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The Olde Bar

4.5
4.5
1212 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.

In accordance with City of Philadelphia COVID-19 guidelines, masks are once again required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, while inside our restaurant. Masks may be removed while seated. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to safety and look forward to serving you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 253-3777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Olde Bar can accommodate all your special event needs. Email: pa.events@garcesgroup.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Garces Events: (855) 893-7201

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    S. 2nd St.

  • Parking details

    Philadelphia Parking Authority Garage located at 125 S 2nd Street, less than a block north and west of The Olde Bar. Private lots located within a few blocks, at 401 S Columbus Boulevard, 109 Chestnut St, 36 S 2nd Street and 299 S Columbus Boulevard.http://philapark.org/locator/ and enter our addressThe Olde Bar does not offer valet parking

  • Public transit

    The Olde Bar is located just over two blocks south of the Market-Frankford EL stop at 2nd and Market Streets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • BRUNCH WITH SANTA

    $45.00 per person

    Dec 18, 2022 only
    Santa Claus is coming to... The Olde Bar. The only place Santa loves more than the North Pole is The Olde Bar! Spend a festive morning in our winter wonderland visiting with the "Big Guy", snap photos and enjoy a buffet-style brunch perfect for the whole family Choose one of two seating's: 10am and 12pm on December 18. Adults $45, Children $25, gratuity not included.
  • Feast of Seven Fishes

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    The Feast of Seven Fishes is back at The Olde Bar! Join us Saturday, December 24th at 5pm or 7pm for Chefs twist on a Christmas Eve dinner. $95 per person (not including tax, gratuity and beverages) Make your Reservation today!

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What 1,212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. R

    Redshandy

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and outstanding service. Go for Happy Hour and get wonderful drinks and snacks for a fraction of the menu price.
  2. K

    Kimk

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was great! Best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten. The fries were killer. The room with the bar in it is beautiful. The main dining room, on the other hand, is one of the weirdest, oddly designed spaces I’ve ever seen in my life. It feels like the set of a soap opera from the 1990s. Weird art, strange artifacts, hospital waiting room furniture, floor lamps, string lights….it’s bizarre.
  3. JM

    JulieMar

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved the meal at the olde bar. The food, service, ambience and music was superb. We are visiting from New York and will definitely be back as soon as possible to dine at this restaurant again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Some of the worst food I’ve ever had in a restaurant
  5. D

    Ddeats

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the staff was very kind, welcoming, and checked in with us often. The drinks were perfect. The ambiance was just what we were looking for.
  6. SS

    SusanS

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    highly recommend. great food, location, service and atmosphere
  7. JL

    JohnL

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Poor service. Food was subpar.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! The waitress was very informative about the menu and attentive to our needs. We had a fantastic experience! Loved the ambiance as well.
  9. E

    Elisabetta

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All was excellent except they were out of a few items.
  10. E

    Elegant

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good experience. Quality food and appealing menu. Quiet enough to hear each other in the dining room, even on a busy night. Our foursome had to sit at a too-big table for six or eight, though we had a reservation. More square tables needed. Service was lovely.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant located in historic Old Bookkbinder building, but new owner for last 10 years. Food good but a bit pricey; however, not outrageously expensive. Decor reminiscent of stately colonial Philadelphia era. Menu stresses lobster and other seafood, but is varied.
  12. JR

    JRDPhilly

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    It was extremely cold during our visit. Like there was no heat in the building. The food was mediocre for the price.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Since moving to Philly 5 months ago, we’ve been to the Olde Bar 4 times. First three times were very good. Service is always top notch. We had out of town guests with us this time and unfortunately, the food was not up to their usual standards. Two dishes were almost inedible. We were told they had a new chef - all good. We will definitely be back. Every restaurant will occasionally have a bad night.
  14. E

    Emma

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lunch was a warm lobster salad and a salmon galette. For the lobster salad, the lobster meat was fresh from a boiled lobster, not something stored in the fridge. Wish there had been more of it but then, who doesn’t? The Salmon Galette was my favorite. It was made of matchstick potatoes, think latkes, with a generous amount of salmon and a pesto dressing. Lovely. Service was very attentive, If you’re visiting in Philly and want to absorb the history, this is the place to go. And you won’t be disappointed by the food!
  15. M

    Marlon

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by the hostess, seated and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes. Both of our meals were amazing! We had the Lobster Bisque, the Pork Chop and the Lobster Potpie! I'm looking forward to returning to try some of the other menu items. Our server was very friendly. knowledgeable and helpful. We were celebrating a special birthday and our server and the rest of the staff made the evening quite special.
  16. a

    aas395

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Easily one of the best meals I’ve had this year. Our waiter was also fantastic. Thought some of the design choices in the dining room space were a bit strange but the bar itself is really cool. Plan to come back soon
  17. DG

    DanG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy hour is a great deal!
  18. k

    kdub169

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Let me start with the positive. The service was outstanding; from the host at the front lobby to our server Margo and another lady who I believe was a manager. They were top notch. Now, the food. It was meh. We shared the apple arugula salad (zero apples in it and the dressing had no flavor) and the madai snapper tartare. The lemon taste was overpowering and the snapper, well there were bits of it. Little bits. Very, very eensy weensy bits. For entrees I had the shrimp and grits, and while tasty, the dish wasn’t outstanding. My date had the lobster salad; which amounted to a plate of greens with about three fingers worth of chunked lobster. The lobster had very little flavor. We had the strawberry trifle for dessert. Again the flavor was just not there. To make it worse, it tasted more like refrigerator. The joke later that evening was that our breath smelled like nasty food. The manager was very responsive to our mention of the tartare. She tasted it and agreed that it was not good. She removed that from our bill; which was very nice. Aside from the actual service, the place was not very good and overall, I was very disappointed. I give it one star out of four as Mr Garces failed to live up to the high standard that was set by the restaurant that was there before; Bookbinders!
  19. SB

    SusanB

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great apps and seasonal cocktails!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the ambience great, and the staff was excellent! My wife forgot her sweater and the manager called us to let us know, which they certainly didn’t have to do! A great experience and I would highly recommend!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, ambiance - the Lobster bisque and Lobster Roll were absolutely phenomenal! A must in Philly!
  22. c

    carkee

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was slow and sloppy. It’s a super charming old style bar and the food was good. The waitress slopped our drinks on the table - leaving a puddle and didn’t bother to clean it up. Took a long time to order a drink- she came by with water than we didn’t see her again for a long while.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I’ve been here a few times in the past and received great service, even when there were issues with our orders but this time was different. Our server wasn’t attentive at all and the food took 30+ minutes to come out so we had to get her attention to ask why, versus her communicating they were short staffed during the time we waited which we would have understood. She didn’t check back with the table while we waited for our entrees to see if we needed or wanted anything else and although she was nice, her communication and attentiveness should have been better. We understand that staffing can be difficult, but communicate and set the tone at the beginning of dining so at least we know. Food was good, but wish the experience and service was similar to those in the past.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious
  25. SF

    SteveF

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a great time. Happy hour cocktails and $2 oysters started thing nicely. Then we both had the lobster for dinner and that was excellent too. Great ambiance and excellent service. Best of all we found free parking around the block
  26. PD

    PD16

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service experience was one of the strangest we've experienced. Food was also coming out at different times, and the wait staff tried to make it right and apologized. This is the second time dining here, but we wouldn't go back to the main restaurant.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary. Food was perfect and delicious.
  28. GT

    GabrielleT

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service, cocktails, and appetizers were 10/10. Steve was fantastic. Entrees… meh. Very expensive for OK food. Steve even did a great celebration for my dads bday.
  29. KS

    KatherineS

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful and delightful restaurant! The food was carefully mastered snd delicious while the staff was attentive to our every need. Highly recommend!
  30. TC

    TimC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice seafood menu in the historic Bookbinders location.
  31. KW

    KathleenW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager on duty was amazing! She could teach a class in customer service!
  32. VL

    VLuvsfood

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Love the ambience. You can choose between a lovely bar or dining room. The lobster salad and choc cake was tasty! Did not care for the mushroom biscuit entree.
  33. s

    supru

    Philadelphia

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love, love, love this place! First chilly day of fall but one of our group wanted outside seating so they accommodated us. Lauren our server was fabulous, she was funny, knowledgeable and super efficient getting us all our orders. We ordered 2 dozen oysters (Barnegat Brunettes, so yummy with the brine flavor), salmon spread, chili garlic mussels and Buffalo cauliflower to share. My husband got his usual rye Manhattan with a twist (one of the best in town) and we got a bottle of albarino (then a second) to share. All were delicious! We were still hungry so we all ordered entrees next. Shrimp and grits, mushroom and biscuits (a riff on chicken and biscuits), papardelle pasta and bacon cheeseburgers. More deliciousness! Special thanks to Leah the general manager who always ensures we have the best time when we visit. Both staff and management team make the guests feel special.
  34. R

    Restaurantmistress

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a good spot for a Sunday happy hour! Great drinks. Great food. Our server was great as well. Liked the music selection in the background. Favorite happy hour eats were the shrimp fries, fried oysters and buffalo cauliflower. New Sunday rotation most definitely.
  35. AK

    AngelaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From starters to entrees everything was great! Nice atmosphere!
  36. RC

    ReneeC

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Everything fries. Basically it was a $100 fries dinner. Ordered the steak frites and there was 4 small pieces of steak and a massive amount of fries. The mussels came with fries, everything came with fries. If you’re not a fries eater, there are better places to go. I am not a fries eater but will admit, they were good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, great service and really nice “olde bar” atmosphere. My wife and I enjoyed it even more than we expected and we had fairly high expectations given other reviews. Everyone there seemed to enjoy themselves too.
  38. F

    Foodie1901

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    There were quite a few missteps. At 6:30 PM they were already out of crab cakes, that is after we were told how good they were. The salmon was raw and it took 20-30 minutes to replace it. Have no desire to go back.
  39. BI

    BIRTHDAY76

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The general manager really helped us celebrate ! She brought us cake with candle and Prosecco! She is extremely charming!
  40. KK

    KandK

    Philadelphia

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner last night. Pork chop and papardelle both excellent. Server was very friendly and accommodating.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • 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

FAQs

The Olde Bar does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.5 stars by 1212 OpenTable diners.

The Olde Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S. 2nd St.

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Philadelphia Parking Authority Garage located at 125 S 2nd Street, less than a block north and west of The Olde Bar. Private lots located within a few blocks, at 401 S Columbus Boulevard, 109 Chestnut St, 36 S 2nd Street and 299 S Columbus Boulevard.http://philapark.org/locator/ and enter our addressThe Olde Bar does not offer valet parking

  • Public transit

    The Olde Bar is located just over two blocks south of the Market-Frankford EL stop at 2nd and Market Streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 253-3777

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Olde Bar can accommodate all your special event needs. Email: pa.events@garcesgroup.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Garces Events: (855) 893-7201

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