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
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.
Enjoyed a delicious meal with a friend, had the Saturday night special. My salmon, topped with 2 nicely sized shrimp, nestled on top of a risotto cake in a delicious seafood reduction was tasty but a tad over cooked, would have preferred a medium temperature on the fish. My dining partner thoroughly enjoyed her short rib entree with root vegetables, generous portion for a short rib. We had two small annoyances with our server, her hair should have been pulled back and someone needs to teach her how to use a wine key table side, other than that she was friendly and attentive. I would return and next time book a downstairs table to hear the jazz.
We've been to the Paris Bisatro twice in the last month. We were pleased both times. YOu feel like you are in a bistro. There is a live acoustic jazz scene downstairs if you want to eat and listen to really good music. We were upstairs in the main dining room. We could talk in normal voice, just like at home! I find most restaurants these days as intolerably noisy. I make Coq au vin at home - I know how it should taste. The Paris Bistro's was excellent. A very tasty deep red wine sauce with lots of flavor and chicken. My husband's Beef Bourginon was equally good. My friend's crab galette was very crabby in a good way (as opposed to a crab galette that is mostly filler with some crab in it). All in all, great! I would go back...
With a reservation for Sunday brunch, still worth the 20 minute wait, although a bit in the way of the servers. Very pleasant acoustic guitar throughout the meal, where they did not rush us at all. Server was a bit overwhelmed due to the full crowd and missed a bit but was very willing to make amends and so many positives at Paris Bistro to insure we will return. Food was creative and well prepared with lots of choices.
Paris Bistro was recommended by a friend of my wife who happens to be a foodie. After insisting that we go, (because my wife's friend and her have the same pallet), I can say without question that this was a grest pick. Everyone from the hosts, waitresses and managers were friendly and accommodating. My wife is pregnant so she can be ( not difficult, just different :) ). Anyways the food was delicious and the ambience was warm. Portion sizes were great too.
We went with my sister and her fiancee and we all agreed to invite some of our family and friends to dine and possibly check out the jazz cafe.
Jazz Bistro gets 2 thumbs up, a snap, a clap and a bag of Georgie Woods! Will definitely be back
Overall good, but not great. Great food. Timing was off, and server was clumsy with not knowing the wine list enough to process what we ordered. Entrees came on top of apps. Maitre'd had no clue about strategic seating when tried to squeeze a two top between two others with dining room empty. Bartender with lots of tattoos was awesome. Would give it another try for sure.
If you're staying in the Chestnut Hill Hotel and the weather is cold and dreary, what could be better than dining in house in such a pleasant atmosphere? And no walk home! But even if you're not in the hotel, this is well worth a visit. Ambiance is calm French bistro, food is well-prepared. The escargots with fresh green and white pasta is so good, it should be a main course as well as a starter. On our 2nd visit I was craving something simpler than the offerings on the menu. When I asked if the chef could make a simple roast chicken, the answer was of course!' And it was well prepared, tender and juicy, and served with a homey tangle of fresh pappardelle tossed with garlicky tomatoes and tiny whole onions. My partner's classic steak frites was also perfectly executed.
The salmon shrimp special with risotto cake was really tasty, as was the classic trout almondine. Beat salad and lobster bisque to start were also hits. We enjoyed the almond cake for dessert. The service was perfect. Right amount of attention at the right times. This has become one of our fave places on the Hill for date night dining.
Enjoyed eating here once again. The food is consistently well prepared. The portions are quite ample. Next time we will order less food, although we enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day!
The waitress was knowledgeable about the food and wines and recommended an excellent chardonnay to accompany the crepe chicken special.
We look forward to returning to listen to jazz and eat.
Paris Bistro does not disappoint! I dine there occasionally with friends and we love trying something new each visit. This time it was Thursday eve "Scallops L'Orange' as the special; and it was superb! We tried their Mussels for appetizers...it was alright. However the Crab salad app was really great. We love trying the different coctails...this time- The Silver Mote?...fantastic. And the beef here is always delicious. Make a reservation so you will not be disappointed. Our server Chris was terrific!
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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! :)
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