Bandar Restaurant

4.5
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750 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Pre/post Theatre

For dining:
Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm

W are open for Takeout everyday
Monday - Sunday 11:30am – 8:30pm

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. 

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida es deliciosa y cualquier cosa que se pida es muy buena.

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vipELENA
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and it it was excellent. Way too much food but made chicken salad for lunch. My husband finished his lamb chops. Met the owners daughter, great personality. Plan to come back with people with good appetites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
Best Persian food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot have enough today this place. I keep on trying different dishes and they are all AMAZING!!!

What a hidden jewel this place is!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Persian food I’ve had in the Us. OMG, the Tadig, and the lamb chops are DREAMY!

Service is also very nice. Totally recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!!

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vipMohamedE
Montana
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Not bad food, not exceptional, good presentation, relatively small quantities, and definitely over priced

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vipKHFdez
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bandar has been a favorite for many years. The food is tasty, and the outdoor seating is nice.

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SueD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food in San Diego ! This restaurant serves the best food you can ever try

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in San Diego

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RalphL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Nickel and dimed on everything on menu even a surcharge on outdoor dining when indoor is permitted

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor seating area was great that they set up. The food was fantastic, I would recommend sharing the main entrees because they are on the larger side. It was a fantastic dinner.

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romeo
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Consistently great taste and wonderful service

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vipNWSkier
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of the most beautiful restaurants in San Diego! Delicious food and the service was amazing! Highly recommended for a special evening!

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Caro
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our server and the food are always great. The only negative was that the owner could not process the OpenTable Dinning Rewards I had saved for this restaurant :(

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EvaH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We liked the starters. The stew with lamb was a little disappointing, my husband loved his lamb though. After ordering the starters we it took as two attempts two inform the right person in the staff that we would love to order the main, the person in charge kind of ignored us or was too busy. But we asked one of the staff who came to our table but wsn't allowed to take the order and he still didn't came (I think because he wasn't told), we finally signaled the person doing drinks at the bar and we were seen....

Bandar Restaurant
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi Eva! We are very happy you and your husband decided to visit us. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed by the lamb, though it sounds like your husband very much loved his? Your review is not clear. We have taken your other information into consideration. We hope to see you again soon. I hope this response encourages you to reconsider your public review. Thank you, Behrooz, Owner

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jcjc
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter explained all the different dishes and made sure we did not over order. Two of us shared an appetizer and one main dish and had food to take home. It was a delightful experience to try a new type of food.

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vipIrbivor
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food here. It’s a little pricey but the portions are HUGE. it’s also crowded on concert evenings so make a reservation!

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vipamterr
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It is so close for theater going in DT SD. The food is always great (huge portions!) and good for the money spent.

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vipCraigSD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in SoCal. Always consistent and fantastic.

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JamesL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here, and definitely not our last! The food was delicious! Yhr interior was beautiful! We ordered the pesto hummus, which far exceeded our expectations, the Bandar salad which was super tasty, and shared the chicken soltani.

The portions on all dishes were beyond gigantic. We shared all 3 plates instead of ordering 2 entrees and still went home with a ton of leftovers. The meat was so tender we didnt even pick up our knives.

Their bandar wines are very very yummy.
Decent service considering it was a very busy valentine's day weekend.

We cant wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World Famous Chicken is Delicious!!!

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vipEveB
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

They have changed. Service not good. Very noisy. Tables crammed together. Not the Bandar we have known and loved.

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JohnW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is delicious and I think the rice is the best I have ever had. My only criticism would be our service. Staff was friendly when the actually acknowledge you. Mabe they were understaffed for the Valentine's day rush.

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vipValiant1000
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A reliable quality restaurant serving excellent fare guaranteed to leave you satisfied and full. Recommended to all. We go every time we are in town.

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jons
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Generous plates of delicious, bright, Persian mezes and kebabs. The home made stuffed grape leaves were wonderful. Best to go in groups of four so you can order lots and share. We were two and feasted.

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rbSarasota
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this gem in the Gaslamp district. Everything about it is fabulous and the servings were bountiful. We took home enough food for another meal. Don't miss it!

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La hemos pasado genial, me encanta la comida

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GinaC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bandar never disappoints! D'Lish! I have been coming here since the early 2000s and I will continue to do so. Lunch is so nice and includes a salad with your meal.

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CWash
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with excellent service. An absolute Gem in the Gaslamp. Great for any occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for 20 years. The best Persia Cuisine in town. Amazing. The beef koobideh and chicken sultani amazing. Highly recommend

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Grumpyoldman
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was our anniversary, and I thought we’d try someplace new and different. The waiter greeted us, and helped to explain, things. He was very friendly. It was fairly quiet, and I couldn’t figure out why the big TV was playing sports, which kind of distracted from the ambience. The food was good, and met all of our expectations. We would recommend to some people that we know.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bandar for dinner while out celebrating my good friends bachelorette weekend. It was a perfect setting for us to have a beautiful and delicious dinner before our night out on the town. Very close to all the hot spots in the Gaslamp district.

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vipLuvitaliano
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great service and wonderful food. The portions are enormous but the quality of the food is never compromised. Highly recommended!

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bday
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hummus was gritty and instead of a shish kabob we got chicken tenders and it was dry. The rice was good. The waiter was arrogant.

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vipFoodieinDavis
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and nicely prepared. I had the Fesenjan with chicken. Tender, aromatic, sweet, tangy....all the things a Fesenjan is supposed to be. My son had lamb chops. Amazing flavor and cooked perfectly.

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vipDonnaK
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mostly a good experience. Only issue was that we asked for a side of yogurt dip for our veggies and were charged $8 each for these sides, without being told that there was any sort of fee, much less a huge upcharge. Food quality good, nice ambiance.

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vipFreddi
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & delicious food!

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Belden30
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Only Bad is Baklaba Disert

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Pfood
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not exactly Perssion but very good bone less lamp. Huge portion, large enough to share. Bread not as good.

FAQs

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

Bandar Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 750 OpenTable diners.

Bandar Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.bandarrestaurant.com/gift-card/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.