Jones

4.5
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1987 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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4.4
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4.4
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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Jones. Had friends in from Vermont and had to take them to Jones for Sunday Brunch. They absolutely loved the Mac-n-Cheese and the Pancakes with walnuts and bananas. The drink "The Pain Killer" was a hit as well as the mimosas.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out with a group of six for my wife’s birthday. I found Jones searching on Open Table. I had never heard of it before but liked the concept of comfort food in a retro setting. The good reviews and being a Stephen Starr restaurant didn’t hurt.

Started with the calamari and deviled eggs for apps and they were both delicious! I and two other members of our party had the beef brisket entree and enjoyed it and the potatoes and carrots that came with it. The Milanese chicken and burger got rave reviews as well. For dessert my wife and I had the “Birthday Cake” adult milkshake which was a real treat!

Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive and we enjoyed the decor. The restaurant was a little noisy when we first arrived but quieted down as the night went on. And I thought the food was reasonably priced given the quality and Center City location. Overall a great night and we will be back!

GB
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering. Food was delicious. All was served in a perfectly timed arrival. Portions were generous, hot and a great value. We all tasted each other’s dinner because everyone was raving about their entree and more than enough food to share. Even though the restaurant was full, we were surprised how efficient our server was and how quickly all food arrived. Great experience. Great service.

AO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

CG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the option to get a whole bottle of champagne with 3 different juices, and my bestie and I sat by the fireplace which was beautiful but just a little on the warm side.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Affordable breakfast with decent flavors.

C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, Jones does not disappoint. We went before theater tickets. Service was good and we made our show with no issue. Food is always good. Manager stopped by to ask how everything was (which is impressive on a friday night). Love my shrimp and grits!!

S
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Jones after a few hours strolling through the Home Show at the Convention Center. It was a short walk on a cold January night and Jones is just so warm and cozy. We started with the calamari. I like the small rings that Jones serves - they were tender and crispy and the sauce just spicy enough. For entrees I had the turkey burger. It was hot and juicy and DELICIOUS! I’d give up beef burgers if more restaurants had a turkey burger this tasty. And the shoestring fries were hot and crispy. My husband had a Greek salad - the man loves salads - and was very pleased with it. He chose the Hidden Crush Cabernet and I chose the Benzinger Sauvignon Blanc. Both were chilled perfectly and very pleasant. This a great casual spot with above average food. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone in that area of the city.

G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 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 on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

DB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
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

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!

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!

MW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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.