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The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA

The Olde Bar

4.2
4.2
1456 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 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: (267) 284-7979
  • 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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Experiences

  • Brunch With Us: New $27 Combo!

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for Brunch every Saturday and Sunday! In addition to our regular Brunch Menu, we are now offering a special brunch Experience for only $27 per person that includes: Fresh Orange Juice or Mimosas, Shared Appetizers, and your choice from a selection of our favorite Brunch Plates. You don't want to miss this--book your reservation now or view the full brunch menu (including the combo) on our website. -Pre-reservation of the Brunch Combo is not required.
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  • Tullamore D.E.W. Cocktail Experience

    $55.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 22, 2024 only
    Introducing our first Cocktail Making Class at The Olde Bar. Grab you friends and enjoy an evening out while learning something new. Guests will be welcomed with a signature Fishhouse Punch upon arrival and then learn to build (and enjoy) three delicious cocktails, Shaken, Strirred, & Built by Meredith Graham of Tullamore D.E.W. along with a talented Olde Bar Bartender. The cocktail class with last for two hours and each cocktail will be paired with light snacks. No cocktail experience is necessary for this class. COCKTAILS: Shaken - Penecillin Stirred- Irish Old Fashioned Built- Irish Coffee paired with a dessert Friday, March 22nd 6:30pm to 8:30pm $55 per person* *Excludes tax and gratuity.
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What 1,456 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,456 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of food used to rival the ambience and history of this former icon of the Philadelphia Culinary World. Now “Lobster Risotto” arrives looking like a halved crayfish on top of sticky, bland, boxed orzo.

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  2. ChristinaO

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, staff was attentive and friendly. Noise level was moderate. Such a cute and cool vibe inside. Definitely coming back!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance, excellent service and our food was delicious. We had the warm lobster salad, burger and lobster risotto. The Olde Bar is a real gem.

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  4. MaryKate11

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great! But did not get a lot of seafood with the mussels or the tamarind lobster. Lots of potatoes with each dish.

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  5. SaraB

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always incredible! The service, food and cocktails are always fantastic. The $2 happy hour oysters can't be beat! One of our favorite places!

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  6. JoeT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was phenomenal, knew the food and was very accommodating

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  7. AlfredoJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day dinner menu, Im going to explain it easy: Brunch potatos w/ skirt steak The steak came out cold, I requested for another one to be hot… the kitchen just reheat it and the temperature was not what I want (medium well instead of medium), my plate came out with out sauce and the little raimeken that I had before they didn’t bring it back. Caesar salad with gem lettuce, the menu specific said gem lettuce, by the time the Caesar arrived at the table, was all romaine hearts with maybe two pcs croutons. Our server never took the order for our drinks, 4 menus just sat next to us the whole dinner. Crab cake and oyster was the only good meal that we enjoyed. Same utensils the whole time, we expect more for what we paid.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible experience. Paid for 2 dinners and just got one dessert. Server never even came to the table to ask for drinks. And our food was late and cold. They kept getting confused who to give the food too and we saw other tables that got there after us get their food before us.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Been here multiple times. Valentine’s Day menu was very overpriced for what it was and was not up to the same standard that their regular menu was up to. I felt very ripped off. Had a great time with my date though.

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  10. KevinG

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch special is such an incredible value that I can’t even believe they have it the price it is. Tons of food and a great ambiance in a historic building. Will definitely be back with friends.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the lobster tamarind and there was no lobster. Very poor portions.

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  12. Jane

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very good. Food was OK. We went for brunch and menu was very limited. Interior needs a little updating.

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  13. ramil

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was very attentive and they even gave us a complimentary champaign for a minor delay in the menu delivery.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went on restaurant week and had such an AMAZING Time. Omg their hibiscus drink omfg the very BEST!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! The shrimp fries & shrimp cocktail were my favorite.

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  16. Faye

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was a lot better than I thought it would be, I would go back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cocktails. Food was good not great. Food felt a little dated. Service was great. The place was big and very empty when we ate there for dinner midweek. The lack of crowd made it feel a bit… dated /unpopular. Total safe bet if you need a nice dinner and cocktail. Probably won’t wow you but it won’t disappoint either.

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  18. MarieC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Crab cake was ok. It was creamy and lightly fried but quality ofa good crab cake was not there. I have had much better It was disappointing for a seafood restaurant. Husband ordered lobster risotto. Lobster was still in shell and had to dig out. Dessert was outstanding. It was a chocolate peanut butter tort.

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  19. FoodiefromFairmount

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite place for pre-theater (Arden) dinner. The Lobster Pot Pie was wonderful! Ambience superb and full of history. ❤️❤️❤️

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  20. LolasTaste

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was slow and we barely made it to the theater in time. The waitress disappeared when we told her we needed to leave

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  21. EmmaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was horrible. The waiter was rude and we had reservations at 9 didn’t get seated till 930 didn’t even see our sever for another 15 minutes and he only came to take our order then never checked on us we had to flag him down for another 30 minutes to get more drinks.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our server didn’t greet us, did not even walk over to our table for a full 25 minutes. Service was incredibly slow (and it wasn’t busy). Food was decent but we would never go back again because of how poor the experience was.

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  23. MC19120

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I loved the location and the restaurant setting. We arrived at 7:10 for our 7:30 reservations. The waiting area was very comfortable and the host was nice and accommodating. We were seated around 7:40. The table was tiny and the chairs weren’t comfortable. Our waiter was inattentive and seemed as if he didn’t want to be there. The food was average, at best. I will say the lobster was cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’d return.

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  24. Melissa

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere and food. If you go, read about the history of the restaurant because it will make you appreciate the experience. The shrimp cocktail-yum!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was impeccable! We went during restaurant week and had a three course meal for $45. Worth every penny!

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  26. elisha

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the food and the atmosphere. I can’t wait to go back

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service and staff elevated this experience tremendously. Would definitely go back probably just not for restaurant week. The main dining space was lovely but unfortunately with this visit didn’t really get to experience what they have to offer.

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  28. DanielleH

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would recommend and would go back. The 3 was for the plate on this day.

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  29. jacquelinel

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best experience. The staff was attentive and when I mentioned the small lobster I received and they brought me a more meater lobster which I appreciated. It was such a lovely experience. I would absolutely recommend and go again.

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  30. supru

    Philadelphia

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite Philly restaurants! From management like Myra, to waitstaff like Ribbon and Keshla, everyone and everything was great. We went for Restaurant Week since they’ve changed the menu. Started with Buffalo cauliflower share, shrimp cocktail and oysters, then risotto with a lobster tail and crab cakes. The entre took a little longer than usual to come out, so they offered us some fries on the house. Dessert (chocolate tart with jivara ice cream and peach melba) was too much so took those home. Cocktails: maple old fashioned and pineapple jalapeño margarita, then albarino. Highly recommend this place!

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  31. JackieM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Reasonably priced seafood that was absolutely delicious, and a beautifully decorated restaurant

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  32. BILLF

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was seated in the 'study'... mix of 2 seated and larger tables. Service was prompt and food was very good. Started with happy hour and stayed for a dinner. For the main dish we had trout and lobster roll. The roll was all meat (1/2 lb). Did not do desert.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The appetizers was AMAZING!!! The service was great. Ambience was amazing. My main meal was steak and eggs. I wasn’t the biggest fan. Steak did not have much flavor, I felt like I needed A1 to give it taste.

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  34. MonaG

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there for brunch and first time dining inside- I’m only sorry I never went there sooner!! From the moment we walked in to the moment we left it was great - great service (very personable ), great drinks, great food and great atmosphere ! The decor is outstanding ! Yum on the food - all of it !!! Do yourself a favor and visit ! You won’t be sorry !

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    My meal wasn’t great and we barely saw our waiter. Plus, every time I tried to call the restaurant, no one picked up.

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  36. DanaD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks! The staff was very friendly and their service was top notch! Would highly recommend and go back.

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  37. LizzyYF

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Olde Bar happy hour! Great food and drinks, and the bar itself is so cozy. Great service too!

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  38. AnnaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the ambiance was perfect for a meal with my parents.

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  39. PhillyFoodLover

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    None of our three guests had been to the Olde Bar since -- well, forever -- and they loved it, and snarfed down the lobster roles with great relish. The one salad on the menu was great, but you could use an additional choice. We are pretty much regulars, and I think our friends will now be as well. Lauren, our server, was lovely, and the hostess for the evening was also great. I apologize for note recalling her name. Appreciated the "Bees' Knees" -- had always heard about it, but never before had chance to have it. And the answer to the question below is "Well, isn't it obvious we'd recommend you to friends. "

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  40. Carol

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best hamburger and fried chicken in town. Good place for a casual dinner

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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 4.2 stars by 1456 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (267) 284-7979
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