Jones

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$30 and under
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American

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You’ll always feel welcome at Jones, a fun-loving homage to mid-century Americana and classic homestyle cooking. Set in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, this kitschy, energetic space gives off vibes that are equal parts 1960s ski lodge and Brady family living room. But just like a real family home, the kitchen is where the real action is. Timeless favorites like fried chicken and waffles, macaroni and cheese, Thanksgiving turkey dinner and chocolate layer cake speak to our shared loves of comfort food and nostalgia. Pull up a seat near the roaring see-through fireplace, grab a playful specialty cocktail and let us know what you’re in the mood to eat.

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AO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good — menu has changed slightly Sunday brisket was amazing may order it every time I go.

G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing the creole shrimp & grits was delicious. The braised collard greens were the BEST ever. Great service. Great atmosphere.

b
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Birthday- was not asked by the restaurant why we were there

DB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Nice ambiance. The service has been good each time I’ve visited. I enjoy introducing friends to the Jones experience.

JF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere! I can’t wait until I am able to return. The chicken and waffles were AMAZING!

AC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious and our server Becky was very personable and caring!

HT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, drinks, and dessert. We had the perfect seat by the fireplace and enjoyed great food and service. We will definitely be going back to work our way through the menu.

JC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Could not have a conversation the acoustics are terrible!

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The manager was awesome and the food was great. Overall is was another great experience. We just didn’t like the place we sat. We were upstairs in the balcony and it felt like you were sitting in a Winnebago.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

2-person Booth was extremely tight for my guest and me. We’re 6’-3” and pretty fit. Too little space between table and seat back. Had to extract myself sideways to get in and out. Food was good but a bit uncomfortable to eat that way.

SC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food is always great however tried the chicken Caesar yesterday. This salad is a gigantic bowl of romaine topped with cubed chicken and croutons. It’s a bit underwhelming in taste. And boring to look at smashed into one big bowl. No color, no presentation. Ok flavor. Everything else seems great. But what a boring salad. Really disappointed in this one!

D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The is was my first time at Jones. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was good. I will consider it again in the future.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. Staff were amazing

ND
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the huevos rancheros here!! Very simple & delicious. The fried chicken in a basket with fried was the HOME RUN for sure!!! Great brunch spot!

SR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Jones is great for a comfort food-style brunch. Our server was great and the food was delicious. Definitely make a reservation, because it gets very busy for brunch!

MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and perfectly portioned food

MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience at Jones on Saturday. We had a large party that consisted of people of various ages and tastes, with a few small children. The menu was perfect and had something for everyone. Our server, Becky, was fantastic, so patient and attentive to our needs. The food was delicious and everyone left happy. I would definitely recommend Jones and look forward to going back soon!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent dinner. Service was awesome as well

CL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I have never been in a restaurant that was so beautiful in the seating room but so disgusting and simply and cared for in the restroom. I chose this restaurant because my dad always enjoys a home style meal, comfort food. It was my birthday dinner but I wanted my dad to enjoy himself as he was treating me and is getting older. I am a fan of all of Stephen stars restaurants, and I have been to Jones before. It certainly has not held up well to time. Two of the items on both of our plates were severely under cooked. Both the string beans and the carrots were not just an hour Dente or steamed yet crisp, they were undone. However, my biggest problem was with the restrooms. Both my dad and I were completely disgusted by the two separate ones we each entered.

R
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time my wife and I ate at Jones. Once again we greatly enjoyed the decor and atmosphere as well as the low key vibe, excellent comfort food, and outstanding service. We will certainly be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We went for brunch on New Year’s Day. Our reservation was for 2pm but we arrived an hour earlier. To our surprise it wasn’t too busy and we was seated immediately. The food was great but unfortunately our experience with the waiter was terrible. She was either inexperienced or incompetent.

SJ
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I like to start the New Year off on a date. Jones didn’t disappoint! We were seated next to the crackling fire. Perfect ! Delicious huervos rancheros, Bloody Marys and tater tots. All delicious! We will be back soon. Happy 2020!

JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jones had a good menu and atmosphere. Only issue for me was stingy pour loaded with ice in small glass on pricey drink! Wine pour seemed light also.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my second time at Jones. The service is great as well as the food. I would recommend the adult milkshakes for the price of $12 have more alcohol in it. It is an adult beverage and we were expecting more from that.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. The food is outstanding. If you’re going to see a show, this is the place to eat. Best fried chicken in Philadelphia as well!

K
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been to many Starr restaurants but this was our first time at Jones - it was delicious!! We started with deviled eggs and calamari. Two had the fried chicken and waffles, one had a burger, and I had the beef brisket sandwich, and we all loved our meals! It's a very cool place and our service was good. The only complaint I have is that we did order a chocolate milkshake and it was about 3/4 whipped cream with only a tiny bit of actual milkshake. Other than that, it was delicious and we would definitely go back.

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, all was well. We had a varied age group, including some picky youngsters. They were thrilled, the foodies at the table were happy, too. It was great! Do try the Matzo Ball Soup!

JB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Only complaint is the noise level. We were sat on the upper level and it seems the music speakers are right beyond the tables above the balcony and it was pretty loud sitting right there.

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Perfect stop while being in the city doing holiday things.

AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I ate at Jones years ago and have always loved the service at a Starr Restaurant, however, the service this time around was awful. I went with a group of 8 and 15 minutes after everyone was served their meal...I started to realize mine was not coming. I had to wave the waitress down...but someone else came over and explained our waitress put in the wrong order for me and they just corrected. After everyone was done their meal I finally received mine. The waitress also forgot to bring drinks over and didn’t check on us or wanted to be bothered with us. I will not be going back to Jones.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

6 o'clock reservation and they were out of brisket. Our party was also sat in 2 separate tables so we could not even talk. Poor experience!!!!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful. It seemed like they were short staffed just before Christmas, but that is to be expected sometimes. All of the food was amazing!!

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was fine, just nothing special. Glasses of wine are ridiculously small.

VD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Philadelphia and asked at our hotel for recommendations as we were traveling with kids. Fabulous matzo soup and brisket - perfect for the first night of Hanukkah. Fried chicken, grilled chicken, grilled cheese and tomato soup were also delicious. We enjoyed it so much, we went a second time.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay.

NE
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We had a family brunch with three adults who drink, and one child. Our waitress didn’t seem interested in keeping our drinks full. We would have ordered multiple drinks but she want very attentive, and by the time she came back we were done eating.

ST
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Eat at Jones a few times a year. Bring friends when possible. Never disappointed. Fries are great and motza ball soup is terrific. Staff is the best. Place is very warm and inviting. Last time I had the meat loaf. Plate was clean when finished.

AG
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was not as great an experience as expected. It was busy and server seemed overextended. Can't believe a restaurant of its reputation did not have a gluten free bun available for burger.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch and food was delicious. There’s a mimosa special for $22- you can get a bottle and juices for the table. Great deal! Staff was professional and friendly. I will go back.

F
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I am not happy with the current limited menu after they deleted so many things that were good, interesting and diverse. I don’t intend to come back.

That being said I ended up with a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup which was good and my friends Cobb salad was very good but we were hard-pressed to find something interesting and healthy there.