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World Cafe Live

4.1
418 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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In addition to being a world class music venue, World Cafe Live also features an eclectic American bistro menu both Upstairs and Downstairs with daily lunch and dinner specials, great music and happy hours.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 295-2928
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Deamer
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Private party facilities
An upscale cafe with an intimate stage. A dramatic 3-tiered performance space and restaurant. Flawless sound, lighting, and video. On-site production, flexible seating, first-class catering and adjacent free parking. It's all at Philadelphia region's premier music destination and events facility.
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Private party contact
Gretchen McHale: (888) 762-4415
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
30th Street
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Parking details
We have limited FREE PARKING after 5:30pm on weekdays in the fenced in lot under the Walnut Street Bridge, and all day on weekends!
To get there, take a right onto 31st Street from Chestnut, drive to the end of the block where you will reach a stop sign. Parking is allowed only in the first fenced-in lot to your left. Pay parking is available at the UPenn lot across the street at the new field. Please do not double park! Metered parking is available on 31st Street and on Walnut Street too!
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Public transit
We're located just two blocks from 30th Street Train Station!! Easy access from the Market/Frankfort line and various parts of the city; or use any of the regional rail lines from any of the outlying areas.
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Entertainment
World Cafe Live has been built on a simple insight: that a place dedicated to showcasing live music should be a place that attracts and inspires live musicians. The result is a three-tiered music hall in which every detail has been designed to optimize the live performance experience, from sight lines, lighting and acoustics to green rooms, equipment access and concierge service.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

I have eaten here a few times now and the good is generally OK and the vibe is good. They are friendly and they seem to try to get you seated quickly even if it is busy. But it also seems that they are understaffed across the board - in spite of what appears to be the earnest efforts of servers, the service is very slow and we went very long periods of time with no attention from our servers. Especially right before a big show. We even tried to only order soups and salads last time to ensure our meals didn't get bogged down in the kitchen - still took 40 minutes to come out. And in the meantime the server never managed to make it back to our table to offer a second drink. Final criticism - their draft beer tastes like those lines need cleaning. I recommend you order bottled beers.

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Rosie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

A great venue!
Perfect for a fabulous lovely evening out with your significant other or group of friends

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vipmaryspal (London)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

Took my daughter to see Dylan Leblanc and Brian Dunne at World Cafe Live. We were very pleasantly surprised by the intimacy of the venue, the quality of the food and service, and the chance to see two great singer-songwriters up close and personal. What a great place to hear great music (and I do mean "hear") and get to hear the wonderful stories the artists share. Go.

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vipGery (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2016

Great live music and good food with pretty good selection. One recommendation would be to change the "two top" tables; they are too rectangular and quite long. It's hard to talk or be even a little close to your date when they're seat is almost 4 ft. from you. And, because of the tight paths between tables it's virtually impossible to move your seat to side or closer as then you're in the way of the wait staff.

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NJgirlonthego (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2016

The food isn't that terrific hear but listening to the band while eating was fun. It seemed that the servers were spread to thin. Try a salad, they looked pretty good. I had a grill chicken on Naan, it was boring and the eggplant fries weren't that good. My husband the roast pork sandwich and the pork was very good but he ordered eggplant fries and he got regular fries instead which were very good.

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Kass (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2016

Dinner was delicious and staff was friendly. But a little too laid back. More dining staff or service training is needed. All over a great dinner and the best show for the price

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Thomas (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2016

Dined upstairs before a concert downstairs. Adequate food and service. Open mic Jaz during dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

Overall, the venue was great! However, the talent night that was going on disrupted our conversations. The music was entirely too loud.
Our server did a awesome job for a large party.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

The salad with the burger is good if you're looking to eat a burger with less guilt. The burgers were actually good.

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PamColesBirthdayDiner2016 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

I reserved tables for my wife's birthday. The wait staff was excellent and the food was great. We enjoyed Philly Rising and had a good time. The upstairs room was large enough to contain our twenty plus people and small enough to offer a casual atmosphere.

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katsons (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on December 21, 2015

The service at this location was plain aweful. Not at all curtious. Very slow. Food was not prepared well. No one seemed to know what they were doing as their primary job position. Felt like no one cared to uphold good quality care of service for customers wanting to enjoy food.

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Mobilestills (Tulsa)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Loved the show upstairs. We had a table but not ideal, but we asked the server if we could move to the back. She said "no problem". We had the best spot in the house to enjoy the show! World Cafe Live is World Class.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

The menu is limited, but the offerings are excellent. Fortunately I've started eating meat again, because (quite surprisingly) there are no vegetarian entrees.

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Jayjay (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2015

We are fans of the artist that performed that night & it was our 1st chance to see him perform live. That part was excellent! The food was very tasty but very overpriced! We ordered from the "specials" menu. We thought we were getting a combo platter of different seafoods, including a bowl of Ne clam chowder for $17. What we got was a bowl of clam chowder that had pieces of what had been listed as "jumbo shrimp, sea bass, etc" . It was delicious, but we had to order sandwiches after eating it in order to feel satisfied.
Had a better dining experience at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, in Delaware.

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Sasha (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

First time here, to see a band I like. Made a reservation for dinner, got in, got seated... and it took upwards of twenty minutes for my server to show up and take my order, then another ten-fifteen for someone to bring my drink over (the bartender, not my server). I'd been seated for an hour before I finally got my food, and that was just one simple order for one person.

My server came by once after that, to ask how things were going, without actually stopping for a response. Other tables got frequent drink refills, other tables had water glasses, but I got nothing. She finally came back over, at the end of the show, to drop off my check, but she didn't bother to come pick it up. The show had ended, people were clearing out, and I finally gave up and went up to the bar to try to pay... and there was my server, who offered to cash me out. I regret leaving a tip.

Try the Tin Angel instead, or get dinner somewhere else before the show.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

We ate at the restaurant prior to a show. Food was good, especially the eggplant fries! All staff very friendly and helpful, although we waited forever for our bill. Sound system for the singer was a bit loud!

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JAF62 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

I am a huge Buffalo chicken fan and yet I have trouble ordering wings all of the time given their relatively low health benefit :). So I ordered a greek salad with seitan (veggie) and to my pleasant surprise the seitan was prepared with buffalo sauce and was crispy and delicious. The meal was very low cost, service was great and I would recommend this restaurant to almost every demographic.

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Emkay (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

We went here to see a show and had a light dinner before. I loved the ahi tacos. Beware the chairs. I crushed my finger between the seat and frame pulling my chair in. The seat was not properly attached to the frame. Spoiled my evening and they only offered band aids.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

We had a great time, our first time but not our last. what a great find.

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vipinediblefood (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Had the salmon and it was perfectly cooked. It is certainly a step over bar food and well made. Someone knows what they are doing in the kitchen.

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vipColleen (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2015

We arrived early for a downstairs concert and had time for dinner. How lucky for us. This was not our first time here, won't be our last.

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Jodisim (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

My husband and I went for my birthday to hear Mecca 22 and Hammer down. The food was really great and the bands were great as well. They did not have strawberry syrup for the drink special but tried to accommodate me as best they could. Our waitress was tremendous.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

We were there to see a band. We did not eat. I got a beer which was not cold.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2015

The burger was PERFECT! I got mine with sweet potato fries. We also got a bottle of Riesling...delicious. I wasn't loving the chocolate cake, though. It tasted like it was cooked in a microwave.
I was there for a performance and the sound was top notch! I appreciated how easy it was for the band to talk to the sound guy (Bob?) and adjust the settings.

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LoveLiveMusic (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

Danielle Nicole was outstanding, and the opening act of Liz VIce was very good. Good sound, nice ambiance.

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ElGreco (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

Place is a great venue for drinks and live music. As an ex restaurant owner I know that the food could easily be improved to make a good impression. Right now half the menu is mediocre and the other half is solid. Actually if the appetizers were brought up a notch by changing and adding one or two new ones that could do it. The entire experience is great so I will be going again and again.

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CiaraMichelle (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

I love World Cafe Live in Philly. I always have a great time at their shows and in their restaurant. Even though the menu was missing two items I wanted, they were hospitable and took care of me. I am newly a vegetarian so the fact that they have veggie choices is so great. Try the Veggie Wings, they're tasty!

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Firsttimers (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

We have never been to this World Cafe. We have been to the one in Wilmington. We came especially to see the Danielle Nicole Band and we enjoyed the meal, the atmosphere and the band!!! Service was a little slow, but we made due.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

Food wasn't great, but the service was excellent. The real reason to go is for the show, which was a lot of fun. Fine place to come for live music. Skip at non-show times.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

I went for the rock lottery, interesting concept and very entertaining.

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