Han Dynasty University City
Han Dynasty University City

Han Dynasty University City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.handynasty.net/
  • Phone: 2152223711
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily:11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 3:00pm - 10:00pm + Fri & Sat 3:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Han Chiang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menu available! Please call us for details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th & Market St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot located on Filbert St. (behind the restaurant and Science Center building). Please refer to web site (www.handynasty.net) and click on the University City tab for a map showing the entrance. Please press the button for a white parkway ticket upon entering, DO NOT INSERT YOUR CREDIT CARD or parking can not be validated by Han Dynasty.
    Garage hours (parking validated up to 3 hours):
    Monday-Friday After: 4pm
    Saturday & Sunday: All Day
A word from Han Dynasty University City
Han Dynasty is an authentic Sichuan Chinese Restaurant located in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.
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Han Dynasty University City reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • FANTASTIC
    ChemFoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Love this place. It is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in the city! The food is great, the drinks are so delicious, the service is really good, and it is affordable. We always order two drinks, one appetizer and one entree and that is usually sufficient for the two of us. I would eat there everyday if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointing vegetarian options
    Dri456
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I was the only vegetarian in our party. I had spicy cucumber, dan dan noodles without minced pork and ordered pressed tofu in garlic bean sauce. Tofu was very chewy, the dish was dry with no gravy and there was only tofu without any oyher vegetables. The other members liked their chicken options. Despite being rated highly i will not visit this chain again. Very disappointed with vegetarian options.
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  • My new favorite restaurant!
    elachVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I love Chinese food, so I had been wanting to try Han Dynasty for some time and it did not disappoint! The double cooked chicken and the dry fry beef are the best. A great spot for sharing food with friends!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great Food & Service
    cookiemonster
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Han Dynasty for a late dinner and it was great as always. The Dan-Dan noodles were an awesome starter and I really liked the black bean beef. We went pretty late, around 9pm, and it was the perfect atmosphere - not too loud or crowded, and our food came very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • SanchoPanzaJrVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Dan Dan Noodles. i could eat a whole bowl by myself.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hen Hao Chi!
    henhaochi
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I went with 3 foreign friends, two were from China. We shared 5 or 6 different dishes and everyone was very pleased. Nice atmosphere, friendly helpful staff - there was nothing not to like! Tai hao le!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOWSERS Chinese - Just eat here.
    Yummly
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This may be best Chinese I have had in….my lifetime. It was fantastic. I read reviews online and it exceeded expectations in every way. I went quite early for dinner because I was joined by friends with kids (who are silly well-behaved and foodies in the making) - and staff were incredible welcoming and accommodating. I wish I had brought more people because once you have a party of 8, you can have the tasting menu. Next time I will invite strangers to sit with me. Not to miss: spicy cucumber pickles, dan dan noodles (no really), pea leaves, double cooked style pork belly, garlic eggplant. If I had to make any suggestions for resto: use jumbo sized shrimp for salt-n-pepper shrimp, and more options for desserts would be grand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    SFtransplant
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This is a delicious chinese restaurant. The food is spicy but the waiter helped my 3 kids, ages 7 & 5, find food they loved that was not spicy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hantastic!
    Gluttony
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Awesome as always......miss Han in person though!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a night!
    jsquared
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Compared to the old city location this location is more customer service geared. The only thing I did not like is that the Dan Dan noodles tasted like they had peanut butter in them...the other location made theirs more like a lo mein soup. But all in all, wonderful exPerience!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • I wish I had gotten my own
    SanchoPanzaJrVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I wish I had gotten my own order of the fantastic Dan Dan noodles instead of sharing one! Pork belly with peppers also excellent. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    mathgal
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I always think that the sign of a great Chinese restaurant is when it is full of Asian people and this place is.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Kristinelauren987
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I love coming here. This is the second Birthday I've celebrated at Han Dynasty and it's always amazing.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Dan Dan Noodles were excellent.
    DeDe2
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Dan Dan Noodles were excellent. The braised duck, however, was quite dry and disappointing.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Make a reservation at lunch to make sure you don't have to fight off the rush. Great combo: Dan dan noodles, spicy cucumbers, and dry-pepper style fish. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Chris
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The superlatives for Han Dynasty can't be understated. The food is tremendous, the atmosphere inviting, the service excellent. It's in true Chinese restaurant fashion, so if you don't specific you'll get all of your food at once, so be advised. Also be advised that this seems to be the only place in the entire Delaware Valley to find Szechuan peppers that taste like Szechuan peppers.
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  • Han Dynasty
    Tom8675
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    They have a decent beer and wine selection at the bar. The food was pretty good as well as the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Fantastic
    stuffofepicsVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Han Dynasty is brilliant - food full of taste. I savour every mouthful. This isn't a place for delicate palates and people who enjoy balance and subtlety; this is a place for full-on flavour. I find the value to be unbeatable, also, if you're frugal-minded. Seriously, Han Dynasty's menu is pure indulgence. Try as much as you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlike it's Royersford location,
    jzucheroVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Unlike it's Royersford location, the University City location has stayed great. Interesting menu and great execution.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Very disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I had heard good things about this place so I took my wife there for Valentine's Day. When we arrived, the hostess took us to a small table for two that was in the middle of the floor. I looked around and saw that there were plenty of tables open and a nicer table for four by the window. I asked our hostess if it was ok if we sat at the table for four by the window. She said that it was "policy" that we had to sit at a table for two even though there were at least 10 other tables open and this was at 7:00. The kicker is that not 20 minutes later, they sat a couple at that same table for four! That just infuriated me for the rest of the evening. The waiter did a great job and was helpful. The food was ok but definitely not worth coming back.
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  • hot and spicy and yummy
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I love spicy food and this place offers great variety of such dishes (in addition to not spicy items). All items are ranked from 1 to o10 according to their spiciness, which can be adjusted. Unlike in the ER charts, here 4 IS spicy; choose 10 at your own risk...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A-MAZING
    Kristinelauren987
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I will absolutely be coming back and bringing family and friends. The food is FANTASTIC, the staff is so friendly and accommodating. My friend was traveling over an hour to celebrate her birthday with me and ended up being 2 hours late to our reservation. The staff didn't even blink when I asked if we could push it back to 7:30 and even helped my friend with directions to get there. It was an amazing experience and I will be back for sure...very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glad we went, but...
    JesseML
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The service was great, very knowledgeable. The ingredients appeared fresh, but everything was covered with so much grease, it was hard to tell what anything tasted like. Overall we enjoyed the experience, but will not return for food. Maybe for a happy hour drink.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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  • Re: Great Dinner
    Art101
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We had dinner on a busy Friday night. It was the first night of the Chinese New Year. The restaurant was very accommodating when I had to expand my reservation from four to six people. They gave us time to drink and order and eat even though they were very busy. Service was speedy and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve your service; food's great!
    InnaVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The food is consistently great; service level varies - at times, we wait for 1/2 hour for food when others who came later have been served. Yesterday was such a case. This has happened on too many occasions not to notice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Don't Get all the hype at all!!!!!
    DyDuoVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Our food critic, CLB, gave Han D 3 bells last year so we were excited to go. There is nothing special about food done this way. 8 men throw ingredients into a wok, throw in a sauce and randomly deliver the dish to a table. This kind of cooking does not require ANY kind of finesse, and to give it 3 bells is just unwarranted. Our food critic takes the "hip" factor into acct as much as the food, and that makes for a unfair review. The dumplings were so thick they dominated both the fried and steamed ones, making them pasty and tasteless. The crispy rice chicken lacked variety in ingredients. The #7 "scallop" dish had fish that tasted like an extrusion of fake fish, again with limited ingredients. Overrated, this was a disappointment.
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  • Great dining in University City
    Charlie
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Food was excellent, service is fantastic, people are so freindly. I will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal. The portions
    bruceavalon
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    A great meal. The portions are large and we ordered too much but managed to finish it. A great variety of food and a good draft beer selection, excellent service. The "heat level" rating system really works well, I can't imagine how hot a 10 is but a 5 is nicely hot without being painful. Very reasonable prices and free parking! I highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • A little disappointed this time out
    jerseygirl70
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Our Dan Dan noodle appetizer came out luke warm - since we were on our lunch hour, we didn't have time to send it back. Was still tasty, but would have been better if served hot. Our waiter was just OK - love it there, though, and will be back
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    great for lunch
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  • excellent chinese food
    jarjar
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    i have eaten at the han dynasty restaurant in university city several times, and i enjoy it more each time i go. this time we had the dan dan noodles which were a big hit, westlake soup (a beef broth base enlivened with cilantro) which was great, ginger duck which was outstanding, and a pork belly dish that was really the best use of bacon i have ever seen. service was prompt and courteous. the 5$ mixed drinks are a big draw as well. i will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    This was our 3rd visit here and it has become my favorite restaurant. Totally unique Chinese food and dining experience. Love this place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical Asian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The menu has a lot to offer. The Dan Dan Noodles were delicious. I don't like typically eggplant, but the eggplant appetizer dish we ordered was VERY tasty. Almost all the entrees come with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu. We ordered four entrees for the entire group. The portions are served family style but they are not huge, just large enough to share. The quantity was just enough for our group. The restaurant is known for the spice level of its food. The spice level is selectable on most dishes, from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest. I like moderately spicy food. The highest level we ordered was 7. I didn't find it overpowering, but it built up to a slow burn as I continued to eat. I will definitely return!
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    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • A surprisingly authentic Sichuan
    KCooperVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    A surprisingly authentic Sichuan restaurant with hot and numb dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. We enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Food was good. We enjoyed the experience. As this location was in university city, the group was young and energetic. The room was a little louder than I typically enjoy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an incredible meal!!!!
    RNS1
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The food was just amazing. The spicing of the food, it was so great. You can ask for things mild to very hot, you can adjust to your taste. I am planning my next meal there. Do not forget to order the cucumbers in spicy sauce, OMG!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was so extremely disappointed
    foodbearVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I was so extremely disappointed tonight. the food was great, the service was great, BUT my family ordered several dishes that we were not all that hungry to eat so asked everything be packaged up to take home and when we were given a bag of containers, we didn't question what was inside of them and then we came home only to find that half of our food was missing and the containers we did have were RICE. We basically paid for a meal we didn't eat only to have it taken to the kitchen to be left behind or thrown out and we were left with rice to take home instead of our main entrees. for this reason, i give the restaurant a poor rating.
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  • Consistently good food, good
    InnaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Consistently good food, good service - no complaints!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • University City Gem
    jerseygirl70
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Excellent food at a good price. Nice to have a lunch alternative in the area of 38th and Market, and right on Market St.
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    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Good experience
    Radlax39
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Different vibe than the Olde City location (haven't been to Olde City since they moved across the street). Very brightly lit. Quality meal. Only negative is that it's location isn't the best. Everything is happening on Walnut Street. Market is dead at night. Only university office buildings in the immediate vicinity. Overall, still a good experience.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    When my fiance gets a craving for authentic Chinese food, this is where we go (even though it's a bit of a drive for us). And she's Chinese, do that says something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.