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Han Dynasty Olde City
Han Dynasty Olde City

Han Dynasty Olde City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://handynasty.net/
  • Phone: (215) 922-1888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily:11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Daily: 3:01pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Han Chiang
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please note that reservations for the first Monday tasting must be made over the phone. Open table reservations will not be honored.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Han Dynasty Olde City
Han Dynasty is a Szechuan Chinese Restaurant located in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood.
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Diner Reviews
  • "excellent choice and quality of food, interesting flavors and large portions - great atmosphere, service and value - would recommend and would go again - works for small and large groups."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Love Han Dynasty - spice with flavor, not just for spice's sake. Really appreciate that they have Vegetarian options. Great place for Vegetarians and Carnivores to dine together."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "great food, able to please a range of palates, good service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Fast and friendly service. The food was delicious and came out quick . The place is beautiful."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was ok. Levels of 'hot' were not consistent amongst dishes (my 3 tasted like my friend 6). Being seated was fine. Water/tea/meals were slow coming to the table. Clean up/bringing the check/service at the end of the meal was poor."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Since it moved to a bigger location, Han Dynasty feels different, looks different, and tastes different. I was a regular and dropped off since the move. My friend wanted to go so we did and the food is better than I remember. She was slightly disappointed at the gluten-free menu (a whole menu, but only offers two entrees) but not once we got our food--the cumin lamb was fantastic. My wontons in hot pepper sauce tasted like burning--no discernible flavor other than heat. Her cucumbers were delightful. All for $20 a piece. I'll def go back for the lamb alone."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We dined at Han Dynasty on Chestnut St in Philly olde city. This place is beautiful, like Art Deco. Our server was well trained. This was 1st time we went here,thankfully the server recommended several dishes including Dan Dan Noodles (spaghetti with a spicy sauce-delicious) and crispy cucumbers with a sauce, I loved them but my partner, Mike, preferred the noodles. We settled on two main entrees, fish (flounder) with bean sauce and lamb with garlic sauce. Mike loved the flounder but I loved the lamb with garlic sauce, better. Be careful of the "hotness", "6" was hot enough with us. We ordered too much food. I think one appetizer and two entrees will be enough food for regular eaters. If you're big eaters, the sky is the limit. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The service was not very good, seemed like the restaurant was understaffed. We had to wait a while to be seated, despite having reservations and plenty of empty tables. Then I had to go and ask for menus while we watched other people, who were seated after us being served before us. Overall service was unorganized. The food was better than average Chinese food, but certainly not worth the money, particularly for the amount of food we received. I had very high expectations since I heard really great things about this place, which were not met."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is so far removed from the "typical" Chinese dining experience, it is hard to describe. The menu is varied and authentic. You can order your dishes with heat ranging from 0-10. This place is very open, in what used to the site of an old bank. The ceilings are very high and ornate. That said, the noise level is not conducive to quiet or romantic conversation as it is extremely loud and you will struggle to hear your companion across the table. Service is outstanding, attentive without being intrusive. The waiter did an excellent job of recommending heat levels and appetizers. Overall, an exceptional experience!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Once seated, it took a waiter 15 minutes before taking our drink orders. Since we had 15 minutes, we were ready to order upon giving our wine order. We ordered the wine carafe for 2 at $38 a bottle. Waiter gave us recommendations which were very helpful. He brought back our wine, and both our glasses were filled to the rim with ice, few pieces of fruit on bottom and our wine carafe will filled to the rim with ice cubes, which made it very hard to pour and wine spilled---bad idea, ice on side please! Once the waiter took our order appetizers were out within 5 minutes and our dinner was not served for another 1/2 hour even though waiter kept promising it was coming; I think someone else got our order. Food was delicious though."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went to Han on a Thursday to celebrate our anniversary. We ordered the dan dan and the cold sesame noodles, both were delicious. Then we got the hit sauce style beef which was supposed to be a 6 or 7 heat but was completely mild. Additionally, as usual, our server disappeared during the meal and we were left without water for 10 minutes (not good with the dan dan!!) and that's the 3rd time that has happened to us there...very strange. Food all tasted good though, cold sesame noodles are my favorite!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Really good spicy food, plenty of selections for vegetarians, and reasonably priced!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is incredible... Very spicy and unique dishes, but all are extremely tasty! One of my all time favorites!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "All of the food was great except for the chicken with crispy rice. It was probably sitting too long, so the rice was anything but crispy, should have been called mushy rice, and to serve it they just have us a regular dinner fork. Very odd. I don't think that there is the attention to detail that characterized the smaller original version that was across the street. I still liked the meal overall, but was slightly disappointed. The service was sort of spotty as well, which made it difficult to complain about this dish without slowing down the dinner."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Han Dynasty has a limited menu, but that menu can be adjusted to suit your needs. They rank their "spice" level, so you can order almost anything at almost any spice level. The spice isn't for shock factor either - it's all flavor. Delicious, flavorful, foodie-friendly and just overall awesome. PS - they do take - out and deliver, too!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food had a great taste. It wasn't spicy for spicy's sake. Be prepared, some items with a 6 felt hotter than those with an 8. All the low number items were accurately depicted. So you can feel comfortable if you want something on the cooler side."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Arrived before appointed time. Was seated right away. Server was polite and courteous. The food arrived quite fast. Was delicious."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our waiter Patrick was awesome. He was patient and informative. This was not our first time there but it was for our friends, and they enjoyed the entire experience. The dan dan noodles are our go to and the dry pot is always a hit. Everything was delicious, hot and service was quick."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Some of the food had sugar added, which was not needed. Fiery as promised otherwise, with some excellent flavor as well. Make sure you get the veggies as a cooling counterpoint. Lovely space as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Overall, it was a good experience. It's a little noisy and our actual server never showed up. Another server who noticed that we were waiting for a while took over our table and saved the evening. The food was amazing so I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our time ... Food was great and the service was terrific .."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "All dishes are rated 1 to 10 to indicate the degree of spiciness, with 10 being the spiciest. Truly excellent dining."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Dan Dan noodles were Amazing and the service was fast. Our food came out in 5 minutes. I will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The spicy cucumbers and DanDan Noodles are hands down the best things on the menu"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Delicious food and very helpful/friendly staff - would recommend for large groups to try the amazing tasting menu!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This Chinese restaurant has a slightly unique method to ordering. But their implementation of what they have is good but not perfect. Food can come sl undercooked. Flounder soup is fantastic though. And some of the food is super spicy. A good place though and overall worth a trip."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Han Dynasty chain of restaurants serves by far the best chinese food I've ever had. I frequent the one in Exton, PA weekly so it was a treat to visit one of the other locations. The food was just as good, and they have a bar (unlike the Exton location). Beautiful restaurant. I recommend the Dry Pepper Chicken and Twice Cooked Pork Belly!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Best Chinese food in Philly. I love the ambiance of the new location. Han Dynasty is such a gem."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation then realized we didn't need a reservation because it was abut slow. Got seated immediately and waiter served us. Food was great! I would def recommend for people going out to eat in groups"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I love Han Dynasty's new location. The food is always a great experience here. And the service was fantastic. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is fantastic although the menu can be a bit confusing. In regards to the entrées you really don't know what's coming out until it does but it's all good. The service is terrible. I've been here several times but the latest was the worst. Basically everything came out the same time and it was obvious they were just rushing you out trying to turn over as many tables as possible. It made it unpleasant enough that I don't know that in would go back to the old city location. Maybe I'll try one of then others. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "best dan dan noodles in the country hands down all the other stuff is great too, get the cucumbers and scallion style shrimp"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Our first time dining there, the food was yummy and left us saying, we'd come back! Second time...food was bland. It had heat but not tasty. The fried dumplings were mostly dough :( "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "If you like Sichuan cuisine, this is the place for you. The food was great and so was the service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our waiter told us that we could only split it among 3 cards. Fine. Then he said that a cash tip would be appreciated because otherwise he won't get the money for 2 weeks. So completely classless. Food was good, but there's other good Chinese food in this city, and I was embarrassed to have brought my family there. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had a great time and really enjoyed the food. It's was actually spicey as well which was nice. My friend and I got two entrées to share and we had so much food left over. I just wished they gave us more rice to go when they boxed our leftovers up. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great noodles and twice fried fish but the schezuan seasoning overwhelmed the food . Our fault we could have toned everything down"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "4 of us dined at the Olde City location, only 1 in our group had eaten here before and was our guide for the night. We enjoyed every single morsel of our dishes even the hot Dan Dan noodles, tasty Salt & Pepper Shrimp to name a few. My only complaint would be that the food comes out too quickly, not enough pacing, and it was hard to find space on our table. There are many other dishes I'd like to try and we will definitely return to 1 of the locations."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Server was very insistent to get our order in and we felt rushed. Be aware that when you do order, they will bring it all out at once- in about 5 minutes! Even those at the tables near us were commenting on it. Know that the cold rabbit appetizer is chopped rabbit meat with the bones still in it- very difficult to eat. They had an decent beer selection. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had been to their old location, and really enjoyed the food. However, on a recent visit to their new digs, they had no high-chair available for my 18-month old (they only had boosters, which do not strap to the booth seats). Needless to say, we dined elsewhere. I was very disappointed as I had really been looking forward to their food. This location is just not kid friendly."
    Dined on 4/26/2014