290 Hilderbrand Dr NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032833.922942 -84.378693
Daily, 6:30pm - 2am
$$$ = crazy – After perusing so many wonderful establishments and in Atlanta, I remembered a sweet ole' spot and decided to come back on a Sunday night. I was looking forward to enjoying the cool jazz and light atmosphere I was so reminiscent of. My babe and I put on some duds and enjoyed a leisurely ride with the top down to Hilderbrand Rd: Cafe 290 We entered to find a $10 cover, no problem, the entertainment is well worth it. We ordered cocktails, $8.50 a piece, whoa! at Cafe 290? hmmm, ok. We ordered a light bite, an appetizer priced at $7.99. We received three, yes, just three, [old fish] fragrant crab filled mushrooms caps. We sent those back. Our waitress suggested their stuffed shrimp, we said fine. She returned to us with shrimp cocktail. By this point we agreed, close enough. Our bill arrived. You do the math: two drinks each and one appetizer, about 42 bucks right? Wrong! It came to $51 and change. Our waitress did not bring an itemized bill at first either, only when we asked. It was then that she explained that on Sunday night an 18% gratuity is automatically added to your bill. She added that the gratuity was not mandatory. But again, do the math: $42 + 18% is $49.56. She actually allowed herself a 22% tip. So, that was our night. $$$ = craziness. Not quite the way I remembered it to be .... You be the judge.
Great Jazz - Nice Vibe - Not Pretentious – Just tried this spot out for the first time this past weekend....went on a Friday night. The most awesome sax was being played by a guy that I have never heard of. Still do not know who he was...
The band was hot. There was a girl that was a beast on an electric violin - her fingers were smokin'...I was mesmerized. I will def be back.
The place is kinda old, not very contempo - relaxed atmosphere.
Not pretentious - come as you are, if you over dress you will be sorry.
Drinks are nice and strong...good spot for couples and dates.
You'll forget about the lackluster decor once the sprightly jazz takes over. – The Scene
One half run-down sports bar with billiards and a battered foosball table, one half dingy jazz lounge with some of the best live acts in town: Cafe 290 opened in 1981, and the decor looks like it hasn't been touched since. For the steadfast crowd that frequents this wood-paneled shanty, that's its appeal: unpretentious, friendly, and totally focused on providing top-notch music.
The crowd is racially diverse and most have hit 30 or 40. You'll find lots of couples and very few pickup lines. With live jazz 365 days a year, you never know what you'll get. It could be a man with a drum machine, could be Peabo Bryson (yes, he's played here before). The seafood- and steak-heavy menu is impressive for a jazz club/sports bar, but it's not five-star. The real virtue is the free-pouring bar.
Great Jazz!!! – I Have been here numerous times and I always have a good time! You have to get there early if you want to get a seat, but the music is great! Order the wings if you want a bite to eat and a glass of wine and just sit back enjoy the music. You will not be dissapointed!!! The band always tries to get some crowd participation which just makes it more fun.
fun at a price – we loved the jazz and the atmosphere. we arrived at 12:30am and after a cover charge of $10, we were expected to order an entree or move from the table even though were wanted appetizers and drinks. After complaining the the maitre de, we were allowed to stay by paying $20.00 for sitting at the table. (we had two tables) After all was said and done we stayed until closing wishing we had arrived earlier.
Real Mature – This joint was nice, especially since people were acting thier age. This is third club in the ATL i visited so far and I love it. Nice music and plenty of goodlooking women.
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