Blue LLama Jazz Club

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$31 to $50
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American
Connecting the “Love of Food” and the “Love of Music” to offer one of the most unique and exciting dining and listening experiences in the Midwest. We welcome you to indulge in our American Share Plates.
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4.8
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great music, very good food, comfortable ambiance. . . we’ll be back!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're thrilled you enjoyed our live music, creative shared plates menu, and modern ambiance. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous club with fabulous music, service and food.
I do not like when people talk over live music it’s rude. But there’s nothing to do about that! The food was very cool! I will be back! 🎸

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Kris. We're thrilled you enjoyed the live music on our stage and our exquisite modern Shared Plates menu. I'll be sure to pass your comments on to the chef. We're thrilled you could join us for brunch, and we hope to provide the same level of excellence with your next visit. We hope to see you again soon,

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S
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Loved it and will definitely be back. The only negative was the extremely small portions. The food was excellent but the portions were more than half the size of what any other restaurant would serve.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, Steph. We're thrilled you enjoyed our shared plates and live music. We generally suggest guests order 2-3 plates per person and share with the table to truly receive our full intended dining experience. Perhaps you'd find more value with our Chef's Tasting Menu during your next visit. I'll be sure to share your comments with our chef, and see what we can do moving forward.

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MH
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service and entertainment. What more could you ask.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Michael! We're thrilled you thoroughly enjoyed our shared plates menu and live music. We hope to see you again soon.

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TN
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast and friendly. The food was great and so was the Lunar Octet.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 26, 2019

We're thrilled you had the opportunity to join us for our Sunday Brunch, Ted. Hopefully you can come check out our dinner service or late night events as well! We hope to see you again soon.

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KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Jazz club in Michigan and the finest cuisine in Ann Arbor.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, Kent. We're honored that you consider us the best of the best, and we look forward to bringing more creative cuisine and quality live music as we welcome in 2020. We hope to see you again soon!

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ER
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved visiting here! It was absolutely beautiful , we got to sit close to the stage and our meal was delightful.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, Eve. We're honored that you find our atmosphere, cuisine, and live music top notch, and we hope to see you again soon!

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UB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue LLama continues to offer unsurpassed value. Since its opening earlier this year, I have visited multiple times and with each occasion, have been the beneficiary of superb music and equally memorable meals. For some time, Ann Arbor has truly been in need of a sophisticated live Jazz bistro, and Blue LLama absolutely delivers. Perhaps equally important as the music and food is the venue itself. It's 100% in the style of the hippest and upscale Manhattan haunts, while being sufficiently compact that every table is the "best table in the house." If you love great food and exceptional live music, this place is for you. More importantly, if you're luck enough to visit on a night when the Blue LLama's musical director, Dave Sharp, is gigging with his own band, you are indeed in for a special treat. I'd actually rate this place six stars, but the OpenTable system only lets me max out at five.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 26, 2019

Wow - thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'll be sure to share this with our entire team as well. We're honored by the response from the A2 community, and we hope to keep swingin' into 2020 with the same style and quality in music, food, and service. In fact, if you don't have NYE plans yet, we are hosting a very special event to welcome in the New Year. We'll even have new shared plates available exclusively for that evening. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience here best jazz club I have been to.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're honored to be considered one of the best jazz clubs you've been to, and we hope to see you again soon.

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ML
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw a great act and the food was fabulous.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your kind words, Mary. We're thrilled you enjoyed our live music on stage and delicious American Shared Plates Menu. We hope to see you again soon!

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RE
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A very nice experience. We went for brunch and the French Toast with cream anglais and raspberry sauce was excellent. Lovely venue, fun live music, good service. We will definitely recommend to our friends.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Roger. We're thrilled you enjoyed our French Toast! When you visit again, I'd also suggest ordering our Chicken & Waffles dish. It's great for sharing and has triple fried chicken, and what's not to love about that?! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this Jazz Club since my wife and I were looking for something more lively than simply dinner. The club and restaurant exceeded our expectations, which had already been heightened by a good recommendation from a trusted foodie.

Firstly, the music was outstanding, from all the performer, but especially from a first rate Jazz band from New Orleans, with a guest appearance by John Boutte - whose voice is truly wonderful.

The food is french cajun inspired, and is meant to be shared. Trust me when I say that I only begrudgingly shared mine with my wife.

Check it out, and done worry if you end up sitting in a table close to the stage - it was really not too loud - the sound system is nicely balanced.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, David. We're ecstatic that you enjoyed the live music on our stage. Feel free to check out our website for any upcoming shows that may interest you. If you haven't already, join our mailing list and get access to ticketed shows a week before they're open to the public! We're thrilled we made a lasting impression and look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.

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VK
Toledo
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always and the service was outstanding. The quartet played three sets and we listened to all three. No pressure to try and turn the table over. Great music. This was our second time going and it did not disappoint. We will be back next month.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for the outstanding 5-star review! We're thrilled you enjoyed live music by the Bob Sweet Quartet. You can find him and several of the other musicians he played with in other groups coming to our stage in the next few months. Generally, we feature local musicians during our Late Nights, which may be of interest to you. Late Night music is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30pm - 1:30am. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The experience was a nice one. I enjoyed the food, ambience, and entertainment. I will be back!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, James. We're thrilled you enjoyed our dining and listening experience, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Perhaps during your next visit, you can explore our Sunday Brunch service or Late Night experience. You can find more information on our website. See you soon!

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N
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance for a date night. We went there to celebrate my husbands birthday and we loved it.
The food was a bit pricey but superb. It really helped that we weren’t really hungry because it’s more small plates and tapas style meant to share. We had the scallops, whitefish and asparagus... the scallops were a highlight for me.
The waitstaff was friendly and gave us some great recommendations. The kitchen was accommodating of our food restrictions. The entertainment just made everything come together so well. Would absolutely go back for another special night out!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Naima. We're thrilled you chose our venue to celebrate such a special occasion, and we're ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed some of our shared plates. If you loved the scallops, you may want to try our new Littleneck Clams & Brussels during your next visit. Did you know that we are hosting a special New Year's Eve event at our club? If you're looking for another night out, you can find more info on our website. We hope to see you again soon!

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was outstanding! The music was very energetic and enjoyable.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for joining us for live jazz and shared plates, Angela. We're thrilled we could provide a 5-star experience for you, and we look forward to serving you an incredible evening for fine dining and live music again soon.

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KR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic date spot. Cheese and charcuterie board was the best we’ve ever had. Unique cocktails, amazing ambiance. Our server was terrific

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Kelly. We're thrilled you enjoyed our Cheese & Charcuterie Tasting and a few craft cocktails. If you join us again for another night of live music and shared plates, you may be interested in adding our featured Wine Tasting to your next charcuterie board. We have several sommeliers in our team that crafted a truly divine wine list to compliment our American Shared Plates Menu. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Blue Llama! Always good music, good food, and outstanding service! A very welcoming venue with great ambiance and classy acts! So glad to have such a place in Ann Arbor!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're thrilled you enjoy our entire dining and listening venue, and we are honored to have such a wonderful, supportive community. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the steak & eggs, and chicken & waffles on the recommendation of our exuberant server. I literally said wow upon taking the first bite. The cold brew cocktail was delicious and not too strong. Great experience in every way. We loved the food and the music and will definitely be back!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you for leaving us some feedback on your brunch visit, Michael. We're thrilled you enjoyed our new Chicken & Waffles dish (it's one of my personal brunch favorites)! I'll be sure to share your excitement with our team, and we look forward to having you back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+
Thank you Elizabeth for being exceptional.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for the outstanding review! We're thrilled you enjoyed our creative menu, exceptional service, and modern ambiance. I'll be sure to share your kind words with Elizabeth. We look forward to seeing you again soon, and providing the same outstanding experience with each and every visit.

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PR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class music and service. Highly recommend. Keeping the beauty of jazz alive.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review and kind words, Patrick. We're thrilled you share in our Love of Music and appreciate the live jazz that appears on our stage. We hope to see you again soon!

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JW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!
Will repeat!
Very good service and incredibly unique and creative menu.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback, Joe. We're thrilled you enjoyed our creative shared plates and attentive service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

If you love listening to live Jazz, if you enjoy a beautifully garnished Bloody Mary, if you like delicious and creative cuisine, then you’ll love the Blue Llama. We’ll definitely go back and ask for our favorite waitress, Mona.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review, Sandra! We're thrilled you enjoyed our Sunday Brunch cocktails and cuisine. We look forward to having you back again soon.

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JA
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Brunch. Service was OK, hampered by noise level, so hard to communicate. Food pretty good, nice variety. Dinner menu is better.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Jeff. We apologize if the volume was too loud for you to enjoy your brunch experience, I'll be sure to share your feedback with our Artistic Director. We're thrilled you enjoy both our Sunday Brunch and Dinner menu!

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LR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We ordered 3 small plates, a 'medium' plate, and 5 drinks. The meal cost more at blue llama than a dinner we had for 12 people the next night at another restaurant. The quality of the food is not really great and the value is awful.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, Leah. We apologize if our dining experience was not what you expected. Perhaps you'd find more value from our Chef's Improvisation menu during your next visit. Our cuisine is priced based on the high quality ingredients that have been sourced locally and internationally. For example, our Wagyu Sirloin is more expensive than other plates because it contains the highest quality of beef on the market. I'll share your comments with my team.

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MH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our waiter was a little condescending and not very warm. The menu was a bit confusing - they call it tapas style, but many of the items are $30+ which doesn't seem to fit with tapas. We weren't sure whether those were meant to be purchased a single entree, or whether they were just really REALLY expensive tapas (not sure if the size of them would be enough to satisfy someone if purchased alone?) In the end we gave up trying to guess (our waiter wasn't super helpful) and went with the chef's tasting menu, which I have to admit was really great. Fun trying lots of different things, and for the amount of food you get the price was reasonable. Great, unique flavors. The live music was really fun - it was the main reason we went. Overall a good experience with just a few blips.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Marcy. We always recommend our Chef's Improvisation Menu to new guests so they can enjoy several shared plates for a better value than ordering a la carte, and we're thrilled you were able to enjoy each and every dish. We apologize for your experience with our service staff. We want every guest to feel welcomed and heard. I will share your feedback with my team and take action so your next visit will be met with same level of excellence as our cuisine and live music.

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always. Music is also so fun

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're thrilled you enjoyed our dining and listening venue, and we hope to see you again soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Blue Llama! As a retired person with a limited income and a passion for jazz, this place offers high quality music making every day of the week. Not only is the music, whether performed by local musicians or talent from out of town, top notch - the setting makes me feel like I'm in NYC or on a getaway jazz cruise.
Whatever I want to eat or drink while I listen - a glass of wine, a drink and a snack, or a superb meal - I can get it here, delivered by a server who makes me feel like I'm paying a lot more than I am. The "suggested entertainment fee", which allows me to choose to support the musicians and the venue, is a great system. I hope it's working - because I want the Blue Llama to be around for a long time!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're honored to have such wonderful guests like yourself who share equally in our Love of Food and Love of Music. I'll be sure to share your kind words with our team, and we look forward to serving you excellent jazz and delicious shared plates. See you again soon!

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SP
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most inventive menu in Ann Arbor

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 15, 2019

Wow - thank you for sharing your kind words with us. We're thrilled you enjoy our creative dining menu, and I'll be sure to share your feedback with our Executive Chef.

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DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great music - the $60 per person chefs choice was a great value! The waiter said it was a $90 value and it definitely was - they kept bringing plates - four courses and probably 8-10 different dishes - every one was incredible and cooked to perfection

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Doug. We're thrilled you enjoyed our Chef's Tasting Menu! Were there any plates that were your favorite? We look forward to serving you with the same level of excellence with each and every visit. See you again soon!

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CH
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The intimate room is great for listening to jazz performers up close and personal while enjoying dinner.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you for visiting us and providing some feedback on your experience, Carole! We're thrilled you enjoyed our intimate dining and listening venue, and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!!! Great service, food and Jazz. We will definitely be going back again. Thanks Elizabeth for great service too!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and we'll be sure to share your kind words with Liz! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If they wanted to start the night off here, I would recommend it. Not a good place to sit and chat, however, and the prices make it difficult to justify visiting more than once a month.

Great food and service.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for providing us some feedback on your visit! Because we are a full restaurant and jazz club, it can be challenging to balance both. However, we want to make sure guests feel comfortable chatting amongst their group. I will share your feedback with our team and see if we can communicate this message better. As for our prices, our dishes are priced based on the quality imported and local ingredients used to make each so delicious. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fantastic entertainment nature of the entertainment made it noisy but that was no problem it’s a jazz night club food was very good service was very good our wine was mediocre they could improve their wine selection but on balance is an excellent experience

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for joining us for live jazz and American Shared Plates. We apologize if our wine selection did not meet your expectations. We have wine by the glass, as well as our reserve wine list that has hundreds of bottled wines from around the world. If you visit us again and would like a fantastic wine experience, please don't hesitate to ask one of our sommeliers for any recommendations. We also have a wine tasting menu to pair with our incredible plates. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my husbands birthday on a Wednesday. The staff provided us with a perfect high top table & even made a birthday card (signed by the staff)! Nice touch! We ordered a bottle of Bordeaux & the cheese & charcuterie plate. The plate had tasty selections. The kitchen provided tables with a complimentary mango amuse bouche-again, a nice touch. It’s a gorgeous club with a lively atmosphere- we will return!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing your Blue LLama experience and choosing us as the destination for your husband's birthday! We're thrilled you enjoy our venue as much as we do, and we look forward to seeing you both again soon.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, the lighting and the talent at the Blue Llama was spectacular. Our server, Mona, was absolutely lovely and warm and helpful, and the steak was the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten. If I wasn’t on a date I’d have ordered 2 more! We can’t wait to come back. Thank you for the splendid afternoon.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for sharing your outstanding experience with us! We're thrilled you enjoyed our dining and listening venue. If you loved the steak, you'd be amazed by our dinner menu! We have a delicious Dry Aged Snake River Wagyu Sirloin that melts in your mouth. We look forward to having you back soon!

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GK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue LLama is wonderful in every way. It's a beautiful space. The personnel are friendly and
knowledgable. The food is nothing short of spectacular from the grilled octopus to the lamb chops and grilled asparagus to the foie gras with an Asian touch. The music was wonderful. We had friends visiting from Italy, who loved the place as much as we did. We are already planning to go back for the chef's choice menu. Make a reservation and go. It's a terrific addition to the Ann Arbor restaurant/music scene.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for such kind words, Geraldine! We're thrilled we could go beyond your expectations and give you a wonderful experience for you and your friends. We hope to provide that same level of excellent service, cuisine, and live music with each and every visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love creative food and beverages, jazz and being in space to take you other places, the Blue LLama Jazz Club needs to be on your dining/listening destination list. The whole Branzino pairing with the marcona garnished asparagus paired perfectly with the elegant and soulful jazz.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for the outstanding review, Linda! We're thrilled you were able to enjoy our full dining and listening experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Band had feedback all night. As an audio engineer, this made the show agonizing for me and hard to enjoy. This place has excellent food and service and drinks tho, so that makes up for it. Sound guy needs to buy a $500 feedback Destroyer.

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're thrilled you enjoyed our service, craft cocktails, and cuisine. We apologize if our sound quality wasn't as expected, I will be sure to share your suggestion with our Artistic Director so we won't have this issue in the future. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with quality music and tasty food like art!!!!!!

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We're thrilled you enjoyed our live music and unique cuisine. We hope to see you again soon!

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