JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

4.3
497 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Thu, Fri 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 468-8800 ext. 100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Joe DiGironimo: (215) 468-8800
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Federal
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Parking details
on street parking
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Public transit
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line): Elsworth-Federal Sta.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 497 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.3
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3.7
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
1 review
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
17 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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E
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
75 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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OT
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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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious. Highly recommended

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OT
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
3 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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OT
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
17 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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OT
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
28 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
27 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
7 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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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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

Great meal. Excellent for a birthday celebration.
Nice atmosphere. Music level very nice for conversation.

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BE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

There was only one waitress. When the restaurant got more crowded, she could not be as attentive.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our meal atJNA. The Valentines Day dessert special was made table side. Great idea guys. Kindly keep the portion size the way it was. See u soon Mr&Mrs. Forbes

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JA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We weren't sure what to expect, but enjoyed the night - average food and service. They should really consider updating the decor - we kept saying it reminded us of an after-funeral luncheon VFW hall. Would have loved to have known it was BYO beforehand!

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c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the staff was very attentive. We were out with friends and just had a very enjoyable evening. We are definitely going again. The menu options were great and staff made good recommendations. The chefs came out to visit and we enjoyed the conversation about JNA and the menu. Thanks for a great evening everyone!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got there late, and had to leave early - embarrassing, but you were all over it! The only food that wasn't great was the escargots - they were not imbued with the flavors and there was a funny aftertaste.

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m
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here. The food and the service is great. No nasty over the top attitudes from staff.

The wine list was really great, the food was plated wonderfully. We have been going to JNA two or three times a year and have never had a bad meal . The students really try to make everything nice. The atmosphere is a little 1970s. It does not matter it adds to the enjoyment of the place.

The food is great. Give it a try.

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

Great service and food options. Our service by Melissa was fabulous

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