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About 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. Classics like cassoulet, coq au vin, steak frites and escargot are joined by more modern bistro fare like a beet and goat cheese salad and mustard-herb crusted salmon. Classic cocktails and signature "bistro cocktails" include La Bardot and Le Martini de Triomphe. The 85 bottle wine list covers all the major wine producing areas of France at very reasonable prices. And what would the bistro experience be without classic chocolate mousse and creme brûlée? All are served with a genuine warmth and true hospitality. Downstairs live Jazz plays Thursday through Sunday evenings with reservations available through the Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe Open Table page.

8229 Germantown Ave., Building A
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday 5:00-10:00PM
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00-11:00PM
Sunday Brunch 10:30AM-2:00PM
Happy Hour Monday -Friday 4:00PM-6:00PM

Cross Street:
Southampton Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 242-6200

Website:
http://www.parisbistro.net/

Entertainment:
Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe offers live Jazz Thursday through Sunday evenings.
The room opens nightly at 5:00PM. Reservations can be made online through our Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe Open Table page or by calling 215.242.6200.
$5-$15 entertainment charge (unless otherwise noted)








Catering:
Please call for information about our off-site catering company Bon Vivant.

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.
Pay parking available at CHBD area parking facilities within 1-2 blocks of our restaurant.

Public Transit:
SEPTA Route 23 Bus

SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut East or Chestnut Hill West lines

Executive Chef:
Chef Al Paris

Private Party Facilities:
Paris Bistro will transport you to another time and place with its 1920s style decor and authentic French bistro fare. Parties of 20-70 can be accommodated for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. Live jazz is an option for those who wish to add that extra something to their private gathering.

Private Party Contact:
Lauren: (215) 242-6200

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monday Night $1 Oysters "Le Buck a Shuck"
3 Course Regional French Prix Fixe Menu Available Wednesday Nights $32
Sunday Brunch

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:15PM - 11:00PM

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Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (35)
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Romantic (35)
Live Music (31)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Bar Seating (28)
Authentic (26)
Great for Brunch (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Cozy (21)
Fun (21)
Casual (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Lunch (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (3)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A UNIQUE FEEL/AMBIANCE; NOT OVERPRICED; FEELS SPECIAL

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Really enjoyable experience-staff, food, and environmental ambience transported me on a journey through my senses I will not soon forget.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food took way to long for brunch:) kids were starving we had to ask for bread like 3 times:)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve. Bustling, happy crowd. Delicious food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My boyfriend and I reserved to have dinner here on NYE. I probably should've done a little bit more research because when we were seated at our table, their menus hadn't been printed yet? And our "neighbor" tables were also reporting that they had to look at the menu online or that they weren't aware that there was a set menu being served for a set price (we weren't aware of this either).

A lack of organization was the main issue we had. Nonetheless, the food was great and would probably go back when it isn't a holiday.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had planned to dine at a table but sat at the bar and enjoyed the setting and food as well as service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Arrived promptly, but were told we would have to wait 15 mins. for our table. The bar was packed so there was no comfortable place for waiting except to just stand off to the side.

Service was excellent. Wait person was sensitive enough to not clear away dishes until everyone was finished with their meal. High points in this regard.

Menu has gotten boring. Seems like nothing has changed in more than two years. Not likely to go back anytime soon.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Paris was available for taking an unexpected house guest out to an informal dinner. The service was just a little on the slow side, considering its brasserie style and the trout was slightly more cooked than my guests thought it should have been. Maybe that is explained by the few minutes' delay in our main courses arriving at the table.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The experience overall was good. We did feel a little rushed by our server at the time to get the bill. We were going to get dessert and some more drinks but our server made us feel like we had to get up when we got the check and hadn’t asked for it yet.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Attended for our anniversary and everything was great. Staff was exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Way over priced. Bird sized portion. Water had things floating in it. Waiter ( not mine ) kept bumping into our chair . Cheap wine $10 a glass .. Food was ok .. I have gotten bigger portions as apps... WILL NOT SUGGEST NOR RETURN !

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always excellent. True French bistro feel and food. Add in the ambiance of Chestnut Hill and this restaurant will become a favorite

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Byow Sunday brunch is the BEST, and the food is delicious!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Four friends got together and very much enjoyed the food. The coffee was a bit blasé, the tea water not hot enough, but we all enjoyed ourselves. This was our second trip their as a group, and we'll be doing it again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Sunday brunch with elderly relatives, Christmas related. Very noisy. Waitie had to be reminded of my onion soup order. Soup was ok. Entrees came out in the middle of the soup because soup was not ordered timely. Eggs benedict good. Full French a fair bit less full than a Full English would have been. One piece of bacon crispy, the other one closer to raw. OK but not to be ordered again. Ice cream was cottage-cheese-like (lumpy) as compared to creamy and was not removed from the bill after complaint. After our first meal in this place we had high hopes for it as an interesting place to go for a splurge. Not so.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great little neighborhood spot with excellent food and very good service. The noise level gets a little lively as the cafe fills up. The house Pinot Noir was a bit of a disappointment, but the wine list does have lots of alternatives.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Paris is a beautiful, cozy French restaurant located in the fun neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. This restaurant has a live Jazz bar too.
They host wine tastings too. The food and service is excellent. Worth a trip to Chestnut Hill!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

They have really gotten their act together. It is a fine restaurant. Our experience was heightened by Daniel, our server, who is a consummate professional. I do wish there was a Buche de Noel on the menu for dessert (hint, hint!).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A nice, cozy restaurant with a good selection of French wines and dishes. Everything we ordered was well prepared and tasty. French onion soup was great and mussels were terrific! We also enjoyed seafood appetizers: very fresh and light. Overall very quiet, romantic scene. Great for a date night or a romantic dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I went to Paris Bistro for Sunday brunch with my partner and two friends. We were Germantown and wanted a brunch place nearby. I remember hearing that the Bynum Brothers' (South Kitchen, Warmdaddy's) place in Chestnut Hill was good, French, and had live music. We weren't disappointed (except for the music-- it was one guy playing Christmas carols on repeat). We started with the smoked salmon (5 out of 5) and crab & avocado (5 out of 5) terrines and then we had the pumpkin french toast (3 out of 5), the full french (4 out of 5), the norwegian eggs benedict (4 out of 5), and the croque madame (4 out of 5). The meal was good. I'd recommend it to a friend or group for brunch again for sure.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was very nice. The service was good and the food was good. They were very accommodating as I added 3 more people at the last moment and they made it work. I would recommend this place to anyone who asks.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very nice brunch. Service and ambiance were good. Very festive and live music which is always a treat.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I always enjoy coming here for special occasions. food is consistent and good. service is professional and ambiance is fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Another great experience at Paris Bistro. I have been here multiple times, and food and service have never failed to impress. Our party of 6 started with cold seafood platter, with very fresh jumbo shrimp, lump crabmeat and oysters. My entrée was the beef bourguignon, which was superb. The table shared 2 excellent bottles of the house beaujolais. Service is prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. For a romantic dinner, try dining in the jazz pub in the basement. Great ambience and music.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Stellar evening. Our server, Julio, was exceptional and the food and service were magnificent. Always a wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and wonderful ambiance.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The staff seemed to be running all over the place. My escargot(appetizer) arrived at the exact same time my entree arrived, our friends portion of salmon was on the smallish side.

The burger was very good, arrived as I ordered it...rare and with the additions that I wanted. Had to wait quite a while for some other items.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our waiter Gary was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and the drinks were well made! We spent time talking and no one rushed us . We had a lovely evening!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were disappointed this time. The seafood crepe already was unavailable (our reservation was at 6:30), and neither of the beers we ordered were available either. And despite several patrons' comments (ours and friend's) over several months, nothing has been done to improve the baguettes, which are served cold and which are tough, not crisp. Paris Bistro has been our favorite for years, and we hope this isn't an indication that it's going downhill.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely atmosphere with delicious food and friendly service. Loved the mussels, steak frites, raw bar. Where they fall short is not knowing who ordered what when they bring out your food; they were wrong every time. It’s service 101.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We recently dined here for brunch before a show and found that Paris did not disappoint. We started with the tartines - the three of us split all four and they were delicious. Each one was prepared with unique combinations (including the pate with the pickled shallots) and each was better than the last. I had the Croque Madam and it was light and delicious. I also tried the Norwegian Eggs Benedict which had some heat and was also delicious. The French Press was strong bu t delicious. We are looking forward dining at Paris again!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our 3rd visit for brunch. The food is great here! Has a Parisian theme. Croque Monsuirre is delicious, as are the mimosas and cucumber bloody Mary’s. Live music (guitarist) plays during brunch. Service is great. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, People Watching
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 (London)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was our second visit in two weeks having arrived from Wales. The servers and management recognised us and made our evening very convivial and pleasant replicating the Parisan life that we love to enjoy. We chose a French menu and highly recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service except the crepes were absolutely terrible. Tasted like cardboard.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food at this restaurant used to be great when it first opened. Now the menu and selection looks like they are cost cutting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We arrived very early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our waitress was attentive, friendly, helpful, and described the specials as if she knew them, not as if she were reading off a cheat sheet.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Disappointed crab cakes were not on the menu. Seafood crepe was nice substitute.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is a great find in Chestnut Hill, and the live music downstairs is great! You can also sit down there to dine if you'd like, and they have dining at the bar as well. Our food was very good, came quickly, not too expensive, and they catered to my dietary restrictions. We'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Live Music, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great steak frites, well-made drinks and fun French ambience

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, People Watching
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We came to celebrate friends burthday. Very good dinner selections and drinks. Exceeded our expectations. Totally recommend and will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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