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The Olde Bar

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1113 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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Dining areas

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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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was incredible, and we will definitely be back again the next time we're in town

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Quality of food was subpar. Definitely not what we expected. Completely different from precovid days. Will not return.

  3. K

    Kate3

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There were four in my party for inside dining The green salad w smoked Gouda and salmon spread were so good. All entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. Two had the pork chop dinner, one crab cake, and one pasta w scallops, bacon and other terrific flavors. The food here is first rate. The service was great and the ambience quiet, even though there were four parties simultaneously occurring. I have eaten outside at the old bar and it is very pleasant.

  4. A

    Alex

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing brunch! Fun, informative, and attentive staff. Cool and unique decor. Drinks are pricey but pack a punch!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time! One of my favorite place to dine in Philadelphia.

  6. LF

    LFermo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Our entrées, drink and desert was delicious. Excellent service. I’m very disappointed with the oysters. It’s like oysters soaked or washed with water because it didn’t have a taste of a real oyster. It’s tasteless.You need to shucked it open before serving so that you’ll taste the real oysters. Please try to match your upscale restaurant food with the quality you serve.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Even though it was a really good burger, the price, if you are not from a big city, will leave you with sticker shock.

  8. AB

    AllisonB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun place. Great food. Excellent service.

  9. A

    Anjelica

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved this place! Great service. If you love history, the location is really cool. Only reason for removing a star is because my burger was pretty over cooked.

  10. HN

    HelenN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great table spacing and separated enough to keep the noise levels down

  11. C

    riaC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance, will return!

  12. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The pork was delicious and the service was all very nice

  13. ST

    STEPHENK

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Nice rooms with tons of space between tables. The food was excellent. The service was a shambles. Took forever to get our food and almost as long to get the check after we asked for it.

  14. GZ

    GuiaZ

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Their happy menu is fantastic. We love the ambience of the restaurant. Had a great time drinking laughing and eating.

  15. C

    Carrie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We all had a fabulous time. The bloody mary is a must try!

  16. ES

    EhsanS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious. Highly recommended.

  17. SM

    ShMcK

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The bar is awesome. The service was great. The cocktails were all great as well. The food was really good. Only downside is ordering a steak and fries for $30 only to get about 5oz of steak and a huge plate of fries. The value is a bit off. Otherwise it was a great meal.

  18. IF

    IsabellaF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing happy hour menu and the food was phenomenal! Definitely a nicer place, the website made it seem more laid back but it’s not a restaurant I would ever wear leggings a hoodie to. Service was exceptional as well.

  19. T

    Tracy

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Omg. The food was really good. This was me and my girlfriends first time here. We loved everything. Drinks were good as well.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really appreciated how the restaurant is setup inside for spacing between tables. The service was welcoming and friendly. The food was very good, especially of note the lobster bisque which was outstanding.

  21. NP

    NPhilly95

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent atmosphere and delicious drinks. Need to come back for HH.

  22. T

    Tammy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great happy hour menu with friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive staff.

  23. CS

    CthulhuSays

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tremendous experience. Feels like a throwback to when the dining experience was about more then just getting something hastily thrown together to get you back on your way. Fantastic cocktails and bar menu. A must for seafood lovers and a little something for everyone else. Would go back without hesitation

  24. NL

    NidiaL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was there for brunch with some friends. The food was all excellent as usual, beautiful building that is beautifully restored. I appreciated the absence of annoying background music that is so prevalent these days. All I want to hear is the hum of good conversation. Great food and drinks!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My fiancé and I always have the best time when we dine at The Olde Bar. The food was delicious, and the oysters are always tasty. I ordered the Corn Dog this evening for the first time, and it did not disappoint! Our server was the best and chatted with us. We will always be back!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a great experience. Really enjoyed my waiter — he was very well informed and knowledgeable of the menu. Thanks!

  27. DL

    DonnaL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    FOOD, DRINKS, SERVICE...IMPECCABLE! Front of house XOXO...waitstaff and management *chefs kiss*

  28. B

    Brandon

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Open table will allow you to make a reservation in the bar area for five but the restaurant will not accommodate you

  29. L

    deeL

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Very disappointed with the raw oysters, which were recommended; they were dry and seemed a bit old and whoever opened them butchered them in the process. We went for drinks and appetizer and tried several others which were better but not great.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I decided to come and dine during brunch. The drinks, food and everything was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed celebrating my birthday here and when I visit the city again I’ll be sure to stop by.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal and service.

  32. PS

    PamelaS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Our server was wonderful. The slow service was from the kitchen

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Food is Amazing! Drinks are Superb!

  34. JW

    JayW

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love coming here! One of my best places to go to in the city. Especially for happy hour.

  35. KB

    KayB

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love coming here for oysters raw and fried. Love my old fashioned drink with 100 proof rye whiskey with lemon and orange peel aroma.

  36. DS

    DaniellaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Zollie was a fantastic host! Excellent cocktails.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food

  38. JL

    JLachey

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very nice happy hour with each item priced under $10. I enjoy the fried oysters and the Bartender's Choice for my cocktail selection. Great place for after work or anytime!

  39. D

    Dinner

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The wait staff and service was excellent. The steak and pork chops both offered very good flavor but was not as tender as we would like to have them. Ambiance was wonderful. We will dine there again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Ambiance was cold and not inviting. Service was not accommodating and authentic but instead sounded rehearsed and dismissive. Food was inedible - bones in the lobster and crab cake was nothing as described in menu. Food was not good quality either especially for price.

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 1113 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.

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Booked 25 times today
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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