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

Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.parisbistro.net/
  • Email: info@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-Sunday evenings.
    Entertainment charge.

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: Private parking lot behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel.
    Metered street parking also available on Germantown Avenue and side streets.
A word from Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill
Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe is the latest collaboration between Chef Al Paris and brothers Robert and Benjamin Bynum. Located in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s most charming neighborhoods, Chestnut Hill, this classic French bistro is the dream-come-true for these successful, long time partners. Since the closing of Philadelphia’s premier jazz club, Zanzibar Blue in 2007, and the opening of Heirloom Restaurant in 2011, Al, Robert and Benjamin have been looking for the perfect location to house their classic French bistro and jazz cafe..Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We are fortunate to have another excellent restaurant from Al Paris in Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the ambiance was very appealing. Everyone in our party enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. I will certainly be a regular customer of Paris. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "What I love about this restaurant is the combination of the food and music. Compared to haute cuisine, French Bistro style is lighter, simpler and healthier. Our food was excellent and reasonably priced. We ate in the basement where they have a live jazz band. The band was very entertaining and consistent with the french style jazz."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Wonderful new restaurant in Chestnut Hill. the food was terrific. Beautiful place but way too loud!!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "What a gem! Great addition to Chestnut Hill. Have eaten here three other times and it didn't disappoint. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Overall, the restaurant felt like a second cousin to Parc in Philly, though closer to my home. The noise level was quite high, and found it difficult to talk and be heard. The food was fair, nothing out of the ordinary though it took a while for the food to arrive. Was anxious to try it since it was hard to get a reservation, but having dined there, not sure I would go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Overall we had a very nice experience. They should post hours on the door. Our reservation was for 5pm, we arrived at 4:30 but doors were locked. Waited in car but could see several other people approach and peering into the windows. If you don't open until 5pm - don't give out reservations for 5pm. Other than that, it was very pleasant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food was OK. The decor is a lame attempt at trying to recreate a french bistro (Try making your signs, paint, accessories look antiqued). DIM the lights -- it's like walking into a school cafeteria. You can create a better mood with softer lighting. For the clientele he is trying to attract he should have looked to the other bistro themed restaurant on rittenhouse square and one upped them. Still, on those nights we don't feel like battling to get into the city this is a fare alternative. Beef bourguignon had more of a tomato/vinegar base than wine (tasted almost like a BBQ sauce)."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Decor is attractive. Drink selection for Sunday brunch was good, enjoyed both a Bellini and coffee drink. Decided to splurge on Eggs Benedict, one regular, one with crab. Eggs in both orders were overcooked; would have sent them back if we could have caught the server's eye (it was very busy). Crab Eggs Benedict is a misnomer -- while jumbo crab is listed on the menu, there was instead a small, flattened crab cake that may or may not have had crab in it -- honestly couldn't tell. They did credit the cost of the Bellinis when we finally were able to talk to the server about the eggs, which was a nice gesture."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I visited the Paris Bistro during its opening weeks and found it outstanding. The crab cakes were the best I've ever had! This time around, they were mediocre - lots of filler and not so much crab and overdone with lemon, as was the accompanying spinach salad. My dining partner had the salmon, which was overcooked and not particularly tasty. The service is quite good, but not exceptional and the noise level is intense at times. Even the first time we dined there, with a party of 6 (seated at an extraordinarily tiny table), it was hard to hear my table mates. Lots of potential here though."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Beautiful interior, loved the tin ceiling! The food was excellent! The mussels were delicious though I wish the frittes were a little crispier. Very good variety on the menu. My husband and I will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had brunch here and enjoyed it very much. Dinner however was very noisy. It's a shame, because the food was excellent. I want Paris to succeed, because this spot really needed a good restaurant. It's a large room and with the tin ceiling and bare floors, sound really travels. On the plus side, my husband I were able to talk without raising our voices too loudly, but we were at the end of the room, and surrounded by dinersonly on 3 sides. So if there are two of you, I suggest you ask for a table in the back of the room."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I took my mother here for an early Sunday dinner on 4/6. We were seated promptly, service was friendly and attentive, the drinks were inventive and delicious, and the food was great - especially the french onion soup and almond cake. The chef walked around and talked to a lot of the tables, gotta love that! We had dessert in the Jazz bar downstairs...loved the atmosphere and music. Will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Chef Al keeps an attentive, if always bemused, eye on the proceedings in his kitchen and dining room. With updates of classics, and the best ingredients paramount. He has refreshed age-old favorites (the short rib boeuf bourguignon with butternut squash ravioli and barely caramelized baby carrots are a masterpiece), and he has kept an imaginative culinary intelligence at work to create some new classics (the cauliflower and comté custard a case in point. The inevitable test of a French kitchen's authenticity, roast chicken, passes with flying colors, especially taking into account that it's free-range, and priced as an incredible value. The wine list: more than adequate, but hardly features true standouts, an attempt to keep prices in line."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food and service are very good. Have eaten there once before. At that time - for dinner - we were seated at the window. I remember it being noisy. Last Sunday we were seated in the main dining area and the restaurant is much too noisy. We had to raise our voices to hear each other. The new decor has no way to absorb the noise. The previous restaurant at this location was quiet. I will only go back if I am dining alone. It's too loud to chat with friends."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were so pleasantly surprized during our first visit to Paris for brunch. The food was so perfectly prepared and seasoned just right and at the right temperature. The menu has something for everyone's taste. I can't wait wait to go back for dinner and to enjoy some jazz in the downstairs Cafe."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Definitely "country" style French, and well prepared. Noisy upstairs as much as downstairs, where the jazz entertainment and bar reside."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great service, good food. Had the cassoulet and while it wasn't the REAL version, it was a great variation on the dish. Many of the ingredients are not easy to source in the US. The cheese plate was awesome!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food great staff. One thing too tight, seemed like the people next to us either spoke too loud or being too close to them we heard their entire conversation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food is good, but the flavors ned to be stepped up a bit."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "3 for 3 in Chestnut Hill. On the heals of the fantastic Heirloom and refreshing Green Soul, Al Paris and the Bynum brothers have produced an instant neighborhood gem in Paris Bistro. They did a wonderful job on the decor and concept, and the food and service live up to that first impression. Have been there once with little kids, and once with all adults, It worked well for both purposes. Lots of great choices on the menu. After our meal, the downstairs jazz club was hopping. Go check it out!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great neighborhood spot, great bartenders, very good food, great service. Just a tad noisy for my mature ears."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "New hot spot that brings the crowds in. Food excellent but limited menu. Very French foods. If you like mussels, this is the place to go. If you hate loud noise and crowded spaces, this is not the place to go."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The atmosphere will be familiar to all those who eaten at a bistro in Paris, and the food more than meets the expectations that one will accordingly have. Service is extremely friendly and helpful, despite the lively crowds that have been understandably attracted to this great new restaurant addition to Chestnut Hill. But most importantly, the food is delicious, ample, and true to the originals that inspired each dish we sampled. The Lyonnaise salad has that wonderfully perky combination of frisée greens, bacon 'lardons', poached egg, and vinegar down to a T. The onion soup was rich in broth and cheese, but not overly gloppy. Cassoulet with duck confit and sausage could easily have been served in a town in SW France. A welcome new spot!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a fairly new restaurant. I ate there 2 times already. The food is excellent! Everythong you eat is delicious. A great french restaurant in Chestnut Hill."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious and served by very friendly staff. What impressed me the most was the atmosphere. The upstairs restaurant and bar are cozy but elegant. My fiance and I dined in the downstairs jazz cafe and the jazz band was wonderful, the ambiance was dark and romantic and we can't wait to go back and visit the downstairs bar, it's very intimate. Overall, the place is beautifully decorated and it's just a nice place to be. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food & service were great! I dined on a Thursday night and returned that Sunday for brunch to celebrate my sister's birthday. Staff was very attentive and helpful in making menu selections. Cannot wait to return soon to experience the jazz cafe!!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Sat 5 at a table for 4 made it very crowded. Bistro burger was a hit - veggie crepe only fair. Very lively atmosphere but Noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation. Liked it well enough to give it another try."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The Calvados Cosmo was a fantastic cocktail. The Black Mussels Mariniere was tasty and filling. The Trout main course was larger than expected and cooked to perfection. The Short Rib Beef Bourguignon melted in my mouth and was probably the best I have ever had. And both desserts, the Profiteroles and the special chocolate mousse cake were a perfect ending to a great meal. I can't sign off without giving kudos to the excellent wait staff as well. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food was delicious, prices very reasonable, atmosphere lively. Waiter was in attentive but it wouldn't stop me from returning."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "very nice place but the noise level is way too high borders on uncomfortable need to dampen it!!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This place has great potential but still needs some work to become a great restaurant. We felt the service was very poor - we had to ask for a steak knife, for more coffee (only a half cup was initially poured!). The waitress addressed us as she was serving the table next to us. We thought the table were too close together. The waitress lurked in the background. The food is so-so - a steak came very well done but was asked to be cooked medium, the vegetable crepe lacked flavor or seasoning. It is such a cute restaurant in a good location that we had hoped for more. We will be back .... after a few months."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were there sat night . Today is Monday and we are still talking about the restaurant . The place is beautifully decorated. You feel like you are in Paris . The food was prepared with fresh ingredients and tasted wonderful."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Total excellent experience. Great service and food. Tremendous presentation to the food.french onion soup delicious. Large portion of Mac and cheese as a side also delicious. The Bread was the best I've had in along time. We went for our reservation at 5:00, and by 7:15 the noise level was a little high. All and all, Great"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Nice locale, good ambiance, pleasant service, food lacking. Moules, which is a bistrot standard, had lackluster sauce. Rabbit was ordered because of the mustard sauce descriptor, yet the sauce lacked mustard flavor, and was mostly creamy. The rabbit was overcooked (like an overcooked small hen), not tender and sauce laden, as one can find most French Bistrots. There was a pile of bland pasta accompanying this dish. The wine list is all French, reasonably priced, with excellent variety."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We loved the food, the drinks, our server. We had a relaxed, enjoyable meal. Then, 10 minutes after we paid, the hostess booted us from our table because "those people at the bar have been waiting 45 minutes for their table." They "invited" us to "continue to enjoy ourselves" at their jazz cafe downstairs -- cover-free -- and then seated us RIGHT NEXT TO THE BAND, so we couldn't "continue to enjoy ourselves." We left. We were not noisy; we were four well-behaved, well-dressed adult women who were laughing, chatting, and having a good time -- and who, to a person, had NEVER been asked to leave a table in any restaurant, no matter how crowded. From now on we will be doing that elsewhere -- and telling our friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love this place, the decor, the menu ...but the service and food quality is inconsistent. I have had burnt food served twice but it was then rectified. Once I had a professional waiter and the next, I wasn't sure what the person was. Will definitely return because I love the place and am sure these snafus will be smoothed out."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Dining in Chestnut Hill keeps getting better and better: with the addition of Paris Bistro we have a restaurant and jazz club right around the corner with a cosmopolitan vibe. Service was impeccable, menu is varied but not overwhelming, and signature cocktails and wine list makes every occasion feel special. From the tin ceiling to the traditional hexagonal white-tiled bistro flooring, the architectural details smartly contributed to the comfort and pleasure of our experience. After our fabulous dinner of escargot, scallops, trout, spinach with currants, and a lemon raspberry crepe, we went downstairs to the jazz club to hear a talented jazz quartet and female singer. Sipping our cocktails, we marveled at our evening's fortunes."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great food service and design. Finally chestnut hill has a place with. Character and great food. Service was efficient and not intrusive"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Dining at this new restaurant in Chestnut Hill was delightful. The restaurant is a bit noisy but the decor and ambience are wonderful and the service was excellent. Delicious food -- from salad, to entree, to sorbet -- nothing disappointed. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "When we walked in the scenery & bar looked energetic. We didn't wait long to be seated & the hostess was very nice. I ordered crab cakes and my husband had roasted chicken. We ordered drinks first and didn't care for the choice of appetizers and was kind of hungry so we thought we would be receiving some kind of bread. So we asked the waiter & he said we'd be receiving it just before the food arrived. However, we didn't get it until around the same time. The food was delightful but not filling to my husband. We were thirsty for water & wasn't pleased with the waiter who didn't show up soon enough sometimes. He waiter had a thick foreign accent and we couldn't communicate well so we decided against dessert."
    Dined on 3/20/2014