Bandar Restaurant
Bandar Restaurant

Bandar Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bandarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (619) 238-0101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Persian, Steakhouse, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: When planning your event, you will have access to the finest catering. We will bring all the pieces together to ensure that every aspect of your experience is brilliant, memorable and unique. To enquire about information feel free to give us a call or email us for Special Catering Menus and Pricing at info@bandarrestaurant.com
  • Special Events: Let Bandar host your next private event. Whether you are planning a Corporate Event, Wedding Reception, Birthday Party or any special occasion, allow Bandar’s Award Winning Chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you. To enquire about information feel free to give us a call or email us for Special Event Menus and Pricing at info@bandarrestaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located across the street from Horton Plaza Mall Public Parking Lot
A word from Bandar Restaurant
About Us

Bandar is the proud recipient of many awards since 1996. Rated excellent by Zagat Survey, Awarded Best Service, and voted as the Best Persian, Ethnic, Dinning, and International Cuisine. Bandar’s Menu is exotic, healthy and offers a wide variety of prime steaks, World Famous Chicken, Seafood, and vegetarian selections.

What the Critics Have to Say

“If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat at every night this might be the one.” -Eleanor Widmer

“Bandar a taste of Persian Perfection.” -Robin Kleven-Union Tribune

“Recognized as one of the area’s Top Restaurants rated excellent.”
-Zagat Survey

“Bandar is a winner no doubt about it.” -W. Douglas Verkaaik-SD Union Tribune

“The best chicken I have had all year long was at Bandar.” -Stephen Silverman-KPBS Radio
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Bandar Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (23)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (19)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (15)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Not great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Was really looking forward to this meal as I'd never had Persian food before. It was very disappointing. Dry meet and rice with a huge bowl of soup on the side with fat floating on top. Service also not great
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Daphne
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I celebrated my birthday here with my friends who haven't tried Persain food. They loved the food and was surprised with the large servings .Food was delicious. We loved the ambiance in the restaurant. Like other downtown restaurants, parking is an issue but it is all worth it. We had great time. I will recommend this place to my other friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bandar is excellent
    LoveBandar
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Bandar restaurant is one of San Diego best ethnic restaurants, the rice is do die for and salads are incredible. This is the restaurant you want to take your family and special lady too. Great food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    Jimsfavorites
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Bandar Restaurant has the most incredible food. The rice is to die for and the meats are so good. Inceredible place to eat
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Alex
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We eat at Bandar often before a concert or Broadway musical. The food is always wonderful and plentiful. In fact, one meal feeds the both of us, and we still have leftovers to take home. Good services as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never fails to impress
    diningrealtor
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have been to this place so many times and every time it's amazing. My favorite place in San Diego to get chicken kabobs!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abundant middle eastern food
    cytodocVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    If you are looking for large plates---this place is your place. However, I was disappointed that my beef was terribly over cooked. When I finally got the attention of my server, he said that he would bring me another steak. After 5 minutes went by, he said yes he could bring me another one but it would take another 10 min. I had to decline since our table of 6 was more than 75% done. Then due to a misunderstanding I was charged extra for a few Barberries for my rice. With discussion, this minor charge was removed. Guess when you are in town attending a conference, customer service does not apply. Not for me but if you have a large appetite you might find it worth the hassle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv3dine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Best Persian restaurant in San Diego. Consistently excellent over many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Persian Delight
    PEMMDVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very good food - extremely large portions - bring an appetite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    Birkie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    HUGE plates! Great wine list, service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persian Dining at its Best
    LKerz
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    When my Persian taxi driver recommended this spot, I figured it must be good. And, it was. My friend and I started with the avocado hummus served with lavash....I could have eaten that all night! We then shared the eggplant starter -delicious! And because it was late, we split an entrée - a pomegranate stew with a lamb shank and side of rice -WOW! I've never seen or tasted anything like it. The pomegranate-based stew included crushed walnuts and spices, and tasted good just with the lavash. But the salt in the fall off the bone lamb made for a perfect combination. And the wine list offered great complementary options. We were too full for dessert, but when I go back, I'll try the baklava or white cake with raspberry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great!
    NotacookVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took friends who had never been and suggested we share. They didn't believe me until dinner came. Very generous portions, and really fun presentations to share. We had the Shish Kabobs and the Salmon. They were pretty busy with big parties, so the service was a little slower than usual. Worth the wait for the great evening, and the most delightful server. Delicious desserts, and yes you have room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BabsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    very interesting menu; as everyone wrote in previous portions, very large portions--we should have shared
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AHungrySDLawyer
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The portions are very large yet the food is extremely delicious. This is also one of the few places downtown where you can easily find vegan, gluten free, organic food. The service has always been top notch every time I have been here. It's by far my favorite place. Highly recommend the eggplant stew. Meat lovers enjoy the place immensely as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bandar
    LoveBandar
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant is incredible. The food is exquisite. You have to try the different types of rice and the portions are big enough for more than one person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch
    Elyke
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    great lunch, really nice decor, very good food, Service was really good. Reservation is highly recomended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place for an excellent meal and glass of wine before any downtown event. Great ambiance and service. Vegetarian and Vegan options available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    tons of food on the normal entree, ordered just one San Diego Rest. Week special and split it with an additional salad. all very well prepared and nice meal. did not have the wine we ordered that was on the menu but substitue was OK...service was excellent and we made the play at Broadway SD on time and had food to take home. put a cooler in the car if you go out the the three hour performance....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant downtown
    ElleBear
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been dining at Bandar for many years now. I'm in love with their eggplant appetizer and world famous chicken... The service is always good and the ambiance is so beautiful. This place is always my #1 recommendation...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Tranpt
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food was delicious, and the orations were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Experience
    FoodieFinder
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Bandar's entrees were the highlight of our evening. Our table ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and tried a number of the appetizers and main dishes available. Both the lamb chops and shish kabob were absolutely delicious. The meat was cooked perfectly and the portions were more than generous. In terms of the appetizers, our party didn't much care for the pita bread that accompanied the hummus/and or butter. We had an initial serving of bread that was cold and the requested second serving was cold as well. The dessert of baklava also didn't impress our party as much as we had hoped. An over-abundance of syrup/rosewater drowned the pastry. Overall, however, Bandar is certainly worth a visit (or more) for its delicious entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    foodExpert
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service was good, food was good and portions were very large.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was excellent - like always! but it was hotter inside the restaurant than outside. There was 9 of us and we coun't enjoy our lunch because it was too hot - didn't feel the AC at all :-( I go there at least once a month but for all the other ladies it was their first time and they loved the food but they were not comfortable - too hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Ddo1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our chicken dishes were well prepared and delicious. The portions were very large.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sylvette
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was OK, we ordered a salad to share, they brought the salad in one plate, didn't give us salad plates, we had to dish out the salad ourselves into a dinner plate, we also shared the entrée, again they brought it in one dish, didn't replace our used dinner plates. Didn't offer dessert or coffee.
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  • enough for an army
    fussy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I would have loved more veggies and less rice....my chicken kebab was enough for 3 people at least....I would have liked meal sized cheaper portions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    grtrestrnt
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We love Bandar's. The food is out of this world, the service great, and the atmosphere romantic. It was my husband's birthday and they gave him a $15 gift certificate in a gift box to be used either that night or in the future. Couldn't have been more generous! It made for a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We love the food at Bandar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Persian food at it's finest!! If you haven' t eaten here......make a reservation TODAY! The eggplant appetizer is FABULOUS and we love the chicken dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were on vacation, but had received a recommendation for this restaurant from a friend. We don't get to Persian restaurants often, so this was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Bandar is consistently good. We've eaten there for 20 years and it's one of our favorite's downtown. Everyone we take there just loves it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 242 reviews are from the Bandar Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great find
    Pickydude
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    One of the best Persian meals I've had! I wish it was in a better area but the food was out of this world. Persian food must be great to enjoy and this didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as in Iran
    WinnipegkidVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have visited Iran over the years on business. The good at Bandar is as tasty as any restaurant there, without having to deal with the mullahs. Great good, great owners, and staff. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    JaimeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Lamb Loin is excellent, best ever, service extraordinary and the food portions ideal for anybody hungry!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just okay
    jac75VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    not worth driving in the Gas Lamp district for. Went there because we were going to Horton Plaza for a play. Many other restaurants that are closer
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  • Prom dinner
    Allie313
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was great overall. Good food, a little too loud but that was fine. Service could've been a little better, since it took a while for them to come to our table.. But that was most likely due to how busy they were on a Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in San Diego
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great authentic Persian food. Will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gaslamp "sleeper"
    ldubey
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Bandar offers classic Persian classic dishes in a comfortable upscale setting. Portions for some dishes are huge and easily could be split between two people. Food that we had including Salmon and a traditional lamb shank dish were delicious. Service was attentive and the prices fair. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased!
    GoodEater4
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I was very pleased with my dining experience at Bandar. I made the reservation online and on the same day. We had dinner on Saturday at 6:00pm and the dining room was fairly quiet. It started to get busy about 7:00pm, so it was nice that we were able to have a quiet dinner with mellow music. About 7ish the music changed to a more club type music. The service was excellent and the food was great. I ordered the Albalu Chicken with rice and cherries. Wow!!! I definitely recommend this dish. My husband ordered the Filet kabob. It was good, but the chicken was definitely better. We also had the lentil soup. YUM! And the Bandar Green Salad. It was fresh and tasty. Overall, it was a great experience and without a doubt recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummm
    gordini
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    great dinner before a show at the Balboa Theater...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok, but nothing special
    BDiddy
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Had this restaurant recommended so I decided to give it a shot. Now I wish I had picked another place. The food was good--HUGE portions, but I thought that what I got for the price was not the best value. It is very dark in the restaurant and the music playing was so loud that my husband and I could hardly hear each other. Our waiter took FOREVER to come take our order even though we were one of three tables in the place. I also told him about split checks BEFORE we ordered and he failed to split the check properly. Food took forever to come out too. If you love waiting for ok food, then this is the place for you. If you want Persian food in San Diego, I suggest you try somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic