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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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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

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

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

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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

Great dinner. Our waiter Dave did Ana amazing job!

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·Dined on January 15, 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 15, 2018

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Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic, Healthy, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 10, 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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·Dined on January 8, 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 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

Food was lackluster. Service was inattentive.

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·Dined on December 31, 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 28, 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 27, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 24, 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 13, 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 4, 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
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 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 11, 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 7, 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 4, 2017

Service was incredibly slow.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 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 29, 2017

Was not impressed. Overpriced and food was average.

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·Dined on October 22, 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 14, 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 October 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 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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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 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 17, 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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·Dined on September 9, 2017

It's a little pricey but the Entrees have huge , tasty portions. Our waiter provided great customer service.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

WE HAD HEARD FROM THE CONCIERGE AT OUR HOTEL NEAR THE GASLAMP DISTRICT OF SAN DIEGO THAT THIS RESTAURANT HAD THE BEST KABOBS IN TOWN. WE WERE IN THE MOOD TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT SO WE RESERVED. IT TURNED OUT TO BE PERSIAN CUISINE. WE DECIDED TO SHARE A BEEF AND A CHICKEN KABOB. IT WAS PRESENTED OVER AN EXCELLENT BED OF RICE AND A VEGETABLE. EXCELLENT SERVICE AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, EXCELLENT FOOD. EVEN THOUGH WE WERE STAYING AT A HOTEL, WE TOOK BACK AMPLE LEFT OVERS. WE WERE REALLY IMPRESSED. THEY ALSO HAD AN EXCELLENT BAR.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

I know that quality comes always with cost, but if it was a little lesser costly. I would strongly suggest there to friends. Anyways, they have great quality of Persian foods.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, People Watching, Vegan
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This was our first time at Bandar, as a family we wanted to try Mediterranean food for a change. We were seated in a room where there was one table occupied by a large party, lots of children running around and we came to find out that the children were the owners grand kids, they were everywhere, the parents of supposedly the owners relatives pretty much ignored their children, one of the adults even did a burpie excersice while we are trying to dine in, we felt that we will not have a pleasant dinner due to the chaos that these people were making, mind you these are related to the owner of Bandar. We asked to move to another area. Our server was always nowhere to be found, our order took about 40 minutes from the time we placed it. We had to hunt for our server for refills, she never checked on us, on our food and if we needed anything. Of course she was all smiles when she delivered the check which is typical with Some servers. In short this will be our first and our last to dine at this resto. Disappointing

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Good food but overpriced compared to comparable options

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The decor was attractive although not what you would normally expect from a Persian restaurant. Service was good, knowledgeable a pretty quick. The food was well presented and in quantity, perhaps a little more traditional condiment in some dishes.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great and very tasty food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The service was stellar. the food was wonderful. Highly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food and ambiance was wonderful. The portions are huge and could be shared. The staff was very attentive. We will certainly return.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food and service, within walking distance from the Civic Theatre if you want to have a nice dinner before a show. One entrée is enough for two people.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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