The Olde Bar
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Great to be back. Beth, the manager, took great care of us. The food was great and happy to see Sweet Amalia oysters on the menu.
First time there, we went for Mothers Day. Food was very good, my only comment was maybe a little bigger food choice for a Holiday dinner. But what we had was delicious.
The best waitress was Demi very helpful and polite.
The bread was stale. Not worth the money. I took my mother there for Mother’s Day and even the coffee was cold and the sugar packets were apparently wet and dried and were useless. The drinks were very small for the price. I was very disappointed in the whole experience and will not be returning.
Very small menu
This place is in the historic Bookbinders restaurant building, but it is not Bookbinders, which ceased operations there some time ago. The Olde Bar maintains the tradition of flavorful and unique fare in a comfortable place with great service and excellent cocktails. They were compliant with Philadelphia's COVID protocols and it did not compromise the quality of service and I would expect from a place of this caliber. I started with a dozen Maryland oysters followed by the Lobster Pot Pie. Excellent all the way around. Go there and enjoy it.
The renovations that were done during the pandemic have really made the Olde Bar that much better!
Covid restriction and an extremely liberal point of reference from the city management make dining out more less worth the money
Great all around
Very much a place for drinks and apps during happy hour. Dinner was OK not worth the money spent.
My most favorite happy hour in the city!
A couple people were sat before us and the staff really made up for what we didn't even perceive as an inconvenience. They honestly go above and beyond for their guests always.
Food was amazing as always. Service was awesome! I do regret that I can not recall my servers name but we do remember what he looked like so we'll be on the look out for him next time we reserve!
Happy hour is a great deal!
We were outside & nearby guests were having a very fun time!
Have a great time as always! Great service.
Always a great spot to stop after work for happy hour. The food is consistently great as is the staff!
Even though we had reservation and checked in with hostess and was seated by hostess, multiple staff members kept coming over and asking if we had a reservation. We were sitting outside. Service was not very prompt and part of orders left off the plate. Second drink ordered at time entree dropped and was not brought to table until after entree finished. Definitely not the usual experience we have at The Olde Bar. Not sure if I would recommend to a friend or not.
Ate outside on the sidewalk and they made it feel like a true outdoor restaurant. The set up was so pretty. Happy hour deals were incredible and the seafood tower was outstanding. 10/10 recommend and will be going back soon!
Went for our engagement dinner and it was fantastic!
My family loved it! We will definitely be returning.
Absolutely delicious! I definitely recommend the East Coast and West Coast Oysters!
The food was delicious and we'll prepared. Nice atmosphere and felt safe with good social distancing. Will tell friends about Olde Bar
Food and service were great, they have the best happy hour! I love all the seafood
Highly recommend, this was our 2nd time and already have plans to be back next month!
Our brunch was absolutely delicious and the cocktails were even better!!!!!!
Service is a little slow. Overhaul the food is very good and sophisticated
Awesome happy hour especially if you are oysters lover and other seafood. Friendly staffs and bartenders. Great drinks, foods and friends, nothing more to start off the weekend.
Wonderful venue and excellent food. Service was good and ambiance was a little sterile with covid protocols
There’s nothing I don’t like about this place, excellent service, food and portions. PLEASE BRING BACK THE VODKA GIMLETS GOR FOR YOUR HAPPY HOUR! ♥️
Food was amazing, bar atmosphere was fun. Servings were a bit small but delicious.
Delicious buck a shuck oysters! Great ambience. Overall incredible experience, will definitely be back!
Delicious food, so many things sounded delicious, had to choose one. Great service and cocktails.
There was hair in my food and the service was incredibly slow. The food tasted good but definitely wouldn’t go back.
One of the best meals I’ve had. Everything was fantastic and the servings were big
Had a terrific experience, we dined outdoors and it happened to be beautiful for early spring. Our server was great and the food, notably the lobster pot pie, was out of this world.
After receiving two phone calls from the restaurant and one email from OpenTable to confirm my reservation, I naturally assumed that our table would be ready when we arrived on time. When we did arrive I was told that the party seated at the table intended for us has extended their stay. Not sure I understand the point in a reservation if the restaurant won’t enforce the time limit and ask those who have stayed past their a lot of time to kindly pay and leave. Our server did kindly put in a happy hour order for us since our reservation was for 5:45 and we were not seated until well after six. I think I probably would’ve forgotten about all of this because the food was excellent and I’m not really a stickler about scheduling but the service was really bad. We waited a very long time for anyone to acknowledge us once we were seated. We had to ask for water repeatedly even though our empty glasses sat on the table. We had to ask for a second round on our cocktails. Our server did not offer a dessert menu. We’ll go back because the food is great and we have eaten at Olde Bar many times in the past and it has always been a great experience. We’ll just take a break for a while.
Took our daughter out while she was visiting. It was our fourth time in a month. We really enjoy the ambiance and the majority of the staff. The happy hour food is excellent, as well as the desserts. The only entree we’ve tried is the fried chicken, which was just ok. We will continue to return.
We had a wonderful time, the food was great and they service was excellent. What an amazing place to celebrate my birthday.
The server was clueless about the menu, and brought out food at random. By the time my wife finished her entree, my main course arrived. Her sea bass was great, but unfortunately I never got to taste my entree.
I hope this was a one off. The manager was real cool, and comp’d the whole meal and threw in a yummy pecan pie, for the trouble. Hope next time is better.
Always a treat to enjoy the Olde Bar!
Friendly service, nice ambience, food was delicious.
Happy hour was great!
You can order delivery directly from The Olde Bar using the Order Online button. The Olde Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and 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 814 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.