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Bandar Restaurant

555 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Persian, Mediterranean, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(619) 238-0101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani
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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
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Cross street
Between E and F Street
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Parking details
We are located across the street from Horton Plaza Mall Public Parking Lot
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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

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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

Private Dining

Let Bandar host your next private event. Whether you are planning a Corporate Event, Wedding Reception, Birthday Party, Christmas Party or any special occasion, allow Bandar’s Award Winning Chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you.

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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

What 555 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Adar polo could have fed 4. EXCELLENT!

vipJojoe (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 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!!!

vipPersianExcellence (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 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.

SteveieB (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

FlowerGirl (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome Persian food. Everything is cooked to perfection!

vipalteredego (San Diego)
3.0  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. : (

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

excellent service every time !

vipLarryM (San Diego)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Great dinner. Our waiter Dave did Ana amazing job!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018


OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and service!

Likestoeat (Manitoba)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  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..

vipOpenTable Diner (Nuremberg)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was lackluster. Service was inattentive.