Paris Bistro - Dining Room - Chestnut Hill

4.2
1558 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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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with excellent food

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

This is one of our favorite places in Philly! And sitting outside on a beautiful night made it even better!!!

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

The wait staff was friendly and Daniel was very knowledgeable. We were given complimentary prosecco as 2 of us were celebrating respective birthdays. They could expand the lunch menu or add daily specials. We had to ask for bread and butter as we were hdlf way through our lunch andvwere expecting it. A French bistro should offer that up front. One friend enjoyed her hachi crepe. My avocado/crab could have had more crab and avocado. The French onion soup in the croque was fine. We would return because if location and ambience. We do prefer their Sunday brunch menu.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Waiter was not attentive.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I think for the prices, the food is only moderately good. I had the beet salad as an appetizer and it only had two or three beets and a bit of greens for 13 dollars. The trout was nice and worth the money but I think a salad should be included. My husband liked the salmon and he and our friends had the onion soup which they seemed to like. The waiter was very accommodating and I had a good wine, (moscadet) at a reasonable price per glass. We did not have dessert.
Overall the restaurant is pleasant and has a nice atmosphere. Where we sat, the noise was not bad at all.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately this was a very disappointing dining experience. We waited 30 minutes after being seated before we even had our drink orders taken and then another 15 minutes before we got them. The service overall was horrible. In terms of the food, the beet salad was too salty to eat and 2 of our 4 main courses very mediocre. We had been to Paris Bistro before and enjoyed our meals but this time the service and food were truly disappointing.

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j
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday. enjoyed the whole experience. The music was great ,atmosphere great along with the food.

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W
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spur of moment Mothers Day pick. Great wine choices and fine French dishes. It’s a bistro so it’s not quiet. But quiet enough.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother’s Day dinner with my daughter. Wonderful service and meal suggestions. Not sure why I’m not dining there more often!

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FS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I expected the food to be better than it was, despite the fact it was Mother’s Day. Both entrees ordered were mediocre in that they were over cooked. The filet was as tough as the chicken and both required a steak knife and my actually standing up to be able to apply enough pressure to cut them. I don’t understand how 2 very basic dishes, roasted chicken and filet could go so wrong. The wait staff was kind. They brought out some complimentary pasta to make amends. It however, was lathered in butter. I do t think I will be returning. Shame...

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother's Day buffet was awesome and balanced. French staples along with plain 'ole American cuisine...

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PW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Buffet was great, Service exceptional. They should impose a basic dress code especially on Mother's Day

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really an all around fantastic experience. We went for mother’s day Brunch and while it wasn’t inexpensive, it was worth every penny. The food was delicious, the staff was attentive and friendly with out hovering, the atmosphere was beautiful and did I mention the food was delicious? My family and I will definitely be going back if not for weekly meet ups, then certainly for special occasions.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Visiting the Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe reminded me of my time living overseas. The small tables, close to the other parties, the specialized menu and the service. It was like a jaunt down memory lane. Our server was very nice but seemed to have to many tables to remember serving us. I often had to flag her down for service. We didn't even get our bread basket. We ordered the mussels as a starter. They were supposed to be saffron and curry sauce but ultimately tasted like garlic and butter sauce. They were good but not what we expected. The mains came out shortly after. I had the trout which was recommended and was full of flavor. My mother had the steak frites. The fried however tasted like they were previously frozen and let down the rest of the plate. All in all I would return to try a few other classic items but it's not making the top list of places to visit anytime soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely room with good traditional food well prepared. Service was friendly and helpful.

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GC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I truly recommend this french restaurant for experiencing the French cuisine and atmosphere of a great capital, Paris.

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b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Did we hit upon a bad day for lunch? Don’t know. Place was empty. Terribly slow service to the point of being ridiculous. 45 minutes for a salad. 30 minutes for a dessert crepe. The beet salad is not a salad. It’s a few pieces of beets on a plate. They were good, but it’s 3 bites, so order as an appetizer, but not a meal. Very misleading. And like I said - the chef was MIA and it took almost an hour for that. Fries were good, though.

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L
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful luncheon to fete a wonderful friend! The food was outstanding and the service perfect!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service. Good Ambience

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The setting was great...reminded us of a place we visited while in Europe. Our server, Kelly, took the whole experience to GREAT! She knew the menu AND the wine list. Kelly knew exactly which wine to recommend. She know how to make dining an experience. Perfect!
Highly recommend for a relaxing evening of fun and full enjoyment.

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ZC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I asked the hostess what do they do for someone’s birthday and she told me. I told her whose birthday it was and the waiter said Happy Birthday to him as soon as he took drink orders. We had to ask him for olive oil several times. At the end of meal he asked about coffee and dessert. We ordered coffee and no dessert. He then brought coffee and then the check. I asked about birthday dessert he said it comes after . I said to him after you bring check I never heard of that. He brought it anyway and it was stale and almost impossible to cut. I think it was frozen too. If this is what you normally do for birthday I think you should stop

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T
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a lovely dining experience at Paris Bistro with a friend last night. Service was exceptional and the food was excellent. A highlight was the special dessert, a lavender custard with berries and cream. I often come to listen to the jazz music downstairs and rarely eat in the dining room, so this was truly delightful. The server did not rush us and we took our time to enjoy the food. I highly recommend Paris Bistro for dinner as well as a fun evening downstairs with wonderful music.

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TG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Escargot was bland. Poor choice of flavorings. Chicken liver pate tasted off and aspic was overpowering. Mushroom gnocchi was adequate.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Adequate dinning

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B
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazingly delicious French Onion soup. Possibly the best I have had in the Philly Suburbs. Enjoyable lunch, very nice service!

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D
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Hostesses seemed bothered if asked questions, no manager to be seen the entire time we were there and it was Easter Sunday. Buffet was great but the hot food was not hot. Our server was very good but sometimes hard to find. The omelette station a plus and hot. Charging $50 for mediocre food was disappointing but no manager to talk with. We will not return.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here since it opened and have many great meals, but this Easter we went for brunch and it was also my birthday which was stated in the reservation. When we arrived they told us we would have to sit outside, well my mother is 70 and it was chilly so I told them no. They sat us in the jazz club in the basement and let me know we wouldnt have to pay a cover, wow thanks. The music was too loud when we were sat at a poorly placed table. So I said something and they said lots of people were complaining so they lowered it a bit. My mother wears hearing aids and still struggles to hear so it wasnt enough. My sister was meeting us and hadnt arrived which was strange so I text her. She said the hostesses told her we had left. So she left. What kind of establishment is run like this????? The owner/chef should be embarrassed that his restaurant has gone down hill like this. I gave the service 4 stars on this cos we had a very nice waiter. Dont eat here, 9t was great years ago but it's time for a new place to take that space.

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food, especially the bass and the beef bourguignon dishes, was delicious. The octopus appetizer was very good, but sparse. My wine by the glass - Crusher Cabernet - was surprisingly delicious for a house selection. Our guests were quite happy with the food and experience. My biggest complaint would be that the prices were higher than average for this kind of casual dining. We have been here before and are likely to return at some point. The lunch crepes are excellent, too.

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PC
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love Paris Bistro. Usually we have dinner downstairs for the jazz but this time we had dinner in the main dining room. Lovely evening with super service and food. We'll be back, of course.

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AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived at 4:55pm for a 5:00pm reservation. We were told that we would have to wait at the bar until the staff meeting was over. That is completely absurd. The manager should have had the meeting a half an hour before the guests arrive.

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JH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliably good experience. Good food, comfortable atmosphere, and you can carry on a conversation without fighting the ambient noise.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and the food was perfect. Wine list had many great options.

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B
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Disappointing Sunday brunch. Two of us had quiche and agreed that it was terrible - very heavy, pretty tasteless, and served cold. I asked to have mine reheated - no real improvement. No dressing on my friend's green side. Service was very disorganized - I had to request my beverage three times. Note that we got there early - feel sorry for folks that arrived during a rush time.

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L
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Waiter nice but not around much. For example, did not ask about our drink refills. Food really just average.

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H
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent meal as always: cozy bistro atmosphere, wonderful food (French Onion Soup best in the area. The trout was amazing! Near perfect chocolate mousse) Great, attentive service. Our favorite restaurant in Chestnut Hill for a special night out!

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing as always! Have never had a bad meal at this place and highly recommend checking it out if you have never been. You won't be disappointed!

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TL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

No. the service was horrible and not repentent. Pretentious and over rated and way too expensive, I brought a friend and was embarrassed . You need to be ashamed, A bad experience. A burger for $ 31 , are you kidding me. Server needs some skills training.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Much needed restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Wonderful place.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My only frustration was that I called the night before to see if I could add one more to our party and was told no, they were overbooked and couldn’t possibly accommodate an additional person, yet the restaurant had at least 60% of their tables open the entire time we were there.

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