The Library II

4.5
107 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
The Library II has served fine food & beverages for over forty years. Originally opened in 1947, it has been a New Jersey landmark and a neighborhood favorite with a family atmosphere and a unique style.Well known for our steaks, seafood, and salad bar, our mission has always been to serve the finest quality food and provide top-notch service. From meeting our chef at the window who will trim your cut of steak or choose your lobster tail, to exploring our premium salad bar with a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, artisan breads and fine cheeses, your dining experience here is one of a kind. And of course, crafted cocktails, and an array of beer and wine is happily served at our spacious bar and lounge. Winner of awards from the Best of South Jersey, Best of Philly, South Jersey Magazine Best of the Best, and a rating by Zagat, In addition we offer a fine sandwich menu and daily Happy Hour specials. In any event, The Library II is sure to please.
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ChrissyPap
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We haven’t been here for awhile, restaurant is very dated, food wasn’t like it used to be. It’s a shame because their service was excellent. We won’t be back.

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vipcablvr
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The salad bar is one of the best in the Delaware Valley, not only the quality and items, but the freshness and clean spread makes it even more attractive.

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jayneR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Started with chocolate martini that was perfect. Had
the surf and turf. Best lobster I’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection and so sweet.

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RoxanneF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Love the salad bar!!! Hear selection of everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was average for the price. The filet had no flavor. The mushrooms and onions had very little mushrooms. The garlic mashed potatoes tasted like straight garlic and weren’t very good. I do recommend the scallops wrapped in bacon. I probably won’t return just for the appetizers and salad bar hoping dinner will be good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter did an excellent job and all three of us enjoyed our food. Each meal was prepared perfectly.

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Craig
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here after many recommendations and it was great. We all ordered filet and they came perfectly prepared. Sides are large and best to share. One suggestion though. Make sure you are not seated next to the salad bar near where you place your steak order. A line forms and intrudes on the tables there. We asked to be moved and thankfully they were able to accommodate. The staff did not seem surprised by our request. One person felt like he was going to sit down with us.

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vipMTM1
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It needs a refresh, the chairs and the tables look like they were bought at a garage sale, and certainly doesn't match the prices of the food. Great salad bar,

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MtLaurelDiner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good. Service was a bit slow. I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Steak is always good. Always cooked correctly to your request. Prices are pretty steep though. Definitely worth the occasional dining out. Make reservations on Friday’s and Saturday’s. They get pretty busy. Waitress was attentive. Salad bar has many options. No appetizers, a coffee, coke and dinner for 2 with 3 sides total was $111.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Day after Xmas. A bit noisy but drinks and food were excellent. Staff was super from the kitchen to the
Server.

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vipStanS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Unique ambience and outstanding food made our first visit to this restaurant a very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Way way Too dark. Price of meats were expensive for the cut and quality of the finished product drinks were ok but overall spent a lot of money on an somewhat ok meal. Next night went out and had an unbelievable meal for 1/3 the price I spent here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason We go to The Library is for the terrific salad bar with bagel twists and their awesome lobster tail!! It is very expensive but so worth it if you love lobster tail!! It is the only place I will order because they know what they are doing!! Always cooked perfectly!!!

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vipNick
Philadelphia
203 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unbeatable salad bar, superb steaks cooked to perfection and a very good waitress.

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JenniferC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff is very attentive. The food is great. No complaints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went especially for me to get the Lobster tail and it is the best around! I am willing to pay the $85 for this piece of tail!!! Lol. You can’t beat the salad bar! Fresh as can be! I love the bagel twists and butter!! My husband got the filet which is always fine!!! But I come for the lobster!!!

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BoopL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was my birthday and I must say I had a wonderful prime rib I wasn’t too pleased with my big potato but the salad bar made up for it I also tried the summer sangria which was wonderful and all my friends and family seem to really love the ambience of the library since some of them have never been before . Absolutely worth checking out if you’ve never been

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal and great service as always. Good luck eating dinner after having that awesome salad bar!

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JessicaM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Father came to visit my family and it was the first visit to NJ. He wanted a good steak so I thought Library right away. We ordered 2 6 ounce ultra trim filets and my father a 10 ounce ultra trim filet. The steaks were not cooked as we ordered and there was big pieces of fat on them. I asked the waitress to explain what ultra trim was and she said that our steaks were not that. I told her that’s what we ordered. She said that she would only charge the regular price and I responded that I wasn’t concerned about that as much as when can we get our steaks back because we were hungry. Mid meal we got our servers switched. That was such a pain. This is my second bad experience with this restaurant and I hate when I have to get up and find the server.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

My 16oz Ny Strip had too much fat on it for my liking!

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CM112
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Cold food. Very disappointing

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vipmaxw
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks to go along with dinner. The best salad bar. A family favorite

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NinaB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing foot and the staff could not have been friendlier. We will definitely be back.

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vipSue56
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been eating at the Library II for 30 years, and have never been disappointed. My husband ordered the prime rib this time and said it was the best he'd ever had! My Classic 6 oz filet was cooked perfectly and was tender but tasty - rare plus. Our friends were happy with their selections too.

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vipJoeK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not really into getting my own food when I go out for dinner. Don’t agree with the concept of waiting in line to order my food. I can do that at a fast food restaurant . Very good salad bar.

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Nina
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to celebrate our wedding anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great service and the best steak I’ve ever had! So many choices on the salad bar! My only complaint is that it is very dark but was ok once my eyes adjusted! Would surely go back again!

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AnnW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious 😋. Salad bar great. We went during Happy hour so prices were better 😊 steak was very good a little pricey but delicious

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RoxanneF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

1 of my favorite restaurants so we went for my birthday.

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andream
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Over priced..and charred a $55 tomahawk steak!!! Everything is al a carte. Salad bar was awesome. Steak which is the star of the meal was a dud🤐

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DominicM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always Enjoy it! Great salad bar!
And their steaks are also very good!

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vipnelstein
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They have the best salad bar around and the food is always outstanding.

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JK19
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

So expensive for a meal that had no flavor and the meat was so dry! We were so dissapointed.

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RosemarieB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. We come for birthday celebrations. Nice place for families to met.

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KeithH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We’ve dined here several times. Sadly, during this visit the service was poor and the food was bad. Our daughter found a worm in some strawberries from the salad bar. We notified the hostess and the strawberries were promptly removed from the salad bar. We weren’t even offered an apology and were still charged for the kid’s salad bar (it was only $6.95).
We had a hard time getting answers to simple questions about the kid’s meals. Nobody seemed to know what was going on. Our kid’s wanted the salad bar, in addition to their meals (it’s included with the adult meals) and we were simply inquiring about whether it was also included with the kid’s meals. Had to really argue with several of them to finally get an answer. Finally we just ordered them the salad bar in addition to their meals. There was a happy hour special for $8.95 for the salad bar and they just kept pushing that instead of offering the $6.95 option for the kid’s (it was very clearly offered on the kid’s menu). We pointed this out SEVERAL times and after all of that they still tried to put the adult happy hour special on the order. I literally had to stand there and tell them to cross it out on the order and change it to 2 “Kids”. Ridiculous!!!
The drinks took forever to order and get refills. It was early, 5:00 or 5:30 on a Wednesday night and the place wasn’t very busy. They didn’t seem understaffed. Service was just poor.
My wife and I didn’t like either of our meals. I got the seafood combo and she got the stuffed shrimp. They had a big sign outside stating that they’ve been awarded best steaks and seafood. We agree, their steaks have always been amazing. We decided to try their seafood based on that claim. Won’t do that again.
Finally, our bill was $140+ for 2 adult meals, 2 kids meals, 2 kids salad bars, 4 glasses of happy hour wine, single dessert, a happy hour appetizer, and 2 root beers. Pretty steep for a poor meal and poor service.

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vipEthelR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST salad bar anywhere! if your looking for a great salad, this is the place to go! You don't even need to order anything else! But if you do, the steaks & seafood are always amazing! I had the Honeydew Martini & it was wonderful and of the deserts are always awesome, If you have room. The only negative is that the food comes out a little too quickly (crazy that this is a negative), but there is so much to enjoy at the salad bar, I never feel like I can finish my salad.

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vipJohn
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Apparently the restaurant does not give points for the reservation or accept the dining reward card. On top of that they were unapologetic and we’re willing to do nothing to help me resolve the issue. I was told to contact Opentable and straighten it out.

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delish
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Ordered a filet medium well, it came butterflied. I was not asked if I wanted it butterflied so that was annoying. Partner ordered medium rare which was a little more like medium but tough and tasteless, needs some spicing up. Salad bar was good just like I remembered it. Wont be back anytime soon. No comparrison for other steak houses that are about the same price

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vipAlice
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Love the Library II and have been coming for years. My only problem is its way too dark. Needs to be cleaned up and have some better lighting.

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Wino1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Labor Day for dinner. Food is always good. Beef cooked exactly as ordered. Huge salad bar!

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The Library II offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 424-0198.

The Library II is rated 4.5 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

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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