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World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402 (University City)
267-295-2900
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Ranked #894 of 3,730 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: University City
Cross street: 30th Street
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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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Probably the worst service I have ever experienced. The staff treated our group horribly, by talking down to many guests. I would never recommend any group to host your event here unless you want bad food or want your guests treated poorly. Honestly, I cannot believe this venue still operates with such awful employees

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We attended the Dave Barnes concert in the downstairs venue where we had reserved seats. The show started at 8:00, but we got there early to get something to eat. We were approached quickly by our server, who was attentive all night. We ordered drinks - draft beer for me and a signature cocktail for her - which arrived quickly.... More

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PORT ALLEGANY
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Venturing out for a day in Philly over the weekend of the Hercules storm, we found the first three attractions on our agenda closed due to snow emergency. Checking our phones, we found the FREE Friday noon concert still on. As newbies, we asked how this works... We could get lunch, but not til 11:30, so we found a great... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I want to give WCL more stars, because it’s just about the best place in town for live, diverse, affordable music. So run, don’t walk, if you want to hear fine music in a fine setting and choose from a decent, sometimes even interesting, selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Just don’t eat there! The menu offers standard... More

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New Jersey
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

I've enjoyed just about 30 concerts at World Cafe Live since 2005. I have seen artists perform upstairs as well as downstairs. Just note that at some of the upstairs shows some people are there to socialize with each other rather than take in the show; the background conversations can compete with performances. Just sit closer to the stage; it... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I love live music and local Philadelphia concert venues. But World Cafe Live has the worst food and beverage service of any music venue I have attended in the city. We went to a concert there on a Saturday night and waited over 20 minutes for a waitress after being seated. We then had to ask TWICE for a waitress... More

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Philadelphia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a review of UPSTAIRS at World Cafe Live. We were there to see a particular performance ay 9pm so made reservations for 7:30 - always good idea as you get best seats. Food was nearly all apps and sandwiches which were good and huge portion of fries came with sandwiches (or you can have salad). There is music... More

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Carneys Point, New Jersey
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126 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Went to the Restaurant for bite before a Red Carpet Event. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Bar looked calming. We were quickly ushered to our table and service was quick in the begging. A very nice menu. Food came out promptly. Daily Happy Hour Specials. Our Server was Kind, Courteous and Friendly. The Food was Very Good. I had the Duck Con... More

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Philadelphia
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49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Had a terrific dinner there while waiting for the show to go on. the pastrami, while a little too fatty, was very good and the eggplant fries were terrific. Excellent service and the ability to watch and listen to two groups made this an exceptional evening. Would absolutely do again.

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philadelphia
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19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Went to see WaveRadio upstairs and it was a great show. Service was good but the food was only ok. Fries were cold & old. Burger was ok. Pretzel app was very good. Your experience here will be positive - but not necessarily because of the food.

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