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(65 Reviews)

700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 223-5663

Today: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Center City, Center City East
American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American

Alcohol: Full Bar, No

Good For Family: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't waste your time.

Service and food are lousy. Staff is rude. There are many better choices in the same block.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great comfort food

My boyfriend and I go there almost once a week (or twice every three weeks) and love it there!

Their mac and cheese it to die for, and everything else we've every gotten is delicious!! (He didn't like the pulled pork as much as the other stuff, but still found it edible) It's really great for when you want quality food, a nice place to sit down and enjoy a comfy and tasty meal.

Great wait staff as well.

Brunch was also good here. Very tasty and large portions.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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This place is good or bad, depending on the day and when you're paying top dollar for comfy food it needs to be a good, every time. I've read some comments below about how delicious the mac & cheese is. Well, I don't think it's that great. If you're going to pay $8 for a cup (cooked-- no kidding, I measured it) of mac & cheese it better be the best mac & cheese ever. On a scale of 1 - 10, this one's a 5.
The creamed spinach-- $6 side (1 cup worth) SALTY!! How does salty creamed spinach get past the kitchen?? You would think the chef/cook would taste their recipe once in awhile. Did they use a recipe or did they just wing it??
Cobb Salad-- AWESOME- this is good and I think its a fair price. No complaints, it's actually difficult to finish and I've had it enough times to know its pretty consistent.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup-- DELISH I'm a huge fan. This is another goodie.
Bottom Line-- there's no consistency. Everything on the menu looks good but when you get small portions and know what the small portions cost, you kinda lose your appetite.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent food!

We were in Philadelphia sight seeing for the day, and had a recommendation from some of my daughter's friends to be sure to eat supper at Jones. We got there at about 3:30 PM, and were told they wouldn't be serving supper until 5:00, but the bar was open and we were welcome to sit and have a drink while we waited. It was hot out, so we decided to have a few drinks and stay in the cool while we waited for supper time to arrive.

The bar staff was friendly, the drinks were refreshing and good, and the time passed easily. The hostess asked if we were ready to be seated at 5:00, and took us to our seats. Our waitress was very friendly, and very efficient. Among our group, we ordered the meatloaf, crabcake dinner, the pistachio tilapia, and the chicken and waffles. Everyone thought their meal was excellent. I would be proud to recommend this restaurant to my friends and family (I already have!)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Another falling starr for steven

Well break out the box wine...this food made me hurl especially with the prices. I'm sick of cities try to mimick the greatest city of all york of course. The food is as trite and hackneyed as the food. Meatloaf great shoot me. Come on..mac and cheese 3 diff. cheeses i mean do something different. The staff resembles something outta of red hook except the hook is there is no hook the people wear the same shirts the food is bland and tastes prepackaged...nothing is fresh. Steven Starr stick to music bro.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pretty Lousy... Probably the most disappointing Starr Restaurant out there

Got a Starr gift certificate, and decided Jones looked like a safe bet - how can you go wrong with comfort food, right? Showed up at the restaurant, the place is packed - a promising sign. The decor is contemporary and inspiring. The hostess sat us by one of the fireplaces, which was a nice touch. Then came the menu's. I went with the New England clam chowder to start, and the Meatloaf and Mash as my entree. Wife got a salad and filet mignon. I should have known to look around before I placed that order, as the entire restaurant seemed to be dining on Fried Chicken, the pot-pie, or a monstrous salad. But, I was confident that straying from the norm would still net me a satisfying meal. My clam chowder arrived in a small bowl, best described as ""cute,"" filled half way with the thinnest clam chowder I have ever encountered. It was as thin as chicken broth, and pretty bland. Wife didnt complain about her salad, but you would really have to try to screw up a salad. When our entree's came, we both had a laugh. There was my meatloaf - 3 tiny, thin slices, laying on a scoop of mashed potatoes. Wife's filet mignon was the most laughable looking steak we've seen outside of TGI Fridays, looking at though it was retrieved from a burning building. She reported that it was dry and dissapointing, considering it was $28. Lesson Learned. Our petite entrees were gone in 4 minutes, so we had plenty of room for dessert. We went with these fried cheesecake bits, which were actually very good. Other then that, the food was thoroughly disappointing, considering the $80 bill. After dinner, we thought about trying a different Starr Restaruant, somewhere that might try a little harder, be a little better. We both agreed however, that the restaurants probably all share the same DNA and, possibly, same ingredients. Therefore, next time we get a Starr Restaurants certificate, its going on eBay.



Provided by Citysearch - 
GREAT brunch.

Jones is AWESOME. I went with my boyfriend for Sunday morning brunch. It was very crowded, so we opted to sit at the bar rather than wait for a seat. I had a hot chocolate (alcohol included) which was amazing, he had a bloody mary. The bloody mary was spicy, but good. We both got Huevos Rancheros, which were the best we've had here. Service was quick, the ambiance was great, and the restaurant was very clean despite the fact that they had lots of customers coming in and out. Looking at everyone else's food, we could tell that EVERYTHING there must be great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing food, great service!!!!

I was a little worried about the service when I read the previous reviews, but management must have taken notice because the service was IMPECCABLE!!! Everyone was extraordinarily friendly from the host to bartender to waiter. We were updated 3x about when our table would be ready, while we were waiting at the bar. Then the manager actually came over to our table to check up on everything. And when I accidentally left my doggie bag, the manager looked all over the restaurant to find it. And the food was delish!! I ordered the salmon and my friend ordered the tilapia both dishes just melted in your mouth. The decor was cute 70's rec room, but not overly kitschy. And the music was great too. Listening to the Stones while dining is a nice respite from the normal lounge music drone. I am from South Jersey but I live in NY and eat out a lot so I'm really picky, but I was pleasantly surprised at the level of service and quality of food. I'll be back!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Thursday Night Marvel

Went to dinner with a friend, the wait for less than five minutes, which is particularly speedy in a restaurant like this in Philadelphia. The waiters were pleasant and very straightforward about the food, however, they trick you into buying FIJI water instead of tap and thats a $5 dollar extra for like half a glass. MAKE SURE YOU JUST ASK FOR TAP WATER! Overall, the food is very delicious. Dumplings and Mac and Cheese are unbelievable. Had the Thanksgiving Dinner, and it was awesome. The bill for 3 appetizers, two entrees and that stupid water just cracked 50 bucks. Very reasonable for the amount of food served.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A true Starr

My husband and I love eating at Jones - it has the classiness of a Starr restaurant without being overly pretentious like some of the others! The Asian dumpling appetizers are a treat. The Meatloaf is an absolute MUST, and the fried chicken is also very yummy. Cocktails here are absolutely deelish. Pasta dishes are just okay here, but if you are eating here in the first place, most likely you came for the homestyle dishes, not the pasta (go across the street for La Scala's for that !)



Good, Homestyle Food

If you are looking for a place that cooks like you mother (if she cooks well), this is a place for you. Homestyle items, such as meatloaf, are best here. The decor looks like something from the Brady Bunch.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Finally ventured to Jones which looked phenomenal from outside! Great atmosphere-The menu however is inconsistent. We opted to go all appetizers for our dinner because the entrees were ridiculously over priced. Vegetarians beware-the only thing on the menu for you is Vegetarian Lasagna at $14 for a measly portion (the guy next to us got stuck with) And vegans-forget about it!
Anyway, of course we had the mac+cheese (best in the city?) not really. But still very good. The chicken nachos were WELL worth the $11 (the only thing worth the price) as they were impossible for our party of 5 to finish. But the other apps were totally lacking. Tuna tacos? egh. tiny and boring for $10+. A salad is never worth $12 but i guess it's large enough for 2 to share. The pirogies- only (4) and very tiny and zero wow factor. The entire meal was not exactly affordable for what you're getting. Make reservations or you will wait-outside. The staff was THE highlight of the evening. Our waiter was AWESOME and really on point. A rarity in center city. Overall i don't know that I would go back-but then again-a college students' budget might not be who their catering to. If that's the case though maybe they should improve their boring menu. BLAH.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Super Salty Meatloaf!

Had dinner last night with 3 girlfriends, we were quickly seated and definitely attended to by our server. We shared the mac 'n cheese which was delicious as well as the pierogies which I thought were ok. I ordered the meatloaf and wanted to sub creamed spinach for the buttered peas which was not allowed. Overall, I'd say the meal was very average.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great comfort food

My wife and I go to Jones often and are never disappointed. Definitely some of the he best mac n cheese ever. Don't expect to go witha big group and get seated right away though...go during an off-peak hour and you'll be fine.



Provided by Citysearch - 

is not steven starr's forte...standard fare fails to surprise...ok food, fun atmosphere...not his best



Provided by Citysearch - 
Were you expecting to actually get a table?

On Sat Jan. 20th me and 11 of my friends attempted to meet for dinner for my 30th birthday. So much for eating. I had checked out the website and called the week before. I was told that reservations are not taken but a party of 12 can be accomodated. That was a lie.
We arrived around 7pm and were told it would be about an hour wait for our party to be seated. After about an hour and a half we asked the hostess what time we could expect to be seated. She said another 30-40 minutes. We had all waited this long so whats another half an hour. In the meantime we were at the bar having a few drinks. Around 9pm we asked again when we would be seated......but more waiting. At this point everyone starting to get drunk and the future isn't looking good. After more waiting....we speak with the general manager Brenda Blevins. She wasn't too enthusiastic about making the situation right considering we have waited about two and a half hours at this point but she did send appetizers for us to the crowded bar. Eating was a bit awkward in this tight space. After speaking with Brenda Blevins again....we were told that we could not be accomodated. So basically after my party was squeezed out of a couple hundred dollars while waiting at the bar for dinner....we were told to LEAVE.
This isn't the first time that I've attempted to have dinner at a Steven Starr restaurant but it most certainly will be the last. This whole experience is a digrace to the organization.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Unable to accomodate larger parties

Large parties beware. Last Saturday we had a large party of 12. When we called ahead, we were told that they did not take reservations so we would have to come in to put our name on the list. When I arrived it was crowded and asked the hostess if they could handle a party of 12. Her answer was yes, but it will be about an hour. Being understanding that it is not easy to seat a party of 12, I thought this was great. So we sat at the bar to have a few drinks and wait. An hour passes, and we ask how much longer... 30 to 45 minutes more... OK, we are still all chatting so we stick it out. Keep in mind, we are ordering drink after expensive drink on empty stomachs... After 2 hours of waiting, we ask again... We are told that we will be sat within 30 minutes, and just hold on. At this point we volunteered to split into two groups of 6 as long as we could have tables nearby. After 2 and a half hours (at this point it is getting late, it is after 9) we are told that the tables that are seated are not leaving and we should go elsewhere if we want to eat. At this point, we are very hungry, we have all been drinking so no one can drive, it is 20 degrees outside so no one wants to walk someplace else, it is late, and we have already dropped well over $100 at their bar and still no one could accomodate us. The Thai place called Aqua across the street was very nice in seating us immediately and explained that this happens OFTEN. If Jones was unable to seat our party, they should have told us from the start and we would have gone elsewhere. Instead they ruined our night completely. The situation was handled poorly and I will be avoiding all Steven Starr spots in the future.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Avoid it - Rude Host - Homemade- Not!

Over powering Music to the point you have to almost yell to the others at your table. Very rude Host who will forget you are waiting for a table even if you are the only ones there and standing next to him. Over priced skimpy appetizers. ( 3 tiny pierogies right out of the Mrs. T's box for $7) Mediocre tasting food. Anyone who does not mind paying too much for heated frozen dinners would love this place. Avoid it. Not worth the time or the money. Comfort food? Someone read their advertisements without actually eating there. Adding Worcestershire to the frozen stew does not make it homemade folks. $6 for Iced Tea in a glass filled with so many mint leaves you wonder whether to drink it or plant it is a bit over the top. Too many great Philly restaurants to bother with this one.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hooray for comfort food!

With a very Brady Bunch vibe and a menu filled with old-school comfort food (like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and fried chicken), Jones is the perfect place to cozy up on the weekends when you're feeling a bit more low-key. While the surrounding neighborhood (7th & Chestnut) is more urban-industry than comfy, the interior of Jones more than makes up for it.

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