The Olde Bar

4.5
957 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 957 people are saying
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KelseyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Olde Bar was great! Calm ambiance and wonderful food.

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vipDanielL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service and always delicious food

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EMaria
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Interesting a delicious menu. Good cocktails and extensive choices for drinks. I liked how they keep an old fashioned ambience with updated touches. Service was excellent once we got past a minor issue in the beginning of the meal. The way the restaurant is det up each table has some privacy which also helps the noise level a great deal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great. Sad they didn’t have oysters. Came specifically for the raw bar

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience when dining

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NikkiS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We originally had reservations at 6pm for outdoor dining but got there early and was able to sit inside. The happy hour menu was still in effect which was a pleasant surprise for a Saturday. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the ambience was upscale but relaxed. I decided to try the lobster corn dog and I was not disappointed.

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Trinh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Happy hour had good deals. Bread was a bit hard and stale.

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Maegan
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olde bar has Good vibes and a great happy hour!!!!

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CesarR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the freshest seafood in the country. Expert staff and warm atmosphere make for a phenomenal unpretentious evening. The seafood tower is a must for every visit.

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paulineh
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent happy hour. Best oysters in town, always fresh and plump.

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MothersDayDiner
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best happy hour in the city! Incredible cocktails, buck-a-shuck oysters and bar snacks like crab fingers and lobster rolls, 5 stars!! Great service and attention to covid protocols. Perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing, Omar, Stephen and Andrew they are the best love going when they’re controlling the music

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved the food. Service was great

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a fun time at the Olde Bar! Happy hour is great, delicious snacks and dinner and THANKS SO MUCH for improving the music selection, last time was hard core metal rock and yesterday was a really nice medley of cocktail jazzy music!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back to The Olde Bar in a few years and it was outstanding as we expected. Food is amazing, great drink selection. We sat outside and that could use a little more ambiance for such a nice place, but otherwise it was a great dinner.

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vipMike
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and cocktails are stellar and we had some incredible food too.
I always love the bar area of the Olde Bar and Im so glad to have it near the movie theater. It's the perfect post film reward (since my movie wasn't great, this place redeemed the night!).

I had an incredible Lobster Potpie and my friend had a really delicious crab cake. The drinks and service were perfect.

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vipMolly
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was even better. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of menu and was always available to our table if we needed anything. This is a great place for everyday dining or a special celebration!

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vipCathie
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the Olde Bar! Happy hour is fabulous for me and their food makes me always want to go back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t say enough about our five star experience. We found the restaurant on a fluke when searching through Open Table. Had reservations but decided to sit at bar as it looked like
The bartenders were likely and talented. From the first drink to the final dessert our experience was nothing short of exceptional. The food. The service. The music. Impeccable. The bartenders had a wonderful way of describing food on the menu The corn and crab chowder, warm lobster salad, crab stuffed lobster, scallop meal and the strawberry trifle left is feeling so happy :). Go !! You won’t be disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food is awful

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LindsayR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very expensive lunch and very small portions. Food taste was ok but not amazing. Service was very friendly. We were there at an off time so very few other diners. The space itself is so cool and very covid friendly if you are apprehensive about dining out.

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was so excited to see butter poached lobster roll on the menu. I have had them in other restaurants & the bun is overflowing with lobster meat, to the point you have to use a fork first, to eat the the lobster & then you can pick up the bun. The one at The Old Bar said it was half a lobster, but when I received it, there was not much lobster. It didn’t even stick out of the top of the bun. It definitely was not half a lobster, more just a quarter. Was still hungry when I was finished. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Bar music was weird, on top of it being loud- not

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Kt16
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, nice outdoor dining on a quiet street, service was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My party enjoyed the experience - from service to food.

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vipWilliamL
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lobster dinners were tasty, but the lobster roll was very overpriced. To top it off, the 9 layer chocolate cake was not a chocolate cake at all - it is a caramel-based cake with a thin chocolate frosting. Definitely misleading, and, frankly, disappointing.

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vipRachelB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time having dinner at The Olde Bar - we’ve only ever gone for happy hour - and I’m glad we did! The food was great, as was service, and they were very accommodating with food allergies. The ambiance inside is pretty unique, and it was a great place overall to bring someone not from Philly to enjoy some seafood and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! Will be back

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John
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Olde Bar far exceeded our expectations. Food, ambiance, and service were phenomenal!

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vipRachelD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance of The Olde Bar is incredible. The food was pretty average for the price point, which was disappointing. The AC seemed to be broken the night we ate there which made it uncomfortable. The service was great.

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CelebrityC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh and the atmosphere was amazing! Will definitely be back soon! Also, their happy hour is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is myself and my gf go to!! Stephen is always our waiter we love him and the bartender (don’t know his name) but he recently cut his hair awesome playlist

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Abravado
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love returning to the historic Olde Bar! My favorite is the actual barroom with the high-top tables. Omar the Pirate was an attentive server and the Espresso Martinis, the charred cauliflower, and shrimp cocktails were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Cocktail and beer list was great. Server was attentive and nice. Food was subpar and very little for the bill. We ordered a tower, three drinks total, a salad, and dessert and it was about $200 before tip. The place was nice with good seating but it was loud and there were kids in the bar. I would only ever go back if I wanted fancy cocktails and wanted to sit at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food good drinks good time

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only1nikkii
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was busy and we had to remind the hostess that we were waiting to be seated for our reservation. The server kept forgetting to bring items to our table and our order. The pasta that we requested to remove the speck still had it in the dish. I was surprised by the overall experience since I regularly go here for the great food and drinks. It was my friend's first time and I hope that she would want to go again.

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vipsupru
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

In these Covid times, we must all learn patience even when dining out. Staff is short-handed and many are new to the business.

Nonetheless we decided to dine at The Olde Bar, one of my favorites, on National Oyster Day. After a pretty confusing and longer than usual delay in getting our table, we were seated outside. Our waiter eventually came by and warned us that he had many tables to serve (which I’m glad he did then we knew we had to chill). We ordered 3 dozen oysters and drinks. God bless the manager Beth who got albarino on the menu again! Of course we ordered a bottle. The hubbies got rye Manhattan (his favorite) and a “modern martini.” They were both happy!

We got our oysters before we got the drinks which is unusual. Very good on a warm summer evening!
We then ordered a few apps to share, all of which were good: salmon spread, snapper tartare, Buffalo cauliflower and Olde Bar fries. It was just enough to save room for dessert, which was 9-layer cake, banoffee pie and strawberry trifle.

Maybe we were just used to everything being so efficient before the pandemic, but we ended up spending more than 2 hours eating, drinking and enjoying the weather and each other’s company. It was a pleasure!

Oh, and Beth sent over complimentary sherries to go with the dessert!

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MerylK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious! I enjoyed a Penicillin it’s smoky flavor was amazing. The east coast Oysters were wonderful as was my Crab cake. My dining companions enjoyed their Pink Panthers, Snapper Tartar, Crab and Parpadelli and a yummy slice of cake too!

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mainmanmarv
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great bartender. Took a while to get service at our table once seated. Oysters were excellent. Lobster roll was OK. Seemed a bit pricey for lobster on a stick and french fries. Overall a good experience.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining area felt very quiet and private, nice atmosphere. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was all excellent.

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You can order delivery directly from The Olde Bar using the Order Online button. The Olde Bar also offers 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 957 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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