Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair - Chinese Cuisine

Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair - Chinese Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.margaretkuos.com/
  • Phone: 6106887200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Margaret Kuo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Margaret Kuo's offers catering service for any number of guests. Please call 610-688-7200 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Margaret Kuo's offers 2 well appointed private rooms for parties from 6 to 30 guests. No room charge. A la Carte or Prix Fixe menus available. Minimums apply.
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Kuo 6106887200
  • Entertainment: Special occasions only. Chinese New Year, New Year's Eve, Karaoke

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louella Avenue
  • Public Transit: R5 (Wayne)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lots are available behind the restaurant. Abundant free street parking available after 5:00pm & on Sundays. Valet available for special events.
A word from Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair - Chinese Cuisine
Since 1974, Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair is Philadelphia's original "New Menu" Chinese restaurant serving Madame Kuo's award-winning Northern Chinese cuisine. The ambiance is culturally evocative yet comfortably inviting. For true Japanese ambiance & a Nipponese menu, please visit the Akari Room Upstairs at Margaret Kuo's.
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Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair - Chinese Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (5)romantic (5)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Gabriela
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience in the Japanese 2nd floor restaurant until the waitress abruptly took away the sugar containers and some small plates. She banged around the dishes as she removed them. You could see she was irritated. It was just before 10 pm and we were being rushed out in a rude way. If the waitress had instead just said we are closing in 10 minutes, we would have not felt like we were "guilty" of doing something wrong by lingering and enjoying our dinners. Treating customers nicely and respectfully goes a long way.
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  • Food2love
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The host was charming and made us feel very much as ease Everything we ate was delicious The portions are indeed enough for sharing We will return
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping?
    NotallR4sVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a 7:30 reservation on Friday night & were seated promptly, though not at a booth, understandably as we were only two and it was prime time. We ordered a bottle of white wine that clearly wasn't stored in a cooler. It arrived in a frozen stone cooler - no water so I poured water from my glass into the cooler to speed the cooling. We should have been told the wine we choose wasn't cold. The server was abrupt and bossy - possibly language deficit. The wall next to the table was splattered with food/soy sauce - quite unappetizing. The food was fairly good but the 'wall art,' warm wine and awkward server left us re-thinking where to go for sushi. Too bad as we've always enjoyed this place before.
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  • foodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food is better than at Susanna Foo's although not as interesting
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  • Akari Room
    somegirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This room in Japanese themed. Their menu boasts sushi, non-seafood entrees, hot teas (I'm a tea-freak), and good desserts. I haven't gotten anything here that wasn't delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Braggin' About the Dragon
    StanleymanlyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Really enjoyed a Mother's Day dinner with another couple at Margaret Kuo's from the earnest welcome to the cheerful good night. Elegant decor, friendly service, excellent food and reasonable prices. Something for everyone, including a wonderful vegetarian mushroom soup. They hit a gong when you order the Peking duck and a chef comes out of the kitchen to carve the duck into bite-size pieces, which are then wrapped in pancakes. The women shared it and enjoyed it. I had the Chengdu chicken in a wonderful, spicy sauce. The lone disappointment was a small slice of blueberry cheesecake that was dry and commercial.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWE3
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Margaret Kuos has been around a long time but we had never been there Warm interior friendly warm management excellent servers Impressively good food Good size portions without a lot of fillers Top notch
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 173 reviews are from the Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair - Chinese Cuisine reviews archive.
  • A little dissapointed
    Othello
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I have been to this location many times and always have had a great meal however last week we were somewhat disappointed. The young waitress forgot an order for one of our party of four and I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and although it was tasty it arrived barely warm from the kitchen. All our orders seemed to take a lot longer than usual. Just an off night I guess.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Meetings!
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great menu, lots of variety to choose from classic Chinese to Sushi. While it was my first time, we found the Upper Floor seating very conducive for our business meetings.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOB
    2FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A pleasant surprise - this restaurant is BYOB on certain days of the week. Fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good
    kenron113VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    great peking duck - everything fresh and hot - service was a little fast so we got them to slow down
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Margaret Kuo's only status quo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    High prices for just okay food. Nothing exceptional.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chinese Food brought to a new level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This is an outstanding restaurant. They have all the traditional foods prepared much better than typical local Chinese restaurants. In addition, Margaret Kuo has developed her own recipes in the traditional style that are also amazing. Peking duck was outstanding. I have been to the restaurant several times now and have never been disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ordered the shrimp and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We ordered the shrimp and vegetable tempura and it was very good..we had an early peaceful supper one Saturday afternoon...
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    romantic
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  • Always dependable...always
    John
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Always dependable...always consistently good. Great value for the quality of restaurant, food, service, and especially the wine prices which often include special discounts. Also perfect venue for a business dinner as you can actually have conversations without having to raise voice levels a notch!
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    food was good. i was there on a business trip and did want to drive, wanted to go some place close by and this place was there right next to m motel. soup was exquisite, food was hot. the owner came by chatted for a while. such a humble person. love to go there next i am there.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Wow! What a night!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Fantastic evening. A group of 10 of us celebrating some recent success at work decided to have a group dinner at Margaret Kuo's. We made the right choice! Top notch execution from the host, wait and kitchen teams - not to mention personal visits to the table from Margaret and Warren Kuo to say hello. From the Chinese Appetizer selection - to the GIANT sushi boat, to the individual dinners selected by the team - everyone enjoyed every morsel! A wonderful experience not to be missed! PS the Black Sesame Ahi Tuna dinner on the Japanese menu is definitely the best in the area!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaos
    Warren
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    It was one of those evenings when the entire place was so disorganized that the management couldn't even confirm reservations. I spite of the chaos, the food was very good.
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  • Always wonderful
    lotusblossum
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Fresh, authentic, sophisticated. Had the shrimp (Imperial) I believe, with a side of the best broccoli in garlic sauce (very light) that I've ever had. The service is friendly yet refined. Many additional options now with small plates available, giving the diner the opportunity to try numerous dishes. Never fails to satisfy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience!
    JayKayVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This is great place and a consistent go-to for me. Love it for lunch on Saturday...quiet, atttentive service, and great food.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch!
    LunchBunch
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    The wait staff was very accommodating & patient while we decided on menu choices. We were pleasantly delighted to find out my friend could order sushi & I was able to order Chinese food in the featured room focused on just Chinese style recipes. All the food came out beautiful & artfully arranged & best pf all delicious!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit was a nice as the first
    Coyotefe
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Sometimes I return to a restaurant, and the experience is not as enjoyable as I recalled. At Margaret Kuo, however, the food was great, the service attentive, and the atmosphere relaxed and beautiful. They even managed to please my very discriminating foodie friend. I will return and recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Best
    NewOrleansGem
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We have been going to Margret Kuo's for a long time and especially like it for the consistency of quality as well as the ambience not to mention the attentive service. We recommend this to all friends and family, and believe anyone living near one of Margret Kuo's restaurants should experience this gem. Del
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    romantic, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    Traci
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    This place is one of our favorite restaurants and is reliable for a delicious meal with excellent service. They added a small plates menu to their existing menu. We tried some of those as an appetizer and a side dish. Very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    fg729VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    I have dined at Margaret Kuo's Dragon's Lair several times before and the food is always consistently good. The service is excellent, very attentive and always prompt. This is truly a great place to dine for special occasions or just for a quick lunch or dinner.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Chinese in the US East Coast
    JuliaDC
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Four of us (three Chinese from Shanghai and one American) went to Margaret Kuo’s and had a wonderful dinner. We have had the following five dishes: 1. ROAST SHANGHAI DUCK WITH STUFFED EIGHT TREASURES (申江八寶葫蘆鴨) 2. LION’S HEAD, SOUTH OF THE YANGTZE STYLE (江南獅子頭) 3. IMPERIAL SHRIMP (油爆大名蝦) 4. MOUNTAIN YAM SAUTÉED WITH GARDEN GREENS (薺菜山藥) 5. VELVET FISH IN WINE RICE (糟溜魚片) All these dishes were very special, uniquely presenting the styles and authentic tastes of fine dishes from Shanghai region of China. They were the most delicious Chinese dishes I have had in the US in twenty years. Also these dishes are very favorable to the American who joined us for the dinner. However, the price at Margaret Kuo’s is reasonable and affordable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Had a quiet dinner at Margaret Kuo's on Sunday evening. The sculptures on the wall set the tone for a different sort of dining experience. The service was gracious, there were numerous excellent food choices and the dinners we chose were outstanding. Having been to Buddakhan a few months ago, I can tell you there's no comparison. Margaret Kuo's would be my choice by a long shot!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Authentic Chinese in the area
    crlipkinVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner at Margaret Kuo's, from the time we were greeted by our host (who wished our daughter a happy birthday--it was noted on the reservation) to the service, to each wonderful course that we ate. Everything about our experience was great. The food was phenomenal. We enjoyed the way they presented the Peking Duck--with a ceremonial gong, as it came out of the kitchen to the table. The sauteed green beans were loaded with flavor. And the desserts were wonderful, too. The service was very good--not too rushed, but we also didn't feel we waited an inordinate amount of time for our dishes, either. It was our first time there, but we will definitely be back!
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peking duck was great, new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Peking duck was great, new small plates were interesting and properly sized. The server was terrific, very knowledgeable, always available, but not intrusive. The braised pork shoulder was a bit dry this time (ordered many times in the past), but the au jus was great as were the buns. Hard to beat Margaret Kuo's.
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  • Consistently Tasty
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The food is consistently good there, and the service is great as well. One of my favorites.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were no people upstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    There were no people upstairs when we went, so it was very intimate but not that exciting of a place. Sushi was good.
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  • Excellent! Will definately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Excellent! Will definately go back. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The Peking duck was amazing,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The Peking duck was amazing, but the lamb stew lacked flavor. The staff was very friendly.
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  • It's ok but not innovative.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    It's ok but not innovative. The best dish they said was Kung Pao Chicken (?)
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  • Wonderful experience! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Wonderful experience! The owner was around and so attentive . He even helped with clearing dishes off the table. We will definitely be back!
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  • The Chinese New Year menu
    mrteeVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The Chinese New Year menu was like a chef's tasting menu. Presentation was excellent, as was the waitress and the maitre de. The wine that accompanied each dish was well matched and enhanced its flavor. Are very enjoyable, relaxing evening.
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  • Food was excellent and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Food was excellent and service was warm and friendly. Although we have been here before I had forgotten how easy it is to order too much and would have appreciated some guidance to that effect from the waiter. Lots of left-overs for the following days at home!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Lovely food, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Lovely food, attentive service and beautiful traditional Cinese decor. We had spring rolls, Mu Shu Pork, triple delight with meat and shrimp and vegetables and Genl Chaos chicken, all of which we would order again. And free parking after 6pm. I will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Consistently top notch. A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Consistently top notch. A great myriad of flavors. Always a treat!
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  • The food was excellent as
    Bettie
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    The food was excellent as usual. The waiter, Andy was great - even better than the other waiters/waitresses in the past and that is hard to do! The service is so attentive and the food superb! Our favorite place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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