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Han Dynasty University City
Han Dynasty University City

Han Dynasty University City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.handynasty.net
  • Email: jermaine@handynasty.net
  • Phone: (215) 222-3711
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Awesome as always......miss Han in person though!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I always think that the sign of a great Chinese restaurant is when it is full of Asian people and this place is."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I love coming here. This is the second Birthday I've celebrated at Han Dynasty and it's always amazing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Dan Dan Noodles were excellent. The braised duck, however, was quite dry and disappointing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "They have a decent beer and wine selection at the bar. The food was pretty good as well as the wait staff."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    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 10/25/2013
  • "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 10/26/2013
  • "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
  • "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