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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
Wonderful place for a birthday celebration. It looked like we weren't the only ones with that idea. With the tin ceiling and close (but not uncomfortably so) quarters, it was a bit hard to hear each other at times, but the staff were personable and the food was wonderful.
Food was wonderful, traditional French influence but on the lighter side. Cocktails were excellent and our server was top-notch. We did have an awkward entrance after we came exactly on time for our reservation and they weren't ready for us. The hostess said they just had to set the table. There was nowhere comfortable to wait so we sat at the bar -- but we got the feeling the bartender didn't want us there. In the meantime another couple came in and were seated immediately. There was a hostess and a maitre d, but neither did anything to set the table. It was an awkward/uncomfortable 10 minutes. After that everything was great.
We have dined at Paris many times. The food is always delicious. We have always had great service until our most recent visit for brunch. My husband and 3 kids dined with my mom for her birthday. We waited a half hour for drinks (and had to ask a different waitress to follow up) and then had to request to put in the food order. We had a 1:30 reservation. The restaurant was emptying out and we still waited another 30+ minutes for our food. Very disappointed in the service!
Beautiful restaurant with wonderful guitar playing in the background. Wish I could say it for the food. I ordered the eggs Benedict and have never seen such a small amount of smoked salmon on a plate. One thin slice of salmon that could hardly been seen or tasted. They should be ashamed to serve it!
As I specified in my OpenTable reservation, it was a special occasion- our wedding anniversary dinner, but the staff did not seem to notice or give us any more of a romantic table. Instead, we were sat at the table by the cold entrance, the hot heater along the windows, and the hostess stand where newcomers wait for a table. I asked for another table but they said there were none. Our server, Devon, was extremely pleasant but his menu knowledge could be improved. We ordered the roasted lamb loin and the salmon and shrimp risotto. Both dishes came out looking small just as French food should, but very filling and satisfying. The flavor combinations used by the chef are not amateur, they are practiced and perfected. The only complaint is that the amount of fat on the lamb was slightly higher than I would have liked. The old fashioned on their cocktail list was high in liquor content but did not taste like it which is how you know the craft was not just thrown together, it was extremely smooth. I ordered a champagne, which I appreciate Devon coming back out to refill my glass when it was getting low. He always had an eye on his tables but did not bombard us with questions or constantly asking if we needed anything. For dessert, we had the Parisian almond cake with strawberry compote since the creme brulee that was raved about online was sold out. We stayed for about 2.5 hours and did not feel rushed. Our check was exactly what we expected so no surprises there. Overall, everything was wonderful and I was excited to try a new restaurant with the love of my life. Can't wait to go back to sit downstairs in the jazz cafe.
Second time at Paris Bistro. Very enjoyable. Service and food solid. Four of us. A surprising stand out was the green salad. One of the best, simple, fresh salads I've had. Oysters were perfectly shucked. Could have been colder, though. Trout, salmon, confit and Bourguignon were our entrees. All very good. Tarte tatin was very tasty. Coffee arrived cold. Server fixed quickly. Great value, atmosphere and noise level was perfect- felt the energy but could easily converse. Will return!
Never had a bad meal or experience at Paris bistro. .
Staff provide great service experience every time.
Chef/Owner Ted is fabulous, meals are fresh,
prepared to perfection and ambiance is fun and alive.
Jazz cafe is unique and talent performing there is first-rate,
perfect for an intimate date night, or get together with music -loving friends.
Friends recommended for a great dinner and good drinks. I made reservations for a Friday evening and sat elbow to elbow with other diners. Food was mediocre and it was $90 for two entrees with two drinks, expected more. Server was very attentive but overall not impressed especially with all the other options in the area.
We were seated promptly but had to ask for a waiter 10 minutes later. Buck-a-chuck oysters were very good but entrees were quite a while later and cool on temp when they arrived. We've been here several times and this was by far the most mediocre experience. Will give Paris another shot, but if it isn't markedly better, we won't return
I dined with a former co-worker who brought his "young lady" (child, age 9 yrs) along. The ambiance, menu and service were appropriate for all. The environment was quiet enough for the adults to talk and the "young lady" received sufficient attention from the staff. The bar was busy but far enough away from our table not to be a distraction.
The taste of France Wednesdays is a delightful series of getting great food & wine at bargain prices. I hope they continue & that I can go often. The only drawback is the noise level but everything else is so good I will go there anyway. Our server is one of the best: friendly, conversational, helpful, but did not hover.
I had mixed feeling from my latest dining experience at Paris. I did not like the fact that I had to give my credit card # to get the reservation. Will not do that again. I choose Paris because they always have trout on the menu. When we arrived we found out that that it was a fixed menu and my wife did not want any of the starters and were not thrilled with the entrees. Food was good and the service was great.
We had an early seating but were given the worst table in house next to the front door. I believe the reason was because we are old. There were plenty of available tables. This happens frequently. We may be old but we dine out a lot and we tip well. Your hosts need to be more considerate and not push the bad table to the first person they find.
Finally, I order a Jack Daniels on the rocks. The Jack was $8 which is moderate price but the rocks were $1.50 Never saw that before.
I have been to Paris bistro a few times. Entrees are very nice. I loved the escargot and pasta appetizer too! The cheese plate is not worth it...for a French restaurant it should be on point. The wine selection is not that spectacular either. Service can be hit or miss. Some servers are not very knowledgeable unfortunately about what they are serving. Let key I said, entrees keep it in the 3 star range.
So, the food is good. It's just lacking quality control and effort. We've been to Paris a few times and every time, it's just never quite right. But we keep trying because it's local.
To start, they were out of cheeseburgers. Who runs out of cheeseburgers? Then, they were out of rose. Both kinds of non-sparkling rose. So, I order a Chardonnay. The Chardonnay tasted like apple juice - like it had been sitting out for too long and/or watered down. The server did not charge us for it.
We both ordered the steak frites and asked for the truffle parm fries instead of the regular. We ordered the steaks medium rare. Mine was, my boyfriend's was not. It was very medium. No pink to be found. We've had the truffle Parmesan frites before and they're DELICIOUS. but these were missing the usual big parm slices and the truffle taste. It was barely noticeable. If we hadn't had the truffle frites multiple times before, I would not have been disappointed, but this time, it seemed like someone phoned it in. So, if you get them on a good night, I do recommend them! My steak was delicious. Bernaise was awesome.
Ok, last thing... the creme brulee. Clearly made ahead of time. The top was crispy, but not warm. The entire thing was cold... including the dish... clearly been sitting in the fridge for awhile. I've had tons of creme brûlée, I know a pre-made one sitting in the fridge when I taste and see one. I want my top freshly torched. And the "fresh berries" were pruney and stuck to the top causing the crispy top to not be so crispy anymore. Come on Paris, can't you torch it fresh?
The onion soup? Delicious.
I hate leaving reviews like this, but I know Paris can do better if they've got someone doing QC and they really need to know that. And after three "off" visits, it's time they know. I want to go back.
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