The Olde Bar

4.6
764 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.

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 764 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The server was clueless about the menu, and brought out food at random. By the time my wife finished her entree, my main course arrived. Her sea bass was great, but unfortunately I never got to taste my entree.

I hope this was a one off. The manager was real cool, and comp’d the whole meal and threw in a yummy pecan pie, for the trouble. Hope next time is better.

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Bahia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, nice ambience, food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Happy hour was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious.. the oysters are awesome.. will definitely come back especially for those oysters

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a great brunch during Easter! Omar was an amazing waiter and was able to guide us through the menu and make great suggestions. Would love to come during dinner time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is awesome I guess ! Cocktails are perfect !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food and drinks were really good, but our server seemed so disinterested and it was so hard to get her attention. Everyone had empty drinks and no attempt to check in on us until we flagged her down. She just kind of ruined the experience. When the manager came over he was great, I wish he took care of us all night.

JK
vipJKE1
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor service. Many great menu options and a value packed happy hour. Definitely recommend!

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SarahDB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best value happy hour in the city! The quality is consistently excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have great experience there with all the staffs. Food is constant. Friendly and helpful staffs. Been coming here before it became the Olde Bar. Love the fresh oysters. My mom enjoys the oysters as much as I do so I been taking her there at least once or twice per month since before the pandemic.

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vipLindamarieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Our waitress was wonderful, I question the management.

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joeleyt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Do not go here. Horrible food. We were sick after our meal

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StacyS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Cocktails are delicious and happy hour is an amazing deal. Plenty of outdoor seating which is perfect on a beautiful day. All of the servers are wonderful and friendly. Received great service from Andrew this visit!

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AndiL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely to be dining outside in such great weather. My only complain is that we did not remember until after we had left that we had not received any Parker house rolls with our meal!

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StephanieH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, happy hour specials were a great value. Our server Steve was super attentive and knowledgeable and made great recommendations!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely an amazing place. Love the ambiance and tasty food. Great for Date Night!

SG
ShaeG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really nice place, it was my first time ever coming here. The food was good ( I had stuff lobster with fresh green beans and roasted potatoes). The waitress was nice and very polite.

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GeorgeW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The food was mediocre at best. We had shrimp cocktail The olde bar fries the buffalo cauliflower and the crab fingers but no appetizer plates For dinner we had the lobster pot pie and a burger and dessert the brown butter cheesecake and the pecan pie. Our server was "out - to lunch" for most of our time there. she even disappeared when we needed a check. the ambience of the place was great but it didnt make up for mediocre food and lackluster service. We wont be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staffs, food, drinks and ambience. One of my favorite place to go for happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very generous with the crab meat in all their crab dishes. Delicious cocktails.

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vipResplendent
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh seafood dishes and cocktails are always excellent here

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DanP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing prices on happy hour that make it great for a first date or just grabbing drinks with a friend after work. Their fries are probably the best I've had in my life.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was great and it was a cute spot. Our service wasn’t the best. We didn’t even know who our server was. We had to flag someone down after being sat for 15 mins and seeing two other tables near us get sat. Someone took our order then half way through we had someone else come by but no one ever told us their name or if they were our server. We finally received water once our meals arrived. No recommendations and not friendly at all.

The Olde Bar
Responded on March 19, 2021

Hello and thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed the food and our cozy establishment and apologize that your service did not match the rest of your experience. We would love to have you come back so that we can make up for the service shortfall you experienced. If you would like to come in for Happy Hour (4-6 Wednesday-Sunday) as our guest, we would be happy to buy you a drink! Please ask for Kate or Beth and call 215.253.3777 to make reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there for years and when it was used to be Booked Binders. Foods and drinks are pretty consistently good. Happy hours are great. Bring friends and mom there for happy hour special.

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vipBaBa
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice historic place with good food creative beverages and excellent service.

JD
JustinD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Suzy
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
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 on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEricR
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
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 on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Olde Bar
Responded on March 5, 2021

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!

HJ
vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
36 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 on March 5, 2021

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
4 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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vipEollie
New England
5 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
15 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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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 764 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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