The Olde Bar
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Friendly service, nice ambience, food was delicious.
Happy hour was great!
The food was so delicious.. the oysters are awesome.. will definitely come back especially for those oysters
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!
Service is awesome I guess ! Cocktails are perfect !
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.
Excellent outdoor service. Many great menu options and a value packed happy hour. Definitely recommend!
Best value happy hour in the city! The quality is consistently excellent.
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.
Our waitress was wonderful, I question the management.
Do not go here. Horrible food. We were sick after our meal
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!
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!
Food was great, happy hour specials were a great value. Our server Steve was super attentive and knowledgeable and made great recommendations!
Definitely an amazing place. Love the ambiance and tasty food. Great for Date Night!
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.
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
Amazing staffs, food, drinks and ambience. One of my favorite place to go for happy hour.
Very generous with the crab meat in all their crab dishes. Delicious cocktails.
The fresh seafood dishes and cocktails are always excellent here
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nice historic place with good food creative beverages and excellent service.
Food was outstanding and the feel was amazing. Nice lighting, comfortable temps and very friendly staff.
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!!!
Went for happy hour. Everything was delicious and service was super quick. Loved the vibe. Great experience.
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.
Dinner was excellent and even though we were outside the service was great!
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!
Loved the ambiance and the friendliness + promptness of the staff!
This was our first visit. Service, food, and ambience were excellent. We’ll definitely be back often!
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!
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,
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.
Bad bloody mary and limited menu, surprised being a Garces joint and all
Great atmosphere, great service. Will definitely make this one of my regular stops.
My favorite city bar- food is delicious, and the staff can’t be any kinder.
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
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!
I enjoyed my Valentine’s Day
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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.