Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill

4.4
1363 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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 Wednesday through Sunday evenings with reservations available through the Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe Open Table page.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday 5:00-10:00PM
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00-11:00PM
Saturday Lunch 11:00AM-2:00PM
Sunday Brunch 10:30AM-2:00PM
Happy Hour Monday -Friday 4:00PM-6:00PM
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Phone number
(215) 242-6200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Al Paris
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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.
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Private party contact
Lauren: (215) 242-6200
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Catering
Please call for information about our off-site catering company Bon Vivant.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Southampton Avenue
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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.
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Public transit
SEPTA Route 23 Bus

SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut East or Chestnut Hill West lines
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Entertainment
Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe offers live Jazz Wednesday 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)








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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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1363 People Are Saying
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JM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Great location, atmosphere and decor...and the food is good. However, the service was lackluster. It took three tries to get hot coffee.

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RO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing! The service was slow and server didn't seem to know much about the food or drinks, but I can get past that as he was probably new.

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MP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

My biggest issue with the restaurant and your service in general is that making the reservation was meaningless. We got there and were told there was a problem with your service connecting to the folks at the restaurant and therefore we had a reservation. The restaurant was gracious enough to seat us within a reasonable amount of time.

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OT
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paris Bistro was quaint and quite lovely. I met my friend at the bar and just made a few mins of happy hour. We were able to have a couple of their appetizers also. The pickled like anchovies and especially the truffle fries were delicious. We also had the duck confirm and fois gras burger. The duck was slightly overcook / dry, but the burger -so delicious. I wouldn't mind having another! We will be going back Monday actually too because they have dollar oysters from 4-10pm! Great place, great food, great service. We'll definitely be returning!

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EA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I used to enjoy the food at this spot but not now (9/16/18)

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AG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I was with a group of friends for brunch. Food was fine. Service was sadly, poor. The place was not crowded at all, but our server ignored us most of the time. I will return, since I really like this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Funtimes with my girlfriend!

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CB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was OK. Neither were commensurate with cost.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, parking was a challenge, and the noise level was high

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s
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed delicious buck a shuck oysters, drinks, dinner. Pleasant atmosphere, excellent service. Onion soup, salads, chicken liver pate all exceptional.

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GG
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here many times . And have accommodated my gluten free needs.

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FB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Trout was pink and had to be sent back to finish cooking. Only a few pieces of roasted potatoes and stingy with green beans. However, an ample portion of fish. My friend loved her beef bourgogne, which was a special. It was a large portion. Bread was good but could have been warmed before serving. Creme brulee was good. Servers were all friendly. Overall good experience.

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EB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at your restaurant. My husband said your sea scallops were the best he ever had.

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Bistro continues to provide very good food and drinks, and service is excellent. One caveat: The bread is no match for the bagettes at Parc.

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m
New York Area
266 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The issue here is always the service which can be wonderful or non-existent. The service this time was okay--people generally want to sip their drinks for more than 2 seconds before ordering food. This point didn't occur to our server, who seemed in a hurry to get us fed. Eventually, we told her to come back in 10 minutes, which so basically did. The drinks themselves were just fine but were very long in coming--and the bar and restaurant weren't busy. The hostess was a bit distracted for whatever reason, and never checked us in so I got an email from OpenTable asking why I hadn't shown up for my reservation--this issue was eventually resolved. I like the food, and the place is close to work, but as I say you can't always count on getting quality service. I go often enough to notice that the wait staff seems constantly to be changing--usually not a good sign.

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DR
Philadelphia
218 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stellar. Service is wonderful, staff very friendly, & food is delicious. Ambiance is great.

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G
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old friends from out-of-town came to visit. We wanted a special meal with them. From cocktails through dessert the meal was outstanding. I’ve never had a poorly prepared or ill conceived menu item at the Bistro. Sauces are awesome: flavorful without being overwhelming. All entree cooked to perfection (steak to fish). And dessert!! You must have dessert. Everyone had a favorite and no one was disappointed. The almond cake alone is worth the trip here.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the world. Everything about it is lovely! Food, waiters, ambiance!

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AL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly. We enjoyed our meals. Great setting for dinner.

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BB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome spot. Chef is world class! Love new ownership and selection of Music artists.

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H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had been here before and enjoyed our experience. However, this time I ordered The Full French breakfast that was supposed to come with bacon. What I got was turkey bacon. When I questioned why the menu did not indicate that it was turkey bacon, the waiter told me that they had just run out of real bacon and had substituted with turkey bacon. That should have been communicated so that I could have decided if I still wanted that dish. Don't just substitute something and not tell the customer. Also, the omelette was overcooked. My sister-in-law ordered her eggs over-easy and they came cooked hard. Service was slow.

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d
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were a party of five and arrived on time for our 1 PM brunch reservation. However, the table was not ready for our party. We had to wait while the table was cleaned and set.

We ordered soon after our arrival, and since there were empty tables, we expected our orders to be prepared in a reasonable time. Our orders arrived about 50 minutes later. I am not sure if the delay was due to a "short" kitchen staff or not enough servers (who also had to wait on outside tables).

The food was reasonable and the price was fair. We enjoyed the guitar player and his music selections.

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. We were talking about the meal days after we had our experience. Very good all around restaurant!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic

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TP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding. A very enjoyable evening. We will be back!

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VD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed eating at the Paris Bistro, its got great charm and a beautiful location.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always! We love this place, great food and cocktails - magnifique!

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MS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a lovely brunch. Went with apertisers this time.

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F
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Paris Bistro. The service was very good and the food was delicious.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. So great waitress great shared appetizer (oysters) We order two entrees for two people. Had delicious shared dessert Each had drinks. At the end of the meal.. of $140 for two people ... we were charged $6 plate sharing fee because we had shared our two entrees with each other. So two entrees two people. But each ate 1/2 of each entree. When I assumed a mistake.. the manager informed me if we share our entrees(even if both of you get a full entree) you will be charged for sharing. So that seemed a little bit much. The manager was firm. We won’t return. Dunning us for $6 was unacceptable to me

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f
New England
104 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lamb entrée was blah. Beet side dish was very good. Chocolate terrine dessert was fantastic! Beet side dish was very good. Sommelier's wine recommendation was good.

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J
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food not worth the price. The server and manager were lovely but the food really awful.

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C
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was again consistently delicious, the outside seating was great and our server was informative and fun.

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l
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Wait people were pleasant, polite, informative and efficient.

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P
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & service. Highly recommend their Sunday brunch!

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s
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside for dinner and the night was perfect. Service was very helpful. Talked me into Fois Gras burger (which I don’t eat) and it was amazing. That and truffle fries were perfect. Wife got Roast Chicken. She never orders chicken out but this was best she ever ate. Crispy outside and juicy inside. Great meal!!

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a nice place for an special occasion we recommend this place

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TB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Paris Bistro several times but this was a first for my friends. They loved the decor! They have traveled throughout and lived in Paris and Great Britain. They enjoyed comparing the items on the menu (and the ingredients) to similar fare in those places. We "outstayed" the rain and that was good too. We agreed to return at another time!

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LF
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a few times. It always feels so celebratory. The food is wonderful and reasonably priced for the quality and the Chestnut Hill area. At the brunch they have a wonderful jazz guitarist who adds to the ambience!

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N
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server provided good input regarding entree selection and wine pairing. We shared the appetizer and dessert-right amount of food.

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