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
323 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (216)fit for foodies (149)special occasion (113)hot spot (88)romantic (80)great for brunch (65)notable wine list (63)vibrant bar scene (62)good for groups (52)late-night find (41)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (10)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Je suis en France!
    Barb
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I really felt like I was in France and that was delightful! Terrific atmosphere francais and some great traditional french meals. The cassoulet was really the best I've had in the USA the the pate was excellent. Charming restaurant and lots of delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great jazz and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I went for some great food and entertainment and the Paris Bistro did not disappoint. The food was wonderful and so was the entertainment. Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society was red hot, what a great addition to the entertainment line up!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming/Pricey/Worth Another Try
    AdventurousDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Loved the atmosphere of this cozy bistro and appreciated the consistent but unobtrusive attention of the wait staff. I liked, but didn't love, the food. I've had better escargot, the tomato salad was fine, but not what I was expecting based on the description (it was only tomatoes and toasted bread). The rabbit, served on a huge bed of noodles, seemed heavy for an August night. I would definitely return, but I just think I would choose my fare more carefully. Also, note that the restaurant is quite a bit more expensive than I was expecting based on open table's rating. Our meal for two was well over $125.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oui oui!
    Hobro4
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Absolutely LOVED our experience! We just moved to Chestnut Hill and this was our first date night in our new neighborhood. It set a high standard for other venues in CH to meet. Great food, service, and ambiance. Definitely going back and definitely recommending this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining for Adults in Chestnut Hill
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have eaten here a number of times in recent months, and it is a restaurant that continues to deliver. The wait staff can hover a bit too much, but they know what they are doing. The bar makes really good drinks--I am a bit underwhelmed the specialty cocktails, but ask the bartenders to make a Manhattan or martini and they are in their element. The food is consistently very good--the portions are neither too big nor too small. I recommend this place highly--my one objection in the past had been an overabundance of children in what is clearly not, nor should it be, a kid-friendly restaurant. Some of the CH crowd need to discover the time honored institution known as the baby sitter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrific "bistro" in Chestnut Hill
    disaster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    All that you might expect in a Parisienne Bistro. Looks great, super menu, staff pleasnt, food delicious. Perfect place for "in town" friends to meet "suburban" friends for dinner. The noise level was a huge distraction. It really made the whole evening a disappointment. We have been to the restaurant a couple of times and last time sat up front at the window thinking that noise would be less. But no ! We will try again but never on a Friday or Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After reading reviews, was cautious about noise level but didn't find it to be a problem between 5 and 7 p.m. on the evening we ate there. Conversation could be heard without straining and the music was audible but subdued. Food was good, loved the avacado and crab salad; other choices were adequate but not outstanding. The ambience is pleasant and there were at least two managers circulating and overseeing the service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Decent food let down by a serious overkill of garlic particularly in the side of mushrooms Hostess was abrasive when our table for 6 was not ready Good addition to Chestnut Hill,nevertheless
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris - Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went on a Thursday evening having had a reservation at 7pm. We were not seated until 730pm and had to hang around in the crowded foyer because the bar was full. The noise limited our conversation. The service was slow and our waiter rather condescending. It took an extremely long time for us to get our entree -- the table next to us sat down after us and finished their entree before our arrived. The food (we both got seafood) was OK but not notable. A staff member noted the slow service and came over and spoke to us at which time we expressed our concerns. He did offer us a free dessert which was OK but not great. Our general reaction is that this restaurant did not live up to its billing and we could get a more enjoyable meal elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zsazsa
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Frog legs tough, bland. House salad...too much lettuce and balsamic dressing . too heavy for salad.martini excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A French Cafe
    MacysMomVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Delicious food and ambience. Would go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris Bistro
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant has a very nice dining room. It was recommended by a family member. We went for their Sunday Brunch and arrived at opening. Waitress was friendly and took our order after a short time. Then the wait began. We noticed that the manager was at one time wearing an apron and in the kitchen, then busing tables, then back to the front, similar with other staff. Obviously something was going on, very disorganized. Excuses began about the delivery of our lunch. It finally came nearly an hour after arriving, the runner dropped it and off and we didn't see our waitress to check with us for another ten or so minutes. Service poor. Food was fair. They gave us free brunch I think to avoid review.Would like to try again but unsure.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quietdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our poor experience was perhaps a one time event, although I suspect that the restaurant is too noisy for our purpose which is generally to have a good meal and enjoy conversation with friends. Service was very slow and in the middle of our meal a very noisy party with one particularly inebriated guest was seated directly behind us. Not only was it difficult to have a conversation after that, but the the already slow and indifferent service got worse with the waiter focusing so much on that party he ceased to see us. He had to be waved down to clear dirty dishes and offer us dessert and coffee which we should have skipped in protest. If we want good food along with a noisy atmosphere we can always go to Parq.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IslandSmokeHouseBBQ
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All I can say is that I"ll be going back to PARIS at least time a month. Very special place, in a great location with off street parking. :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise
    Dave
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It would have been a good idea to make the ceiling sound absorbent rather than reflecting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with great service
    joliVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dined at Paris Bistro for dinner on Friday night for the first time and was very impressed with the attentive and personal service. From the initial greeting at the entrance to the service from James to the hostess going out of her way to ask how our meal was when we left, the service greatly exceeded my expectations. The food was good, we had the Marsielle Bouillabaisse and the Cassoulet which were both good, however, the Cassoulet was served exceptionally hot and took a very long time to be able to eat it. The nightly dinner specials are intriguing and I would return to try most of them, but it is the service that will bring me back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service,fresh
    brez
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great French Bistro cuisine! Expert drinks at bar sndr good wine selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good in all respects
    ArjayVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Seated right away - service person there promptly and very helpful. Good wine list although could use a few more Sancerre options. All three of us had beef short ribs -very,very good. Many other items to try on next visit. A table stop by by owner, Mr Paris was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Paris Ambiance !
    DecoGal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I celebrate our anniversary of the date we met every year, and we decided to try something new other than dinner and a play. Since we vacationed in Paris last summer, this would be an ideal choice. The food was wonderful and especially the escargot ! Service was paced well. My husband's onion soup was extremely hot and took some time to cool down. But we were not in a rush. After dinner, we visited the Cafe downstairs for a drink and music. The band was mellow and also very upbeat. Loved the female singer whose "scatting" reminded us of Ella F. All in all, it was a wonderful evening except for the noise level in the dining room. I will definitely dine here again and bring some friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'd give it a 2nd try...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was as advertised (Parisian Bistro)... Service was only average... Waiter never asked if we'd care for drinks (we'd brought our drinks over from the bar), and there was a 20 minute delay between the finish of our soup/salad and delivery of our entrée. Because the food was that good (and the price right), we'd give it a second try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy
    dave
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the only detraction was the relatively high noise factor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a little inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Crepes are usually good as are the mussels. Meat entrees are not always cooked as requested. Had COte de Beouf, there were 2 pieces one was cooked medium, one medium rare. Leg of Lamb was tough.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Les58VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The only complaint we have is that the oysters my husband ordered were VERY small. Charge $2.50 each. Otherwise, nice meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Interesting menu and the food lived up to it. We dined early (6 PM) on a Wednesday in the upstairs room and noise was not a problem. Feels like a French bistro; very comfortable, attentive and friendly server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Yet
    chazz
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I would like to see this restaurant become a better than it is. In fact, I would like it to be a gem. That said, it does draw a full dining room. I regrettably found serious problems with some of the simple menu items that I ordered. The potato frites were lacking with too few upright pieces; the bottom half of the container chock full of bits. The mussels were smaller than my little finger nail. I expect larger, plumper mussels . As to the manner of their preparation, the garlic tasted jarred. The usual umami just wasn't there. Consider fresh garlic and Pernod. The noise level rose so high that my dining partner had to remove ear buds. The kitchen was a bit slow for an order requested with cocktails.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So French
    Filififou
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Nous avons découvert cet endroit sur la recommandation d'amis français. Installe depuis quelques mois á Philadelphie nous avons retrouvé les saveur de chez nous. De escargots un cassoulet du fromage et du vin. Parfait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaleVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Although Open Table indicated there were no tables available between 11:30 and 1:30 on a Saturday for brunch, when we arrived at 1:00 the place was practically empty. 3 of us ordered Bloody Marys to start and although staff was certainly not busy it took a very long time to get those drinks, Food did come promptly and was quite good. Sadly we had much better food and service the time when we went for dinner when it was much more crowded
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastique!
    Andye
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Dined at Paris Bistro again. The food was fabulous with one exception. The escargots bread crouton topping was salty. However, the bouillabaise was perfect as was my husband's chicken. My dining partners got the cassoulet and crepe and loved them too. I'm so glad that there's a real gourmet restaurant now in Chestnut Hill
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations ?
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    3rd time dining here...food, service, etc are good for a bistro type setting. Made an open table resv over 1 week ahead for a Thurs night for 7:30. Hostess called day of to double confirm. We arrive on time, table not ready until....8:10! Hostess very apologetic and pleasant, but don't you think at the least an offer of a round of drinks for our party of 4 would of been the right move ?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food...
    Hamchi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Paris is a newer Restuarant in Chestnut Hill and it was a second time eating there. The food is scrumptious, the wine is good, and the service is friendly. The only part that needs improvement is the tables are crammed together. You feel like that you are eating on top of the next patron.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Rich
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This was our second trip and we had a party of 6. Everyone ordered something different and it was all fabulous. I can be pretty tough but I thought the food was terrific -- even better than our first trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh LA LA!
    Dorene
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We recently went to The Paris Bistro for the first time. It was a weeknight, but very busy and essential to have reservations. The atmosphere is exceptionally friendly and I loved the selections on the menu that are so specifically French: only French wines, frog's legs, rabbit, escargot etc., The food was delicious and we plan to go again soon. The prices are well in line with the neighborhood and the relaxed atmosphere is just what you want. Even the other diners seemed relaxed and friendly. We want to come back soon to sample the live jazz and enjoy the ambiance of an imagined Paris in the 20's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    paris4us2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a 5:30 reservation and were looking forward to Short Rib Beef Bourguignon. Imagine our disappointment when we were told by our waiter that it would not be ready until 7 pm. It seems to me that if an item is on the menu that it should be ready for all guests. The French Onion Soup was the best I have ever had. My second choice Skate wings were delicious but overseasoned. My partner was disappointed with the Salmon Cakes. Our waiter was very professional and attentive to our needs. Her also spoke to us in French. How delightful. I felt like I was back in Paris, France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second visit very disappointing
    LuanneKlondyke
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First visit was excellent. Oysters, red/yellow beet salad, veggie crepe & rabbit w/ a white wine special bottle for $28. Our waitress was friendly, the rabbit outstanding. On this our 2nd visit, the rabbit again wasvery disappointing. We also tried the new menu item, salmon cakes. They were overdone, dry and small. The beet salad this time was huge slices of red beets, more than 4 inches in diameter, hanging off the plate. It was $1 oyster day but our waiter never mentioned it nor did the chalk board of specials near the bar. He served well but was too formal and tight for a place this casual. With one hit and one miss we will give this another try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Hit or Miss; Service Lacking
    SuburbanFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time at Paris on a Saturday night. Found some menu items to be quite good (custard, escargot, cassoulet, desserts), some to be lacking (crepe of the day, spinach) and execution to be poor. Interminable delay between courses, coffee was served far in advance of dessert and was cold by the time dessert arrived. Our waiter apologized profusely for the wait, but it detracted from the experience and we do not plan to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressions of Paris Bistro
    phillygal215
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While the food was very good and the plating very pretty, I think the serving sizes are quite disappointing considering the prices. I ordered the short rib beef dish and got two table tennis ball sized pieces of meat, barely a whisper of chard, one ravioli, and two miniature carrots. Disappointing. Additionally, I felt that my waiter was a bit steely in response to an inquiry that I made with him. The creme brulee was excellent! I would return for that, and also to check out the jazz cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tops in service
    labanwannabeeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner, have been there a number of times and never fails to deliver. We were never rushed and felt as though we were the only patrons in the restaurant. The service was great, we had a small accident at the table with some wine and the server(I believe she was Romanian) was exceptional in handling the situation. I also appreciated the gesture by the manager to handle any cleaning that might be needed. Just a great evening overall, please let them know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All That Jazz!
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my second time here and we actually went downstairs to the Jazz Cafe to eat and listen to some great music. The menu is amazing down there and we loved it! Note, there's a $5 entertainment fee per person, but it's well worth it. of course. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TOO noisy
    maw1947
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My second time here. The food was good. Service was terrible. Maybe I'll go back again-it's not a given. If you want a romantic spot and or a place to have a conversation, Paris is NOT the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    momandmoma1990
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Paris Bistro came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. It felt like a true "Paris" bistro, not just one named for the owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.