The Butcher Bar

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727 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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DH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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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!!!

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

Still one of the best burgers

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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.

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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.

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S
Philadelphia
2 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.

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

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

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DL
Grand Rapids
11 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Great burgers

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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.

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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!

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

Father’s Day and everything was amazing!

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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!

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

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

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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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great vibe. I had the Royale cheeseburger, which was good, but I would absolutely try something different next time. Would absolutely give it another try.

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DC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is fantastic! We had the nightly special of a whole roasted fish and a menu item steak. The place is very small and can be loud if there are a lot of people inside, but the food absolutely makes up for it!

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b
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy! Consistently delicious burgers, sammies, cocktails. Sitting out back is a real treat, you forget you are in the city for a moment.

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EK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary! The Mexican meatballs were outstanding! We loved our bison burger and ribs, we will definitely come back.

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TK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service a little slow and wrong meal brought out.

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AA
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Despite very good food, the service was so poor that we could never recommend dining here. Our brunch took almost three hours and we were essentially ignored once placing our order. Had to walk out to hostess stand in order to even get our bill. Incredibly disappointing.

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LL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a good restaurant for vegetarians. Perfect for me! The place smells like grilled delicious meat and has your mouth watering when you 1st enter. It was a great, meaty meal. What else is there to say?

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my Philly go-to for a nice filling meal. I can easily recommend the duck burger (was one of the specials that night), boar ribs, bone marrow appetizer, and the chocolate chip skillet cookie (in no particular order). It never disappoints - unless of course they’re out of whatever I particularly came in for that evening which has happened. I suggest making reservations as this place gets busy! And if you’re there for a large gathering, be sure to go hungry and order the Trough! It’s a head turned and a belly buster worth trying out!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak in Philadelphia. Hands down!
Great tasting food, amazing staff that don’t seem like they hate their job and I just love the ambiance!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to philly for memorial weekend and didn’t really have any expectations. But everything there was awesome. Excellent steak. My only knock would be the grilled octopus. Octopus was shy and the kind of chili with fired garbanzo beans didn’t really go with the dish. Would have been nice to have bread or some starch.

Otherwise great time.

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KG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is scrumptious especially if you like meats! I went for brunch with family and really enjoyed my drinks and burger. I wish wait service was a bit quicker to respond since we sat outside in the heat. Otherwise amazing experience!

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Lucy was wonderful as our server. So pleasant The food was terrific. Love it. Fun place!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super waiter and delicious food
Only issue no cornbread

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be one of our favorite dining experiences in Philadelphia. Dining late (almost 10) they did not rush us through the menu. The boards were great, as well as their sausages and meatballs. My only criticism would be that if you consider yourself a bourbon bar, then you need to have it in stock. They have a very good selection on their menu, but they were out of a lot.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drink were OUTSTANDING. The hostess was super accommodating and friendly. Very anxious to return. The only negative was the server was a bit argumentative about a special menu item that was listed that night and never acknowledged it later or apologized. It was bad form. Otherwise, a stellar meal and evening.

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W
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Took first available reservation for morning. We were on our way to baptism and figured we had enough time. Unfortunately it took about 1 hour to get our meal—eggs and BLT sandwich. Disappointing.

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RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butcher Bar has one of my favorite brunches in the city. The interior is beautiful and the food is SO good! Great service, too!

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r
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

We have been there twice. The first time it was quiet and the food was good. This time the noise was unbearable. Two separate parties were so loud that the four of us could not communicate. Granted the space is small and we have been to other noisy places but this was really bad.
Service was excellent, wedge salad good, hamburger royal fine , the wild boar ribs great but the Martini was not good. Would think twice about returning because of the noise.

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