Minton's Playhouse

4.6
695 reviews
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Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.
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Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
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DD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and the Jazz was even better! Definitely a hidden gem in the middle of Harlem in a nice area with great service and the music is what you’d expect in New York City! Classy and elegant as well as great acoustics and the largest jazz band I’ve ever seen! Will definitely go back again next time I’m in New York City!

MR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The music was great, everything else was not.
When you go out to a jazz club or an expensive restaurant, you expect the person that greets you at the door and seats you to make you feel welcome. The person here makes no effort whatsoever to do that, you are treated more like an unwanted child rather than a guest. I know they have to keep order and keep things moving, but other places do that with a smile instead of a grouch. The same person has been at that job for at least a couple of years, I remember from the last time I was there. I have to imagine, he is related to the owner, otherwise anyone could see he does not have the personality to do that job. The waitress service was more friendly and competent.
Before the music came on, we had to listen to a long sales pitch for a local jazz festival. I like being informed of other jazz events but I didn't think the guy was ever going to stop talking. Before each set, they played a video about the history of the club. The video is also on their website. It is an interesting and informative video but how many times do I have to watch it? It is like getting on a plane and having to watch the safety demonstration over and over again.
My date was a vegetarian and her grilled vegetables were very good. My dish was supposed to be gluten free but I had a gluten reaction to it the next day. My first drink was very weak so I switched to wine. The neighborhood is now very lively and eclectic. We did not feel uneasy or unsafe, in any way, walking from the subway to the club. The club has a very good sound system which fills the room with music without sounding distorted or fake.
Despite all the negatives, I still rated the place good because I loved the music.

PT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you’re looking for a one of a kind New York experience Cecil’s restaurant and Minton’s Jazz club are the places to go. The staff is incredible, the food is delicious, and the music is phenomenal. I had the calamari in Cecil’s which was prepared with jalapeño peppers, and the fish tacos in the club. That night I listened to JC Hopkins Biggish Band, a perfectly packed stage, and two singers who are absolutely incredible, their scat brilliant.

ER
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were very excited to dine and listen to live jazz where all the greats have played. However, it seems we picked the wrong night as a group of 20-30 women graced us with their annoying and loud presence and chit-chat. They were at times louder than the performers, which really sucked for the couples like us there who wanted to enjoy the music (and we were two tables from the stage).
The ambiance is perfect, the food was great, our server tho overwhelmed with that group was very pleasant and professional. The music from what we could enjoy was wonderful. This group caused a 4 rating.
We will def go back and try the experience again. What’s the likelihood of an obnoxious 30 top again while we’re there?! 😂

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It was a great set and a great time! The place was very intimate and fun. I would come again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I have been meaning to go to this spot because of its historical significance and reputation and we were over the moon by our experience. The decor is vibrant, the drinks are very good and the musicians we listened to (I don’t recall their names) were spectacular!

GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

How do you not like the most historic jazz club in the world, with amazing talent; attentive staff and excellent food and service?

MN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

We booked dinner and jazz and ended up being told the club was reserved for a private party and we needed to go next door to Cecil's. Once there, they didn't have a reservation for us at all. They had no music, and instead we were seated with very loud dinner guests. The reason for this book was to listen to music with dinner which we did not get. If we knew there had been a private party in the jazz club, we would have gone somewhere else. The food itself, was average or below; ordering fish tacos, usually the tacos are soft, but these were very hard and stuffed with nothing great. The server was very pleasant.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service from the hostess & server and wonderful performance!!

S
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food service and entertainment all fabulous!

RN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It is wonderful to see a historic neighborhood landmark renovated and alive with fantastic music, a cool receptive audience, and nicely done food and beverages. We had a great night here. The server was very attentive -- although also just a tad pushy when it came to meeting the minimum. We certainly planned on covering it (and we did!), but it still felt a bit aggressive. Music was top-notch.

MW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though there weren’t many people there we had a great time. Food was delicious and music was fantastic! I’d been wanting to come to Minton’s for years and I hope to be back. Thanks!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The band that played was amazing, the waiter catered to everyone equally no favoritism, the food was amazing, the setup was beautiful, everything was just perfect!!!

VH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Now you can dine and delve into Jazz again at one of the most important venues for Bebop from the late 1930s. The entire experience is excellent and the staff is very friendly.

DM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for live jazz and great food. My wife and I was visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio and will definitely be back the next time were in New York...

FW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible ambiance and experience, will definitely be returning soon!

DY
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome, amazing place with incredible jazz. When you think about the history in this place, you are overwhelmed.

HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great music and food. The site should be improved.

JC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Minton's was definitely amazing - was not crazy about my dish but overall, service was stellar from the minute we walked in and the set blew us away. Will definitely be back.

RA
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We visited for my grandfathers 86th birthday. My sister made reservations in advance and did tell them that we had a large party attending. However because our reservations were made separate they did not completely accommodate the larger party that we had. They sat some of our party along the wall instead of doing so for other guest. Very small space but amazing live music. They were a little slow with service when asked for things like silverware, water, etc. The food was okay but definitely for the price would have liked a way better selection of things. They also combined two other people bills onto my bill which was a huge hassle. When asked to separate the bills they were hesitant. It resulted in me having to sit there additional 15 minutes just to figure out the bill. They did not ask in advance if there were additional people with me on my bill they just assumed we were all together. Overall my experience was okay the only thing that was great about this experience was the live jazz band that my grandfather enjoyed. They did great they also sang happy birthday to my grandfather. He was very happy with the band. Certainly would not recommend for birthdays of a larger party.

JH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Very bad service. You feel in a hurry. They want to get the more money from you in the shortest time.

AN
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Jazz Show. Excellent Service!

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CA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My only gripe on this past visit was with the lighting on the left side banquette - bright white and glaring throughout the performance. Make sure you request a table in the middle or on the right side.
in general, the music is usually worth the cost of the dinner dishes.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the evening was excellent, I would definitely recommend.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took friends here for Sunday brunch to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Everyone enjoyed their food selections. The music was stellar (Grammy award winning artists). The manager provided us with champagne on the house for an anniversary toast. It was perfect. Our friends were well pleased.

NU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great time. We ordered the steak which was ok, but we had crabcakes and fish the previous time and those dishes were amazing.
Joakim, the manager there is the best!!! He is so personable and very hands on.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere in Minton's is terrific; it really does feel historic. The lounge is kept at a low light with everything facing the stage so everyone gets the best view or the performers.

The service is excellent; every staff member was attentive, polite and efficient - we felt very well taken care of.

And then the music - as a jazz fan I was not disappointed. We say JC Hopkins and the Biggish Band on a Saturday night, and if that performance is reflective of the overall quality of the acts then you will be in love. We were treated to lesser known classics and gems by familiar names by amazing performers.

The food was very good, if a little overpriced. My partner has eaten elsewhere round the city for less and had food of equal quality, but when everything else is this good you can hardly complain.

Minton's was my highlight of NY, and if you're even vaguely a jazz fan you owe it to yourself to pay it a visit (check out the calendar beforehand to see if there are performers you think you'll like).

DT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, ambiance was excellent and the jazz was amazing. The food was pretty good too. You will have a great night out!

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food! Great music! We had a wonderful time visiting from Minneapolis.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My mom loves the Mother’s Day brunch! She has thanked me a couple of times a day since. Wonderful!

DP
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! I took my mother for an early mother’s day!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was a beautiful and fun experience. The food was great, the show was outstanding and we had a great time for my mom’s birthday!

RD
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an absolutely fabulous night! Highly recommended!

OT
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice food, GREAT music

A
Munich
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The only small caveat beside the overall very positive experience was the difficulty to get a taxi organised. If you are not a New York it is really impossible to discuss with the people on the phone to get a taxi. We than found an empty yellow cab view blocks around the corner. Suggestion as a famous location you just have a code for a preferred taxi company and the exactly now where to pick you up.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We only had the dessert but it was the best tres leches cake I ever had! Loved that my daughter (17) was able to go and sit in for a set. Service was very attentive. I did think the food and drinks were pricey. There is a music charge and minimum $30 f/b charge. We had just come from dinner so forced ourselves to have more dessert. Oh well! Overall it was a great night.

FR
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'll come back, it was a great moment with an outstanding Jazz quartet

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice to visit an historic landmark. The ambiance was warm and the food, surprisingly superb for a jazz spot.

JW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good music in a beautiful venue with great service.

k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

My friends and I had a wonderful time. The performance was stellar and the service was wonderful. However, the seating left something to be desired. In the past, there were small cocktail tables that created a much more intimate, comfortable environment. The banquet style tables were awkward.

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