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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

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Romantic (32)
Special Occasion (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Bar Seating (25)
Live Music (24)
Authentic (23)
Great for Brunch (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Fun (19)
Cozy (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Casual (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

My acid test (being of French descent) for any french restaurant is the bread and pommes frites. They passed on all accounts! Great, attentive service. Delicious food all around. My only complaint is it's too loud. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Very good food; excellent quality and nicely prepared. Staff is very friendly and attentive, although our server seemed new and did forget to place the drink order. But he immediately took care of it when reminded. Tin roof makes this place a little loud, but otherwise a very nice restaurant for either a special occasion or date night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Very very nice restaurant! The food was delicious. I had the escargot and it was one of the best I’ve had in the city. My friend had the pate and that was great too.
We shared a roasted beet salad that was nice. The bread was fresh, though not warm. Their specialty cocktail martini was delightful!!
The menu, and entrees in particular, looked really good.
I will definitely be back to try them out.

Ambiance was nice. It’s a small restaurant. The decor is pleasing and the bar is comfortable.

The staff was really great.
I’d like to note that I had a snafu and was long delayed and they were very very nice
They held a spot at the bar for me and my guest even though it was a Saturday night and they were fully booked. And they truly went beyond when they graciously gave me all the OT points (I had reserved during an “extra points” hour) even though we arrived late.

I will be back!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

I loved it. The food, service & ambiance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine's Day. Limited menu. Crowded, so a little hectic and noisy. Food very tasty, portion size a little skimpy. Will definitely return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Our server, Kelly, was fantastic. The food was delicious and we did not feel rushed, even though it was valentine’s day. We have dined here previously and will definitely be back again soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Second time around. Picked different meals, still not happy. I love French cuisine but not this one. Service was very good though. That’s about it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We came in for a rare date night / early Valentine's dinner and were blown away! Our server was attentive and personable, the cheese plate, escargot, Duck Cassoulet and Trout Amandine were amazing, and the drinks were perfect. The trout practically melts in your mouth--so buttery and tender. This was our first visit, and it wont be the last.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A little taste of Paris right in Chestnut Hill. This little bistro feels very authentic and offers bar or restaurant dining on main floor and dinner w jazz Thurs - Saturday on floor below. In nice weather, there’s also an outdoor option. Menu and food were great and service was excellent. A must try!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellence drinks, food, and service! The best Chardonnay I’ve ever had and the cheese plate was amazing! Hope I get back there again soon. So worth every penny.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful as always! Great service- great drinks and food 😍😍😍😍😍

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our waitress Kelly made food and beverage recommendations that were terrific. It was also an outstanding value.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Absolutely awesome and a wonderful touch of Paris. We had great service, outstanding food and beverage, and the decor is beautiful and feels comfortable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service at our table with Cory was great. Service at the bar was not great. Bartender didn't seem to know anything about basic drinks and wine and did not check back on us. Ambiance was good in the dining room, cozy on a rainy day. Crab and Avocado salad was so delicious, escargot were ok. Steak in Steak Frite done perfectly.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It exceeded expectations across the board. Classic French cuisine, updated enough to satisfy my modern sensibilities, while remaining totally recognizable for what it was -- excellent French fare.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I love Paris Bistro so much. Elegant appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Our server Madeline is a gem.

I'm going to visit Paris Bistro more frequently. It's a dining experience!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food is really delicious! Sunday brunch is no exception!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Last minute reservation on a Saturday night. A great night out -
We were both pleased with our choices, and our server couldn’t have been more pleasant.
.....I guess that’s why we keep going back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Dined with family on a Monday night. Service was horribly slow. 30 minutes to get drinks, 2 of which were wrong but we kept them knowing it would be an endless wait. An hour until food arrived. One entree brought before appetizer. The waiter seemed so confused that we felt sorry for him. Needed an extra drink order because we were there 2 hours and they were not delivered until dinner was finished. Spoke to manager, Colette, upon exit who apologized by saying she’s not feeling well and is aware of the service issues. She offered to mail a gift certificate, which was never sent, not surprisingly. Just as well, though.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A UNIQUE FEEL/AMBIANCE; NOT OVERPRICED; FEELS SPECIAL

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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