Minton's Playhouse

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644 reviews
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Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation, but still had to wait 25 minutes for our table. It was very crowded in the front of the restaurant with nowhere to really wait. We almost left. Other than that, the band playing and our server was great. The food and drinks were delicious.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sister’s birthday and we came all the way from Brooklyn to celebrate; unfortunately the drive took longer than we expected, therefore we were late for the first show. I asked the host if we could reserve for the second show and she made it happen. She escorted us to the lounge to wait then returned for us...she went above and beyond. Our server was just as hospitable; our food was served in a timely manner ( it was delicious!). She also acknowledged my sister’s birthday during desert. Finally, the reason for our visit—the music! It was fantastic...one hour was not enough. We will be back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectoooo!

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KC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The music and talent on stage was outstanding, which kept this review above avg. I found the food to be average (at best -- fish tacos were bland, and my date had dry thin pork chops) and the wait staff kept grabbing at our plates while there was still plenty of food on them (without asking). It was a snowy Sunday night and the place was 1/4 filled and we were told we had to pay another ticket and minimum food/drink service fee to stay for the second set. If they just would've been nice and let us stay, I'm sure we would've ordered dessert and more drinks. Bad customer service and bad management style -- that's probably why they were only 1/4 filled (and not the weather).

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us celebrating my sister’s birthday. The experience was great all around. We were seated promptly in a dining room that is intimate with beautiful decor. The staff was polite and attentive. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. I highly recommend this restaurant and will visit again!

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CK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Minton's Playhouse on Saturday, 3/2 for dinner and the show. We arrived at 6:30pm for dinner. Most of the patrons had not arrived yet and we were able to to enjoy a quiet dinner before the 7:30pm show. By time the show started, the room was packed. The prix fixe menu was a great value. The food was delicious, the servers were attentive, the venue was swanky and sophisticated, and the entertainment was superb. We will definitely return!

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Minton’s - our first time there. Everything was better than I expected. The food, service and musical entertainment were top notch. I will definitely go back. It all felt so special - a great place.

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to Minton’s many times before on a Friday or Saturday. This was my visit on a Thursday. While waiting for the rest of my party I interacted with the bar tender, who said he was the “bar manager”. Not sure how he got this position but he was surly, and unwilling to modify a drink for me. The food was excellent. But for a slow Thursday evening (the place was at best half filled) it took a long time to get our orders. Once I orders arrived and the show began we had a wonderful time. This will probably be my last Thursday night visit.

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

actually I do not like the idea of eating or drinking for a minimum amount ( 30 Dollar).

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The girls and I had a lovely evening. The band was amazing. The food was great. Of course the ambiance and the service is great!!

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CF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our evening here at Minton’s Playhouse . We both respect and appreciate the history of this place. Our only qualm was the noise lever during the show, and the flash photography (despite the announcement for no flash). We will definitely return in the future !

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I
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time, my sister and I celebrated my Birthday. The band and vocalist was awesome. The service is impeccable I really appreciate good service and the wait staff goes beyond the call of duty. We also enjoyed. Can't wait until Spring to come back to the city. I am from Philly.

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NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great overall experience. My date and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The setup and ambiance were both romantic and compelling. The musicians were engaging and talented. The food was delicious as well. I definitely plan to come back and indulge again! God bless!

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J
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time! The Bobby Harden show was absolutely fabulous, so much high octane fun!!

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NK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place put up a good show and the food and service were good, but it was clear that it was geared toward tourists. We were shown an informational documentary film before the beginning of the show about the history of the place, and it was a too over the head educational. This kind of information may be interesting for tourists, but not for people from the neighborhood who just want to hang out and listen to good music. Also, interior decoration of the place was a bit depressing -- too dark and a bit tasteless. It can use some creative redecorating. The performer and the band were excellent; the host was very gracious.

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FA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was relaxed , the food, entertainment and service was excellent . My guests and I had a great time!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and show for Valentine's day. Awesome awesome talent in band!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Minton's was great, I enjoyed everything, the drinks, food, wait staff. Above all else I was there for the music and I thought it was amazing. The second set was even better than the first, it was clear to see the folks on stage were talented.

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RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and we enjoyed the cocktails. I recommend Mintons for gatherings of friends to chit chat in a comfortable atmosphere with music.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was great, the food and atmosphere and the music was amazing. Unfortunately the restaurant is not good with acknowledging special request. I informed the restaurant via open table that it was my husbands birthday and they completely never acknowledged it even when they brought out desert. I had to wait until we were done and he went to the bathroom to say something. Big miss on their in part in regards to service. Outside of that the experience was great.

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WB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything at Minton's was so well done. The only exception is the Check-In. You give your name & then wait 15min to be seated when there are rows and rows of open seating. In fact there was quite a back up at the front entrance. All customers waiting to be seated. That should be corrected. Then I would give Minton's an Excellent Rating.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

This was my second time at Minton's. The drinks, food, music, and ambiance were all great both times. The hostess was friendly and honored my request to sit closer to the band. Most wait staff seemed to be attentive and worked quickly; mine not so much. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I'd say it's definitely worth it for a special occasion.

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MR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was my first time at the venue the drinks were a hit. The food was ok. I think the menu share to many the Cecil steakhouse. Overall i had a great time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was absolutely amazing! He made great suggestions and provided excellent service!! The food was delicious, and the performance was outstanding!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

We have been going to Minton's for years. I've recommended the supper club to many and brought many guests, both locals and those visiting us in NYC.

Minton's has new management and they clearly haven't ironed out the kinks. Brilliant basics were lacking. The bar (and bartender) was an absolute mess. Not sure if the bartender was new, but besides that it took 10 min to get a drink (with no other customers in front of us) the lack of training was apparent.

We went to the later 930p sitting. We're were sat near the front as we'd requested. Appreciated that. Our waitress took our order and our drinks didn't hit our table for 20-30 minutes, well into the set. When we asked the waitress, she blamed the bartender vs apologizing or offering a free drink. Our dinner didn't arrive till the last song of the set and my husband's vegetables were cold. His salmon was okay.

Thank goodness the big band that night was amazing, otherwise the evening would have been an absokute fail. Until we're confident that service has improved, we'll be heading to Ginny's or Smoke for jazz & dinner. Service was unbearable this visit and needs an overhaul!

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful, impressive live band playing great American Jazz. very good food and drinks/ we enjoyed our experience and definitely recommend it.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! Food was good (not extraordinary but very good) and plentiful, but the highlight here is definitely the music and the vibe. This is a truly unique bar.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambience was lovely, felt warm and friendly. Staff was accomodating howver singer was awful. her band was very good but unfortunately she was not

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m
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 4, 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 4, 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
2 reviews
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 29, 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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