Minton's Playhouse

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Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Minton’s is a phenomenal venue. We went for Sunday brunch and loved the jazz show. My food looked great, but it did come out cold. The performances more than made up for the lackluster dining experience.

BM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Enjoyed my evening at Minton's. There was a delay before we were seated but other than that everything was fine. I would definitely recommend the venue and plan to go back. Alex Blake was excellent. Loved Kelly Green.

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What could be better than great music and great food in a lovely setting.

A
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. True American experience. Want a private Jazz concert in an open restaurant? This is the place. Food from Cecil’s steakhouse is simply amazing. My wife’s rack of lamb, my Bronzini and my daughter’s Pasta were each some of the best dishes we have enjoyed in New York. Cocktaiks are the best. Wine list is a little limited. Go for the cocktails. And yes, the Flan for desert, wow. Well, I am a flan fan, so you can discount my opinion on that.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I recently discovered Minton’s Playhouse while searching for a jazz/dining venue in Harlem, and what a find! It us fast becoming my favorite place for jazz, drinks, dining!

Always a great experience...from the music to service and ambiance! Our first time there we had great seats front and center. However, this past Saturday we were side-lined, due to 2 huge groups. No fault of the restaurant, but sitting on the side limits your ability to have a free flowing inclusive conversation and connection with all members of your group. Hoping our next visit will not disappoint with poor seating!

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was a wonderful experience. The music was really good, the food presentation was beautiful and the taste matched the presentation. Our waite service was on top of things, and extremely pleasant.
The drinks were also very good . Overall, it was a great experience and we plan to return soon

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Julius the best player ever!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. As a person that lives in Harlem, I wish there was a more diverse crowd, but everything from the music to the service to the bartender was absolutely fabulous.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Front desk check in is awful and unorganized.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Authentic. They need more places like this. Make sure you book for both shows.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived there at the time of the reservation, only to find closed doors and a sign explaining that the place was closed that night due to a burst pipe. Given that we had booked, a warning message would have been welcome!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a good time at my first Jazzy Sunday Brunch event. Good food, although the server was not as attentive as I’d like, but overall the service and food were good. The music...energetic, vibrant and pulsating! I totally enjoyed it! Very talented band!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Minton’s Playhouse and so glad to have found it! The entire staff was warm, friendly and catered to our needs. The food was tasty with generous servings; and the music was amazing!y...I left wanting more. An incredible night. My friends and I will definitely be back soon!

JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The Pinot noir we ordered was not great. Wouldn’t order the wine again but the food and the other drinks were alright! Ambiance and vibe is great, music was top rate.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue, staff was attentive and professional. The music was world class! Great experience, I highly recommend Minton’s Playhouse for anyone look for the best of New York City

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I’ve been to Minton’s at least 5 times. Each time the food quality is inconsistent, however, the music is always great and the staff is always friendly.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Excellent food and service staff. I highly recommend Minton’s Playhouse to anyone looking for the best in dinning and jazz.

JC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Nice looking spot, but the food was HORRIBLE. Very nice staff. Nice jazz. Unfortunately, because of the food, I would not return.

DD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the Jazz was even better! Definitely a hidden gem in the middle of Harlem in a nice area with great service and the music is what you’d expect in New York City! Classy and elegant as well as great acoustics and the largest jazz band I’ve ever seen! Will definitely go back again next time I’m in New York City!

MR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The music was great, everything else was not.
When you go out to a jazz club or an expensive restaurant, you expect the person that greets you at the door and seats you to make you feel welcome. The person here makes no effort whatsoever to do that, you are treated more like an unwanted child rather than a guest. I know they have to keep order and keep things moving, but other places do that with a smile instead of a grouch. The same person has been at that job for at least a couple of years, I remember from the last time I was there. I have to imagine, he is related to the owner, otherwise anyone could see he does not have the personality to do that job. The waitress service was more friendly and competent.
Before the music came on, we had to listen to a long sales pitch for a local jazz festival. I like being informed of other jazz events but I didn't think the guy was ever going to stop talking. Before each set, they played a video about the history of the club. The video is also on their website. It is an interesting and informative video but how many times do I have to watch it? It is like getting on a plane and having to watch the safety demonstration over and over again.
My date was a vegetarian and her grilled vegetables were very good. My dish was supposed to be gluten free but I had a gluten reaction to it the next day. My first drink was very weak so I switched to wine. The neighborhood is now very lively and eclectic. We did not feel uneasy or unsafe, in any way, walking from the subway to the club. The club has a very good sound system which fills the room with music without sounding distorted or fake.
Despite all the negatives, I still rated the place good because I loved the music.

PT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a one of a kind New York experience Cecil’s restaurant and Minton’s Jazz club are the places to go. The staff is incredible, the food is delicious, and the music is phenomenal. I had the calamari in Cecil’s which was prepared with jalapeño peppers, and the fish tacos in the club. That night I listened to JC Hopkins Biggish Band, a perfectly packed stage, and two singers who are absolutely incredible, their scat brilliant.

ER
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were very excited to dine and listen to live jazz where all the greats have played. However, it seems we picked the wrong night as a group of 20-30 women graced us with their annoying and loud presence and chit-chat. They were at times louder than the performers, which really sucked for the couples like us there who wanted to enjoy the music (and we were two tables from the stage).
The ambiance is perfect, the food was great, our server tho overwhelmed with that group was very pleasant and professional. The music from what we could enjoy was wonderful. This group caused a 4 rating.
We will def go back and try the experience again. What’s the likelihood of an obnoxious 30 top again while we’re there?! 😂

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a great set and a great time! The place was very intimate and fun. I would come again.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I have been meaning to go to this spot because of its historical significance and reputation and we were over the moon by our experience. The decor is vibrant, the drinks are very good and the musicians we listened to (I don’t recall their names) were spectacular!

GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How do you not like the most historic jazz club in the world, with amazing talent; attentive staff and excellent food and service?

MN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We booked dinner and jazz and ended up being told the club was reserved for a private party and we needed to go next door to Cecil's. Once there, they didn't have a reservation for us at all. They had no music, and instead we were seated with very loud dinner guests. The reason for this book was to listen to music with dinner which we did not get. If we knew there had been a private party in the jazz club, we would have gone somewhere else. The food itself, was average or below; ordering fish tacos, usually the tacos are soft, but these were very hard and stuffed with nothing great. The server was very pleasant.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the hostess & server and wonderful performance!!

S
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service and entertainment all fabulous!

RN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It is wonderful to see a historic neighborhood landmark renovated and alive with fantastic music, a cool receptive audience, and nicely done food and beverages. We had a great night here. The server was very attentive -- although also just a tad pushy when it came to meeting the minimum. We certainly planned on covering it (and we did!), but it still felt a bit aggressive. Music was top-notch.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though there weren’t many people there we had a great time. Food was delicious and music was fantastic! I’d been wanting to come to Minton’s for years and I hope to be back. Thanks!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The band that played was amazing, the waiter catered to everyone equally no favoritism, the food was amazing, the setup was beautiful, everything was just perfect!!!

VH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now you can dine and delve into Jazz again at one of the most important venues for Bebop from the late 1930s. The entire experience is excellent and the staff is very friendly.

DM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for live jazz and great food. My wife and I was visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio and will definitely be back the next time were in New York...

FW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible ambiance and experience, will definitely be returning soon!

DY
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, amazing place with incredible jazz. When you think about the history in this place, you are overwhelmed.

HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great music and food. The site should be improved.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Minton's was definitely amazing - was not crazy about my dish but overall, service was stellar from the minute we walked in and the set blew us away. Will definitely be back.

RA
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We visited for my grandfathers 86th birthday. My sister made reservations in advance and did tell them that we had a large party attending. However because our reservations were made separate they did not completely accommodate the larger party that we had. They sat some of our party along the wall instead of doing so for other guest. Very small space but amazing live music. They were a little slow with service when asked for things like silverware, water, etc. The food was okay but definitely for the price would have liked a way better selection of things. They also combined two other people bills onto my bill which was a huge hassle. When asked to separate the bills they were hesitant. It resulted in me having to sit there additional 15 minutes just to figure out the bill. They did not ask in advance if there were additional people with me on my bill they just assumed we were all together. Overall my experience was okay the only thing that was great about this experience was the live jazz band that my grandfather enjoyed. They did great they also sang happy birthday to my grandfather. He was very happy with the band. Certainly would not recommend for birthdays of a larger party.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Very bad service. You feel in a hurry. They want to get the more money from you in the shortest time.

AN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Jazz Show. Excellent Service!

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