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World Cafe Live
World Cafe Live
  • Address:
    3025 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

World Cafe Live Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://philly.worldcafelive.com/restaurant/restaurant-about.html
  • Phone: (267) 295-2928
  • 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: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. I also enjoyed the concert downstairs afterwards."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great get away just you and your lady. Loved the music food .a very chil spot no rowdiness"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good service and friendly staff. Easy access to World Café shows."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Good food and great place to see a show. Looking forward to returning. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "on Fridays at lunch there is a singer guitarist who makes it very nice ambience "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Pre-show dining at World Cafe works. Limited but well done menu. Good selection from the bar. Gotta love it. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "went to watch a concert - the concert was great, food was okay, drink menu limited"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We went to Upstairs at World Cafe Live for dinner and music by a solo acoustic reggae artist and were not disappointed. We were a group of six and I would say the restaurant is best for smaller groups (2- and 4-tops). It was a good combination of casual fare, good wine and beer list, and great ambiance. The crowd that night (and probably most nights) was over 30s by and large and it was pretty mellow. A great evening of music in Philadelphia!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I always enjoy the food and service. Always cutting edge and a great selection of cocktails and beers. Make a reservation. The place may look empty and the host won't seat you if you don't have a reservation. Watched a table stay open for over 3 hours and he still wouldn't see me and my guest. The bartender was great and accommodating. I finally went on my phone and made a rezo and then the host sat me. And lucky me me he had a nice snarky comment. Server was great food was awesome. And live music to boot."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The staff at the World Cafe seemed very disorganized and didn't see that our seats were vip and sent us downstairs so that they could send us upstairs again. The seats themselves were great, but a VERY loud family at the next table disrupted the evening for everyone around them (despite wait staff's interventions)."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great night out with friends and family to see the Stray Birds… stellar show in a cozy atmosphere! Thank you World Cafe Live!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time and I think we both expected more than a "cafe'" menu. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste of the food however. Very tasty! The first act came on and she was amazing and the crowd was into the music and that made it fun. Fun night overall!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is not the kind of place you go to for the food. Stick with the simple things - hummus, burger - and you will be okay. But enjoy the music!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to World Cafe Live mainly to see "Who Got The Jazz" - tribute to George Benson (although we thought it would be Wes Montgomery). The restaurant/club is nice - especially for food and entertainment. We got a table near the front, so we could see everything. We're both vegetarians, so we were glad to see some choices for us on the menu. I was able to get a pasta dish with asparagus, and my husband got a grilled cheese with fries. Both dishes were tasty. I tried some of my husband's fries and they were delicious. We'll probably go there again."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went for a band, arrived a bit early and was seated a full 20 minutes AFTER reservation time, 35 minutes after arrival and well into band's set (and were not even allowed a good place to wait). Service was incredibly slow, lots of time passed before anyone even came to the table we had waited so long to be seated at. Continued throughout entire meal and after meal. Food was average at best. Will look for other options to see live music."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "great entertainment, fresh tasty food, friendly all-ages atmosphere. will feel like a favorite the first time there."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "we had tickets to a show there and it was absolutely perfect to not have to scramble from restaurant to show and compromise on food. The eggplant fries were amazing, nice variety of options for one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian and everything we had was quickly serviced, temperature right, and delicious. Service was lovely. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall, it was a really good experience. We bought tickets for the show, so we got there a bit earlier (with a reservation) to have dinner first. Then we had drinks while we enjoyed the music performance. The food was generally delicious. My husband said it was prob one of the best duck dishes he's had - I guess they were on point that night! the other entree choices were delicious as well. I'm still unsure of the whole process - the way we did it was prob best - bought tickets online, and reserved a table online for about an hour before the show - we got to stay at the table during the show. It seems that anyone who did not reserve a table had to stand."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Saw a great show and ate some great food. The eggplant fries get me every time!! They accomodated my seating request with a smile as well!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Came here with my 17 year old son... Got a bite to eat and heard some good music. Food was good-- bands were entertaining. Overall a positive experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My cousin and I found out about a Jazz so last minute one night, and decided to check it out. It was recommended to reserve a table, and to our surprise we ended up right up front with a great view of the band. We were a bit hungry, so I ordered the salmon and a glass of Malbec, and she had the quesadillas and the cocktail called "A Change is Gonna Come"... all very good. This place was a nice change of pace, and we will be back. Only thing I'd change is the attentiveness of the waitstaff, but I don't think they expected as many people to be there that night, but the band drew a larger crowd than it seemed they were used to."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I was a waiter so I am very empathetic to servers, but geez, our waitress was the worst I have had in years."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My friend and I went there for a low-key 'date' type night. We had a great time listening to the music and chatting when it wasn't too loud. We ordered food at the upstairs venue before the show started, ate and had a few drinks. We never had to pay for the show - just the food bill and left pretty early. The server was really accommodating of our Gluten Free needs and we really nice. The upstairs venue is definitely loud for conversation."
    Dined on 2/8/2014