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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "the only detraction was the relatively high noise factor."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The only complaint we have is that the oysters my husband ordered were VERY small. Charge $2.50 each. Otherwise, nice meal."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • " 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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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 ?"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food was very good as was service. Although very busy, we did not feel rushed at all. Not an extensive wine list but some good choices and interesting signature cocktails. Desserts were wonderful. Although noisy, we sat towards the back of the restaurant, off to the side, which seemed to be a bit quieter. All in all a very enjoyable experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal. My hat goes off to the chef."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The wine list is extensive...there is something for everyone. I had a tasty Cote du Bouef with potatoes gratin (with a touch of rosemary) My wife had scallops accompanied by a potato and parsnip puree which was to die for. Service was attentive but never intrusive. Fabulous desserts."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place. It can get loud which makes it hard to hear the waitress, especially when the waitress is of French origin. I loved the food. They got my order wrong, but were quick to make me the correct order. The manager was very apologetic and very kind. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Although it's difficult to get a reservation at Paris Bistro, once we arrived on a Saturday evening we were seated promptly, and were not rushed at all through the meal - which really did feel like dining out in Paris. The food was very good, with classic French bistro selections. The wine list was just right to complement the menu. Our only complaint is that it's a little noisy, but that does lend an authentic bistro atmosphere. Very nice night out, we will be back and have already recommended to our friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A great lobster bisque, excellent crusty bagettes and good nicoise salad were pretty much ruined by the incredible din that made conversation with our friends a screaming match. My husband's rabbit ragout was good but just somewhat under-tasty. My friend was not happy with her cassoulet, a hearty bean-and-meat dish that should bring a sigh of contentment. Her sigh was about what she'd have to do to doctor up the leftovers. Our waiter mispronounced several of the French names -- admittedly a very snooty problem but one that shows a lack of caring for details by the management. Though this is in my neighborhood, I would go back to listen to the music, not to eat."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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