Overdesigned, yes, and unmistakably high-concept, Barclay Prime is nonethless the purveyor of some truly superb steaks and chops, sourced and prepared on a level way beyond what traditional steakhouses are capable of.
Best Steak in Philadelphia.
We recently visited my favorite restaurant of all times. The Barclay Prime is without a doubt, the best steak house you will find in ALL of Philadelphia. My husband & I, along with another couple visited the Barclay last week for Valentines dinner. The Rosemary popovers are always a favorite. Then the shellfish sampler came out, and once again, the oysters were superb! I thought the shrimp (as large as baby lobster tails) were a little tasteless. They were not as juicy/succulent as I remembered in the past. We all had the wedges, and they were okay, nothing very memorible about them. The 2 Bone-in Filets were cooked to perfection, as were the 2 strip steaks. So mouthwatering and flavorful. My favorite thing in the whole place is the truffle whipped potatoes. So, so yummy, as were the asparagus & steamed spinach that we all shared. Too full for desserts.
Our guests have never dined at the Barclay before and they were quite impressed, epsecially with choosing their own knives. We had a very nice, very knowlegible server, named Jeff whom I will ask for the next time we visit.
The steaks are out of this world!!! Very friendly staff, Great cocktails
i also loved the salads!!! Dessert is also very very good !
Worth every penny!!!
Amazing Food, Staff and Atmosphere. Barclay Prime has never disappointed me! I come back every time I'm in Philly. Everything was great; The Tajima Flat Iron steak was delicious and a great compromise in price if you want the buttery taste and smooth texture of Kobe without the Kobe Filet Price tag. Service was equally amazing, Michelle and her staff are world class...really, I travel the globe and this place is tops. It's worth every penny!
one of my favorite places. very nice place, it's classy and very comfortable . the steak is outstanding, lobster soup is incredible. always look forward to come back to this steakhouse.
Have not found a better restaurant in Philly. I've been to a lot of places to eat in Philly, and a number of its steakhouses. Barclay is the best, period. Capital comes close, but does not equal it. The 24 oz porterhouse is the best deal on the menu. The Wague/Kobe is good, but in my opinion not worth the added price. Ask if they have any Kobe actually imported from Japan (that's not on the menu), that IS worth the price. Everything else, 5 stars across the board. My only beef (pun intended) with the place is that I can't afford to go there every week! I've been at least a half dozen times and every visit has been top notch.
what a dissappointment. oy vay - my father said don't bother, but I had to try it, especially since we had reservations at Table 31 rthe next week. Dad was right. (I just had a great time at Table 31 by the way.) So, I thought I shoud write this. First, I must say, the service was great. I was with a tried & true wine connoisseur & she said the wine list was boring & the usual (same as capital). I thought the cabernet was good. The the appetizers were boring and unfortunately tasteless - I wished they were good, I was paying good money for them. Then the steaks, boring too. And the steak knives....you couldn't cut your throat if you wanted to they were so dull. We split the porterhouse & it iasted like it must've been frozen, watery kind of. We left without getting dessert. We decided to walk it off & go out for some great gelato...somewhere else.
Everything is top notch..
This is my anniversary dinner place, and I look forward to it every year. Yes, you will spend a lot of money here, but it is worth it.
The place is decorated beautifully, and there's not a bad seat in the whole dining room. I have always gone early on Saturday evenings before the dinner rush, but always make reservations anyway. It has none of the retro-kitsch-tongue in cheek-ness of the other Steven Starr's I have been to- it's just very, very good., and classy. Pricing on the steaks alone is reasonable compared to other steakhouses in the city, and the sides are standard (whipped potatoes, asparagus, spinach), but always delicious.
My boyfriend loves the shrimp cocktail- I have never seen shrimp so big! and the presentation of it is spectacular. I have tried the lobster cocktail- which was small, but flavorful. will switch to the crab cocktail next time.
The wine list is extensive, and we like that there is no snobby sommelier trying to upsell the bottles. If you want to enjoy a $20 bottle of wine with your $80 kobe steak- it's no problem-- this place will cater to you no matter what your tastes are. We have ordered a few reds in the $35-50 range and they are wonderful- wish I could remember what they were...
Since it's really a 'special-occasion' place for me, I always dress up, but there seems to be no dress code- a plus for some, I'm sure. There's always at least one guy in there that looks like he just finished mowing his lawn.
Expensive steak house with great service. Good food....but great service...the appetizers were great...the kobe slider appetizers were phenomenal....the kobe steaks were good but very expensive...great service
great service, great steak. From the decor to the service to the melt in your mouth steaks and sauces, barclay is outstanding. why go to a chain when you can get great food here.
I was skeptical, but this place delivers in aces!!. Ate here last night with my girlfriend. The atmosphere was different from other traditional steak houses (capital grille, Morton's etc) We found the atmosphere inviting and the seating very comfortable and not as loud (music) as some of the other reviews suggest. We were 15 minutes early and were given the option by the hostess to be seated in the dining room or to relax in the lounge with a cocktail. Our waitress was attentive and prompt. Excellent wine by the glass selection (they even have a super tuscan and a bordeaux by the glass). We had the bacon wrapped scallops that rested on fried green tomatoes. This simple sounding starter was cooked to perfection with all ingredients exhibiting their optimal flavour and texture. We both had steak for our entrees. She had the Kobe filet and I had the Kobe strip. While my steak was excellent, her filet was simply one of the most succulent pieces of beef I have ever had. We had truffle whipped potatoes and asparagus as our sides. I highly recommend the potatoes as they have a generous pool of truffle oil with lots of truffle bits atop (if you like truffles, i need not say more). We were quite full but had a relaxed dessert over coffee. We had the deep dish cookie (comprised of chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin) with home made vanilla ice cream on top. This was accompanied with a rich chocolate sauce. While we were craving a spoon or two of something sweet, we were unable to exhibit restraint. We took a bit of time, but our waitress was acomodating and did not bring the cheque unit I asked for it after a couple refills of coffee. The cheque was steep but fitting for a dining experience that delivered on multiple levels. The only minor gripe I have with this restaurant is that the dining room is very open (I personally would not chose this as a venue for a romantic celebration) Other than that, I highly recommend this restaurant.
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