Atlanta >Food & Dining > Java Jive Coffee House & Cafe
790 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.773927 -84.361406
Tue - Fri, 8am - 2pm; Sat - Sun, 9am - 2pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, St. Charles/ Greenwood
Snooty – I always feel like I'm not the sort of "hip" (euphemism) customer they're looking for when I come in here. The service has always been dismissive. Pancakes were good, but everything else was forgettable. The reviewers weren't in a bad mood, it's the restaurant staff that doesn't seem to be in a very good mood, like maybe they should be doing something more grand than running this coffee shop. Friendly service should be easier in such an intimate setting
Best Breakfast in ATL – Some of these folks writing the scathing reviews must have been in a crappy mood when they went to Java Jive.......
I have been going regularly for the past few years and besides occasionally having to wait longer than I prefer (that happens in popular places), I have never been disappointed.
Fantastic egg dishes, delicious pancakes and the gingerbread waffle is the ultimate side-item if you have a sweet tooth.
If you are tempted to try the joke of a breakfast establishment a couple doors down from Java Jive, you will always get a table, but expect lousy food and even worse service.
Java Jive ROCKS!
not worth the price – this place was awful. i popped in for a quick breakfast because i was too early to meet a friend. the food took a long time, the pie tasted like cardboard, and they only took cash, which required a trip to the ATM. not a good place at all
A breakfast hot spot that’s got plenty of jive – With so many places to compete with these days, Java Jive is the little engine that could of breakfast spots. But this kitschy restaurant which pays tribute to the ’50’s with its dining decor, blows the competition out of the water with a menu that stays true to what breakfast should be, with a few surprises thrown in along the way. With a bevy of classic egg dishes to chose from, make room to also try favorites such as “PB&J Goes To France” - challah bread with PB&J french toast style, and a rare find in Atlanta - “Matzoh Brie”, just like bubby used to make. Pair it all with the in-house coffee which hits the spot when you have it iced, and their doughy and delicious biscuit which puts The Flying Biscuit to shame. Hangovers and late mornings are no longer torturous now that you know where to find one of the best breakfasts in town, period.
Not so fast.... – You'd think with JAVA in the name coffee would be good. Nope.
I drove 15 miles to get a good breakfast. Nope.
Don't ever, ever try their gingerbread waffles. They say the lemon curd is home-made. Nope. Tastes like from a jar. Awful. Save a trip.
First Timers – We were in the area and wanted something good to each for breakfast and had heard about Java Jive. So we looked them up and the experience was great. This quaint little spot on Ponce is a wonderful treat to the taste buds. After reading some of the reviews from this sight I had mixed emotions about go there but no more. This little diner that blends retro décor and charm with the new age St. Charles, Green woood and Highlands area without missing a beat. The service was terrific walked in on a Sunday at 11am, and sat right down. The hostess was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. My wife has the French toast, bacon, and biscuit. She loved it all and thinks that the food here is better than the Flying Biscuit. I am still in the air about that one. I had the buttermilk pancakes with a surprising cinnamon butter dollop atop, turkey sausage, grits, and coffee. The pancakes melt in your mouth with every bite, turkey sausage was a little salty but still very flavorful, grits were ok but I prefer Flying Biscuit. Coffee was the very best, you can taste the quality, and it was bold yet light with a velvety finish. Overall I would recommend this restaurant and return again. Sorry that so many people had a bad experience.
Sooo disappointed! – My friend recommended Java Jive, and I was so looking forward to a casual and delicious mid-week brunch. I didn't know they only accepted cash, and I didn't have cash, so I was forced to use their ATM machine which charges a fee (which I'm certain Java Jive receives a percentage of.) This wouldn't have been so annoying if the food was delicious or if they kept my coffee cup filled, but it wasn't and they didn't. On top of that, the waiter got my order wrong, and it took a long time to get it right. (You would think with so few people in the place at 12:30 on a weekday that they would have better service.) I have to say Java Jive was not worth the money or the time. We will not be going back.
toot. – worst place ever. took me 3 hrs to be seated and eat a mediocre omelette. i want that time back java jive!
Really, really BAD service – I never write reviews, but had to after this morning. We waited for an hour and people that came in after us were seated before us because the host marked through our name without seating us. She didn't aplogize for the mistake. Then we had a server that was anxious and rushed us through ordering. She then forgot to bring out our apple juice, then when we were almost done eating she remembered and said she'd bring it out. We let her know that we no longer wanted it, and she said, "I'll bring it to you, I already rung it up." She then brought it out. When she brought the check, she wouldn't allow us to pay separately even though we were paying with cash. It was very disappointing to have such AWFUL service because the food is excellent. I've never had someone refuse to take something off my bill that was not brought to my table. It was really rude and if it was my restaurant, I would be really embarrassed. And I think that they stop seating people at 2:00pm or so, there were 3 people that came in about 2 minutes after that and they were turned away when there were people that had just been sat a table and it would not have kept the staff there any later. What an awful experience! Don't go there, the food is not good enough to overcome the staff.
Our Favorite Breakfast Spot!! – We've been coming to Java Jive for years and it's always great!! The coffee is the best in town and the biscuits are incredible. The staff is really friendly and my kids love all the neat things to look at.(They also love that the waitress knows their names) The pancakes are delicious, I like the wheat ones best. My husband gets the Greek omelet with fresh spinach. Yum! Sometime there's a wait, but when you get seated the food comes out fast. We always bring in out of town guest too, so we can share a little bit of old school Atlanta.
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