Minton's Playhouse

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Minton's Playhouse
The most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.

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What 725 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great! Wish the Jazz performance could’ve went a little longer as it was very enjoyable. Food was flavorful without being overly salty or drowned with sauce. The Lamb Dibi has BIG portions and cooked very appropriately. Vegetarian options were appreciated and delicious as well. Will definitely go back again and not just for a special occasion.

AS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My husband and I have been to Minton’s multiple times before but we were disappointed with our last visit. It wasn’t horrible but there are so many options of where to go for good jazz in the city, I just think we’d get a better bang for our buck somewhere else.

The bartender at the bar was rude to us because the bottle of wine we wanted to buy was unavailable and we wanted to try different wines and were unsatisfied with their other choices. I guess that was too much for him to handle. Not sure why. This is all after we paid $50 as a couple to get in, and we’re about to spend another $70+ in wine, and $150+ in food. For us, that’s a pretty generous date night and we expect good service.

The music was great and our waiter was very very pleasant. But he seemed busy, and for some reason there was a table near us where everyone was bending over backwards for. It seemed like they were more of a priority for everyone in the place, including people serving water, management, and even the waiter a little bit.

I’m not we will be back and I may recommend to friends but I will also be giving them fair warnings based on my recent experience.

MA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Minton's Playhouse for New Year's Eve and could not have been happier with the experience. The ambiance was perfect and romantic in this historic setting; the food was delicious and cooked to perfection; the service was first-rate from the minute we arrived until the end of the evening; and the music was fabulous. It was a truly enjoyable and memorable evening with every detail carefully planned out and delivered by a smiling staff.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will be here again next year same time for seating with others to enjoy the NYE!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Unfortunately, the restaurant offered only one live music set, which ended before our reservation.

I appreciated the staff keeping the restaurant open for us but we were unable to experience the full ambiance of the restaurant and the live music.

Also I didn’t receive my Open Table reward points for dining at the restaurant.

S
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food was amazing and the musicians were excellent. Great experience

GD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The band was wonderful and the food was good

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

A lively fun place where the music warms the crowd!!

n
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

This place has so much character and charm. It's a shame the food is so average and the drinks so ridiculously expensive. The music was great and it still makes a fun night out. But they really need to improve the food.

QJ
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My first time at Milton and it was the most amazing place. The staff was friendly and professional a great experience.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Minton's was super. The food was terrific, the service was top-notch and the music -- of course -- was incomparable.

It made for an unforgettable time, good for all ages, and in a great location that can allow you to spend a good amount of time in the neighborhood.

Highly recommended and we'll be going back for sure!

DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Minton's is a wonderful jazz venue and restaurant. My wife and I have been huge fans of Minton's and regular customers since we moved to the neighborhood about 5 1/2 years ago. The food is terrific; the service is excellent; and the music and atmosphere are outstanding.

I do have one complaint, however, about our experience on Saturday night (7:30 pm show). Before the band went on, the MC gave a five-minute stand-up comedy routine that, in my opinion, fell flat and was mildly offensive. I understand that we live in difficult and charged political times, and sometimes political humor can help all of us work through difficult issues. But this particular MC was not funny (in my view) and engaged in unfortunate generalizations. For example, it is absolutely true that excessive force by the police is a serious problem, but the MC said flatly, without any nuance, that the NYPD "beats up black people." I also understand that gentrification is a difficult issue that can have real human consequences. But the MC made unfunny, derogatory comments about hearing certain children's songs in the neighborhood and said that they "sound like gentrification" (or something to that effect).

I am noting all this because, when addressing controversial political issues, even in a comedy routine, I think it is important to do so with care. Lots of NYPD officers (which is a diverse force) work hard each day to keep our community safe. There are, unfortunately, bad cops, but we should not paint *all* cops with the same broad brush. Also, NYC is an expensive, diverse city, and people of all backgrounds come to Harlem looking for a good place to live. So while it is important to appreciate that rising housing costs can have an adverse effect on many people, it is also important to make *everyone* feel welcome in all corners of the city, including at Minton's. I hope the MC rethinks these issues before engaging in stereotypes in the future.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

Minton’s is a phenomenal venue. We went for Sunday brunch and loved the jazz show. My food looked great, but it did come out cold. The performances more than made up for the lackluster dining experience.

BM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed my evening at Minton's. There was a delay before we were seated but other than that everything was fine. I would definitely recommend the venue and plan to go back. Alex Blake was excellent. Loved Kelly Green.

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What could be better than great music and great food in a lovely setting.

A
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place. True American experience. Want a private Jazz concert in an open restaurant? This is the place. Food from Cecil’s steakhouse is simply amazing. My wife’s rack of lamb, my Bronzini and my daughter’s Pasta were each some of the best dishes we have enjoyed in New York. Cocktaiks are the best. Wine list is a little limited. Go for the cocktails. And yes, the Flan for desert, wow. Well, I am a flan fan, so you can discount my opinion on that.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I recently discovered Minton’s Playhouse while searching for a jazz/dining venue in Harlem, and what a find! It us fast becoming my favorite place for jazz, drinks, dining!

Always a great experience...from the music to service and ambiance! Our first time there we had great seats front and center. However, this past Saturday we were side-lined, due to 2 huge groups. No fault of the restaurant, but sitting on the side limits your ability to have a free flowing inclusive conversation and connection with all members of your group. Hoping our next visit will not disappoint with poor seating!

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The evening was a wonderful experience. The music was really good, the food presentation was beautiful and the taste matched the presentation. Our waite service was on top of things, and extremely pleasant.
The drinks were also very good . Overall, it was a great experience and we plan to return soon

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Julius the best player ever!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. As a person that lives in Harlem, I wish there was a more diverse crowd, but everything from the music to the service to the bartender was absolutely fabulous.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Front desk check in is awful and unorganized.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Authentic. They need more places like this. Make sure you book for both shows.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We arrived there at the time of the reservation, only to find closed doors and a sign explaining that the place was closed that night due to a burst pipe. Given that we had booked, a warning message would have been welcome!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a good time at my first Jazzy Sunday Brunch event. Good food, although the server was not as attentive as I’d like, but overall the service and food were good. The music...energetic, vibrant and pulsating! I totally enjoyed it! Very talented band!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Minton’s Playhouse and so glad to have found it! The entire staff was warm, friendly and catered to our needs. The food was tasty with generous servings; and the music was amazing!y...I left wanting more. An incredible night. My friends and I will definitely be back soon!

JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

The Pinot noir we ordered was not great. Wouldn’t order the wine again but the food and the other drinks were alright! Ambiance and vibe is great, music was top rate.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful venue, staff was attentive and professional. The music was world class! Great experience, I highly recommend Minton’s Playhouse for anyone look for the best of New York City

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

I’ve been to Minton’s at least 5 times. Each time the food quality is inconsistent, however, the music is always great and the staff is always friendly.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Excellent food and service staff. I highly recommend Minton’s Playhouse to anyone looking for the best in dinning and jazz.

JC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Nice looking spot, but the food was HORRIBLE. Very nice staff. Nice jazz. Unfortunately, because of the food, I would not return.

DD
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
29 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

S
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food service and entertainment all fabulous!

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