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The Butcher Bar

4.5
1102 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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EmillyZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time visiting. Coming in from the outside, I was nervous because the street and entrance just looked dingy but coming in, it was so well put together! Very pretty and welcoming.

Drinks were strong. The appetizer we ordered was the highlight of my meal (the spare ribs toast). It was delicious and flavorful. The bread had a great crunch to it.

We ordered steaks which weren’t anything to rave about.

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vipMHonz
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Another great spot in Central City, good food and libations. A friendly wait staff and open atmosphere make for a pleasant dining option. We had the octopus and Brussel sprout appetizers, the large group next to us ordered the Trough, it looked amazing and a ready excuse for going back to the Butcher Bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mini trough was amazing but definitely feeds more than 3-4 people! So good and worth every penny. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We ordered the braised short rib toast and the slab of bacon for appetizers which were delicious.

For dinner we split the rotisserie jerk chicken entree which we did NOT enjoy . Chicken was very DRY and there was no jerk flavor at all . I would not order or recommend that dish to anyone . The chicken was not crisp on the outside … very soft like . I suggest to remove or adjust entree to enhance flavor .


Drinks were yummy! Ordered the butterfly effect .

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AnnieB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Only issue that evening was the flickering of lights. Food, service, and ambiance besides the lights were great!

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
243 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

I went for Sunday brunch. My first time there. I was in the so-called patio garden which I thought was more like eating in someone's garage. I had a bloody mary that was way too spicy for me even I was told it was not. I had a variation on eggs benedict. Crab instead of ham . little of it and it was served on a biscuit which overpowered the delicate nature of the crabmeat. I got a different cocktail as I could not finish the bloody. I don't think I'll be back.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch and great service! Highly recommend the French toast sticks

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AngJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I didn't want an outside table so we had to change tables...it was very hard to get an indoor table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was super swaggy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

butcher bar is a jack of all trades master of none nouveau burgers and whiskey-type joint. they can’t prepare anything well, but they prepare it enough to make it edible. not crazy expensive but still disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was excellent

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vipMarie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food and very reasonably priced. The italian meatballs and mac n cheese were favorites

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner, great 16 oz ribeye, great dessert. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trip to Philly for wife’s conference.

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Ssa56
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Place is really cool and staff is very nice. Good selection of draft beers. Food was so so - my vegetarian eggplant meatball dish was way too spicy to eat.

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vipHanoiIG
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service in a casual setting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Five stats. Food was delicious. Service was great! Ambiance was nice. Prices pretty reasonable. Nice outing. I’d return to test the consistency.

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ChrisP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience

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Rbeach
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was tasteless. My “filet” looked like a hamburger. It was not a filet cut. Tasted awful. Told the waiter. He asked if i wanted salt and pepper. Didnt offer me a new meal or to take it off the bill. Monkey bread and mac n cheese also tasteless. My husband’s burger meh.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in quite a while due to Covid and TBB hasn't missed a beat! Great tap beer choices and the food was fantastic! Will be back again soon!

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LizF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious.

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vipTammyG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. The food was good. French toast was incredible. Adorable decor. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch. Great service.

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AmberM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

This was our first time at butcher bar. We had a reservation but still waited at least 15-20 minutes to be seated, that wasn’t a big deal - food came out really quickly when we ordered. The appetizer portions were surprisingly small for the cost. I thought the monkey pretzel bread would be a great dish for sharing but it was in a tiny bread tin - it also wasn’t in the pull apart form that we were expecting based on the name. I had the game hen and it seemed undercooked, parts of it came apart easily and were fine but other parts were incredibly rubbery and still shiny like raw chicken. It was a large portion but I’d say about 1/3rd of it was inedible (which I didn’t notice until I was halfway through - it seemed one side was worse than the other). My root vegetables were also undercooked. My husband had the boar ribs and they had a lot of fat on top and the meat underneath was tough. 2 others at the table got the royal burger which looked pretty good, not sure if it was a $17 burger though. Another friend got the strip steak which actually looked pretty good. I’d probably give them another shot after restaurants get back to normal staffing levels.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time and highly recommend. Definitely not a place for vegans or people who don’t love meat! Try the short rib roast app. 🔥

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JodiS
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find on our overnight stop in Philadelphia! It was a great space, great food and great service!

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To have a great meal without being super expensive but gives you a solid night out, this is your place. We had the 6oz steak, Korean short ribs, Gouda Mac and cheese, the fries and two of the delicious craft cocktails, and it came out to about 111.00. The meat was amazing, perfectly cooked and seasoned. The 6 0z filet sits atop gorgeous steamed farm fresh vegetables. Definitely enough for two. Environment is fun and the music is great ! Indie, alternative.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I really liked the place. Everything was delicious except for the steaks. I ordered the dry aged ribeye. I asked for medium well and it was rare. I wasted half of it because I cant eat rare meat. I couldn’t send it back because we were pressed on time to go to a show. My wife’s steak was undercooked also. Service was awesome and all the other food was really good.

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CalebC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Even though it’s still on the menu, they don’t have hanger steaks. It’s very loud and disorganized. The food is just ok. It’s certainly not worth the price point.

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vipDrDiane
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have not been to the Butcher Bar since the pandemic. But I had work colleagues in from out of town who like meat and beer so I thought this would be a good option. I was very disappointed! We had terrible service, slow, not helpful, and somewhat rude.
The bacon appetizer which I normally love was just a slab of FAT!. There was no meat on it. Truly disappointing!
The Royal Burger also seems to have gotten smaller since the pandemic.
Still has a great beer list so that was the big plus of the night!~

Please work on your service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was great! The waitress was really attentive and ensuring

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vipEBLC
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Have eaten at Butcher Bar a few times - and always had fun/good experiences. Tonight was terrible from the moment we walked in the door. The place was empty at 4:15 when we arrived, but the hostesses refused to seat us early for our 4:30 reservation.(We arrived early after a sports event at Drexel.). It was understaffed, from the front of the house to the back. The food was ok at best. We will not return.

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GabrielG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An excellent bar with a wonderful selection of cocktails and draft selection. Petit Filet was cooked to perfection - deserving of price point - however I wish the selection of sides were included and not an addition onto my your typical “seasonal vegetables”. Spare Ribs were delicious and paired great with the sriracha slaw. The spicy Korean Ribs with a Guava Sour made for a great spicy/sour pairing.

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vipLaurenN
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at the Butcher Bar and it was fantastic. Great service, good food.

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vipKarenG
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

French. Toast. Sticks. That’s all you need to know

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
119 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first rip to Butcher Bar and it sure is about meat. There was a great selection and great quality. Plenty of choices from the bar and the outside patio was a welcome discovery.

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vipJules
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a super friendly waiter and a great outdoor table to take in the whole area vibe! We started with the charcuterie board and brussel sprouts and cauliflower appetizer. Great Gin cocktails and wine and then had the special of the night, short ribs, grilled octopus and the wedge salad. It was really fantastic. Lots of young people to meet and greet here too.

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RobinK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not for vegetarians. The meats they have are cooked well, but you really have to take the "Butcher" part seriously. Very accommodating with our semi-outside seating. Huge place -- can bring a group.

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MarcG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Happy hour is boring so as the bartender. Great service and the food was delicious.

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The Butcher Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1102 OpenTable diners.

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