SOUTH Jazz Club

4.4
380 reviews
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Doors open at 6:00PM. Please check our Jazz page for a full schedule and details with regards to showtimes, pricing and ticket purchase. Some events are ticketed - a ticket guarantees a seat in the Jazz Parlor for the show, therefore reservations are not necessary. The Parlor opens at 6pm, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so guests are encouraged to come as early as possible to get preferred seating. When seated, guests have the option to choose from any of our menus.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Never again. 630 reservation. By 735 we had no cocktails or food so we left.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 5

i think there should've been at least 2 waitresses(taking orders) attending the dinning room. Although the waitress was very nice, it seemed as if she wasn't aware of the customer needs. Meaning, after she took my drink order it took a very long time for her to come back with it. It also took her some time to come back to remove my dishes, never asked if I wanted dessert or if I wanted anything else. Also took some time for her to bring the check. Overall a good experience and the service is usually a lot better.

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AD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I reserved this place in Open table, but just got a "bar table".. too bad...

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JD
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it! Had to wait a few minutes for a table, even though we had a reservation, but we had a drink at the bar while we waited. Once we were seated in the jazz parlor we had to wait quite awhile for a waitress to address us, but she was attentive once she was there. The food was excellent, probably the best fried chicken I've ever had! I loved the music and have already recommended to several friends.

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L
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Food and service were great. The music was on point!!!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great food and great venue for music.

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

Everything was great!

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DF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch experience with live jazz, exactly what we were looking for before the auto show in philly!

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SF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We made a reservation for the Jazz parlor to enjoy the show. We arrived 10 minutes early for our 8:45 pm reservation. When we checked in the hostess said we were 7th on the list to be seated and that she would find us when it was time to start seating guest in the parlor. We started seeing other people being sat so we patiently waited for our turn. After a while we asked the hostess where we stood in our turn to be sat. She stated that she looked for us but couldn’t find us. So we got passed by. By the time we stopped the hostess they were on guest 14 on the list. They never even said the name of our party because we stood by the door of the restaurant the entire time. Once we were to be sat they gave us seats in the back of the parlor and told us that the tables closer to the stage or with a better view of the stage were reserved for a larger party. We eventually spoke with someone else and were able to get better seats. I strongly believe that you all should come up with a better system with seating guest in the parlor. This was our first experience at this establishment and it got off to a horrible start. The food and the performance however made up for our disappointment.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place I awesome from all aspects of the experience and the music is World Class.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved every aspect of this restaurant. The live music complemented the menu, the chefs were amazing especially Chef Kurt, who went the extra mike to explain the dish wish brough comfort to the selections. Every host and hostess showed amazing hospitality which values a must return for me. The food was amazing! The music was perfect which set off a perfect Birthday night to remember!

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F
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

For my first time there it was a nice experience overall. I wanted a particur item on the menu, which was not available. It wasn’t a big deal but if you can’t provide a particular meal I think it should have been removed from menu or at the least notified prior to placing orders.

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We arrived and I was told there was a limited menu although I was called by the restaurant twice to confirm my reservation. It would have been nice to know that before arriving.

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really loved it!! Would give 5 stars but seating was tight

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K
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Need more waiters, or more attentive waiters.......................................................................................................................................................................
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NC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Better than Ms. Tootsies! The Jazz Club is amazing and full of talented musicians. You really get the feel of a Jazz Club with the seating arrangement. The only thing I must say is that the room was pretty cold and seating was pretty tight. The service was great and the food was so flavorful. Next time I’ll sit in the restaurant part. Service was fast and elegant. I will definitely be back because the food was great.

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KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow. Could be because it was restaurant week.

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CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 1

South is okay. The dining where we were seated was very cold like we were sitting outside and the tables were so close together. The tables only only big enough for 2 and not 3. The service was okay. However, I did not care for the entree I chose. BBQ beef ribs the bbq sauce taste like brown gravy with tomatoes sauce. I was not pleased

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A
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time and meal here. It was restaurant week and we didn't go here for that reason, but only menu available was restaurant week menu, so our choices were limited. Wish we would have known that we didn't have a choice of full menu vs. restaurant week menu. Also, 2 of the restaurant week special drinks weren't available because they were out of that brand of Tequila and were unable to make the drink with another brand, so a little disappointing.
Overall was great place and food is amazing. Will definitely go back again.

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SY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised with the great food and the awesome service. I was happy to know SOUTH participated in Center Restaurant Week.

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K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit there and it was very nice. The jazz session was great.

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LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the ambiance. Service and staff were great. Enjoyed the entertainment, The appetizer portion could have been larger, the entrée was delicious but small portion, and the dessert was not appetizing at all. It would have been better if a small portion of their own homemade dessert had been served. Overall the amount we spent per person, including the cover charge for the show (which I was told on the phone would not be charged), the taxes and gratuity was not in comparison to what we received compared to other restaurants we've gone to for Restaurant Week. Will try it again at another time from their regular menu which I'm sure we'll spend about the same amount, but will get a better selection and portion for our buck.

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GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at South. The food was terrific, the drinks were interesting, the music was fantastic, our waitress was fun as well as competent, and the ambience was perfect. I'm looking forward to many return trips.

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jazz Club is great...lots of talented performers, great price, excellent food via New Orleans.

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

South is a great spot to hear live jazz in a friendly environment with excellent Southern cuisine. Tuesday nights feature the Jazz Jam where you can hear the house band plus up and coming local performers with no cover charge. Great value!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The live jazz was great! Service was also great as well as the drinks! Food was just ok. Next time I would go for appetizers and cocktails or dessert and cocktails, I was not impressed with their entrees. We lived in Georgia for a few years and they need to fine tune their "southern " cuisine.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my fiancé’s birthday and I think we have a new favorite place!
The lounge/bar area was lovely. The bartenders were friendly and made magically delicious libations while we waited to be seated. Let me say that everyone who worked here was super nice and very accommodating while still knowing when to leave us alone.
We ate in the jazz lounge so we could see the band and I’m so glad we did. Champion and her guys were AMAZING and put on a fabulous show. The atmosphere was so pretty and romantic.
We began with a cheese board that was served with pickled veggies and Parmesan crackers and was a nice start. My fiancé ordered a burger and fries (so original) which was served on a wood board and was very juicy and delicious. I had the shrimp and grits which were over the top!
We’re so glad we found this place, we’ll definitely be back. They also have another restaurant directly behind for more vegan options called Green Soul we want to try too.

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OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful intimate place to hear some great jazz, with great food, wonderful service. Or just go for the cornbread. One skillet of cornbread and a mixed drink next time around we're thinking.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food: great, service: great, ambiance: great, price: comparable. Space: a little cramped, reminiscent of that of a comedy club but this add to the cozy factor. Overall: great place to wine and dine.

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Birthday was the occasion but we did not get a cake or a happy birthday.

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

Great for a date night. Nice music and staff is friendly..

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The reservation experience was not good. I reserved through Open Table as I have done many times before. Apparently, the restaurant called me twice (an unrecognized number so I did not check right away) stating that I would lose my reservation if I didn't provide a credit card. They also changed the reservation time. When we arrived, the restaurant wasn't even full. Too much stress just for a dinner reservation.

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TL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I was there on a date for New Years Eve, the food was delicious and the entertainment was amazing. The service was a little slow, however understandable given the event!

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SR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat with family, friends or just for a date. The ambiance is really nice and is the food is good but the portions can be a bit bigger for the price.

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e
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We booked a 7:45pm table in the jazz club portion of the restaurant on a night that had 7pm and 9:30pm showtimes. We had never been to South before so we didn't know that our reservation had to coincide with one of the specific showtimes. We thought we'd just be seated at our reservation time, and the music would be playing in the background. Boy, were we wrong - diners, be warned! We were told to wait at the bar and that we'd be seated shortly. We ordered a drink. 25 minutes go by. We finish our drinks. Another 15 minutes go by... I ask the hostesses when we will be seated. It is at *this* time that they explain that we'll be seated with the next show... what?! Why were we able to make a 7:45pm dinner reservation then? We order another round of drinks. Service at the bar was extremely slow - the people on either side of us couldn't get the bartenders' attention, they need more staff. Finally at 9:15pm we are led into the jazz club for dinner. It is absolutely unacceptable to reserve a 7:45pm reservation and not be seated until 9:15. We had a gift certificate and that's probably the only reason we stayed, otherwise we would've looked elsewhere and forfeited the jazz. The food was pretty good and came quickly once seated. The jazz was very good, which redeemed the night for us. Another thing that isn't mentioned when you book for dinner is that there's a $15 pp cover charge for the jazz, on top of dinner and drinks.

This restaurant has the potential to be incredible, it just needs better management and organization. Also please make it clear on the reservation site that your reservation in the jazz club has to coincide with a showtime, otherwise you'll be seated for a later show.

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EG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a great time at South! We had a bit of an issue with some of our food, and I personally wish there were more vegetarian/vegan choices, but some of us got side orders so that worked out. Love seeing and hearing Jazz performers at South. Great place for live Jazz!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family and birthday celebration was phenomenal!!

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Ate in the Jazz Club as we were seeing the show. Ambience is great! Jazz show was great!! Sat down for dinner. Ordered fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. Way too much breading, gummy and no flavor. Ordered shrimp and grits dinner and fried chicken dinner. Shrimp and grits lacked flavor. Not enough grits, not enough shrimp and just not good. As to the fried chicken, the chicken was moist but the breading was too think and had no flavor, mashed potatoes were gummy and the broccoli was not even cooked. Not good! Lacked flavor!! Food is not good. I would go back but only to see a jazz show. Wish the food was better.

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DS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

The music is wonderful. I would go back for the music and drinks. The food is nothing to write home about and the prices are high for the quality of food. I really hope they improve the food to match the music quality.

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c
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our 1st time at this snazzy place! Loved the jazz. The food was great too- loved the fried chicken (not greasy, real crispy & seasoned well).

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