Butcher and The Rye
Butcher and The Rye

Butcher and The Rye

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butcherandtherye.com/
  • Phone: (412) 391-2752
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard DeShantz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Penn Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many public parking garages surrounding the restaurant.
A word from Butcher and The Rye
Butcher and the Rye is the second restaurant of Chef Richard DeShantz and will be opening in October of 2013. More information to follow.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Butcher and The Rye reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)hot spot (85)vibrant bar scene (75)special occasion (57)romantic (32)late-night find (28)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (24)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Yuppie meat market.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I'm clearly not hip enough for this place. Forget having a post-concert bite with friends and trying to carry on any sort of conversation amidst the preening bros and strident laughter. For those who like that scene, I'm sure it's great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pastaman1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Enjoyed the fun menu but would like more veggie and fish choices. Service staff was very helpful and engaging.Bar scene was good and drink menu was good..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic hunting lodge
    Alizahsweet
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Interesting atmosphere, good food, and great service. The only thing I thought was really quite funny was the small size of the table for two. The waiters and waitresses kept trying to rearrange our plates and glasses to make everything fit on the table top. I was frankly amused by it and enjoyed my dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    Fantastic
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food is always amazing - everything on the menu is done properly and tastes amazing. The drinks are great. The atmosphere really makes the place - gotta love the speakeasy style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food, good vibe.
    yakalita
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My sister and I recently went here to celebrate her birthday. We shared four appetizers -- pig candy, marrow, brussels, and mussels. Each came with ample portions and since the menu is heavily meat-based, the dishes are filling. The ambiance is nice for fine dining (though the tables are a bit small)--definitely a good place for a celebration or a romantic evening. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    PAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Amazing food - great service! The Pig Candy is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but Rushed
    BaltimoreVisitor
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We went for a special occasion (bday/promotion) and the food was absolutely spectacular. My only issue was that the food came out so fast and back to back to back (I know, that isn't usually a problem, but in this case it was) and we wanted to eat things warm, so we ended up being rushed through dinner within an hour (for 4 courses!). We didn't have a chance to really enjoy it or have a truly special occasion. I want to clarify that it wasn't the wait staff, per se, that seemed to be rushing us in order to keep reservations (although that could be the case, too), but just the food timing was way too quick. I left a little underwhelmed with the experience, but the food more than made up for it. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not as good as expected
    vmthomas
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I thought this would be good spot. It is, if looking for whiskey at the bar. I wanted to try out the food and it was okay but pricey. I have eaten much tastier food for less price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for foodie & whiskey lovers
    DCVisitorfromPittsburgh
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had two friends in town this weekend and always struggle on where to take them. He is a well known butcher who along with meat also enjoys alcohol. He was so impressed with butcher & rye! All 5 of the dishes we had were fabulous and the drinks were amazing. Thank you for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loving Pig Candy
    Bisco
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It was our first opportunity to eat at Butcher and the Rye. To start the original table we were seated at was cramped due to another patron. They quickly moved us to another more spacious table. We ordered the pig candy which was very good. Also my wife had possibly the best short ribs she ever had and the halibut I had was extremely enjoyable as well. Overall the dinning experience was great from start to finish. I should also note due to running late we were slightly late for our reservation and they accommodated us and we never felt rushed to clear the table for the next reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large "Small Plates"
    swampie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The small plates are interesting, well done and filling. While not the size of a full entrée, they are very close. My husband and I shared 2 meat small plates and 2 vegetable small plates and would have been happy to stop but we had already put in our order for an entrée. We weren't as impressed with the entrée, each ingredient was flavorful and well prepared but all together they did not meld well. We were happy that we brought our own wine as the wine list is sparse, but those who like spirits will be well taken care of with that particular list. Service was spot on. Our waitress was very attentive and helpful. Seating is close and the open air design make it rather loud so it may not a great place for an intimate night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Melt in your mouth
    Molly
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Loved the vibe of the restaurant, though it was a bit dark. All of the food was amazing. We got the Brussels as an appetizer which were deep fried and paired with lemon aioli and parmigiano reggiano. Very good. For dinner I got the Shepard's Pie, while my friends got the Seared Scallops and the Wagyu Flank Steak. We all tried bits of each others and everything was cooked to perfection. The beef in my Shepherds Pie fell apart and melted in your mouth. The Seared Scallops were a more refined pallet, but just as good. And the Wagyu Flank Steak was juicy and flavorful. The only thing i wasn't a huge fan of was my drink. I got the Ka Le Ma cocktail, because Indiana Jones. Couldn't resist. But it just tasted odd. Overall, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AAAH! MAAA! ZING!!!!
    Kirstiboo
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Mac n Cheese is this ridiculous combination of garlic, cheeses and cream that, as far as I'm concerned, has redefined the expression "comfort food". The Pig Candy....all I can say is GET! YOUR! OWN!! I promise you will NOT want to share. Tender pork belly (I know, redundant), shredded apple, cilantro and a sweet, tangy, spicy sauce. WHAT! I wanna know who was sitting around thinking, "hey, you know what would taste awesome together.....?" God bless her whoever she is. The Charcuterie platter is a collection of duck stuff, some kind of sausage and some other something or other and something that tasted like bacon. Just different tastes from a bit spicy to "earthy". And the grape mustard was pretty awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite in Pittsburgh
    Luv2feast
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I love this restaurant and love the food. My only disappointing story about this visit was our service. It was absolutely terrible. I go there all the time so I was very surprised. The waitress was so rude. We ordered 3 appetizers, and 1 of the 3 came out first, before our drinks ! And then the next 2 came out. Still before our drinks!! Then, my friend asked about her wine and the waitress got really snippy and told her that she was taking care of "her section" and then would be back! She forgot our water. She was just really bad and rude. It was so surprising and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Pagypo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good was fantastic. Service was tentative but not over bearing. Would recommend the flank steak and the scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing due to service
    kaiaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful, fun place. We were on time for a 6:30 reservation but barely made it across the street to Heinz Hall for 9 pm performance. Things started off well, and service was great. However, entrees seemed to take a very long time and came out one by one. My husband's short ribs came out first and looked as if they had been spilled on the way up. Then his brother's steak came out, followed by my sister in law's scallops. Despite my insisting, they waited to begin eating until my scallops arrived. This seemed to take 10 minutes. First entree arrived at 7:30 and by then we were all looking at our watches. My husband said his dinner was bad, plus it was cold. No server came back to check on us once meals arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had the scallops. They were over-seasoned and tasted salty. My wife had the roasted chicken, which was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Heaven
    CaddoLily
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant to any foodie. The eclectic menu and abundance of pork was a delight. They also have an amazing whiskey/bourbon selection and make a wonderful perfect Manhattan! Duck pasta was elegantly simple but amazingly tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was excellent but tables very close to one another
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Ambiance is great. Food and service are really good. Will return (although it is a little pricey).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sept 2014 Butcher and the Rye Visit
    PittGrad
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to dinner here for our anniversary. I had gone only for cocktails and appetizers before and was excited to get a reservation. As I expected, the drinks from the bar and the bourbon selection were outstanding. This is definitely a whiskey / bourbon drinker's place! The decor is like... turn of the century hunting lodge. It is a neat place. We had the Brussels as an app and they were incredible! Super delicious, I would order them again. However, I felt like the entres fell short. My fiance had the steak special with escargot and mushrooms. I had the scallops in blue crab risotto. Both entres were tasty but not the best ever. Overall, we would certainly go back but probably not for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine4fun
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was our first visit - we had an excellent experience. Unique and intriguing drink and dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rustic Elegance
    macncheesequeen
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Amazing birthday dinner. Three out of the four in our party got the gourmet burger and french fries and were astonished. No wonder they only make 20 burgers a day! I had the small plates of mac n' cheese and brussels, and it was easily the best plates of the two I've ever had. Our waitress was very attentive with our drinks, but not bothersome at all during conversation. The decor was beyond beautiful and took you out of downtown Pittsburgh for a dinner experience. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Excellence!
    JKing
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went there the other night for our anniversary dinner. We'd previously been to Meat and Potatoes and had been looking forward to a similar dining experience and we were not disappointed! Our meal was outstanding! We split the Pig Candy, Ceasar Salad and shared our entrees of Dirty Pasta and Waygu Flank Steak. And don't forget to get the Smores for dessert. A tasty way to commemorate our big day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm a business traveller and with others we've been working our way through the top 25 restaurants in Pittsburgh. The Butcher and the Rye is now a favorite. The small plates (Brussels, cauliflower, Mac and Cheese, and Cheese board) were very good with the Brussels & Mac and Cheese the stand outs. All of us chose the scallops with risotto and all agreed it was a wonderful dish. Two of us had different cocktails and we're very happy with our selections. The place is a fun atmosphere and the bar was full on a Wednesday night but the dining room off the bar was not too noisy. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion dinner
    beepittsburgh
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Visited the Butcher and the Rye on Saturday night. Our table was extremely small but we made it work out; our server was excellent We shared the pork candy - the kimchee was excellent but the pork itself wasn't outstanding. We both had the scallop dinner with lobster risotto - excellent meal that I would recommend. The custom mixed drinks were a treat. The deconstructive smore was an excellent choice for dessert. Overall, expect good, creative food but also expect to pay top dollar for it. I would return for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great expectations
    irini
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    as Meat and Potatoes has become a favorite, we had great expectations for our first time and we were not disappointed. From the great cocktails to every dish we ordered we began to forget we were in Pittsburgh. First class service enhanced our experience. We will be returning within the next two weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stick to the bar
    agentmosquito
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Cocktails were awesome. Food was okay -- trying too hard to be innovative and only succeeding 20% of the time. I've done better roasted brussels at home (theirs were overseasoned and over-cheesed); skirt steak was almost inedible (chewy and accompanied by way too many gluey rice things that just took up space); but the pig candy was very nice. Service was perfect. Seated perfectly at our reservation time. Next time in Pittsburgh, we'll come here for drinks, and then find a place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sam1
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Kevin was an excellent server, and his food recommendations were spot on. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    Blueburgh
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been here twice, and both times I have been amazed by the food--it was creative, delicious and well-executed. The desserts were truly amazing! The only thing that wasn't outstanding was the mussels. It is a little noisy--so it might not be the best choice for anyone with hearing difficulties, but otherwise a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Butcher and The Rye is an outstanding restaurant. The food was incredible and creative, and the service was excellent. We can't wait to dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go Already!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you have been on the fence, get off and go. Great drinks and good food - bourbon lovers, this is your spot for well crafted bourbon drinks or jut to enjoy neat.. I was there with a group of four - all of us had a cocktail to start; the Manhattan's were killer. Then we ordered small plates, the brussel sprouts are out of this world- I personally loved the shisito peppers - but I am a pepper guy. We had four different entrees, seared scallops w/ blue crab risotto, roasted chicken, walleye and wagyu flank steak. All were fantastic. The wagyu was very good, cooked to perfection. I had the walleye, it was fresh and flavorful. No swings and misses here. A good experience overall. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING SCALLOPS!
    DCSnob
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for restaurant week. Was a bit disappointed that the menu was already chosen for you, in other cities you get at least a few options to choose from during restaurant week to try out different menu items on their menu, not the case here. I ended up ordering off the regular menu which was fantastic. Will definitely be back, but won't wait for restaurant week. Not worth trying to get reservations during a busy week.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Food
    HungryDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overall disappointing experience as part of restaurant week in Pittsburgh. The menu sounded delicious and well planned, however, each dish was marginal. Even more lack luster, the hot dishes were served barely warm. Clearly, timing should be addressed in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, venue and staff
    Pghdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We finally were able to get a reservation during restaurant week and now know why Butcher and the Rye is so busy--it is great. The decor of the restaurant is eclectic and a lot of fun--we ate dinner beside the stuffed black bear. The multiple levels keeps it from feeling too crowded even when busy. Our meals were very creative and wonderful (Dirty Pasta and Pan Seared Scallops with Blue Crab risotto). After our first dinner, we immediately made reservations to celebrate our son's birthday there in September.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up!
    Mihaela
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We loved the food (minus the seafood papardele entree) Great beef tartare, loved the way they cooked the egg that comes with it - a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I went to Butcher and The Rye for our anniversary dinner. It was a great choice! The food was reasonable and filling - but not over indulgent. Our server was just the right amount of attentive without hovering or ignoring us. My only complaint was the brussel sprouts -- they were very tart. Overall, I look forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A-MAZING
    Aaron
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary. We have been to their sister restaurant, Meat & Potatoes, and have enjoyed going there, so we decided to give this place a try. I am a bourbon/whiskey lover, so this was a little slice of heaven with their bourbon selection. The wattress hit the nail on the head when she said that the restaurant is a bourbon and tapas place. We had multiple courses from the Pig Wing and Pig Candy; to the beet and summer salad; my wife had the scallops over the crab risotto and I had the Wagyu flank steak; and to top it off we had a deconstructed s'more featuring bourbon infused marshmellows and deep-fried brown butter ice cream. Needless to say, our meal was incredible. In my Top 3 in Pittsburgh for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks, mediocre pricy food
    melkraz
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've been here twice now and have concluded that I enjoy the atmosphere and the drinks but am continually unimpressed with the food. For a place that has experienced so much hype, has been so hard to get a reservation at, and carries such a hefty price tag, I expected *way* better food. I would give the food 2 stars if you factor in value. They do make a good sazerac (if it were a smidge less sweet, I would say it's great), a really unique and delicious manhattan, and good punch specials. I'll definitely have to try a Boulevardier or Vieux Carré the next time I'm here! I think the drinks, atmosphere, and service are good and I would for sure come back for just the bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience All Around
    pghfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We took our friends from Germany, along with another couple to Butcher on Tuesday night and this was my 3rd time there. We had reservations for 6 of us at 7pm and when we arrived, the prior guests occupying our table were just finishing up so we hung out at the bar and had drinks. Our table ended up not being ready for another 50-60 minutes because they lingered and the restaurant did not want to ask them to leave. the manager comped us 3 appetizers to share at the bar while we were waiting, which i thought that was a very nice gesture and we were able to start dinner at the bar. the space is great and the front room was great for people watching. the food was awesome. Great experience all around!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.