The Butcher and Barrel

4.2
666 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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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We came into town to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We were disappointed in this place that we picked to celebrate. The service was very slow, and it took almost an hour to receive our food. Two items we really wanted to try on the menu were not available. The sandwich we received (short ribs) was so fatty, it was not consumable and the flavor was awful. They did make it right by putting in another sandwich order for us. I wish we could have enjoyed this meal as much as I had hoped, but it was a disappointment.

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ChuckS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had tickets to the Garfield theater, right across the street, to see Sundance shorts, so we had dinner at Butcher and Barrel. What a nice experience. It happened to be “Burger Week” so we partook. That burger was the best $6 I ever spent! Our server, Shelby, was perfect. The Old Fashioned I had and the wine my wife had were very good. Overall it was a really nice experience.

Plus they give a 15% food discount if you are attending a Garfield theater event.

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SarahB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Where to begin... came in for burger week, first, the burger looks nothing like the one advertised and had zero flavor. No toppings, tiny patty but if oversized ciabatta bread is your jam, you are in luck! We ordered empanadas as an appetizer, pretty sure they came directly from Taco Bell, the ground beef tasted identical but was not $0.99. Also ordered a spinach salad, with added chicken. Chicken was fatty, definitely not a $22 salad. Spent about $100 and left hungry and disappointed.

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AnotherSmith
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent! I knocked off one star for overall experience because it was our first time being there and we were left in the dark as to how the menu works or any suggestions. The server could have been inexperienced to go over those things, although she did serve us in a timely and friendly manner! Would definitely like to go back and try other options and hopefully have a more detailed experience!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

“Charcuterie board for two”was downright skimpy and way, way overpriced. We inquired but were never informed as to what the three tiny slices of cheese were, nor the little pieces of meat. The steaks were perfectly cooked, but too salty to eat, even with the chimichurri sauce we were eventually able to obtain. The grilled salads (ranch and Caesar) were not tasty—just watery dressing and not much of it at that. We didn’t even bother with dessert as it was a “three strikes and out” kinda experience. So very disappointed, as we are not picky eaters and came there quite hungry but left very unsatisfied. Service was haphazard but server was making an effort, we could see, and she offered an apology as they were clearly understaffed.

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Chris
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Argentine Steak close to hotel was the draw…they had a nice menu but disappointed on the short-ribs. The service was good, and attentive, but not great. I would go back but not immediately.

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RandyT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice looking place. We did the Steak Dinner for 2 Porterhouse. Server Destiny was fine. We were seated at 8pm left at 10. Porterhouse ordered medium well, chewy, it was more like beef jerky than a quality steak. Brussels sprouts not cooked through. Mac n cheese. I enjoyed wife not so much. Timing was off. Between appetizer and salad like ten minutes. Salad to meal 20 minutes. Manager was kind comped Brussels and gave us a free dessert. Overall left paying $91.00. That was $10 tip included. I had water and wife a soda. I wanted the Argentinian experience not sure that’s what happened. Manager and staff fine. Food ok sorta. Nothing that says that’s amazing will return. And my lettuce in my salad was like hot??? Odd for me.

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SaraJ
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The service was incredibly slow. Empanadas and salad were great! Pasta was overpriced for a tiny portion. Brussel sprouts were way underdone and we let our server know..she wasn’t receptive to our opinion to say the least.

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Scott
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The guy who greeted us and the girl who walked us to our table were weird. Then they sat us at the closest seat to the restrooms.

I’m not sure what the bolognese was, but it wasn’t good. The Bruschetta was incredible. As we’re the cannolis.

All in all a very mediocre experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!!

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Ally
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was absolutely excellent however we ordered the tomahawk ribeye for 2 and it was VERY overcooked. we had ordered it medium rare and it was definitely WELL DONE. The manager did comp our appetizer. Food was great however I feel like the portions were very small for the amount of money you pay.

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vipToddB
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful evening for a group of five (originally planned for six of us) on a recent Saturday night. While the main room was hopping and louder, we were directed to our table in the back room where only one other table was seated. The AC made the room colder than preferred, but we got to sit in comfortable lounge chairs around our table.

Our server Ethan, a young, engaging sort who knew the menu backwards and forward, seriously made the evening as perfect as it could be. Our group, old friends reconnecting after COVID, was going to have fun regardless, but having an excellent waiter made the evening seamless.

Appetizers: we tried every version of the empanadas, all were awesome. We also had the cheese appetizer that was very good. We used a side, Brussels Sprouts, as an appetizer, they were great as well.

Steaks were the entree’s, all found the steaks and associated spices, excellent.

With excellent food options, combined with superior service, The Butcher and Barrel is a “must try” Cincinnati restaurant.

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SergiyM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and welcoming service, but the food was disappointing: everything was extremely oversalted, and Brussel sprouts were burned.

The only exception were the turnovers: those were really good.

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MelodyW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary with a wonderful dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! Ambient music would have been nice.

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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tothebeach
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
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.

MA
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!

KY
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
6 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
2 reviews
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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The Butcher and Barrel is rated 4.2 stars by 666 OpenTable diners.

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