World Cafe Live
World Cafe Live

World Cafe Live

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://philly.worldcafelive.com/restaurant/restaurant-about.html
  • Phone: 2672952928x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Deamer
  • 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: World Cafe Live has been built on a simple insight: that a place dedicated to showcasing live music should be a place that attracts and inspires live musicians. The result is a three-tiered music hall in which every detail has been designed to optimize the live performance experience, from sight lines, lighting and acoustics to green rooms, equipment access and concierge service.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 30th Street
  • Public Transit: We're located just two blocks from 30th Street Train Station!! Easy access from the Market/Frankfort line and various parts of the city; or use any of the regional rail lines from any of the outlying areas.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have limited FREE PARKING after 5:30pm on weekdays in the fenced in lot under the Walnut Street Bridge, and all day on weekends!
    To get there, take a right onto 31st Street from Chestnut, drive to the end of the block where you will reach a stop sign. Parking is allowed only in the first fenced-in lot to your left. Pay parking is available at the UPenn lot across the street at the new field. Please do not double park! Metered parking is available on 31st Street and on Walnut Street too!
A word from World Cafe Live
In addition to being a world class music venue, World Cafe Live also features an eclectic American bistro menu both Upstairs and Downstairs with daily lunch and dinner specials, great music and happy hours.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
World Cafe Live reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (27)late-night find (22)vibrant bar scene (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (15)fit for foodies (10)scenic view (10)romantic (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • always great
    naomi
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Meals and music are always fresh and hearty! Intimate seating, friendly service, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the music.
    Smores
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a great place to catch a unique concert event and follow the latest up and coming musicians.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check It Out!
    OldiesbutGoodies
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were two couples; African-American, over sixty; lovers of music(especially gospel and jazz); and foodies. An enjoyable time had by all. We were received and served with the utmost respect and attention. Every menu choice delicious. Free Concert Friday a bonus! We have spread the word and we will be back; maybe with a Sax on a Monday night. Look for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Venue, OK food
    sassy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was happy to see a Kale and Quinoa salad on the menu. The kale was supposed to be shredded, it was only torn. Kale is not the easiest thing to eat when it is raw and must be cut very fine. That was somewhat disappointing. Also there could have been a salty element to the salad. My husband was happy with the fish tacos. My daughter was pleased that you could substitute chicken for fish in the tacos. The guacamole appetizer was light on the guacamole, again without a salty chip could have used a salty element, especially with the sweet corn. Overall food was fair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • World cafe review
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My first visit was great. The view was wonderful. Our seats for the show were better than I expected, the ticket price was reasonable. The employees could not have been nicer. Last but not least the band was awesome. Hope to return very soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and music while you dine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate dinner in the upstairs restaurant before going to a show in the lower level. The food was good, well prepared and tasty. If you are attending an event at this venue, try out the restaurant beforehand. Plenty of on street parking and the meters only run until 8:00 PM (at least on Saturday).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud!!!!!
    Burningears
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great meal at 7:30 - super burgers, salads, and eggplant fries. Unfortunately, the music was SO loud that we soon realized that we had to eat in silence because no one could hear a thing except the screaming guitars. Please realize that people want to enjoy their meal with some nice conversation and background music (not ear-damaging rock music) Would I go again?? Yes, but only if I knew that there would not be ridiculously loud music. That should be saved for after 9 pm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodnmusic critiquer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was good, fresh and was great choices even for vegetarians. Music was too loud for any conversation but second band was really fun to watch. It's really nice to have good food drink and music all together. Convenient to go downstairs to watch Levee Drivers and red wanting black.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome music & dining venue
    sh2h2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not a large menu, but delicious food. Unbeatable dinner and music venue!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WCL, A Gr8 Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    12 of us went to see the Mumbles, a wonderful New Orleans band. Service for the 12 of us was very good considering the large crowd and music playing. Everyone enjoyed the food which was fairly priced. I had the Wasabi Tuna which was prepared perfectly rare. The burgers and the humus, pita and veggie appetizers were tasty. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Everyone in our party left happy. We will return to WCL for the music and food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great.
    mythoughts
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed a good tasting meal for a decent price, while enjoying three live bands. Only drawback was people were standing between the tables and the stage so we could not see the stage from a seated position.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acoustic Show
    controversyloveskerri
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had reservations and tickets for an acoustic show for The Early November. Table was right next to the stage, we had a great view. The food and service was excellent. It made for a perfect night! I live 100+ miles away, and would come here again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!!
    Amyellen
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Surprising good food! I had the salmon and it really was fantastic. Cooked perfectly and great flavor. I expected overpriced mediocre food and this dish was as good as any dish I've had in any restaurant in Philly. All the food coming out looked fabulous. Prepare not to have any dinner conversation. The music is LOUD!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate a birthday!
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My group of 8 came here for a great birthday dinner and a night of improv comedy that was hilarious. The restaurant space is awesome. It has a live stage where a band was warming up while we dined on several amazing appetizers and entree's. Try their guacamole and the fish tacos! Other table favorites were the falafel sandwich and the burgers. Did you know they have great gluten free bread? You have to ask for the one with seeds though, the plain gf bread is a bit cardboardish. Our service was fast and super friendly and it turned out to be a great place for a birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Music and Good Food
    Nonnied
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We attended a Time for Three concert at World Cafe Live and had dinner there before the concert. The venue offers a wide variety of music - all of which is well chosen for its type. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Dinner before a concert makes a delightful evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a wonderful time. The show, service and food are all great. Best bar food I ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    PreciousVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went here before a show and was not expecting gourmet food, it's a cafe but my wings weren't cooked all the way and my salad was wilted like the lettuce was getting old with brown spots. We didn't know that this cafe was separate from the downstairs cafe where you can sit and see the show. There should be on opentable somewhere that this is the case. We also didn't like the fact that when we left to see the show downstairs there were no chairs to sit in to watch the show, only the chairs at the tables for those who reserved them and the VIP area above that is extra money, FYI.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    LovingWCL
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. I also enjoyed the concert downstairs afterwards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VacationCharm
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My date and I both worked all day and this was a planned date for us to eat dinner and see a show afterwards. My date didnt order anything for dinner after looking at the menu. He sat there watching me nibble on loaded fries. I wouldnt call this place a restuarant. Its more like bar food and appetizers. We watched and loved the Kenny Latimore show. Service and staff overall were welcoming and friendly. Parking on the street was plentiful and a breeze.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Izzy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great get away just you and your lady. Loved the music food .a very chil spot no rowdiness
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I took our two daughters (16 and 20) to see a show. Had dinner first -- nice variety of menu items, food was delicious. Our table was up front (though there wasn't a poorly placed table anywhere), and the band was great! Great family outing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music and atmosphere
    Musiclover5
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I can't say enough about how much I love the World Café. It's my happy place:) I am always impressed by the talented performers and all around great atmosphere every time I go there. If you love live music and fabulous food, this is the place for you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient but not great
    Courtnie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It was very conveniant location given we were going to see a show that evening. The service was very slow and the food was not hot. Would not recommend if you are not trying to make a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite spot for live music!
    bcwave
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    You can't beat live music and WCL is a terrific venue to see the unheralded, the up and coming, and the artists who are breaking big! Food and drinks are reasonable and the ambience made me feel 10 years younger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great music, intimate venue
    foodandmusic
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Wold Cafe Live Upstairs is a wonderful small venue and gives the opportunity to see a wide variety of artists close-up and in the company of friends over dinner and/or drinks. It is very affordable. Most recently, we saw a multi Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter for a grand total of $55 per person (show tickets, dinner and drinks). The food was simple but delicious, the atmosphere is grown-up fun, and the music is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible reservation system
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Despite making our reservation 3 months in advance, and showing up on time, we were seated in the back when most of the tables were free. When we made our reservation, we made know our request to sit near the stage. Despite the fact that we called days in advance to check on the reservation, the venue made no attempt to return our call. We were told that night that special treatment and consideration is granted to people who know the exact table numbers (which the venue does not give out). After we complained, we were ultimately moved to a closer table. I do not feel good about this experience and have no reason to believe next time will be better. I don't think I will be visiting this venue again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convienent when going to a show
    Debdev
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good service and friendly staff. Easy access to World Café shows.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but slow service
    suzymags
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were seated for 25 mins before we got our drinks and another 10 before we ordered. If we hadn't been there for the Story Slam, we probably would have left. The waitress did not apologize, but she was very busy and seemed to have too many tables. Once we ordered the food came quickly and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bellabarb
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was very good, the wait staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. It is a perfect stop before attending a show at the World Café or any other venue in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place for live music
    Musiclover44
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I've been here many times for shows. Every time I go the food is good, but it must depend on the chef cause sometimes it's really good. This particular time the waitress wasn't really that great. She wasn't good about coming back and checking in and 50 min after ordering dessert she finally came over to realize we never received it. She did take it off the tab which was nice, but overall she was lacking in service. This is the first I've experienced this though, usually all waiters and bartenders are great. I'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice last minute venue
    sjg1
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were in my wife's hometown for a quick overnight trip and wanted something to do that wasn't necessarily in the fray of center city. We were able to get to World Cafe Live easily on foot and it was well worth it. I really enjoyed my WCL burger with salad. She had the Korean Tofu dish which she tells me was very tasty. We were entertained by the group hmfo as they performed their Hall and Oates tribute. Great job! I would go back again..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SpyderDave
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Good food and great place to see a show. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice menu and crowd
    SnowfallVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    on Fridays at lunch there is a singer guitarist who makes it very nice ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great room
    Michael
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Pre-show dining at World Cafe works. Limited but well done menu. Good selection from the bar. Gotta love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 250 reviews are from the World Cafe Live reviews archive.
  • Great food great service, try fosho
    AJSta82
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had never had a meal at the works cafe live. The staff and bartenders always accommodate the crowd no matter what size. The menu was loaded with great choices for a foodie or a finicky eater. Service was awesome and they never rushed us. Everything came out hot and at the appropriate time. I love this venue for shows and now I love it for dinning as well. Everyone should try a meal here at least once. Thanks guys you rock!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    went to watch a concert - the concert was great, food was okay, drink menu limited
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great potential
    gemlover
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The environment is nice. I felt comfortable and the waitress was very nice. The menu has a nice selection. The food could use some improvement. The food lacked seasoning and did not taste as good as it read in the menu. The concept for great dishes is there and just needs to be executed better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    What a super band you had on 4/27 upstairs. I hope that you invite them back again. Their music was so uplifting, and they sure got the crowd going. Wonderful service and food too.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food--Too Much Ice Cream
    Akay
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife and I ate at the World Cafe for the first time on Saturday night and really enjoyed the food. The menu had something for everyone. I had a pulled port sandwich and she had salmon. We both had salads which were very fresh and good. The view of Walnut Street allowed us to watch the people passing by on the street. The only unusual aspect was that after we moved downstairs for the show, we ordered ice cream for desert. The bowl that we got was HUGE! I'd say that there were at least 4 scoops of vanilla and 4 scoops of chocolate for us to share. I'm sure the supersize portion would be a plus for some but not for us. Otherwise, the food, bar selection and music were great.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot!
    kdunn
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I took my 12 year old son specifically to see a band, he was the only kid there but he had a great time! Service was excellent, food was very good as well. My son had a burger & I had the grilled cheese - both were great. Nice menu with a variety of cool options. Clean, comfortable restaurant, reasonable prices, & good acoustics too. Staff was professional and courteous. I would highly recommend WCL and hope to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic