The Butcher and Barrel

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486 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 bar/lounge.
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with us, and let's ring in the New Year together! We're offering a Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Rob Scannel, (regular menu NOT available), as well as champagne and wine specials all night! At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast! Full menu on our website at TheButcherBarrel.com

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 486 People Are Saying
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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good but a little overpriced. We tried the chicken, spinach and smoked pork belly empanadas. They were out of the crab empanadas but I would have liked to try those. The ribeye was flavorful and the gnocchi was good but the short rib was a little too fatty even for short ribs.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meaty menu and great service. Cocktails were excellent. Atmosphere was comforting.

S
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great atmosphere, delicious food and great service. If you like Alphios and Che, try B&B.

KM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but I really miss their old "sharables" format. The "new" menu (for the past year) is now a regular entree type menu. The only really Argentinean thing about the menu are the empanadas on the appetizer menu. But the rest of the menu just looks like steak and pasta. Don't get me wrong - the food is good, but it's just not very unique (in a sea of a lot of good restaurants). There were some exceptional dishes on the old shareables menu that I miss.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Excellent carnivore experience.

DL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner before our show at the Aronoff. Enjoyed drinks and a relaxed dinner and made it to the show on time

PS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butcher and Barrel is a restaurant that cares about the food and the customers. My wife and I went for my birthday and were thoroughly impressed with everything we ate.
We started with a pork belly empanada and a spinach empanada - both looked and tasted great.
We then had a Caprese salad with house-made mozzarella- the only drawback were the tomatoes weren’t great but it is late October.
For our main courses, my wife got a roasted chicken with risotto special - perfectly cooked, juicy and tasty. The prosciutto on top was nice. I got the Ojo de Bife, 14 oz ribeye prepared with a creamy mushroom Marsala, truffle mash, and Brussels.
We also got caramelized Brussels as a side and steak fries.
The sides are shareable and are huge.
Needless to say, we had food to take home and enjoy at another meal.
The service was top notch - our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and a delight. The chef came out and checked on us and thanked us for coming.
As I said before, we went to celebrate my birthday and they brought us a chocolate torte cake with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, with a raspberry compote - OOH LA LA!
The Butcher and Barrel is definitely a place we will return to soon.

D
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite restaurants downtown! The flavor profiles and variety of choices are fantastic! The gnocchi is out of this world! Service is always great.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent setting, great service, amazing food and they give you a lot of it.

CH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butcher and And Barrel was a very awesome restaurant. The host was great in seating us where we wanted to be seated. He gave us several options since we did have reservations. It was not that crowded at 7 PM on a Saturday night which concerned us. However the service food and drinks were excellent. Very large portions. My wife and I both had plenty of leftovers for the next day. I had the short rib and the next day the short rib and the eggs were delicious. My wife had the chicken it was also good the next day for her lunch. We will be back

TT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

the worst steak I have had in years. took one bite and could not chew it!

P
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Accommodated our growing reservation in an area we could celebrate and enjoy the fun environment and delectable food.

FN
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Argentina & it’s food so when ever we travel we look for Argentine restaurants.
We were visiting our son in Cincinnati & decided to have dine our last night at Butcher & Barrel- it was excellent!!!!! Molly was our waitress who was fantastic! We all ordered the Lomo, cooked perfectly ay medium rare- absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back our next trip to Cincinnati!❤️❤️

MF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although they were out of a few items due to Blink; we did not suffer. Wonderful meal for us!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing and went beyond our expectations, we would highly recommend this to everyone!

F
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you like read meat, this is where you'll find it and done well to boot.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great dinner and awesome service! Thanks!!

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great Food GreAt StAff

SM
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We sat for almost 20 minutes with no one coming over to get our drink order, give us menus, or anything. When I finally went to the hostess to get someone to help us, we did get someone. I had made reservations for a booth and mentioned that it was my husband‘s birthday. Unfortunately, No one checked the details of our reservation when I said we had a reservation and we were seated at a small table in the bar and told that all the booths were reserved???) We moved to a small table outside, had an excellent waitress who had served us previously, and when we finally finally got our food it was very good and my husband got a dessert Because if our long wait.Overall, the experience experience was very disappointing. We picked this restaurant for his birthday because we had been there previously and loved it.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Gabriella- great service! Excellent food and experience.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!

H
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empanadas are fantastic! Skirt steak was wonderful. Got the sausage plate too, I can’t suggest the blood sausage, it’s just not for me. Food was very tasty and if you want something unique I suggest it. I’m still thinking of the Smoked pork belly empanada!

EL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal during Restaurant Week was AMAAAAZING! This is definitely my new favorite steak restaurant in the Cincinnati area.

AB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as it has always been. The recommendations were fabulous

BB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for restaurant week and all ate off of the prix fix menu. The options were great and we really got a lot for the price. It’s been two days and I still can’t stop thinking about the bacon wrapped filet and lobster gnocchi. Hands down, the best part of the meal, had to be the service. Our waitress was top of the line. She was personable but not too chatty and was extremely knowledgeable about everything we asked, as it was our first time there. Someone in our party is gluten free and she knew exactly what options were available, we had a couple questions about drinks and she was quick with answers and suggestions on everything we needed. Overall, great food and great experience. 10/10 will be back and will recommend (I actually already have 😂)

AN
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already have recommended .. liked the stone and wood used throughout and food was delicious!!

BM
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for Restaraunt week - great choices and value. I had the lamb shank along with asparagus risotto which was out of this world, the best I’ve had since my last trip to Florence Italy.
Kudos to Cher Alfio and Chef Rob 5 star experience

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good! We sat at the bar and it was difficult to get timely service. We would still recommend the place though! I would eat there again.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

CP
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The music was quite load and distracting. However, when asked if it could be turned down, staff took care immediately. Enjoyed the food, both taste and choices.

B
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They don’t have enough servers so the service is quite spotty.

M
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early on Saturday after an afternoon show. The restaurant was easy to find on the corner, and as we were early we sat in the bar area and ordered a bottle of wine. While the wine list was not extensive, the bartender was very helpful in narrowing down the wines we might be interested in.

When our table was ready, we were seated at a cozy table near the back. Our server was cheerful and after confirming we had our drinks gave us plenty of time to review and decide on our entrees as we inndicated we were in no hurry.

The steaks were delicious, and the truffle mashed potatoes were the best I have ever tasted. The portions were hearty and very worth the price point. Would definitely encourage others to check it out!

OT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was excellent and the food was fantastic. We tried the brussel sprouts, risotto, gnocchi (side) and gnocchi pasta meal- all were delicious. Highly recommend for date night or everyday dining.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, nice people, nice atmosphere. I would recommend this place to my friends.

S
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Argentin restaurant, just a bit expensive. The Empanadas ver super delicious.

MG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such unique food that was absolutely delicious. The serving sizes are quite large. My boyfriend and I shared a main plate and 2 sides. We even had leftovers. The waitress was great! She explained the whole menu to us so we could truly decide what we would like. We will be back!

RA
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Servers are friendly and do a fine job. We really like the food. Filet mignon was excellent per 2 people. Gnocchi and spare ribs were very delicious. Very good mussels. Been there 4 times. Will definitely return.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here multiple times and it never fails to impress. Great food and even better service! Looking forward to our next visit!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was great. I highly recommend the risotto!!

MW
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is excellent! We have been twice and both times the food is amazing.