JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

4.3
494 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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 494 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.7
ambience
4.8
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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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2.0Dined 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.....

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Food is consistently delicious. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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