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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
San Diego, CA 92101
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
Between E and F Street
$30 and under
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We are located across the street from Horton Plaza Mall Public Parking Lot
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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
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Bandar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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