About Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime is a luxury boutique steakhouse serving a traditional yet modern menu in a comfortable & contemporary setting.

237 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Locust

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 732-7560

Website:
http://www.barclayprime.com/

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.

Public Transit:
The 12 Bus Route runs on Locust Street & curls around Rittenhouse Square. Get off at the intersection of 18th Street.

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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Barclay Prime Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

service

4.8

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4.7

value

4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (73)
Good for a Date (64)
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Good for Anniversaries (55)
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Notable Wine List (37)
Business Meals (36)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Cozy (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
People Watching (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Casual (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

An Exceptional meal and a wonderful dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Our experiences here are always outstanding from food to service. It is expensive but the food is delicious and never disappoints.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food felt rushed because it was valentines, but the service was excellent

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

This was probably the best place we have ever eaten. Everything was perfect, but the scallops were really outstanding. The dessert was also wonderful, with many small touches creating a delicious ending to the meal. Highly recommended.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely amazing ambiance. The food there was absolutely unreal. We started with the scallops which were small, but crazy tasty. My girlfriend had the NY Strip and I had the prime rib and both were cooked absolutely to perfection. I always get my steaks rare, but the waiter suggested that due to the cut of the meat I got medium-rare and it was such a money decision. I would highly recommend asking the waiter what you should get your steak cooked at.

Desert was something to be desired, but the steaks and the sides (cream spinach, mushrooms, and truffel mac and cheese) were the highlight of the evening.

its going to run you around 250 - 500 so be prepared to drop some cash. But overall one of the best steak experiences that Ive ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went to celebrate my brothers 21st birthday. Great night from start to finish!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was very good but pricey. My filet was done perfect.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We saw this restaurant featured on television for one of its dishes and decided to try it. We went for New Years Eve. I chose this restaurant for my birthday this month as well. It is now my new favorite restaurant!

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my second time at Barclay Prime and it did not disappoint. This is the best steak in the city, possibly the best food in the city. Period. The staff makes you feel like royalty and you will not leave there feeling otherwise.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had the best experience here! It’s such a cool space and the atmosphere/ambiance are amazing. We had dinner with our 10 month old daughter and they were very accommodating with setting up a high hair and getting us what we needed. The food was EXCELLENT! A philly must for sure!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

There is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said! BP is fantastic all around! Friendly and helpful staff, delicious food and great ambiance! I can’t wait to go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfection!! Sexy!!! I’m in love!!!! Can’t wait to return!!!👠👸🏻🍷. Thank u Alhenry, Matt and Tommy!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I don’t think we could ever have a bad meal or dining experience here. Anything you order is going to delicious and satisfying.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fantastic steak! If you have the money I recommend for sure

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I remember first going to the Barclay Prime years ago and it was a great experience. Since then I have gone a few other times also good experiences. It has been two years since my last visit and I live two doors down but I have heard of some issues with service lately. I had some friends come in from outa town and thought that this would have been a great time and opportunity to check things out. I choose a Wednesday as I know that midweek is a good time to get not only the food but the service as the restaurant was busy but not full.

The Good: The atmosphere is great, the food is good and the hostesses are on point and always friendly and attentive. When you call they are pleasant and accommodating.

The Bad: The service and the Sommelier. I order a $185.00 bottle of wine and ordered it from the Sommelier and discussed that it was a wine to be decanted. The wine came, he opened it and poured it for me to taste and then poured the others. When he came back to fill mine he spilled a little bit on the table. Not a big deal, but not something you expect at this level. Secondly he never decentered the wine. As far as our waiter, he simply did not appear that he wanted to be there that night. Trying to get our drinks before dinner was challenging and getting his attention during the evening was a daunting task. One of the signature items of this restaurant is their selection of knives to use for your dinning experience. When the waiter came by with the knives he simply showed up with the box and said select one. I asked him about Porsche knife he said he have. I then had to ask him to explain the ones he did have.

There are plenty of good steak houses within five blocks of Barclay Prime... I suggest trying them out as well when paying $50.00 for a steak. This not to say I wont go back, but when you have a bad service experience on a Wednesday night with guests, it leaves a "bad taste".

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had a great evening at Barclay Prime. My wife’s filet was a bit “off”. It had terrific flavor and was cooked to perfection, but the texture of the filet was a touch tough/stringy. We mentioned it to the waiter & the manager came right over to our table and told us the filet had been removed from our bill, even though she had eaten more than half of the filet. Amazing customer service!!! We would absolutely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazeballs! I couldn't have had a better night. Thank you

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Took my wife on 2/6 for her birthday, and it was awesome! The service was out of this world, the ambiance was perfect, drinks were VERY good, and the food was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant tremendously! It is worth the price

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was horrible- it took so long for the food to get to us we had already killed one bottle of wine " reserved" for our meal- I got up several times to complain- I then had to go see the manager- very poor production from the kitchen- instead of addressing things directly our waiter hid. Bad performance at a restaurant that is usually great

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the ambiance and the service. The alcohol selection was good, but very pricy. We shared the scallops for an appetizer, and they were amazing. The complimentary rolls were delicious as well. I had the 8 oz Wagyu filet mignon and it was heavenly. Such flavor, it melted in my mouth. My husband ordered the lobster, which was good, but absolutely drenched in butter. The scalloped potatoes were ok, but not something I'd recommend. We had sorbet for dessert, which was good but very sweet. A few complimentary macaroons were brought out with the bill, and they were tasty.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My favorite go to for an awesome steak...always top notch!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Pretty delicious place to try. The service was wonderful. The staff are so very accommodating and friendly. Originally we were sitting near the front entrance and it was pretty windy and cold that night so we were def catching A draft every time someone walked by. One of the hostesses noticed and offered us a new table without us having to say anything first! The bread/rolls which are called "popovers" were amazing...they were warm, crispy and oh so tasty. My boyfriend got the filet which was fabulous. My New York strip was pretty tasty too, but I def should have went with the filet. For our sides we had the tots, Mac and cheese, and the cauliflower, which were just okay. We were there celebrating his birthday and they brought us a tiny piece of chocolate cake with a candle on the house. We also ordered the orange creamsicle cake which was nice and fluffy which worked well with not having much more room to eat. Next time, I'll try the cookie or the cheesecake. The wine list was a little pricey and I wasn't too impressed that they charge you $4 for steak sauce when you are already paying over $40-50 for a steak, but I guess it's all part of the experience. Overall it was a very nice restaurant, great customer service. I like Starr restaurants and look forward to my next one to try.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

From the host staff, my server & our food..Everything was just PERFECTION! I loved everything about my night here! Thank you!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and excellent service. Ribeye was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was very bad , I had appt at 10:15 didn’t get seated until 11pm

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was wonderful from the food to the service.....the wedge salad was definitely a favorite along with the scallops. The cocktails were delicious and dinners and sides were amazing! The truffle Mac and cheese is a must! We will be back to try the cheesesteak!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Every course was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Way too expensive

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The hostess was a bit snooty because we were a few minutes late for our reservation because of traffic even though we called to let them know. That was a bit off putting. And, to boot, the dining room was virtually empty. From that point on, we had an excellent experience as usual. We were seated at the table we requested, our server was affable and professional, and the service overall was top notch. The food is always excellent - the 40 day dry aged bone in strip steak is crazy good if you like that deep funky flavor the extra aging adds. We were very happy to be reacquainted with Jordan who we know from Il Pittore which closed a year or two ago.

Great food, excellent service, comfortable atmosphere. Not cheap and definitely a special night out but viewed in that light worth every penny.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always amazing in all facets

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Amazing dinner, the somm was great and the service was great also. Food was delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Best bread ever!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Splendid, per usual. Chicago style tomahawk ribeye is not to be missed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic steak, salad, popovers. Great meal. The filet was the best I have every had. Very good shrimp and crab.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We always enjoy our meals there and will be back for sure

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service, great food just that the food took too long to come out. Other than that was a great time, great food , and a great restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent. We have been coming for years! Unbelievable and one of my favorite restaurants.
Best; ambience, lighting, comfy chairs, bar, drinks, service, food . We haven't visited in over a year, I forgot how much I truly love Barclay Prime! One of my top five restaraunts ever. Keep up the fantastic job!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Late-night Find, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Barclay Prime is an excellent dining experience. It is a wonderful combination of a traditional high end steakhouse with modern touches. The service is second to none

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Enjoyed the best steak of my life. An aged rib eye medium rare. Delicious! Service was good. Noise level moderate to high but livable. Recommend it highly. Not cheap but on par with other high end steak places. Apps were great oysters from West and East Coast, jumbo shrimp cocktail. All classic steakhouse fare.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

great....no complaints would eat there again the ribeye was perfect

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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