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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
This was our 2nd time to Paris Bistro. T ...
This was our 2nd time to Paris Bistro. The first time was in 2015 and we had an excellent experience - food, ambiance, etc. was all great so we thought we would go back this year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately I feel like this restaurant has changed significantly. Mostly the poor ratings are surrounding the food. I ordered a $25 steak and "frites" which came out maybe as a 5oz steak with soggy fries - hardly worth $25! Our coffee was $3.00 per cup and was luke warm at best and the dessert was $8 for a tiny sliver of cake. I just felt overall things have gone down hill, the prices do not match the end result and I probably will not return.
Has an authentic Parisian Bistro feel. ...
Has an authentic Parisian Bistro feel. The food was delicious. The service was perfect -typically French, never felt rushed. The servers gave the right amount of attention. I love the fact that if you have your French passport; you get a complimentary champagne. We had a great time and I would go back.
Had a wonderful dinner for a late celebr ...
Had a wonderful dinner for a late celebration of Fathers Day. Hub, daughter and I started with a cheese board and followed that up with steak frites (hub and daughter) and sole meunière for me. As always our dinners were excellent! Hub and Daughter had creme brûlée and I had a cappuccino for dessert. The pace of the meal was perfect for a Thursday evening and our servers were very attentive!
Great atmosphere. It is quite loud becau ...
Great atmosphere. It is quite loud because it is a small quaint space but it is a great setting. I wouldn't recommend for business meetings where you need to really dialogue but if you are just going out for an evening this is a great spot.
Memorial dinner for family members. Outs ...
Memorial dinner for family members. Outstanding selection of French favorites. Outstanding fresh seafood. Great selection of fine French and Alsace wines. Great bar service. Age group 25 through 84. All were thrilled with the experience. Stayed next door at Chesnut Hill Hotel. Also 5 stars.
My friend and I were celebrating our bir ...
My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and were surprised with a complimentary dessert - complete with a birthday candle. It was a nice touch after a lovely meal. The onion soup is the best and the mussels with fries were delicious. Very generous portions too. I was happy to take half my entree home in very nice containers. Thanks for making our celebration very memorable. A class act!
This great neighborhood restaurant can b ...
This great neighborhood restaurant can be noisy. I requested a table in the back and they accommodated us. The food was delicious. My husband had a steak that was cooked perfectly and I had the crab cakes that I thoroughly enjoyed. The staff was pleasant and efficient. We have been here on numerous occasions and have never had a bad meal. Their Sunday brunch is also well worth a visit.
Paris is a fun place, however there were ...
Paris is a fun place, however there were a few things that we less than perfect. The french bread should be amazing - crusty and chewy, but was soft and crumbly. The truffle fries were fries with a cold lump of truffle butter sitting on top. My duck a l'orange was room temp. I didn't complain about any of this because we were the to celebrate Father's Day and I didn't want to take away from the celebration. The mixed drinks were very good. There were some menu items that weren't available and that was also a shame. My husband and daughter were both happy with their main courses.
We were surprised to see all drinks were ...
We were surprised to see all drinks were not included with the $24.95 brunch menu and Paris Bistro no longer offers a complimentary champagne or bloody mary to start. We ordered tea and once again this used to be included with the price . It took us 1.45 hours to eat and even though we were not in a hurry and celebrating our anniversary, we felt kind of negleted at times due to what appeared as a lack of adequate service help. In addition, I was brought the wrong third course (dessert), but figured it would be too much hassle to get it fixed. We also heard a waitress tell other tables they were running out of items and this was barely after 12:30-1:00pm timeframe. We've been here 4-5 times for brunch and now its not really at the top of our list going forward because its not worth the price and its not much of a unique experience anymore.
I really wanted to love Paris -- the foo ...
I really wanted to love Paris -- the food was fantastic and the ambiance/location was fun for Father's Day. Unfortunately, the service was abysmal that I would never go back -- the worst I have had in a long time. I enjoy a lingering brunch, but it really should not take three hours. And, I unfortunately overheard the hostess lie snarkily to incoming patrons who were confused about why their reserved table would not be ready for another 20 - 30 minutes. Instead of admitting that tables were turning over slowly due to their slower-than-molasses-service, she lied and blamed it on "customers who were (eye roll and huffy sigh) who were taking too long to finish eating." Nice.
Paris Bistro is an amazing restaurant, w ...
Paris Bistro is an amazing restaurant, with top notch service and great food. Its always packed for a reason.
My wife and I had dinner last Saturday n ...
My wife and I had dinner last Saturday night at Paris Bistro. We had high hopes that conditions had improved since our previous experiences and were joined by two friends on their first visit. Unfortunately, we ended up being disappointed once again as the service continues to be abysmal - three and a half hours for dinner is unacceptable. We watched as several parties arrived AFTER us and left BEFORE us. When our food finally arrived, my dinner was lukewarm and a side dish came late. I had to ask our waitress three times for a refill of my drink and the two desserts took over 20 minutes to arrive. I finally got up and asked if there was a problem in the kitchen. Only then did our desserts arrive, one steaming hot and the other cold. I would like to say this was an isolated incident but my wife and I have experienced similar problems during each of our three previous visits. We expect service to be commensurate with the cost of dining and it is extremely disappointing to find that is not the case at Paris Bistro. We and our friends enjoy fine dining but as a result of our experiences have decided to cross this establishment off our list.
Love the food and atmosphere. The place ...
Love the food and atmosphere. The place was much better than I thought
It was my brother's birthday and the foo ...
It was my brother's birthday and the food and service and atmosphere was great!
Perfect for lunch outside on a Spring Da ...
Perfect for lunch outside on a Spring Day, though our waitress did disappear after being attentive initially.
I had the daily special - salad, chicken ...
I had the daily special - salad, chicken with morels and a crepe dessert for $25. The salad and chicken was good. The scalloped potatoes were not appealing - kind of gooey looking. I prefer my asparagus spears peeled. The crepes were tepid and tasteless. Waited too long for dessert. We are outside. It was a beautiful evening and enjoyed the fresh air.
All seven diners' plays were immaculate ...
All seven diners' plays were immaculate when removed after each course. Personally, I can attest to the excellence of trout amandine. Mussels mariniere got a double thumbs up from my mussels addicted hubby.
Menu is unique and tasty. Outdoor seat ...
Menu is unique and tasty. Outdoor seating great for a warm evening.
OpenTable Today at 1:09 PM S ...
OpenTable Today at 1:09 PM Such a delightful place and wonderful food that it is sad I can never return again because the noise level is so deafening that all I could do was read lips. The din was incredibly loud. This was on a Saturday night so I am hoping some kind person will save me by telling me that a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday is a different ballgame. (But I don't think so!) Too bad.
Great food that took too long to arrive
I don't really want to spend 2.5 hrs in any restaurant. And while I've been here several times, with varying degrees of satisfaction, this would have been a 5-star evening if hadn't taken so long to be served - each one of our 3 courses.
GREAT LOCAL RESTAURANT
6th time and never been disappointed. Our goto with family and friends.
Service was sloooow for lunch :(
Nice spot, good food, slow service. Waitress seemed so distracted or had too many tables I was afraid to pay with card because we needed to leave.
It was very nice and served the occasion well.
We had a lovely cheese plate and two small appetizers. I think the restaurant presumes that you know the cheeses to order properly. I really appreciated the BYOB Sunday as well. I would highly recommend Paris Bistro for a nice get together with friends who want to sit and chat.
I want to love Paris. I have been there a bunch of times because it's in the neighborhood (Chestnut Hill) and it is so pretty. However, the service is spotty and the food is just okay. My omelette was overcooked and there were a number of errors in what we asked for versus what we got. I would still recommend it for the festive atmosphere, though I would not have high expectations.
Nice Sunday brunch
Arrive hungry! The 3 course prix fixe brunch consists of a number of breakfast and lunch items. The herbed omelette was buttery and delicious. Normally I would have been too full to try the chocolate mousse, but I'm glad it was part of the meal--yum. There was live music the day we went and the ambiance was very pleasant. Service was prompt and attentive.
Great food and service, don't miss the jazz cafe!
We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. We ate dinner upstairs and then had coffee and dessert in the jazz cafe in the basement. My steak frites was very good and her bass was exceptional, really amazing flavor. The way that the staff works together to make sure that a table has what it needs shows how well-run the restaurant is. Our only complaint was the noise level in the dining room on a busy Saturday night, although it wasn't the worst I've ever experienced and I suspect that many people wouldn't be bothered. We absolutely recommend Paris Bistro and we will be back soon!
We really enjoyed this restaurant. Feels like you are in France except for all those pesky Americans in there (includes us of course!). Good food, attentive wait staff.
What a wonderful place to spend your birthday. Our server was a doll. I must say that the bread pudding was better than any I tasted in New Orleans. We have eaten at Paris many times especially and this restaurant is always accomdating.
We had a delicious dinner in a new town.
We enjoyed dinner so much we went back for lunch the next day on our mini-vacation. The service was delightful. I would highly recommend this place.
Always a wonderful place to have a great meal
Beautiful location with great service and delicious food. Highly recommended always!
very gracious staff. one of our party wa ...
very gracious staff. one of our party was called onto work and they were very accomodating with doggie bags. the food was delicious, and i enjoyed a delicious glass of rose wine. will definitely return for an uninterrupted meal.
Another wonderful experience at Paris Bi ...
Another wonderful experience at Paris Bistro. The food was excellent and the music was outstanding, as usual. Other than the waiter spilling oyster juice all over my wife (with no reparations) the service was good too!
Wonderful meal !
My husband and I have been wanting to dine here for a very long time. We certainly were not disappointed . Our apps were amazing. The Escargot and crab and Avacado salad were prepared to perfection ! It was very busy , therefore a bit loud , however an amazing overall experience. We will be back !
Nice ambience, great food. The crabcake ...
Nice ambience, great food. The crabcakes were to die for. We took in the 10 pm jazz show after eating and really enjoyed it! Great live music in a nice, local venue. We will definitely come back!
The menu is interesting and what we ate ...
The menu is interesting and what we ate was very good, but the service was spotty: waiting 40 minutes or so before receiving any food (we ordered an appetizer) should not be considered acceptable. eemed
Agonizingly slow service and a noise lev ...
Agonizingly slow service and a noise level high enough to spoil the meal.
Brunch was fantastic. We enjoyed every course of the prix fixe brunch.
Paris Bistro is a great spot. The upstai ...
Paris Bistro is a great spot. The upstairs is a bar/restaurant and the downstairs is a jazz club with two shows on the Sat. I went with a friend. The upstairs was a little noisy, but when I asked the hostess to put our name in for the next jazz show, they suggested we move downstairs to hear the early show. The downstairs and a cool vibe, had the feel of a throwback jazz club. Lots of interesting folks at the smaller downstairs bar, and there was a fun festive crowd that night. The act was great and the food was awesome. Our waiter Miles did a great job with explaining the history of the place (the owner is named Paris and is a longtime restaurateur. We had the crab cakes (they were excellent and were the same recipe George Perrier used at Le Bec Fin) and the sea bass. Both were tremendous. Solid wine list although be prepared to pay the customary markup and a little more for some bottles. Would definitely recommend this for foodies and for romantic special nights or just to hear some jazz in a cool setting. Will definitely return.
Indifferent service. Undercooked streak ...
Indifferent service. Undercooked streak. Over salted some of the food. Did a poor job correcting issues. Did nicely in taking one dish off the bill in compensation.
Girlfriends birthday dinner
Everyone was very happy with their meal. One person said it was the best salmon they every ate. The Wednesday night 3-course dinner was quite a good value. We definitely were not rushed.
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