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Bandar Restaurant

4.7
4.7
834 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

For dining:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday: 4:00pm to 9:30pm
Saturday: 2:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday: 2:00pm to 8:30pm

We are open for Takeout everyday


Bandar Restaurant serves Mediterranean food with unique Persian spices flown to San Diego and served in original recipes. Chefs Behrooz and Shokooh create simple preparations to showcase them, alongside an exotic variety of oven-roasted eggplant, charbroiled chicken, seafood and flavorful prime steaks. Look for signature classics such as Nadari, Barg and Soltani. Bandar Restaurant is award-winning since 1996. The restaurant has a unique energy, sitting right in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. 

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-0101

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    Our intimate setting, the B Lounge accommodates 60 guests comfortably, and is perfect for your events and special celebrations. Allow Bandar’s award winning chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Bandar Restaurant Private Dining: (877) 293-5113

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Between E and F Street

  • Parking details

    Parking partnership with Horton Plaza, allows you to park for an $8.00 flat fee for up to 3 hours, when you ask your server for validation

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 834 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Diego

    Healthy

  • San Diego

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Diego

    Healthy

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  1. FW

    FariW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there after reading reviews online. We were in San Diego to celebrate my husband’s birthday and I wanted a nice place for that. He was very happy and enjoyed the lamb chops. Our server was very attentive. Will go back next time we visit San Diego
  2. E

    Emjay

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is fabulous!!!
  3. LH

    LindseyH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Bandar multiple times and the food is consistently well-flavored and balanced. The staff is friendly and helpful and the prices are quite fair.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Bandar’s food is sooo delicious! Service wasn’t great . They took a very long time to serve our meal and the waiter was distracted.
  5. D

    Dayton

    Cincinnati

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of 2 promptly seated on a busy Friday night. Food was amazing. Drinks & apps & salad & 1 dinner entree to share + tip = $175.
  6. C

    Crabcakes

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The service was welcoming. The food (salmon and chicken) was solidly good and the portions were huge. Unfortunately their was a nagging scent of mildew stuffiness that distracted from the experience.
  7. MM

    MichelleM

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are here two months ago and could not wait to go back! We are from out of town and are not lucky enough to have a good Persian restaurant in our home town. The food is wonderful ! It is the best chicken amd koobideh we have had at a restaurant. My young children also loved it !
  8. B

    Burnie

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our server was very helpful in explaining Persian food choices. She was patient with us as we wanted to expand our knowledge of the food of Persia. The portions were huge. Our first course was a delicious and fresh salad. My wife had the stew sampler consisting of 3 different stews. She was in food heaven. I had the kabobs also a large serving. The meat was tender and tasty.
  9. MS

    MargaretSC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and service wonderful! Had a great dinner in the Gaslamp District at Bander.
  10. ER

    EricR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This early Saturday evening visit to Bandar did not disappoint with two orders of soltani beef kebab and one order of cherry rice with chicken arriving perfectly prepared and especially delicious. And let's not favorite the kashk-e-bademjan and most-e-mousir appetizers. It is wonderful to see this Gaslamp "gem" thriving again and note that some old favorites have returned to the menu. Hopefully the lamb kebab will be back in the future as well. A visit to Bandar is always an exceptional experience and this one kept the tradition alive.
  11. K

    Kobe

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Persian Food in Southern California and San Diego.
  12. p

    purpleyuki

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The World’s Famous Chicken is World’s Famous for a reason!!! Great job.
  13. c

    ciaolouise

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Post – pandemic the restaurant has trimmed back it’s formerly elaborate menu. The remaining dishes are good. Noise level in the restaurant is too high because of music played at high volume. Also, both open table or the restaurant have not caught up with the new parking pricing at Horton Plaza. There is no special discount parking available for $8 at Horton Plaza garage for this restaurant or any others, according to the parking garage. Open table has the same incorrect information on their website.
  14. JE

    JeffreyE

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fillet was perfect and melt in your mouth tender.
  15. CH

    CeceliaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time. The chicken with black cherries was superb. I loved the classic salad with the Persian cucumbers. I definitely took the leftovers home. The decor and ambience were superb. Would like to go back to the restaurant soon!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a reservation on a Saturday night and were seated right away after we arrived. The quality of food and service were excellent. Prices are a bit on the high side compared to other Persian restaurants with the same quality of dishes.
  17. u

    upforagoodmeal

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were visiting San Diego and decided to try Bandar. Really enjoyed the warm welcome and great dinner.
  18. RS

    RonS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience3
    Nice restaurant, but overpriced for what it was. Drinks were not good at all.
  19. KB

    KBizzle

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best Persian food in SD!!! The chicken bath kebabs are the best I’ve ever had in this country, or abroad! And the portions are ridiculous!!!
  20. VC

    ValerieC

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food overall was good but it seemed like my husband's Borg (steak) was only seasoned on one half of the meat. Also the tomatoes could have been seasoned as well as grilled. The shallot dip was outstanding and my chicken was flavorful and tender and juicy. Their basmati and saffron rices are super fluffy and buttery-tasting...some of the best rice we have ever had at a restaurant. We had to ask our waitress for to-go containers even though I saw her look at our table and see we were done eating. I guess her conversation with her coworker was more important. The noise level was LOUD. There were a few tables that were very LOUD and one table had children banging on the tables with silverware and playing with toys. Apparently people no longer teach their children how to behave in a restaurant, nor do some adults know how to lower their voice when talking to someone two feet away from them in a restaurant. Overall, the meal was good but the noise from the other patrons took away from the experience.
  21. SD

    SuperD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious! We ordered Chicken Kabob and Salmon Kabob entrees. It came out freshly cooked and steaming hot. We were seated next to a large group that was very loud, however that was expected on a Saturday night. The restaurant dining area is narrow, long and ceilings are extremely high so this probably makes the noise echo. The waitress was nice yet unfriendly. She did not greet us when we were seated even though she passed by us many times. We had to flag her over and ask if she could take our order. I would go back just because the food was awesome and knowing that service is not great.
  22. NR

    NancyR

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. Will definitely be going back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner with my family. Dissatisfied with my Old Fashioned but our food and service was excellent.
  24. RP

    RosaP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! Lamb shank was spectacular! Basmati rice excellent too! I will go back asap
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  26. ER

    EricR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was spectacularly delicious. Bandar is a gem.
  27. d

    dksd

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy ourselves here. The food and the service is great. My husband loves their house special chicken, but tried the beef last night and said it was excellent. I tend to gravitate towards their lamb dishes. Had the eggplant stew. Really good. Can’t wait to go back. Only a few blocks from the Civic Theater, so good choice pre-theater.
  28. A

    Alex

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was good, the food was excellent and the portions LARGE! We could have fed four people with the one meal we shared. We ordered their famous Adas Polo: rice with raisins, lentils, dates, & saffron, with moist charbroiled chicken tenderloin. An excellent place to go for dinner before a Broadway show at the Civic Theatre.
  29. GD

    GD0422

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Mediterranean/Persian food in San Diego. Huge portions and delicious. Family owned and always get great service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was fantastic
  31. MT

    MichelleT

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food before a concert at Balboa Theater. I will come again for the amazing chicken. Melt in your mouth heavenly.
  32. L

    Local

    San Diego

    245 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    245 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Most in our party ordered the "world famous chicken" and I ordered the salmon. They were all very dry. The salmon was over-cooked for sure. I requested Tzatsiki sauce to ease the dryness and was charged more than $10 for it (not kidding). The restaurant was very muggy inside. We were all hot. Bottom line, the food was just okay. I don't think I'll return. Too many other good restaurants in the area.
  33. GB

    GigiB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious, authentic and high quality Persian food. The best in San Diego!
  34. KN

    KristenN

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant! Good Persian food. Very loud inside as we could hardly hear the waiter, let alone each other, talk.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bandar has always been one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego! This place never disappoints and always has some of the most flavorful food. It has been a staple here for 23 years!
  36. ED

    EdwinD

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service exceeded our expectations! The chicken and beef combo is our favorite!!
  37. C

    Cece

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was divine, fresh, satisfying. The host was our server, and seemed to be everyone else's server too. He was incredibly busy, but did not neglect anyone, and maintained a very pleasant disposition and did not make us feel rushed or unimportant. Will return when I'm in San Diego again.
  38. KC

    KarenC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently delicious-- always. Salads are so fresh and wonderful. Always a joy to dine here!
  39. MA

    MeatAndPotatoesGuy

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The superb authentic Persian cuisine was made all the better by authentic Persian service - prompt, deferential and kind.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Good food! Surcharge is questionable on top of the tip!

FAQs

Bandar Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bandar Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-0101.

Bandar Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Bandar Restaurant

845 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between E and F Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking partnership with Horton Plaza, allows you to park for an $8.00 flat fee for up to 3 hours, when you ask your server for validation

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Shokooh and Behrooz Farahani

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-0101

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    Our intimate setting, the B Lounge accommodates 60 guests comfortably, and is perfect for your events and special celebrations. Allow Bandar’s award winning chef to create an unforgettable gourmet dining experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Bandar Restaurant Private Dining: (877) 293-5113

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