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Bandar Restaurant

4.3
560 reviews
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$30 and under
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Persian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Healthy
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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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Cuisines
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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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
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Neighborhood
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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 info@bandarrestaurant.com

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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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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us. We will be open from 11:30am - 11:30pm.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day with us. We will be open from 11:30am - 10:00pm.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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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 560 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Greeter more interested in sharing photos on phone with friends rather than greet my arrival. Server came up and quickly led me to a table. I returned to the greeter (to confirm my booking via Open Table) and again had to interrupt the greeter who was still talking with several friends.

At the table, initial service was rushed, then slow.

Dinner was good but overall experience was not exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This is the best Persian restaurant I have been to. The service is good, the food is delicious and the portions are very generous.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. A very good, family restaurant with healthy portions and very reasonable prices. I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Excellent meal as usual. Well worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I haven't been to Bandar in about three years. I used to come in at least once a month for about fifteen years. Everything was as great as I remember it. Service was great, drinks were great, value for the money is great, but most important, the Chicken Kabobs remain the VERY BEST i have ever had. This is one of the few restaurants that has survived for about 20 years because they do not change what works well!! I can't wait to fly back to San Diego for a dinner at Bandar!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Adar polo could have fed 4. EXCELLENT!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome Persian food. Everything is cooked to perfection!

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3.0Dined 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. : (

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

excellent service every time !

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Great dinner. Our waiter Dave did Ana amazing job!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and service!

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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..

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was lackluster. Service was inattentive.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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 .

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food presented in an elegant way!

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was incredibly slow.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Was not impressed. Overpriced and food was average.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

The grilled chicken in the combo plate was quite dry

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