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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Bandar with Classic Persian Prime Menu . We are Open during regular hours 11:30am-10:00pm. Enjoy selections from our Regular Dining Menu and our Special Prix Fixe Menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Merry Christmas! Celebrate with Classic Persian Prime Specialties . We are Open during regular hours 11:30am-10:00pm. Enjoy selections from our Regular Dining Menu and our Special Prix Fixe Menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate New Years Eve with our Classic Persian Prime Menu and a Midnight Hosted Champaign Toast. We are Open during regular hours 11:30am-Midnight. Enjoy selections from our Regular Dining Menu and our Special Prix Fixe Menu.

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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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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.

Bandar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Special Occasion (6)
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Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Cozy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Had a great time as usual at Bandar. Giant plates of food make the prices extremely reasonable. Easily can share. The World Famous Chicken is tasty tho a tiny bit dry at times. Ground beef filet and Filet of beef are excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Good cocktails and the Shishkebab is quite yptatsy

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Although the food was very healthy and delicious, we will probably not return. It took more than 45 minutes for our dinners to be prepared. When we ordered two chicken and rice entrees, we were the only guests dining. I understand "slow food" however, this was beyond slow.

Secondly, portion sizes are too large for the average eater. Both entrees were served on platters, with the equivalent of three and a half chicken breasts for each diner. Who eats more than two chicken breasts? Portion sizes could be reduced, resulting in lower food cost for the restaurant and lower menu prices for the guests. Perhaps that would attract more patrons.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Although several website indicate that there is free corkage on Mondays, the server insisted the corkage would be $25. Accordingly, we left without eating.
We have been waiting to try the restaurant for some time, but this was our second attempt. The first time, we tried going in for lunch, using the posted lunch menu. We were told that no, "it's a Persian holiday", so only the full price dinner menu was available.
We give up.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Appetizers were not fresh. The entrees were large portions but pretty much tasteless.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Good was great and very tasty but service was almost painfully slow. Restaurant seemed to be either understaffed or inefficient as the place wasn't full but still took a fair amount of time to prepare dishes for a group of 8 who were sharing 4 dishes.

Overall, great food and would extend a recommend if you like Persian / Middle Eastern food. Service was mediocre.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Their combination dinner for two is a wonderful meal and a bargain. You know they take Persian food seriously when there is sumac on the table.

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

The food is beautifully presented but though the lamb chops were meaty, they weren't well spiced and the chicken kebabs were dry, dry, dry. My friend enjoyed her veggie eggplant stew.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food was very disappointing. The hummus and other dips were mediocre at best. I didn't feel the food was representative of true Persian food. In fact, I felt it was knock-off or not authentic at all. The eggplant stew dish served with rice and grilled vegetables had a very unpleasant smell/odor and taste. It wasn't salty or spicy or sweet. It was like "old socks" flavor. I don't recommend this restaurant and I won't go back even though I understand that tastes vary. But everyone in my party conceded that the food was the worst.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had a great meal at Bandar. We were 3 people from different middle eastern background and found the food to be delicious. The service was very good. The entree portions are huge so adjust the order. sharing is encouraged.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Bandar has a full menu of delcious Persian cuisine. The chicken dishes are especially fantastic and feature large portions.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat at Bandar. A hidden gem in the gaslamp district.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Very unique menu. Very tasty and healthy. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

It was fine, actually the rack of lamb was great but then just a large pile of dry rice - period. Okay but .... Service was great, a nice enough place but I'd probably not go again simply because there are just better restaurant in the same neighborhood. It's okay just not memorable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 15, 2017

“If you've never had Persian food, this is the place to start” -“upscale”Gaslamp restaurant, where a “polite” staff proffers “tasty”cuisine. Good service and very satisfying food.

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