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The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA

The Olde Bar

4.3
4.3
1507 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.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 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: (267) 284-7979
  • Neighbourhood
    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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What 1,507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

1,507 Reviews
  1. eatout2

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my family to Olde Bar for my husband's birthday at his request. He had been to the original Bookbinders years ago, and wanted to go back. He was pleasantly surprised to see that it still retains a lot of the charm & ambiance of the original. We had good service at a high top table in the bar area. The cocktails & food were good for happy hour. We then ordered dinner and also enjoyed our meal. We won't wait as long to go back next time!

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  2. Smmphd

    New York City

    119 reviews

    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place, but they were short-staffed and disorganized. It took a very long time to order, but then service was friendly and efficient. Fantastic signature cocktails. The food was tasty, but one dish lacked the advertised veggies and another featured a very thin pork chop.

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  3. Ciara7029990

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was absolutely horrible. Our waiter told us he was having a bad day and that he forgot about us MULTIPLE times. My sister’s salmon was raw. And then they gave her the same piece of salmon she sent back after telling her she would receive a new plate. We didn’t have to pay for the salmon meal, but the service was so bad that it was not worth the time or money. Will never return.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was ok - expected fresh fish for my appetizer that wasn’t fried.

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  5. KyleN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but came in small portions for the price. Espresso Martini was deceiving, as it came in a small glass. Cool, historical feel, but was dirty and dusty.

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  6. Gladwynegal

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Olde Bar because it is so reminiscent of the old Bookbinder's, but tweaked by Garces. Loved sitting in a booth at the bar. Food was great and just hit the spot. Cocktails & wine were excellent. Our server Chris was knowledgeable, very pleasant and realized I'd left my credit card behind. They phoned me as I was leaving their restroom and I was able to thank him in person. This is a place I go to again and again.

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  7. CMBeatz

    New York City

    99 reviews

    3.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Portions were small, prices were high, wait was long - despite lack of a crowd. Lots of fries but very empty lobster roll and very little chicken with the biscuit. Wanted to revisit Bookbinders location I remembered from my youth.

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  8. Phillydining

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, high quality, server knowledgeable

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  9. DennisM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had very good service and the food was great. The bartender makes a superb Manhattan 👌.

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  10. MarieB

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner for a combo Mother’s Day / Anniveraary outing with our kids. Ambience and food were great. Fun and lively atmosphere in the bar area. All around great experience.

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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 4.3 stars by 1507 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

10:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    S. 2nd St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Old City
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (267) 284-7979
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