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Chris' Jazz Cafe

$$ - $$$
City Center West
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
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1421 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3004
+1 215-568-3131
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Hartford, Connecticut
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338 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is remarkable that the stage could fit a complete big band, but there seemed to be room. The South Philly Jazz Band is a quality ensemble. The food at the Cafe may be a little adventurous for me. Alyson talked me into trying the rabbit. It was really a little too rich for my taste. But the music was... More 

Thank TomM1951
East Norriton, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This was my first visit here and the music was great. The place is nice and intimate. Make sure you order tickets ahead of time so you do not have to wait in line to see if seats become available. Now, as for the food, it was just okay, as were the drinks. Would go back again.

Thank dlculbreath
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185 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Love Chris' Jazz Cafe..been coming here for years. It is one of my go to places for a cool date night...live music...good food...Great Combo!! This visit was on a Friday Night...Got tix online for band $15/Cover...not bad for jazz quartet. We had 8:00 PM reservatiin...luckily we arrived early because the 'choice seating' goes quickly. Now, let's discuss the layout...there is... More 

Thank PhillyShaney
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for something more interesting for our anniversary and found this. It was perfect. The service, the food, the band. I would definitely recommend it. Also, it's good to get there early (even 1h before the performance), so that during the performance you can focus on enjoying the music and desert.

1 Thank shuytza
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went there due to a recommendation. Looked like an average bar but was very nice once you get inside. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. I had shrimp and grits, my hubby had jambalaya. We were with another couple who had the crab Mac & Cheese and a supposedly spicier version of the jambalaya. I had... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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348 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

BBQ ribs and smashed potatoes are my favorite and its just the beginning of a adventure and enjoyable music, food , love and romance..... start the year off right check it out Thomas Paul says this is a 5 star see you soon...!!!!!!!!!

Thank thomas p
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

It was a great experience, the food, the service, the greetings and the other people in the restaurant were all great. My first time visiting the business and to top it off we were entertained by "The trio of Drummer, Webb Thomas. Their were Christmas Carols and other melodies. Recommend that you stop in and enjoy their menu items.

Thank MLB52
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Great place to hang at night and catch come local and traveling musicians play jazz. The place sets a great vibe and the staff is really friendly

Thank Michael P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Over the years, several Jazz clubs have come and gone in Philadelphia, but Chris' has withstood the test of time remarkably well! Excellent line up of musicians in the kind of cozy venue where Jazz was meant to be enjoyed!

Thank don l
San Francisco, California
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I usually follow a strict, if simple rule - when going for live jazz, DO NOT count on food being good... Stick to basics, and favor beer over wine, and you wont be disappointed. Boy, was I wrong this time! I made a reservations over the phone, to make sure a party with 11 year old member will be accepted.... More 

Thank Irina S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3004
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-568-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?