James

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Named after James Logan, the 14th mayor of Philadelphia, James. pays homage to the classic American tavern that was a staple of colonial life. It was in taverns that people like Logan would meet to socialize and make decisions that would shape the young nation.

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

s
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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!

MF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall great food... Lobster/crab bisque had great flavor. Burger was perfectly cooked and delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

ED
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Enjoyed the evening, but it was nothing remarkable. Entrees were very salty. Service was good.

NO
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with friends! Our server was very knowledgeable of the food and drink items, and helpful with suggestions. Food was delicious!

DB
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

SA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good enough food but suuuuper slow, aloof service.

DK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

PK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music, social scene. Good times

B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great fries! Nice staff. Good burgers. I especially like the sofas. Great cocktails too

YS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very timely
Great food
Service was great
No complaint

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was about average

c
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

l
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was not good , it was not busy as we went on a weekday.
The food was good which was a plus.

K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

GC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

WK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant week

M
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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...

T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

SV
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

LP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

d
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was slow. Our server was fine but kitchen was slow. Chicken sandwich was over cooked and dry.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

FJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

SH
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food & outstanding service! Would be happy to return to this great environment for a date night

CL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

RJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely slow, and there weren’t many people in the restaurant...

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMazing! Service and food were great

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The NY Cheesecake French toast is amazing, definitely recommend trying it if you consider going to James.

MM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately this restaurant is mismanaged and overshadows the food, which is quality bar food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

BL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt well taken care of and the food to be excellent. Great ambiance as we were looking for something upscale but not stuffy.

Y
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience. Nice options on the brunch menu, with good and reasonable prices. The Jazz aspect was fun too. We'll be back.

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