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The Butcher Bar

4.5
1046 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food and service outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was really not good. Won’t be going back. Very disappointing.

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vipHarolds
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere, can’t go wrong get the duck wings!!!

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MeredithM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They gave us the crappy table right at the top of the stairs which was fine. We ordered our drinks and our food and it all came and was fine but then our dirty plates sat in front of us while person after person with empty hands walked by us and I finally had to ask someone to take away our plates. We each then got a 2 oz whiskey pour (mine was $30 btw) and then after we declined dessert, while our drinks were still full, our check got dropped. I know there are table time limits, we had been there for only an hour and had fully planned on ordering more whiskey. I was just like “oh well I guess it’s time to go then?” This is long and overly detailed but the whole experience was really underwhelming and kind of a let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

It’s just not it. Not feeling it. If you’re from NY or CA, this’ll let you down hard. Your wallet’s getting butchered, for real.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Delicious cocktails. Food is good. Upstairs was a little hot

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best burger, ever. Get the Royale!

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vipPeterK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The server was good, I just got the vibe that they are not yet running on all cylinders for a busy night. Our cheese came with mold, so that means the cheese plates have been sitting out for some time. They fixed it and gave us a free dessert, so all good, but cheese shouldn’t be sitting out in the air that long. Love this place and a long-tome Customer, and I expect they will be back to 100% soon. I have not sat on the area behind the kitchen, so maybe it has always been this way, but too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done food, good prices, excellent drink mixes and attentive service

MA
MuhammadA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
Will go again
Food was amazing so as the service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average preparation for most dishes. Smoked Gouda Mac and cheese was well done steaks as well. Rest was average.

AK
AlisonK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating of gluten-free needs. Excellent cocktail menu.

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Tasha
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The pancakes were ok, a little thick but really good whipped cream and fresh fruit. The BLT with egg for additional $2.00 was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was ok. The mashed potatoes were the best part but the ribs were underwhelming. Sauce was kind of bland and just poured on the ribs after cooking didn’t seem like the ribs were marinated in any sauce which is necessary for full flavor.

Also called ahead to change my res to indoor because it was raining and they told me yes, but upon arrival was seated outside.

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Roya
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would definitely come back. We were bummed that they ran out of mashed potatoes and carrot cake but we really enjoyed the duck wings and jerk hen. Cornbread is good also.

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IanC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All was good, except for the octopus which tasted like Sea Isle Beach Water. Plus it was loud as hell and we had a reservation but no table was ready upon arrival. The servers were nice, Rigatoni and the wings were great. Would go back, but will not be getting the octopus.

RD
RachelD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing, everything was great. We were kind of left for a while and we ended up waiting a while for our waitress. It seemed she forgot about us a few times and the place wasn’t crowded at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner experience! Food was great and the service was excellent. Even the background music was great. All around really fabulous!

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LauraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good go to for meats and whiskey. Great build out and friendly, efficient service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited with family from out of town. Great atmosphere and service. We had appetizers and cocktails, all of which were very good, but the house made beef jerky was amazing!! Will definitely be back.

MR
MeganR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been here a few times in the past couple of years, and this time like the others, did not disappoint! With great service compared with outstanding food, we loved coming here last night.

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RebeccaT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

we got a plethora of appetizers and shared one entree; all of the food was delicious. the only thing I wasn't a fan of was the butcher's punch, that didn't taste good to me at all. my favorite item we got was the Korean short ribs!

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SusanB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both great!!
We will be going back soon!

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DinoS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on Father's day for brunch. Food was delicious- however french toast was deep fried- which was NOT stated on menu and not what I expected. Water was served in glass carafe- cute but no ice and water was warm. Waiter was excellent, friendly and exceeded in customer service. atmosphere was adorable and hip .
Chairs uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great!!!

MJ
vipMJay
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sonia our server was AMAZING! We loved the Duck wings! Wanting to go for brunch!

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JimT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, we bought several appetizers rather than getting a bigger meal. Jalapeno cornbread is out of this world. Service was amazing and ambience as outstanding. We sat "outside" and felt great. Chef John provides great food and a welcoming atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We didn’t feel it was worth the price. Lamb chops were deep fried which is just against the nature of lamb chops. And they were quite chewy. Boar ribs were overcooked. Mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower ended up being the best meals.

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vipMDFoodie26
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cut filet we’ve had in a long time. The grilled octopus and Mac & cheese were amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant when you’re looking for your meat fix.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, can’t wait to go back.

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MichelleR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good except for a side dish that arrived at our table before the main dish and was cold. The drinks were perfect. The waiter seemed to be preoccupied and it seemed like he kept trying to leave even though we were not finish placing our orders. He seem to forget about our orders which might be why some of it was cold. I think I would give this place another chance and hopefully we get a better waiter.

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CherylC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service attempted to be prompt but the electricity went out just as we placed our order and then the placed filled with smoke.No AC or fans working on a 90+ degree afternoon. We left…will try again. Was supposed to be a birthday celebration. Disappointing but not their fault

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Fbtweety
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steakhouse quality with a chill vibe. Nice cocktails and very nice whiskey selection. Servers were nice as well. Liked the outdoor backyard set up.

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

Expensive but meats are excellent, sides less so.

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TracyD
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was good and the drinks were unique and strong!

PB
PhillyBen
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Butcher Bar underwhelmed me. I'd chosen it because I'd been looking for a steak place that wasn't super pricey. Butcher Bar seemed to fit the bill. But it's really, really not a steak place. I would characterize it as a hipster-ish bar that also serves pretty good, meat-centric food. By "hipster-ish" I don't mean anything negative. I'm just describing the atmosphere and aesthetic. By "pretty good" I mean just that, nothing special, nothing terrible. Although the reviews led me to hope for more.

I'd been intrigued by the "sloppy joe poutine," as my kids love poutine and cheese fries and also sloppy joes. Sadly, that appetizer hits on the best of none. It's a plate of fries topped with a huge mess of ground meat. No discernible gravy, which usually makes the poutine. No discernible sloppy joe sauce. No discernible cheese sauce. Just a mass of ground stuff dumped on fries. Let me just say that there were a LOT of leftovers, and my 3 kids usually leave nothing when it comes to fries.

As a main dish I ordered the Korean short ribs. They were very heavy on bones, very short on meat. A few mouthfuls at most.

One son got the wild boar ribs. He liked them reasonably well. The other son got the game hen and said that it was OK. My daughter got a pasta and ate about 1/3 of it.

Our server was a very nice young man who paid us tragically few visits, apparently occupied with other tables in a restaurant that was about 2/3 full. He failed to bring my second beer and also forgot about our order of plain fries. At least he didn't charge us for them, so there's that.

It's hard to say how much of this "meh" experience could be attributed to late-pandemic disruptions (it was early June 2021), and how likely it is that things would be much better on a different visit. With all of the city's great restaurant offerings, I'm unlikely to find out. Perhaps you'll have better luck.

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JenI
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. The wedge salad is huge and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was banging. Service was banging. My gay friend wished the chef was banging him.

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vipGracegirl
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. Had a great time and home to get back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our servers were very friendly

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The Butcher Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1046 OpenTable diners.

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