237 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Primary Phone: (215) 546-7566
Phone: (215) 545-0300
Fax: (215) 732-7564
The Barclay Condominium Assoc
The Barclay Condominium
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
02/20/2012Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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!
Wow, this is a great steakhouse, but the best was saved until the end - dessert! Way better than any other steakhouse we've been too. We had a delicious caramel banana coconut dessert - out of this world. The ice cream is homemade and we tried two flavors, unique and delicious! We would go back just for the desserts, but the food was great too.
05/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.