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
I don't think anyone's minding the store ...
I don't think anyone's minding the store. Clueless hostess. Inexperienced servers. Dropped plates/silverware. Knocked over glass of wine on a patron. Ran out of Eat France special. Medium rare request came medium to well.
We went here for my wife's birthday. It ...
We went here for my wife's birthday. It was so-so. Service was on par with a touristy high volume restaurant (they have at max 25-30 tables). That was what first made me not like my experience. Food was just OK for French Bistro fare (there is more to Cassoulet than just bread crumbs and duck fat). It was good food (on paper) executed with mediocrity. Good ingredients but lack of skill and imagination in the kitchen. Wasn't upset by the bill amount versus the experience, but was hoping for a lot more overall. We dined here on a Sunday evening where one would have thought that they would have had time and chops to ensure a quality dining experience. We just didn't see it from service or product. Won't go again for a special occasion, will try again for brunch as a second chance.
Paris Bistro is so close. I have dined i ...
Paris Bistro is so close. I have dined in the real Paris on many occasions, and the food here is sometimes close to native. I had the steak frites, and the steak was as good as I could have imagined. It was billed as "flank steak," but I have never had flank steak that was as tender. The sauce was superb. Another diner in our party had the moules-frites. Mussels are pretty hard to mess up, and Paris Bistro did a nice job of them. I was perplexed, however, that the frites were served on top of the moules. This meant that many of them fell down into the sauce, becoming soggy. I have always seen them served on the side on a separate plate. Really curious way to present the dish, making me think that someone in the kitchen was not thinking this through very well. Our serve had a wonderful French accent, which made it nice. The restaurant attracts a varied crowd, with many families with small children. I would definitly return and would like to try the dinner menu (this was Sunday brunch).
We were seated in a very awkward table f ...
We were seated in a very awkward table for our party of six where and it really took away from the occasion (birthday brunch). The food was spot on and no complaints but we were so crammed into this table that would normally seat four that we ended up being very annoyed.
Also, they barely tea and no English breakfast tea or the Paris blend. They no longer provide the little basket with scones and bread to start with anymore.
Had dinner there on a snowy icy cold Sat ...
Had dinner there on a snowy icy cold Saturday, but the moment we walked in the nasty weather was forgotten and the warmth and charm of Paris took charge. Our waiter was excellent and had a good sense of humor which added to the fun of the evening. My husband had the short ribs and he said they were excellent. My son said the same about his ratatouille and ravioli. I had the salmon mustard herb crusted salmon, and while the "crust" was out of this world, the salmon was a tiny bit overdone. Paris is a gem. It's first class food and service in a cozy neighborhood setting.
Probably as close as you can get in the ...
Probably as close as you can get in the states to an authentic french bistro with a varied menu of french treats and an atmosphere of Parisian bon mot. Excellent service with a french accent and attention. Always a treat!
We have been to Paris many times but thi ...
We have been to Paris many times but this was the first time I was disappointed in the food. The 4-course $65 fixed price dinner for New Year's Eve was not up to the usual delicious standards, perhaps because the dishes were prepared ahead of time or in larger quantities. First two courses of veal fricassee in croute and tuna crudo were very small portions and not particularly tasty. (Tuna was 4 small pieces, dry and bland) I ordered the braised filet mignon which was barely edible--dry, tough grey meat on a tiny slab of something mushy and white, perhaps potato or another liquefied white vegetable. I think this was just a "one-off" due to the New Year's Eve occasion, as usually the food is well-prepared and very good. I have to say that my husband had the duck and was pleased with his selection.
The Paris Bistro in the Chestnut Hill ne ...
The Paris Bistro in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia is a unique dining find. The French food menu is creative and authentic, and offers a sophisticated and comfortable experience. Special events are celebrated with style and imaginative selections. The service is very professional and European, and there is an elegant bar area. Highly recommended.
We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner ...
We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner at Paris. We went to an early dinner with our 1 year old daughter and they were VERY accommodating to my husband and I. We were able to get some different items for her to enjoy during our dinner. LOVE Paris and will continue to go back again and again! :)
Went to restaurant for Christmas Eve Din ...
Went to restaurant for Christmas Eve Dinner. Knew there was a prix fixe dinner from website, but our server did not mention nor were we given the menu for it. Our server did inform us that it was his first night(what a way to start) but were very satisfied with him. Both my wife and I did enjoy the food and would recommend. However, one thing that disturbed me was there was a charge of $ 1.50 for " rocks " added to my drink. I have never seen this on a bill and have emailed the restaurant regarding it. Seemed very odd !
Paris Bistro was a last-minute decision ...
Paris Bistro was a last-minute decision and we were lucky to get a table. Good food, moderately priced, but somewhat noisy for older patrons with hearing issues. Despite how crowded it was, we did not feel rushed by the servers.
For a mid priced restaurant the service ...
For a mid priced restaurant the service was poor. We waited several minutes to put in our initial drink orders, which then were not delivered for a period I am guessing ten minutes but noticeable longer than at good restaurants. Our server when she appeared after we got our drinks informed us the Sunday special was out and there was not much duck left. She left us to our choices, returned and the first request from the first person she asked was for shortribs. She said they were also out, and immediately said she would give us five minutes more to consider and left. Were we to wait five minutes choose something else, be told that was out wait five more minutes etc until midnight or does she stand there take our orders for what was in stock and put in the orders? I suggest the latter. Also the server twice interrupted conversations to ask how things were and then a manager did the same thing
Delicious food, excellent service, pleas ...
Delicious food, excellent service, pleasant French-style interior, fairly noisy. The beef bouguignon was very tender and had a delicious sauce. The crepe of the day was delicious l, substantial, and amply filled. The sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan frites side dishes were also excellent. The Crepe Suzette had a delicious orange syrup but was not flambeed. The server was attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous. Only negative was the butter, which was salted, when I think unsalted butter is routine for French food. Prices were not cheap but not excessive. We will go back.
The onion soup was excellent as usual. ...
The onion soup was excellent as usual. As was the steak fritz. Ordered the crepe du jour which was chicken. I was surprised at the price when I got the bill so the next time I will ask the mp before ordering. Yes, I thought it over priced especially since it was not that great. Live and learn.
The food is always very good. The servi ...
The food is always very good. The service was just fine--in the past, it has been spotty, but things seem to be better organized. The place was packed, as it was Christmas shopping time, but staff stayed on top of things.
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