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World Cafe Live

418 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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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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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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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.
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
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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.