The Butcher Bar
While it is Valentine’s Day weekend he menu was mostly sold out. Our order took very long to come and was missing entrees. I genuinely wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone it’s pretty mediocre at best. The manager did come and speak to us however overall it was pretty underwhelming.
We arrived late for our reservation by ended up waiting about 20 min for a table, even though there were quite a few two tops. No real explanation. Ok? Appetizers came out cold. When they finally came back out after being sent back, they were warm (certainly not hot though). Manager came out to apologize and took them off check and gave us a free round of drinks, which was appreciated. Things happen, so no big deal. However, then the entrees eventually came out and the duck was inedible and hard to even look at. We ordered medium. Came out raw. Not rare, raw. At this point, we decided to cut our losses. I split my burger with my wife and we buried the duck under plates so as to not have to look at it (one breast looked ok, but raw. The other looked misshaped and full of sinews) or discuss with staff. We just wanted to go. Waiter was a good guy. Wasn’t his fault. Would not return.
Overall mediocre. We went out to the patio bar since we were 20 minutes early for the reservation. The bartender took his time getting to us. It’s a small bar and we were barely acknowledged. We were not offered a drink menu and I had to get one from another guest. He chit chat with other guests and shook hands with them before taking our order. He was in NO RUSH. Three of the four of us have served, bartended, and managed for years and we had a couple questions about the drink menu - simple things like “is this drink very sweet” or “is there a lot of juice in it”. The questions were met with sarcasm from the slow bartender who thought it was funny to speak down to his guests. My friend asked if a drink had a lot of mixers or if it was more alcohol forward. She prefers cocktails when they are balanced and don’t rely on a lot of juice. The bartender picked up a bottle of whisky and suggested that if she wanted alcohol forward she should just order that. Yikes. He then took FOREVER to “craft” the cocktails.
Four cocktails came to a whopping $60! My husband and my friend’s husband both got old-fashioneds that were so ungodly sweet. My drink was fine, but nothing I’d order again. Same for my friend.
Then it was time to be sat. We were told that the table they were going to give us had a party they were waiting to leave. 15 minutes past reservation time the other group had not left and we were left at the bar to wait some more. Finally, a table near the bar opened up and I had to ask to seat us there. Why am I doing the host’s job, you ask? Good question.
Dinner was mediocre. The wedge salad was good. The Mac and cheese was good. The burger was ok. It was just all ok.
I likely won’t go back based on this experience.
The seating area wasn’t ideal. We were places literally right outside the bathroom on the second floor. Food was ok - nothing special.
I really liked the style of this place and the food was pretty good. Maybe I am too used to Texas style cooking because it was very obvious the meals lacked salt. Salt wasn't even on the tables. We noticed a few other diners asking for salt as well. Other than that, everything was great.
I wanted to try everything on the menu all at once! All the food was incredible. I would recommend this to everyone.
A great place to meet friends for a casual meal. The beer and spirits list is impressive. The Burger Royale, fries and special sauce was yummy. Next time, maybe fried chicken sandwich?
It was a fun place to go food was good a bit to noisy but we enjoyed it.
Expected much better meat due to name of restaurant. Great feel and great idea, but food doesn’t match the ambience.
Overall a nice experience.
Great Food! Great Service! Nice Casual upscale Bar!
Visited there for my first time over the weekend. Had made reservations. Been to a hundreds of restaurants and our waitress made have been the best I've ever experienced. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was amazing and drinks were made perfectly. Maybe the best mac and cheese (side dish) I ever had. Made with smoked gouda cheese. Can't wait to go back.
Great brunch with delicious food
Took my kids 19 )
The food was incredibly under seasoned and undercooked. There was no salt on any item and both our spicy Italian sausage and bacon slab were practically not cooked at all. The undercooked sausage was served with raw peppers and onions. After our appetizer round we decided to not put an order for entrees and we went to another restaurant. This was the first time my girlfriend and I left a restaurant like this before. Its possible the head chef was not on the line this night, but we will not be recommending this restaurant to friends and family. Very disappointing.
food was awesome but waiter was the best!!! I highly recommend the bone marrow and next time will enjoy the patio
We sat in the back room which has some interesting decor. It was kinda cool outside, but the room was nicely warm. I appreciated that. The service was very friendly and our server was very attentive and had a good attitude towards serving us. The food was quite delicious and of a good size. The skillet cookie was amazing. Definitely worth the trip out. Thumbs up!
This place is awesome! One of our favorite in the city, we often take guests there visiting Philadelphia for the first time. The food, service, and atmosphere go together quite nicely.The bone marrow is a must if you go here, and you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu!
Great place! Stopped for lunch. Made reservation because does get pretty packed. Food great too. Different takes on usual. Will go back for dinner.
Great place. Will definitely be back to try more of the menu. Awesome service!
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time dining here for her birthday! She had been wanting to go at the urging of multiple friends. We both really enjoyed your signature cocktails as well as your selection of beers. We ended up ordering multiple appetizers and splitting them and we weren’t disappointed!
The strip steak was tough and gristly. Kind of surprising for a steakhouse.
Wonderful evening, delicious food, lovely atmosphere, and the highlight was the perfect service by Shawn. She's a treasure!
Food was all good, service was slow, took 45 minutes just to get appetizer
Food and service was very good. We were seated right by the back door that people were constantly opening and allowing to slam shut. Very annoying.
We were seated right away with our reservations. The place had great atmosphere. Our drinks and food were amazing and the service was great! The prices were a little more than I’d usually spend, but it was for a friend’s birthday before a comedy show. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
I took 3 friends for their first time visit. We all enjoyed our food. My wedge salad was perfect and I brought half of it home, the portion was very large, easily shared. The other dishes were tasty and appropriately sized. (The week before, at another restaurant, the server told me that my duck breast and confit, which weighed 6 oz at most, was enough to share for 3 people! ) After that fiasco, we were all very happy with the portions.
We all recommend The Butcher Bar, fun place to eat, a diverse crowd, dining and serving and overall a good value.
Amazing food! I absolutely loved it here, not too badly priced either.
The food here is so good. I went with the intention of getting the Royal with cheese, but when our waiter, Malik, described the branzino special, I couldn’t resist. It was a good call and even better b/c my husband order a second burger for the table to share.
This place has never disappointed us. We’ve gone back several times and I’m sure we will again.
Great casual place for friends! Very noisy so if you are trying to have a real conversation just be aware. Food is always amazing and service is attentive. Love ordering multiple apps & sides and share it all!
food was amazing, love the atmosphere! coming back soon!
I have been here several times and always had a good experience. This time around, though, I left disappointed. We were seated at a very small table in a nook next to the staircase. It was so small and certainly not designed for a table to be there... it made the whole dinner feel cramped and we were right in the firing line for people coming and going. My chair was also practically on top of another chair at a big table behind us. It just made it all uncomfortable, though our server was very nice and did a great job.
The food was fine but our burger was overdone and a little burned. Again, disappointing. Not sure if we'll come back.
Service from bar in addition to excellent service by our waiter were top-notch. Attentive, jovial, courteous. The food is phenomenal and portions are perfect! My husband and I were with a large group on Friday night and enjoyed every aspect so much we returned on a date the following evening! When we visit Philly again the Butcher Bar will definitely be on our list to visit once again!
Great for a tasty quick business lunch
Delicious food and awesome bloody Mary’s!
Server was attentive and made good recommendations. The bone marrow was delish. We never felt rushed and enjoyed a fun relaxed date night.
Such good food and such an amazing environment. I had a great time and I can't tell you how amazing all the food was. Our server Portia was also incredible. She gave us all the details we needed and more. They took long with our lamb and she gave us free dessert. She was awesome.
Great food (love it!) and cocktails !!! Great service !
Had a reservation for 7 pm, but wasn’t seated until 7:45. Staff was very apologetic, but did not proactively do much to make us feel better about it.