The Butcher and Barrel

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514 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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4.6
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4.6
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service! Food was overall good and all of the appetizers and sides were excellent, but steaks were under cooked by a decent bit. Had to send one back. The rest of the food was great, drinks were good.

AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime dining experience. Food is outstanding. Exemplary service.

AD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was everything we hoped for and more. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious, the service was great, and the ambiance was lovely. High quality food and fairly large portions for the price. I will definitely be returning in the future.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent !

MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and great food. The flavors of sides paired with the melt in your mouth filet mignon made for a wonderful date night.

KM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tables are in the same room as the bar so the ambiance is 4 star. Food and service were great.

BC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! We sat at the bar, at our request. Our bartender, Kiya, was amazing! She had such a wonderful passion when explaining the different menu options. She made the evening very special.

T
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is allergic to all fish and seafood. Server and chef very helpful in choosing food my husband could enjoy. He was disappointed he could not eat the empanadas but chef sent out delicious chicken wings for him. Very sweet to do that.
We all enjoyed our food, especially my fillet mignon, cooked perfectly and the short rib gnocchi

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good food. We had the charcuterie board and Argentinian Experience platter.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holly was an amazing server who had everything we needed without a single menu reference. Ribeye, gnocchi, bruschetta, and espresso martinis were all spot on. Maddie even changed the game on the tv for us. Everything i wanted and nothing i expected.

T
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food- really delicious. Great ambience

JG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by the food ! Everything was amazing! Would definitely recommend for any occasion! The strip steak and gnocchi were my favorite !

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. The steaks were amazing! The service was very personable.

L
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The steak was not good i came for my birthday and the quality of food and the teak was small i was referral by a friend and talk very highly of restaurant they said the steak was worth paying 39 dollars but i was not happy and did not have a amazing experience for my birthday.

OC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious with great bourbon craft cocktails!

K
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - empanadas, Caesar Salad, and the steaks were amazing! Highly recommend, we will certainly be going back.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining and enjoyed everything. We'll definitely go back!

M
Cincinnati
99 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had been meaning to try Butcher and Barrel for forever and finally made it Saturday night with friends. Love Alfio and think he is an amazing chef. Butcher and Barrel did not disappoint. Service was spot on. Gabriella was attentive, made great suggestions and even helped us split entrees so we could try multiple things. My wife and I split the Short Rib Gnocchi and Prime Rib Cannelloni. Both were excellent. The sauces stood out here on both dishes bringing the meat forward in the dish. The Gnocchi has s truffle mushroom sauce that is amazing. The Cannelloni had a red sauce that really complimented the baked on cheese and prime rib. Really could not have been happier and will be back soon!

D
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Service, food, wine and my date were all divine.

S
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed it. The waitress was friendly but I feel as though they were running short staffed... I saw the same 3 people running around for much of the night trying to multi task, the fountain drinks were forgotten for quite some time and there was a small mixup with the wine but overall the experience was good. They were accommodating to a few last minute seating changes for our party. Will definitely be back at some point. Really enjoyed the goat cheese salad, risotto, roasted veggies while others were pleased with the lamb.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the host to the server to the food. All excellent. Best service. Great experience. Will definitely keep this place as a go to.

ZF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Empanadas were as good or better than advertised! Great steak recommendation and the sides were shared by the table. Also I loved the classic chocolate cake for dessert.

S
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Caution: Avoid this restaurant if you have an out-of-state drivers license, they will deny you drinks at the bar. Even valid out-of-state licenses were not accepted at this place, it ruined the atmosphere of the birthday party we were attending, and we will not be back to this place!

E
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with the family

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AWESOME! A little pricey but totally worth it. Would definitely go back for another special occasion

TL
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall B&B is one of my new favorite places and I will definitely go back! The food is amaaazing and the place is very cool. The spinach empanadas are delicious, the grilled Cesar salad was fanatic and the root veggies and meat sampler platter were incredible. My issues are being sat right next to the door while a cold wind kept blowing in every time the door opened, no list of specials to know that the bar has special pricing/offerings and no prices on the bourbon menu. No bourbon prices makes a place called “Barrel” hard to enjoy when you have to keep asking your sever to go back and check prices. Also, why have the TVs off at the bar when a UC basketball game is on?

f
Tulsa
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lots of potential here, but maybe I just had a bad plate. Wife and I split the $50 special - everything was fine, but nothing blew me away. Expected more for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday dinner

EI
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. I appreciated that the Santa-con attendees were not allowed in the restaurant. The overall experience was great. We loved the smoked pork belly empanadas and the prime burgers. The other food we tried was nice, but not excellent.

W
Cincinnati
5 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
11 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
8 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
40 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.

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
3 reviews
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.