Minton's Playhouse

4.6
616 reviews
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Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy a Three Course Dinner Menu, Glass of Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, & A Live show for $125 per person ( plus tax & gratuity). Bobby Harden will be performing Live at 7:30 & 9 pm. A $50 per person deposit is required to lock in your reservation. Deposits can be made on our website.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening at Minton’s Playhouse to listen to live jazz music. This is a very historic venue and it shows. We did not sample the food, but the cocktails were delicious. The food looked very good and they have a full menu in partnership with the adjoining steakhouse, Cecil’s.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my boyfriend birthday. We both loved the band. The food and service was great. And I loved the ambience. Definitely plan to return.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

the birthplace of modern jazz has been brought back to life with a restoration of its historic space and an updating of its previous existence as a popular restaurant. The food and drink options were among the best I've had in a jazz club.

Minton's "twist" on the classic martini was top-notch. The portioning of wine by the glass was not skimpy.

Cesar salad held true to its promise of faithfully replicating Cesar Cardini's original creation, and it was appropriately portioned.

The porterhouse (for two) was dry aged prime beef, expertly prepared. However, the side dishes which came with it (we choose cauliflower and broccoli raab) were on the skimpy side for serving one diner. They were way short of an adequate serving for two people.

But above all, this is a rare bird - - a complete renovation which updates a historic facility while fully succeeding at recreating the experience of being in a legendary jazz club in its heyday (which is what Minton's was particularly in the period of the 1940's) - - and what Minton's gets exactly right is thrilling. From end to end, this is the real deal.

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G
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Decidedly up market. Good food and service too. A first class experience.

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nicely decorated and comfortable seating with non-barrier views of the stage and performers.
The 5-piece jazz group we saw were excellent and the performers were having as good a time as the
audience.

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WN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very surprisingly good, music fantastic, food outstanding.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The music was amazing and the food was great! We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very memorable.

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to see a friend performing at Minton's. Everyone on the staff was friendly. And the food was terrific! So was the music (though I might be biased). All in all, a lovely evening.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we had a great time at Minton's. The atmosphere, music and food did not disappoint. Top notch experience. Can't wait to go back.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a friends 70th birthday and, for months, we had been threatening to go! When our initial plans were canceled and we saw that Solomon Hicks was playing, it became a no brainer, love him and really enjoy all the times I’ve been there!

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great music and food. Wonderful night out. We'll be coming again.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was breath Taking , first time coming here for my Anniversary, and we loved everything about it , the ambiance of Minton's was beautiful , the food was delicious, and the live musiq set the atmosphere, everything was just perfect i will recommend this place to every and anyone that I know , we will definitely come Back again 🤗❤😍

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time, highly recommended

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, except I wish they gave more food for the price. Next time I think I will
Eat before I go. Drinks are well worth it.

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The nicest atmosphere of any jazz club I have been to. Comfortable seating, attractive decor, friendly and attentive service. I just wish the talent on stage was better. The unimpressive "biggish band "was playing. In my opinion they were mediocre. The vocals were particularly weak. This is NYC- so many talented musicians and performers who would love to have a paid gig. There was a $20 music charge on top of food and drink. The food and drink prices seemed average for NYC and quality was good. I had the prix fixe 3 course for $42 which was satisfying.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

great place for music, decent food, sadly, terrible watered-down drinks.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
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 on December 16, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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
5 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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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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