Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill
Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill

Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.parisbistro.net/
  • Phone: 2152426200x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: T-Th, Su 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Al Paris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live jazz Thursday through Sunday evenings.
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday Open 6:00- Close 12:00 Midnight
    Set times 7:00, 8:30 &10:00 PM
    Sunday Open 5:00-Close 11:00 PM
    Set times 6:00, 7:30 & 9:00 PM
    $5 entertainment charge (unless otherwise noted)
    No reservations - first-come, first-seated in the cafe

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Southampton Avenue
  • Public Transit: SEPTA Route 23 Bus

    SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut East or Chestnut Hill West lines
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking provided in Chestnut Hill Hotel parking lot (access on Southampton Avenue).
    Additional metered street parking available on Germantown Avenue and side streets.
A word from 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. Downstairs, the jazz cafe features the area's best talent playing a mixture of standards, Great American Songbook classics and music from the Jazz Era of the early 1900's. Make an evening of it with reservations for dinner upstairs and a jazz set after (seating in the cafe is on a first-come, first-seated basis).

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Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (175)fit for foodies (121)special occasion (92)hot spot (72)romantic (65)notable wine list (60)good for groups (49)vibrant bar scene (48)great for brunch (41)late-night find (28)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Mimi
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was my second time at Paris Bistro. Both times the waiters were very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. I had the same thing both times.....Beet salad and the Beef Bourgunione (?) Excellent!!! My friend loved her dinner the first time but wasn't happy the second time. She had a Chicken Crepe. Did not like it. She was not charged for it. I would go back again and I am sure she would too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sbhb
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went on a Monday for buck-a-shuck oysters. They were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High hopes
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After reviewing the menu we had high hopes. Phoning the restaurant to say that we were running late, we were greeted with "Bon soir"... o.k. touch, but in the background all I could hear was the sound of loud voices. An omen. Paris is a lovely space, all hard surfaces. Tables are close together, as is often the case in Paris, where it works. Here it did not. We could not hear each other to talk unless we leaned across the table and shouted. Oysters on the half shell were fine, but NOT for $28 for 6. The Bouillabaisse was utterly mediocre. Clearly its parts were added to a heavy tomato broth right before serving. No subtlety of flavor at all. Finally, the waiter was ghastly. There aren't enough words... Chummy, ODD, overbearing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bailey
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe has acieved the perfect balance of being a restaurant that offers extraordinarily good food and service. We will most certainly return and recommend this restaurant as a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeasThoughts
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I visited with three guests. they enjoyed their meals I didn't enjoy the free range chicken which lacked taste or seasoning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love love love it!!
    Joan
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I had steak frites. Tres bon. Always get the almond cake. Marvelous! Really great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Parisian style waitstaff
    Ghazah
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had the most awkward experience with our waiter. He started out seemingly trying to be rude. Then at the end, when he delivered the bill - he turned it on and tried so hard to be sweet. I want Parisian food, not rude Parisian service. The food was good, but not good for the price. I WANT to love it there. This was my second try. I can see them reach for a Parisian bistro here, just does not deliver…except for rude waiters.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    BBrunoVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was a little slow. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really happy with our experience!
    Teafor3
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very impressed! We booked online for Columbus day, and later discovered it was their first time to be open on Mondays. The place was absolutely hopping! On-line we requested a nice table for my wife's birthday and they did not disappoint. I also happened to mention this to our waiter, and when they brought our dessert order, a 2nd waiter stood in front of him until the last moment, to hide the fact that they'd added a lit candle to my wife's dessert. We each ordered something different and were all very happy with the content. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the crepes
    Chestnut
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have been to Paris Bistro many times and have never been disappointed until this last time. There were four of us for dinner - two of us ordered the crepes du jour which happened to be chicken. What a mistake. The crepes were dry. The filling was mainly some sort of legume/ bean with a small portion of white meat chicken. The sauce was skimpy and added nothing to the dry and bland dish. The other diners in our party enjoyed the salmon cakes ("Best I ever had," he remarked.) The hamburger someone else ordered was done perfectly and served with a generous portion of fries. My overall suggestion to others is to stick to the basics, which Paris Bistro does well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buck a shuck
    tolisa0269
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    my wife & i have been to heirloom many times w/the last 2 visits being less than good. we were a little hesitant about paris bistro. but i can't say enough about the energy in the room. right from the door we were impressed. it was lively w/o being rowdy. the wait-staff were knowledgeable, patient & courteous. the oysters were outstanding (i had 36)! our sides were delectable (mushrooms, sauteed spinach, pomme frites). the beer was tasty as well blending w/my oysters nicely. my wife was very satisfied w/her trout. the physical environment is beautiful. the tin ceiling, the bar set up, the table arrangement; everything is tastefully done. WE WILL BE BACK!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    chocolat60
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We really enjoyed the restaurant from the time we entered with your gracious hostess, Andrea, to our fine waiter (I don't remember his name), but he was very cordial to us. The boeuf was very tender and delicious. My husband enjoyed the scallops, and stated they were very much to his liking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to previous quality
    Debo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was our fourth time eating at Paris since it opened. Nice atmosphere, good service but the food was not quite as good overall.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time customer
    Media101VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I took friend to brunch based on a recommendation from my daughter and I was delighted. The atmosphere is great and the food selection was interesting. I had some the best french toast ever. Will defintely return for dinner and have already recommended it to other friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    BSmith
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I went here with a friend for Brunch. The food was fantastic and the service was as well. We are going back for a special birthday dinner in November.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed experience
    luv2gooutni
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very pleasant service. Food was OK but not really as special as we expected. Noise level made conversation impossible. Room temperature too hot. Wine disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Paris Friday
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Paris is extremely noisy when full...practically no fabric anywhere. A medium-rare burger arrived well-done and dry. Other than those things it was fine and is a fun spot with a jazz bar downstairs.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best place in Chestnut Hill
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have eaten here almost a dozen times; it consistently delivers quality food at reasonable prices. The wine list is varied, and again reasonable. (ok, we are in PA, so reasonable may be a relative term.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    TheBean
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for brunch after having had a delightful dinner previously, but were greatly disappointed. The kitchen was out of croissants and ham, which seems a bit strange for a French bistro. The service was poor and one dish arrived very late, although we were still charged. Not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent service
    FayeMay24VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here. For a cocktail, I highly recommend "La Vie en Rose." The cheese tray is wonderful, as is the chicken entree. We had grand marnier chocolate mousse for dessert which was very rich and perfect if you like grand marnier. The service here is outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adult Dining in Chestnut Hill
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This place has been needed for a long time--it fills a real niche in CH by providing a level of dining--in price and quality--not readily available in CH. There are plenty of family places--which are good--but there is a lack of places for adults to eat without kids running underfoot, where business dinners can be held, and where events can be celebrated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    bobnjcathy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Enjoyable brunch and atmosphere at this beautiful, quaint restaurant in Chestnut Hill. All made possible by Leon's attentive service. This was our 2nd visit and each time was fabulous. Jazz cafe downstairs is a great venue. We will be back over the holidays and will make it an overnight stay so we can do both dinner and follow up with brunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointing brunch
    petitegourmet
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have dined at the Bistro for dinner on a number of occasions, and while I found the noise level burdensome, the food has always been very good. Brunch was a disappointment, however and the service was just fair. The omelets were undercooked and the food took quite some time to come out of the kitchen. I ordered a second drink half way through the meal, and it was not delivered to me until after we had all finished eating. It is unlikely I will return there for brunch when there are so many other restaurants with more delicious and less expensive fare.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent new restuarant
    Speedy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    One of the best new restaurants in chestnut hill. Food was excellent and the restuarant has a very good decor. Will definitally be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time and still underwhelmed
    chestnuthillfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I really wanted to like the Paris Bistro, so excited about location, ambience and having another option in Chestnut Hill. Unfortunately I have been here twice since it opened and both times I been disappointed by the food. My recommendation, have pomme frites and wine at the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still a great neighborhood place
    discriminatingdiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've been there six times now, I believe. The food is very good--French daily cooking, so to speak, at reasonable prices. It's hard to beat in Chestnut Hill.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    MarcHVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My 4th visit was last week and as always imrt lives up to or exceeds my expectations. Took our 11y/o Granduaghter who is a foodie and she loved. It really replicates a classic Paris Bistrot Want to try brunch in the near future My only suggestion is that they have a more robust selection of wine by their glass as presently it is very limited
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good choice.
    thewmb7crew
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Ambiance lovely. Food very good. Staff friendly, responsive and pleasant but could use additional training in the nuances of good service. On the negative side the noise level too high for normal level conversation and service of main meal rather slow. Otherwise a really enjoyable experience and we will return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was awful and food took way to long to come out and then was mediocre. Not going back tons of other places in area that are much better and don't have to deal with rude servers
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Strawberry
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was delicious. The service was wonderful. The table was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FRENCH BISTRO AT ITS BEST
    MandesVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed eating at Paris Bistro. The food and the service are great. If you want great food and reasonble pricing this is your place. I had my favorite on Wednesday Coq au vin. This is only served on Wednesday's only. I wish it was offered more that one night a week. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good addition to chestnut hill!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Good food, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, not too expensive
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the food
    Gutessen
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Outanding food. French onion soup some of the best but spice twigs were in it. Scallops were perfect. Short ribs topped other a butternut squash ravioli perfect. I'll return if only for the almond cake for dessert. Service was very good and attentive except for one request that was forgotten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our first visit and we had an awesome experience and dining pleasure! We plan to return and celebrate my birthday!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like Eating in NYC
    RBBPHILLYVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The crab and avocado salad is amazing and the sauce is to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbecueman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Menu was attractively diverse and food was well prepared and timely served. Wait staff was prompt and attentive. Have dined there twice and both times were very happy with our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food - Inviting Charm
    Yumyumgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything about this little gem of ambience transports you to Paris. The red chairs, the tin ceiling, the Edith Piaf soundtrack. In the wrong hands, this sort of total immersion could be cloying. But at Paris Bistro, the food is the star of the show and that is as it should be. Even the least expensive green salad is a triumph of delicatley balanced greens and infusion of dressings. The beef is perfection, the potatoes au gratin are rich and peppery. I can't say enough about the cuisine. The only drawback of this charming bistro is that the tables are a little too close together, and at the peak of the dinner rush, customers are hemmed in way too close to one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent eveening
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was just perfectly prepared, service could have been faster but the attention was there and the waiter was excellent. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breath of fresh air @ Chestnut Hill
    Dave
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful new restaurant in Chestnut Hill, good energy, service excellent, food excellent. They boast an intimate jazz cafe in the basement that harkens back to the 1920's jazz cabaret. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place !
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Really good bistro food - needs a little more variety. Our waiter was outstanding but we were relegated to the table closest to the kitchen (yes we had a reservation) and with many other open tables, the hostess would not change our table. "those tables are reserved for other people". We suggested that we be allowed to have one of those empty tables and the later reservation people get "our" table - that did not compute with the hostess. Oh well ...............
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.