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  1. Distance: 0.34mi
  2. Distance: 0.77mi
  3. Distance: 0.92mi
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About JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

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 Tuesday through Friday.

1212 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Federal

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 468-8800

Website:
http://www.culinaryarts.edu/

Parking Details:
on street parking

Public Transit:
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line): Elsworth-Federal Sta.

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Joe DiGironimo: (215) 468-8800

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.2

value

4.9

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.....

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food is consistently delicious. Highly recommended

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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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·Dined on September 5, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 15, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

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

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Most disappointing. Food was average and service was even worse.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2016

This may be a culinary arts school but the excellent Chefs mentoring the students makes it a 5 Star Michelin experience.

Tags: Casual, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Poconos)·Dined on November 18, 2016

We visited here on a Friday evening. Found it to be a great dining experience. The menu is limited, but very interesting choices. Dinner was a fixed price of $30, a great value. Every course was excellent, food was all very well prepared and well seasoned. Our wait staff was exceptional and the background music was perfect and allowed conversations to be had without shouting like in many establishments. We'll certainly return when in the area.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The waitress was emotional and crying. Dont know what happened.

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2016

JNA is a culinary school. A large lobby area is turned into a seating area with about 8 tables. The food is prepared by students under a chef's supervision. We have been there over a dozen times. We follow the menu changes - French, Italian, Mediterranean, American, etc. We have never been disappointed. Keep in mind that students are training to wait on tables, open wine bottles, etc. so some are more experienced than others. Be patient. You get to talk to students and can request a kitchen visit. The four-course meal is a bargain. Be sure to leave a nice tip for the student fund.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2016

This is a teaching experience for the kitchen and the floor staff, so my observations are meant not to criticize, but to help the staff with their education.
The servers were very polite. However, there is a certain patter that a good server has to know and maintain, and our server needed more practice on his. He was very prompt with our food and drinks, and he got our order 100% right.
The was mostly delicious. There was one item that didn't really knock me out, but that may have just been my taste. Everything was very well prepared and presented. Portions were perfect, but the sheer amount of food that comes with the prix fixed still left me stuffed. Not complaining about that.
We had the house wine. It was not extravagant, but it was quite tasty with the food we were served.
The owners took excellent care of us. It is clear that they expect the best for both their students and for their guests. It is gratifying, as a guest, to help the students improve their skills in the restaurant world, and to see the owners' pride when the guests leave happy.
I shall definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2016

(Summer 2016 menu) I was not sure what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. Everything was well prepared and the service was friendly and mostly efficient. Our only criticism is that the seasonings on the first two courses was off. The scallops and gazpacho both needed salt, and I definitely like my gazpacho with some garlic in it, but I know that isn't in all recipes. The dressing on the salad was very vinegary --it needed something else to balance that out. The chicken and waffles were quite tasty. Flank steak was excellent and the lamb was pretty good (was a bit gristlely though). One word of advice on ordering--they definitely err on the side of caution on doneness. Medium rare came out way too dark red on both entrees. I had to send my lamb back for extra cooking time.

Desserts were both excellent!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2016

We have eaten here before and have never been disappointed. I would have to say this visit was my favorite. The menu played to my taste buds. It was an exceptional visit.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Chicken was cooked perfectly- neither undercooked nor overcooked- all dishes were seasoned well, Panama cotta was a bit more firm than need be, but was tasty- fruit 'salad' that accompanied it went perfectly with it.
Another, solid meal at JNA!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Excellent service and food would highly recommend to my friends. We really enjoyed the evening

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2016

I really enjoy coming to this place the food is awesome and the students are great love this place.

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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