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
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.
Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my w ...
Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my wife's birthday - I had included that when the reservation was made. We had a 2:00 reservation for a party of 5. Arrived a few minutes early and table wasn't ready, which was not an issue. 2:00 must be the last seating for brunch. Four of our five meals came out at the same time. We were told the remaining meal was not made to their standards and was being redone. It took another 10 minutes to arrive - by that time the other meals were cold. Meat tempature was not done as requested for two of the hamburgers ordered. By the time the fifth meal arrived we decided not to send the meals back. Food was okay. Not great. Service was adequate. Took 10 minutes to make two martinis - bar was not busy. By the time we ordered dessert, two of the four options were unavailable - however, we were told that the kitchen was turning over for dinner and they aren't prepared to provide other options. Coffee was never offered. You shouldn't have to request coffee. Overall a disappointing outing. Will think twice about a return trip.
I was so pleased that Paris Bistro took ...
I was so pleased that Paris Bistro took a reservation for 3 for Brunch and we had a delightful repast on Sunday. The omelets were as expected....fluffy and wonderful. The breakfast meats absolutely yummy. I loved the authentic Parisian feel and décor. It was just the right place for reconnecting with my friends.
Our third time here. As with other two, ...
Our third time here. As with other two, food was excellent. Noise level was awful. Service was poor as well. Staff seem distracted and disorganized, from top to bottom. Maybe too many specialists and not enough coordination. Probably won't go back. Would recommend trying once, but with caveat.
We love Paris Bistro! Second time we ha ...
We love Paris Bistro! Second time we have been there and it is always great food and great service. It is expensive, so it is more of a special occasion type of place. My only complaint this time was the lobster bisque was way too thick. My son still ate it and liked it, but even our waitress could see it wasn't the right consistency. She offered to bring him a new bowl, but he was happy with it.
WE had a great time, and were served des ...
WE had a great time, and were served despite a blackout. Two of our party were not totally satisfied with their sole, but the coq au vin was excellent. Allowances must be made for the fact that the chef was probably cooking by candlelight.
Our visit was for a birthday celebration ...
Our visit was for a birthday celebration, we were very pleased with the server and food. We were very disappointed with the seating. We went to the trouble to make reservations on to be seated by the kitchen door, we had dinner as the servers stood and watch. This was very uncomfortable.
had the mussels appetizer, was the worst ...
had the mussels appetizer, was the worst I ever had. quality was so bad, between 4 of us, no one
would eat them.
Entree's were just average, not on par with the cost.
Read reviews many saying food was good, maybe we had a bad night, but we will not be back
Moved to Chestnut Hill about a year ago ...
Moved to Chestnut Hill about a year ago and just tried this place for the first time. I wish we had done it a long time ago! So good! The cheese plate was excellent, the Coq Au Vin was excellent, and the crepes for dessert were excellent. I am looking forward to trying the Beef Bourguignon next time. I was actually shocked that our bill wasn't higher for all of the food we ate. Great food, great value, great atmosphere. Loved it.
Very good food, good service, reasonably ...
Very good food, good service, reasonably priced but.... dining room is LOUD. I felt like an old man repeatedly asking the waiter to repeat himself. That being said, I will certainly be back but maybe later in the evening when the crowd has died down. Don't overlook the live music downstairs. It was very nice.
Early on in our visit, the bar became mo ...
Early on in our visit, the bar became more than a little bit loud and boisterous. It did settle down later on, and then our group of 8 old, good friends probably became the noisiest! But the food and service were really great.
I had the pate and the pork loin. Both w ...
I had the pate and the pork loin. Both were wonderful. My husband had the lobster bisque and the trout. His was also perfect. Very fine, well trained staff knew the menu and was able to answer my detailed ingredient questions.
Great ambience. Perfect for date night.
We live in Chestnut Hill, and frequent P ...
We live in Chestnut Hill, and frequent Paris Bistro with my Parisian French mother often. We have dined at Paris for special occasions as well as weekend nights out, and have brought many French relatives to dine there when they have come to the US as the food is very authentic. Unfortunately, the past three times we have been to Paris, the service has been deplorable. We have waited up to 30 minutes to get a glass of water and bread, and more than that to be served wine or beer. The servers are impatient and disorganized. Paris is a rather expensive place eat, and as I have already stated, the food is very good, but without the accompanying service , this restaurant in our minds, is circling the drain. Hopefully, Paris' management reads these reviews and takes our commentary to heart.
Great atmosphere, fun experience, howeve ...
Great atmosphere, fun experience, however, service was extremely slow.
Was very disappointed when I asked the day before if they could arrange something a bit special for dessert since we were going there to celebrate an 18th birthday. I was told that they would need at least 72 hours notice ahead of time for that. You would think they could have come up with something especially for a French Bistro!
I have dined at Paris on numerous occasi ...
I have dined at Paris on numerous occasions-always upstairs. I like it a lot. I made a reservation well in advance. When we arrived, I was asked if we would like to sit downstairs. I was not told that there was a $7 .00 per person charge to do so. As we were being seated, the hostess said she may have given us someone else's table. Hmmm. I then told out very nice waitress that we shouldn't get drinks yet because it might not be our table. She left and returned saying she was 80% sure it was our table. An announcer said we shouldn't talk out of respect for the musicians. I get it. However, I never asked to be seated down there and my sister was visiting from out of town, so we wanted to catch up. We ended up passing notes. Seriously. My sister was also treating us, so it was super awkward when the check came with an extra $21 charge that we couldn't even talk about. I will go back, but I have learned a lesson!
This was our first visit to Paris Bistro ...
This was our first visit to Paris Bistro and the food was quite good. Our only complaint was with the rushed service. Each course arrived one immediately after the other without time to pause or digest a bit between them. I felt an urgency to finish and vacate my table for the next patron.
Food is more like a 4.5. Service 4.0. ...
Food is more like a 4.5. Service 4.0. Room 4.0. Had the escargot and pasta app and it was delicious. The Saturday soft shell crab special was good. The plate was a little light on the accompanying sauce. Almond cake dessert was phenomenal. Prices comparable to other Philly french restaurants.
This is two tales for one restaurant. T ...
This is two tales for one restaurant.
The food is excellent, and in this age of tiny portions, these are generous. The appetizers are great. We loved the mussels and the escargot with pasta. The entrees include real veggies such as string beans and asparagus. My trout entree was delicious.
On the other hand, the service is off. The waiter, while trying to please, was out of his depth. He rushed us, even though the restaurant was only half full. He wanted to tell my friends the specials, before I arrived. He tried to take our order the moment I sat down, before any of us had looked at the menu. He came back minutes later, trying to take our order again. We asked to order appetizers while we looked at the menu. He said we couldn't, but then relented. Later, while holding an arm-full of picked-up, dinner dishes, he asked us to order dessert. Since the placemats also serve as the menu, I'm not sure how he thought we could read the desserts, with dishes on top. Again, we asked him to come back later.
Worst of all, we were seated next to the hostess table, where there were between two and four staff members chatting it up, right over our heads, all night. This made the room deafening, even in a half-full restaurant. I also think it was rude.
What they did get right, was to put a birthday candle in our friend's dessert.
We went to the jazz cafe after dinner. Another oddity is that when I called ahead, I was told it was unlikely that we would get in to hear jazz because the jazz cafe would be full. In reality, there was only one other party in the jazz cafe for the 10PM set. They don't take reservations for this set, but couldn't they have judged their traffic a little more accurately?
I would summarize, the food is great; the jazz is great, but expect bumps in the upstairs service. This has been true all three times, I've eaten at Paris Bistro. Would still go back again, though.
Service was the star of the show. Seamle ...
Service was the star of the show. Seamless. The cocktail menu is always fun to try. The avocado and crab meat salad is a favorite of mine. Entrees were very nice but too large sides portions and a bit over salted. Too full to try dessert.
This is the third time I have been to th ...
This is the third time I have been to the restaurant since June. In June, the service was abysmal. The next time, it was okay. This time it was more than abysmal. We waited 25 minutes for our second round of drinks. I am all for a leisurely meal, but the place was not crowded. Why did it take so long to make two Manhattans? Where was our server? We were not alone in our displeasure--we were more quiet about it than the people at the next table. I had a French client with me who wanted to try an American bistro. The food was uniformly good, but it needs to be served promptly, but the service was an embarrassment. I have waited and bused tables and been a bartender--I know none are the easiest jobs. But staff have to try. The staff here has given up trying. It is a shame. The place started out well--I have been eating here since they opened. It was at one point the reasonably priced adult restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Happily, with the reconfigured Mica up the avenue and Jensen down the avenue, there are other places I can go in the future. You get better service in the hotel bar & grill by the way.
We went there for the $1 oyster special ...
We went there for the $1 oyster special they promoted,. We each ordered a dozen, They were very small & not very tasty. Our waitress told us that they had no cocktail forks to eat thm with,eating them with a large dinner fork was quite tacky. My wife orered the Sole it was okay,have had better. I had the Short ribs , they were excellent. Instead of giving us an ice bucket for wine they put it in the bar to keep cool, when we wanted more wine no one was around to get it for us.
Restaurant used to be better in terms of ...
Restaurant used to be better in terms of maintaining quality of ingredients such as the mussels and greens in the salad. Since the Tuesday night special is always mussels one would think they could either maintain a source of quality bivalves or have the judgment to aplogize and not put them on menu when quality inadequate. Salad was barely up to Panera standards at twice the price. Had to remind waitress to find the drinks we had ordered from bar which was a few feet away from table with a 5-10 minute gap between being served fresh oysters (which were fine) and obtaining glass of Sancerre which I wanted to have to go with oysters.
Very poor service. They were bringing d ...
Very poor service. They were bringing dishes out without advertised "star" ingredients and sides. When we asked about them they simply said "oh, we ran out…". We were really looking forward to eating here… It's been on our list for the past three or four years. It was a very disappointing experience. :(
Paris Bistro is really reminiscent of a ...
Paris Bistro is really reminiscent of a Parisian restaurant. The tin ceiling, tile floor, art deco accessories, and lighting and mirrors all resemble a left bank bistro. The menu is authentic, with specialties like steak frite, moules, escargots, a daily crepe special, an oyster bar, and daily specials like pork choucroute. The food is good and well presented. We have been there several times, and the service varies from excellent to barely adequate. My husband like the hanger steak and the oysters; I like the oysters and escargot and rabbit crepe.
Went to Paris with a friend - first time ...
Went to Paris with a friend - first time for both of us. Our server was a lovely young woman who was very helpful. My friend had the seafood platter and enjoyed it. I had mussels as an appetizer and then a seafood crepe. Both were delicious. We split a sinful dessert. Be prepared - it is somewhat noisy, so maybe not the best place for serious conversation. But the atmosphere is terrific and I highly recommend it.
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