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. Classics like cassoulet, coq au vin, steak frites and escargot are joined by more modern bistro fare like a beet and goat cheese salad and mustard-herb crusted salmon. Classic cocktails and signature "bistro cocktails" include La Bardot and Le Martini de Triomphe. The 85 bottle wine list covers all the major wine producing areas of France at very reasonable prices. And what would the bistro experience be without classic chocolate mousse and creme brûlée? All are served with a genuine warmth and true hospitality. Downstairs live Jazz plays Thursday through Sunday evenings with reservations available through the Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe Open Table page.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday 5:00-10:00PM
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00-11:00PM
Sunday Brunch 10:30AM-2:00PM
Happy Hour Monday -Friday 4:00PM-6:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe offers live Jazz Thursday through Sunday evenings.
The room opens nightly at 5:00PM. Reservations can be made online through our Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe Open Table page or by calling 215.242.6200.
$5-$15 entertainment charge (unless otherwise noted)
Please call for information about our off-site catering company Bon Vivant.
Complimentary parking provided in Chestnut Hill Hotel parking lot (access on Southampton Avenue).
Additional metered street parking available on Germantown Avenue and side streets.
Pay parking available at CHBD area parking facilities within 1-2 blocks of our restaurant.
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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monday Night $1 Oysters "Le Buck a Shuck"
3 Course Regional French Prix Fixe Menu Available Wednesday Nights $32
Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews
Our table was ready upon our arrival. T ...
Our table was ready upon our arrival. The wine was wonderful. Our waiter was a great combination of friendly and professional. And our food - start to finish - was fantastic. The atmosphere was exactly as we had hoped it would be: casually elegant.
We felt very welcome and comfortable. We will, no doubt, be returning in the next month or two.
This was my third time at Paris...I cann ...
This was my third time at Paris...I cannot say enough about the service and friendly staff, my daughter and beau were in from London and as recent Chestnut Hill residents we knew that if we took them to this establishment all would be well...it was. I have not had a bad meal yet....the staff is attentive without being overbearing and the clientele is diverse. It may say Paris but it reflects the best of America!
Really a special place. The food was ver ...
Really a special place. The food was very very good. Probably the best French onion soup in the city (I know. But really). Coq au vin was also really good. Ken (Manager? Host? Not sure of his job) is the nicest person in the whole world and my new friend.
We went to Paris Bistro for a date night ...
We went to Paris Bistro for a date night. Our server was great, very friendly and tried to give as much information about the preparation of the food we were interested in ordering. All the food was amazing. It was like eating at a little bistro in Paris! My husband had the duck and I had the crab cakes. Everything was delicious!
After dinner our server suggested she escort us downstairs to have dessert at the Jazz Bar. It was a totally different atmosphere, but a great spot to listen to some live music, have a glass of wine and dessert. We had a great night!
Brunch at the Paris Bistro was quite enj ...
Brunch at the Paris Bistro was quite enjoyable. The brunch menu was small and had several thoughtfully composed entrees. We enjoyed the salmon and noodle dish quite a bit! The amount of crab meat with the crab and avocado was very generous. We loved the bread pudding. The service was wonderful. Our waiter did not rush us when they were out of blueberry beignets he offered us three mini chocolate croissants. I would definitely come back!
The service was friendly both times I ha ...
The service was friendly both times I have eaten at this location. Both meals were delicious. Having just moved from Center City Philadelphia we have been looking for a lively restaurant with good food. This is a great spot.
We arrived for our 6:30 reservation, and ...
We arrived for our 6:30 reservation, and the Bistro was less than 1/2 full. As time passed, and other patrons arrived, I thought it was odd that I could distinctly hear conversations several tables away, while I had difficulty hearing my wife directly across from me. By the time we finished our meal, I had a headache and couldn't wait to leave, the noise was so intense.
The acoustics are terrible in the Paris Bistro, without a doubt. It's a shame, because the food was pretty good, and the service was prompt and gracious. I would have enjoyed the experience if it weren't for the din.
This is one of our favorite local places ...
This is one of our favorite local places and never disappoints. We went on an unseasonably warm late fall day hoping to dine outside, but they had taken down the umbrellas already and weren't serving outdoors so they seated us in a window seat in front off of the bar. It was a lovely quiet space and we had a nice breeze from an open window. The food was delicious as usual. We had happy hour cocktails and wine with dinner. Lobster bisque, beet salad, trout, filet, cauliflower au gratin. We had the dessert special.
Went for dinner during the week and had ...
Went for dinner during the week and had a nice time though service was a little hovery at times. We ordered a bottle of wine and it wasn't poured until our appetizers were served which was odd and then we had to wait to enjoy our food until the server was finished fussing with the wine. Finally, while the food was very tasty the sheer amount of raw, diced garlic was completely overwhelming.
You will feel you are in a Paris bistro ...
You will feel you are in a Paris bistro here. The ambience is authentic, and the food well prepared and served by friendly, helpful staff. We've eaten here several times and enjoy the experience each time. We will be back.
I was a bit disappointed with the food. ...
I was a bit disappointed with the food. We ordered some classic French dishes, which were clearly prepared "with a twist" that was not always successful. My husband ordered escargot and saved some bread for dipping. Instead of the typical presentation, the escargot were on a plate with a mound of pasta which sopped up all the juices. A bit weird to have pasta at a French restaurant, but it tasted OK. I ordered steak frites, expecting the usual very thin cut potatoes. Instead, there were pretty standard fries, that were extremely salty. The steak was just OK, not very juicy, but cooked to medium rare. My husband had a seafood dish with salmon and shrimp, and had no complaint. He ordered a dessert special, a brie tart, that looked appealing. I ordered crepe suzette, and received crepes on a cold plate that were filled with a pastry cream, topped with a cold sauce, and a few strawberries. Because the plate was so cold (for a dish traditionally served flambéed), I assume the crepes were prepared ahead of time, brought out from the frig and just topped with a cold sauce. The texture was a bit off from the temperature. A gentleman at the next table ordered the same thing, and brought these deficiencies to the attention of the waitress. The wine by the glass was a little overpriced, I might return for brunch sometime, but probably not for dinner.
This was our second visit. Both have be ...
This was our second visit. Both have been after a concert, and both were pleasant dates for this old married couple. The room is a little noisy, but that and the space between tables keep your conversation private.
Excellent service with very friendly sta ...
Excellent service with very friendly staff. Good recommendations on what to order. Food came quickly and was delicious. Wonderful presentation. Price is reasonable. We ate outside and were checked in on regularly by our wonderful waitress.
The food was cooked perfectly. The sauce ...
The food was cooked perfectly. The sauces were amazing. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Thoroughly, an enjoyable experience for a married couple who are quite capable in the kitchen. We were schooled. In a good way.
Brought center city out to the wilds of ...
Brought center city out to the wilds of Chestnut Hill and had dinner at Paris. They loved the food. Thought the crab cakes were the best they have eaten. Presentation terrific, very attentive service. Ambiance awfully pleasant. They said they would return without us. Good recommendation.
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