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World Cafe Live

University City
American, Bar
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3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402 (30th Street)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Collingswood, New Jersey
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Last weekend I went to see a terrific Brazilian jazz group (Minas) at this venue. The room was full. My friend and I had made reservations for dinner. Much to our chagrin, we waited almost 30 minutes to get waited on (and that was after stopping a bus girl and asking her to send us a server), so my friend... More 

Thank SuzanneCloud
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I loved the concert I attended in the upstairs venue. Vertical Current & Mad Satta were the performers. The food however was poor and the service was slow and minimal. I ordered the Fried Chicken. I was expecting a nice breast, maybe a leg. It was basically chicken wings with no seasoning. It came served in a basket with some... More 

Thank KTR79
Philadelphia, PA
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208 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

May be a bit out of the way, but this is a good quiet place to get a quick lunch and have a business conversation

Thank FellowTaveler2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

You can see live music just about every evening of the week here. The food is passable, but will take it for $5 draft beers and a broad spectrum of artists. Plus once a month themoth.org hosts a story slam which is at times poignant and at other times split your sides laughing. Fun fun.

Thank Bec515
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301 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The place was empty so that was certainly not the reason our meal took 30 minutes after our appetizers to get to us...and then they were not hot. To start, I had the beet appetizer with a whipped honey goat cheese and it was awesome. My husband had the ahi tuna tacos and they were very tasty. For our meals,... More 

Thank BeasleyKRB
Philadelphia, PA
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123 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were here for Penn's Science Cafe. After the program, we decided to stay for dinner. I was almost ready to leave when a server finally appeared. After that, it was all great service and very tasty food. I had been here when it first opened and the food was meh. This time my husband and I shared two entrees:... More 

Thank kimmer1966
Hackettstown, New Jersey
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Good food and music. My 13 year old is a budding musician and this was a great place to bing her. It's difficult to find a venue for dinner and music that isn't 21 and over. This place was perfect. Made reservations online and also bought tickets for the show online. Made things easy already having a table before the... More 

Thank kali1nj
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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165 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Sharkbait19403
Jacksonville, Florida
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95 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

Thank Jim G
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?