Paris Bistro - Dining Room - Chestnut Hill

4.3
1506 reviews
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Located in the middle of Philadelphia's charming garden district, Paris Bistro - Dining Room - Chestnut Hill has made quite a splash since it opened in 2014. The setting and food are authentic bistro - the crowd is lively and the menu is reminiscent of the many bistros that dot Paris' arrondissement. Classics like cassoulet, coq au vin, steak frites and escargot are joined by more modern bistro fare. Classic and craft cocktails compliment the menu. The bottle wine list offers selections from Old & New World wines. And what would the bistro experience be without classic chocolate mousse and creme brûlée? All are served with a genuine warmth and true hospitality. The DOWNSTAIRS JAZZ CAFE offers live music Wednesday through Sunday evenings, with reservations available through the Paris Bistro - Downstairs Jazz Cafe Open Table page. Reservations will be honored for the room in which they are made.
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j
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Went on a Sunday for noon brunch, celebrating a birthday. Great brunch food and ambiance but service was slow. Waitress was very nice.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

It seems like the cost of the food and wine has gone up a lot over the past year, making it not a very good value anymore.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! We really enjoyed the atmosphere which is warm but classy. Parking in the back adds to the convenience. My wife and I will absolutely be returning!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

40 minutes until served my food was cold but still very tasty and everyone else’s food was warm
Overall very nice

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place with excellent food. A little taste of Europe in Chestnut Hill.

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DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Over all very good!!!!!!

Little bit of a food odor issue sitting close to the kitchen.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paris Bistro is a very cozy restaurant, with good drinks, food, environment. The service is great! We’ve been there many times and it is always great! The menu options are good, we really love the escargot, the beef bourguignon, the cassoulet! The steak frite is also delicious! This last time we had the Lion Mojito, it was very good! Can’t wait to come back!

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FG
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. Very welcome on a snowy night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Snow day, wonderful early dinner before the storm

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AM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch menu selection. Excellent cocktail list

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The swordfish was drowned in butter.
The shortrib was good.
The restaurant is very loud and the cocktails seemed only 1/2 filled- which for $13 you’d think they’d fill the glass... The creme brûlée was great.
The hostess was a slightly rude teenager. It seemed like we were interrupting her when we entered for our reservation.
Overall we had an alright experience. Will probably not be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We waited quite a while after moving to the neighborhood to try Paris Bistro. I can say it lives up its reputation for ambience and service. Even when busy, we found the wait staff and the kitchen to be just right. My only reservation is that the food, while perfectly good and consistent, is not wow enough to a $60-70 /per person tab all in if you have a glass of wine. For that money, there are better places. I think we may go back for lunch or brunch though.

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F
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my mum here for dinner. We had the beet salad to start - excellent followed by salmon. We each had a different salmon dish as there was a special for restaurant week - well prepared and delicious. The creme brûlée for dessert was to die for. Perfect. Our server Corey was very professional and helpful. We will be back.

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NW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Going to Paris Bistro is always a treat. The food and service is excellent. Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein would feel at home. The only negative: the escargot were a real disappointment. The croutons that fit perfectly over the individual escargot and the generous butter and garlic do not rescue overcooked escargot. I looked forward to this dish but disappointed. Nonetheless I look forward to any excuse to visit the Paris.

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e
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good servers. Had a reservation for 7:15 and got seated at 7:45. The 4 young hostesses seemed confused. Expensive wines.

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FF
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

First night out after moving from Center City; a dining mecca. Nice spot, but not measurable against the top tier experiences we've become accustomed to. Mustard on almost everything was a major setback, and not french at all. The service, while very polite, was slow and overbearing. To ask a customer "is that the most unbelievable ----- you've ever had" is both amateurish and presumptuous.

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PA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great meal. It was annoying to be shown to a table near the door when I explicitly asked for another location when making my reservation; then the attitude before meeting my request put me in a bad mood for a while. And the service was a bit inattentive. But the food good, and the atmosphere is great. I wish it were a bit less expensive!

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BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was fabulous! Service started off a little slow but then picked up. They will let you bring your own wine with a $30 corkage. That was a bonus we didn’t expect. I would definitely return. They also offer a jazz downstairs.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely venue. I think I may have expected more but it was ok. There are so many options I probably won’t go back. But food was delish.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have spent time in Paris and this restaurant is as close to the Parisian experience as I can get in Philadelphia.

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paris Bistro is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in Chestnut Hill (maybe even all of Philadelphia). The food is creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. The service is wonderful. And we love the ambiance. This is where we're taking all our out-of-town guests.

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f
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is good. Service was slow. We had to ask for bread to be brought to the table . . Waiter had to be reminded to bring second glass of wine. These things can be fixed with another person to wait on tables. Place is nice however.

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JE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A little slow in bringing out each course, but the staff was wonderful and the food speaks for itself

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F
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my sister to brunch for her birthday and the staff went above and beyond to celebrate with us. The food was delicious with wonderful soft guitar music playing in the background. I am taking my sister-in-law there for her birthday next week!

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service--my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner!

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LC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner here Saturday early, around 5:30PM. It was very quiet when we arrived but two hours later when we left it was bustling! Our server was very sweet. Apps were delicious - tomato bisque soup, crab avocado salad, mussels, and special bone marrow. The bread they bring in the basket is out of this world! Entrees were mostly good -- short ribs, bouillabaisse, mushroom gnocchi. I personally had the steak frites and it was absolutely horrible! Very disappointing; french fries were something out of a fast food joint, I chose Bearnaise over truffle butter and it was completed bland and tasteless; steak was a thicker cut and very dry and no taste. I'd go back, especially for the jazz music downstairs (we did not see this), however I almost would go for cocktails and apps alone.

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MS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner at Paris Bistro. Both of us had the swordfish, which was so tender and delicious! Excellent food. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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RM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The Valentine weekend experience I had was exactly the anti-climax dinner you read about but somehow I never expected to be the case at Paris Bistro, but what do I know. A throng of frantic, obviously inexperienced hostesses finally find you your reserved table, then lots of long waits for a few appetizers and mussels. I usually head to Paris Bistro with friends for the jazz music downstairs, but was excited to take my young daughter (age 5) out for classic French food at a restaurant I normally LOVE. Tasting her first oyster was one goal for the evening and after a bit of a long beat, we excitedly put in our order with our waitress. The following long wait sapped a lot of our zest the fun out of the evening for both of us. When the oysters and cheese plate finally arrived she gamely tasted eveything, but then another looong wait ensued before the real food came. Because of time we skipped dessert, and the highlight of our evening ended up being at the frozen yogurt place up the street, Chill on the Hill.

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s
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food not great. Loud room. Server was excellent though. Will not come back.

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KD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always enjoy dining at Paris Bistro.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Every restaurant can have a bad night and all I can say is this was one. The good news was for a Monday night, the restaurant was largely empty so conversation was easy. I had the bouillabaisse which I realize is never going to be what it should be outside of the south of France, but the fish was overcooked and it was in a heavy and thick tomato sauce with no character at all. The bread came out so toasted it was a threat to our teeth. The waiter offered the dessert menu and when we ordered a lemon tart, came back to tell us it was a busy weekend and there was none left - so much for freshness. The creme brûlée was decent. The service overall was unpolished. All in all, little of Paris beyond the name.

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L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Paris Bistro is my new go-to place for brunch in the neighborhood!!! Delicious choices and pleasant live guitar accompanying. I am not overly enthusiastic about the regular menu which I find to be meat heavy and not terribly creative while the brunch menu is perfect! Hats off to Connor who I had the good fortune to waiting my table twice!

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SH
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The place was empty yet they wanted to sit us right on top of another table. Service was slow. We were there 25 minutes before someone took our order. Food was fine but nothing exciting. We were there for Sunday brunch.

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LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paris ... is a fabulous place to dine and listen to music. As soon as you enter, you will see what an authentic Paris bistro is like. Lots of activity. Great aroma. Delicious food. And friendly (Philly) service. It’s our favorite for a special place to eat.

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our dining experience with Paris Bistro was wonderful. We've been there a number of times, and feel like it only gets better every time we go back. Thanks for a lovely evening, excellent service, and superb food!

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F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went back again for the Steak Frites. Did not disappoint. I only wish they'd go back to their old shoe string type frites. The newer ones are thicker and, while OK, not as good as the old ones.

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WM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place to go - food is good but not outstanding. It's a bit pricey but a fun atmosphere and the service was good.

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L
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We both ordered the steak and frites and we were disappointed in how tough the steak was to cut and eat. Stay away from their steak! I have been to Paris many times and this was the first bad meal I have encountered. We probably should have said something to the server but it was pretty obvious we were struggling to cut the steak.

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h
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunch was OK, Mimosas and Bloody Mary were weak. Background music was nice for a Sunday afternoon.

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AE
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paris is the Chestnut Hill younger sibling of Parc. It's a great neighborhood spot for almost any meal and the food is great. Jazz night is good too.

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