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The Butcher Bar

4.6
1024 Reviews
$30 and under
American
BUTCHER BAR—the latest restaurant from the crew that brought you Varga Bar, Mercato and Valanni. We invite you to our restaurant that playfully celebrates “meat lovers and comfort foods” complimented with a bar featuring 16 beers on tap, 6 draft wines, and a whiskey-based cocktail program.
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

we got a plethora of appetizers and shared one entree; all of the food was delicious. the only thing I wasn't a fan of was the butcher's punch, that didn't taste good to me at all. my favorite item we got was the Korean short ribs!

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SusanB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both great!!
We will be going back soon!

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DinoS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on Father's day for brunch. Food was delicious- however french toast was deep fried- which was NOT stated on menu and not what I expected. Water was served in glass carafe- cute but no ice and water was warm. Waiter was excellent, friendly and exceeded in customer service. atmosphere was adorable and hip .
Chairs uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great!!!

MJ
vipMJay
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sonia our server was AMAZING! We loved the Duck wings! Wanting to go for brunch!

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JimT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, we bought several appetizers rather than getting a bigger meal. Jalapeno cornbread is out of this world. Service was amazing and ambience as outstanding. We sat "outside" and felt great. Chef John provides great food and a welcoming atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We didn’t feel it was worth the price. Lamb chops were deep fried which is just against the nature of lamb chops. And they were quite chewy. Boar ribs were overcooked. Mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower ended up being the best meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, can’t wait to go back.

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MichelleR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good except for a side dish that arrived at our table before the main dish and was cold. The drinks were perfect. The waiter seemed to be preoccupied and it seemed like he kept trying to leave even though we were not finish placing our orders. He seem to forget about our orders which might be why some of it was cold. I think I would give this place another chance and hopefully we get a better waiter.

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CherylC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service attempted to be prompt but the electricity went out just as we placed our order and then the placed filled with smoke.No AC or fans working on a 90+ degree afternoon. We left…will try again. Was supposed to be a birthday celebration. Disappointing but not their fault

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Fbtweety
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steakhouse quality with a chill vibe. Nice cocktails and very nice whiskey selection. Servers were nice as well. Liked the outdoor backyard set up.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Expensive but meats are excellent, sides less so.

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TracyD
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was good and the drinks were unique and strong!

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PhillyBen
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Butcher Bar underwhelmed me. I'd chosen it because I'd been looking for a steak place that wasn't super pricey. Butcher Bar seemed to fit the bill. But it's really, really not a steak place. I would characterize it as a hipster-ish bar that also serves pretty good, meat-centric food. By "hipster-ish" I don't mean anything negative. I'm just describing the atmosphere and aesthetic. By "pretty good" I mean just that, nothing special, nothing terrible. Although the reviews led me to hope for more.

I'd been intrigued by the "sloppy joe poutine," as my kids love poutine and cheese fries and also sloppy joes. Sadly, that appetizer hits on the best of none. It's a plate of fries topped with a huge mess of ground meat. No discernible gravy, which usually makes the poutine. No discernible sloppy joe sauce. No discernible cheese sauce. Just a mass of ground stuff dumped on fries. Let me just say that there were a LOT of leftovers, and my 3 kids usually leave nothing when it comes to fries.

As a main dish I ordered the Korean short ribs. They were very heavy on bones, very short on meat. A few mouthfuls at most.

One son got the wild boar ribs. He liked them reasonably well. The other son got the game hen and said that it was OK. My daughter got a pasta and ate about 1/3 of it.

Our server was a very nice young man who paid us tragically few visits, apparently occupied with other tables in a restaurant that was about 2/3 full. He failed to bring my second beer and also forgot about our order of plain fries. At least he didn't charge us for them, so there's that.

It's hard to say how much of this "meh" experience could be attributed to late-pandemic disruptions (it was early June 2021), and how likely it is that things would be much better on a different visit. With all of the city's great restaurant offerings, I'm unlikely to find out. Perhaps you'll have better luck.

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JenI
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. The wedge salad is huge and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was banging. Service was banging. My gay friend wished the chef was banging him.

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vipGracegirl
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. Had a great time and home to get back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our servers were very friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

5 of us came for brunch on Sunday (since they only have 1 day of brunch) and were sat in the cold outdoor area, when it was clear that the heated outdoor area had plenty of open tables. We waited 30 minutes to receive our first drink, our waiter checked on our table a total of 3 times during a 1.5 hour meal. The service was unbearable. They were out of 3-4 things on the very limited menu, including chicken. I’m not sure how they ran out of chicken at 1 pm on their only day of serving brunch. We had to ask a bus boy to grab our waiter, and our waiter came over and said “I heard you needed something”, when all of our drinks had been empty for 20 mins. Then we get the final bill to see we are nickeled and dimed for everything, including a 20% fixed gratuity (we did NOT have 20% tip quality service) and a “liquor tax” - I live in Philly and have never had to paid a “liquor tax” at a restaurant. I am very disappointed and will not be back. They need to fix this.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Ribs were not good.
The smoked up the upstairs I couldn’t breath

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vipCr3ativegirl
Austin
73 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not our favorite meal during our 4 day trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time being at Butcher Bar and will have to say; it should always be a mainstay! The food was delicious, the ambience was great. Service was exceptional as well. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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IronHillafterLinvilla
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A few friends and I made the reservation to celebrate a 40th and 41st birthday. We didn’t get to celebrate last year and wanted to all get together this year. When we arrived there was a little confusion about what we should do. The hostess told us our table wasn’t ready yet, which was fine. We didn’t know where we could wait, so we waited outside at an empty table. I asked if we could get a drink and stand by the bar, the hostess told us no, that we had to be seated at the bar. I asked if we could get drinks from the bar and take them outside to the table, we were told to ask the bartender. When we asked the bartender he said no, because those tables were for people with reservations. I told him we had a reservation and the hostess told us that no tables were available. He said I don’t know why they said that, but we could grab a drink and stand by the bar. Which the hostess had told us we couldn’t do. Needless to say, very confusing arrival, I blame it on COVID protocols and not the restaurant.

We had a drink, about 10 min later our table was ready. Our server was great, we ordered a bunch of stuff for the table and shared. The thick cut bacon and the grilled short ribs were the highlight of the meal. The duck confit wings were also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service. This was our first time dining out since the start of the pandemic, and it was such a good experience. Definitely coming back soon!

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vipMatt
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Spot was really nice - we were in the back “outdoor” space. The meal started great - drinks and apps were amazing. However the mains didn’t hit the mark. Filet was dry and ribs were really tough and not really warm. Will probably come again for happy hour and focus on the good parts.

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vipKaitlinP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. Fantastic cocktails, delicious food and the ambience is really cool. Get. The. Butcher. Board. It is so worth the price. I love charcuterie boards especially when they offer unique things. The duck prosciutto blew me away it was so so good. All in all chefs kiss will definitely return in the future!

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MC15
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner! Our waiter was great, gave good suggestions and attentive. The patio area by the bar is nicer than the inside dining—more open and perfect for when the weather’s nice. Food and cocktails were amazing. Will be back!

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MartinC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks and great service from Mike our waiter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, charcuterie board, and burger.

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Foodie4
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was so much better than I expected!! Food was delicious and the service was great.

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KB21
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent......ridiculous that they charge a surcharge for using a credit card on top of all the other taxes!

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juuusgo3
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding and knew we wanted to get brunch the morning after. We had first gone to the Butcher Bar in Sept 2019 for one of our first dates and loved the peanut butter bacon burger, so we decided to celebrate being back in the city with a return visit to the Butcher Bar for brunch - delicious!!! The pancake special was chocolate chip pancakes (my boyfriend’s favorite) and we ate as much bacon as we could stand :) We sat upstairs which was quiet and bright with the floor to ceiling windows, and our server was attentive and very friendly.

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Jackk
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was cold. We had reservations for inside but sat next to the open door leading to the outside.

Was expecting more flavor in the ribeye - was blah.

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vipEvanM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Surprised they screwed up my filet as bad as they did. Otherwise. Very tasty.

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Phillylawyer1996
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We all had a wonderful time.

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Benm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly wait staff, easy to find, awesome menu with an amazing atmosphere. Perfect place to go out with friends and have a fun time. Food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brunch was FIRE!! food and drinks were unreal, vibe was amazing, service was fantastic!! my first time here, i can’t wait to bring everyone i know!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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Yilla
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Very overpriced for basic things. Service was horrible. Don’t waste money on the board and make sure your drinks aren’t $25.

JP
JimP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a large group (10) and sat outside, excellent food and service, home run!

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The Butcher Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1024 OpenTable diners.

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