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Paradigm Resturant & Lounge - 41 Reviews - 239 Chestnut St Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (215) 238-6900

Paradigm Resturant & Lounge

239 Chestnut St Ste 1
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-6900
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turns to dance after 10pm when dinner ends. So i come eat and bam DJ comes! Great music, has two rooms!!!!BEST FILLET MIGNON !! Eat then dance. Great drinks. Nice waiters, bartend...


this place is an embarrassment to old city. I made reservations for New Years Eve bottle service. Paid 240 in advance, and was promised a table and mixers to be ready at 1030. I ...

FANTASTIC 12/3/2008

turns to dance after 10pm when dinner ends. So i come eat and bam DJ comes! Great music, has two rooms!!!!BEST FILLET MIGNON !! Eat then dance. Great drinks. Nice waiters, bartenders and bouncers. GOOOO NOOOW!! Pros: EVERYTHING Cons: hard to find parking , can take half an hour more

Great food and Atmosphere! 8/26/2008

I came here with my boyfriend for restaurant week and loved it. We did have to wait a bit for our table, but the bar had a lot of options while we waited. The food was great and the atmosphere is wonderful. The bathroom doors are a little strange (they're see-thru until you lock them, then they turn opaque), but other than that I loved the place. Pros: Atmosphere, food Cons: Wait time more

Best Place in Olde City 6/25/2008

I went to Paradigm Restaurant over the weekend and had a great night out! The service was attentive, the food delicious and the drinks were made to perfection. I had the mediterranean linguine and bread pudding! Both so delicous that I didn't want to share....but i did so I could have some of my date's shrimp appetizer and filet mignon! Great food, Great Atsmophere, Great Place! Pros: ambience, service, food, martinis Cons: n/a more

Quality Drinks, Quality Food and Good Service 6/25/2008

Went with a date on a Friday. I've been to Paradigm a few times and really liked it so I thought I'd check it out on my way to a Philly's game. The wine list is solid. I'm not a wine geek, but I do know my way around a wine list and like that they don't just load up on the obvious Napa/Sonoma choices. Cocktails were fantastic. If you order a mojito, the bartender actually cracks the ice before pouring a generous amount of rum into a chilled glass. Dinner was great. I had the requisite Calamari which also blew me away. I'm not really a calamari guy, but my guest insisted and the server told us it is a very popular item. I expected rubber but got very tender, crispy calamari as well onion and green beans-another pleasant surprise. My steak was cooked spot-on and my guests halibut looked like something out of a food magazine and was also cooked perfectly. Our server was quietly awesome! We weren't in the mood to socialize and she did not intrude or get all in your face and tricky about it, she just brought us what we needed. more


Dave -- the owner -- is HORRIBLE. We had a reservation tonight and were asked to move to 3 different spots and waited about 30 minutes for our table because they gave it away to a party that was ONE HOUR LATE. Before we sat down, the hostess (L) told us that we would get a free round of drinks for the inconvenience. As we ordered, we told the waitress that the first round was free and she said she would confirm with the hostess (and never followed up). However, when we got the bill, they charged us for all of the drinks and added a 20% service charge. When we confronted the owner, the hostess denied that we ever had the conversation and the owner said that he never authorized the charge. So we ended up paying for an entire round of 10 people's drinks when we were explicitly told that it was on the house. TO TOP IT ALL OFF, on the way out, we were stopped by the bouncer and prevented from leaving the restaurant because there was a miscommunication that we hadn't paid the bill so we were literally held back until he could confirm that the bill was paid. Finally, it took a good 15-20 minutes to get our car from the valet. All in all, the service was HORRENDOUS and the food was average, at best. THE OWNER IS AWFUL. Pros: Nothing Cons: Awful service, Mediocre Food, Extremely Rude more

Great Happy Hour 4/15/2008

Came here with my coworkers for happy hour and we were quit surprised by the cheap drinks & great appetizers! They have $3 martini specials and an array of fingerfoods. We ordered: eggplant parmigian which was so good, we ordered another; the duck spring roll was also delicious, so we ordered 3 all together...or maybe it was 4.. anyways, we agreed these two were the best on the list. We also ordered the chicken dumpling, crispy calamari, and the bacon wrapped mozzarella...for $3, these were OK. This place is not as bustling as the other nearby restaurants, so if you want to sit around drink and converse without screaming, this place is a nice spot to meet up for happy hour! Pros: $3 martinis, prompt seating at the bar, decent food more

Great Food! Sorry I waited so long to go. 3/22/2008

We ended up trying Paradigm because of its location. We had no idea that it was so nice on the inside. I ordered the crab cakes and salmon. They were both great. The atmosphere was wonderful because you could watch the people on walking by while eating. I really enjoyed that. Also, the desserts are awesome . The Godiva soup was out of this world. Overall, I highly recommend the restaurant. I liked the food a lot!!!!!! more

Always a Good Meal! 3/22/2008

I love this restaurant...I have never had a bad experience here. I recommend the smoked salmon or Grilled mozzarella appetizer with a bottle of is sssoo good! The steak here is always delicious as well as any of their other entrees. I go to this restaurant often....and I have never been disappointed more

Paradigm made my special night even better than I could imagine. 3/3/2008

My husband took me to Paradigm for my birthday. We just happened upon it while walking around Old City. It was a Friday, so the bar area was a bit crowded, but that didn't interfere with our meal. For an appetizer we shared Spring rolls with duck, which were very good. I had the Halibut. It was delicious. My husband had the Lobster Fra Diavlo, which was a little different from what we expected, but really good as well. After our entrees they brought out a piece of cake with a candle, that was a nice touch to a great meal. I would definitely return and recommend Paradigm! Pros: Great Food, Excellent Service, Friendly Staff Cons: None more

Worst Experience Ever 1/31/2008

The plan to go to Dolce / Paradigm began with high ambitions. I invited in friends from out of town to celebrate New Year's Eve. We reserved a table and I paid $450 in advance (this price included two bottle service bottles). Upon arriving at the club, they would not seat us at our reserved table until 11PM, and we had to pay for our drinks until we sat down at our table! To make it worse, they left dinner tables on the dance floor all night, so there was no dancing. They also didn't allow the DJ to set up and play music, so we listened to an Ipod mix all night. To top it off, my jacket was stolen from the club, and they kicked us out of the front door before I could even look for it. I lost a cell phone, an expensive jacket, and over $200 cash. To make things worse, they charged an extra $200 to my credit card several days later. They have been giving me the run around ever since. My words of advice, don't go to this place unless you want to get robbed! Pros: None Cons: Horrible Customer Service more

Completely worthless 1/30/2008

Just got back from a Restaurant Week visit to Paradigm, which started out with our party of four being seated around 8:40 for an 8:00 reservation we promptly showed up for. After an extensive delay, our inattentive waitress took our orders. Appetizer was smoked mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, which apparently underwent some sort of tanning process to make it match the consistency of leather, and was presented on a plate of soupy tomato sauce with sufficient care to make me wonder if I was viewing the results of a particularly sloppy challenge on Double Dare. My wife's spring rolls were a little better, but waiting 15 minutes for her empty plate to be cleared afterwards dampened my enthusiasm. Next, "crispy duck" with a caramel glaze, or as Paradigm prepares it, spongy-textured, overcooked duck with leathery, fatty skin, with watery mashed sweet potatoes on the side. A trio of thoroughly unremarkable desserts, accompanied by no coffee because we were never asked if we'd like any, provided a perfect end to a completely forgettable, transcendently mediocre meal. Stay home and cook yourself before you ever even think to come to Paradigm, because here is a restaurant that clearly, simply does not care about the food they are preparing. And I didn't even get to try out the magical liquid-crystal bathroom stalls. Pros: None Cons: Inattentive service, careless food, noisy, scene-y atmosphere more

Great Dinner!!! 1/11/2008

I have been to Paradigm many times and am always happy with the service, food and drinks! The Espresso Martinis are amazing and the 7 Spice Chicken was wonderful! My husband and I have never been disappointed here! more

one of the worst foods 1/7/2008

Pretty ambience, decent service.. but oh the food. My friend and I each ordered gnocci and some sort of chicken, neither of which were good. One of the worst dining experiences in terms of food for me, up (down?) there with Le Castagne. Don't go here. There are plenty of great restaurants in Old City and around Philly. Pros: Pretty decor Cons: Extremely dark, terrible food more


this place is an embarrassment to old city. I made reservations for New Years Eve bottle service. Paid 240 in advance, and was promised a table and mixers to be ready at 1030. I arrived at 11:15 only to find a long line outside the place. The restaurant had taken dinner reservations all the way up to 1030 , and not only were our tables not ready but the place was at fire house capacity. We had to wait outside for over thirty minutes and then finally tip a bouncer 30 bucks to get inside when we had already paid cover and table service. The place was mobbed, there was no new years eve countdown, and i had to beg a manager for a refund when there was no table open. The manager was rude, the bouncer pushed me when i was trying to talk to the manager. the entire place was just a disaster. you could not pay me to go back. i called the day after new years to complain again and basically they apologized and have no compensation. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE OR DOLCE. it was insane, famous seinfeld quote, you know how take the reservations but you do not know how to keep them, and really that is the most essential part. more


I recently had dinner there on a Saturday night with 7 other people for our friends birthday. I made the reservations at 8pm for Paradigm and they sat us in Dolce at 8:15 by the door that was constantly opening every minute. It was very cold out and we asked the hostess if we could wait for another table, b/c we didn't want to be freezing all night while trying to enjoy dinner. The hostess then moves us to another spot in Dolce, not Paradigm and gave us menus for both restaurants. It was very dark and we had to use our cell phones and the candles on the table to see the menu. Our waitress was okay, but messed up a few times throughout the night. My lemon shrimp and my salmon was awful. The other guests I was dinning with didn't like their food and thought the prices were outrageous for less than average food. I honestly don't know how this place stays in business with the less than average food they give out to their customers. We were celebrating a birthday and asked the waitress three times to please bring out the dessert so we could sing Happy Birthday and she kept bringing out coffee, sugar, milk and other people's dessert at the table before she brought out the dessert for the birthday girl. I was very disappointted with the service and especially with the food. I would never go back and neither would anyone who had dinner with me on saturday night. I would also never recommend this place to anyone I know. There are much better places to go in the city and I would recommend going anywhere else. Pros: easy to make reservations for large parties Cons: everything more

total disappointment 10/3/2007

All I can say is that I have never been so disappointed with something in my life! I suggest that if you want to start your night off should go somewhere else!!! The food is fair, the atmosphere is fair, and the servers like to try and sleep with your boyfriend behind your back!! Do me (and your significant others) a favor and STAY AWAY!!!! more

Amazing Dinner Experience 7/30/2007

My grilfriend and I ate here on a Saturday night and everything was amazing! First, we got there around 7:30 and were seated promptly. We had a nice booth and an excellent server. Our server was very knowledgeable and reccommended great dishes for us. Our appetizers were excellent. Our server reccomended the seared tuna and langostinos. Next, we enjoyed a bottle of barolo which matched well with the filet and crab and the lamb chops. Also, the bread pudding and cheesecake were amazing. Overall excellent experience. Thank You...we will be back. Pros: Atmosphere and food Cons: nothing really more

Cool Spot 7/17/2007

Went to Paradigm with friends, had some awesome appetizers at the spring rolls were my favorite. The bartender made great martinis (they have a huge list) and it was just a cool spot to hang out...will definitely be back for dinner! Pros: If you like martinis, you can't go wrong! Cons: parking is scarce if you don't want to valet more

Great appetizers, atmosphere 7/17/2007

This is a great place to start a night in old city! My date and I went for a friday night recently and were very impressed. Try the grilled mozzarella and filet dumplings! Also, be sure to leave room for a chocolate cake dessert more

Overrated and underwhelming 7/17/2007

This place is not so great for food. If you're desperate, go for atmosphere, but don't expect more. I tried those fillet dumplings and there's nothing worst than an over cooked piece of fillet mignon. more
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