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Boneyard Bistro

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30 Reviews
Reviews: 30
Visits: 43
Avg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 41
Bottles: 130
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California, 91423-3825
United States
phone: (818) 906-1427

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @boneyardbistro

Place added by: brewmaster411 on 01-07-2007

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 43
Reviews by drewbage:
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is a tiny little space in the middle of Sherman Oak's high end restaurant row. A foreword: this place isn't cheap, but damn is it tasty.

Atmosphere is warm and inviting with a perfume of sweet hickory and red oak smoke that just makes me want to cry. Bottle the aroma of this place and give it to me as a cologne!

The beer list is extensive and its clear from talking with the chef that he's trying to make it an integral part of the dining experience. Go chef! Everything is grouped by loose categories. Be prepared for some sticker shock as the beer is priced like a wine list, e.g. a bottle of Allagash Curieux for $35 or a Rogue Imperial Pils for $30, but plenty of specials like $6 bottles of Rogue Santa's Reserve Dry Hopped.

The meat is amazing at this place. All slow cooked. I had Korean smoked Vension plate that was a special and tried all the different things my cohorts were trying.. Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, St. Louis Ribs, Tri-tip, pulled pork, etc.

Damn good stuff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Resuin
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Modernrickk
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TGS
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PlinytheTaller
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of yoitsarch
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of LakerLeith
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChrisSFV
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of portia99
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of euskera
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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..

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of pants678
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of PeterJ
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Absolut
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Dirksen
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jmgrub
4.63/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA
96 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.