The Butcher and Barrel

4.4
651 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great here! One of our favorite date night places.

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Katrina
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried the grilled salads - I've never had those. Excellent! And, great service!

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tothebeach
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

If you are a red meat eater, this is your place. Loved the strawberry mule!

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JesusS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of my favorite restaurants ever! The food was delicious! Our server destiny was fantastic! Made my girlfriend birthday dinner the best ever! Definitely recommend and we will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

At first sight, the restaurant didn’t appear that it was going to be great. Not busy, music was a weird dance mix and it was clear they were having problems finding good staff(like every restaurant seems to be). And although it was our waitress first day ever serving, she was sweet and did an awesome job. Bar tenders were great and personally delivered cocktails to our table to help her out. The food was a pleasant surprise to say the least! Best all around meal we’ve had in a really long time from appetizers through dessert! The flavors were incredible! Seemed a bit pricey for the overall experience yet the food was AMAZING!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service needs to be a bit more attentive. Food was meh. A bit pricey for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The staff was rude. The whole place had maybe 8 customers in it and the 15 staff members standing at the front door acted like it was an inconvenience to them to seat us and they were not at all happy we had a reservation. The server was okay but she also did not seem to be happy to have to take our order. We had never been here and asked what her suggestions were and she told us to read the menu.

The drink menu was small but the one drink we did order was good. The grilled salad was not grilled at all and there was no dressing on it.

Needless to say we choose to leave and go elsewhere I finish dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful. Not sure what happened in the kitchen. Food took a very long time. Over two hours to get a ateak.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday with a party of eight. Beautiful place and great service from the hard working servers. The food was delicious but I would not consider it authentic Argentine food, especially the parrillada served on a plate. We were wow’d by the chef whipping up a Delicious dairy free dessert for the birthday girl. She came out to greet us at the end of our dinner.

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SteveS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food- wonderful service. Had the Gnocchi and Fettuccini

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambient and good food

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HeatherH
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was even better!

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carolina
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I love the Meat so juicy and tender and empanadas were delicious

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pkolls10
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Our server was great and the appetizers were also delicious. The braised short rib gnocchi was out of this world.

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vipMadAboutParis
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:30 dinner rez on a Friday (RedsEveningGame)...however we were going to a 7pm Cincinnati World Cinema event. Since it was our first time there we lost track of time and regretfully had to rush the wait staff to help us leave quickly.
They were very kind, patient and accommodating.

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DavidC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had an early reservation, perhaps the first one even, on a Sunday afternoon at 4:30. The website said they open at 4 but when we arrived at about 20 after, the doors were locked. Since we had never been there before, I wasn't sure if we were at the right entrance. After trying two other doors and even calling (no answer) the bartender/hostess came and unlocked the door and let us in. She stated they usually keep the doors locked until time for the first reservation (whenever that might be?). After that everything was fine, although service was a bit slow but the food was fantastic!

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KaraY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was super friendly. I would definitely recommend to a friend and have plans to come back.

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Upscalefoodie
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent along with the service from Shelby… Excellent waitress and very knowledgeable of your menu and your Bourbons

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their customer service was above and beyond! We had a great time.

MD
vipMichaelD
Memphis/West TN
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place downtown. A little overpriced for the total experience, but food was good, and the location convenient.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow, price was way too high for quality and amount of food. Bar atmosphere and service at high end price. Won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Mother’s Day dinner there for two the food was amazing service was Amazing. I definitely will be back

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vipmanwithbeautifulwife
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were 6 of us for Mother's Day and it was fun delicious. The service was wonderful.
It's really a nice place. Not the first time we ate there either.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Incomplete menu for occasion . Food was not representative of Argentine cuisine and not fresh. Over priced.

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Speclk
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We had a morning reservation on Mother's Day. Given the time of day, they weren't very busy. After waiting an hour and 10 minutes for our food (after ordering), we asked what was going on. Manager checked on our order, came back and said they were "working on it". It still took another 15 minutes or so. And even then they didn't bring out all of the food together (just for 3 people in our family). My husband's food was cold. My MIL ordered the 1/2 order of French toast, and it was a very small pie shaped piece that was all of 3 bites!! We were floored that they could call that a serving!! And throughout the entire experience our server hardly ever came by! We waited long stretches with no refills! Two of us had the burger & fries, and it was very good! And the decor is cool. But other than that it was an awful experience. Not a great start to Mother's Day.

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sal31
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Only a limited brunch menu was available, and they were out of a third of the items on the menu. The food we had was good, but very disappointed with the experience.

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vipmel13b
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place was totally good, not outstanding or bad.

It was Mother's Day so we had a reservation, but they didn't had sold out of a few items on the "Brunch Menu" (read: already limited menu) which was a bummer so we didn't even get to try what we wanted but the food we ordered was totally good.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience3

The mother's day brunch wasn't as good as expected. Good menu but ran out of items on menu. The food was over cooked and burned on some items.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

The space is nice but felt like a tired chain restaurant. Host was dressed very poorly for an upscale restaurant. Server was fantastic for being poorly staffed. Food tasted like chain restaurant food and was disappointing for a restaurant of its price point. It was also a weird mix of Argentinian and Italian cuisine. I will most likely not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was great, but it did feel like they were understaff for waiters/waitresses. Food was awesome! We stayed for almost 2 and a half hours, so it was very comfortable atmosphere.

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Rafy0511
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service. Food was very good. Noise level was good enough to have a conversation without yelling.

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JessieB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the Steak dinner for two with the truffle gnocchi- so good!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMKB24
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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 on April 30, 2021
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!

SG
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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The Butcher and Barrel is rated 4.4 stars by 651 OpenTable diners.

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