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James is a restaurant located in Philadelphia s Bella Vista neighborhood serving modern American cuisine. Its menu includes soups, roast local beets, crispy sweetbreads, and saut ed cucumbers and black olives. The restaurant serves stuffed squash blossom, spaghetti, bigeye tuna, crispy shallots, lima beans and salads. James offers a variety of alcoholic beverages that includes beer and wines.
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South Philadelphia, Bella Vista - Southwark
American Restaurants, Bars, Night Clubs, Restaurants

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We ate here for our anniversary and was expecting alot after perusing through the menu and reading reviews. Bottom line is that the food is good, but nothing that made us feel ""wow, that was good"". Out of 10, plating 8, food 7, originality 6. Overall, was a bit overpriced for the quality of food. We read that the flavors were complex, but we found them good, but nothing special. We had the herb crusted snails,... view more

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wanted to stop to eat after dinner

We dined here with my friend and his wife for his birthday . I expected a fine dining experience and I agree that I did receive a fine dining experience but the portions were absurdly and ridiculously small (I put this in quick in case you're just skimming reviews, please read on for the rest of the experience - some of it good). Ou... view more

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Great space, good food, SMALL portions

Let me start by saying that I was a bit skeptical of going here after reading other reviews, but went due to a birthday dinner. Upon entering we were greated by a warm environment which was very inviting. The staff were friendly and I noticed no snootiness, as others have mentioned. When we got our menus our waiter literally went over every dish, including specific ingredients in each. Now I know some people may ... view more

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Best romantic date spot by far!

Walked in and from the beginning the decor was Super Chic! The food was AMAZING, there was a great wine selection, and the staff was superb. Although the only draw back was that the appetizers were small in portion, so be aware. \r I cant be 100% about the bill, as I was on a date, but I know from what I seen on the menu, the prices are a bit higher than the average place.

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I wanted to like this place.

My wife and I recently went to dinner here for a birthday celebration. As the title states, I really really wanted to like this place. When we first walked in we thought the hype was legitimate: a beautiful looking bar, an exceptionally friendly host and hostess, an immaculate and spacious dining area. The service, while somewhat slow, was still far above average. Our waiter was very nice and helped us pick out a... view more

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Best Public Relations firm in Philadelphia

The night was filled with anticipation as my wife and I headed to the popular James restaurant in South Philly. After reading about this place in Philly Mag and being excited to try another Top 50 restaurant we decided to take the plunge and enjoy the experience. As we walked in we admired the architecture and the ambience. Simply stated it was quite beautiful. We were seated promptly and our server immediately c... view more

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Exceeded High Expectations

I've read all of the reviews on James here and they're decidedly mixed. So, let's get this out of the way first. They're expensive. In fact, they were trying to charge $140 for the cote de boeuf (for 2) last night. Aside from that, wines by the glass were $9-$15, appetizers topped out at $17, and entrees were $36 and under. Portions? We thought they were fine. Not huge, but not tiny either. We didn't leave fe... view more

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Overrated and VERY Average, Left Unsatisifed

This was the most expensive ""average tasting"" meal that I have ever eaten. I ate there last night with my husband after much anticipation and left feeling unsatisfied. Nothing was bad, per se, but nothing stood out as beind or memorable either. My husband ordered there strawberry lemonade drink and it was lacking in any definitive flavor. The wine by the glass after that was expensive and average. We ordered a tota... view more

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This reastaurant is over-priced, pretentious and just not that good. The portion size is laughable relative to their prices and the menu is anemic. I would not recommend this place to anyone. The food itself was good enough but for what you pay, there are far too many other restaurants in the city to waste your time on James.

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Pleasant Surpise in Spite of Loud Foursome Next to US

Was taken there by my gf for my birthday March 29th having read the reviews. As we concluded our meal we commented on what a pleasant surprise it was and how the portions were NOT puny. We did find that the two of us were very far away when dining due to the ""long"" table. It made it difficult to feel any spacial intimacy with the person who was taking me out. The people next to us were incredibly loud to the point ... view more

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