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The Olde Bar

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614 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 614 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.4
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LyndaR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At some point during the pandemic, we all have tired of cooking and of staying in. We also miss supporting our favorite spots. I don't get down to old city that often but I am so glad I did this past weekend. Olde Bar was perfect. The food was spot on and the service was friendly and solicitous. I look forward to coming back.

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vipPhillyOpenTabler
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining during the pandemic where they are being RESPONSIBLE. All staff wear masks, tables are far apart, etc.
Trained bartenders, who make drinks by measuring ingredients, rather that most bars' "slosh of this, slosh of that" recipes.
Great food, great drinks, and happy hour makes it a great deal.
I love the restaurant, but I'm a little afraid to recommend it because it's a hidden gem right now, and I don't want it to become mobbed!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was great! The service started rocky (as in I’m pretty sure they forgot we existed) but after that bump, they came back with a bang. Food was delicious. Drinks were refreshing and just the right amount of strong. Will be back!

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vipsupru
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy to be able to go back for happy hour even if we have to sit outside. (Reason for 4 stars for ambiance). All else was great: buck a shucks, mini lobster rolls (2 bites), fries and nice cold Chardonnay. My husband said the rye manhattans are as good as ever!

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MeggieB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best happy hour around!!! Food was delicious drinks were amazing.

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BrettS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and drink. Too bad everyone is relegated to outdoor seating.

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vipNeilT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good local place with excellent Village Whiskey hamburgers among other offerings. Recommend they Also include fois gras burger enhancements like Village Whiskey to distinguish from other restaurants.

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dani
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did happy hour in their outdoor seating area and it did not disappoint! Oh how I've missed those crab fingers! Great food, great service, and much quieter than outdoor seating in other areas of the city.

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vipLizzyY
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love olde Bar! Delicious food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The crab fingers were outstanding!

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vipSusanM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Olde Bar is a personal favorite. While only put door dining is available now, they normally have a great Happy Hour menu that includes Delaware Bay oysters. Service is always great and friendly

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MargaretM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good pivot to outdoor format. Nice happy hour. Be sure to try it .

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NicoleE
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Philadelphia! This was the only place I wanted to go once outdoor dining opened up. Their cocktail list is one to not miss- and their food is equally as fantastic. Do not pass this place up.

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GiuliaV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for happy hour during yellow phase of COVID in Philly. Really nice atmosphere and food! Much needed treat.

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Dushca
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to visit when I'm in Philly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. We did the happy hour.
Atmosphere was great. They even paid attention to the notes in my profile which I really appreciated.
5 Stars

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vipGrunkey
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good distancing protocol. Great good and service. Recommended.

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brookeslim
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening in there outdoor space.

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FloridaFood
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first trip to the Olde Bar (although I had been to Bookbinder's many times). Getting a reservation was easy through Open Table, even during the PA Yellow Phase of COVID dining outside only. The food was delish, the service was fun and attentive, and the recommendations were spot on.

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vipKateb
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another great meal at Old Bar! Staff was attentive to keep us shaded on a 90 degree day, which was appreciated.

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VeronicaM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boo to brunch for Father’s Day. Food and service was amazing!

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You are doing a great job under these exceptional circumstances! Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous to escape the BS of quarantine

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Amessage
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food breeze and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Just opened after COVID outside only. Limited Menu and lots of kinks to work out.

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Bunny
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely evening spent dining outdoors. Hosts were gracious, service was choppy, but the oysters were delicious.

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vipCandiceB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Followed protocol for social distancing and dinging outdoors. All servers wore masks, hand sanitizer available. Bathroom was spotless and just cleaned. Burgers were amazing as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at the Olde Bar but will definitively be returning. We tried the paella, pulled pork, and fired chicken, and everything was delicious. Our server was very friendly and seemed to be adapting well to the new outdoor dining due to COVID-19.

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vipJeffB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First weekend of post Covid outdoor dining. The place was very busy but seemed under control. My friend and I shared a bunch of starters and a burger. Everything was delicious and came to the table in good time.
It was great to see the employees and the guests taking social distancing and the wearing of mask very seriously. I saw tables sanitized between people leaving. I felt very safe dining. There were plenty of umbrellas to help keep the sun from baking us.

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TinaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. One of THE best happy hours - oysters and a great burger....

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Came in last Saturday our waitress had three tablesAnd we were one of them. She comes up to us and tells us she will be with us shortly 20 minutes later she keeps walking by us and the hostess I asked if we were takin care of yet which we weren’t so we ordered appetizers with her.Another 15 minutes go by we get our food and our waitress still hasn’t come to see how the appetizers are and if we wanted to order so we had to literally stop her. I place my order and when we get our food my burger was char black which was supposed to be medium rare. A again had to stop her awhile later since she never checked up on us to order second drink. To top off the story, 15 minutes go by and I stopped her to ask her about our drinks and she tells her she forgot. It was an absolutely horrible experience and we were there for my wife’s birthday dinner.

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TrixieMac
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the second day of outdoor dining after pandemic restrictions were lifted. They had planned well for their new operations. The service and the food was great.

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EllenL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out! Always loved to come here for Happy Hour oysters and sides! Better than ever! And nice eating outdoors-Hope it continues after Covid rules. 👍🏻👍🏻

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vipSaintDavid
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to back eating out after all of these months in COVID-19 quarantine!!

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vipMiriam
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent, but I had been looking forward to lobster and they were out by 7:30. A seafood restaurant should not be out of lobster, at least not so early. Severely short-staffed, service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, especially the happy hour menu. The service made the experience even better. Would definitely go back again.

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vipturbot
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have dined here twice before. Service always very good. Food very good. Space is large which is nice. No crowding. Oysters were outstanding!

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Archie64
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Bar and drinks were good. Cool old place. Happy hour oysters were good. Dinner entrees were really pretty bad. Had a half Maine lobster that was way over cooked and was the size of a prawn. Lobster roll was a little better, but I could have eaten 3 of them. Not great value or quality for the food. Come for happy hour drinks and oysters, and go someplace else for dinner.

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vipRPSJr
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Basically a bar food menu. Should have checked into more before booking. A ton of great French fries but not much else to rave about. When we arrived couldn’t find our reservation. Determined they had somehow seated another party under our reservation.

FAQs

The Olde Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. The Olde Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 253-3777.

The Olde Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 614 OpenTable diners.

The Olde Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://garces.americommerce.com/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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