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World Cafe Live

$$ - $$$
University City
American, Bar, Pub
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3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402 (30th Street)
+1 267-295-2900
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

World Cafe Live is a terrific performance space to see world class musicians in an intimate setting. We've been here many times, most recently for Alejandro Escovedo and the Minus 5. Consistently good sound, convenient bar and table service, and plenty of food options as well. Tip: the location is not one where you'll easily find a cab after your... More 

Thank rdooz
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Attended a concert downstairs Oct. 22. We arrived as doors opened so had time to grab some drinks and a bite to eat. Service was ok, could have been a bit faster. Looked as if there were only 3 servers and ours was also making drinks behind the bar. Not sure if this is normal or they were just shorthanded.... More 

Thank jtcjr818
Collingswood, New Jersey
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 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 

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Philadelphia, PA
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290 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 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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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 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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387 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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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135 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 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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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 June 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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172 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 267-295-2900

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