The Butcher Bar

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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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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Period.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

JC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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.

T
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The seating area wasn’t ideal. We were places literally right outside the bathroom on the second floor. Food was ok - nothing special.

L
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

RN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to try everything on the menu all at once! All the food was incredible. I would recommend this to everyone.

M
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a fun place to go food was good a bit to noisy but we enjoyed it.

CC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Expected much better meat due to name of restaurant. Great feel and great idea, but food doesn’t match the ambience.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a nice experience.

SI
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service! Nice Casual upscale Bar!

J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with delicious food

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Took my kids 19 )

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was awesome but waiter was the best!!! I highly recommend the bone marrow and next time will enjoy the patio

AR
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Stopped for lunch. Made reservation because does get pretty packed. Food great too. Different takes on usual. Will go back for dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Will definitely be back to try more of the menu. Awesome service!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The strip steak was tough and gristly. Kind of surprising for a steakhouse.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, delicious food, lovely atmosphere, and the highlight was the perfect service by Shawn. She's a treasure!

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was all good, service was slow, took 45 minutes just to get appetizer

GM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

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.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DB
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! I absolutely loved it here, not too badly priced either.

NB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

M
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing, love the atmosphere! coming back soon!

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

r
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

J
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a tasty quick business lunch

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and awesome bloody Mary’s!

SK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was attentive and made good recommendations. The bone marrow was delish. We never felt rushed and enjoyed a fun relaxed date night.

T
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (love it!) and cocktails !!! Great service !

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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