The Olde Bar

4.6
1000 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

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 24, 2021

Come join us at The Olde Bar for the Feast of the Seven Fishes! Special prix fixe menu available on Christmas Eve only.

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AngelaA
Philadelphia
7 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
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pricey but very good.

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vipKayB
Philadelphia
11 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
17 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.

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JoeD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olde Bar was great as always. Food and Service were great.

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vipcgmohen
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant for lunch. Shrimp cocktail is delicious, east and west cost oysters are nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service-

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vipcassie
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!! We have been several times over the last year. I feel safe and valued as a customer. We will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was amazing! Highly recommend and definitely going back.

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vipManchvegas1
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Entrees were very disappointing. I ordered crab stuffed lobster, and there was almost no lobster and no crab could be tasted in the breadcrumb mixture. My son ordered steak frites, and he was give 4 very small pieces of steak and a plate full of fries. The quality and size of the entrees were Not worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with excellent food and service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Air conditioning broke. Music too loud , at6pm out of dinner dishes ,

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vipHeideF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team here went out of their way to accommodate us with younger kids (they don’t have a specific kids menu but improvised). We were pressed for time and they really made things work for us. On top of that, the food was delicious!

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vipLiamS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience2

I had very Fibrous pieces of asparagus ends in my pasta dish it was very unpleasant.

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MisterMister
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Very good food and ambiance, but you're better off sitting at the bar than taking your chances with the spotty & inattentive table service.

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AnitaL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour oysters were awesome and the drinks delicious! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour and price!

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Fredlystew
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Happy Hour menu is superb with Buck -a - shuck oysters topping the list. Great cocktails, crab fingers and burgers add to the list

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AMCVGT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not at all worth what we paid, we were there for an hour before even our appetizers arrived - severely under staff yet did not limit the number of tables available. Will never come back again

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robinh
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I think they are struggling. Service was slow, food was just ok, over priced and cold. Table next to us sent several things back, 2other tables complained about wait. We wanted outdoor dining, but have experienced it better at other restaurants (ie more ambiance than a table and chair in the street with a chain link barricade). Would not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Took 2 hours to get our main course. restaurant seemed Understaffed and the waiters overworked. Small portions for cost of entrees.

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WrIggsensibaugh
Montana
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not the same as the old “Bookbinders”, but okay.

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vipSylvesterV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best happy hours in town especially on the weekends!

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EmilyM
Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time

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MartinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place with good atmosphere and food. Neat that it is in the old Bookbinders restaurant. Great service.

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vipHoahoa
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere is always great here, even during happy hour!

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STEVENE
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Ignored by staff when entering, had to flag one down to show reservation to them.
Beer glass so full waiter spilled it on the table and just put the glass down in the middle of the puddle. No attempt to clean it. Wine was obviously spoiled to both nose and palate. Brought us another from a different bottle and it was OK.
$35 for the clam bake special. Expected a meal, not an appetizer. Maybe 12 medium clams, 1/2 ear of corn, 6 thumbnail size pieces of chorizo, 3 small shrimp and 2 fingerling by potatoes, halved.
The fries were sad as well, looked like mostly small pieces from the bottom of the fry basket.
Really? $100 for the two of us and we left hungry and feeling taken.
Nice place but NOT worth the price!

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KelseyP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 1000 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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