The Olde Bar

4.6
1028 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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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
What 1028 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, incredible service and i would strongly recommend for anyone looking for a great place to eat in old city!!!

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vipPeggyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite go to. We love the Olde Bar Happy hour with 1 dollar oysters! The oysters are always delightfully fresh! The drink specials are also fabulous. We ate in the Bar and have also eaten in the dining room, both places are quiet and give you lots of room between tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipTucT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to happy hour, so staff was a little stretched, but they were kind and as accommodating as possible. Raw bar was excellent. Loved the classic pub vibe.

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MiaB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place tucked away near the Delaware River. Went for drinks on New Years bar staff was awesome and other patrons as well. Drinks were tasty and reasonably priced loved it would definitely go back.

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Becci
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our first experience here. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

New Year’s Eve they only had fixed menu and I think it was ethnic based was not American contemporary had only raw fish for appetizers, some kind of salted rolls ,the fries were overdone,my wife gets scallops all the time she loves them but she did not like them at all.the steak was in some sauce that made it taste lousy. I think it was the worst dinner I ever had and I could have eaten anywhere inPhiladelphia. I made the reservations a month before.

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AnnV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Yes, I would like to recommend it but for a regular meal rather than the Eve of Christmas. The mood was a little fried, although my daughter felt they were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the 7 fishes. The device was friendly, the atmosphere in the bar area was festive, and the food was good. The music could have been turned down a notch for dining. We will go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Absolutely love Olde Bar, cocktails, food and ambience and have been coming since opening. Just sad to see the TVs on back bar. Destroys feel of the room alas.

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vipChanelle
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the drinks, food, and service. I am never disappointed here :).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location. The food was pretty good but was out of a few add ons that we usually would get. No biggie though. Would definitely recommend.

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vipEatoutking
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very solid food!

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vipKayB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. It is definitely one of my favorite place to go especially whenever want happy hours oysters 😋

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas brunch with Santa.

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ButchieYost
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Christmas with Santa to anyone. We've done it a couple of time know and w/ three kids 3 1/2 and under and Santa was so warm and outgoing, everyone had a blast time and my wife and I agreed it was the best way to see Santa with little kids. The staff was courteous and helpful and we got some great pictures. We will be back.

Here's to hoping they bring back the shrimp po' boy soon.

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Jill
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Brunch with Santa. We LOVED everything about it.
The food was fantastic, the service was great and the Christmas decorations were perfect. Thank so much for a great day!!!🎅❤

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal, this was our second time dining here. There will definitely be a third!

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vipNina
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at Olde Bar. Lauren, our server was great!
We shared some oysters and the lobster roll and crab cake, all of which were delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sadly, this place has really come down on quality during the pandemic. The food was simply not good

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vipKayB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to our awesome wait staff, David and manager Kate for making my mom birthday dinner a great one. Thanks to all the staffs for making us feels great every time we go there.

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NicoleE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never had a bad thing to say about Olde Bar! My husband and I frequent their establishment and are always very happy with the food, cocktails and service. It is a go to spot for us. We tell many of our friends to put it on their list of must go restaurants!!

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vipneighbor
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Buck a shuck oysters on happy hour menu are always a hit. The bartender was serving the drinks to the table and was great, the food service was a bit slow and disorganized.

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KateL
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those that don't know, The Olde Bar is located in the old Bookbinder's location, a Philadelphia institution. I am happy to say that the current owner has upheld the high standards of the former famed establishment. The food and service were both exceptional! This was my first time to the restaurant under the new management but it will most certainly not be my last.

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vipCathie
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! Good food, good service, good company! Can't ask for anything more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Dining room doesn’t have the same vibe as the bar area, just very sterile. Service was definitely off.

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AngelaA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Last minute craving for oysters (and lobster rolls) and it was well past happy hour. The drinks were fabulous, the service friendly and the atmosphere was real chill. I can’t wait to go back for brunch and happy hour (buck a shuck)!!!

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vipAmos
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host, (a tall gentleman with classes) was so very nice and our server janelle was excellent. I come here every so often for hh after work and it’s always so nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Andrew makes the best drinks!

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laurier
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The buffalo cauliflower was the highlight of our meal. The crabcake was tasteless, the asparagus salad lacked asparagus . I was extremely disappointed with the experience. I will never be back. Wow! What a disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pricey but very good.

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vipKayB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy my happy hour. The staffs are friendly and amazing. Raw oysters are my favorite and always have a great time there.

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vipDebF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The corn chowder was thick and more potatoes than anything. We asked for bread and it took more than 20 minutes to get it. The bread was stale. The risotto was boring, very little evidence of vegetables as advertised. The tuna portion was so very tiny.
The waitress was distracted.
All in all a bad meal in a city with so many other choices. We won’t be back.

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AngieJ
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony, Steve and the host were all very friendly, knowledgeable and made the experience fun.

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vipTradeshowentertainer
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The menu is very limited and sadly you can tell they have had to cut offerings post covid. Food tasted like it was reheated in a microwave.

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vipCathie
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour at the Olde Bar makes me happy! Just order a few things from the Happy Hour Menu, for everyone to share, with a Caesar Salad and Fish House Punch (YUMMM)!

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vipLisam
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very knowledgeable and service oriented. They made every attempt to provide exceptional customer service.

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efeeley
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good, not exceptional but very good.

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ChrisW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can eat in the bar as the ambience is really great. Food was very good as well as the craft cocktails. We will definitely be going back and bringing our kids. My wife's father was a waiter at the old Bookbinders back in the day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waitress not very attentive even though restaurant was almost empty. Misunderstanding about side Caesar salad caused her to disappear and become passive aggressive. Besides that, the food was average at best.

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 4.6 stars by 1028 OpenTable diners.

The Olde Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://garces.americommerce.com.

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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