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The Olde Bar

4.5
4.5
1180 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A contemporary oyster saloon that pays homage to the original tradition.

The Olde Bar, located in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s, is a contemporary oyster bar and cocktail lounge steeped in the city’s nautical and culinary traditions. Serving oysters on the half shell, alongside a smart menu of modern re-imaginings of traditional bar snacks and a comprehensive cocktail and spirit list, The Olde Bar is at once a tribute to the city’s storied past and an updated version of one of our most beloved dining spaces.

In accordance with City of Philadelphia COVID-19 guidelines, masks are once again required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, while inside our restaurant. Masks may be removed while seated. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to safety and look forward to serving you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 253-3777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Olde Bar can accommodate all your special event needs. Email: pa.events@garcesgroup.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Garces Events: (855) 893-7201

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    S. 2nd St.

  • Parking details

    Philadelphia Parking Authority Garage located at 125 S 2nd Street, less than a block north and west of The Olde Bar. Private lots located within a few blocks, at 401 S Columbus Boulevard, 109 Chestnut St, 36 S 2nd Street and 299 S Columbus Boulevard.http://philapark.org/locator/ and enter our addressThe Olde Bar does not offer valet parking

  • Public transit

    The Olde Bar is located just over two blocks south of the Market-Frankford EL stop at 2nd and Market Streets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. s

    supru

    Philadelphia

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love, love, love this place! First chilly day of fall but one of our group wanted outside seating so they accommodated us. Lauren our server was fabulous, she was funny, knowledgeable and super efficient getting us all our orders. We ordered 2 dozen oysters (Barnegat Brunettes, so yummy with the brine flavor), salmon spread, chili garlic mussels and Buffalo cauliflower to share. My husband got his usual rye Manhattan with a twist (one of the best in town) and we got a bottle of albarino (then a second) to share. All were delicious! We were still hungry so we all ordered entrees next. Shrimp and grits, mushroom and biscuits (a riff on chicken and biscuits), papardelle pasta and bacon cheeseburgers. More deliciousness! Special thanks to Leah the general manager who always ensures we have the best time when we visit. Both staff and management team make the guests feel special.
  2. R

    Restaurantmistress

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a good spot for a Sunday happy hour! Great drinks. Great food. Our server was great as well. Liked the music selection in the background. Favorite happy hour eats were the shrimp fries, fried oysters and buffalo cauliflower. New Sunday rotation most definitely.
  3. AK

    AngelaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From starters to entrees everything was great! Nice atmosphere!
  4. RC

    ReneeC

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Everything fries. Basically it was a $100 fries dinner. Ordered the steak frites and there was 4 small pieces of steak and a massive amount of fries. The mussels came with fries, everything came with fries. If you’re not a fries eater, there are better places to go. I am not a fries eater but will admit, they were good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, great service and really nice “olde bar” atmosphere. My wife and I enjoyed it even more than we expected and we had fairly high expectations given other reviews. Everyone there seemed to enjoy themselves too.
  6. F

    Foodie1901

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    There were quite a few missteps. At 6:30 PM they were already out of crab cakes, that is after we were told how good they were. The salmon was raw and it took 20-30 minutes to replace it. Have no desire to go back.
  7. BI

    BIRTHDAY76

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The general manager really helped us celebrate ! She brought us cake with candle and Prosecco! She is extremely charming!
  8. KK

    KandK

    Philadelphia

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner last night. Pork chop and papardelle both excellent. Server was very friendly and accommodating.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good and lively but do wish there were more selections on the menu
  10. CO

    CharlesO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Food. The Service was outstanding. It is always a pleasure to talk to the beautiful restaurant manager when she comes to your table and asks how everything is.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    I would not return here. Came here for brunch/lunch on Sunday 9/4 at around 1pm. The restaurant was almost empty besides a few people in the bar area. We ordered steak and eggs, mussels with fries, burger, and a salad. The food took forever which was frustrating given how empty the place was. Our kids ordered the steak and their food came out at least 5 minutes after everybody else. For such a fine establishment and how quiet it was, not getting the food together was disappointing. To add to the frustration, only after noticing how delayed the food was did the server offer our two kids oyster crackers. A bit too late. Making matters worse: all our fries were cold, one order the fries were drenched in oil. The steak was cold as well. The burger was good but again, cold fries. Service just wasn’t up to standard you’d expect from such a place. Too many better restaurants in the area yo consider returning.
  12. AT

    ATLPhilly

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I made the reservation for just myself as I was just stopping through the city on my way back home to Atlanta. I was born and raised in the Philadelphia Metro area and very familiar with the history of this location. Unfortunately my experience fell way below my expectations. Since dining alone, when asked by the female hostess if I would mind sitting at the bar, I had no problem and agreed. I feel the menu is a bit limited for such an establishment, not much variety of seafood options to be a seafood restaurant. I ordered the crab fingers to start which were buttery but lacked salt. For my meal I ordered the crab cake which was quite disappointing. It was a good sized crab cake, but to my surprise it was panko breaded and fried. It did not taste like lump crabmeat and was heavy in the mayo. I learned with this meal that I do not like watercress, and the elegant dollops of what I believe were mango puree were tasty, but seemed out of place. What I found disconcerting was that mid-meal I was asked to "scoot down" to accommodate a couple that wanted to sit at the bar. As to not cause a scene I agreed to move my seat but was not happy about it. Overall I was disappointed with the quality of meal served at a Jose Garces restaurant, especially one with such deep historical roots in the city of Brotherly Love. On a good note, my drinks were delicious- "Rose Gold" and "Girl's Night Out"- definitely recommend. I hope this experience was a fluke and not the norm. Not a good notch in the belt of my "Top Chef Restaurant Tour".
  13. LM

    LisaM

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Beautiful table was set. Service was wonderful and food was so good!
  14. PC

    PamC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodating and flavorful. Loved the historic ambiance.
  15. BB

    BrnB

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Service did not meet price expectation. Food was great. Do not recommend
  16. MJ

    MartinJ

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always delicious and reliable. this is a trusted go to.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Philadelphia, we are happy we found this place. We will be back.
  18. 2

    2dis2c

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The building and decore are very cool. Throwback. Food was mediocre though.
  19. DB

    DanielleB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. The happy hour is incredible.
  20. a

    audreyh

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We sat in the bar area on a high top. Music was way too loud. Could hardly hear the person across from me. Food very good but a bit disappointed in no lobster tail on the menu. Lobster roll, corn dog lobster, etc. isn't the same. I ordered the crab cake (1 on a plate) for $35. Maybe for a special occasion if we ever go back but would want to sit in the dining area.
  21. N

    Nanny

    New Orleans

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was my friend's first visit, and she loved the lobster roll. My old-fashioned was the best I ever had anywhere, and I told the bartender this. I love the bar atmosphere, and we sat at a banquette, which feels glamorous. The only negative was the Old City Eats offering - mini rolls with seafood bites. For $8, I didn't expect much, but the bites of seafood were delicious. The problem was the stale rolls…easily remedied, I would think. But we had a great early birthday celebration, Ribbon was a wonderful server, and I will be back!!
  22. SR

    ShanniR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Promotion…
  23. RS

    RyanS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent. Service was horrible. The service really ruined the whole experience.
  24. s

    supru

    Philadelphia

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No matter when we go to The Olde Bar, we are treated like royalty. Leah the manager as well as her staff are totally professional, incredibly friendly and efficient. Our server Janelle had a smile on her face the whole time we were there. Now for the food: it was National Oyster Day so we started with a dozen Maryland oysters, sweet but not too large. Then had a half dozen Virginia oysters which were small (the way I like them) and briny. Happy hour appetizers were Buffalo cauliflower and salmon spread. Off the regular menu we got the chili-garlic mussels with fries and the apple and arugula salad. All was delicious! I’m a huge albarino fan and Leah mentioned that they had a new, locally sourced one from PA. I was very skeptical since most PA wines just aren’t very good. However this one from Maple Springs Vineyard was much better than expected. My hubby had his usual rye Manhattan with a twist, which he considers one of the best in the city. After gorging on all the previous food we were surprised with a shrimp and oyster po boy sandwich and more fries! Leah insisted we had to try it for National oyster day. As you can see I can’t say enough good things about this place: service, food and drink.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal experience and service! The HH for - especially the ousters - were outstanding. Highly recommend.
  26. LL

    LLT6

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Happy Hour is lively with some quality and tasty offerings!
  27. CJ

    ChicagoJohn

    Baltimore

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at the bar were fantastic. Unpretentious food and at a great value.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Drinks Were Excellent as Usual. Waitress was Very Attentive.
  29. SB

    SaraB

    Philadelphia

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic Saturday brunch...the new menu is great and the service was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. The Maitake mushroom & gravy biscuit was out of this world and as always the cocktails were dangerously good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good but not great, especially for the prices. However I had an excellent waiter (thanks Pete!) who gave good recommendations for both dinner and dessert, and generally made the experience much better.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Oysters were amazing!!! Super fresh, customer service was awesome, everyone made sure we had everything we needed at all times, I can’t wait to go back next week!
  32. L

    Laura

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service and to bringing out the food were long, but worth it.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best birthday brunch here! All of the cocktails were incredible and the snack bar Bloody Mary was so worth it. The seafood was so fresh we even stayed for the happy hour oysters. The staff was so sweet, we will definitely be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Honestly the worst experience. They close at 9 and at 930 we were still waiting for our food. We sat down at 730 and the server was no where to be found. We only saw her when she was taking apart the other tables . How is that acceptable ? At 10 when we wanted coffee, they said the machine was taken apart ? They took apart most of their kitchen before we even ordered is what we were told. Manager gave us a gift card to return and I’m also shook if I want to .
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughters Birthday
  36. E

    Eric

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome and the ambiance was great! I was not impressed with the food. My steak was tough and not really flavorful. The salad was pretty much only arugula. This is my second time eating here, but with all the other options in Philly I won’t be rushing back.
  37. M

    Millie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    $2 Buck a Shuck Oysters were great! We stopped by for brunch and enjoyed them with a cocktail each.
  38. S

    Susie

    Kansas City

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had the first reservation of the day - we were in no hurry, but our food was a bit delayed. They brought a round of mimosas and no fewer than three people stopped to apologize for the wait. It was worth the wait and Lauren was lovely. Beautiful place, very good food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Small portions and lobster was chewy. Not really a place that I would go back to eat. First meal in Philly was not a great start.
  40. KH

    KeithH

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Overall food was great,. However, our waitress was non attentive and forgetful. Additional items were not ordered.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Olde Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Olde Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 253-3777.

The Olde Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1180 OpenTable diners.

The Olde Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S. 2nd St.

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Philadelphia Parking Authority Garage located at 125 S 2nd Street, less than a block north and west of The Olde Bar. Private lots located within a few blocks, at 401 S Columbus Boulevard, 109 Chestnut St, 36 S 2nd Street and 299 S Columbus Boulevard.http://philapark.org/locator/ and enter our addressThe Olde Bar does not offer valet parking

  • Public transit

    The Olde Bar is located just over two blocks south of the Market-Frankford EL stop at 2nd and Market Streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 253-3777

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Olde Bar can accommodate all your special event needs. Email: pa.events@garcesgroup.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Garces Events: (855) 893-7201

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