JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.culinaryarts.edu/
  • Phone: (215) 468-8800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe DiGironimo 2154688800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Federal
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Subway (Orange Line): Elsworth-Federal Sta.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: on street parking
A word from JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
The small 7 table dining room is fashioned after a Quaint European Terrace with water features and located near the Avenue of the Arts---perfect for dinner & a show. The prix fixe menu changes quarterly & is served and prepared by culinary students. Open for dinner Tuesday through Friday.
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JNA Institute of Culinary Arts reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (30)romantic (25)special occasion (25)good for groups (13)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Oh My~!~
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My friends and I were thrilled from the moment we stepped inside the restaurant until we fared the staff a good night. The food was delish with a romantic touch. Oh, how I desired my husband's presence. The atmosphere was delightful and those who served us made us feel as though we were in an VIP establishment. I will return soon but the next time I will be with my husband.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Value
    Rich
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food is very good, the people are nice, and the price is great for what you get. This is a terrific value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    JNAFANS
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been to JNA twice now (both with another couple). Food was delicious, excellent presentation and good service. The only drawback is you must be on time or else you could risk losing your seats. This is only due to the number of tables they have and students serving as chefs & waiters/waitresses. Students are only permitted to work a certain amount of hours. So definitely allow for lots of extra time in getting to the restaurant....it is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy!!!
    yummy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The food was delicious. This was our second time there but this time we brought friends with us. We really enjoyed the food. This menu was the fall one and had lots of tasty choices to choose from. Our waiter, Robert, was not the best waiter I ever had and not the worst. He seemed really shy. Service is not like a 4 star restaurant but the food makes up for it. You must remember they are students learning. One thing I would change about the restaurant is the chairs, they are so uncomfortable. I think if you were a heavy person you would have a real problem with the chairs. What was really good is its a byob but they have a bar in case you didnt know. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JNA is a great place to eat!
    deedee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've eaten at JNA several times and have always enjoyed the food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Presently surprised.
    tonyb
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food was great. Service was very accommodating. Excellent pricing. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    Jaymacmal
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I give them A's all across the board. The food was good, the atmosphere was good. My only critique is with fine dining in general. I go in hungry and leave hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, especially for the price
    hanvid
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service here was amazing. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The ambiance leaves a little something to be desired, but it's not bad it just doesn't feel exactly like a restaurant. The food here was good, we enjoyed everything, but the desserts were our favorite part- they were SOOO good. The warm bread and olive oil were great. The appetizers and the first dish were good, we didn't like our entrees (lamb and pork) but liked the polenta on the entree. I really liked that the place was byob.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun
    Dgol
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Keep in mind this is a school but the master chef is very visable. The food was a little hit or miss but it was only the second week of a new semester. The clams were over cooked and chewy but the pasta was just right in the clam and homemade linguine appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Nice
    Bobbie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband I really enjoyed the ambiance, the food, and service. It was quiet and the students were very pleasant. My only comment is that there was no music until the end of our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and Friendly!
    DionneL
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great place for the girls to have a night out! Service was great for the staff to be students
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Food without the Gourmet $
    friendoffood
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Although not much to look at, this restaurant gives its attention to exactly what I come for, the food. The service staff are courteous, friendly and knowledgeable about menu items. The prix faire menu will not disappoint, with at least four options in each of four courses. As for cost, at 25 dollars per person (and half of that if you're lucky enough to score a Groupon), you won't believe the quantity and quality. An added bonus is that this is also a BYOB restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish it was more!
    DennisMotiani
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I so wanted this to be a good place to eat. Took my family out, hoping that we would have good food and a nice ambiance. Some of the food was worth the trip, but the main course was nothing to write home about. Than God I was using a Groupon, or else I would be really regretting my choice. The server didnt maintain eye contact, and neither did she communicate. I know these are kids but someone should talk to them before they put them to test. Please dont punish the kids, just use this to motivate them, they have a bright future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Anne
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is truly a hidden gem that you would easily overlook if you didn't know it was there. Our menu was based on Belgian dishes. From the spring salad, to the mussels, to pork tenderloin with cabbage and apples, finishing off with Belgian Chocolate S'mores, the meal was outstanding. Try it - you won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was a wonderful evening, complimented by the food and your staff. This was our second visit to JNA. We invited another couple knowing they would enjoy the food and the ambiance. They were very impressed with the evening. The menu was so well prepared with such a variety of special dishes. I was so happy we were able to enjoy JNA again. I look forward to our next visit. I believe the gentleman who waited on us his name was Terrell, he was a pleasure. So thank you again for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drdrcat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Vegetarian options need work...they were kind of bland. The servers didn't seem comfortable serving.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Experience
    beloved
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food service and atmosphere was great! The overall experience from the wait staff greeters and cooks done a great job
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great gem
    ladiesluv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fantastic, excellent, quality of the food was great and our server Zack was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We attended JNA with friends and had an enjoyable meal. The wait staff (Javier) was excellent as was the food. The place only has 9 tables so it has an intimate atmosphere which was conducive to a quiet conversation among friends. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!!
    annette
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our second visit to J&A and it was even more spectacular that the first. Everything from service to great food was memorable. The best part is, though, watching careers grow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    wollaws
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nice place to go for dinner. Menu changes with the season. Good food for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was great
    Greattimes
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was great. The service was great also. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food
    cw0602
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    THe food was wonderful. The menu changes seasonally and is always great. The resturant is a small room at the school but it is decorated very nicely so the atmosphere is good. Very few tables which makes it intimate. The servers are all students there at the school and are very attentive. They do a great job. I would highly recommend this resturant if you are willing to try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ignore the cheesy ambiance; the food is really good for the price. We especially enjoyed the Thai mussels, the pork tenderloin, and the frisee salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2eat
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Overall the experience was very good! The dining area could use some major updating! The menu choices were good .My hubby ordered the pan roasted chicken which he absolutely fell in love with! I ordered the steak which was undercooked for my taste.The mussels (appetizer) were absolutely delicious! My server, Richard ,was very attentive & truly aimed to please! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great value
    nickname
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I feel that it is important to remember that the staff are students with varying degrees of experience. By giving the most honest and constructive critique, it would really be useful in helping these students excel. On the night that I dined, I believe there was a little miscommunication between the kitchen and the service staff. The portions were perfect, and the course and was done very well. We were told after ordering our starter but they were out of that particular item. Also, there was a bit of a rush to get our dessert order in. no one from the service staff came back to see if our meals were to our liking. Other than that, everything was very enjoyable. In fact I purchased another Groupon and look forward to returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jna
    Phillyfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant is in need of a makeover to make it more up to date and appealing. The service was lackluster, but efficient. Our server couldn't remember the ingredients in some of the dishes, and appeared aloof at times. Our main course of steak and potatoes was under seasoned, and had a blandness reminiscent of cafeteria food. The first two courses (mussels and salad) were good. Dessert was apple cake. It would have been better served warm, with a caramel sauce. Instead, it was served very cold. Not sure if I'd go back or not. It was okay, but not stellar.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    FrankHVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Enjoy a meal from future chefs, School to teach the future. The try to please, and are attentive.
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  • JNA-A wonderful experience!
    dine4cheap
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When I first saw the groupon for JNA, I wondered if it was a place that we would enjoy going as a family. The food looked a little too sophisticated for our son and our daughter is a picky eater. I am very happy that I decided to fight my gut feeling. The staff was very patient of my son's million questions and requests, and my little guy raved as each new course appeared. My daughter was also happy with all of her courses! Our table managed to order almost all of the choices for each course, allowing us all to taste just about everything on the menu, and I must say that I didn't taste anything that I did not like. Amazing experience!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy!!!
    yummy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It was our first time there but not our last. The service was really attentive. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the food on the menu which sometimes when you go to restaurant the staff has no idea. The food came out in a timely manner and was delicious. The instructor made it a point to come to every table and she was so nice and proud of her students. It was a very pleasant night out, We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    CWelsh
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I took my mom there for her 83rd birthday. We had such a nice time, atmosphere reminded us from when we were dining in Italy. We never had Belgium cuisine before and we simply enjoyed every course. Our waiter made our evening more enjoyable when they put a candle on my mom's desert and sang. Nice touch. Can't wait to go back and of course I am spreading the word.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • selbee48
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We dined at the restaurant in August of 2013, this was our first visit. The food that evening was extremely good and our party of four were most impressed. This recent visit a few days ago was disappointing as we rated the food as good, but it never reached the heights of our previous visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gary
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I very rarely write reviews, but everything was perfect at our meal at JNA last Tuesday, and that most certainly includes the price. I did not notice any lapses in quality, an ice-bucket was set up for our wine, and we were most certainly not rushed. The tables are far apart, so we felt almost like we were alone, even though about 7 of the 10 or so tables were occupied. A very relaxed atmosphere, where the server had time for light chatting, and the main course meats were very high-quality, as were all the sauces, the warm bread, the desserts, etc., at a price-fixe of only $25.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star Dining
    BroadwayBound
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    JNA Institute of Culinary Arts changes the menu about 4 times a year and they always have something for vegetarians in each of the 4 courses. The school has created a very charming and relaxing dining atmosphere, the waiters are also students or teachers and are very attentive and friendly, I feel at home here as I come often. Usually I come when they open at 4:30pm because I can get a reservation then more easily. I usually come alone and feel very comfortable doing so. The food is presented very attractively, like in a 5 star restaurant, and is tasty. Also it is very near a subway stop.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 256 reviews are from the JNA Institute of Culinary Arts reviews archive.
  • First Visit
    TimeshareAdvocate
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Bought Groupon offer and used it for friend's birthday. Four course meal with about 4 or 5 selections per course from price fixed menu, that varies by season. We experienced the Belgium menu and are looking forward to returning in future for other seasonal menus. Choices were difficult because many of the options were tempting. Nice place to try for slightly more adventurous eaters, who are willing to try new dishes or old favorites prepared in new ways. Am hesitant to go into the city for dinner sometimes due to parking concerns / cost ,but free parking was readily available on street! Staff eager to please. Reserve early; can accommodate a limited number of diners in order to provide the best possible experience for diners and students.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finicky eater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My Uncle Ed is 88 years old and a finicky eater and hard to please, after his meal at JNA Institute I believe he wanted to dance he was so elated with his meal and dinning experience. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A surprising Gem!
    deedee
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Found JNA by accident and was very pleasantly surprised! Nice atmosphere, very pleasant servers, good service and excellent food, and the price was right! Our dinner came out in a timely manner and the presentation was was impressive. We had the mussels with four different sauces and they were all excellent! Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lizard
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A pleasant surprise in South Philadelphia. An excellent way to train the next generation of restauranteurs. The food was excellent and the service solicitous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prix-Fixe Feast
    TomK
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    4-Course delightful exploration of the cuisine of Belgium. Like going to Brussels without the air fare. Menu changes often though, so you may experience a different locale. Students put their energy, creativity and inspiration into this bargain dining experience. Might have to wait fora reservations--but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leisurely meal, to our delight
    Aesthete
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Inspired menu, so-so execution. Still head and shoulders above other restaurants' fare! Deservedly popular good wine list, too- I had a Gewurtztraminer with my pork chop, which was a delectable combination. Dessert was well executed, but the selection was a bit heavy, in typical Belgian fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.