Minton's Playhouse

4.6
600 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 243-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Landy Mendoza
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between St Nicholas and Adam Clayton Powell
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Parking details
There are multiple parking garages in the area.Park 117th LLC: 118th Street between St Nicholas and 8th Ave.
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Public transit
2/3 to 116th street or B/C to 116th
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Entertainment
Please visit our website for monthly music performance schedules.

www.mintonsharlem.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 600 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oof the best. Do yourself a favor if you know and like great music and venue. its the best J. C> Hopkins and his band, Andy Bey is nothing short of wonderful.

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IC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This place was great... the music and drinks were spot on... however when made the reservation I wasn’t informed of the hefty “set fee” of $30 per person per table ($60) that was added on to the bill apart from our food and drinks order. I just wish I was told about the added charge ahead of time so that I could’ve been better prepared. This is definitely not an affordable way to spend a Saturday night listening to live music..... but it was a very enjoyable night the band and singers were excellent!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

fantastic setting, reminiscent of years ago. Good steak house style food, memorable evening

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TD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

My friends and I had a great time! We enjoy the food and the musicians. The service was good but slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing place to eat, drink and listen good music!

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, music was tops, food was excellent (never expect that at a jazz club), and the staff could not have been more attentive. Will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food was very good and reasonably priced. Band was AWESOME! Definitely recommend for a date night or special occasion.

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RH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The overall dining and musical experiences are awesome. You’ll do a good bit of waiting on your food so bring your patience with you. Nonetheless, I don’t mind waiting on good food.

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FR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good music and good food in this historical club.
A journey in the legend of jazz.

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

great live entertainment, the food was good. They just don't have enough servers. And the place was packed. At least on the night we were there, celebrating our anniversary, it took forever to get our orders in and get our food. And the place was packed, so it was really unfair to all of us. The restaurant needs to do better about that.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Minton playhouse for my birthday and had a great time. the music was great, lovely ambiance and the food was great especially the lobster guacamole we actually ordered one to go. Will be back possibly for a date night.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall the place was great, however the waitress was horrible. It took an hour for her to come back to us, and that was because I had to go and find her. I wouldnt say she is a reflection of the venue as a whole though. Still a great evening spot and would highly recommend.

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s
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Excellent band playing Afro-Cuban jazz but we could barely concentrate due to the rude people shouting over the music to each other. One particular woman was attention-seeking appallingly and was old enough to know better. She wasn’t the only one, but she was the worst. Staff did nothing to help and showed equal disrespect for the performing artists. $20 cover charge plus two drink and food minimum. After 25 mins we still hadn’t been asked what we would like to drink. They didn’t have the bottle we ordered anyway, same happened to neighbouring table. Food came before the wine turned up. Ordered steak as the place is affiliated to a steakhouse next door - overcooked and unpleasant at $38 very poor value too. Room was so cold six women were wearing either their own coats or companion’s jackets. Asked server if she could turn temperature up but she didn’t. Asked again and this time it increased fractionally. Appears to be almost no management making sure service is running smoothly and guests are respectful to band and other patrons. Would not recommend and wouldn’t return - shame as band were excellent (Yunior Terry).

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had a very good time at Minton’s Playhouse. I plan to visit again.

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LA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening!
Great food, service, and music.
We will be returning!

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What an atmosphere. Loved the place, the music. Food was excellent too.

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IN
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is on of the top jazz clubs anywhere. Minton's has deep roots since the beginnings of jazz and continues to showcase top talent from NYC and around the world. The atmosphere is a beautiful modern supper club. The food had been respectable and service spotty on past occassions. I am delighted to report that our ahi tuna, ribs and other menu items were excellent! The service was very good. Another wonderful night out at Minton's!

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S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue in the heart of Harlem, presenting great music and ambiance.
A long bar greets the public and then come the tables. We had reservations for a party of nine. Two more friends came, so they set a long table for us.
There is a cover and two items food/drink consumption.

Most of us ordered Sangria(red). I didn't like it. Tasted like it had guava. Others had Martinis. Mixed drinks.

We ordered appetizers(Beef Empanadas, Crab Cakes, Calamari). Entrees: Ella & Louie Chicken, Mussels, Hamburger. Sides: Garlic Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Plantains.
We sort of shared so we could have a taste.
The Beef Empanadas were very good, with a Chimichurri sauce and a salad of kale, corn, little tomatoes and avocado.
Crab cake was delicious as well.
The Chicken has capers and a light lemons sauce it was ok.
The Mussel were very nice in a tomato broth.
Sweet Plantains divine!

Melvis Santa & Ashedí we're playing. We had to get up and dance.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great night out with friends at this recently renovated Historic venue. This is a "Grown & Sexy" spot...great ambience. They share a kitchen with Cecil's Steakhouse. I ordered the Salmon entree, which was Very tasty! Top shelf whiskey was Very well-priced ($9.00-$9.50).
The performance was awesome....Afro Cuban artist Melvis Santa and Ashedi. LOVED IT. Melvis is a classically trained Pianist, and has a beautiful jazz singing voice; Ashedi is an awesome trio of musicians/singers. I loved the variety of interesting instruments they used.
Check this place out!

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Julian Pressley was amazing!! So sad u didn’t have the t-shirt in my size.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Music was great, but service was truly awful.
We asked for a wine bottle. After two tries, they offered an alternate bottle. After our appetizer, they set up the table for desert until we told them that we haven’t got our dinner yet. We finally got our dinner when music was done. We paid as the last people while they were cleaning the place to close it. A pity since music was great.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful night! We saw Solomon Hicks and it was literally the best date night my boyfriend and I have had in over a year. We absolutely loved the music and the venue. The host let us choose a great little booth in the corner so we could have some privacy, but we weren't too far away at all and could still enjoy everything. The food was delicious, but especially the drinks were great!

Thanks for providing a nice, romantic evening! Couldn't be more grateful!

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Minton's provided an experience I will always treasure. The friendly staff and the great atmosphere were the first indications the night would go well. The food was so delicious! But what made the night unforgettable was Jeffery Miller's Jazz Band. Jeffery's original composition Black and Blue flowed through the musicians into and out of their instruments like human volcanic eruptions. Chris Bittner was one with his saxophone like no player I have ever seen before. I felt my soul tremble by the conclusion of Black and Blue.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it there - food was great, service is top notch. We wish thr performance was longer than one hour - at least 1.5

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AX
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The introductrory film presentation is far too literal and seems to be design for the very mainstram audience with contradicts by essence the jazz and connoisseurs feel the place should be cultivating.

service food and music were very good but the soul wasn't there

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, band, food, and ambience were great!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience

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M
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will always return to Minton's because the music is fantastic and the food and drinks add to a lovely experience. You pay per music set, but you're also supporting local artists. Do the right thing!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A throwback to old Harlem. Great jazz and great service. The food was great and them overall atmosphere was relaxing and courteous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to experience live jazz whilst visiting New York from England.
We were not disappointed. The food was first class and the music and jamming session was amazing. A must visit

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Reasonable, but expensive food. Very good live jazz. Very good, attentive service.

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R
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

there is a reason Mintons is a classic jazz nightclub. it's great. the band and singers were first rate as usual. we were there for the early show. wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great night ! Great Music !

Food was good, but really , the highlight is the band !

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice cozy atmosphere, me and my date enjoyed the food drink and entertainment. Will definitely visit again

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall this place was good, the down side was the music. I personally like a jazz set that jams and takes you into the instruments. This was boring in my opinio.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful live jazz music, clean, very good food, beautiful ambience. A place to go!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for world class live jazz with great drinks and a traditional American menu.

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DO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Minton's is all that and then some! My server, Zambele, was gracious. I love the ambiance of Minton's. This is why I moved from Brooklyn to Harlem. Because it's black and I love jazz. Peace Minton's ! ✌✌✌👍👍👍👊👊👊

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M
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We selected this restaurant to hear live jazz, and they did not disappoint in that regard. Our party ordered two menu items that were no longer offered by the restaurant. Instead of the waiter telling us that and suggesting other options, he (or the kitchen) substituted other menu items. Very strange and indicative of a lack of communication and respect for the diners. I suggest updating your menus and better training for the waitstaff.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Awesome music scene. Good food. Very nice and alert waiters

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