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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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:
Lauren: (215) 242-6200
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
Paris Bistro is a place to have a bit of La Belle France when the spirit moves. Wait staff is friendly, food is both delicious and comforting, and what a nice gesture to allow BYOB on Sunday! This visit was an early dinner after a spring afternoon at Morris Arboretum; we have also dined there before a concert at The Kimmel Center. To the point, Paris Bistro pairs with experience, romance, or a night our with friends. We are lucky to have such a place in Germantown-Chestnut Hill!
Excellent restaurant in Chestnut Hill. I loved the decor and dining room seating arrangements and felt very comfortable. However, half way thru our meal the dining room was completing full, and thus if became very noisy and made it difficult to hear my dinner partners' conversations.
There were 4 of us for dinner, and everyone one raved about our meal. In fact, my niece had the fish entree and wanted to some of it home with her, but when I noticed she was finishing her meal I said to her "I thought you wanted to take some of it back home". She responded "I do, but it so delicious I can't stop eating it!"
I love the atmosphere and look of Paris Bistro--a lively French middle-level restaurant, with a good wine selection and good cocktails. The trick is that the food can be uneven--from mediocre to very good. We hit mediocre last week on one of their Wednesday specials, this one featuring Loire valley wine and food. The appetizer was great--a kind of pate made from shredded pork looking like a pate, with toast and a nice apricot and vinegar side sauce. But the main dish of trout over lentils and beets was way off the mark. The lentils were saturated in lemon juice and so sour as to be almost inedible. Both of us left most of ours. The fish itself was plentiful (good) but quite ordinary and a little overcooked. Edible but not really delicious. The golden beets were ok but nothing to write home about, and I thought they were an odd pairing with the other two ingredients. Dessert was a deconstructed affair of slightly poached pears, walnuts, and a kind of cream cheese. It's not really pear season, and that made a difference for the worse, although the sweet sauce was good. The cheese was blah and the walnuts a kind of afterthought.
I thought they were offering a flight of Loire valley wines (which can be great and less expensive than better known ones), but they just had regular glasses on sale (albeit from the Loire valley), one a chardonnay, one a pinot noir. They were ok, if expensive at 10 bucks a glass.
All in all it was fun to be there but disappointing in the quality of the food. We expect better from French cooking!
Overall, the food was very good. My husband got the mushroom tartlet. The sauce was wonderfully delicious, but the tartlet shell was hard and had no taste, like something you would buy frozen at Costco. I enjoyed the duck cassoulet, but we have had much better. Cooking the duck in the white bean mixture would have given it more flavor, and the beans were mushy.
We have been to Paris several times and the food is good and the Wednesday fixed menu is great. Surprisingly the service was lacking and slow and some of the dishes came cold and had to be returned. To their credit the manager removed the cost of one of the dishes. Good overall with a few glitches this time.
Overall, Paris Bistro is a great restaurant with great food and we will definitely return. I also recommend this restaurant.
I gave low scores to Food and Value for this visit for the following reasons.
My wife ordered the crab galettes, and they were well cooked and very tasty, however were served very lukewarm. Not sure if they sat waiting for my dish to be ready, but they were definitely not up to serving temperature. I'm sure this was an anomaly and not indicative of the quality of food overall. I had the cassoulet and it was amazing (and piping hot.)
For value, I give a low score because of the price. At $161 for dinner (not including tip,) I feel this restaurant is overpriced. It's definitely a restaurant that commands a premium price, but my wife and I often eat in Philly at restaurants of this class, but at a lower price point. Usually around $12-130 for two. We also had drinks at the Jazz club downstairs after dinner and the total for four drinks was $62 (not including tip.)
Again, definitely recommend this restaurant, just know ahead of time that it's high priced.
Paris Bistro continues to be wonderful. When you walk in, you feel like you have just walked into Paris, France. The food is terrific and the ambience is lovely. The steak frites were perfect as were the rest of our dishes. Our favorite dish this time was the mushroom tartlet. It was so good we ordered another!
After reading the reviews we were all looking forward to dinner. What a disappointment! Mushroom appetizer would have served better as a soup. The tart was swimming in a rich mushroom "soup" but since no spoon was given it wasn't soup. One person got crab galette and she didn't even finish them because they had no taste. The supposed flat iron steak was not a flat iron steak. The trout was nothing great. Passable but nothing special. The only saving point was the escargot and mushroom appetizer. That was very good. Skip going here!
Paris Bistro has a great atmosphere and is an ideal local choice in Chestnut Hill. Service needs to be more professional, at least on my last dinner there. Most of the time the service has been fine, but we ordered wine by the glass which didn't come for about 25 min after the appetizers in fact, and the wine level per glass was pretty skimpy. Then the waiter cleared one of our wines with wine still left. Given that I live in Chestnut Hill I will certainly go back but it was a little disappointing last time.
For reasons I don't understand the service keeps getting worse over time at Paris Bistro. My husband and I like the food, and the atmosphere is fine, but the service is slow. Not leisurely but slow. 20+ minutes to get that first glass of wine. 30+ minutes to get bread and order food. Your 2nd glass of wine arriving after you've already eaten half your entree. We go to Paris Bistro about once per month - because we like the food and the choice of restaurants is pretty limited in northwest Philadelphia - but gosh if isn't a frustrating experience overall.
The food and service was amazing...just would've been nice to have the words (Calf's Trak) in parenthesis on the menu next to the description..."Sweet bread".
My friend and I are still in shock that we ate it, and although the salad was a hit...I would never order it again with the so called "Sweet bread" on top.
My wife and I shared the liver pate appetizer. For our entrees, she had the seafood crepe and I had the duck papperdelle. All were very good. Our guest is a vegetarian, but she will eat white fish. The only entree on the menu that appealed to her was the trout dish which she ordered. Unfortunately, the restaurant ran out of trout after she placed her order. She did not like the vegetables in the vegetarian entree on the menu. Therefore, she was forced to order the beet salad and an order of green beans (not much of a meal). We did go on Sunday BYOW night which is a plus.
Paris Bistro was extremely busy on Sunday evening. It was amazing to witness how the staff pulled together to attend to the diners and assure everyone was served in a timely manner. The professionalism and courtesy of the staff was outstanding! KUDOS for a job well done!
Our party of 4 ordered 2 drinks apiece. I gave both of my cocktails away because I couldn't reconcile their taste versus their descriptions. The old fashioned was watered down, so we made sure to order the rest straight.
We ordered 3 bourginons and one pork (I think) Saturday special. The bourginon was decent. We decided for meat that had been cooked for 6 hours, there wasn't a depth of flavor or a complexity that we've had in the same dish at other restaurants. It wasn't bad at all, just not the greatest.
Given the drinks and food though, I wouldn't recommend this to others. The value was missing.
Wait staff was amazing. Incredibly attentive.
My wife and I both had the Eat France special (April / "Paris"). At $25 pp for 3 courses it is more affordable than the a la carte menu, but there are no substitutions.
The sweetbread salad with toasted walnuts was a big hit with both of us. The portion of sweet bread on top was quite small and batter fried, so only a faint taste. Arctic char is an interesting cross between salmon and trout- a fairly delicate fish made more interesting by the lemon olive dressing. It would have been nice if they had thrown in a little rice or potatoes with the entree, but at least our waiter obligingly refilled the bread basket. The hazelnut chocolate crepe cake with banana chantilly was quite tasty but extremely rich and sweet. In might have comprised half the calories of the whole meal. In retrospect we wish we had asked for one to go as we both felt a little ill after eating an entire portion each.
The house white is a chardonnay by the glass is fairly heavy and oaky. The muscadet was typically light and citrusy. We enjoyed both, but the muscadet probably went better with the entree.
Brunch on Easter was fantastic. Had the omelet Parisienne, which was both light and filling. Very fresh flavors. Food, ambience, service, drinks were all outstanding, as is always my experience at Paris Bistro. Can sometimes get a bit noisy, so ask for a table in the back corners if possible.
Great dinner but service was slow because the weather was so beautiful they had a lot of outdoor diners but not enough staff. It was 15-20 minutes before we even got water or a drink order taken, after we hailed waitstaff. But, in fairness, once we were noticed, things went smoothly and it was an enjoyable and delicious dinner. We had a reservation but other than getting a table when we arrived we had to sit and wait. All's well that ends well, and it did.
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