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Bandar Restaurant
Persian Restaurant$$$
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845 Fourth Ave San Diego, CA 92101
845 Fourth AvenueUSCaliforniaSan Diego92101
(619) 238-0101bandarrestaurant.com
$$$Persian Restaurant, BarToday 11:30AM–11:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–11:30PMSunday 11:30AM–10PMMonday 11:30AM–10PMTuesday 11:30AM–10PMWednesday 11:30AM–10PMThursday 11:30AM–10PMFriday 11:30AM–11:30PM
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Executive Chefs Shokooh & Behrooz Farahani celebrate the traditions of Persian cuisine at their namesake restaurant Bandar, with fresh prime steaks, world famous chicken, seafood and classic Persian specialties. Bandar is the proud recipient of many awards since 1996.
 
Rated excellent by Zagat Survey, awarded Best Service and voted as the Best Persian by San Diego Magazine, Home Garden and Reader's Choice. Also Best Ethnic, Dining and International Cuisine. Bandar is located in the Heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and walking distance from the Convention Center, Balboa Theatre and most downtown Hotels.
 
What the Critics Have to Say:

“If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat at every night this might be the one.” -Eleanor Widmer

“Bandar a taste of Persian Perfection.” -Robin Kleven-Union Tribune

“Recognized as one of the area’s Top Restaurants rated excellent.”
-Zagat Survey

“Bandar is a winner no doubt about it.” -W. Douglas Verkaaik-SD Union Tribune

“The best chicken I have had all year long was at Bandar.” -Stephen Silverman-KPBS Radio
 
 
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Elegant eatery known for generous portions of chicken kebabs & other Persian cuisine, plus a patio.- Google
"World famous chicken kebabs" ate definitely worth the splurge."
"One of the guys in our party tried a stew, and he was not very excited about it."
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Shane Schaetz
a month ago
A bit pricey, but factor in you will have another meal in leftovers. They are famous for the chicken, so make sure someone in your party gets it. Also get their barberry rice. Delicious.
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Bud Kamyabi
2 weeks ago
Nice decor. Good service. Great presentation. Quality of food: AVERAGE Price: Outrageous Overall Grade: C-
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Catherine Lamboley
2 weeks ago
Love it. Started coming here with co workers and visit every time I get. Barberry Albans and freshly made hummus are the best.
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Michele Gu
3 months ago
"World famous chicken kebabs" ate definitely worth the splurge. Go at lunch for the same portion as dinner at a cheaper price. Dine in and get free salad with your meal. Lunch portion is large enough to share.
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Mauricio Shamran
3 weeks ago
The worst persian food I did not even eat and I would know this isn't because my dad is persian and I had way better food I'd rather eat dog food!👎. My mom says what a waste of money!!! I ended eating around the corner at Sadaf , delicious kobideh !!!
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Ryan Archer
2 weeks ago
We ordered two apps and a dinner to share and had enough left over for lunch the next day. We started with the SPANAKOPITA which seemed like it had been made awhile ago and been under a heat lamp, but was good overall. Then we ordered the PESTO HUMMUS and WORLD FAMOUS CHICKEN. Both were huge portions and very tasty. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was the service. The waiter was very slow and we did not have our drinks refilled in a timely manner.
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Pouya Golestaneh
3 months ago
5star - Bandar is one of my favorite persian Resturant ! Cool place in down town San Diego !
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Noname Noname
7 months ago
I Live in NJ, while visiting SD, ate dinner at Bandar on 12/27/15 with a party of 8. During my dining experience I observed that: - server Taji was rushed and not attentive. - the food was fresh, the portions were large, but it was bland. no sauce served with the plate. - the final bill was inflated. This was a wedding anniversary gift/dinner for my niece and her husband, so we went about the dinner in a pleasant manner - but I do plan to call my credit card to correct the bloating of the bill and the manager about the poor service we received. As an example of the poor service, I share that we ordered humus as an appetizer which is served with bread. Waitress served humus without the bread, when we inquired about the bread - we were told that they are running low on bread and since the bread is complementary, she cant serve it. I offered to pay for the bread - the waitress agreed to charge for it but never served it until our main course was served and as a result no one ate the appetizer. Overall a poor experience.
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Thank you USA Today on selecting Bandar as San Diego's USA TODAY 10Best Restaurants in the Gaslamp.

10BEST Says:

Gaslamp Quarter's Best Restaurants: It may surprise you that one of the most popular restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter serves Persian food. Expect filet mignon, lamb chicken, fish garlic, onion, vegetables, nuts, pomegranate, herbs, saffron, lime and other flavors that compliment a healthy eating lifestyle. The portions are quite large with a variety of options suitable for vegetarians. Favorites include the chicken kebab, lamb shank and organic salmon. Pair it with hummus and other tasty appetizers or the Bandar salad with mixed greens, feta and a house lime dressing. It's been family-owned since 1996. Perfect for business lunches, family dinners, parties and even a to-go order, locals and tourists love Bandar.

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A special Thanks to "Belfast" our Highlighted reviewer of the week!

Belfast Writes:
“Super reference form our concierge”

This was a great experience especially as it was halal, great tasting Persian cuisine, large and I mean really large portions which we're not used to, and we managed to take away home the leftovers which still taste fantastic in the hotel. Our second experience of Persian cuisine, really impressed. Staff were good to get us a table, and made place for our child's buggy too.


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Bandar is proud to be a sponsor for Mainly Mozart which is now celebrating their 27th year of youth and adult Orchestra and Concerts in San Diego. To find out more information please click the link below:
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Thank you Zagat Readers for the nice Reviews and Thank You Zagat for the Award.
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We are Honored to be Awarded as "Opentable Diner's Choice Winner." Thank you for a wonderful year and we look forward to yet another amazing year in 2016!
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Join us this Holiday Season and Bring in the New Year at Bandar. We will be open during the Holidays Serving our Holiday Prix Fixe Menu along with our Regular Menu. Holiday Hours are as follows:

Christmas Eve 11:30am-10:30pm

Christmas Day 11:30am-10:30pm

New Year's Eve 11:30am-Midnight

New Year's Day 11:30am-11:30pm

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We are honored and looking forward to Hosting the November California Restaurant Association (CRA) Mixer.
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Thank you Jenny for the nice review. We are always happy to support great causes. So glad you enjoyed the food and we are looking forward to seeing you at the restaurant soon! #CyberTECH'S Good Neighbor
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