I've been to the World Cafe
I've been to the World Cafe both for dinner and a show, and just to have dinner in and of itself.
If you're going for a show you can hardly complain as the venue is the only place in the city where you can have dinner and see live music while seated with a good view; and you should also keep in mind that the staff have to prepare and serve dinner to all of their tables pretty much at the same time.
If you're just going for dinner and there's no pressure on the kitchen or the wait staff I'd say that both the food and the service could be better. Still, given the prices I don't feel ripped-off. I've paid much more for less elsewhere, based mainly on "decor and ambiance". It's not fine-dining or haute cuisine, but it's better than Chil
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pre concert dinner
Pulled chicken nachos, fish and chips, and buffalo tofu wrap were all excellent. Not my favorite calamari, but everyone likes it differently. The atmosphere certainly got us in the mood for the concert downstairs following our meal.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food great music!
It's a great place to have drinks, food and listen to great bands like 61 North!!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A True Gem On University Avenue
My family and friends attended your Open Mic Night on Monday's Live Jazz for the first time.We were amazed with the talent we heard that night. Especially the instrumentals!.The service was great! We liked how we were checked in and sat right away. The food selection complimented all of our pallets, from the Black bean Humus Appetizer to your Pulled pork sandwich!Great place for lunch or light dinning.I found this place to be very relaxing and sophisticated with great acoustics. A true gem.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try it out!
A very small, dark,and energetic restaurant. We got a great table very closet to the small stage which made the whole experience very fun and personal. The chicken sandwich was awesome but my friend didn't like the white sauce on her burger. The eggplant fries were amazing but would've been better if the they were hot; the dishes must've cooled off because we got our food a little late probably because of the Mowglis and Family of the Year concert. Overall, a great hangout spot, even for teenagers, at an affordable price, probably about $25 for the burger and sandwich. Although the service slowed down because of the concert, I'm definitely going back on another concert night.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Music was great and they had
Music was great and they had a decent draft beer list.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
World Cafe Live is one of the best places for show or to just relax at the bar during happy hour. The people are great and the food is awesome.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was the BEST! Service was also very good. will be going back there again!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love World Cafe Live. The
I love World Cafe Live. The food is great and the atmosphere is awesome. Nothing beats seeing a great band along with having a great meal!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to WCL in order to
We went to WCL in order to hear some drumming music. The eating was secondary.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was terrific --
Everything was terrific -- great service, very tasty burger, good drinks, awesome concert by Josh Rouse!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Great Atmosphere.
Great food. Great Atmosphere. Great music. I would recomend this place to anyone
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great place to see
What a great place to see a show! Every seat is great. Good bar. Easy to get to. A real gem for the city.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I loved it. We were there before several years ago. Chana Rothman gave a great performance. THe WCC were superb! The maite d is phenomenal. Evewryone was welcoming, aupportive and fun.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great time!
The food was good, the service amazing, and the music extraordinary. We had a wonderful time!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at World Cafe
Great happy hour prices, good service, good food. Will return as soon as I can!!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time visiting. We were celebrating my 56th birthday and belated Father's Day.
We love dinning here on Monday night because of the Live Jazz/Open Mic night. The music is great and I am always impressed by the young and (old) talent taking the stage.Wonderful place as well for a family with teenagers to appreciate music.The food was great as well!..Great place!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for dinner especially
Great spot for dinner especially if you are going to one of the concerts which we did...went to hear Mariam and Amadou, Malian musicians. FABULOUS concert! On the food at World Café; we ate upstairs before the show. I had the fish special of the day which was salmon over coconut rice. VERY tasty. My friend had the chick pea salad, and really liked that.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner and show
This was our first time to World Cafe Live. We wanted to eat dinner before heading downstairs into the concert and were pleasantly suprised by how great the food was! Much more than just a bar.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always verify if cover charge
This is a review of UPSTAIRS at World Cafe Live. We were there to see a particular performance ay 9pm so made reservations for 7:30 - always good idea as you get best seats. Food was nearly all apps and sandwiches which were good and huge portion of fries came with sandwickes (or you can have salad). There is music most nights upstairs and there are various "admisions" from $13 up. So you can't eat without paying that during a show. If not going to see a particular performer, it's best to verify start time so you are done by then or the ticket price will be added to your meal. But they do have great shows there. The big DOWNSTAIRS room is for major shows and they serve there too. BTW, meter parking is $1.00/hour until 8pm and then free.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great music spot with an excellent
Great music spot with an excellent beer selection.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great dining experience!
The food, service, and the server were exceptional. Overall, a very good dining experience. Would recommend this place to others and I will definitely dine here again.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and music venue
This past Saturday we attended the Mother Falcon concert at Live upstairs. We have patronized this venue many times over the years, and the food, service and especially the Music have never disappointed . The duck is excellent, as are the various salads they offer. If you have never been to the World cafe, you should give it a try. There is plenty of on street kiosk parking, and it is free after 8. Whether it is Upstairs or Downstairs, the food is good, and the music is great !
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great music, good food, service NG
First visit here was a lot of fun! Some truly gifted musicians performed. They kept them to 2 songs each before 10pm so it kept it interesting and moving along well. The food was very good. I would suggest they expand their small plate offerings, just seems like that would suit the format a little better than a larger full dinner selection. Everything was fresh, unique and very well prepared.
Our waitress was bored, inattentive, snippy, irritated and hard to find. She earned the lowest tip I've ever given at 10%.
I plan to return for more regardless of that, it was a great night out in Philly!
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The open mic was awesome!
The open mic was awesome! So much talent wandering among the rest of us!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
impulsive night out
We mostly went for the music which was fabulous. The menu is interesting , limited but delicious. Easy to get to, we took the train.
The bar was out of my first wine choice and my first after dinner choice. Will definitely give them another chance.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the fact that you get
Love the fact that you get to listen to great live music while enjoying drinks and great food! Ample parking right outside of the Cafe.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a good time at WCL when we went to see Philly Gumbo on Saturday, July 20th, 2013. The food was very overpriced, though, and not much variety. The drink price was astronomical...
Our waitress only stopped at our table a few times and we had to go to the bar if we wanted more drinks or water.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dinner and show were great! In spite of the downpour, we enjoyed our Sunday evening at World Cafe Live.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to see Bob Dorough...
We went to see the great Bob Dorough, the rest was unimportant. That said, they could do a much better job with the simple bar style food they serve. Everything else, especially the show, was great.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I saw Vaden
My girlfriend and I saw Vaden Todd Lewis(Toadies singer) here for a show on his solo acoustic tour. Amazing place for a show like this. It's small, so no matter where you sit, you're close to the stage. The sound was perfect. And because its such a small place, I got to meet Vaden, actually talk with him a bit, and get an autograph. I've been a Toadies fan since I was 15 when Rubberneck came out, so this experience was awesome.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to see a show
Went to see a concert there downstairs. Had dinner upstairs and the food was excellent but the band playing upstairs was way too loud. Upstairs bands should be more of a background noise - you couldn't even talk there. So when we went downstairs it was much quieter. All in all a good place to eat and see a show.
If you go to see a show downstairs get a seat at a table that way you can eat down there instead of upstairs if you want quiet
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a very good time eating here with my friend, who I dragged out with from New York to see an upstairs show. The staff was very friendly and the food was very good! I had a very good time here. 10 out of 10 would dine again!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and drinks! Always
Good food and drinks! Always live bands to check out as well.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the ambiance! Nice city sky view. We got hear musicians tuning up which was just enough for this time--- back for live music next time. Food was good. Menu was pretty simple but we lucked out with a good fish of the day, salmon, which we all loved. Good times!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A show, beer and old friends
This was a really excellent venue for seeing smaller concerts. As it get's later, standing guests may block the view of the stage, so as the World Cafe suggests, get your dinner reservation about an hour and a half early, so their good food can be enjoyed before show time. And even when the bands took the stage at what was a "sold out" concert, it was definitely not overcrowded, with plenty of room to move around.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for the music, enjoy the food
World Cafe Live in Philly (WCL) has the upstairs venue with some fine music and eats.
We pick the music/event we want to attend, and support the place further by having dinner before the show.
WCL has a full bar, some decent beer on tap and food a few notches above standard bar fare at reasonable prices.
We always arrive early so parking (out front, pay at the kiosk) has never been a problem.
We (4) had soup, nachos, chick pea salad, a burger, falafel sandwich, artichoke sandwich. We shared the apps and all tasted the soup. Everything was good - no complaints, same with the entrees.
Service was fine, it lightened up during the performance to avoid interruptions.
Find a show, go with friends, enjoy some live entertainment.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great concert, good food
We were there for the Callaghan concert on 10/2. We were running late due to traffic and they were very accommodating in keeping our reservation open, and were seated immediately. Service was good, and the food excellent. The concert was excellent. Our concert was upstairs, and the downstairs concert did carry up through the floor enough to have a slight impact on the enjoyment of the concert. It was an excellent experience, nonetheless.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We actually ate in the area
We actually ate in the area where we had reserved seats for the Patrizio show. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love it!
Wow where do I start! Where can you find great music, food, and drinks at this price. I happened by this place and thought cheap tickets and a show. But to my surprise I loved it so much. The ambiance, great music, food and easy parking. What a total package!
And I've met my favorite artist. You can be sure I'll keep checking and making reservations for another show and dinner.
Thank you world cafe live!
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We decided to eat here last minute because we were going to a concert downstairs. What a great find! Have dinner upstairs and then easy indoor walk down the steps to the concert. The food was delicious and the salads were huge. They have a great selection of beers and specials.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small concert venue
We heard about this restarant via a pianist we know, Robin Spielberg, who played there, but will definately keep this venue in mind for other concerts and performances. The food was great - generous portions and interesting variety of tastes.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had dinner here before catching a show downstairs. On the day I went they had some half price appetizers so that was great. Had a good burger afterwards and for a place in the city the prices were reasonable and the portions very good. The music venue is one of the best in the city. Great place to catch a band and avoid monster crowds. During dinner a couple of bands played while we ate. The service was fast and attentive. Overall this was a great experience and I would go back again and again.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We Want to Go Back
We visited World Cafe to see local girl Liz Longley perform, but now that we've been introduced to this locale, we want to come back to hear other performers and enjoy the food and beverage. It's a great venue, and the happy hour deals cannot be beat.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
World Cafe Live is a quaint place. I really enjoyed my time there. I went to see a concert and the experience was great. The waitresses were quite friendly and the food was a great. The ambiance was just right in terms of lighting and scenery. It was just small enough to have an intimate concert experience. Needless to say, I'll be back soon.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for music
One of best places to see live music in Philly.
I would not go here just for food, but it's decent if you are seeing a show.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I wish I lived closer!
I liked the music, the atmosphere, the staff, and even the crowd. What a cool place!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
World Cafe Live Upstairs is one of my favorite spots to catch a favorite band and have dinner. And to bring friends. The food's great, the service is always friendly and exceptional, and having a reservation through Open Table added another dimension - we got great seats to boot!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
band friend gets best seat in house
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the staff at world cafe live. I ask for a table on stage right and was given a table almost directly on the stage. I could not have asked for a better seat. I would also like to thank them on behalf of the band. As a part of their support/merch team I am extremely grateful for the help given by staff at all times and the openness of them all towards the band and our team.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
There for the music
WCL used to have a wonderful menu. The menu now is more limited. The food was good, but not great like it used to be, and not quite the number or quality of items they used to have.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM