Saturday night, Debbie and I went to a Meetup held at Jazzbah, a relatively new
restaurant / club with live music. Approximately 20 people in our group attended
and some were pleased while some weren’t. Here’s my take..
The club layout and decor is sorta 90s East Coast-ish semi-casual upscale (my wife’s
comment) with bar seating, 4 person tables of normal and elevated height and a
lounge area with leather sofas arranged near one corner of the stage and down the
exterior wall. Probably about 80-90 people can be squeezed in.
The jazz band Entourage (*EXCELLENT*) was playing so Jazzbah was packed and a
few service cracks began to show. The bar was slow getting drinks and even water
to the tables and at our table, one drink was sent back as being almost all ice
despite the diner’s request for very little ice. The amount of ice was so excessive
that it would have been impossible to have gotten a normal drink volume in the glass
so our friend was not being overly picky.
The waiter apologized and immediately took the drink back so score one for having
professional table service. The problem shouldn’t have occurred, but once it did,
the customer’s complaint was taken seriously and resolved.
My fontina cheese appetizer was excellent (Debbie did not have one) and both our
entrees were very good; Debbie had the roasted chicken and I had the pan seared pork.
My portion size was more than adequate and the sides nicely complemented the pork.
Jazzbah is pricey.. period… end of discussion. Entrees start in the mid-20s so bring the
card with the high limit… Without the entertainment, I would say it was overpriced,
but first rate jazz bands don’t play for drinks and overall the combination of meal and
entertainment was reasonably priced.
A couple others who were there apparently did not get as good a service as we did and
Jazzbah did seem to be slightly understaffed so I’d have to give it a somewhat qualified
recommendation. The bones are good, but needs some improvement. An extra waiter
and a barback to assist the bartender might be all that is required to iron out the kinks
The same group I was with had brunch there about a month ago and really liked it so I
think Jazzbah has lots of potential and an excellent chance of achieving it with a bit more
effort. We’ll go back, but not on a regular basis cuz I just can’t cover $100+ dinner tabs as
often as I’d like to pretend I can.