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The Butcher Bar

4.5
1063 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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RussT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were outstanding. Friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for my first time going! Not sure if the steak was worth the money I paid but the sides, appetizers and drinks were all great. I’ll be back to try out the other items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, everything the table ordered came out hot and delicious. Our server was amazing, she was so helpful and made great recommendations. The building looks small from the outside but is bigger once you come in. The back door dining is really nice and the ambiance is relaxing. They do get busy so highly recommend reserving a table. They get super busy anytime after 6. We arrived at 5 and it was a quieter ambiance.


My only complaint for the restaurant is that they charge you a fee for using your card. I didn't notice until I was home that they charge you the fee before you pay the check and they don't remove it when you pay in cash. Which is odd. It also takes away from the restaurant, it's a bit tasteless to have a charge for paying it gives off convenient store vibes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

To start off on a good note the bourbon cocktails were good. The lamb chop was literally inedible; overcooked oil-soddened breading, grey meat, disgusting. The meatballs were tasty but we're cold in the middle so the cheese stuffing was not melted. The noise was over the top. The table behind us pretty much screamed the whole time, allowing the whole room to share in every word of their banal conversation.
Not recommended unless you are a college student with money to waste.

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vipJimmy
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Everything tasted like the grease trap. This place isn’t what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a very good sandwich and cocktail. The service and cleanliness was great

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MaryM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were early for our 10:30am reservation, I opened the door at 10:15am and was asked to wait outside. No one came out to tell us to come in. We were the first table. 3 out of 5 of us are over 50 so the picnic table was not the best place to be seated-I asked for seating with chairs and the girl brought me a chair.
2 orders were placed for the poached eggs. One came out with a big ole hair right on top, the other was about room temp. The haired plate was replaced but was also room temp.
2 sandwiches were ordered and both were basically have a little meat with your giant bread.
The highlights-the bacon was AMAZING and so were the potatoes rendered in some delicious meat fat.
The server was nice enough but when a big hair is on someone's food, you should comp something off the bill. Especially when the tip is included.
I would not return.

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Moose
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

they took my favorite item off the menu, the bacon appetizer we got was 80% fat, waiter forgot my wife's drink refill mid meal

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Freddy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat ! Great food .. cool atmosphere .. the staff was very friendly. Helium comedy club right around the corner!

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RachaelP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For starters - it’s next day lunch time and I still havn’t eaten breakfast because I’m so full!!

Drinks were great, asked our server for recommendations and he had some great options for all of our taste buds!

The service was great, whenever we needed something our server was there.

THE FOOD: was amazing. My group ordered a ton of appetizers and some meals. We started off with the duck wings, cauliflower & Brussels sprouts, and pretzel monkey bread. All three were amazing and I would recommend. Next we ordered the smoked Gouda Mac and cheese, The Italian Meatballs, lamb chops and the Parmesan garlic bread.

This way enough for the three of us to request a bed at the end of the meal. We were so full and so many of our taste buds were delighted. If I had to put our meals in order of greatest to least it would follow this : in my taste buds opinion.

1. Italian Meatballs 20/10
2. Pretzel monkey bread 20/10
3. Smoked Gouda Mac 20/10
4. Cauliflower/Brussels 20/10
5. Duck wings 10/10
6. Parm Garlic bread 10/10
7. Lamb chops 7/10

We will be back for more tastings and to try more things in the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience and great food!

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vipJ9NJ
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Two couples had dinner at Butcher Bar prior to a show at Helium comedy club. Our reservations were for 8:00 and the restaurant was pretty full when we arrived but we were surprised at how much it had emptied out by the time we left about an hour later. The two ladies ordered cocktails, the Westside of Broad and the Peach Blossom, which were very good. One lady also ordered a Butterfly Effect, which she said was good. We ordered several dishes for the table: the sloppy joe poutine, the duck wings, the cauliflower & Brussels sprouts, the grilled octopus, the jerk chicken, and the pork toast. The pork toast was everyone’s favorite. The jerk chicken was a big disappointment. It was sweet and lacked any discernible jerk seasoning. Everything else was very good. We were very disappointed to find out that both the short ribs and the wild boar ribs were sold out. Really surprising considering we were having dinner at 8:00 on a Saturday night. Another big disappointment was the state of the bathrooms. The staff really needs to spot check the bathrooms throughout the night and do a better job keeping them clean and sanitary.

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vipTcheire
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall the Butcher Bar was a fun experience being our first time the expectation was high. Unfortunately the food was unwhelming at times, monkey bread served in a pan yet cold and dense to the touch signaling it was old. Mac n cheese in a hot skillet yet the cheese sausce was more room temperature. The ambiance was a blast though, drinks delicious and vibe on par for what you would hope. While I realize they were busy, sometimes pre prepping certain items isnt the way to go if it sacrifices the quality.

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Blacnificent
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and drinks were great, and the service provided by Arnold was top notch! Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipymcebs
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We sat at the patio outside. The waiter was very nice and attentive, and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food was fantastic, service was great, and overall a really great environment for a casual dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food and service outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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

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vipHaroldS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MeredithM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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

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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.

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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
3 reviews
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.

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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
3 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.

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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
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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The Butcher Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1063 OpenTable diners.

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