The Olde Bar

4.6
752 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 752 people are saying
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JustinD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the feel was amazing. Nice lighting, comfortable temps and very friendly staff.

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Suzy
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We felt very safe dinning inside because the restaurant was quite large and the tables were spaced and partitioned far apart. The service and ambiance was fantastic. The happy hour menu was a great value with $1 shucked oysters. Our entrees, however, were overpriced and ordinary. Come for Happy Hour!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour. Everything was delicious and service was super quick. Loved the vibe. Great experience.

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vipEricR
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Post vaccine celebration dinner. Amazing food and drink and service in a Philadelphia institution. It took us three reservation cancellations before we finally got here but it was with every minute and every Penny. We will be back next time we are in the city.

BJ
vipBJVS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and even though we were outside the service was great!

The Olde Bar
Responded 3 days ago

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to write in to tell us about your experience at the Olde Bar. We can now seat up to six people outside so bring some friends to enjoy our award winning Happy Hour, every Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00-6:00 PM. See you soon!

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CarlyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the ambiance and the friendliness + promptness of the staff!

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. Service, food, and ambience were excellent. We’ll definitely be back often!

The Olde Bar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for giving us a try and for taking the time to write about your experience at The Olde Bar. We would love to have you as regulars and hope to see you soon!

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vipNatalieF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a lovely time at The Olde Bar. The food is amazing and the staff is friendly. They are following COVID guidelines and made me feel safe and comfortable during my dining experience,

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vipAmos
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spots for dinner but for me it’s the happy hour! Great place to meet friends or take clients after a day of work.

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Eollie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Bad bloody mary and limited menu, surprised being a Garces joint and all

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EdwardM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service. Will definitely make this one of my regular stops.

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vipprhodes5
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite city bar- food is delicious, and the staff can’t be any kinder.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a couple of bar bites that we’re very good. The crab fingers were melt in your mouth, the friend clams were slightly spicy which was great and fried to perfection, the lobster roll my husband had (it’s a mini) for happy hour he said he enjoyed it. We also got the seafood tower. The king crab was like butter, the oysters fresh, the shrimp and crab delightful it was all very good. If you don’t want clams they can be replaced with oysters (which we’ll do next time(not a huge raw clam person). We also got the lobster pot pie to share (it’s very good with a nice flaky puff pasty shell). We got the chocolate layered cake (9 thin layers more like a dulce and chocolate I think) anyway it was amazing, pecan pie to go was good too. Ohh we had the house punch many many times

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vipTamT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to dine for my birthday and I’m so glad we did! We went for lunch a little after they open and the entire staff greeted me for my special day. We sat at the Managers table which was a perfect seat. The sunlight provided the perfect addition to our meal. Evan our server was attentive and provided excellent service. We had the seafood tower, chowder, and shrimp cocktail and trust me had no room to spare! Definitely going back for the oyster happy hour soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my Valentine’s Day

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MaryanaP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were here for Valentine’s Day. The menu that was offered was the tasting menu which sounded delicious and it was very tasty minus the desert which was very disappointing. My husband and I got one fish entree with shaved truffles on top (save your money next time don’t get the add ins totally NOT worth it) and the petite filet Oscar style. We were quite disappointed that we opted for the Oscar style as it was just about a tablespoon or less of crabmeat on top. For $15 Oscar style we would expect a decent amount of crab meat on top. The flavors were good but the portion size was quite small for the steak entree. The fish was very good however and the portion was good. My husband didn’t enjoy the salad course at All. I though the flavor was good but it was quite plain. Just arugula endive and house made dressing. Maybe some nuts on top or cherry tomatoes or something a little extra to complete the salad. The rolls were very good, warm, flavorful and delicious. THE DRINKS WERE FABULOUS! Honestly the drinks and the FRESH OYSTERS made our meal special and delicious. It was very cold in the bar area where we were seated but we had a great location. Just a little too cold maybe because closer to the front door.

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PaulineT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s menu was awesome. It was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Waiter forgot food that was ordered, never checked on us, did not refill water bottle, rushed in and rushed out. Food was undercooked and WAY over-salted. Huge disappointment.

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DaynaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service and food were all excellent at The Olde Bar. We sat at the bar table at the tail end of Happy Hour and we loved the music they played as well. The setting is so rustic and charming. All the food we had from the bar menus and raw bar were great. Looking forward to returning. If it was closer to where I lived, it would be my local.

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Annonymous
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

They were only offering a prix fixe menu for Valentine's day weekend. The cost of $65pp did not feel appropriate for the amount of food received. The salad and dessert were to be shared, though, in my opinion, portioned for only 1 person. The seafood platter was also somewhat scarce. The entrees (only 2 options, steak or branzino) were sufficiently sized. For a ~$200 bill for 2 people (including only 1 drink each), we shouldn't have needed to go get a slice of pizza around the corner after dinner.

The food waste tasty, but definitely overvalued. I'm sure this is the restaurant trying to make back some of the margins they've lost due to Covid-19, but it was a pretty underwhelming date night. Hope things can get back to normal soon!

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vipPeterP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Booked 3 weeks in advance for Valentine’s Day. Upon being seated our waiter asked if someone had called you as tonight’s menu was fixed 3 course meal. With only two choices for an entree , Bronzino or a steak filet. Seriously? When we stated no, he was apologetic and stated someone had been calling customers and sorry we were overlooked.

While we were deciding to stay or go I heard make the same statement to two other couples that became seated nearby. Both stated neither had received a phone call. So what’s the deal?

We left and went elsewhere. When I mentioned this experience to a close friend who had been a chef for 15 + years. He said “ they did that because they didn’t get their food order/ shipment that day. Probably not doing well and that’s what they had in the kitchen... “

Anyway, my advice would be “try at your own risk “.

The Olde Bar
Responded on February 27, 2021

Hi Peter: Thanks for your feedback and taking the time to write a review. On historical busy restaurant days, like Valentine's Day, we offer a prix fixe menu so that we can better accommodate the larger numbers of guests that want reservations. This allows us to provide the best possible experience for our guests. We welcome you to come back to The Olde Bar and try out our Happy Hour (rated one of the best in the city!), it runs every Wednesday to Sunday from 4:00-6:00.

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MorganK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience, delicious oysters and crab cake. BF got the burger and would not recommend. Overall great but the high price point I wouldn’t say matched the food. Went for a special occasion but deff recommend the HH.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my boyfriend went for dinner and it was amazing! Everything we ordered was fantastic and the service was perfect! I def recommend

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vipSeth
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and best lobster roll I’ve ever had!

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CassandraS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here. I really enjoyed the food and drinks. I was celebrating my best friends birthday! I would for sure be going back.

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vipGreg
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long time

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vipNatalieB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How did I never know about this AMAZING happy hour & spot? I walked in and fell in love with the set up and old time feel. Went for happy hour and was so happy. Got the speciality drink and a few of the food items. The highlight were the crab fingers. I have never tasted something amazing!!!! They had so much flavor and were only $5! You HAVE to go if you are in Old City!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun for Happy Hour! Good food & Drinks! The “Rose Gold” drink, especially.

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Reviews
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Candidly the food was simply not up to snuff. We enjoyed the drinks and service, but found the portions were very small for the prices and our plates were served cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with a Garces restaurant! The food was amazing and so was the service

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Wooo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The crab app and fish/lobster dinners were very oily.

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TomH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were super happy......highly recommended!!!

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MICHAELD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is great. The staff is working hard and I am glad to support them. Altjought their seafood is great, their 'fried chicken' plate is fantastic.

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Phillyfor2
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband and I definitely did not have the best experience dining here. We made reservations in advance and when we got to the restaurant we were told they were overbooked for reservations and that we would have to leave and come back a half an hour later.

As far as the entries, they were very small in the crab cake had a lot of filling products.

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StacyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at The Olde Bar! We love coming to this restaurant. Amazing drinks, especially the Rose Gold cocktail. Our server, John, was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent excellent excellent. Definitely recommend. So darn good!

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sharonb
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was on my bucket list from years ago finally made it there. Everything was good like I thought.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter John went above and beyond

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vipTracyG
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and loved atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, drinks, and service. Wasn't cheap but didn't feel over priced either. Good place to go with a few friends or on a date night.

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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 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 752 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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