About Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill
Located in the middle of Philadelphia's charming Chestnut Hill neighborhood, Paris Bistro has made quite a splash since it opened in late January 2014. The setting and food are authentic bistro - the crowd is lively and the menu is reminiscent of the many bistros that dot Paris' arrondissement. Downstairs, the jazz cafe features the area's best talent playing a mixture of standards, Great American Songbook classics and music from the Jazz Era of the early 1900's. Make an evening of it with reservations for dinner upstairs and a jazz set after (seating in the cafe is on a first-come, first-seated basis).
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday 5:00-10:00PM
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00-11:00PM
Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30AM-2:00PM
Sunday Brunch 10:30AM-2:00PM
Happy Hour Monday -Friday 4:00Pm-6:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz Thursday through Sunday evenings.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Open 6:00- Close 12:00 Midnight
Set times 7:00, 8:30 &10:00 PM
Open Sunday 5:00-11:00 PM
Set times 6:00, 7:30 & 9:00 PM
$5 entertainment charge (unless otherwise noted)
No reservations - first-come, first-seated in the cafe
Complimentary parking provided in Chestnut Hill Hotel parking lot (access on Southampton Avenue).
Additional metered street parking available on Germantown Avenue and side streets.
SEPTA Route 23 Bus
SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut East or Chestnut Hill West lines
Chef Al Paris
Private Party Facilities:
Paris Bistro will transport you to another time and place with its 1920s style decor and authentic French bistro fare. Parties of 20-70 can be accommodated for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. Live jazz is an option for those who wish to add that extra something to their private gathering.
Private Party Contact:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
3 Course Regional French Prix Fixe Menu Available Wednesday Nights $25
3 Course Prix Fixe Sunday Brunch $24.95
Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews
Good brunch on a beautiful Sunday in Che ...
Good brunch on a beautiful Sunday in Chestnut Hill. We sat outside and enjoyed the food and attentive service. My Tuna was cooked as I ordered it and my husband enjoyed his crepe with eggs, pork belly and veggies. Staff was friendly and made our first visit a good experience. We will be back on a weekend when we can enjoy the music.
We sat outside on front porch on a beaut ...
We sat outside on front porch on a beautiful evening. The waitress was friendly and service was great. We each had a cocktail - specialty martini was awesome. We split the dinner salad and I had steak frites and my wife had the crab cakes. Fabulous food. No room for dessert.
Only complaint is that we were rushed. Could have taken time between salad and main course. Should slow it down to enjoy the food and ambience.
Will go back to listen to jazz in the club downstairs.
Our 5th time here and it didn't disappoi ...
Our 5th time here and it didn't disappoint. We brought close friends for a celebration. Everyone was delighted with their choices--salmon, crab cakes, and steak. We shared an almond cake for dessert and it was scrumptious. This place can get noisy when it's full--but we were part of an early crowd at 6pm on a Friday night and it was busy, but not overly noisy so we could enjoy conversation across the table. This has become a favorite for a special dining experience in our neighborhood. Would even be worth the trip from further away.
After speaking with the manager last wee ...
After speaking with the manager last week in reference to the changes in the brunch menu, she recommended mentioning our request in the comments of our reservation; we did this with 5 days notice and was not able to get choc. mousse, we thought 5 days notice would be enough. We were told there was none left over from the night before, however if they were put on the side for us for the following day, that may be a good idea. Your manager investigated our Open Table activity as 13, that does not include the number of non-reservations made and phone call reservations, we are there almost every Sunday, so one would think with enough notice to put a special request item on the side for a repeat customer is not a problem.
As much like a Lyonnaise bouchon as anyo ...
As much like a Lyonnaise bouchon as anyone could find around here - I just wish I had known about the Rhone theme back in June. Service started out a little slow, but picked up later and the good-natured friendliness of our server made up for the initial hiccup.
Over all the place was very nice. But on ...
Over all the place was very nice. But one serious thing blew the experience for me. I travel to France frequently and one thing that can not be missed is the bread. The bread was not up to the level it could be, not even at all enjoyable. The Croissants seamed like there were something I could get at the grocery store, not a genuine French product. The baguette was not right either. A beautiful french croissant full size buttery flaky at least as good as I can get at the chain store au bon pain would be sufficient. It could be only the menu ala carte . But get a real french pastry chef to create something real would be just what the atomsphere deserves. Really people could be coming just for the bread. SO many wonderful bakers in Philly these products could be brought in . A typical french breakfast of bread and coffee ? Other cuisine was very good.
Our waiter Alexis was very charming & at ...
Our waiter Alexis was very charming & attentive. He certainly couldn't have done any more to make our dining experience more pleasant. All of the other service staff were very friendly. Our entres were delicious, except that the duck was served extremely rare which made it quite chewy. The chef even made an appearance in the dining room to chat with dinner guests. Overall a nice evening out in Chestnut hill.
Food was excellent, unfortunately my cra ...
Food was excellent, unfortunately my crab dinner was not hot or even warm. My friend's duck dish was very hot. I certainly would have enjoyed my dinner more had it been a better temperature. Didn't want to say anything to our waitress, didn't want to spoil our evening out.
Chef Al Paris' food is outstanding. The ...
Chef Al Paris' food is outstanding. The last time we went it for for le buck a shuck which is an excellent value. The only issue I have with Paris Cafe is that the device is uneven, in our last three visits the service has ranged from poor to excellent to OK. I'm hoping that they get the control of this issue so that I can keep enjoying the great neighborhood gem and Chef Al's fox.
Met a friend for brunch. It looked nice ...
Met a friend for brunch. It looked nice outside but it was quite warm and we opted to sit inside the pretty dining room. There was a guitarist playing. The server was warm and friendly and we told her we were having a bit of a reunion and may take a while. We got our drinks quickly and ordered a bit later. Food arrived nicely prepared. The server was attentive without hovering. The inside dining area was not crowded, but I believe there were several diners outside. We ended up being there for 3 hours and never once felt rushed or as if they wanted us to leave. The check did not appear until it was clear we were ready to leave. I would most definitely go to Paris Bistro again, and I'd like to try dinner. Good experience.
Our First visit...waited awhile for firs ...
Our First visit...waited awhile for first drink at upstairs bar..when finally received .glass smelled dirty ..like dirty dishwater....so bartender redid drink for me and kindly apologized .. dinner was very good had oysters and escargot dish over pasta .. waitress and service and food delicious at table restaurant could use a little cosmetic upgrading but loved the French feel ..we never were told by any staff to go enjoy music downstairs after but we knew to check out from friend who dines there so glad we did...listened to great jazz group...fun end to evening however also took long time to get a drink downstairs something about computer being a problem all in all was fun different night like to return for more french cooking and jazz
We had a wonderful meal at the Paris Bis ...
We had a wonderful meal at the Paris Bistro. There were plenty of selections to choose from and we both enjoyed our entrees and our main courses. We did not leave enough room to try dessert, but the selections were intriguing. We cannot wait to go back.
We had a wonderful meal at Paris Bistro ...
We had a wonderful meal at Paris Bistro on my birthday. Our party of eight were thrilled with the food and the atmosphere. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job taking care of us all.
We are already planning our next trip to Chestnut Hill and it will definitely include a trip to Paris Bistro.
Spentalmost3 hours calling just gota res ...
Spentalmost3 hours calling just gota reservation. No live personnel answered phone. Re-directed(via voicemail)to reserve vis Paris Bistro website. Website not working properly. Going forward, while diningwe requestedto speak to the Manager ( female). I explainedall the inconvenience of the need for it to take almost 3 hrs to SIMPLY make a dinner reservation. Manager was PATRONIZING which we didn't appreciate... Further, therr was never an offer or gesture of discounting our meal.....norANY offer whatsoever. We will not be returning.
Chestnut Hill needs adult restaurants, a ...
Chestnut Hill needs adult restaurants, and this is one of the few. The service can be a bit spotty. It was much better this time than the last time I went when the server disappeared at lunch. It I a genuine bistro, and a good place to eat.
On a Wednesday evening the place was cro ...
On a Wednesday evening the place was crowded and extremely noisy. The food was quite good and portions were ample. Our waiter was apparently still in training and/or had been assigned to too many tables; we had to ask for bread after receiving our first glass of wine. After the initial pour, our bottle of wine was taken to a back room (too crowded for tableside wine buckets), so we later asked that it be left on our table so we could pour at our own pace. The decor was apparently designed to reflect rather than absorb noise, and the choice and loudness of music was annoying.
Service was attentive without being intr ...
Service was attentive without being intrusive, allowing us to visit over an excellent meal without feeling pressured or guilty of lingering. Handsome room and good food -- and news of jazz nights -- will entice us again.
We had planned to eat indoors, which I h ...
We had planned to eat indoors, which I have done there in the past satisfactorily, but the weird music on the main level combined with other normal restaurant sounds rendered the interior unbearable and we opted to eat outside. Food good.
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