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Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill
Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill
  • Address:
    8229 Germantown Ave., Building A
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    Neighborhood:
    Chestnut Hill
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $30 and under

Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.parisbistro.net/
  • Phone: (215) 242-6200
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Very effective feeling of a Paris bistro in setting and food. Quite delicious, excellent value, very attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This has become one of my favorite spots in Chestnu Hill. It is like a small bistro from Paris. The food is excellent. You must try it!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was great: fresh, well prepared, great presentation and delicious! We loved the ambiance/decor. The waiter was attentive. We ate in the main (street-level) dining room. But...please do something to lower the noise level!!!!!! We could hardly hear ourselves!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Had an early dinner recently on a Sunday night at Paris Bistro before the crowd & have to say that it was one of the best meals and restaurant experiences I've had in a long time. Our waitress was terrific and very personable and steered us with suggestions when there were simply too many things on the menu that sounded tempting. Crabmeat & avocado salad and short ribs were standout, as were the creme brûlée and almond cake. We weren't in the mood for the jazz, but that's a great addition and destination. The only negative I can come up with is that it's very noisy when the place is full and it can be hard to hear the people seated across from you at the table. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Disappointed that we waited 25 minutes for croissant and yogurt parfait. It feels like the restaurant has potential - if I was dining with a more impatient friend it would not have been a good experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner with my husband, but could not really talk, the noise level was extremely loud."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday night. Extremely noisy and distracting. Service was slow, too much time between appetizer and entrée with no comment from server about delay. All entrées arrived lukewarm. Will try on a weeknight as we all liked the menu."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Two friends and I visited Paris Bistro for a Saturday dinner. The food was wonderful. The restaurant is a bit noisy when it's packed, since there are few textured items to dampen the sound. It's not a huge problem, but it can make it hard to hear one another. The only negative of the night was the service. Our server seemed a bit haughty, and one of my friends felt she was ignored. The busboy was more pleasant. It's a shame, since for me, this is the part of a customer's experience that makes or breaks a visit. I'm not saying I won't visit again; I really enjoyed the food. But the service will be something I hope is improved the next time around."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have say our server was very sweet and very attentive. The food runner was a little rude when we said we to get the salad second not at the same time as our appetizer. The salad Lyonaise was okay and a little skimp on frisee. The pate was average. The mussels were bland but the fries and aioli were yummy. The stand out was the trout, perfectly executed. We shared the lemon raspberry crepe that would have been good if it had been on a warm freshly made crepe instead of a cold one. I would go back for brunch or maybe a snack ot the bar but not for dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere. Classic New Orleans look. Food very good with service excellent. Restaurant is on first floor with music and dining on floor below. One disappointment, wanted to hear music but was never advised when entering that I had to request to be seated in lower level. Assumed after dining, we could go down stairs but were unable to because there was no space. Recommend asking people when they call for reservations if they want to be seated in lower level. Great look...great atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant staff was very nice, everyone at the table enjoyed their food, both appetizers and entrees. Unfortunately because it was so busy, we were kind of rushed. Since my party had 10 people, it took up a few tables. When I called earlier in the week to confirm my 5pm reservation reservation for 10, I was told that it was fine, but that they would need to the table back by 7:30. My hope was to have my party to the jazz cafe for the show but we were told that it was already full at 7 PM. So I tried to work with the staff on that but it didn't really happen. We ended up hanging out outside at the nice fire pit. Bottom line, good food and service but not good for large parties, especially on the weekends."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was great! The place was busy, and a little loud, but we had a wonderful time. We did have to wait a while for our food but it was worth it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere are good but we had to wait a half an hour for our table with reservations. Waiter was a bit sarcastic."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love this restaurant BUT the noise is impossible--unless you sit next to your dinner companion's ear, conversations are non existent. They need to do something about finding some sould absorbing materials for the walls and that metal ceiling."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My tough-to-impress husband was very happy with his escargot and trout. I got the green salad, and though the mustard dressing was delicious, there was too much of it. My short rib beef borguignon was inventive and the short ribs were cooked to perfection. The server was knowledgeable and friendly. It was very loud, so not the place you want to go for a romantic evening. We didn't go downstairs, so can't comment on the music. We saw some kids there, and asked about a kids' menu. They don't have one, but the server pointed out some things on the menu that would be kid-friendly. I probably wouldn't bring little kids there becuase of the noise, but our 7 and 10 year olds would be fine."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First time to this place. Service was really exceptional - staff took great pains to make sure we were quite happy with our experience. Manager and chef checked on us during our meal. The food was generally very good, yummy French sauces. Crepe was tender and light. Oyster varieties were fresh very good. Dessert of almond cake was a bit surprisingly blah, and underwhelming. However, coffee was top notch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Heard about this place from a friend and so glad I came. GREAT food! I will be coming back soon."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The salmon crepe and pork chop were both delicious. the cauliflower appetizer could use more cauliflower..."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Comparing The Paris Bistro to an authentic Parisian cafe, my family and I had a lovely time at a recent Sunday brunch. We had numerous authentic French menu selections to select from which was in and of itself the most challenging thing of the entire experience. Beautifully decorated, attentive service, and delicious food. We will return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I enjoy jazz clubs. Upon hearing about the Paris Bistro in the neighborhood, how could I resist. It had the hustle and bustle of busy Paris sidewalk on the inside. The food was very good. I will move out of my comfort zone and try some the french fair. It is a must go to."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in to the time we walked out😭...it was overall the best restaurant experience I had in a very long time! Every person working there is a gem! The Bastille day menu was outstanding and the paired wine selection was right on! Thank you again for making my birthday extra special...my first time going but not the last!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Paris Bistro. The Loster Bisque and Crab Cakes were outstanding!! We have visited Heirloom and GreenSoul and all of the restaurants are understanding!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent esp the rabbit. Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As former Mt Airy residents we were looking forward to a trip to old neighborhood for dinner. Finally got to Pairs Bistro and it was all that we had hoped for. Service super, perfect setting, food great, friendly yet very professional servers. can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Paris Bistro is the latest "hot spot" in Chestnut Hill. The decor is very belle époque Parisian, and the menu is French brasserie with the addition of a fabulous hamburger. Delicious skinny frites, salade lyonnaise, daily specials such as frogs' legs round out the selections. Wines are reasonably priced out-of-the way French labels. The atmosphere is bit frenetic for me. And the noise level in a room with a low tin ceiling and all hard surfaces, except the very comfortable upholstered chairs, makes conversation at a normal pitch difficult. Try it out. The service is adequate, but always seems a bit hectic."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is my third visit to The Paris Bistro and it continues to be excellent. Great wine selection and wonderful desserts."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My friends and I love this place, and we are running the menu--we especially like the beet salad, the duck confit salad, any fish dish, the steak, the cassoulet, and the rabbit. Waist-consciousness has kept us from trying any of the desserts, but they all sound and look wonderful--we peak at what other tables are having. Go and go often to this place--it is just what Chestnut Hill needs--we drive in from Center City"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had a fantastic brunch here with a friend last Sunday. Both service and food were great as usual. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very reminiscent of a French café. Food and service were very good and being from the NYC area we were pleasantly surprised at the reasonableness of the prices for both the food and wine. ."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "First visit. Found most positives that other reviewers have reported. Food was excellent. The lobster bisque was REAL lobster bisque, redolent of a long simmering shellfish stock, well seasoned (NOT over-salted like many) and with just a touch of cream. Outstanding. The Ice Bar - listed as an appetizer on the menu - was my entree. 6 delicious raw oysters, 4 very large cooked shrimp and a large bowl of ALL large lumps of crabmeat mixed with perfectly ripe fresh avocado. Server was knowledgeable and the restaurant appears well staffed but service was occasionally spotty - had to ask for soup spoon. Another issue was dealt with quickly and with a sense of humor. Noise is considerable. But it just feels like the place to be. Will def go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Paris has a great European inspired atmosphere and the food was very good. We really enjoyed it!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is my second time here in 10 days--different guest. I really like this place--and it is a bit off the beaten path from where I live (in Center City), but more than worth the drive. The staff are friendly; they hover without intruding. The food is uniformly excellent--real bistro fare. The drinks are good and fairly priced, as is the wine list. One note to other patrons: this is really not a restaurant for children--Chestnut Hill has loads of them. There were two young girls at the next table who were annoyingly up and down, up and down, up and down as their separate parents just ignored them. The kids aren't to be blamed; the parents are--there are such things as babysitters."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Having looked forward to dining at this restaurant, all I can say is how disappointed I was. While the restaurant is pretty, that is the best I can say about it. We arrived about 10 minutes prior to our reservation time, and were promptly seated at a table literally ten feet from the hostess. Despite this, we sat for 30 minutes without anyone coming to our table. I had to go to the hostess and finally ask her if anyone was waiting on us before the server came over and half apologized, saying she "didn't realize" our table was hers. Because we waited so long for our order to be taken, it was put in after several parties, and we waited another 45 minutes for our meal - which was mediocre, at best. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A local gem - fun, lively atmosphere without need to drive into town."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at the Paris Bistro. Service was excellent. Our food order was served quickly, met both of our expectations as to taste and was a good value. I had the lemon crepe for dessert while my wife had the almond cake. Both were delicious. I look forward to dining here again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Well suited for groups but over all , both rooms are too loud for intimate conversation. Menu was somewhat abbreviated but what we ordered was quite good. Slightly over priced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very busy early on a weeknight, though not unpleasantly so. Server Jessica was attentive without hovering, willing to make suggestions. Food was excellent and portions ample; either appetizer could have been shared between two. Only complaint: tables very close together."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It's a great local place. We can walk, have a great dinner and walk home! The staff is wonderful and so is the atmosphere. I love the Warm Duck Confit salad. So yummy! And the oysters are always delicious."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant many times, and it never disappoints. From the attentive service to the delicious food and drinks, this place is definitely a winner. Try the cauliflower au gratin and the crab and avocado salad. The scallops, although few in number, were wonderful. It makes you feel like you're not in Chestnut Hill but rather, in New York City."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This spot was especially enjoyable since it's in the neighborhood. Our meals were excellent as was the service. We arrived at 5 and were the first ones to arrive for dinner. By the time we left an hour later, (as I said, the service was excellent!), the place was packed and this was a Wednesday night! I would definitely recommend reservations. Our only disappointment was that we were unable to enjoy the jazz cafe on the lower level because it's only open Thursday through Sunday......next time! Casual dress is another plus."
    Dined on 6/25/2014