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Bandar Restaurant
Persian Restaurant$$$
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845 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
845 4th AvenueUSCaliforniaSan Diego92101
(619) 238-0101bandarrestaurant.com
$$$Persian Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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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
"No nonsense authentic and delicious Persian food."
"A lady in our party tried a chicken kebob, and she loved it."
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Brian Allen
4 weeks ago
Any time I visit San I have to dine here. The food is always prepared to perfection!! The staff has always been kind and pleasant. My favorite is the lamb shank. When I was there with my son we had the humus and that was wonderful. I look forward to being back soon...
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Sevak Valijan
a month ago
Barg (filet) is fantastic. Their chicken kabobs very well marinated. Highly recommended.
minou b
5 months ago
Really liked the food. But our wait or was not very knowledgable about persian food. He could not answer our questions.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Hi Minou, Thank you for the review. I'm glad to know you enjoyed the food. I'm really surprised that your server wasn't able to answer all your questions. All of our staff has been with us for several years. Please email me at info@bandarrestaurant.com and let me know when you dined with us so I can find out who your server was and if you have any questions I'd be happy to assist you. Thank you and Happy Holidays! -Elizabeth Witt -Marketing & Relations Coordinator
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Gail Legato
8 months ago
Perfect experience! Organic food, olive oil only, (no canola), my husband, who has cancer, really enjoyed his customized meal, a large piece of perfectly cooked salmon with tons of roasted vegetables & I, a whole plant based eater, relished the veggie (eggplant, tomato, yellow split pea) stew also served with roasted veg and a delightfully flavored rice. Huge portions, enough to share, or bring home for lunch. Our server was outstanding and was very happy to meet our high needs. We dined outside on the patio, enjoying the view. Even the bathrooms were pleasing.
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Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Hi Gail, Thank you for the nice review. If you are local I'd like to add you to our Birthday List. You can send me your email and birthday month to info@bandarrestaurant.com. Thank you and Happy Holidays! Elizabeth Witt - Marketing & Relations Coordinator
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Denise Baker
2 months ago
The portions are MASSIVE. I got the chicken (I believe it was called the World Famous), and it was 6, yes SIX, chicken breasts flattened and rolled into spheres. The spices were tasty. Not too overwhelming, but enough to give the chicken a nice flavor. The rice had some spices, as well, and was cooked the correct length of time. You might wonder why the plate is $15. It's because it's TWO large lunches worth of food, or I'd even go so far as to say a full dinner and maybe even another smaller lunch. I mean, just a ton of food. I didn't even notice what other folks ordered. I was too focused on trying to eat all of my own food. I came up about 50% short. Do give this place a try. Everyone was very impressive with their meals - both size and flavor.
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Bryce Williams
3 months ago
Humus they gave us was old and fermented. It had a carbonated taste to it. We returned it and the fresh order was good. However the server didn't ask if the fix was satisfactory. For the cost the service and food should be better.
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Tobias Eckle
10 months ago
OK. The food was nice until the end when my daughter found a long plastic piece in her rice. I was very surprised as this is not only disgusting but dangerous. I called the waiter and guess what....the one saw my hand with the plastic and called the other waiter. He came, took it and said ..oh that is form the rice bag... WHAT ? So that happens all the time ? WOW. Anyhow, the surprise starts after the check arrives. Full price for a meal hat could have easily killed one of my little girls. I recommend to stay away as far as possible from that restaurant. Also, a restaurant with nobody speaking Farsi is always suspicious.
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Khashayar Rakhsha
9 months ago
Consistently great food. No nonsense authentic and delicious Persian food. Owners/chefs pay close attention to details of preparing the food. Always fresh and yummy! Highly recommended!

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Thank you Zagat Readers for the nice Reviews and Thank You Zagat for the Award.
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Today is a perfect day to try our Homemade Persian Baklava...
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Thank you Sean and Bill for the Invitation to your Retirement Event. It was a pleasure meeting everyone and it was a beautifully put together. Congratulations on your Retirement from Chanel 10 News and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon!
-From your friends at Bandar
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Thank you Chanel 10News and Anchor Bill Griffith for Celebrating your Retirement with us. It is always a pleasure and we look forward to many return visits.

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The Bandar Family
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Restaurant week is this Sunday !
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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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Thank you Matthew, glad you enjoyed the chicken... we are looking forward to hosting more meetings!
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Arefeh, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!
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Happy Valentine's Day from your friends at Bandar
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Thank You San Diego Magazine for Spot Lighting Bandar for Restaurant Week!
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