The Butcher Bar

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745 reviews
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BUTCHER BAR—the latest restaurant from the crew that brought you Varga Bar, Mercato and Valanni. We invite you to our restaurant that playfully celebrates “meat lovers and comfort foods” complimented with a bar featuring 16 beers on tap, 6 draft wines, and a whiskey-based cocktail program.
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GS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely fantastic! First time here...won't be our last. Best burger ever. Char flavor, housemade sauce, housemade pickles, housemade 'ketchup' for excellent fries. My husband had the Huevos Rancheros and loved it. Cheers.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Having never heard of the Butcher Bar, it was a phenomenal surprise. With no expectations, the steak was incredible, the portions lived in the Goldilocks zone, the sides were fantastic, the service was some of the best in Philly, and the tap list had something for everyone. It is a bit pricey but not unduly so especially for its neighborhood. If there are any cons to consider, the atmosphere was a little cramped, but again, for a Friday, our reservation saw us seated immediately.
Bring your appetite and your friends.

LL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The drinks were even better. The atmosphere was cozy. The service was on point and very kind. Will definitely be going back very soon!!!!!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and staff

JR
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience with lots of dishes to share. Favorites were the korean short ribs, fall off the bone confit duck wings with sweet and spicy glaze, the corn bread soaked in maple syrup and the sausage plate. The Italian meatballs were fine, nothing special and the bone marrow was a little lacking. Overall really fun culinary experience.

JZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was good for lunch. Burger and fries were outstanding, as was the fried chicken sandwich and BLT. The Pulled pork hoagie was mediocre and weakest of the 4 meals we chose as a group. If you are in the market for a good burger (or fried chicken) and fries, this isn't a bad spot (also, decor and ambiance was pretty cool - even if it was a faux butchery vs the real thing.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and food

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The services was very friendly and fast. The food was done as we ordered, but the mashed potatoes were more of a purée giving an odd texture. The cauliflower was a little more al dente than we like. The price for the small drink was too high.

ST
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Husband and I met over our lunch breaks. Good was great, service a little slower for lunch time but I think the waitress was a little overwhelmed- maybe someone called off? Nothing too bad. Decent beer selection. Will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly and attentive staff. Other then it being chilly (our food got cold very quickly) it was a lovely meal!

TM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good drinks, beer and food. If you're hungry for meatballs, sausage, steak and Mac and Cheese this is your place! Staff is attentive and helpful. Lots of good whiskey drinks. We will be back!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but the service was a bit slow. The ambiance was great, sat outside and it was a beautiful day. The inside is also very nice. I recommend the chocolate chip cookie w/Nutella!!

JG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Butcher Bar gives a customer an excellent dining experience. Their wood fire 12 oz strip steak was done to perfection and the cast iron chocolate cookie with Nutella desert was also delicious.

I will definitely will be coming back to the Butcher Bar when I’m back in Philly.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing and I enjoyed it.

MG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and the service was excellent ... wait staff are excellent. Food was cooked and seasoned perfectly

NS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place all around! The but her board was phenomenal, Poutine, Gouda Mac and cheese cornbread ribs all amazing! Staff were on point and the drinks were refreshing and delicious

RB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service. Waitress was amazing. Steak was over cooked. Slightly overpriced. Noise level was severely loud due to neighboring table

M
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, not all beers are available so beware. The feast looks ridiculous but with the right size group probably makes sense. Nice change of pace place to try.

DH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

From the moment we finally found the door the experience was confusing. The hostess told us if we sat at the bar we probably couldn't be seated later..however our whole dining experience was over in 22 minutes..and the restaurant looked the same as it did the 20 minutes prior to arrival. The Mexican meatballs were dry.. my margarita was tasty but about 2 ounces too short..upon asking the server why that was, he responded that's just the way the drink is supposed to be sorry. Cute spot, won't be back.

JT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my family up here to try the oven-roasted bone marrow. One of the managers immediately remembered me from a previous visit during Center City Sips the week prior (which was amazing since the restaurant was busy). I received the friendliest greeting from him. Don’t remember his name but he has really cool earrings and wears Hawaiian shirts (you’ll know him when you see him) lol. Once we sat down our server Arnold was on top of everything. He was so kind, patient and took the time to actually have a short convo with us, extremely pleasant young man.
Anyways, we ordered the oven-roasted bone marrow which was AMAZING like usual... so succulent and also ordered the grilled octopus confit. The zucchini/onion/tomato salad balanced that octopus extremely well.
The ambiance was amazing, the people are amazing & the food is out of this world!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best burgers

KK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was just ok. Beef was over cooked. Table next to us also sent their meal back.

l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was never less than pretty good, but rarely rose to the level we had expected.

S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and staff were excellent. Prices a bit higher than expected. Atmosphere pretty noisy, but in a fun way. We'll be back.

KO
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of comfort food and unconventional food. Exceptional service.

DL
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ate on patio. Food was delicious. Phillie’s 76 cocktail was amazing. Would recommend.

LL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food all sounds really great but as a whole it was pretty average. It's a pretty small place inside and we were next for a very loud birthday group of hipsters.

SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Good food and great service. Though on the rather spendy side, I do recommend The Butcher Bar.

JF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Amazing food and the drinks are just as good!

RS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The cornbread tasted like a pancake with maple syrup, but was good nonetheless

KR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We sat near the kitchen and had trouble breathing. The food was not what I would have expected very small portions. I would not go back. You know its small when the waitress suggestions you get something in addition to what you ordered.

MG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food ... wow ! From apps to entree ... we loved it !!

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited for a weekday lunch date. Although the restaurant did not appear to be packed...service was very slow. The wait staff and management were very friendly but it took an extensive amount of time to revive our appetizer and later, our entrees (sandwiches), management was apologetic but had I been pressed for time, it would have been a major inconvenience. Seating was close/tightly situated. The ambiance was great and the food was delicious. Would be open to visiting again but would hope things move at a better pace.

TP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers

NA
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Super service. Very few of the options were that good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambience if not a little loud. Staff were very friendly. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day and everything was amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at Butcher Bar. Great food and service. A favorite!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was just ok and the service from the waiter was very poor.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father was thrilled when I took him here the first time. He’s already planning his next reservation with friends!

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