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About Han Dynasty University City
Indulge in spicy Sichuan fare at Han Dynasty. Serving the Upper West side, this casual restaurant offers an eclectic menu that runs the gamut. It includes appetizers, soups, noodles, rice, salads and a range of entrees. Popular menu items include the dan dan noodles, the spicy crispy cucumber and the string beans with minced pork. It also offers a special tasting menu that can be adapted to parties of eight or more.
Han Dynasty's laid back vibe makes it a good place for group outings or a fun lunch with friends. It is also a cozy watering hole. The restaurant serves an extensive selection of draft beers, wines, mocktails and cocktails to complement its fiery dishes. Han Dynasty is open all through the week.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily:11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 3:00pm - 10:00pm + Fri & Sat 3:00pm - 10:30pm
38th & Market St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering menu available! Please call us for 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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Han Dynasty University City Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
I have eaten at Han Dynasty before this location in U. City opened... I decided to eat here more out of convenience but I regret it! The service is ok, the food quality is poor and the management does not care if they lose a few customers because they have countless others. I have eaten in and ordered to go but neither has changed the poor quality of the food which is frustrating considering how delicious the menu options were when they opened.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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