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: 2154688800
  • 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
66 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (27)romantic (21)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • It was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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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    • 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
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    • 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
  • 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.
  • Love that place
    Mistymoon
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my 4th dinner at JNA and I will go back again. I will watch for the next menu in the fall and return again. This dinner my complants would be the pork should have been sliced thinner. I would have been easier ot cut. The taste was wonderful. The cabbage under the pork should have been cooked more. Everything else was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pwj1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    location was good off street parking, food was also good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toni
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was good. The waiter we had Terrell was very polite and very accommodating. The bread was the best we ever had. The supervisor I think her name was Christina was also very nice. The steak was outstanding. We will defiantly be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Successful First Night
    ceds
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We found out when we arrived that it was the first night of the new menu, but we would not have known it otherwise. Service, food, hospitality were all great. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JNA Mediterranean for Date Night
    SouthPhillyFoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I booked a reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. I was a little skeptical, 4 courses for $30? And BYO? I was expecting either the dishes to be tiny or not mediocre. The theme of the menu was mediterranean. We each ordered an item we could try/share. I was definitely surprised with everything that came out. I enjoyed everything: The Sheppard's Salad and Shrimp Pil-Pil we stand out starters. I had the Lamb. I expected the dish to be 'spicier' but the lamb itself was extremely tender and delicious and the whole meal was very filling. Let me finish by complimenting the pastry chef. OMG desserts...They gave us an extra dessert for my bf's birthday. They were all incredible! Service was friendly and attentive. Definitely would come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok restauant school owner very good
    gourmet1
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a restaurant school and feedback is important to them. Ambience is less than average: large open room with no cushion for sound. A few tables in a large room does not make for an intimate or exciting experience. Waiter tried hard, but was not accurate about the food. Food was interesting, but spotty. My dining partner loved it. I thought it lacked good texture and flavor and wasn't terribly impressed with several of the courses. I liked the innovative ice cream desert. Because it is a restaurant school, the owner wanted honest feedback. When we gave our opinion, he gave us back the groupon that I had used, telling us to come back. So our meal was free. That was a very nice gesture and we will go back to try it again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JNA
    Scooty4226
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was a lot of fun for adventurous foodies to try different foods from different countries. No one rushed us to leave. We were able to talk, enjoy food from various countries we had never had before and decide whether we wanted to travel to those countries! Our waiter could not have been more friendly and personable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining experience
    sgs321
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The staff was very pleasant. The ambiance & service was good. The portions were very adequate, but my food had very little taste. I don't like spicy food, but the steak had almost no taste and the whipped cream served with the strawberries was also tasteless. My wife' Cauliflower soup was excellent, as was her Greek salad, and her Phyllo custard dessert were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food and the menu options were quite notable. I enjoy the change of seasons menus. Would definitely recommend this to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great experience and an opportunity to try new dishes without worrying about the price. Food was excellent. We have been there 3 times and will go back. Wish we lived closer.
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  • beerman
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    with groupon you can't beat this deal especially on the way to the Phillies game. I would go back if convenient. I don't live nearby.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love JNA!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I'm so glad that this restaurant was featured on Groupon. JNA has become our semi-annual get-together with friends. There's always a nice selection of food, and everyone is so accommodating. The current menu of Mediterranean fare offered courses from four countries. We each (the four of us) ordered something different, and all were very happy with our choices. The meal was delicious. What a great find!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Myself and 3 friends enjoyed a very nice dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, reasonable price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We went to JNA for our twentieth anniversary celebration. The food was excellent, with choices from many different countries. There were plenty of good choices for all four courses. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this was a great find for us..
    oogie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    we will return - the place was such a great find.......
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Turkish by any stretch.
    nothappy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The service was poor. I felt we were ignored. I asked two different servers for a straw three times before it was finally brought. The Shepard salad was missing lemon and olive oil. The pieces of vegetables were supposed to be chopped into small pieces, they were not. The soup was tasty but my Turkish husband has never heard of such a soup. The lamb was good but the bulgar or whatever it was was undercooked. This was supposed to be a very special Turkish dish. It was not. The dessert was supposed to be quince, it was pear. Please look up Binhur for Turkish recipes and maybe do an internship in Turkey to learn about service!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Educational Meal!
    carolngeorgeVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The Mediterranean menu gave us choices we enjoyed, and Jay's service style shows his student excellence. We like returning to JNA for seasonal menu variety.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great value restaurant
    Cali
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food, great price, great service, and it is BYOB :) ....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RehobothTomVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great deal,good food......... But expect little atmosphere . This is a school where students strive to please. Four of us went to dinner. Each of us ordered something different and each of us was extremely pleased. In fact, we commented that all courses(the night we were there) were in cases better than food we had paid double for at named restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Student Chef-made dinner
    tsaorunnerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Decided to dine here with a Groupon that was purchased. This restaurant is located in the same building as the culinary school. The Meals are prepared by the students. The ambiance was nice. The dining area was sectioned off with decorated dividers so to some this may be a bit low-scale, but this did not bother our party of 4 at all. The noise level was certainly quiet enough that you didn't have to exert effort to be heard. The timeliness of service was excellent. There was endless rolls as the students prepare them earlier in the day. There is a varied selection of cuisine from different parts of the world but mostly of the Italian variety. You get a 4 course pre fixe dinner (Salad, Appetizer, Entree, Dessert). Food was Great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mistymoon
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    music was fine to the level of conversation. We will have dinner there again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.