Paris Bistro - Chestnut Hill

4.3
1320 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 Thursday 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
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 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)








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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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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
What 1320 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

they had talked about expanding their wine by the glass choices but it doesn't appear that they have.
I enjoyed my food but my husbands was just okay-too much buttery sauce. although they weren't that busy it was still somehow noisy. I still enjoy and will return.

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RK
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Only disappointment was the singer forgetting word to the songs...multiple times.

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ML
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Love this spot! Great for date night or get together with friends. Love the jazz entertainment even more. Food is excellent too

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OT
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Quality, service and great menu! Like a trip to Paris!

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OT
Atlantic City
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

The food was great except for the little extra anise that the chef likes to add. It overpowered the Rabbit that my husband ordered.

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OT
Philadelphia
2.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

The service was poor. The waitstaff were slow and were not personable. We felt like they had no interest in making our dining experience pleasurable. I have had much better service in a diner where the total cost of my meal was $10 per person. The food was good, but thr poor service offset that.

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A
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Efficient and friendly service. The salmon was so very good. Bar made a cocktail request not on the menu and it was very good. Very enjoyable meal.

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LM
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

We ordered the scallops dish and to our surprise there were only 3 scallops on the dish. Needless to say for that price this was highly disappointing and made for a not so great experience.

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t
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Sunday Brunch was lovely. The service was gracious and efficient, the food was fabulous as always. I had the mushroom crepe and it was outstanding!

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JD
Atlantic City
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Paris Bistro, having travelled to the Philadelphia area from Harrisburg. The food did not disappoint, and the atmosphere reminded us of our trip to Paris four years ago.

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R
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Food and Service were outstanding! The owner of the restaurrant visited our table to check on everything!

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MT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Another great meal here. They always have great oysters here. We had a dozen gigamotos this time.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Escargot is a must!

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MW
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

A first-time dining delight to celebrate a birthday. Service, food and ambience were excellent. Will definitely return to dine.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Outstanding service all around!

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Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill never disappoints us. A number of long-time friends were meeting with a few who live in another area of the country. This restaurant is geographically accessible to all. The on-site parking makes it easy for those needed to drive. The Staff was friendly and very accommodating. They did not mind us taking our time to order and linger over coffee. Our entrees were brought out promptly, and the meals were very good. Great wine list as well.

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F
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Paris Bistro last weekend. The food was absolutely wonderful and so was the service. Give it a try.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

We had a great evening . We were with 2 young women visiting Phila, one a college student and the other a young adult and it was the perfect place to take them. The Steak Frite platter was a particular favorite. The waiters and service were particularly excellent.
Thanks.
Meg

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J
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We have been here quite a few times and always enjoy it.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Tried the Sunday brunch and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it would be choices from the menu, but was pleased to see it was buffet.

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SA
3.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

The ambiance was good. The food could use more seasoning..

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b
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

The entire experience at Paris Bistro was delightful. The food was wonderful, and the service very good. We were seated outside on a lovely summer evening. Could not have been nicer. Kudos!

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m
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

I have lost count how many times I have eaten here as it is convenient to work and to friends who live just north of the city. The food is (and was especially so this time) very good, The weak point has always been the service which varies from one extreme to another. The place was virtually empty, but our waiter was AWOL a great deal, and we waited a very, very long time to get a check. Also, for a place that is an excellent venue for jazz, the music was too loud--we asked three times to have it turned down--and just not very bistro like.

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OT
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

This was a great place to have a Sunday brunch. The live music enhanced the experience. The food is above average. The only problem is that the acoustics are not the best and it is difficult to carry on a conversation. However, everything considered, I would definitely return!

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M
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Nice dinner. Prices have keeps up. All a la carte
Tin ceiling reflects noise. Very lively fun atmosphere.
Salmon dish was quite good as was steak frites.

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BP
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Great place to meet friends and worth returning to again and again. Food, drinks, service, ambiance all good, like an authentic french bistro.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Great time. Always a pleasure eating at Paris.

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JJ
3.0
Dined on June 4, 2018

We had a very good meal except for 2 important details. The Rabbit Paparadelle dish had way too much mustard... it was overwhelming in mustard taste. Considering the that French cuisine is known for nuance and subtle flavor, this dish was way too strong with one flavor.

We were at Paris last week and loved the Le Diable cocktail. We returned looking forward to another. When we ordered it, we were brought a completely different drink that we returned. The we found out that you did not have the ingredients to make what we had previously... 2 strikes... passing off a different drink and not having ingredients to serve what is listed on your menu.

You have a potentially great resturant that suffers from inconsistency.

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B
Philadelphia
2.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

There were not that many tables and for more water, bread etc we have to find a waiter it seemed everyone was in the kitchen but certainly not on the floor!
The salad of crabmeat and avocado was good but needed to be in a bed of lettuce or something more for it to be filling good for lunch!
The hamburger was over cooked. We have had that at dinner and there was no comparison as to cook and taste!

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C
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Great service, nice setting, authentic French offering escargots c’est bon

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent food and drinks. My only disappointment was dessert. Although the presentation was beautiful, the chocolate ganache had none, and the beautiful wine reduction was too sweet.

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R
Philadelphia
3.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Paris Bistro accomplishes the feel of an authenic French Bistro in the quaint Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The sevice has been excellent on our visits. The menu offers a ample albeit small variety of French dishes which are mostly quite tasty. There is a down stairs (cellar) jazz club offering food and drinks. The tin ceilings and hard floors add to the visual appeal but do indeed create an issue with noise levels (bouncing sound). There is al fresco dinning options and ample shared parking next which does fill early. I would describe prices as medium high but consistant with this level restaurant in a Chestnut Hill location. Dress ranges from (nice) business casual to very casual.

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CM
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Paris Bistro was a very good experience! The salmon was delicious as well as the Trout Amondine. And, the Rosemary Old Fashioned cocktail was perfection! I had more than one! We sat next to one another with the bench seat behind us and it was so very comfortable. Our waiter was excellent. Looking forward to going back to try the Jazz Cafe or just for a cocktail with a friend at the bar. And most especially for dinner again!

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CR
Philadelphia
1.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Terrible experience! I have been here many times before and it has always been enjoyable. I took a friend that was visiting from out of town, the waitress wasn’t friendly. The bread was cold and it took forever to get drinks, which we ended up sending back anyway. The entrees came and they were cold...we sent them back and they just heated up the same old entrees and brought them back out. The manager Told us they were fresh entrees but they had our bites taken out of them. We told her to just to take them off the tab. The manager comped us nothing, just took off the drink and entrees that we sent back. It cost us $90 for a apps and a few drinks. I will never be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Good food, attentive service, space between tables good for conversation. Music was too loud for the dinner hour.

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SC
2.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was absolutely terrible! Server did not know menu, waited 20 minutes for bread that was soft, not crispy like a baguette should be. I asked about daily oysters, and cheeses when they were dropped in front of us. Server had no clue, bathrooms looked like they were not serviced all day. I was very disappointed.

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SS
New York Area
1.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Underwhelming in all aspects! Tiny portions and way over seasoned. Service was just meh. Would not recommend nor go back.

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JG
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We had a late Mother's Day brunch with pur 8 year old son. He had the nutella crepe which he loved and a side of delicious bacon. I had the Parisenne omelet which was good but a tad dry. My husband has the croque monsieur which was delicious. We finished with almond cake and sorbet, again delicious. The portions are good too...not too little or too much. There was also a guitarist there who was wonderful. One of our favorite restaurants.

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D
Philadelphia
2.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We have had brunch at Paris Bistro before. The 1st time we went a couple of years ago we received a little basket of breads and cakes. They no longer do that. It was a nice touch. Last time was okay but we thought we would give it another chance. Our food was not hot when it came out. Our server did not come back to check on us or refill our beverages. My husband would have loved a 2nd cup of coffee. When we received the bill we were charged $8.00 for 2 orders of bacon. The bacon was included in our entrée. When I asked our server he said it is not included. I told him look at the menu which he did and said he was sorry. By the way, it was not busy.

I think this was a last time.

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J
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

I had the trout amandine, which was delicious. Great bread, crisp string beans. I also had a Rosemary Old Fashioned, an interesting twist on a standard drink.
My friend had the French onion soup and escargot -- the onion soup was wonderful, classic with cheese oozing everywhere. Dessert was a lemon curd stuffed crepe with blueberries and whipped cream. Such a nice combination.
Service was quick to get food to us, but not rushing to get us out. Nice.

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