Bandar Restaurant
Bandar Restaurant

Bandar Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bandarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6192380101x
  • 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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Bandar Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)special occasion (8)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (5)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 237 reviews are from the Bandar Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
  • great find while on a business trip
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Was expecting an ok meal and was pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service, great recommendations, delicious food, and noteworthy wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Debz210
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This was my first time for dinner. I've gone there for lunch many times. I wanted to have my friends try this place and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are looking for quality
    Nikki
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We are looking for quality and not quantity. The food came in a very large portions, but unfortunately the food wasn't tasty at all. We ordered the famous Persian dish, Soltani beef and kobideh. They fried the Steak beef instead of grilling it. The kobideh had no spices at all. We ordered alablo and zereshek polo. They both were too sweet. It looked like they took the sour cherries jam and mixed it with the white rice.
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  • Persian dining experience
    operagoer
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Bandar serves delicious Persian dishes, with great service and nice ambience. Its a great chance to try different cuisine, nicely prepared. The outdoor seating is a bit noisy as it is on a busy street in downtown San Diego, however the indoor seating is nice with lovely ambience provided by nice lighting. Waiters are very courteous and attentive. I've eaten there many times and plan to return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    malebeatieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I thought the food was good, a bit overpriced. The servings were large. one meal could easily be shared. Service was not so hot, the restaurant wasn't full and we still had to keep waving down our waiter to get more water, sides, etc. Not sure if i would go back. All my friends raved about it so i wanted it out. Not sure if i would give them a second chance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Persian Gem
    Newyorker
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Bandar was a very good find...highly recommend the starter eggplant dish as it was the best dish of the evening...the lamb eggplant stew was also quite good. The world famous chicken kebab was good not great...family owned business and the hostess was very helpful and friendly...overall, we enjoyed it and will go back again... a must in the gas lamp...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and large portions!
    Lovetodance69
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Great filet kabobs! And friendly service. Went there on a Wednesday night with a friend. I had heard great reviews from other people about Bandar. We arrived early and sat at the bar for a couple drinks. Bartender was very pleasant and helpful on choosing a special cocktail fore since I couldn't decide. Pomegranate martini was perfect! We ordered the avocado hummus for an appetizer and they serve you flat bread to go with it. It was a perfect beginner. We both ordered the kabobs, chicken and filet. Very large chunks of filet served with rice. The portions were large enough that you could share with someone if your willing. It was a very pleasant experience and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    judys
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    One of my favorite downtown restaurants. The food is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constantly delicious
    DowntownSDining
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Fine dining at reasonable prices. My wife and I usually go hear for special occasions (valentines, anniversary, etc). Excellent friendly service. Delicious food. Enormous servings. We usually share a single plate and add a side of protein and always have delicious left overs. If you like Persian/Mediterranean type food, then this restaurant should be one of the top 3 of your list to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The world famous chicken is
    Swirth91
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The world famous chicken is the best chicken I have ever had! Huge portion sizes and delicious food! Very nice restaurant, I come here on special occasions. They also gave me $15 gift card for coming in on my birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Persian food - good appetizers
    conferee01
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Persian food - good appetizers but food bland, without the depth I expect of Persian food. They stress quantity rather than quality
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  • Fair at best
    SDdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Six of us dined here with high expectations, having read some of the reviews. We are Persian so we know what good Persian food is supposed to be like. It is true that portions are large but the taste is not authentic and the quality is sub-par relative to many excellent Persian restaurants in So Cal. Worst of all, this restaurant pretends to be a fine dining establishment. It is far from that. The waiter whose hands were in his pockets as he took orders had an attitude and was certainly inexperienced. I complained to the manager about the service before we left and she did not seem to care. This restaurant is expensive for what it offers so consider many of the other finer establishments in the neighborhood first. We will not be back.
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  • A very good experience
    MMAG
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love the food, the environment, and the service. The only problem was that we were not asked if we needed a refill for our sodas and we had to wait a quiet bit to request it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get your money's worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went with my wife for Valentines Day dinner. We both got the Prix Fix special. We totally didn't expect the massive amounts of food that came out. All of it was delicious, and there was enough to take home for another meal for each of us the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I usually eat at this reataurant for dinner, but today we came by for a Valentine's lunch. We did not have the usual great experience. Servers were not friendly, waiters were asking to take our order with out asking if we wanted anything to drink and when they did bring the drink menu the waiter just stood there expecting us to choose right away. The rice wasn't really warm. The menu selection which is good and is less $$. We might need to stick to dinner next time.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions
    Ergul
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Portions are unbelievable. Share. Dont order per person
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    HerkyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Looks great, smells good, nice service, but all of it falls a bit short; quantity of food was large but taste a bit unsophisticated, room is noisy with just a few diners, service attentive but condescending.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bandar does not disappoint!
    GiGi
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I've been to Bandar 2x now and love it! They do not disappoint in both service and quality. The portions are ridiculously large which can be great if you want to share with someone as I did with my son. I love this restaurant!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wouldn't It Be Lovely!
    Meriweather
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Remember the old song? Come intor Bandar, and that's what comes to mind! An open room with whimsical parasols above the bar & warm, friendly faces all 'round. The room is understated & comfortable in a very clean, uncluttered way; the staff are attentive without being "too present". There when you need them, working somewhere else when you don't. The menu is interesting & elegant; the presentation is clean & uncluttered, like the restaurant. You have a wide variety of choices and your server will help with questions, or suggestions. We shared because the portions are generous! But do save room for desert. Everything we tried was fabulous! Come, relax and feel absolutely lovely!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food Great service!
    SanDiegan
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    It's not my first time here and it will not be the last. My husband and I went to Bandar hoping to enjoy the Restaurant week deal, but the food without deal is at a better price, so we decided to forget about restaurant week and enjoy our normal dinner. We ordered two separate entre, but the waiter recommended that we ordered the combination plate because it will be a better deal (lower price) WHAT ?!? Wow! two thumps up. The bread came cold so I asked for it to be warmed and they did it right away. I'm so impressed with their service.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Gaslamp
    Susan
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This Persian restaurant is across the street from the Balboa Theater. As soon as you enter the decor sets the mood, with lovely parasols above the bar. We both ordered the chicken tenderloin but with different rice dishes. The food was delicious and the portions enough for at least 2 - 3 people. We will definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, but quite pricey
    Denver
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Our server was great: knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We had hummus and lentil soup as appetizers. Both were delicious and the soup came out piping hot. For dinner we had the rack of lamb and the chicken kabob. Both were served with rice, which was delicious by itself, and a grilled half tomato. Meats were tender and well-seasoned and there was lots of it! I needed my meat cooked all the way through (pregnant) and it was, without being dry or tough. We then had baklava and Persian tea for dessert. We stretched our meal out over 2 hours and never felt rushed. They were also never packed, but starting to fill up as we left (8pm). It was a fairly expensive meal, but we planned on that. We would certainly go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large portions
    greenthumb
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Very tasty food. Had plenty left to take home for dinner the next evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great quality of ingredients presented well with excellent service. The dishes could use more spices a little bland for Persian cooking. Portions were very generous.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food for large group
    chirp
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I planned a bachelorette dinner here and they were wonderfully accommodating for a group of 15. They had the large table ready for us and ran as many cards for the paying bill as necessary, which made things MUCH easier than it could have been. Food was delicious and plentiful. All were happy and well fed.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food just ok
    SFVegetarianVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The restaurant is beautiful and the wait staff great. However, the salmon was just ok, the vegetarian eggplant was not good at all. I left most of it over. The hummus was a bit too cold. The chicken was the best of what we ordered. The rice was also good. Disappointing compared to other fine restaurants in the area.
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  • Food good, but portions far too big
    lordscoffalot
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The food is good, but the portions are so dauntingly and unnecessarily massive that we think three people could have eaten one of our entrees. The desert select was poor
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate