The food is what brings me to The Boneyard, the beer is what keeps me there.

A+ Love it!

Photo of MuttKDC
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been to Boneyard several times before and I love this place.

The atmosphere is great. The front walls are this huge glass window w a small patio. The place is made of wood, which looks very elegant. Basically first date kinda place.

The staff is AWESOME! Rory is one of the best bartenders I have encountered. He is extremely knowledgeable in his beers. Ask him any questions and you get the sensation that you have been there several times before. The same goes for other staff.

They have a huge rotation of beers with about 20-30 taps. Boneyard rotates their taps quite often, which is great for finding new beers. They support local breweries so you will find a wide array of Los Angeles beers. Great assortment of International (mostly european) beers. Ask for taster of beers you want to try and you will get it (I think this is an awesome concept that not enough places do). I hate getting stuck w a beer I think sucks.

The place never gets crazy packed, which is great, if you wanna avoid the overcrowded, overworked bartender scene.

The food, although pricey, it is amazing. The Dirty Elvis and the Hamburger Donut Sliders are out of this world. They have beer tasting as well as BACON tasting here! Need I say more?

One of my favorite places in LA!

Photo of barrelroller
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First visit after the new renovation and wow! They did a great job and it looks, feels, sounds, and taste like a nice beer joint should. Opened up the front of the building with floor to ceiling windows, brand new bar with approx. 30 taps(craft only), and a bunch of new creative menu items. Had Cajun Gator Tacos (rediculously good) with a Moylans Kilt Lifter which was a great pairing. Desert was the "Dirty Elvis" (with a Ladyface Tripel) which was a sandwich w/ nutella, peanutbutter, marshmallow fluff, bananas, and BACON! Little scared at first but after the first bite it was game over. Not healthy for you but so good! Service was on the spot, chef came out to say hello, what more could you want. No question about returning...I'll be back!

Photo of GRG1313
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First, best place for BBQ in the city. Aaron, owner and chef, will provide sauce if you like your ribs wet, but his dry rub is fantastic. I've been to the Boneyard at least 20 times and I'm never disappointed. Fried chicken on Monday as a special; huge fantastic hamburger; great sides (my daughter and wife live for the mac and cheese!) Pass on the baby backs and get the BBQ expert's favorite...the St. Louis ribs! The best.

Beer list is one of the best in the city and always growing. Good selection although only a few (maybe 7-8) on tap but they're always diverse and there is something for everyone. Beer list is extraordinary and also very diverse. This is one of the best lists I've seen in not only Los Angeles, but anywhere!

Aaron has some rare things available from time to time and he's not afraid to put them on his list. Moreover, every now and then, (if you become a regular and know your stuff) he may offer to break out something extraordinary and not on the list. Doesn't happen often but it can happen!

Great selection of American craft and Belgians. Speak with Mike if Aaron isn't around. Both are very knowledgable and if you want to just taste something from a tap it's never a problem. These two guys were a couple of my beer mentors and other than the fact that they helped create a monster, they really were generous with their thoughts, guidance and beer selections and advice.

This is a BBQ lovers delight and a beer lovers paradise!

Photo of Cascadia
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a really good destination for beer lovers. GREAT beer menu, with a good number of rotating taps. The place is small, but the list is big. Monday and Wednesday the beer list is 1/2 off, so try and make it then. The food is good, but pretty expensive. The burger and fries I had were awesome, with Chimay washed cheddar cheese and smoked bacon, but it did cost $28. For a burger and fries. But, being from Eugene, Oregon I miss good beer when I'm in LA and this place was a great find. I would also try Father's Office if you're looking for another LA beer mecca.

Photo of korndog
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on the way to the Laker game last night. Started with an Orval, which was sadly poured into a pint glass. The list of beers was quite extensive and high quality, but not jaw-dropping. I can only give a 5 to a selection if it's obvious that some real effort goes into rotating a keg or two with something that is not widely available with a phone call. It was extremely cool to see the St. Bernardus 12 on tap, though I only had a taste. Tortilla crusted Brie was excellent, subtle heat, and married decently with a Stone IPA. Hummus with falafel was half good, but the falafel were not executed well, nd the pita was day old. Beet carpaccio wife ordered was well done, layered with Maytag blue. Split a brisket/rib combo with the wife. The brisket was extremely tender, more like a braise than a barbecue, but great nonetheless. No smoke ring. The babybacks were more true to form, with a decent ring, nice smoke. I didn't have the same experience as another reviewer who complained about toughness. The ribs were prepared properly with the membrane having been removed prior to rub. Stone smoked Porter was an excellent match with their sauce. Anybody that doesn't experiment with Porters and barbecue is missing one of the worlds great food/beverage experiences. All in all a really good dinner. Will return for sure!

Photo of gwood
4.55/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Just went last night and had a great time. I decided to call and make a reservation and boy I'm glad that I did. About a half hour after we got there, a party of 28 arrived which just FILLED up the whole place! I was also happy to know that when I called, the chef himself was answering the phone etc. It's a small place and it definitely maintains that vibe, which I really liked.

The beer list is quite impressive and it's obvious that the co-owner/chef Aaron is a pretty big beer geek. Prices were quite high for some of the bottles, but to be honest I didn't take issue with paying a more to support a bastion of beer advocacy in what is the almost beerless void of the San Fernando valley.

We started with a Piraat and a Hop-15, both were well stored/cared for. I had the two meat combo (pulled pork and tri-tip) with fried mac and cheese and slaw...simply awesome. Tender juicy meats cooked to perfection and the sides were top notch.

Our server was quick to admit that she was new and had a hard time in finding a couple of the beers we later ordered. No big deal really, she was helpful and the rest of the staff picked up the slack when I started to move throw the beers ;)

Overall a great experience. I'll be going back again.

Photo of dalamar7
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Heard about this place through Beer Advocate and meant to give it a try. Decided to go one night after my girlfriend reminded me of it...we were not disappointed in the slightest.

To start, we ordered the St Bernardus ABT 12 (on tap!!!) and a bottle of Unibroue Anniversary Ale. While we waited for our food, the waiter stopped by to bring us a sample of a beer made with wine grapes. Definitely not my type of beer, but very impressed that the waiter was friendly and nice enough to provide samples while we waited. It was during this sampling that the chef (Aaron) stopped by. We chatted about beer, expansion of the restaurant (bar with multiple taps), and food.

When the food arrived, we were moe than impressed. The Rib eye was amazing, only to be bested by the Beef Short Rib. Best BBQ we've had! The brownie dessert with a glass of Old Rasputin was a perfect finish.

We will definitely be back...actually we will be there this Sunday and I can't wait.

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Smallish place. I'm still getting used to California eateries so I don't know what it's really like, size-wise, compared to most other strip mall restaurants in the Valley, but it seemed awful small to me. And crowded, even fairly late at night. The crowd was mostly upscale, very drunk and happy. There was no bar, so the only way you could sample the wide beer selection was to sit down for a meal. Good thing I was very hungry.

The waitress was very obviously stressed. I can't put too fine a point upon that.

As consisently impressed as I have been with the low price of beer in Southern California liquor stores, I've been equally repulsed by the high price of beer in bars. At the nicer bars I've stopped in, Buds are between 5-7 bucks and the "good" beers like Henieken and Newcastle have been between 7-9. Here at the boneyard, the bottles of good-but-not-great micros are overpriced, but the drafts of the great beers (like Speedway) were very reasonably priced. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you are coming here, come here to drink hard, great beers, because the session ales are overpriced.

The price of the food was about what you'd pay at any good rib joint I've ever been to. And it was worth it. Best ribs I think I've ever had outside of Chicago (granted, the list of great rib places that I've been to outside of Chicago is small, but these were still very good ribs). Welll worth the price.

If you're in the area, stop by. I haven't really been wowed by too many LA eateries, so this really might be something special for this city.

Photo of bgraney
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What a great find this is, I truly appreciated the value of BA Beerfly last night.
Having been to Father's Office in Santa Monica recently I found myself comparing the two locations as they are somewhat similar. As much as I liked Father's Office I prefer Boneyard Bistro. The beer list is just as (or more impressive) and the menu is more expansive. And it's not complete chaos in the Boneyard Bistro. On the Monday night I went it was very calm, laid back and there were open tables. Plus beers were half price!!
I had two Speedway Stouts on tap. That was my first tasting of Speedway as my local Bevmo seems to have every Alesmith beer other than Speedway. It lived up to the hype, awesome stout.
I had the burger as I wanted to see how it measured up to the Father's Office burger (rated best burger in LA) and in my view they are in the same class and for roughly the same price they blow away Bobby Flay's burger that I had at the Mesa Grill in Vegas. I had the Boneyard Bistro burger with cheese from Chimay. I'm not really that much of a cheese person but from what I gather they take their cheese seriously there.
You will definitely drop some $$$ but it's worth it.

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