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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
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Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews
A nice, cozy restaurant with a good selection of French wines and dishes. Everything we ordered was well prepared and tasty. French onion soup was great and mussels were terrific! We also enjoyed seafood appetizers: very fresh and light. Overall very quiet, romantic scene. Great for a date night or a romantic dinner.
I went to Paris Bistro for Sunday brunch with my partner and two friends. We were Germantown and wanted a brunch place nearby. I remember hearing that the Bynum Brothers' (South Kitchen, Warmdaddy's) place in Chestnut Hill was good, French, and had live music. We weren't disappointed (except for the music-- it was one guy playing Christmas carols on repeat). We started with the smoked salmon (5 out of 5) and crab & avocado (5 out of 5) terrines and then we had the pumpkin french toast (3 out of 5), the full french (4 out of 5), the norwegian eggs benedict (4 out of 5), and the croque madame (4 out of 5). The meal was good. I'd recommend it to a friend or group for brunch again for sure.
The staff seemed to be running all over the place. My escargot(appetizer) arrived at the exact same time my entree arrived, our friends portion of salmon was on the smallish side.
The burger was very good, arrived as I ordered it...rare and with the additions that I wanted. Had to wait quite a while for some other items.
We were disappointed this time. The seafood crepe already was unavailable (our reservation was at 6:30), and neither of the beers we ordered were available either. And despite several patrons' comments (ours and friend's) over several months, nothing has been done to improve the baguettes, which are served cold and which are tough, not crisp. Paris Bistro has been our favorite for years, and we hope this isn't an indication that it's going downhill.
We recently dined here for brunch before a show and found that Paris did not disappoint. We started with the tartines - the three of us split all four and they were delicious. Each one was prepared with unique combinations (including the pate with the pickled shallots) and each was better than the last. I had the Croque Madam and it was light and delicious. I also tried the Norwegian Eggs Benedict which had some heat and was also delicious. The French Press was strong bu t delicious. We are looking forward dining at Paris again!
This is a great find in Chestnut Hill, and the live music downstairs is great! You can also sit down there to dine if you'd like, and they have dining at the bar as well. Our food was very good, came quickly, not too expensive, and they catered to my dietary restrictions. We'll be back!
I have recommended Paris to many and would continue to do so. The food is good, reasonably priced and the service is efficient, amicable and professional. We like the décor. It is an adult dining experience with a Paris bistro feel.
Thank you Al Paris for being there.
The Paris Bistro Cafe was everything I hoped for and more! It has a very authentic vibe of a Paris Jazz Bar. The top floor has a vintage feel and the bottom is a traditional style jazz cafe. The musicians were outstanding. The only drawback is a pole which slightly blocks the view. The food was phenomenal with lots of flavor representative of top French cuisine.
I was there to celebrate my friend's birthday as well as mine.
The waiters were extremely friendly.
The appetizers were all delicious.
My entrée, the trout, was the best I ever had.
We were all surprised when the waiter brought out "little birthday cakes" for me and my friend.
Overall fabulous experience.
We both had ratatouille crepes. Hey we're lukewarm and had to be sent back for warning . Water for hot tea also lukewarm . Our server Katherine was very accommodating and actually comped one of the lunches . Dark Chocolate Terrine was delicious and creamy . I would go back again.
Food, service, decor, comfortable seating, all good. The noise level though is not good. My friend did not realize that a guitarist had been playing until a lot of people had left. I only knew he there was because I saw him. He was very good but if the overall noise level drowns the music, it is not fair to the musician. But I will not turn down a chance to go for another meal. It is one of my favorite restaurants. I just wish they could fix the noise level.
We had an 11 o'clock reservation for a party of six. We were seated immediately, but then waited about 15 minutes to order drinks. We ordered waters for the table, two people were able to order coffee, and then the server took off again. Two coffees came, and then 4 more coffee orders went in. No additional cream or sugar was brought to the table, which we had to ask for twice.
An additional 20 minutes passed before we were able to order our entrees.
A few concerns with entree / side items:
- the "Full French," is advertised with two eggs, was only served with one, and when questioned, we were told it was a typo on the menu - but they would bring a second egg if the diner really wanted when. As it turns out, they did want what they had ordered... 15 minutes later, a new egg appeared.
- the "side" of bacon is served with only two pieces of bacon, small pieces, for $4 and it was also served room temperature
- coffee refills were only provided when we were able to flag down a server, and even then, sometimes the coffee was cold
We had indicated we had two gluten free diners in our party, but there were no gluten free menus provided. When we asked the server, they were unprepared to discuss gluten free options, had to check with the kitchen, then get back to us.
There was no soap in the women's restroom either times we entered, despite telling two front of house staff members about the lack of soap over the course of the 90 minutes we were inside.
Upon finishing our meal, we had the frites from the Breakfast Burger boxed up. They were completely untouched by the diner. When we returned home, it was realized that only half of the frites were boxed up. Not a real problem, by any means, just another oversight by the wait staff.
This was our first brunch experience at Paris, and it felt like one problem after another, centered on the wait staff. I don't know that we will return.
Second visit in three weeks, and one of our group received an unwashed coffee cup at the start - replaced when he told the server about it, but this is poor detail management. Kitchen seemed slammed with the dining room half full, another not great sign, as food was slow to appear when there weren’t all that many folks there. This resto has gone downhill over the last year. We used to go for brunch or dinner with live music every couple of months, but are done with that now. A shame.
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