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The Jazz Kitchen
  • Address:
    5377 N. College Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46220
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Indy
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

The Jazz Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejazzkitchen.com
  • Email: reservations@thejazzkitchen.com
  • Phone: (317) 253-4900
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern, 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 (317) 253-4900 x3
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We continue to love everything about The Jazz Kitchen. No better venue for music in town."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The n Music is world class. The food and service is amazing."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We go for the Jazz but we would go for the food if no music were offered."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Good place for good cajun/creole food and even better live music"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "the the food what's what's good the se the service was very poor"
    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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "It is a great restaurant and fantastic place for local musicians. Glad to support Indy Jazz!"
    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!"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "If you don't mind overpaying for decent food (don't think the cost of food pays the artist(s) because sometimes they have a special cover charge). When I took my lady, we ended up squished between two couples in the back ... I spent the evening with my left side touching some guy. The tables, at least in the back along the wall, are tiny (barely enough room to eat with another). The musician was pretty entertaining though. I just don't like being gouged for a decent experience. Great concept, I just don't want to pay nearly 20 dollars for a small pasta dish. You should go at least once and see if you like it. I generally don't like being in crowded environments ... At a minimum, I want to be comfortable."
    Dined on 7/3/2013
  • "Zach Lapidus & Wendy Reed plus others. Wonderful evening. and a bargain. We come there often."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Came for the jazz but loved the food too. Easy for vegetarians to order - highly recommend the eggplant tower!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "easy to reserve friendly staff server excellent would come and dine again no complaints"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great food, and the service was amazing. The Jazz Kitchen is consistently super -- that's why we keep coming back."
    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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I've heard a lot of great things about this place and I wasn't disappointed. The Jazz/Blues/Neo Soul singer was great and kept the crowd engaged. The worst part was available parking, or lack thereof. Overall, I enjoyed myself and will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My family and a large group of friends have tried going to the jazz kitchen and every time the staff calls to cancel our reservation because the kitchen is only serving appetiers and not serving full menu items. Although we were drawn in because of Latin night, we were turned away because we thought this was also a restaurant and they are doing a poor job at meeting expectations. We were very disappointed and unsatisfied as a group."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We attended the jazz jam session last night. These are scheduled on the last Monday of every month. I am not particularly a fan of jazz, but my fiancee is and she loved it. The music was great. There was the bar's band, who were excellent, and then they let patrons go up and play their instruments (I think these people signed up ahead of time or maybe when they arrived, in case you're interested). Everyone who played or sang was good. The music definitely filled the room, but it was easy to talk amongst your table. I had the filet Mignon and my fiancee had some kind of crab cake dish. We were both very satisfied with our entrees and the dessert was excellent. We didn't drink last night, but the selection seemed wide. I give it a solid A."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Food, wonderful as usual. Maitre D', cool as usual. Music, lively as usual. Service, unusually HORRIFIC. Our waitress was a complete disaster. It is very disappointing to watch the other patrons in a restaurant be served with professionalism and proficiency while you cannot even get a second glass of wine or order desert. We had to ask another waitress to ask our waitress to come to our table so that we could order another glass of wine. She did not come back and check to see if how meals were. It was 90 minutes between ordering dinner and her asking, "is there anything else I can get for you". The waitress was so inept she caused me to loose my appetite for desert. She ruined my experience at Monday night's Jam Session."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Normally nice venue but some tables should not be used. Always request not to be seated on the far left (east side tables for 2). Unfortunately Open Table does not allow much option for choosing seating."
    Dined on 12/27/2013