The Jazz Kitchen
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The Jazz Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejazzkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3172534900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11p
    Open some Sunday's for special occasions. See our calendar at www.thejazzkitchen.com
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: David Allee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: On and Off premise catering specializing in weddings, corporate functions, meetings and in-home functions
    Private banquet room for 60 (sit-down) and 100 (cocktail)
    Contact LuAnn at 317-253-4900 x 3 or email at lu@thejazzkitchen.com
  • Private Party Facilities: The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis' Premier Jazz Club and Restaurant, presents a mix of local, national and international jazz stars in a comfortable and casual, yet romantic and intimate setting. Voted in Downbeat Magazine as one of the "World's Top 100 Jazz Clubs"
  • Private Party Contact: LuAnn Lancton 3172534900x3
  • Entertainment: The Jazz Kitchen features the best in local, regional and international jazz stars. Past performers include Harry Connick Jr, Christian McBride, Max Weinberg, Lee Ritenour, Joshua Redman, Stanley Clarke, Ray Brown, Maynard Ferguson, JJ Johnson, John Scofield, Soulive and more. The Jazz Kitchen features the best in local, regional and international jazz stars. Past performers include Harry Connick Jr, Christian McBride, Max Weinberg, Lee Ritenour, Joshua Redman, Stanley Clarke, Ray Brown, Maynard Ferguson, JJ Johnson, John Scofield, Soulive and more. Mondays the entertainment is FREE (except national acts) w/our famous 8 before 8 dinner specials. Tuesdays are our swing/big band nights Thurdsays - Latin Dance Party - Indy's Original Latin Dance Party.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 54th and N. College Avenue
  • Public Transit: Bus #17 - College Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available - we recommend arriving early. Best spots to park are North on College and East on 54th Street - we find that 95% of people can park within a block. Closer than most shopping malls.
A word from The Jazz Kitchen
Indianapolis' premier venue for live jazz entertainment. The Jazz Kitchen features the best of local, regional and national jazz artists along with a full menu of unique and diverse culinary offerings. Offering a fusion of New Orleans and Latino cuisine we will take you on a taste trip through the Americas.

CUSTOMER FAVORITES - Spanish Paella - Filet Oscar - Not-So-Cajun Chicken - Homemade Crab Cakes - Eggplant Tower - White Chocolate, Blueberry Bread Pudding + our monthly specials are always a hit.

The bar features creative signature cocktails and well-crafted wine and beer lists.

The ambience is casually elegant and great for celebrating a special occasions or checkin' out your favorite band. You'll always feel welcome and never out-of-place.

Please visit www.thejazzkitchen.com for show times and prices.
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The Jazz Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
  • exceedingly enjoyable!
    MsTravelBug
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here as a surprise for his birthday. It was like watching a kid in a candy store! As a fellow musician he really appreciated the LIVE band while we enjoyed our dinner. Fairly Markiewietz was the band playing and they were really entertaining! Food was awesome! Thanks Jazz Kitchen for making Jay's birthday weekend so very memorable. He has nsver experienced anything like this before.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Was a Pleasant Surprise!
    Lori
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went for the first time to see a friend play music, and expected typical sub-par bar food. Wow - was I wrong!!! The Jazz Kitchen has the BEST bread and butter I have ever had - I'm told they use honey. I could have eaten just that and been happy! However, we ordered an appetizer platter and jambalaya (they don't call it that) and we were completely blown away by how great the food was. Somehow, the Jamaican patties, the Mexican taquitos and the shrimp were all amazing; and the jambalaya had a great blend of spices with just the right amount of "kick". I want to go back just for the food!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike B.
    goodstuff4u
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I absolutely adore The Jazz Kitchen: the music, the food, the service. The wine list is excellent and the place is cozy and lively. I would go there as often as possible. All of my experiences have been memorable.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great jazz, fun atmosphere
    Slmindiana
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Went to a herbie Hancock tribute...was fantastic. Good food served quickly.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great jazz & food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We are repeat customers. Entrees & cocktails are delicious and fairly priced. Performances compare favorably with Chicago jazz clubs.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bliss
    WildIndyRoZ
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Great jazz band, great service , and best place to dance swing!! We were celebrating a friends birthday. The brownie was sinfully delicious. I will be going again!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening!
    Lynn
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We came to see Rob Dixon and his band and had a wonderful time...The food was very tasty, service great and music too much fun!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Jazz!
    LawgoddessVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We saw a wonderful performance of the Christian McBride Trio on Wednesday night at the Jazz Kitchen. And, to add to the musical experience, the food was very good as usual. I enjoyed the "Not Quite Cajun Shrimp" and my husband had the burger special. Both were up to Jazz Kitchen standards. We'll be back for more good food and jazz.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had not been to the Jazz
    Family
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I had not been to the Jazz Kitchen in many years, however I was very satisfied with the service, entertainment and the food was excellent. I have been sharing with all my friends how wonderful the evening was there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, drink & Jazz!!!
    nosher
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The Jazz Kitchen is a great place in Indianapolis to enjoy food, drinks, and wonderful jazz music. We had the paella, and it was delicious! It was made as we waited, about 40 minutes, and it was worth the wait. It came out in a huge cast iron skillet, piping hot. It was jam-packed with shrimp, scallops, tilapia, and mussels, yum! We sat back and had drinks waiting for the paella to cook, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the "Women in Jazz" group to celebrate Women in Music month. The jazz was as hot as the paella!! The jazz artists were cooking! The atmosphere is dark, cosy, and romantic. I love the colorful artwork on the walls of stylized jazz musicians. Definitely a gem of Indianapolis, and worth the trip!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic....as Usual
    campnurse
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Another wonderful dinner! Dinner took a bit longer to come out but the server was prompt in updating us, offered salad and rolls on the house for our wait also! The band was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music...Wonderful! Meal...Average
    Nickie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went to Indy for a quick weekend get away for my husbands birthday. The Jazz kitchen was an awesome way to celebrate with friends who joined us from Chicago. The acoustics in the venue are great and the band was outstanding. The menu had variety but the quality of the meal and service was average. The amount of food we were given was good for the cost and because of the overall experience, we would visit again when we are in Indy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Kitchen hits another home run!
    Randy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was an especially memorable night at The Jazz Kitchen in that the crowd was quiet and attentive, the service was efficient but unobtrusive, and the food and drink was excellent. On top of all that a super band played two great sets for a very reasonable cover charge. It doesn't get much better than this -- can't wait until my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for food, stay for music
    PShep
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Or the other way around. We go for the jazz, but arrive early to have dinner because the food is terrific. The Jazz Kitchen is a great club where every table has a wonderful view of the stage. Small and intimate; perfect for jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and music
    goenformusic
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I love the opportunity to sit in a romantic section of the Jazz kitchen and enjoy great food, attentive service and great music! I would sugest the Jazz kitchen to those that enjoy great Jazz ,and great food right down to every detail.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzy food
    gourmetwannabe
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    One of the few places to find paella in Indy. The meal is billed as for two (need an hour for cooking) @ 42.00 Absolutely the best ever and enough food for three. If one were to have appetizers beforehand, four could dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World class jazz.
    Mike
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The n Music is world class. The food and service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Sydney
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We continue to love everything about The Jazz Kitchen. No better venue for music in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Jazz Fantastic Food
    Danny
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We go for the Jazz but we would go for the food if no music were offered.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Happy Birthday
    Kiddo
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We celebrated a 26th birthday with dinner on a jam session night. Everyone agreed the food was delicious & this included a vegetarian. The service was fabulous & staff good natured. The music was great with local musicians taking turns with the regular musicians. We all look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed @ The Jazz Kitchen
    JazzLover
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Really Disappointed with this place would like to see more than one act / group playing. The food was ok at best. The Group playing the night we went was ok nothing great. My wife ordered a Martini she didn't care for it took one sip of it and spit it out. I spoke with the server who asked if she would like something different we ordered a bottle of wine. I was still charged for the martini really disappointed that it wasn't taken care of. I asked for the cork to the wine bottle when we went to leave and was told that I couldn't have it. Was worth trying but plenty of other places around that are so much better we will not return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am always pleased.
    Cricky
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I am always pleased to attend a concert and enjoy the Jazz Kitchen's outstanding food--very cajun influenced, but a lovely wide range. A very happy place with great music. What a combination!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the the food what's what's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    the the food what's what's good the se the service was very poor
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience!
    Colbert
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I really enjoyed my first dining experience at the Jazz Kitchen. The band was AWESOME #donnyhathawaytribute:) and food was very good as well. I will defiinitely be back. I also appreciate the customer service from the host/hostess, our group had separate reservations but we all wanted to sit together and they accomodated us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and jazz gem
    goodeatin
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    A great place to dine and hear a concert. Music is the draw, but don't overlook the food. They offer great Cajun dishes and desserts as well as many good drink choices. The only potential downside is that the room gets crowded and you might be placed at a table with another party. Still, the vibe is such that everyone has a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The menu selection is not very good. No hot wings on the menu. I didn't eat any food didn't see anything I wanted just had sangria. I was not informed before I got there that the first show was $12.00 and the second was $10.00. plus a $1 service charge. And the hostess was rude explaining all this to me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Amanda
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Attended the Cynthia Layne show on February 15. The atmosphere was intimate and romantic, the musicians were phenomenal, and service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The end to an amazing night
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We came to this place completely clueless, not knowing what were shooting for we were ready to either be blown away or disappointed. Let me tell this place DOES NOT disappoint, great food, great cocktails, and the music is magical! The night we attended was when Cynthia Layne was in town. What a class act! World class musicians and a world class jazz club. Loved it, will definitely be there again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent music, superb food
    campnurse
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have dined numerous times here, love the small, intimate setting. This night they did music in the round and it was amazing! The only drawback was it was quite noisy and they did not monitor that very well. Food was superb!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz in the round
    pkrosebud
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It is a great restaurant and fantastic place for local musicians. Glad to support Indy Jazz!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great live music
    TonyJ
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good place for good cajun/creole food and even better live music
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    GregatRoad
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The Jazz Kitchen has a great ambience and good food. The menu is a bit old fashioned...nothing too inventive, I must say...and the bar holds no major surprises, but as a place to hang out and listen to music, I'd recommend it wholeheartedly. And while not inventive, everything I've had there is very tasty. And the prices are reasonable...entrees top out in the low 20s and you can definitely eat cheaper than that.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zach Lapidus & Wendy Reed
    Beez
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Zach Lapidus & Wendy Reed plus others. Wonderful evening. and a bargain. We come there often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    bebopdave
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We came to this club primarily to hear the music, but must say that the food was extremely good and reasonably priced. Our server, Cory, was very attentive and made our experience even more enjoyable. Only minor complaint is that we found out when we arrived that we would be sharing a table with another couple. Fortunately, we enjoyed each other's company, and pleasantly endured the inconvenience of having four diners at a very small table However, I feel we should have been informed we would be sharing a table at the time the reservation was made. Overall we had a great time and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    dapizzaman2
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    easy to reserve friendly staff server excellent would come and dine again no complaints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Jazz and good food
    Swanie
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Came for the jazz but loved the food too. Easy for vegetarians to order - highly recommend the eggplant tower!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Evening
    Carol
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The Jazz Kitchen once again gave our group wonderful food and GREAT music. TJK is a jewell night spot in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night at The Kitchen!
    Randy
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great food, and the service was amazing. The Jazz Kitchen is consistently super -- that's why we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music and good food!
    opentablereviews310
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Service was superb! Music was excellent! A great place to eat and listen to some really great music! I intend to return with my husband this weekend for Fareed Haque whom I've seen perform live before! He's fantastic!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really get to see the artists
    Georgia
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The Jazz Club is such an intimate venue that it is perfect for listening to known favorites and modestly priced to take a chance on new artists that might be playing. Wait staff is attentive without being intrusive and overall it was a GREAT evening. The only teeny little issue was there are a couple of screens in the "bar" area. The enthusiasm, followed by disappointment of those folks there to watch the game sometimes made it difficult to enjoy the music. There really is no solution that I can see for that problem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.