The Philadelphia area has no shortage of Chinese fare eateries, but only a select few can be dubbed the best. Below, find everything you need to know about the 12 best Chinese restaurants in Philly and the 'burbs.
One of Philly's favorite restaurants near the Liberty Bell, Buddakan serves modern Asian fare amid stunning decor (the dining room is dominated by a 10-foot Buddha!).
Executive Chef Scott Swiderski and his team create an exceptional, modern Asian cuisine prepared with French technique and spectacular presentation. The inventive menu incorporates the ethnic flavors of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian cuisines. Lunch and dinner are served.
325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA; (215) 574-9440
CinCin has earned rave reviews for inventive Chinese and pan-Asian recipes with a refined French flair. Favorites like char-grilled rack of lamb with rosemary, lemongrass and soy marinade offer a tantalizing fusion of East and West. T
his sophisticated casual restaurant, winner of two major design awards, has with two intimate dining rooms and a stylish bar with polished woods, gleaming brass and etched glass. Delivery and take-out are available.
7838 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118; (215) 242-8800
Unless you live in the Wallingford/Swarthmore area of Delaware County, you've likely never heard of Happy Wok. The students at Swarthmore College surely have! This is strictly a take-out or home delivery restaurant.
The food and service are the big things here. Both are excellent. You catch watch your meal cooked right before your eyes. Delivery and take out are available.
607 S Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081; (610) 338-0882
Located right by the Pennsylvania Convention Center, serves dim sum and Mandarin selections. Lunch specials are a bargain, and dinner entrees are priced affordably. Delivery and take-out are available.
146 N. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA; (215) 627-5588
Despite its small size (about 40 seats plus private banquet room located in the back with a private entrance), Lee How Fook has one of the most loyal customer bases in Chinatown. It's a popular spot for family celebrations and business lunches. Lee How Fook feature authentic Cantonese dishes that are prepared fresh with every order. Lee How Fook is a BYOB restaurant.
219 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 925-7266
Since opening her Peking Restaurant in 1974, Margaret Kuo has been the region's leader in nouveau Chinese cuisine. Her Wayne location offers a two tier restaurant with The Dragon's Lair (Chinese) on the first floor and The Akari Room (Japanese) on the second.
Kuo is known for her famed Shanghai cooking, Mandarin selections as well as her Peking duck. Take-out is available.
175 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA; (610) 688-7200
Praised as one of the top Chinese restaurants in the region, Chef and owner Patrick Lee's creative cooking features Eastern and Western tastes based on Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine. His Peking duck often wins awards.
The BYOB restaurant features reasonably priced food with a very friendly and knowledgable staff. Take-out is available.
Marlton Crossing Shopping Ctr., 145 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ 08053; (856) 985-1551
Sang Kee Peking Duck House is well worth the walk to the northeast edge of Chinatown near the Vine Street Expressway. The cash-only restaurant is small and busy, but the food is superb and well worth the wait. The prices are extremely reasonable.
House table wine is served by glass upon request or BYOB. Take-out is available.
238 N Ninth St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 925-7532
This cash-only spot in Chinatown specializes in — you guessed it — hand-drawn noodles, which serve as the foundation of soups and stir-fries. The beef brisket soup is a crowd favorite, along with the spicy pig ear appetizer.
1022 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 923-1550
With three Philly locations (plus five scattered across PA, NJ, and NYC), Han Dynasty is known for its authentic Szechuan fare. Don't miss the dan dan noodles or the spicy cucumber appetizer.
Make note: The food here is seriously spicy, labeled from 1 (mild) to 10 (hot) on the menu.
Multiple locations; see website for contact info
As its name implies, authentic Shanghai soup dumplings draw a crowd to Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown. Besides dumplings, the restaurant serves scallion pancakes (very popular here), plus soups, noodle and rice dishes, hot pots, and bubble tea.
1020 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 873-0258