About Us

Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe a collaboration between Chef Al Paris and restaurateur brothers Robert Bynum and Benjamin Bynum. The bistro is located next to The Chestnut Hill Hotel in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s most charming neighborhoods. This classic French bistro is the dream-come-true for these successful, long time partners. Since opening at the end of January 2014, the bistro has been a lively, bustling addition to the neighborhood and his received numerous accolades from the local food press. 

Step through the glass front door and descend the mosaic tiled stair into the dining room and bar – you’ll be transported to another time and place – a Parisian bistro in the 1930’s – found on any avenue in any of Paris’ 20 arrondissements. Rich red leather and velvet upholstery and large, ornate mirrors give the room a warm, lived-on look.  The beautifully crafted, custom metalwork, tin ceiling and black and white tile floors lend an authenticity to the décor. Whether you prefer a seat at the bar or a table in the dining room, it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of chilled Bordeaux blanc and a plate of garlicky Escargot Bourguignonne. The menu is classic bistro fare – the genuine article – no haute cuisine here, rather the food Maman would have served on a Sunday afternoon.

Travel down one flight of stairs from the dining room and bistro bar to the stylishly appointed jazz cafe where Thursday through Sunday, Philadelphia’s best jazz musicians will play the standards, selections from the Great American Songbook and music of the Jazz Era. Pick a cozy table for two or grab a seat at the bar – there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Enjoy a cocktail, after dinner drink or dinner in the cafe – the full bistro menu is available. ♦

FAQ

Reservations
Reservations are not required, but are highly encouraged. We accept reservations for both the Bistro dining room at the Jazz Café. Reservations can be made by calling 215-242-6200 or online at www.parisbistro.netFor larger parties and private events, please call us or send an email to info@parisbistro.net.

Dress Code
Casual attire is welcome at all times.

Handicapped Accessibility
Disabled persons may enter by using the Chestnut Hill Hotel’s side entrance and can enter Paris Bistro through our adjoining door. Handicapped accessible bathroom facilities are located within the restaurant. Unfortunately, due to the age of the building, there is no handicapped accessibility to our lower level where the Jazz Café is located.

Brunch
Brunch at Paris Bistro is served every Sunday from 10:30 AM-2:00 PM. Reservations are not required, but we strongly recommend you have one. You can reserve here. Our brunch menu is a three course, prix fixe menu priced at $24.95 per person. It includes your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. We also offer many unique and creative brunch cocktails, and welcome your to BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) if you prefer. Bring a bottle of bubbly and order a carafe of fresh-squeezed orange juice to make your own mimosas. We have a children’s menu available for those under 10 years of age for $12.95. Live performance of traditional French and Classical music make our Sunday brunch a truly French bistro experience. You can view our menu here.

Dinner
Dinner is served 7 nights beginning at 5:00PM. Our kitchen is open until 11:00PM on Friday and Saturday nights. The remainder of the week, our kitchen is open until 10:00PM.

Happy Hour
Join us at the bar for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00PM-6:00PM. Our bar menu is 1/2 price during happy hour and we offer a variety of drink specials. Sorry, the 1/2 price menu is not available at tables, just at the bar!

Jazz Café
The jazz cafe is open Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday evenings. Thursday and Sunday, the Jazz Café opens at 5:00PM with music beginning at 6:00PM. There are two more sets following at 7:30PM and 9:00PM. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Jazz Café opens at 5:00 PM, with music beginning at 7:00 PM. There are two sets following at 8:30PM and 10:00PM. On Sunday, the Jazz Café opens at 5:00PM with music beginning at 6:00PM. There are two more sets following at 7:30PM and 9:00PM.  Our full bistro menu is served in the Jazz Café, along with our wine list and fully stocked bar.

Reservations for the Jazz Café are available through our website.

Is there an additional charge for music?
We add a $5-$15 per person entertainment charge to your check. The entertainment charge varies depending on the musicians performing. The exact charge for each performance can be seen on the calendar page of our website. The entertainment charge is added to your bill in addition to any food or beverages you purchase. It also applies to those who have dined with us in the upstairs bistro dining room.

If I have a dinner reservation, am I guaranteed a seat in the cafe after I eat?
We cannot guarantee tables in the Jazz Café for our guests who dine in the bistro, but we will make every effort to find a table for those who wish to enjoy the music after they dine.

What kind of music do you offer in the jazz cafe?
Paris Bistro and Jazz Cafe features music by some of Philadelphia’s most talented jazz musicians. The style of music can be described as “straight-ahead” jazz, the music of the Great American Songbook, music of the Jazz Era 1910’s-1930’s and Gypsy Jazz, to name a few. Most often we will feature a trio or quartet with a vocalist. You can view the full music calendar right here on our website. Click this link to see the current calendar.

Smoking
Paris Bistro does not allow smoking of any kind, including pipes, cigars and electronic cigarettes. We thank you for your cooperation.

Business Hours

♦ Dinner 
Reserve
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday & Sunday
5pm – 10pm

Friday & Saturday
​5pm – 11pm

♦ Brunch 
Reserve
Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

♦ Jazz Cafe 
Reserve
Thursday
the cafe opens at 5:00pm
​Set times are
7:00pm, 8:30pm
 and 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday
the cafe opens at 5:00pm
Set times are :
7:00pm, 8:30pm & 10:00pm

Sunday nights
the cafe will open at 5:00pm
Set times are
6:00pm, 7:30pm
 and 9:00pm

Paris Bistro Happenings

Bar Hours
Monday~Saturday
4pm-Close

Sunday
5pm-Close

Happy Hour
Monday~Friday
4pm-6pm

♦ Mondays 
Buck a Shuck
Monday~Friday
5pm-10pm

♦ Wednesdays 
EAT France
3 course menu
5pm – 10pm

♦ Brunch 
Reserve
Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

♦ Jazz Cafe 
Reserve
Thursday
the cafe opens at 6:00pm
​Set times are
7:00pm, 8:30pm
 and 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday
the cafe opens at 5:00pm
Set times are :
7:00pm, 8:30pm & 10:00pm

Sunday nights
the cafe will open at 5:00pm
Set times are
6:00pm, 7:30pm
 and 9:00pm