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I need help in the Sherman Oaks area!

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First - what's the story with the Boneyard Bistro? I did a search on the boards for information about this Sherman Oaks joint, and saw that there were some great reviews and some awful reviews - but they were all almost two years old.

My question is - now that the place has been around awhile, what do you think of it? Do those who loved it then still love it? Those who hated it still hate it (assuming you ever went back)? Is the noise level still off the charts?

And while I'm at it, I may as well ask, if Boneyard is still iffy, does anyone have any other recommendations in the Sherman Oaks area? My friend and I are looking for a place to eat dinner tonight for a rather leisurely meal. My friend requires that it has a full bar... me? I require that it has GREAT FOOD. We're lovers of cheese, garlic, tender meats, Italian, American, etc. It doesn't necessarily have to be/have any of the above, but what it should have is a low-key atmosphere, and a reasonable tab at the end of the night.

Thanks so much in advance, Chowhounders!

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  1. Forgive me for bumping my own post, but I think the original title I gave it made you lovely folks pass it by. If anyone has any suggestions for me, I'd be very grateful. Thank you.

    1. Boneyard Bistro - we love it, but BBQ is hit or miss with some people. Also great beer and wine list but I don't think it is full bar.

      If you want GREAT food - just go to Pinto Bistro. Cafe Bizou is one step down from that. Your post makes it sound like you won't be happy with anything less. .

      1. I'd go to Il Tiramisu.

        1. Max has great food, full bar, and the menu can be seen here:
          www.maxrestaurant.com
          Boneyard has no full bar, great beer and wine lists, superb bistro selections, yet is not inexpensive. www.boneyardbistro.com
          Next to Great Geek and across the street from Max is Le Petit Restaurant which is a French bistro, less expensive than many already mentioned, has a full bar, and is quite good, yet a leisurely time might be the issue there, as they seem to want to rush you through everything and turn tables, which Max would never do.

          1. I love Boneyard but would stick to the bistro side of the menu instead of the traditional BBQ side. It's not that their BBQ is bad, it's just not as good as their more inventive bistro items.

            1. Thank you so much to everyone who has responded - we'll try to let you know where we ended up, and what we thought of it!

              1. I agree that Max is terrific...I also have had a few really nice meals at Ole...it's a tapas joint near Woodman on Ventura (they have a full bar and nice wine list)...Panzanella is also lovely for Italian...

                1. I love boneyard bistro, both the bistro and BBQ fare. They have good beer, one of the best lists in LA, and also can do mixed drinks. there is no "bar" per say. Very low key, with AMAZING food. My husband loved his duck salad, we both liked the heirloom tomato stack. The meat was very tender and delicious. We always love good BBQ.

                  Il Tiramisu is also good. Garlic lovers should schlep to Woodland Hills for Gorikee.