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Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.barclayprime.com
  • Phone: (215) 732-7560
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.
  • Private Party Facilities: Luxury and sophistication meet posh and chic at Barclay Prime. A sexy revamp of the traditional steakhouse, Barclay's menu offers subtle twists on steakhouse fare. Reserve the entire restaurant for a corporate event, host a celebration in the private room or hang out with friends in the lounge.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Farina (267) 238-3650

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust
  • Public Transit: The 12 Bus Route runs on Locust Street & curls around Rittenhouse Square. Get off at the intersection of 18th Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at 18th & Locust Streets for $26/car & $30/SUV's. Public lots are available on South Rittenhouse Square & Chancellor Street. Street parking is also available.
A word from Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime is a luxury boutique steakhouse serving a traditional yet modern menu in a comfortable & contemporary setting.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent and personal service. The team were all attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and the experience was even better."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Always excellent. great service, favorite restaurant in the city"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went to Barclay Prime for my husband's birthday and we were blown away by the wonderful meal, experience, and service. Glenn, our server, was attentive and offered us excellent suggestions without feeling like he was being too invasive. Our entrees were exquisite and the steaks were cooked to perfection. They even sent us home with a mini birthday cake to enjoy when we got home. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion, holiday, or if you just want to wow a special someone. I cannot wait to go back here for dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This place has one of the most extensive and expensive wine lists ever. The ambiance is classy and romantic. The interior is a mix between classic and modern. The menu is not too long but includes many delicious items. My date and I enjoyed the scallop appetizer and had the infamous cheesesteak and sea bass as our main courses. We had sorbet/ice cream for desert. The scallops and sea bass were both excellent. Scallops were huge and well-cooked & the sea bass was the best I've had outside of a Japanese establishment. The cheesesteak was alright. Way too greasy, could not really taste the wagyu. I guess it's cool to try once but I would not order it again. Definitely would rather pay for a wagyu filet so I can actually enjoy it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food, decor and service were phenomenal! Everything was top-notch. It was definitely a great experience. Pricey but, worth every penny!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Every single dish we had was outstanding, from 3 varieties of steak, to lamb chops to the sea bass. Great appetizers. It is really a special place. Have been 3 times this summer and the food has been consistently superb. Service this time was not up to the level of the other two times (different waiter), but it still was good enough for us to have a fantastic time."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Went here with a friend to celebrate and loved the service and scallops!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The whole experience was beyond our expectations! From greeting at the door to the special attention from Glen, our waiter, I couldn't ask for anything better. I wanted to take some special friends from out of town to a fine dining restaurant, and I was recommended to try out Barclay Prime. My friends and I loved all our entrees. Glen recommeded a carbonara to accompany our meals and we were very pleased it was exactly what we wished for. We started with the lobster bisque, king crab legs, and caesar salad. Then we had inbone filet mignon with the truffle mac & cheese, sauteed mushrooms and broccoli. My friends kept talking about the meal and service at Barclay even the next day! I would go there again!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Top shelf dining experience. Service-- James was PHENOMENAL. Great personality, poised, & perfect amount of chatting Appetizers--1. Pass on the gnocchi. Good effort w/lime & pea flavors; however, gnocchi was extremely bland. 2. Foie Gras was delicious! Flavor was buttery-rich & black cherries were a perfect complement. Entree-- Dry-aged ribeye was a perfect med rare. Bernaise sauce was fresh & lemony - best I've had. Steak didn't need a sauce, but I wasn't going to let the incredible bernaise go to waste. Side dish-- Truffle Mac&Cheese. Can truly taste the truffle oil in the mac & cheese. A must order. Ambience-- Comfy leather seating makes for intimate & Adult dining. BP was empty by 10pm that night. Seemed a little odd for a Friday."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We attended Barclay Prime for our 5th wedding anniversary and it was memorable. The restaurant is open with white marble table tops, and surrounded with walls lined with books. The service is inpeccable (ask for James), and the wine list is extensive. The food is amazing, and the pop-overs are fresh from the oven! If you have a special occasion, Barclay Prime is the place to go!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The décor is a kick - a throwback to "high style and sophistication" of the 70s, and it is done really well. For that period, the environment seems as though it would have been a restaurant with hints of being in a library (books, shelves, and comfortable seating - but all very light and uncluttered). The menu is eclectic, with something to please anyone, but the steaks are what attracted us, and the steaks are why we're glad we came. The beef was excellent, the starters and sides were marvelous, and the service was professional and attentive throughout."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "First time there and tried the Wagyu 10 oz strip from Japan - At 60 years old and a steak lover I can say it was best steak I ever ate, melted in your mouth - son had same and he agreed. Of course pricey at $115 each, but for a very special occasion, worth the indulgence if you can afford it. Everything else was great except the onion ring shoestrings - too salty which we mentioned to our great waiter. Homemade ice creams and sorbets were excellent. We will go again to celebrate something in the future."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Expensive but worth every penny. Definitely the best piece of steak I have ever had. The waiter was great as well."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Barclay Prime has a swanky atmosphere. Nice choice of wines and beautifully crafted menu selections. Our food was outstanding and the knife selection was impressive. Our waiter Matthew was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and how dishes were prepared. He was friendly and he made sure we were comfortable so we enjoyed ourselves. We had an awesome time and can't wait to visit Barclay Prime again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Just the best steakhouse. Period. Not only in Philadelphia, but in any place I have been"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "As usually, food was consistently good. Sides were great. Wine list really good, and service great."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I've eaten my fair share of steak and without a doubt Barclay Prime is the best. The bone in filet was flavorful and tender. The appetizers and sides were fantastic, as was the coconut cream pie. The service was impeccable. I highly recommend this establishment."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Best Steak I have ever had. Great wine selection. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Overall a fantastic evening. Completely impressed my client so I thank you. Only when it got busy did I feel that we were a bit forgotten, but it was quickly overlooked when you brought the chocolate truffles."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Barclay Prime was an amazing experience! Food and service was above and beyond our expectation! If you're in the Philadelphia area, and are looking for a fantastic meal, try Barclay Prime!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We've been to a few of Stephen Starr's restaurants and this one is his best by far. We went to a very expensive, well-reviewed steakhouse in Philadelphia last year for my husband's birthday and there is NO COMPARISON between that and Barclay Prime. Incredible food, attentive service, creative drink list--we tipped 30% and it still didn't feel like enough! For any special occasion or if you just want to splurge on a delicious meal, you'll surely have no regrets. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everything was great from start to finish. The food as well as the service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has such a reputation of being a great steakhouse. It fell short of that reputation on our visit. The tuna tartar and oysters were good, but not amazing. The dry aged Ribeye was the best food item of the night. It was very good. The Wagyu New York strip was lacking flavor and was not as tender as it should be. For double the price of the ribeye, you would expect a truly outstanding piece of meat. Unfortunately it wasn't."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "By far the best piece of steak I've ever had! 16 oz 28 day dried ny strip is a must!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If you're a carnivore, this is the place for you. High quality meat, prepared perfectly. Excellent service, good drinks, everything you expect from a top notch steak house and while I'm not a steak house diner ordinarily, this place does it to perfection."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "In a historic building near downtown. Fun retro modern décor with brightly sofas and upholstered armchairs for seating at marble tables. Great wine selection. The Alaskan King crab and yellowtail crudo were very tasty, but we have had better lobster bisque (it seemed a little heavy on the white wine). The 28 day dry aged strip steak was phenomenal with a great buttery taste and texture. The staff is very attentive and friendly yet unobtrusive. They even split our steak on separate plates for us without requesting. Their signature desert was amazing for the peanut butter fans at our table and I loved the decadent chocolate cake with molten center. This restaurant is definitely worth visiting."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
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    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is not a stodgy steakhouse ! I wanted to take my husband somewhere he could enjoy a perfectly cooked prime dry aged steak. He was extremely impressed by the beef, and the level of service, which was attentive yet unobtrusive. Our waiter was knowledgeable and courteous. The oysters were divine. He thoroughly enjoyed his NY strip as well as our son who ordered the dry aged rib eye. My veal porterhouse was succulent and cooked to perfection as were all our steaks. We all loved the creamed spinach, I was not a previous fan. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My family had the waggu filet. They loved it. I had the ribeye. Thick and very tough. Love the atmosphere and sides. Just once again, disappointed with my dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Took my honey there for father's day, first time and we loved it! Service and food was Awesome!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A few of my buddies and I drove from Washington, DC to Philly, just to check out Barclay Prime! The front end staff was great. We got there in advance of our reservation, and were seated at the bar for a few minutes. No problems, yet. Once we were seated, we were "greeted" by our server, Jason. NO CONVERSATION! He just hands us the menus and gives us a beer list. He never mentioned the specials, which we heard described by other patrons. He forgot 2 of our drinks. He rarely checked on us for refills or anything for that matter. We got better service from the bread server (the popovers are great by the way!) Everything about the meal was fantastic. Great steak and sides. Horrible server. I'm not sure that I will go back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had the steak and the $100 Cheesesteak. The steak was out of this world!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Even though the old restaurant was great, the contemporary look is not bad since it is full of interesting books about arts, antiques, history, etc. that you can even take a look at while sitting next to the shelves. Despite the noise, conversation is possible because the dining room acoustic is good. The lighting is beautiful and just right light-wise. Seats are comfortable. The most important though is what is in your plate, and I have never been disappointed, rather the contrary. You always remember something particularly delicious from your meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The fresh baked, warm bread and butter/salt spread was like we were in France. Caesar salad was delicious. We both really enjoyed our prime filet and 18oz rib eye steaks, they were amazing and perfectly cooked! The sides were good, but not mind blowing. Would not have chose the asparagus if I did it again. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have to say hands down Barclay prime is the best restaurant I've ever eaten in. The service was impeccable. Food was divine. We had the perfect night celebrating our wedding anniversary!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Barclay continues to set a standard in the steak slinging business. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have been dining extensively in Philadelphia over the past three years and this is one of the finest steakhouses in the city. The colossal shrimp was fantastic, the bone in filet was amazing and came sliced and cooked perfectly. The sides were delicious, and the since we couldn't decide between a potato side, the server brought us both, one of which was on the house. Everything about the occasion was great! Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Loved it. Will be back. Waiter was great. Makes a special occassion very special. Food was the best. Steak was great."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Took girlfriend for dinner and experience exceeded expectations. Our server, Drew explained the menu and make it easy for us to order. Excellent service and a delightful meal allowed us to enjoy the special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Steaks were outstanding, cooked exactly as we requested -- which is not often the case with steak places. Sides dishes were very good. We had the broccoli rabe and the mac & cheese. Wine list was silly-expensive. All bottles were easily triple the retail price so we each had a martini or beer instead. Next time, we check to see if bringing our own bottle (corkage) is an option. Our other complaint is about the chairs -- trendy and cool, yes, but they make conversation difficult. The arms are so wide that they don't allow you to get close enough to one another to feel part of intimate conversation. Nor can you lean back and still feel part of the group. They are just not functional."
    Dined on 5/30/2014