Today, James. is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district. We aim to honor that classic Philadelphia tradition by creating a comfortable-yet-upscale tavern with warm hospitality and a locally-inspired menu. Whether you’re joining us for a business lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or simply to socialize, we hope you enjoy.
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This was the worst experience/service. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Our reservation was for 4:30 and they would only serve us the lunch menu. They ran out of pinot grigio. They couldnt tell us a current beer list. We were there 25 minutes and never received drinks. We left.
Loved the space at James - very industrial looking - high ceilings - cute little booths along the windows. Service was great (waiter/host). Had the best bloody mary and my friend love her pineapple mimosa. We both enjoyed our omelettes. When we walked in, there was a jazz quartet (or maybe trio) playing which was lovely and relaxing.
The only drawback during brunch was when they put on all the big screen TVs to show the Eagles' game and it turned into a sports bar! For those of us wanting a relaxing brunch, it was a bit disappointing. The volume of the TVs was over-the-top and my friend and I opted to leave and get dessert elsewhere so that we could chat more and hear each other!
Our table received multiple orders that did not belong to us. Not sure why the servers were so confused that night! Our waitress was helpful and really explained the menu well.
Overall great food... Lobster/crab bisque had great flavor. Burger was perfectly cooked and delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive.
Enjoyed the evening, but it was nothing remarkable. Entrees were very salty. Service was good.
Great night out with friends! Our server was very knowledgeable of the food and drink items, and helpful with suggestions. Food was delicious!
Our food was excellent. The flat bread was not as warm as we would have liked. The hamburger with onion rings and BBQ sauce was VERY tasty.
Good enough food but suuuuper slow, aloof service.
I tried this place during restaurant week due to the present fix options and was pleasantly surprised. The place had a nice, relaxed ambiance with good live music. The crab cake was ok, but the lobster bisque was delicious! The steak was not seasoned well, but was cooked well. The cheesecake and chocolate cake were also delicious! The location was great and there was street parking available. There was also outdoor dining available.
Our group went for Restaurant Week Fall 2019. I have to say I was very disappointed to be given ONE Bruschetta (yes, just ONE) as First Course. For the second course, 2 of us got soup with NO spoon provided. We asked immediately for spoons, waited and had to ask another server for spoons. In addition, we had to ask 2 different servers to refill out table water bottle. I do like James' food and have been going since they opened. Service is spotty and the value especially this year was not good.
Great music, social scene. Good times
Great fries! Nice staff. Good burgers. I especially like the sofas. Great cocktails too
Service was great
It was about average
Good menu choices. Also offers 1/2 sandwich pairing options. Can be loud so I would say good for celebrations but not for a business lunch.
The service was not good , it was not busy as we went on a weekday.
The food was good which was a plus.
Atmosphere very chic, and the service awesome. Nice menu choices. The Bean Spirit burger was great. Only off note was the wedge salad had more balsamic dressing than bleu dressing, and its sweet taste didn't really make sense with the dish.
Went during restaurant week. Left very disappointed. Looked like only one waiter was working. He was apologizing to adjacent tables for things being slow throughout the night. Took over 25 minutes to get drinks, waiter was obviously buried. Felt like the restaurant was trying to skimp on servings. Portions seemed small and dishes were plain or off putting. One crabcake on a plate? Gnocchi drenched in sauce it looked really bad and didnt taste any better. C’mon guys. Go see what other restaurants are doing for restaurant week because you are doing it wrong. Also please hire more staff. Someone to bus tables, bring water (we asked for water repeatedly and never got it!) Overall just a bad experience and we wont be back. This is a shame because we gave it a chance and wanted to like it. But everything was disappointing.
I was given an obviously dirty glass. The food took one hour and 15 mins. The steak and fries were cold and hard. The worst restaurant week experience ever.
The food is way too salty, which is a shame because there are a lot of great ideas on the menu. Drinks were great though.
James has stepped up its menu, and its service...they now serve the very best Bean Burger in the City, in my opinion. The Bruschetta and the Pumpkin Soup were both excellent, and had flavors that were definitely new...
A friend and I went to grab a quick mid-week lunch; I was able to grab a last minute reservation, scored a booth at the window and the service was excellent! Definitely recommend as a lunch spot if you're in the area.
I loved the farmhouse feel of the decor and atmosphere. Bathrooms were clean and the spot is spacious. The seating was a little close and tight for my liking, my friend express her disappoint in the both the restaurant menu and value for the lunch selection and the waiter didn't seem to care one bit. we both had a crab cake sandwich for lunch and it was mostly filler. Very disappointing.
The place is very clean and the service is quick. The prices on sides are a bit high and water is often served warm but overall a nice place.
The service was slow. Our server was fine but kitchen was slow. Chicken sandwich was over cooked and dry.
This is a solid neighborhood find. Had the lobster bisque and the crab sliders. Great deal for restaurant week! I will definitely be coming back this winter for the soup as a full meal, as it is really hard to find good soups in the area.
I went to Names for the first time during Restaurant Week. My lobster bisque soup was so so. I had the crabakevsandwuch, and it was tasty. The homemade sweet potato chips were a nice addition. Portion sizes were good overall. There was nothing spectacular that was served but they do have a nice basics on the menu and seem to care about customer satisfaction.
We were a party of 4 for restaurant week. The staff was very accommodating since we were running late for the reservation time. Since the restaurant was not crowded, we were seated right away. I found the food to be very good., The portions were quite small, but perhaps the portions were a Restaurant characteristic. The main course was more like an appetizer. This was quite disappointing. The desserts, however, were quite generous. I ended taking most of mine home even though I wasn't "full" from the 1st and second courses.
Very good food & outstanding service! Would be happy to return to this great environment for a date night
We sat down and right away the server wanted to take our drink order. A few minutes later a different server came over...for some reason we were passed off from the first server, not sure why. It took a long time to get our drinks, even though we were one of six tables in the entire restaurant on a Saturday night at 7 PM. Food was very good however french fries that came with steak frites were stale and obviously came from a frozen bag. My cucumber martini was extremely sweet, so I ordered a gin martini and it came out extra dirty. Overall it was an okay experience, could have been better.
The Cheesesteak mac and cheese was fantastic along with the James Cocktail. We shared a nice salad, chicken noodle soup and the cheeseteak pierogies. The broth of the soup was well salted, with a nice balance of herbs. The creamy Parmesan dressing for the salad had a nice texture to it. I was really excited about trying the pierogies but they were under filled and tasted like stereotypical greasy drunk bar food. I love the concept of Eastern PA meets Western PA that this dish combines. It needs some tweaking and then I think it would be fabulous. They need more filling, thinner drizzle of the aioli or maybe put it on the side as dip. That took over the dish. A spicy ketchup would even be complimentary to the flavor combination. Overall we did enjoy the experience thanks to the service and ambiance. They did a great job with catering to our high energy 4 year old. The kids pasta was impressive along with the 24 pack of crayons to color.
We arrived a little early for dinner so we had a drink at the bar. Service there was great and friendly. Once seated we were quickly greeted by the server who also had a nice personality. She provided great service through the whole meal. The sweet potato hummus was fantastic. Both my wife’s dinner and mine were very good. It was not very crowded for an early Saturday evening
Service was extremely slow, and there weren’t many people in the restaurant...
AMazing! Service and food were great
The NY Cheesecake French toast is amazing, definitely recommend trying it if you consider going to James.
Unfortunately this restaurant is mismanaged and overshadows the food, which is quality bar food.
Had to actively search for service. Client ordered a wedge salad - what we got was half a head of lettuce on a plate. Never go back there.
We felt well taken care of and the food to be excellent. Great ambiance as we were looking for something upscale but not stuffy.
Very good experience. Nice options on the brunch menu, with good and reasonable prices. The Jazz aspect was fun too. We'll be back.