The Library II

4.2
124 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
The Library II has served fine food & beverages for over forty years. Originally opened in 1947, it has been a New Jersey landmark and a neighborhood favorite with a family atmosphere and a unique style.Well known for our steaks, seafood, and salad bar, our mission has always been to serve the finest quality food and provide top-notch service. From meeting our chef at the window who will trim your cut of steak or choose your lobster tail, to exploring our premium salad bar with a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, artisan breads and fine cheeses, your dining experience here is one of a kind. And of course, crafted cocktails, and an array of beer and wine is happily served at our spacious bar and lounge. Winner of awards from the Best of South Jersey, Best of Philly, South Jersey Magazine Best of the Best, and a rating by Zagat, In addition we offer a fine sandwich menu and daily Happy Hour specials. In any event, The Library II is sure to please.
What 124 people are saying
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4.2
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4.7
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4.3
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3.6
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DennisC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Did not like their assessments of a charge for use of a credit card.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite local place to go. Great food and nice staff.

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vipCustomer856
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed the Library II. But the prices are high. And no mention of the service charge for using a credit card.

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SherylS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was very hot and crowded. Food was expensive, not a great value.

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BrendaC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Michelle was attentive and pleasant. Our meal was cooked perfectly and the salad bar was fresh and plentiful. For a special occasion meal, the Library II is the place to go!

BJ
BigJim
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Library II is the best Filet hands down in the area, Mushrooms are a must they are amazing. Salad Bar is top notch and side dishes like Baked Potato's are also very good.

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BrettB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fast and friendly service, our waiter John was great. Had a fantastic birthday dinner. Couldn’t be happier with our experience last night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Food and Salad Bar as always!!

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AudraB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual! Always a great dinning experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

cute place where you can even pick out a book and bring it home! salad bar is clean and everything is fresh. food was great, better than expected (dated menu/traditional steakhouse). great for a special occasion :) everyone was very nice too.

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LindaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I thought the food was good. However I prefer a waiter to take my order. My ribeye was supposed to be medium but was really too red. Salad bar and appetizers were great.

LJ
LisaJ
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I was very disappointed in the food. My son’s steak was ok. Not great. My crab cakes were inedible. All filler and incredibly salty. The rice it came with was also really salty. The salad bar was good and our server was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have it open again. It hasn’t missed a beat and Angelique has is running like a top.

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vipAjay
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is not the Library that I knew! The ceasar dressing was watery. The ribeye was so-so and I don't want someone else making my salad.
Don't blame covid bc even shoprite permits you to make your own salad.
I'm not happy with the new owners!

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vipShaneN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad it reopened, great salad bar and some solid steaks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We were very excited about coming back to this classic restaurant! Walking in nothing has changed! The salad bar is a person making it for you! To me it’s a personal thing it was a little weird, but with covid I understand!! I ordered lobster tail that I could wait for, and it came out tasteless and needed a lot of salt! I never add salt! What’s the worst of all is it used to be $80 and now it is $137. On top of that if you use a credit card they charge you 3.5%. We will never be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Significant price increase. Mostly disappointed because our gift card was not accepted. Dined at The Library on consecutive weeks. During our first visit was told the gift card machine was not working but promised that would accept our card the following week. The following week same story, did not accept gift card. However, was assured the gift card would be honored in the future.. Doubt it!

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ChrissyPap
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We haven’t been here for awhile, restaurant is very dated, food wasn’t like it used to be. It’s a shame because their service was excellent. We won’t be back.

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cablvr
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The salad bar is one of the best in the Delaware Valley, not only the quality and items, but the freshness and clean spread makes it even more attractive.

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jayneR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Started with chocolate martini that was perfect. Had
the surf and turf. Best lobster I’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection and so sweet.

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RoxanneF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Love the salad bar!!! Hear selection of everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was average for the price. The filet had no flavor. The mushrooms and onions had very little mushrooms. The garlic mashed potatoes tasted like straight garlic and weren’t very good. I do recommend the scallops wrapped in bacon. I probably won’t return just for the appetizers and salad bar hoping dinner will be good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter did an excellent job and all three of us enjoyed our food. Each meal was prepared perfectly.

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Craig
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here after many recommendations and it was great. We all ordered filet and they came perfectly prepared. Sides are large and best to share. One suggestion though. Make sure you are not seated next to the salad bar near where you place your steak order. A line forms and intrudes on the tables there. We asked to be moved and thankfully they were able to accommodate. The staff did not seem surprised by our request. One person felt like he was going to sit down with us.

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vipMTM1
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It needs a refresh, the chairs and the tables look like they were bought at a garage sale, and certainly doesn't match the prices of the food. Great salad bar,

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MtLaurelFoodie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good. Service was a bit slow. I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Steak is always good. Always cooked correctly to your request. Prices are pretty steep though. Definitely worth the occasional dining out. Make reservations on Friday’s and Saturday’s. They get pretty busy. Waitress was attentive. Salad bar has many options. No appetizers, a coffee, coke and dinner for 2 with 3 sides total was $111.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Day after Xmas. A bit noisy but drinks and food were excellent. Staff was super from the kitchen to the
Server.

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StanS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Unique ambience and outstanding food made our first visit to this restaurant a very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Way way Too dark. Price of meats were expensive for the cut and quality of the finished product drinks were ok but overall spent a lot of money on an somewhat ok meal. Next night went out and had an unbelievable meal for 1/3 the price I spent here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason We go to The Library is for the terrific salad bar with bagel twists and their awesome lobster tail!! It is very expensive but so worth it if you love lobster tail!! It is the only place I will order because they know what they are doing!! Always cooked perfectly!!!

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vipNick
Philadelphia
217 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unbeatable salad bar, superb steaks cooked to perfection and a very good waitress.

JC
JenniferC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff is very attentive. The food is great. No complaints!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went especially for me to get the Lobster tail and it is the best around! I am willing to pay the $85 for this piece of tail!!! Lol. You can’t beat the salad bar! Fresh as can be! I love the bagel twists and butter!! My husband got the filet which is always fine!!! But I come for the lobster!!!

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BoopL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was my birthday and I must say I had a wonderful prime rib I wasn’t too pleased with my big potato but the salad bar made up for it I also tried the summer sangria which was wonderful and all my friends and family seem to really love the ambience of the library since some of them have never been before . Absolutely worth checking out if you’ve never been

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal and great service as always. Good luck eating dinner after having that awesome salad bar!

JM
JessicaM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Father came to visit my family and it was the first visit to NJ. He wanted a good steak so I thought Library right away. We ordered 2 6 ounce ultra trim filets and my father a 10 ounce ultra trim filet. The steaks were not cooked as we ordered and there was big pieces of fat on them. I asked the waitress to explain what ultra trim was and she said that our steaks were not that. I told her that’s what we ordered. She said that she would only charge the regular price and I responded that I wasn’t concerned about that as much as when can we get our steaks back because we were hungry. Mid meal we got our servers switched. That was such a pain. This is my second bad experience with this restaurant and I hate when I have to get up and find the server.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

My 16oz Ny Strip had too much fat on it for my liking!

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vipCM112
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Cold food. Very disappointing

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vipmaxw
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks to go along with dinner. The best salad bar. A family favorite

FAQs

The Library II offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 424-0198.

The Library II is rated 4.2 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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