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Han Dynasty University City
3711 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Han Dynasty University City Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily:11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 3:00pm - 10:00pm + Fri & Sat 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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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 menu available! Please call us for details!
38th & Market St
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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Diners' Choice Winner
Great for Lunch
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."
Dined on 3/6/2014
Unlike it's Royersford location,
the University City location has stayed great. Interesting menu and great execution."
Dined on 2/17/2014
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."
Dined on 2/24/2014
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."
Dined on 2/11/2014
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."
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..."
Dined on 2/6/2014
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."
Dined on 2/3/2014
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."
Dined on 1/31/2014
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."
Dined on 1/28/2014
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."
Dined on 1/15/2014
Food was excellent, service is
fantastic, people are so freindly. I will go back again and again."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Great spicy food. Good service.
Very vibrant scene. Tripe & beef tendon app. Cucumber app. dan dan noodles. Dry pepper shrimp."
Dined on 3/22/2013
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"
Dined on 1/9/2014
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."
Dined on 1/10/2014
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!"
Dined on 1/3/2014
This was our 3rd visit here and it
has become my favorite restaurant. Totally unique Chinese food and dining experience. Love this place!"
Dined on 12/12/2013
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!"
Dined on 12/5/2013
A surprisingly authentic Sichuan
restaurant with hot and numb dishes!"
Dined on 12/3/2013
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."
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!"
Dined on 11/13/2013
Consistently good food, good
service - no complaints!"
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."
Dined on 11/7/2013
Excellent food at a good price.
Nice to have a lunch alternative in the area of 38th and Market, and right on Market St."
Dined on 11/5/2013
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."
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."
Dined on 10/27/2013
is accurate. This was my first
time there, but definitely not my last. The food is delicious. Some intense yet somehow controlled heat, friendly and assertive staff, and a nice, calm layout (considering the dishes coming out of the kitchen at near lightning speed. I need more stomachs to try more things."
Dined on 10/25/2013
Based on the reviews, we expected
better. Some of the dishes were very good, but some were typical "americanized" chinese food, which means, more fried and way too much sugar and gooey sauce. We will try again, but ask for a lot less sauce."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Very good food but I expected much
better based on all the reviews. I think Margaret Kuo's restaurants are far superior."
Dined on 10/8/2013
We're Han regulars. The food was
fabulous as always. Nothing compares to these flavors. You will not find better Chinese in the city. Servings are made to share so bring friends. Yes, it's spicy but worth it. We'll be back again and again."
Dined on 9/24/2013
Han dynasty is great for spicy
very well prepared Chinese food served in portions to share. Food is brought from the kitchen as it is ready, so order items in groups you want to have together and then order more. It is great for three or more people who want to try several dishes."
Dined on 9/15/2013
Loved the initial novelty of the
cuisine, but upon further inspection it's just standard Chinese fare with elevated heat. Overpriced if you are not ordering as a crowd. On this particular night the manager and staff decided to rearrange all the tables and chairs right around us while we were dining. Pretty amateur, even for 'Chinese restaurant' standards. Wont be back anytime soon, if at all."
Dined on 9/1/2013
Being from New York it's just
shocking to find such an amazing restaurant priced the way Han dynasty is. As an amateur restaurateur I'm glad I moved to Philly and just thrilled I found this location. It's great to have the quality of a fine dining restaurant without the pretentious attitude that tends to go along with it. The menu has a 1-10 scale to give an idea of how spicy the dish is which is not only helpful to the customer but indicates the level of expertise the chef has in his understanding of his dishes. It's a plus to be able stop by in casual clothes when you're just not in the mood to get all dressed up for dinner, while maintaining the kind of ambience that would allow for a business casual experience for a fine date."
Dined on 8/24/2013
I went to Han Dynasty for the
first time last night and I had such a great time. My friend and I got there about 2 hours before our reservation and we were seated immediately. It was really busy for a Monday evening and the crowds were still coming in 3 hours when we left. We so relaxed and enjoyed our delicious food.It is so peaceful outside unlike the rest of University City which is kind of overcongested and crazed; it was a good break. The service was awesome. Our waiter was so kind and helpful and another waiter was also accommodating to when he was busy with a very large group indoors. I now know why my friend has been there 3 times since it opened a month ago, I'm definitely going back and calling for delivery!"
Dined on 8/27/2013
My absolute favorite thing to get
here is their Dan Dan Noodles, something I'm sure everyone has said. It's definitely one of the menu's centerpieces. If noodles aren't your thing, there are plenty of other options. Han Dynasty is a Chinese restaurant with a flair for heat. It's for the adventurous (even though they have more mild dishes also!). If you go there for a challenge, you won't be let down. Definitely good for drinks, small groups, even families. It has a sort of high cuisine feel without the price. Check it out if you're a fan of Chinese food and a good time."
Dined on 6/7/2013
Unwilling to split checks for
credit cards. Beware if you are dining in a group. They are unyielding."
Dined on 8/11/2013
I enjoy this place so much I was
going at least twice a week for a moment there. I continue to spread the word to others just how good the food is by inviting them to lunch with me. The servers are great and will explain everything to you about spice levels, menu items and more! They are just the best! The food is full of favor and the portions are large enough to share. The spicy cucumbers and the Dan Dan noodles are my two favorite things to eat, but there is so much to try. You should definitely give it a try and you will most certainly love it!"
Dined on 8/5/2013
-great overall -had a great server
(Kevin) -interesting food -attentive staff overall"
Dined on 7/20/2013
The food is good not great but
this is a fun place if your with a group. It's fun and entertaining to see how much heat you and your friends can take. Based on the area a lot of students come here so it has a bit of a frat vibe and they can get loud. I would not suggest this place for a romantic dinner or special occasion but for a fun night out with friends it's great or a very laid back date. The food is very affordable I was with a party of 4 and the bill was $90.00 so a little over $20 bucks per person and we had lots of food. So for a cool fun good meal this is a great choice it's not 4 star dinning but it's casual and the food is solid served family style."
Dined on 7/29/2013
This place lived up to the hype.
Hands down. Great food and staff. I will most definitely will be going back!"
Dined on 7/27/2013
We went for lunch on a
recommendation from a friend. Best food we had while visiting Philly!"
Dined on 7/24/2013
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