The Butcher and Barrel

4.5
619 Reviews
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Butcher and Barrel is a unique restaurant and bar that takes old world influence and makes it new. From unique cuts and meats with scrumptious sides to classic and modern cocktails. Casual yet sophisticated all are welcome to sample from the Butcher's selections and enjoy Cincinnati's most unique steakhouse.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch!

    May 9, 2021 only

    Treat mom to a fantastic brunch on Mother's Day with Chef Savannah's fantastic menu! We'll be open for brunch from 10-3, and for dinner from 5-10pm. Special menus offered both shifts. Standard menu will not be available. Please see the complete menu on the reservation page of the restaurant's website, or on our facebook page, @ButcherandBarrel
  • Mother's Day Dinner (Holiday Menu Offered ONLY)

    May 9, 2021 only

    Treat mom to a fantastic dinner, with our special Mother's Day Dinner Menu! Dinner will be served from 5-10pm. Please see the complete menu on our facebook page @ButcherandBarrel or on our website at thebutcherbarrel.com/reservations/ Standard menu will NOT be offered
What 619 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was awesome and service was perfect!

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vipMKB24
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice environment and Laura our waitress was outstanding. Empanadas are a great appetizer choice and they’ve done a nice job accommodating the need for social distancing. Overall, we’d go back.

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vipRobertB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Always great food and service. Amazing desserts! Shelby was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We came for restaurant week and it was our first time, service was great, ambiance was great! we weren’t big fans of the food! ): would be a great place to go for drinks!

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SaraG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We went for restaurant week, and the portions were pretty small, the food was good, but this isn’t a spot I would go for a special occasion.

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TeaterS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for restaurant week. It had been a couple years since the last visit. Our friends were already seated so smooth process for the reservation. Ordered drinks which were plentiful. The sever was not pressing us into ordering to the point where we were already on our second round when he came back and orders were placed. Again it took another round before the apps were being brought out. Not sure that the kitchen was backed up or if things were being paced out by the server. Charred romaine salads not part of restaurant week were a little wet with the dressing lacking flavor. Salt and pepper helped A LOT. The restaurant week apps were tiny... It would have been better if a full sized appetizer was ordered vs the tiny pieces of bruschetta which were brought out on a tiny plate to make them look bigger. Seasoning lacking again. Plates cleared main courses brought out, short rib gnocchi and two chicken gnocchis for restaurant week. All was short on seasoning. Salt and pepper helped but something was still missing. Finally it took 20 mins to get the check. Apparently a miscommunication by staff for who would be dropping them off. I do not need to go back to this restaurant. If I am going to spend the money I did I would prefer to go across the street or Alfio's or Nicolas.

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AmyS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during a rush if patrons from the Mivie Fest across the street. Our host and server appeared nervous but managed to meet the demands of the moment beautifully. The atmosphere was great—felt European, to me—and the food....I had a difficult time narrowing down my selections! I ended up with a half-order of grilled Caesar (DELICIOUS), a chicken chile empanada (DELICIOUS), and the roast pork sandwich (DELICIOUS) with fries/potato wedges that were worth breaking my Diabetic Diet for. Servings were generous, and I can’t wait to return to sample other menu items at this restaurant gem

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Renee
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and very good food. Good value for the quality..

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CPM757
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I was looking for a steakhouse that was not too expensive

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vipMartyJ
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a very convenient location if you're going to Cincinnati World Cinema. We had a limited time frame and our server was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio de Shelby!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

we waited entirely too long for everything

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vipHarryK
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and we came away very pleased and intending to eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I called to change my reservation that I originally made in the open table app for my bf's birthday (he is from Argentina. I wanted him to have a taste of "home") The DM was very helpful & adjusted the reservation without any issue. She asked if there was a special occasion we were celebrating? When I explained she asked if he had a favorite dish/dessert? I expressed that he loves dulce de leche. She spoke to her chef who said she would make that special for him. The DM requested that I ask for her when we came in.
The evening of our reservation we were sat immediately at a very comfy table with soft swivel chairs. Our waitress, Shelby, was very professional and very and personable. We order the house special drinks, french martini, sweet and very yummy, with a hint of raspberry puree, and 3 empanadas, the ground beef, spinach and korean bbq (which was not authenticatic to Argentina (obviously) but very tasty. We ordered our entrees-fabulous and very well presented. The spare rib with gnocchi with white truffle sauce...a delight! My bf had thin breaded chicken breast covered with perculli and cheese served with delicious seasoned steak fries. Also delicious (but not authentic to Argentina. However, the theme at Butcher n barrel is Italiano-Argentina). While we were there the DM made sure we were well taken care of & Shelby's service was excellent! The chef made crepes with Dulce de leche special for my bf and served it to us with a slice of their famous delicious tiramisu cake as well. Both were impressive we were empresses with the food, service & inviting atmosphere. The DM also asked my bf for tips how they could honor their owners Argentine heritage on their menu. My bf gave her a few ideas. We look forward to our next trip to Butcher n barrel. Maybe we will see a suggestion or 2 that my bf offered on the menu soon. We were both every impressed with his birthday celebration. We will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, decor and service.

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vipkohl
Cincinnati
102 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They've got Cincinnati's empanadas! What else needs to be said?!?! Seriously, the short ribs are really amazing as is mac and cheese with chorizo. We had a carry-out last month and this was the first restaurant we have eaten in after our vaccinations. Can't wait to try other menu items.

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vipChrisH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there - will definitely be going back. The food was spectacular!

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vipRobertB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy butcher and barrel. It has become one of our favorite spots in the city. Great food and drink and the staff is awesome. They take Covid serious and keep the restaurant to a safe capacity. We look forward to our next visit already!

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Robert
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I would recommend it the food is just mediocre the short rib was dry the chicken wings was burnt the chimi wasn’t spicy the Bolognese wasn’t good no flavor they didn’t even want to let us bring in a birthday cake most restaurant would accommodate you and even cut it for you not this restaurant overall it was a bad experience on a important day

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vipBrookeB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the dinner experience for two. It was delicious and fun to try a variety of things. Service was excellent!

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was very good. Of course to each their own with taste, but our family memebers all like their meals very much. We had a variety to. Would recommend. Higher priced than our usual restaurant but it was a special occasion and we enjoyed dinner very much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Had steak dinner-for-two with repollitos (little cabbages) Brussels and puréed potatoes and charred ranch salad — everything from the word “go” was perfection! Service was spot-on ... one of our new favorite restaurants!

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AmandaW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our recent marriage and looked for a quiet romantic spot. This place was great. Excellent food and drinks and fantastic service. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife chose Butcher and Barrel for our Anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The Argentine-style steakhouse has very good food and service. With the pandemic-based safeguards in place, the restaurant staff did a great job of being hospitable.

The Paradilla Experience was of good quality meats and flavor. Our sides of the Brussel Sprouts and the Grilled Ranch Salad along with a glass of Malbec were a perfect compliment to the mains.

To finish it off, the tiramisu was a nice end to the occasion.

We wouldn’t mind coming back again for another round of some more Argentine cuisine. Hopefully the restaurant will return to its expanded menu once this pandemic is over.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great place to go for appetizers and drinks

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jeffd
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great. What’s not to like. The host was extremely helpful.

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HannahD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so excited to come here and it did not disappoint!! The server was wonderful, she was attentive and was able to recommend some wonderful cocktails and was very patient with us. The food was absolutely mouth watering. It was flavorful and comforting with a flare. The meal was so amazing my fiancé had to bring his dad the very next night! The atmosphere was perfect for us as well. The tall back booths really made it cozy and intimate. We will definitely be returning again!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and the service was awesome!

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maggiemae
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed are dinner celebrating my son's birthday. They were even so kind as to go to the trouble of finding my phone number and letting me know I left my credit card. It was very much appreciated since I wouldn't have discovered it until Sunday morning and they don't open until 5:00 on Sunday so I would have been back in Toledo by the time they opened.

Would definitely recommend or visit again if the opportunity arises.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional. Our server was just the right about of attentive.

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RobinK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE FOOD!!! Such a disappointment after reading this place was listed on City Beats as a restaurant to try- don’t waste your hard earned money here!

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ManOnRace
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Great Meal, Empanadas and Chorizo were great starters.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Butcher and Barrel. The short rib gnocchi was amazing! Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We’re not told it was a pre fixed menu. Was expensive and food was not very good.

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vipSpearmanp
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our experience was quite nice on Valentine's day. The service and ambience were very good. The ribeye steak was good but not one of the best I have had. Overall we had an enjoyable meal and would probably try this again.

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MattV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Salad had a hair in it. Steak ordered medium came out rare. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was great.

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vipAwesome
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our table had mixed reviews on food. My filet was amazing my husbands steak, was terrible. The menu was a bit confusing and what they have on line is not the same options in the restaurant. But the place looked great and you could hear. Might be a place to grab a drink before a show.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and ambience, empanadas were amazing and steaks were very good! I will definitely come back and bring friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great empanadas. Great salads. Great gnocchi. Great sandwich. And great skirt steak (with side of brussels spouts). Our family enjoyed everything!

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Nope
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Went with high expectations and was let down tremendously. The menu was vague and confusing, the service was subpar at best and the food was not appetizing. We ordered the only starter they offered, which was bruschetta, and it was the furthest from bruschetta as bruschetta can get. We ended up leaving after finishing our drinks.

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The Butcher and Barrel is rated 4.5 stars by 619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.