290 Hilderbrand Dr NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032833.922942 -84.378693
Daily, 6:30pm - 2am
Music is great, food AND service is really bad... – Great music, that's your place if you are a jazz fan.
My advice: eat somewhere else and then go there since food and service are really bad.
Enjoyed our stay – Cafe 290 offers reat music.If you're a jazlover,then this is THE place for you. Good food and vibes,all worth the dollar.
Awesome place – My sister visited me from CA and I was planning to treat her out. We got to this place without any idea about the quality of food that they serve. We were both surprised by the food and service. Definitely a must try
great place, awful service – Only 2 waitresses for the entire restaurant who kept messing up the orders. definitely need more staff. Overall ok experience with great music
ITS NOT BEBOP, BUT IT GOT SPIRIT. – IT NOT BEBOP JAZZ, BUT I DIG THE SOUNDS. IT HAD THE R&B TEXTURE WITH A TASTE OF SOUL. THE GROUP THAT NIGHT WAS RICH AND TRUE TO THE VERY END. THEY PLAYED AS A UNIT, AND EACH ARTIST HAD SPACE TO TRAVEL WITHIN THE MUSIC, YET THEIR SOUND WAS TIGHT!
THE CLUB SETTING IS MORE OF A JOOK JOINT, A HOLE IN THE WALL, OR A CHICKEN SHACK WITH A TOUCH OF CLASS! REMEMBER, THE SMALLER THE ROOM, THE BIGGER THE PARTY. THESE ARTISTS ARE PLAYING WITH EMOTIONS.
YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR ENCOUNTER AT CAFE 290 IF YOU GET THERE EARLY.
A little piece of West Village in Atlanta – While many Atlanta natives might think the food is expensive, by NYC standards the food actually is great and priced accordingly. But you don't come for the food or the ambience, you come for the music. The professional musicians who perform here are outstanding. It's like 'Village Vanguard' or 'Smalls' in the West Village w/o the outrageous cover. Granted this might be b/c right next to the bar/live music there's the sports bar, pool table, foosball table, and a big screen t.v. If you come with friends who want to chill, the sports bar/ game room is great. If you want more of laid-back or robust night of jazz, go to sit down area. It's a 'Fat Cat' w/ Blue Note quality music and service!
Not what I expected – I went to Cafe 290 looking for some decent food and some good jazz. I had read other reviews on here and thought I would try it. Here is the lowdown.
Bartenders: Unattentive, playing around, not recognzing you. It took me 15 minutes to get recognized that I was even there before I got a drink.
Food: Very limited unless you want to pay for very high priced steaks and pasta dishes. I got a Fried Chicken Salad that cost me 14.00. Not only that, it took 45 minutes to get it without anyone explaining what the hold up was. Also it was slow this time of night.
Music: It was R&B night. Not Jazz. It was ok, if I was in the mood for R&B, but I wasnt. I also was told it would start at 8 but didnt start until 9.
Clientele: I dont know where other reviews felt like there was a good mix but I felt like I was out of place.
I left after only being there for 1hr and 1/2.
Would I recommend this to others? Well, eat before you go. Make sure you are clear what kind of music you are looking to hear and it's ok.
I might go back another time, not ruling it out completely.
Excellant live jazz, good cuisine,and the best cheesecake for a jazz club. – If you want to hear live jazz,have a good meal,and enjoy meeting good people of atlanta,here is your spot. I first went to Cafe 290 in 1997 and had a great meal,enjoyed the ambiance and had a chance to sit in with the live jazz ensamble which are there on sundays. I play the saxophone and Gary and team are great,if you can sing or play a musical instrument this is your spot.
Best Jazz club – I really enjoyed the jazz band they were great. We took my mom to Cafe 290 for her birthday wrong thing to do. When you have not eaten dinner. Eat before you go there and it would not be a bad idea to go ahead and get your drink on before you go in the door.LOL Their prices are crazy. But you will love the jazz band.
Great Music But Don't Expect Much Else – The best part about Cafe290 is the music. If you are going for any other reason, then stay home. This place has some of the best live music in Atlanta. You even have some mid-level and superstar artisit that may drop in from time to time. The place is really two clubs in one. Both sides are old and run down. To the right is a old sports bar with a few pool tables. No charge to go in that area. The bar side, where the music is has a $10 cover. Seating is VERY limited so get there early unless you have a dinner reservation. The food is nothing to write home about and very pricy but again, you are not going for the food. The well drinks are very pricy as well so budget accordingly. If you want to sit at the few seats that are available, go early in the evening. This place is highly recommended for the music and relaxed atmospher. Don't expect much else and you will have a good time.
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