Paris Bistro - Downstairs Jazz Cafe - Chestnut Hill

4.5
344 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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Down the narrow hallway that feels like a Parisian alley, tucked away one flight below the 1930’s inspired bistro dining room is the Paris Bistro Jazz Café. Perhaps because it’s invisible from the street above, it reminds many of the prohibition era speakeasies that were hidden in many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Once in the room, the gold & red tones of the walls and upholstery create a relaxing and romantic space that’s perfect for a first date, cocktails, dessert after the theater, post movie or the perfect end to your evening after dinner upstairs in The Bistro. The intimate 52-seat café includes a well stocked bar with seating for 10 and unobstructed sight lines from each table. The full bistro menu and wine list are available. The Jazz Café stage features Philadelphia’s best jazz musicians and singers. Straight Ahead Jazz, The Great American Songbook, Gypsy Jazz and music of the Jazz Era are the focus. Check the calendar for more information about our artists.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The live jazz performance of the Bradford Neeley Quartet on Sunday 6/23/19 was incredible! These young gentleman were so fantastic and passionate with every song they performed.

Dining ambiance in the jazz room was wonderful. Roomy for large groups, intimate for a date, and casual and cozy if you chose to sit at the bar.

Food was great, I do with they had more options for sharing opposed to the heavier variety of entree selections. I just feel that would fit the vibe of the room better.

Service was fantastic by all we interacted with.

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Joseph
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great show from the excellent musicians of The Gumbo Social Club

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BrianR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wild boar is not a common item, so I tried it,. Tasty, but a little tough.

AM
AyannaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Bethlehem and Sad was wonderful entertainment.

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LuvFood
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening! My daughter chose this restaurant for her high school graduation dinner. She was here earlier on a date and enjoyed the food and the jazz music. Our entire family had a wonderful time!

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Jazziii
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for jazz. Food was great, wait staff was very attentive, wine was good.. bartender was on point with wine suggestions. I’ll be going back!

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Julie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had the salad with chicken and hazelnuts, a large appetizer which was ruined by exceedingly dry, over cooked chicken. The small, attached, little breads had also been over baked resulting in almost inedibility. I was in the Jazz Cafe for a French accordion and singer duo. They were probably better when they were younger. A rather disappointing evening.

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groovie
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes i would, its an excellent value for your hard earned money. $10.00 cover charge for a live jazz show. You cant beat that with a stick!!!!

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vipDonna
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The jazz cafe is downstairs from Paris Bistro. The jazz musicians perform 3 sets per night for a modest cover charge. Service is excellent- attentive but very discreet so the performance is not disturbed. Cocktails are excellent. Food is classic French bistro cuisine. We went for the last set, so we did not have dinner, but enjoyed some appetizers. The chicken liver pate was memorable. We’re looking forward to returning!

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sophie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We started with an appetizer with fresh mozzarella and marinated cherry tomatoes. It was very nice. It was served with good bread and butter. We usually share the pate to start but a change in the recipe gave it an unpleasant texture. The mustard and the cornichons have also sadly disappeared. We won't order it again. We initially sat at the upstairs bar and the bartender was wonderful.

We later went downstairs for the entertainment and sat at the bar. There was a French couple - the wife sang in French and the husband played the accordion. We really enjoyed them. We both ordered hamburgers medium rare which were served exactly as requested. The downstairs bartender was not attentive even though there were very few people in the room.

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vipNormG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great jazz.

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ChrisD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening sharing appetizers and desserts and listening to the vintage swing band

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SharonD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth dinner in the jazz club and the best. Impeccable service. Lovely food. The Tom Talisch quartet was suburb. Great mix of standards and original compositions. The sound in the room is excellent, great balance to hear all the instruments. Hope the Quartet will return soon.

Unfortunately, a group at another table occasionally spoke loudly during the first set. We were hoping the manager would offer them free drinks to move upstairs!!

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MontcoMan
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great night as always. The food, musicians and ambiance were excellent. My wife could have probably done with a little less news about the singer’s mother. Awesome song selection however.

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KarenE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The Mothers' Day buffet/jazz cafe was overpriced for what it was - there were some nice foods available, but the service was terrible - they kept running out of plates, leading to people waiting to access the $50/plate buffet, omelets arrived at different times and were delivered to the wrong people, long wait for order from carving station, tea/coffee, etc. Plus the additional $12 per person charge to be in a dark crowded room down a long flight of stairs in order to hear music is too much when the per plate charge is already high. Kudos to Dena Underwood, who is a wonderful musician - but the sound system was not good so the sound was unbalanced. In general, this was an expensive lesson learned. This restaurant might be better under other circumstances, but the Mothers' Day brunch experience was disappointing.

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JamieG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Bait and switch with the “cover charge” as we’re walking down the stairs with the hostess. Didn’t want to make a scene on Mother’s Day but will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friends were performing.

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MattG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, intemate feeling, with live band playing at the far end. $15 cover per person will be added to your check. (Can be paid with a credit card)

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juane
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Bad service
Bad food.
This is a pretend to be French restaurant.
Live music was good.
Go there for the music but eat somewhere else.

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vipKendra
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I loved this place last year when they had a few wuality good items on their menu, but since then they have removed them and there aren’t many other items that can match them.
I came back here a couple times recently and unfortunately they removed the Rosemary Manhattan (it's now an "Herb Manhattan" with rosemary and other herbs, but a little too much herb taste in it now.) They also removed the Scallops Limosine dish which was really good and it looks like it may have been replaced with a seafood dish with clams instead. Not sure why remove dishes and drinks that people like and are quality, but there's still some good choices on the menu.

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vipLuisR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We have eaten at Paris several times and always enjoyed it
; although it was always a tad pricey
This time we went to the jazz club on the lower level
Our service was poor
I had to hunt down the waiter for the check and the again to give him the credit card
We ordered an entree of a lamb chop
We asked the waiter if it was a single chop; to which he said yes
So I asked if it was a very large chop
He said yes and agreed that it was a lamb shank
NOT!
It was a normal sized lamb chop for $33 dollars!!
The group that played wasn’t bad but loud and we were told not to talk during the set which was suppose to be an hour but was 1.25 hours
So we couldn’t really talk and when we did we couldn’t hear.
The last note was that we had a wait if at least 30 minutes between appetizers and the main course
We will not be going back!!

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BarbaraQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, drinks, service and dessert were great. Music was wonderful. Will be back.

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aFantasticMeal
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for the jazz. Enjoy the high top tables on jazz cafe. Beet salad really nice. Chicken tasty. Gary waiter very nice. Small details - gave me salad fork for entree. Gave us big soup spoons for dessert mousse. Love the atmosphere.

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RoyE
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought several work colleagues here for a dinner. it was their first time in Philly. We started our Thursday evening at the Art museum and made our way up to the Bistro. The dining room had a nice number of people, we made our way downstairs to the Jazzroom for dinner and music. We were practically the only ones there. The menu was great they were able to accommodate our vegan colleague, our oenophile, and our carnivore.
The service was good and attentive the music was entertaining and fun.
The food was served hot with fresh ingredients. We had 3 appetizers (1 vegan), salads were fresh and crispy.
Entrees were served hot and were cooked to perfection. We stayed and enjoyed the rich dessert selection and tasty coffee.

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Kat3
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiter was great -- but he was alone with too many tables (about 9-10). Our appetizers arrive about 20 minutes apart, and we waited over an hour for the entrees. The acoustics made it difficult to converse so we sat side-by-side instead of across from each other. (We both had the exact same meals, and they were delicious!) At one point the singer reminded the audience to be quiet -- I think people were trying to be quiet but they couldn't hear each other over the music.

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JandC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I came to the Bistro to celebrate my birthday last week. The food was exceptional and I totally enjoyed the live music - so YES! I'd certainly come back!

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JohnF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating. The food was excellent. The music we really enjoyed. Didn’t feel crowded and comfortable seating. We certainly will revisit. Thanks!

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Dragon
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very good food, very nice servers and bartender! Management needs to get a better handle on people talking - why do folks insist on sitting downstairs and talking the entire time? It is rude to the performers as well as the other patrons trying to enjoy the music!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Loved the jazz club vibe and the music. My husband and I enjoyed some of our food but were a bit underwhelmed by our entrees. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable but he was super busy. Will definitely try again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t be more satisfied

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The quality of food, service, and performance has gone down drastically from just a year ago. :(

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carolm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is wonderful! And playing harmonica with Von Roz was a real treat on this Blues Jam night. They're wonderful performers and wonderful people. Keep it up!

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food2service1ambience5

But not for brunch. I was not given the upstairs brunch menu. The service was erratic and poor. They were understaffed in the jazz cafe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I thought the food and drinks were overpriced. The ambiance was great. Cocktails were good.

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Stephania
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was double date night and we really enjoyed the live jazz and the food was tremendous! I plan on coming back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Reserved a standard table for 2 downstairs but could only be seated at a high top, even though it looked like a few standard tables were open while we were there.

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DianeD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing but be prepared for it to take forever to arrive at your table. The upstairs is very nice but down stairs needs help.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

booked a high top in the jazz lounge after 8pm on a Friday. The place was completely empty however wait staff was still scattering to set our table when we arrived. We only planned to have drinks, as most parties do after dinner this late at night. Our waiter scorned us for not ordering food, threatening that “next time we decide to come in and sit at a high top we better be eating”. The cover fee without being warmed first was also a nice touch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our service was impeccable and our food was amazing!

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vipBarb
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Paris Bistro for the wonderful atmosphere, great music and excellent food.
It's a consistently great place to relax and unwind.

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Paris Bistro - Downstairs Jazz Cafe - Chestnut Hill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 242-6200.

Paris Bistro - Downstairs Jazz Cafe - Chestnut Hill is rated 4.5 stars by 344 OpenTable diners.

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