Margaret Kuo's - Media

4.4
130 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
The tradition of excellence in food and service is continued at Margaret"s jewel in Media where authentic Japanese menu is served along with Northern Chinese cuisine. The master chef was trained by Tokyo's Imperial Kitchen Staff and works closely with the owner Margaret Kuo to bring you superior Japanese cuisine. The cuisine from our Chinese kitchen is as authentic as it is refined. The culturally evocative interior is intimate and cozy in a contemporary Asian setting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(610) 892-0115
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Jackson
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went to dinner asked for drink menu... I ordered a drink my wife wasn’t ready they still took the menu.
Asked for extra plate when large bowl of shrimp with lobster sauce came out they brought over dirty plate!
Seemed like it was a slow night and they wanted us to leave!!

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We have been eating at Margaret Kuo’s restaurants for 30 plus years. When Peking closed we started to go to Kuo’s in Media. I was appalled by the darkness and lack of hostess when we arrived. We had a new waitress who tried very hard but mistakes were made, but was really bothered me was how filthy dirty the place has become. And it was cold inside so some of us kept our coats on. Not a pleasant experience.

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YY
Philadelphia
401 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch specials with pricing that is still a bit high

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usual outstanding food, good service, large servings with enough to take home for leftovers. Friendly courteous and efficient servers

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is a absolutely amazing!

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TJ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, varied, and reasonably priced. The servers are extremely attentive.

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AG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

SERVICE WAS AWFUL AND UNFRIENDLY. The food is fine, but who cares when the waiter was not attentive, not friendly, messes up without an apology and the manager was rude. They tried to decline my open table reward which was booked appropriately through open table and I had the reward certificate specific for that restaurant. They feigned they needed a physical MasterCard not the printed reward. I had to show them how to use and even after they were unapologetic and would have not honored the reward had I not demanded they do so.

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WC
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was attentive. Restaurant was quiet which made for good conversation with family visiting from out of town. My brother appreciated the availability of Peking Duck that he can't get at home.

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t
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great suchi and Japanese cuisine. The best Peking duck.

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P
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, interesting menu, varied choices. Will be back

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V
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food, but appalling service (not the waiter's fault). For a birthday reservation, the person greeting people, on the phone, pointed to a crowded room, where it not obvious at all where we were supposed to sit. We were given a table, and after 25 minutes, I found a pitcher of water on a side table and poured us some water. We waited a good 40 minutes to place our order. One waiter had the entire restaurant to himself (someone called in sick, and they had no backup, and no plan, and only informed us of this well into the meal). You can't try to be a restaurant with gourmet and service pretensions and treat your customers this way.

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Media Theatre afterwards and really liked that same-day-theatre discount the restaurant offered. We were glad that we picked up the tickets first, though, since we had to show them when our bill came. The food, as always was excellent. There didn't appear to be any hot tea service, however. I was disappointed in that, but the rest of the meal and the service was great!

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S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very fresh. Service was excellent

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YY
Philadelphia
401 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always think the food is priced a bit too high. Portion size is good but not a good place for a small lunch on Sunday.
Chicken and broccoli was the best option along with hot and sour soup

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Manager was a sweetheart... everyone attentive...

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q
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was very bland, not much flavor like usual, was disappointed overall

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f
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The chicken moo shu was amazing.

The only problem is that the toilet in the women's room did not flush, which I expect they took care of promptly.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and staff were helpful.


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FM
Philadelphia
358 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before & always delish.

Had shrimp dish & cucumbers for appetizer..no idea how they made them, never got excited over cucumbers..they were good & spicy

Always a terrific meal

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a customer for decades. The food is always top tier and the atmosphere warm and friendly. :)

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! And the staff is so very kind

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N
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What started as a negative turned into a very positive experience that night. Unfortunately the restaurant was listed as a participant in Media's Restaurant Week and when we were seated for dinner we found out then that the restaurant was not participating after all by Margaret's directive. We decided to stay and enjoy a meal after all and I'm very glad we did! From the delicious complimentary appetizer of the pickled cucumbers and seasoned peanuts to the tasty won-ton soup, we knew we made a good choice to stay. Our entrees were perfect - Imperial Shrimp and Pork with Broccoli - and I would heartily recommend them.

The hostess was so gracious as we were leaving and thanked us for staying for dinner, apologizing again for the mix-up with Restaurant Week, and offered us each a complimentary package of almond cookies. I was so impressed with her kindness, our waiter's graciousness and the fine cuisine that I will be a frequent customer at Margaret Kuo's!

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L
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The complimentary cucumber appetizers are outstanding, and the peanuts are also gratis, as is true in China. We had a whole range of dishes, suited to our vegan-gluten-free guest and our adventurous taste buds: Eggplant, scalllop and shrimp, vegetarian soup, a wonderful crispy-fried tofu dish, and of course--Peking Duck. All were wonderful, and we were most apprcoiative of the staff, who moved our reservation to an earlier slot when it turned out to be necessary...without a wait or a whimper.

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d
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. The imperial Shrimp was excellent as was the Tangerine 3 Delicacy (shrimp, scallops and chicken). And the Sesame Chicken is like no other, delicious. We’ll return soon!

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C
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We've been disappointed last few visits, must not be ordering the best things on the menu. We had duck, shrimp and also a beef dish. Except for the beef, lovely presentations for the most part, but overly salty and just ordinary.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothering Sunday

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DJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood fav and are in here frequently! Never disappoints!

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience here. I prefer the Japanese food, but the rest of the family likes the Chinese.

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OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service.

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G
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going there for 10 yrs. never a bad meal. Always great service. Mrs Kuo is a gracious host. Best sushi in the area.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very easy to get a reservation for that night, just make sure you do it ahead of time otherwise you may have to wait. The waiter was nice, we didn’t talk to him much. The place was very nicely decorated and was perfect for the occasion. I wish we were at a different table so we could talk more but it was overall a great experience! Everyone was very nice and helpful!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family enjoyed a special dinner gathering at this restaurant last weekend. Super service, very tasty food.

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J
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoy Margaret kuo’s because it is consistent. The service is slow, the drink list is average, and the food is good. It will be this way every time you go, which is actually why we go. The atmosphere is good with moderate noise level. As long as you know the above, you will never leave disappointed. Consistentcy is good!

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Margaret Kuo's remains a standout in the Philadelphia suburbs for top Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The cute restaurant in Media is cozy with a modern yet warm Asian decor. The food is outstanding. The hot and sour soup remains one of the best I've had anywhere (including China) and the sushi bar turns out the classics plus more modern rolls and other sushi offerings. Service is attentive and efficient.

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PK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I came here for lunch with my friend often. Everything is very fresh and tasty. I enjoy their Lunch Menu so as my friend.

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OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our absolute favorite restaurant in the entire Media and metro area. Food is outstanding and the service is fantastic. Highly recommend!!

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LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was great. Some have said the food is pricey, but it was reasonably worth it.

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RC
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Even though we had a reservation and have been to this restaurant many times before with plenty of tables available, we were rudely seated in the corner of the front of the restaurant, which was colder than the rest of the restaurant. My wife’s fish (done in a stone bowl table side) took 50 minutes to arrive and had very little fish in it. When we brought this to the staff’s attention, we were told that they would make it with more fish next time. Very disappointing and not the usual quality we’ve previously experienced here.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Was there for Restaurant week and a little disappointed. They didn't specify anywhere that there would be a limited restaurant week menu like other restaurants have done.

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Margaret Kuo’s was so amazing! My boyfriend and I went there for an anniversary dinner and loved everything. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!!

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