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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Join us at Barclay Prime for New Years Eve!

Barclay Prime Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for a Date (63)
Romantic (60)
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Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Business Meals (38)
Notable Wine List (33)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Cozy (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
People Watching (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful meal and the service was impeccable. Donovan was amazing and introduced us to a few new scotches and bourbons. Thanks for making our date night in Philadelphia truly memorable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Celebrating my wife’s and my birthday. Always a great time here. Food is amazing, service amazing.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

Good but not great. I have been to this restaurant many times since it has opened. I would say that the service quality and food (other than steaks) has declined. Our server was less than adequate, however the support staff were awesome. Steaks were perfect, but the sides and appetizers were boring. I expect a once in a life time experience when I come to Barclay's Prime but it did not deliver. Don't think I will be back.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent experience and customer service! My fiancé said his steak was amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

It's a steakhouse. Nothing stands out. Service was ok.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Phenomenal service from every level of the staff. The food was cooked to perfect temperature with delicious flavor. It was an experience I will not forget. This is my new favorite steak house.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Waited 20 minutes to be offered wine. When finally offered wine, Som brought the wrong wine and tried to open before we viewed the label. Overall, food service was not attentive for the top tier prices they charged. Such a shame that the kitchen works so hard to produce great food and the front house completely blows it to overshadow the meal. Happy to pay exorbitant prices for exquisite service and food, but such is not the case. They need to turn things quickly or it is lights out.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Very disappointed. We attended dinner for our anniversary. The table we were given was awful. It was out in the open in the middle of a high traffic area by the rest rooms.

As a table for two for a special dinner it made our evening very less special. The management had fake empathy when I asked for a quieter table we were told they had nothing better available even though we made the reservation as a special occasion anniversary.

Not sure if the price was worth it based on the fact that evening was not enjoyable due to terrible table location.

Why ask what type of evening if you are not willing to make it a special evening with a nice table location.

The friendly smiles and caring attitudes. come across as patronizing. considering the staff is not willing to actually handle a problem or fix a problem why act that you care

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This was my 5th time at Barclay in less than 12 months and every time the steak tastes just a little bit better than I remembered. Earlier this year, I had the luxury of eating at Pappas Bros in Dallas on Monday, Halls Chop House in Charleston, SC on Friday and Barclay on the Wednesday following.

Suffice to say, Barclay's Allen Bros, dry aged Strip Steak is the finest cut, preparation and seasoning of the 3.

Add to that the amazing ambiance, the enchanting hostesses and a highly competent and welcoming staff and it was yet another experience for the books.

I will be back... maybe next month!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Fantastic spot for a business dinner. outstanding service. great food. good feel. we were there late on a sunday and it was still quite busy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and great service. My only complaint is if you're going to do the choose your steak knife thing then please sharpen those knives! It was way too dull.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my first time at Barclay Prime and i enjoyed my times there. It was beautiful inside and comfortable. It was a little dark for my liking however i didnt mine. The food was very good everythingi tasted was Delicious. We had the salmon, roasted chicken, steak, grilled broccoli, bake potato, whipped potato, and the cream spanish. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This dinner was amazing. There aren’t enough superlatives to accurately describe how fantastic this meal was. Just go... now.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Steaks are amazing! Service was great. Wait staff was very knowledgeable of the menu. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Second time here, same excellent service! Lobster bisque, ice berg wedge salad & beautiful 8 oz filet perfectly made! Love this place!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful !!!!!!
I️ don’t know what else to say !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Best dining experience yet! Our server Erin was amazing and manager Burak was fabulous! Can't wait to come back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great meal! Caviar was excellent, scallops and lamb perfectly cooked and delicious. Servers were friendly and timely. The fried green tomatoes on the side of the scallops appetizer should be a primary item on the menu. I could have eaten a plate full! I'll be back.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What happened here? My wife and I have been celebrating anniversaries here for years. Always highlighted by the utmost service experience. Glenn was our requested waiter for years and he always made attending a special event. We had moved our annual celebration around from year to year the last couple years as we had concerns about our steak for two consecutive years. This year it was our 20th so we went back to Barclay. While the food was spot on, (kudos!) what has happened to the service? Our waiter followed the "TGIFriday's" manual of service. "Hi I'll be your server, what kind of water... ", OK, and then the bread came... 43 minutes after we met the serve (He said his name so fast, we didn't even catch it)!! Our reservation was at 9:00 so our first bite of anything didn't come until 9:43 pm. I asked questions about the menu having years of Barclay experience, and our server answered with generic answers, never asking if we had been there before so that was why we were asking why certain things weren't there or things had changed. The knife presentation, always entertaining, was an afterthought, no flavor or excitement put into it. Drinks were slow unfortunately. The food was awesome, so that was great, but dropping a large bill on a 20th anniversary celebration and return to Barclay, I know Glenn no longer waits there, but this was scripted, chain restaurant service, and it was bland and you expect much more for the bill one pays. Sorry, food was great, but not nearly worth the price or the lengthy drive due to the overall experience.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

twas simply delightful. everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Unbelievable - best steak I have ever had. Service was top notch

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great experience! Amazing food- everything was prepared perfectly. Our server was wonderful, friendly and attentive. It was a special occasion and overall it as flawless. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Steven Starr is a genius, and of all his creations, this is the best in my humble opinion...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Had my boyfriends birthday celebration here. Food and service was good but was turned off because my Sprite came with a dirty cup twice. Both times cup smelled and tasted like coffee. Ended up not using the cup and drank the Sprite at room tempAture but waitress was nice enough to but a bottle in the fridge for my refill.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This visit was a dual purpose. Both 11 year anniversary and her 45th Birthday . Booked reservation 5 days out, left message for special occasion which was followed to the letter.

On arrival about an hour early, we checked in and went to the bar. Romantic atmosphere, light music, dim lighting. Taken to our table by an usher right on time for our 945pm booking. From the waiter to the desert and candlelight surprise by the staff at the end everything was awesome.

While my wife was in the bathroom the head of the floor even came by to check on us to make sure that everything was on par. Parking was steep but its the city on a Saturday. I would definitely go back.

Jason

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service. The tomahawk steak was dry aged and one of the best I have had anywhere in the world. Constant attention by courteous staff made the evening perfect. A most beautiful evening .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I would have given the food five stars however this is the second time we had to send our steaks back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I would not recommend, especially for this price. I am very accustomed to fine dining. This was not. Although atmosphere was nice, I waited over an hour for my food. Nobody even checked on us. Finally asked the manager to check on it. I ordered an expensive bone in filet that was charred on the outside and not so tasty on the inside. My dates filet was cooked improperly. By that time we just wanted to eat and go. Maybe I am spoiled by finer places but I say, Save your time and money!!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The finest beef we have ever had. Costly but worth the price. Excellent wine and spirits list, and the server knew what they stock. There was an error in the after dinner drinks but quickly corrected.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and service excellent. Staff very attentive and well trained. Atmosphere is casually elegant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

James and Matt provided amazing service that was on the same level as the meal provided. Will most definitely be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Consistently amazing meal from start to finish! This is the best steakhouse in the city, hands down. Love the filet!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

SUB-par service and food hit or miss, poor presentation on the infamous cheesesteak, caviar lid and oysters were especially bad. Have 5 west coast oysters and 1 east coast with servers pretending that the 1 east coast wasn’t different and we were wrong. Hand off between servers mid- dinner without explanation and NEITHER introduced themselves ever. Took FOREVER to get salad and oysters, and bill. Over priced and POOR service ending to what should have been a great night and $450 bill. RIDICULOUS. And hostesses didn’t have GM’a card... unlikely. Left feeling like 2nd class citizens.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Over cooked steak, multiple waiters who were not coordinated and would ask us for the same thing twice, way too much salt, and it was so funky lit it was hard to see anything. So many other steak house options in the city there is no reason to ever go back here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The steak was cooked perfect and was delicious. My wife had the crab cake and could only finish half, the rest came home. We tried a couple different drinks and they were great. Our server was phenomenal. Very knowledgeable about the plates and very accommodating. Only drawback was the table which was at the entrance to the dining room and we were seated behind, as open table puts it, a rather energetic table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 13, 2017

As always, our recent meal was truly memorable. The quality of the food is outstanding. Our server, Glenn, made us feel very comfortable and welcome. He helped make my birthday dinner an even more special occassion. We have never had any reason to be disappointed at Barclay Prime. We go there each time we visit Philadelphia, and wish we could go more often.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food and ambiance but a $26 manhao

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