Bandar Restaurant

4.5
784 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean

For dining:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday: 1:30pm to 10:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm to 9:00pm

We are open for Takeout everyday


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
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very unprofessional and unpleasant staff from the hostess to waitresses. We chose to be seated outdoor. That was not a good idea. Very noisy street. The food arrived late.
I do not recommend this restaurant. Go to the Italian restaurant next door.

AZ
AZHRgirl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting San Diego from Arizona, for a Father's Day getaway. We wanted to eat someplace good, within walking distance of our hotel. I made a 7 PM reservation for Saturday evening. We arrived almost 30 minutes early and were seated right away.

The service was great and the food was amazing!!! We will definitely be back.

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vipsteaklover
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb "world famous chicken"!!! This is the best place for Mediterranean food in San Diego!!!

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Hughjirection
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Portions are so large that one “world famous chicken” could feed 2-3 people. Only 2 of us out to dinner. We should have ordered one meal and split it. Ended up taking boxes back to the hotel, but instead, just handed out food to the homeless that line the streets of Downtown San Diego. Cali still way over the top in terms of Covid paranoia. People wearing masks out on the street, in their cars, etc. Time to join the rest of the country.

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vipMarcW
Tucson
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Persian food I have ever eaten. They knock it out of the park in taste, menu selections and portions. We could have easily split a dinner and enjoyed some other appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine there for the birthday of father of my son.
We had a good time. The service was really good but the food was pricy

SD
SahbaD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

FOOD WAS GREAT, SPECIALLY THE SHISH KABOB, NOT MUCH AMBIANCE, FELT COLD INSIDE, SERVICE WAS GOOD AND FRIENDLY.

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AmadA
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve been to Bandar at least a dozen times and as usually the food presentation was great and plenty. I ordered the chicken kabob, it was good but in the past times I went the food was much more tastier. Probably a new chef. Service was good and I would definitely go back.

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MarketingGirlSanDiego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was oaky the service was a little lacking but understand covid may have changed the staffing situation so just be patient

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place. The service was great, the food was even better and the peaceful ambiance was everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Portions are huge. Food was delicious and very fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a confirmed outdoor reservation at 8:15 pm on Saturday May 22-2021 and received by text the following
“You booked Bandar Restaurant for 5 on 05/22/21 Sat 8:15 PM. Reply 1 to confirm, 9 to cancel, or STOP to end msg.”
And responded by replying 1 and got this response

“Thanks! You're confirmed. See you soon. Reply 'STOP' to stop receiving all text messages from OpenTable.”

I arrived at Bandar exactly at 8:15 pm and the manager of the restaurant replied “ Sorry we have no tables available”
I answered but I have a confirmed reservation. She responded
“You should have called”
I am really at a loss here, I said what good is a confirmed reservation if you do not honor it.
I had to leave. then she went on and cancelled my reservation.
I really believe Open Table reservation was not observed nor respected at all.
I will never go to Bandar again if it was the only restaurant in San Diego.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dishes-large portions!

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NatashaD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated birthdays, the food was delicious as always our waiter was great, we got there early and the hostess set our table half hour earlier for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. Pricey but huge portions. Next time I would share a dish.

ML
vipMkfromLA
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered family style dinner for 4. Everything we ordered were delicious. It's our first time here but we're coming back on our next visit to SD.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Seats too close together, large food portions without much taste

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Ktana
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love this restaurant food is amazing. We go there mostly for end of week dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a great meal they were very aware of the COVID restrictions and we felt very safe inside. The food was fresh and extremely tasty and the service staff were very helpful and accommodating to everything we needed

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food is very good.

AL
AriL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place had excellent food . It was fresh and very tasty . The waitress was very good and everyone conducted teamwork . I would definitely return. Only thing I would have liked is more of a variety of alcohol .

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MichelleL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Filet mignon shish kabob and tadig were delicious! Outdoor dining in the tent - nice ambiance, not too windy or loud but inevitably some fast cars drive by and shake the tent and some insects (nothing the restaurant can do about this, of course). Overall, delightful and we would return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipBtalisman
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

It worth the money they’re charging. Enclosed outdoor seating on the street w cars whizzing by. One wrong turn we’re all
Toast. The food was less than fair. Don’t order the eggplant stew. It was mush and tasteless. And a so so glass of red. Total $56 incl tip for one person. Gaslamp pricing for tourists. Can’t recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!

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vipaobrien127
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner at Bandaranaike! We started with the eggplant appetizer, which was amazing! It came with very thin sliced bread, almost like a pliable cracker. The yogurt and olive oil on top added to the creaminess.

For our entrees, I had the lamb shank and my husband got their World Famous Chicken. His chicken was 8 tenderloins, marinated and grilled, with a side of rice. The portion was huge! He gave me some chicken to try and the flavor was incredible. It was tender and full of delicate spices. He was only able to finish half of it (and have the rest for lunch the next day!)

My lamb was 2 shanks, with an abundance of delicious rice and a bowl of the sauce the lamb was cooked in. The lamb meat fell off the bone and was so tender. The flavor was subtle and not at all gamy, like lamb can sometimes be. I too could only finish half of it. We both loved our dinner and we’re glad we got to enjoy it a second time!

The service was attentive and friendly, and we were very comfortable outside. I would go back to Bandar any time for another fantastic meal!!

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Sandy
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Muy buena la comida, y bien servido

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The street noise is very intense. One waitress for Friday evening. An the Spanakopita dough was so tough I couldn’t cut it with a steak knife. It was like rubber.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, amazing staff, great portions.

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Lashnic
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great tasting food. Good amount for the price! I will be back to try other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner date with the wifey. Outdoor ambiance. Everything was extremely good from the service to the wonderful food selection.

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vipElizabethA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Flavored Food I will definitely go again waiter was very attentive it was a great evening celebration of mt birthday 🎂

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipELENA
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
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
20 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Persian in SD

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
20 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
20 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.

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 4.5 stars by 784 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.