JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

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506 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
The small 7 table dining room is fashioned after a Quaint European Terrace with water features and located near the Avenue of the Arts---perfect for dinner & a show. The prix fixe menu changes quarterly & is served and prepared by culinary students. Open for dinner currently Thursday and Friday.
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DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a delightful time!
The menu was varied and there was certainly something for everyone to enjoy. The portions were generous, but not overwhelmingly so. Of the eight courses we enjoyed (between the 2 of us) , five of them were excellent, and the other three were good or very good. We would definitely recommend JNA, and plan to return. Thanks for a lovely and delicious evening!

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Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Drab decor, lack of presentation and tasteless food.

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BF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wonderful service, and excellent value.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great!. Joe our server was attended to us like we were in a 5 start restaurant. Food was delicious.

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was perfect. The food and it's presentation was good. They had run out of a couple things and made some substitutions but the overall dining experience was extraordinary. I selfishly don't want to tell anyone because I want to keep this to myself. Very nice and friendly staff.

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K
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great treat to experience in Philadelphia. Truly a hidden gem in city. Food tasted really good; presentation was superb; and service was top notch. We will definitely return.

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W
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here. Atmosphere is laid back and the service and food was amazing. Will have many more visits, thanks again!!!

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O
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the seasonal winter French menu. Our choices from the various selections were delicious especially the fish and soups. Our server was polite and helpful.

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CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem in Philadelphia. The items that we tried on the 4 course French menu all rivaled meals that my wife from Italy and I have eaten in France. The escagot in a pastry shell were spectacular and the fish was perfectly cooked as well as having a freshness that tasted like it had just been pulled out of the ocean. The wine is very reasonably priced, especially for the quality. Service was excellent - professional, knowledgeable and personable. Director Joe has done a masterful job here! The atmosphere (with the jazz softly playing in the background) created the perfect ambiance. It was a beautiful experience!!!
I have had meals in Center City restaurants that cost twice as much and weren't half as good as here. My wife and I can't wait to return.

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JV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent accommodating professional great food great wine selection

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent! The food was delicious! Service was great!!

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We normally really enjoy JNA, however, for whatever reason, the service was not as good and the food was only average. One of the people with our group of four, said she would not come back.

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MY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Service wasbwonderful. I would highly recommend jna

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a nice meal. I enjoyed it. The service was my favorite. Very attentive.

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go quarterly to experience the different menus. Always a good time.

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a great meal with many choices and even good for gluten intolerant patrons.
Service is always very friendly and even a special birthday celebration at the end.
Highly recommend.

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B
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here before and love the quarterly change of menus. I have tried things here that I may not have tried elsewhere. The food in usually great as it was this last time. The service was attentive and the value unsurpassed.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great four-course meal and interesting to meet new students getting experience. Menu changes every few months. Plus BYOB. We go often.

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Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, food well prepared though two entrees had to go back for warming-
they need better cushions on the chairs

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M
New England
79 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Not what I expected. Served too quickly. Food not hot when served. Ambiance too stark. My fish was dry, only warm, and fishy tasting. I did not eat my meal, and that seemed of no concern to anyone. My husband’s chicken was dry and no cheese could be found.....

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value. Elsewhere the same meal would cost twice what it does here. The students that work here are fun and enthusiastic.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to JNA numerous times and have wholeheartedly recommended it to dozens of people. The cuisine and value are second to none. In fact I purchase 3 or 4 Groupons whenever they are available.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed this dining experience very much. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful.

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LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant and so fun to be a part of the students' learning experiences as chefs and wait staff. The menu is varied and the four courses were wonderful! I will definitely be going back. And we went on opening night!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious. Highly recommended

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoy JNA I try going every month or every other month

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KB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating our patents 67th anniversary... the food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and accommodating . We even got a tour of the kitchen!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GOING AGAIN! Love the atmosphere and the waiters were very professional and friendly. The food was absolutely amazing and tasty! Great menu selections and the best part, was when the Chef came out to introduce himself . Awesome guy by the way lol

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasteful and accommodating for people's diet restrictions. They accommodated my vegan diet.

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great value - 4 courses for $30. and about 4 choices within each category.
We liked everything that we had. Not rushed and fun to talk to our server who is just new to the hospitality business. Had my leftover Hawaiian rolls for breakfast and still tasty the next day.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was excellent. The atmosphere was also great. Overall this was a great experience that I would recommend to both family and friends.

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s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our visit was so fun. It was a pleasure seeing students learning the techniques of serving and cooking for future clients . The students are learning the fundamentals. Preparation, serving,
greeting customers. The atmosphere of the dining room is 1970's. Mostly original everything. However I liked it because it brought me back to my younger years. I remember all of it.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

JNA never disappoints - four course meal, BYOB, for a great price. Plus you are served by students and get to interact with them. You might even get a tour of the kitchen. Chef Joe does a great job, welcoming, serving, whatever needs to be done.

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O
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again we enjoyed a superb meal at JNA. My dining companion and I love the seasonal themed menu with its array of choices in 4 courses. The flavors that the chefs prepared in the various Mediterranean dishes were outstanding. The portions are just right sized and the courses were served in a timely fashion so not to come out before we finished the previous course. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. We also love that it is a byob. We look forward to checking out the next season's menu.

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BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

At the price of $30 for the spring menu, you get four courses with about four choices per course to choose what appeals to you. We found something we liked for the first three courses and they were very good, especially the entrees. However, dessert left something to be desired that night. I would definitely return even with the lacking desserts. We each chose something different and none of us were satisfied. Maybe we will get a good pastry student next time.

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m
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a four course meal that was well priced. The menu was limited but varried, the food was OK, but the descriptions of the food sounded more exciting than the taste of the food - which were lacking in seasonings and spices.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a great 4 course meal prepared by students with student servers. The price and BYOB make for a nice time.

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JL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looking forward to going back for the spring menu. All the food and choices were excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and we got to meet the students. Awesome!

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu options were good, the pace of the meal was excellent. They were accommodating of our needs and the service was good.

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