High Note Café
High Note Café

High Note Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highnotecafe.com/
  • Phone: 2157558903x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9 P.M. Piano OR Special events Opera & Dinner Or Concerts Please Call : / Thursday 6 to 10:30 Italiano Nights with accordionist & Vocals singing italian favorites. / Friday JAZZ Duo's 6 to 10 P.M./ Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm New JAZZ duo's or / trio's each week .. /Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm JAZZ legend romantic piano & vocals of Kenny Gates
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: PhillySingingChef Franco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Franco 2157558903x
  • Entertainment: Live Piano , Singing servers & Chef Wednesdays& Thursdays Live JAZZ 6 to 10 PM Friday Italian Singing Night, Saturday & Sunday Piano with Singers ,Servers( OPERA ) Great entrees Veal-Seafood-Chicken Personal Gourmet Pizzas & lot more...
  • Special Events: 5 course Dinner

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tasker & 13 st.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Lots of off street safe parking for FREE or a City Lot Passyunk Ave. East 1500 & 1600 Block, Morris & Tasker
A word from High Note Café
High Note Café is the Only Italian restaurant in South Philadelphia with Live Music & Singing Chef Franco, Also Serving Homemade Southern Italian cuisine. Now serving Wine, Beer and Cocktails.
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High Note Café reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)good for groups (4)romantic (4)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent! Love this place!
    Margaux
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is a gem! The server was great, the food was excellent and the live music while we ate was so much fun. A true Italian family owned feel. Love everything about this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly great Italian meal
    TarzansgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Calamari that melts in your mouth....pasta perfectly l dente....the best veal parmigiana in town...light as a feather gnocchi. This meal was GREAT! And you won't believe how great a value the $13.99 carafe of house red is. The waiter was a total sweetie. I can't believe it took me 15 years of living in Phillt to attend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great music
    KateVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a great time and great meals at High Note. The service was excellent and the music was a perfect accompaniment to a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music and good Italian food
    Ehoop20
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I can't wait for my next trip to High Note. The live music was great and the food was good too. I loved the whole scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 198 reviews are from the High Note Café reviews archive.
  • Away too long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We hadn't been to Franco and Luigi's for years. While visiting a friend at Methodist Hospital, we decided to go back and will not stop this time. As good as ever. Love the atmosphere, excellent food and people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South Philly style
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is a true neighborhood gem. The food is delicious and the music makes the experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Have been here several times-food and service consistently good. Ambience fun- live music wed-sun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high note for High Note
    sailbyte
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went there on the recommendation of a friend. The specials were very good; although one of us had the pizza -- which was good, but not extra special. The big disappointment was that we were expecting the waiters to sing Opera (as the friend who recommended the place suggested); but we learned that the Opera singing was only on occasional nights.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NiNi
    NiNi
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was very enjoyable listening to the live music, there was a piano player playing jazz. They had a singer later on and a couple of other people playing instruments. Not too loud to have a conversation. They have a special with salad, any entree on the menu and dessert for $25 per person. Carafe of wine around $16. All four of us enjoyed the food. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was such a great place
    Scenic18
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This restaurant made a special night for my girl and I even more so. I'm looking forward to getting back there one day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian food ever!!!
    MikeC
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was the best Italian food I've ever eaten and the service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I first had dinner at High Note in October of 2013 when friends took me there for my birthday and I was hooked! The food was wonderful, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was upbeat. They have music on the weekends and its perfect for the place. I have been there four times since and it has been equally as good every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I went here once in college and could not remember the name, but the pasta dish I had stuck in my memory forever. Finally, almost seven years later, I remembered the name and instantly planned a return. I was NOT disappointed...the ambiance is wonderful and the music is so great. I do miss the opera-singing waiters, though...please bring them back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and jazz
    SiepiRamey
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    My third time at High Note and the food was great again. A smallish room with two levels, I had their Pearl Fishers seafood dish, calamari appetizer and almond cake dessert. Excellent food 3 times in a row. I greatly enjoy the jazz here as well. Three different groups have all been great. I highly recommend and each person I have gone with has the same feeling. I parked at the Fountain at Passyunk Square and found that the valet parking was a good option. Bravi tutti
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun and Food!
    Suzanne
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I took a friend who was never to Philly here, I wanted to take her to experience a real philadelphia restaurant where she would get to experience the great food and people this city. We have a super fun time. Excellent food to go along the great music. Couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real South Philly!
    PatsySue
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Love the service and the food and the feel of the High Note, but the music is too loud. Unable to carry on a conversation at the table. Personally, I prefer opera singing wait staff, but I understand that is not what brings people in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and live jazz.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We came to the restaurant expecting to hear Opera as we had not been there in a long time and in previous visits, the restaurant featured opera. We were seated next to the music which was very loud and asked to have our table moved as we would not be able to hear each other if we stayed in that location. They were able to accomodate us. The prices were considerably higher than we remembered, especially the appetizers. The food was very good. Wine prices were also good. There definitely was a problem having a conversation when the live jazz music was playing. The waiter was very friendly as was management. We thought the food was great but a little too expensive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go here to see our musician
    strawberryVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We go here to see our musician friends perform but they do serve some good Italian favorites and are usually warm and friendly. The house wine is a good deal too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The food was outstanding, as usual! However, the Opera singing was gone replaced by a very loud piano & cello player! The noise level was very loud and it was hard to have a conversation with the person next to you! They need to bring back the opera singers and soft piano music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Great dining experience. The service was fantastic and the food even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Mediocre!!!
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    From the fresh baked rolls drizzled with olive oil and fresh herbs to the chocolate mousse cake and all points in between. I've been here more than 15 times and I'm still amazed every time. When I saw that the menu had changed I was worried (FOR ABOUT A HALF A SECOND!!!). Don't worry veterans, the hot Italian sausage and broccoli rabe appetizer is still intact!! There are so many wonderful additions, you just can't go wrong!! Don't miss the Clams Casino, they'll renew your faith in mankind!! Whether come on a classical or a jazz night, you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself at the High Note Café!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Philly Classic
    2fordinner
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    The High Note is a gem. The food is classic, well prepared Italian fare....and they give you plenty. If you need a fix of terrific Italian food you don't need to look any further. In addition the opera singing waitstaff or the Sunday piano man are sure to entertain. Everyone is pleasant and attentive !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    4theloveoffood
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I find the food to be the best in South Philly. Everything is great- pasta,pizza appetizers. I even had fish that was delicious. I think the service is excellent. I love the music but find that if you are trying to have a conversation it is a bit too loud for a small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertainment Included!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The food was great and they had wonderful entertainment!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cabaret show and a great dinner
    katfish
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I knew that the Broadway Bash show was going to be terrific, but I never expected the excellent dinner that preceeded it. The food was high quality with excellent preparation. House wines offered were generously poured and wines by the bottle specially priced. Most "dinner theater" venues treat food as an afterthought, not here. We attended for the show , but will definitely return for the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful dinenr.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We had a wonderful dinenr. Anthony our server was great! I like the fact that all wine bottles are priced at $23.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    My husband and I have been coming there for the 4th time for our anniversary. We know the food will be good and there will be good entertainment. What a good place to go to and its local too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opinion
    Victor
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    It was my first time there and was a great night out. The waiter "Antny" (Anthony) was a pleasure. He had that South Philly humor and laughed with us even when we were breakin' them. He made our night as much as the good food and the entertainment. A good all round combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Benny
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Took the wife here on our anniversary. Great food and great service from Anthony. Piano player was great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual!
    Tfoster
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Love this neighborhood gem! Awesome food, service, and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good, fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    This is a great little neighborhood restaurant. Enter through the pizza parlor to the dining area in the back. A pianist was playing jazz and singing show tunes, Sinatra, etc. Very good!!! The food....., ahh the food. It was great. Pasta dishes were excellent with complimentary sauces(not drowned). Portions were large so that we all took home leftovers. For dessert, one of my dining friends said the cannolli was the best one he's ever had. Prices were not bad at all. No opera singing the night we were there, so we WILL return for that. Very cool place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a little different
    Park
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    ppreciate the local ambience. .loved hearing Sinatra songs sung live..my husband said three times how good is veal cutlet was
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    BarbL
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Not much more one can say. Food was superb, service excellent, entertainment top notch. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow. We were delighted with
    Happy
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Wow. We were delighted with the restaurant and the singing of the wait staff! The food was just fine, but the whole experience was really fabulous. I almost hate to write a good review, since I would love to keep this a secret so we can always get a table. However, that's not fair to the restaurant, the staff and other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great combination of good
    foodtraveler
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Great combination of good food, and singing servers. The jazz was okay, but the servers made the night. Without the good food, however, who would care - the total package is what makes The High Note Cafe special. I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall good experience -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Overall good experience - until we got the check and saw that we were charged for a second cup of coffe! Very tacky for a fairly expensive meal! We will not return, nor will we recommend High Note to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy Your Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I loved the relax feel of the place. The overall atmosphere was comfortable and the food tasty. Service was excellent and the singing certainly added a plus to the overall night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great restaurant for Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    great restaurant for Italian food and music while you dine. If you love opera singing it will be for you. The waiters song and were great as waiters also, very attentative. this is a good place for a special occasion and something different. Food was great. We had Family Plan for # 4 people with #5 courses. Great food and more than enough for the #4 of us. We had to take some home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The unique draw here is the
    luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    The unique draw here is the singing servers (they are excellent) and the great Italian food. Their portions are very large and great for sharing. If you are 4 or more, they have a special family style meal, reasonably priced and very good. From your favorite pasta dishes, to seafood, and great pizza, everything we have had has been excellent. It is an intimate dining room and very enjoyable. When in South Philadelphia and looking for a fun evening & great food, don't miss the High Note Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    We always enjoy the food and music. Helped to make our daughter's birthday celebration memorable. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic