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: St. Charles/ Greenwood, Northeast, Northeast
No Java In My Cup!? – As an avid weekend breakfast guru, I felt compelled to write my first review after the most disappointing brunch ever. We were seated right away and the food came quickly, but thats all the good I can say. We never saw our waitress after placing the order. Our coffee cups were empty before the food came and were never refilled, which is completely unacceptable for a joint named after its brew. And as for the food, it's just sub standard for the price. You think they could put some of the money they save on not taking plastic and charging for the atm towards fresh tomatoes. The canned ones in my garden scramble ruined the whole dish. And I thought I made the wrong side option choice when tasting the grits, but the half cooked home fries on my boyfriends plate proved me wrong. And how about the lack of ham in Western omelet (one of the very few dishes on the limited menu that is actually supposed to come with meat)! J Christopher's a few doors down wins the prize for that area hands down.
No credit cards – This place doesn't accept plastic. Honestly, I don't understand what all the rave is about with this place. I much prefer J. Christophers.
Great Food - Needs better management – The food and service at Java Jive are AWESOME!!! The service staff at this place are super nice and always keep your cup full.
However, they could use some better management. Fore example: J. Christopher is right next door and they open almost 2 hours earlier than Java Jive (Dude, you're loosing customers!). Also, the tables are layed out poorly and theres tons of old appliances wasting space - reallocate the space (more paying customers = more money ... DUHH!). The only other issue I have with this place is there's no one to deal with all the unrulley children running around the palce on saturday and sunday mornings - their parents aren't going to do it.
This is place is great! – If you want a truly unique experience go to Java Jive. The BEST breakfast in Atlanta and I should know because I've tried them all. Steven is a great chef. Shara is a great hostess. They are REAL people. They do not dress up in uniforms and play the disneyland game. Their prices are competitive to the chains all around them and they play the best music. If you're looking for the familiar skip it. If you're looking for something orginal, cooked on the spot(nothing freeze dried here) wih unique items some of the chains have stolen but come nowhere close to duplicating- this is the spot. On the weekends, get their early!
REALLY BAD! – Me and my gf went there on a weekend - told we had to wait 20 mins, which turned into 1 hr!! Before giving us a table, they set up a table for a group of 4 that came in long after us. Staff is rude, menu limited, food is of small portion, and very pricey! Food also just average tasting and definetely not worth the wait! All of their operations are done very inefficiently which is reflected in the low quality service to the customer! We don't really understand what is so great about this place! If people want to wait 1hr and spend alot of money for mediocre food, bad service and some so called "nice decor", then go ahead!
The only thing better than the food is the service! – When I walked in I thought the '50s decor was cute... holy mother of god! When I sat down at the table, the decor was outshined by the cute waitstaff!
Looks aside, the coffee here is absolutely unrivaled. I love breakfast, but nothing ruins it faster than a sh***y cup of coffee. JJ does not disappoint! I ordered "PB&J goes to france." It's a PB&J sammy dipped in french toast batter and cooked on the griddle. It was a little slice of heaven! The server was super sweet - I kept slamming back the coffee to get her to come back around and the resulting caffiene buzz sent me to the moon and back.
Synopsis: the coffee is kickin', the breakfast is bangin', and the service is super-dee-dooper
Satisfying experience ....... – Excellent food. Courteous and fun wait staff. Sunday AM is crazy, Saturday AM less so. Biscuits are incredible. One nit pick; guests are required to pay for coffee while waiting for a table. Concerning available tables, about 1/4 of the available floor space is taken up by a variety of retro stoves. Just doesn't make sense!
ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!!! (WONDERUL FOOD) – I felt the need to respond to the idiot woman and her gabbing girlfriends in the review below. If you have ever been to Java Jive on a saturday then you know how crowded it gets. The fact that management asked them to give the table up (aka take your suv's back to the highlands) shows exactly how much they do care about their regular customers. You are not at a starbucks, you are at an extremely busy eatery. Aside from that, i highly reccomend the bacon and cheese omlette. The biscuits are wonderful as well and the specials are not to be missed.
Large Groups Not Welcome Here – I brought a large group of women (6) for breakfast and was asked to leave after we completed our meal because other people wanted to be seated. Little did they know we were more than prepared to order after breakfast coffee drinks, and a few more entree's for our hungry husbands, at home. When I explained this to management they unapologiticly explained how Sat. mornings were there bread and butter. It's so unfortunate that they did not view reoccuring customer's as their bread and butter. If it were possible I would rate this NEGATIVE 5 stars. This experienc was terribly embarrassed. The people next door at J. Christopher's are A LOT NICER AND MORE ACCOMODATING TO LARGE PARTIES!
Pricey and long wait on weekends, great pancakes compensate – Kitschy diner food priced above average, limited menu with long waits and slow service on weekends. Pricey for the venue and long waits leave a lot to be desired. Luckily the wheat germ pancakes with cinnamon butter saved the day. Stay clear of the tasteless potatoes. Biscuits are crumbly on the outside and doughy on the inside. As service is slow it would be nice if there was someone who'd make the rounds and refill the coffee cups. Crowd is eclectic, mostly lower midtown-5 points types. Because of the value, long wait and slow service, probably won't be coming back any time soon as there are too many other breakfast joints to try.....J Christopher next door?...yet to be reviewed. Parking in rear.
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