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World Cafe Live

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University City
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3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402 (30th Street)
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.
267-295-2900
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly good food for a concert venue

We and another couple went to see Dana Fuchs at World Cafe Live and decided to eat at the "upstairs" restaurant (the is one downstairs in the big music venue which had a similar menu). We ordered: ahi tuna, the french dip; tilapia tacos and the quinoa salad. All were good size and everyone liked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Jim G
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews 100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We come here a few times a year for my daughters singing recital. The drinks are way over priced, even in the city. The food is very basic frozen food. Really the whole experience is like a stadium experience where you pay $5 for a Coors Light and eat poorly cook French Fry's . On top this the bar tender... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We and another couple went to see Dana Fuchs at World Cafe Live and decided to eat at the "upstairs" restaurant (the is one downstairs in the big music venue which had a similar menu). We ordered: ahi tuna, the french dip; tilapia tacos and the quinoa salad. All were good size and everyone liked what they ordered. I had... More 

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Philadelphia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My first time to this venue to dine and hear music. The acoustics and the group we went to hear were incredible. The small-ish room (upstairs) made this a very fun and intimate place to hear a great band. The happy hr. ($8.00 for a pitcher of Yuengling) and $6 glasses of wine are a good deal. I milked the... More 

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Philadelphia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

If you are anywhere in the Phila, (now also Wilmington Del) area, always keep an eye on the upstairs and downstairs entertainment schedule. This is our favorite location to see the folk or rock groups that we like (ones who are still affordable for a medium size venue). You will see folks who are featured on TV, Grammy winners of... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Frankly food is an afterthought at this an venue. The staff is wonderful and attentive the food is average.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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272 reviews 272 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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171 reviews 171 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402
    (30th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighborhood: University City
  • Phone Number: 267-295-2900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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