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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
World Cafe Live reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (28)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (20)late-night find (17)great for lunch (16)fit for foodies (14)scenic view (11)romantic (10)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Charles52
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Good food, good service. It was open mic on Monday. Too loud with some poor performers.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Convenient if going to show at World Café, but the food isn't great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and music
    skippackfood
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Went to see the PHL Live competition. Had to wait to be seated while they cleared out diners only there for a meal and not the show. Food was good with a diverse menu; fries were excellent. Waitress accidentally spilled several glasses of ice water on my husband... would have been nice if they comped a coffee or something to make up for the freezing cold water. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here, but it's a great venue for music and the food option is a plus.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Perfect
    Dlynn710
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We love when we find out our favorite musician is playing at the World Cafe. They have an amazing, helpful staff and the food is always fantastic. Whether it is upstairs or downstairs, the sound system is clear and perfect. I wish every venue was as nice as World Cafe
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    happyasalark
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you want great ambiance, great food and awesome live music, this is the place! Always have an excellent experience at either World Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Concert Venue
    Gadietrich
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed some great food at WCL. I tried the BLTE, where the "E" stands for egg. It turned out to be an incredible sandwich, which is served on a biscuit. The guacamole was excellent, as well as the Bread Pudding. Our server could of been more attentive to us. When I asked for water it took 10 minutes...when another member of my party asked for a refill on his Coke, it never happened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fast Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a wonderful time at the show, and therefore, a wonderful evening. But we will never eat there again:) The waitress was sweet (in fact, everyone at the venue was kind) but the food was greasy, and dry and really quite awful. I had 'fish' tacos. My husband, who loves burgers, barely enjoyed his, our two boys picked at french fries, Silas made it clear that my eggs were much better. Søren got a tummy ache. We returned our plates with at least half of the food on them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining blasted out by sound checks
    musicfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had a 6:45 reservation upstairs and got caught in between sound check for later performance. No ambiance whatsoever. Petite filet was very good as was service and beer selection. Went to 8pm show downstairs which is majority family seating style. Could have eaten down there but sitting at a table for 8 was not my idea of an intimate dinner-that said a lot of people did eat during show. Just not my style-there for the music.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    anoldfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    An excellent pre-show dinner was had here at WCL, Phila. Pa. Nice atmosphere, great service by a very friendly young waitress, and the food was delicious! I recommend the chicken breast sandwich as it was among the best I have eaten. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for fine, healthy, dining in a comfortable setting, with great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Took a party of six there for mid-week lunch. Restaurant was nice, not too crowded, and food was great. A cut above your usual burgers and wraps. Recommended for nice, casual lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    NightatWorldCafe
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We ate dinner and followed with a musical act. The view from the mezzanine was outstanding. The featured singer was fantastic and we enjoyed the show very much. We plan on returning for another show in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LTJY
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    HAVE BEEN HERE SEVERAL TIMES. ALWAYS CONSISTANTLY GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE. MENU NOT HUGE BUT EVEYTING IS GOOD. NICE ATMOSPHERE. VERY NICE MNEIGHBORHOOD NEAR PENN UNIVERSITY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lovely evening with great food and friends listening to Steve Nieve .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good while waiting for a show
    huff
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Of course it is very loud in there so don't expect to be able to carry on a conversation. Not inspiring food but drinks are great and its perfect for waiting for a show to start
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food while seeing a show
    memememememe
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    You need to have tickets to the show if you stay past 8-ish, but the food is good, better than regular "bar food". So if you have tickets, don't eat ahead of time, go a little early and eat. they staff is always great and nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's an especially convenient place for lunch if one attends the free Friday noon concert downstairs; and, while the food is unexceptionable, it is certainly good and affordable. My main complaint is that the musician who plays during the lunch hour is so loud that conversation is nearly impossible. My lunch companion and I constantly had to ask each other to repeat ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect before a show
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Ate here before a show downstairs. Food was great. Wife's cocktail was much better than mine but I still quite enjoyed mine. Service was pretty good but incredibly slow. Even if it wasn't so reasonably priced, the convenience of having a nice place to get dinner in a music venue can't be beat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seems Understaffed
    iAteHere
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went there for an open mic event and was a little disappointed with the place. It seemed like they only had one or two servers for the event so service was slow. I also ordered the WCL burger to be cooked medium and got served a well done burger. Usually they are pretty good at cooking them the way I've asked for it in the past. Overall the open mic was cool, but the service was a little off.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre '80s show dinner
    KMPicksVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We're members of XPN and enjoy going to World Cafe Live. I realize the emphasis is music, but the volume at times was deafening during our casual dinner. We appreciate the live music during dinner but found it very difficult to have a conversation. Note to future visitors - the only beer both Upstairs and Downstairs serve is Yuengling. Also the menus are completely different - but you aren't likely to get a table downstairs anyhow, so plan to eat Upstairs for best selection.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.