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Bandar Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bandar Restaurant

4.7
4.7
890 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

For dining:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday-Satuday: 4:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday: 2:00pm to 9:00pm

We are open for Takeout everyday

For more information on parties of over 6 people please reach out directly to the restaurant 619-238-0101.

A 4% surcharge is added to all guest checks.

Bandar Restaurant serves Mediterranean food with unique Persian spices flown to San Diego and served in original recipes. Chefs Behrooz and Shokooh create simple preparations to showcase them, alongside an exotic variety of oven-roasted eggplant, charbroiled chicken, seafood and flavorful prime steaks. Look for signature classics such as Nadari, Barg and Soltani. Bandar Restaurant is award-winning since 1996. The restaurant has a unique energy, sitting right in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. 

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 238-0101
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani
  • Catering
    When planning your event, you will have access to the finest catering. We will bring all the pieces together to ensure that every aspect of your experience is brilliant, memorable and unique. To enquire about information feel free to give us a call or email us for Special Catering Menus and Pricing at info@bandarrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our intimate setting, the B Lounge accommodates 60 guests comfortably, and is perfect for your events and special celebrations. Allow Bandar’s award winning chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Bandar Restaurant Private Dining: (619) 238-0101
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Between E and F Street
  • Parking details
    Parking partnership with Horton Plaza, allows you to park for an $8.00 flat fee for up to 3 hours, when you ask your server for validation
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 890 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

890 Reviews
  1. gourmetgirl

    San Diego

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time dining at Bandar restaurant, and the food was outstanding. However, I wish we had known that the plates were huge and could’ve been shared between the two of us. Unfortunately, because we were going to the theater, we couldn’t take our food to go, which was very sad indeed, because the food was excellent. We had the world famous chicken, the ground, meat, skewers, and the basmati rice with cherries. Excellent!

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  2. CoryB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and ambiance were as wonderful as always. Thank you for another great family dinner outing!

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  3. CathyC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food is always amazing but this is the second time we go and the noise level is horrible, you cannot have a nice conversation without having to shout for the person to hear you , we noticed that other costumers we complaining about certain tables being rowdy and the staff did nothing about it , also we had reservations and it still took over 45 minutes to get our food to the table , honestly I really like the food but will not be going back .

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  4. MiddleC

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here two nights in a row. Food and service are top notch. Highly recommend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice setting. Food was good and servings were ample. Our table enjoyed cucumber dip, world famous chicken, wild king salmon, and beef entrees. Server could be more friendly and welcoming. Overall, it was very enjoyable and super convenient to the Balboa Theater which is just across the street.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food plate portions enough for two. Decent prices and great service.

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  7. Randy

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bandar’s food is delicious, and the portions are huge. Every time we go, we take home enough for another dinner. The Barg is great, and the chicken soltani is fantastic as well. We also love the rice, and particularly the rice with barberry. The service is great, and we can’t say enough good about the restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego; it never disappoints. Big portions, so yay leftovers! This time I had the veggie fesenjan. Deep rich pomegranate flavor.

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  9. MayR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice decor and delicious food. The portions are way too much for one person. We ordered Soltani barg and kobideh to share for 2 persons. The tea was not good Persian tea and Faloodeh was not in high standard. Overall is a good place to try Persian foods.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, delicious and very generous portions. Consider sharing. Service was excellent but a little slow as they were very busy. Restaurant was full and the noise level was high. I would definitely go again as the food was worth it.

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  11. Yazdi

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Attentive service. Cannot go wrong with this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Amazing food and outstanding service! We will be back soon

    1 person found this helpful

  13. JBofPoway

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Such delicious food. The spices are amazing and the rice is so delicious. We had both Soltani’s which gave us an amazing variety of chicken beef and filet options. Plus the lamb stew was spectacular! We just love Bandar and though the prices may seem high the value for what you pay is tremendous!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. gaga

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a complete RIP OFF we have been going there for years -we ordered without looking at prices as I know its always been fair bill came and we were ripped off-we thought it would be a decent price quick meal before the show-we know the food is average-not gourmet or fantastic but the food was mediocre and the price more expensive then a 5 star restaurant

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Muy amable el personal, la comida le hace un poco falta de sabor, el vino de la casa delicioso

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  16. RoxaneqP

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but very expensive, huge portion a lot of waste

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  17. MJF3

    San Diego

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great entrees and service. Generous portions. Delicious grape leaves.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is a 13/10, just spectacular. Service was not as good as always but they were full and it is expensive, but well worth every single penny

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Linda

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent that's why we go there frequently 👌

    1 person found this helpful

  20. JanP

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, well beyond expectation. The staff was lovely and the restaurant is so elegant. Loved every bit of it.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. DanG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoyable. Most tender meat in town. Best Persian cuisine in San Diego. Drinks were excellent. Service was very good.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bandar was recommended by a friend and we loved it. The food was so flavorful and plentiful! We will definitely come back.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. CarolH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! We will be back next time we are in San Diego!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going here for 18 years and it never disappoints. Delicious.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Foodie

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and abundant. One can share a main meal because there is so much food. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was a very nice surprise. The inside is SO much better than what one sees from the outside. I highly recommend this restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Randy

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the servings are huge. We had Chicken Soltani, and we also had the barberry rice. It came out hot and fresh, and we will definitely be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Close to downtown theaters and the food and service is outstanding. Dishes are large enough to share. We have eaten at Bandar many times and it is consistently excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. jammerjim

    Austin

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food of this type, and in enormous quantities. Unless you are a Sumo wrestler, be prepared to take some back home. Which is not a bad thing, since it's so good. We were outside and eating relatively early, so that take that into account for our opinions of the noise level and ambiance.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. BrianS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and huge portions. A must do in San Diego.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious food. Very large food portions.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious but the service was terrible! We had to ask for everything that was needed: serving pieces, clean plates, etc. It took a long time to get everything we asked for and no one seemed sympathetic when we brought our issues up.

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  32. lhdc

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is authentic, family run and the best food. When I’m San Diego make sure you stop in for a great meal.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. UrsulaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and very good! The portion size was enough for two people to share!

    1 person found this helpful

  34. EricR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently the best Persian kebab anywhere in San Diego. Bandar is superb!

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Randy

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is delicious, the portions are large, and the service was quick and friendly. In particular, we loved the chicken soltani and berry rice. We will definitely be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although the quality is good, it’s too overpriced!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I e always loved Bandaar! Unfortunately downtown San Diego has become very seedy with the homeless. It’s scary to walk from your car to the restaurant and back in the evening. -

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  38. Rosie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    nice people. a large dinner plate $40 of a pound of cooked rice and delicious meat. No vegetables. If you order the salad at $17 you get a very good cucumber salad before the dinner plate. Meat is excellent, too much rice for even 3 meals! Cocktails are short and short pours. It is getting too expensive to eat out, in general, and this restaurant trys to justifiy the price by letting you take home a styrofoam tray of rice.

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  39. Randy

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The barg kebab is tender and delicious, and the rice is fantastic. We love the overall offering, and we will definitely be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. AndrewB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us had an early dinner here prior to seeing Tosca at the nearby Civic Theater. Delicious food in an elegant setting. Highly recommended!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Bandar Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bandar Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-0101.

Bandar Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 890 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bandar Restaurant

845 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between E and F Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking partnership with Horton Plaza, allows you to park for an $8.00 flat fee for up to 3 hours, when you ask your server for validation
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 238-0101
  • Catering
    When planning your event, you will have access to the finest catering. We will bring all the pieces together to ensure that every aspect of your experience is brilliant, memorable and unique. To enquire about information feel free to give us a call or email us for Special Catering Menus and Pricing at info@bandarrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our intimate setting, the B Lounge accommodates 60 guests comfortably, and is perfect for your events and special celebrations. Allow Bandar’s award winning chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Bandar Restaurant Private Dining: (619) 238-0101
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