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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
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.
I love coming to Paris Bistro - their staff is always friendly and accomadating and made sure their customers are leaving satisfied and happy. I made a happy hour reservation for 6 (not knowing if I needed to for HH) and made a note asking if we could get outside seats. You usually cannot make reservations for outside seating (esp for HH) but they saved it for us anyhow bc it was a first time mistake and wanted to made sure that we were accommodated.
Their food was also great - we had the Monday Buck a Shuck oysters and they were fresh and good. Their Parmesan truffle fries (which are my favorite) were excellent.
All my past experiences at Paris Bistro have been great and this too was an excellent (and nice after-work happy hour) time for me and my 5 friends too. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to everyone. Great food, excellent staff, awesome specials daily, a true neighborhood gem!
I was having a craving for escargot. Wasn't up to going to parc last so we found Paris bistro and haven't been there before so we thought it would be fun.
Upon walking in it looked really nice the decor was spot on. Was greeted with a warm welcome and seated promptly. The server was very helpful and attentive.
We ordered the escargot. We had said we would both have the escargot but they only sent out one dish. Thankfully because they came out cold and with a pile of what seemed liked steam onions and peppers with super thin portobello mushrooms.(in my opinion should never be thin sliced ruins the mushroom) The garlic butter sauce was scarce and bland.
For dinner we ordered the duck Pappardella pasta and crab gallete.
The duck was okay and for it being the Sunday special it should blow your socks off. The egg noodles were not seasoned and the duck was kinda scarce and just on the plate.
The crab gallete were okay nothing to write home about.
The reason I gave a second star is for the waitress being friendly and helpful and the parking lot in the back. I won't be going back sad to say because I like the chestnut hill area and I have only heard good things about it.
First, our appetizers took almost an hour to come out and we had to chase down the waiter to get information and a push for timing. Second, I t was my husband's birthday and I brought a special cake. They brought the cake out in slices, not as a whole to the table. Then they sliced the remainder of the cake and gave everyone doggy bags without even asking me. We live in the area and go to Paris Bistro frequently and I cannot even tell you how disappointing the entire experience was! It will be a LONG time before we go back, if we do. Very poor experience!!!!
If you love France and can't get there as often as you would like then come to Paris.
It serves all the classics in a wonderful atmosphere. If you have never been to Paris, France, then try Paris in Chestnut Hill. It's the next best thing. It's easy to get to and, believe me ,you won't be disappointed.
Every night they have a special on the menu. On Monday oysters are a dollar a piece and on Sunday night you can bring your own wine. Yes, it's BYOB on Sunday night. You can't beat that.
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.
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