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About Bandar Restaurant

Bandar Persian Prime Restaurant is the proud recipient of many awards since 1996. Rated excellent by Zagat Survey, Best Service Award Winner, Best Fine Dining Winner and voted as the Best Persian, Mediterranean, Ethnic, and International Restaurant. Our Executive Iranian Chef’s celebrate the traditions of Persian cuisine with fresh Prime Steaks, World Famous Chicken, Lamb, Seafood, Vegetarian and Classic Persian Specialties. All our meats are Charbroiled to perfection and ingredients used are natural, local and organic produce. Our menu is Gluten Free, and meats are Halal with no artificial Ingredients or Additives.

What the Critics Have to Say

“If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat at every night this might be the one.” -Eleanor Widmer

“Bandar a taste of Persian Perfection.” -Robin Kleven-Union Tribune

“Bandar is a winner no doubt about it.” -W. Douglas Verkaaik-SD Union Tribune

845 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Persian, Mediterranean, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Between E and F Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 238-0101

Website:
http://www.bandarrestaurant.com/

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

Parking Details:
We are located across the street from Horton Plaza Mall Public Parking Lot

Executive Chef:
Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Let Bandar host your next private event. Whether you are planning a Corporate Event, Wedding Reception, Birthday Party or any special occasion, allow Bandar’s Award Winning Chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you. To enquire about information feel free to give us a call or email us for Special Event Menus and Pricing at info@bandarrestaurant.com

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Details
Sun 3:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Mon - Thu 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Sat 3:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Bandar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (9)
Authentic (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Special Occasion (6)
Healthy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Adar polo could have fed 4. EXCELLENT!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good and plentiful. I suggest you order an entree for every two people. The chicken with rice and lentils was very good but two or three people could have eaten from this one entree.

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·Dined 4 days ago

It was a great place, outstanding Valentine's Day date gonna definitely come back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The location was prefer when going to a show at the Balboa Theater, at Horton Plaza. The food was tasty and the portions were huge!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife and I have eaten in Bandar several times and go there whenever we have a function at the Balboa Theatre or the Lyceum. Bandar is a family run restaurant with outstanding Persian food and dishes on the menu that I have never seen before in other Persian/Iranian restaurants. Every item we have had from their menu has been excellent, well prepared, well seasoned, and served with the best rice ever. The service is pleasant, the staff friendly, and each dish outstanding. They also bring a basket of lavash at the beginning which is more like the lavash I am used to, soft, not crisp like flatbread. They have a full bar and a decent wine list. We eat out often and wouldn't eat here as often as we do if it weren't wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff were brilliant. They helped us select a family style meal for 16 and it was outstanding. Just the right amount of food, great quality and wonderful service. Highly recommended.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome Persian food. Everything is cooked to perfection!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Bandar, frankly, is rather inconsistent. I have eaten here three times in the past 6 months. You never know what kind of experience you are going to have here (unfortunately). The first time I ate here, I was alone and ate at the bar. That worked out well--the bartender couldn't help but notice (and serve) me, and the food was different and quite good. The second time I was a member of a party of four seated at a table. And that, my friends, is where the trouble begins--and was repeated on my last visit only a few days ago (also with friends). Harried staff, no recognition we were there after we were seated, took far too long to be given menus and start the dining process. Other trusted friends who also have been here have remarked to me that the service here can be pretty iffy. As for the food, I think it is generally good--but avoid any chicken dish. (They overcook it consistently.) This place needs a service tuneup in a big way. This isn't a new problem. I'm going to check out some other restaurants downtown before I come back here. Too expensive to risk disappointment. : (

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

excellent service every time !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Shame on me for not trying Bandar’s sooner. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of good food. Wonderfully seasoned, we all loved our meals. Two generations, boomer and millennial all thought Bandar was a hit!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Eggplant was to die for!! Food was great the service should’ve been better but the food made up for it for sure!

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great dinner. Our waiter Dave did Ana amazing job!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our server did not check up on us after we received our food. The quality of the food was poor and extremely overpriced. We paid over $30 for my husbands meal for average lamb with way too many portions of rice on one plate. My food had way too much rice and the ground beef I had wasn’t good nor seasoned well.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic, Healthy, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Portions were very large. Food was good and service was pleasant. On a Tuesday night the restaurant was nearly empty.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant is behind the main street (5th) in Gaslamp, SD. Nice location, good service at the table and the price is fair (one dish can be ordered for two people due to its size). I preferred the main dish than the dessert, that was a cup with a mix of ice cream and other undefined ingredients..

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Nürnberg)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We’ve been eating at Bandar for years. It’s always delicious, healthy and definitely the best chicken in town. Order Adas Polo because their rice with lentils, dates and raisins is extraordinary good and the chicken marinated in lime juice and saffron is unique.
It’s a family run business and you always feel very welcomed. The service is excellent. We highly recommend eating at Bandar.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place was pretty terrible. My beef Barg (filet mignon) was absolutely terrible. Tough, flavorless, one of the worse pieces of steak I've ever had. The only thing that's preventing me from giving it a one star review was that my girlfriends lamb was actually pretty good.

Service was sub par. The waitress and waiter we had weren't mean or rude, there was something just off about them. Oh, and for what the food is, it's incredibly overpriced.

Will not be back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was lackluster. Service was inattentive.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a terrible experience. Not only are the dishes extremely expensive, and the portions unnecessarily huge, it took us about 50 minutes to get an entree. In addition to this, a simple glass of white wine required me to prompt the waiter twice. To top it off, The floor was sticky, the place had a foul smell and I had a mini heart attack looking at the bill. Would not reccomend Bandar to anyone who possesses tastebuds.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We dined here pre theater and had a wonderful meal. The food was outstanding and the service was top notch. They made sure we got in and out in order not to be late for our show, which was conveniently located right across the street. I recommend the Chicken Soltani. The plate was full of succulent charbroiled chicken and the Koobeidah kabob was juicy and delicious. Also tried the king salmon which was equally amazing.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wait staff was very rude! We were still eating and they already clearing the table.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Disappointing food..very ordinary, and expensive to boot , tho to be fair, presentation and service were good. Overall however, We felt let down .

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Nice menu, good service and very large portions. We all thought the meat was a little overcooked so you may want to order a temp lower.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Don’t let the staff let you order entrees each , it should be noted it is more family style dining . It not the kitchens fault if you order too much, ask your server, they may or may not give a recommendation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food presented in an elegant way!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was fantastic but really poor service. Server should have advised that Ordering 4 entrees was WAY too much food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice introduction to Persian food. One entree was ample and pleasant for 2 people. Gracious service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We picked this restaurant because it was rated highly in the local city magazine. The food was mediocre at best. The hummus had much more garlic than we care for. The pita was cold and obviously out of a bag. We chose two chicken dishes. The portion size is huge. Each dish had what I would estimate to be close to a pound f chicken breast and three or four cups of rice. It would have been nice for our waiter to warn us. Seasoning was minimal. We left very full but not very satisfied. Go as a group and order half of what you think you need.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was incredibly slow.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife and I eat here frequently and as I go through the menu trying different dishes I am never disappointed. The food is authentic, flavorful , and the portions are substantial. A great place for ethnic food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Was not impressed. Overpriced and food was average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Second time here and I was disappointed. I do not like the room to the right...too loud and ambiance is not nice like the main room when you walk in. Ice tea was never filled always had to ask. The room was so loud and made me uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The grilled chicken in the combo plate was quite dry

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Beware- for parties of 6 or more Tip is added in and waiter does not tell you - even after he picks up money.. he almost got a $40 tip if we did not catch it.
Service was great just wish they told you that it was added in.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I've eaten here before and the food and service was fantastic. My last visit was March 2017. However, the food was very bland this time.

The service and portions were still excellent though

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Large quantity of food is no substitute for a great taste. Food was good but they serve so much food that one feels the sense of waste especially when you can't take it home because you are in a hotel.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

9/23/2017- Staff was amazing. Allowed to sample all three stew varieties prior to ordering.
Wonderful Persian cuisine. Will definitely return the next time visiting San Diego.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

always meets and exceeds our expectations! Great restaurant find to introduce new people to. Always fresh, always delicious and generous portion sizes! Healthy too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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