Margaret Kuo's - Wayne

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$31 to $50
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Chinese
Since 1974, Margaret Kuo's 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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vipTheGuysFavorite
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVED IT! The ambiance, service, and food were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our waitress wasn’t warm & inviting. She gave the attitude as if she was rushing us. I wouldn’t go back.

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Gailsailor
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner last night! We tried all new choices on the menu as we have been going to other Margaret Kuo restaurants since inception in the 70s. An all time family favorite. Never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible. After we ordered our entree, we waited 70 minutes to be served. In the interim, our server whisked away my wife’s drink without asking if she wanted another. He never refilled our water - I had to go to the bar twice for refills! My food was under spiced. My wife’s food was over spiced. Both dishes were mediocre. The server never checked on us to see if our meals were satisfactory (and, having waited 70 minutes, we were too hungry not to eat despite our dissatisfaction). Across from us, a couple left without ordering due to the excessive wait. We had once been regular customers here but stopped eating here due to the declining level of service and the indifference to customer dissatisfaction. We decided to give this place one more chance - never again.

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vipLocavore
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tuna tartare was sub par, ribs great. Bass fair and moo shoo solid.
Overall not worth the $50/person price tag. Not one smile from the server.
Not in a hurry to come back, there are better options just down the street.

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vipDoBo
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant; I wanted Chinese and my better half wanted sushi. This place fit the bill, nice options for both. Food, presentation and service were very good. Will definitely revisit

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vipBernie
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety available. Both Chinese dishes and also Japanese and Sushi!

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vipPatriciaD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Service was awful. It took us an hour and a half to get our food. I did not care for the meal once it came

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was there for the Chinese New year 7 course meal. At $75 a head it was a bit pricey but ultimately was worth it. It was unusual assortment of foods and flavors which made it all that much enjoyable. I believe it was the owner that came to us several times to explain each course. The experience was phenomenal I wish they had it more often than once a year

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vipTandP
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and fresh. Staff was very good and attentive!

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Librarian
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our meals were delicious and well prepared. It had been awhile since our last visit and everyone was so welcoming. I had forgotten what a pleasant place it was to eat. We often go to Margaret Kuo’s in Malvern because it is closer...this restaurant was a delight to rediscover and we will return.

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DeborahR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and very warm, welcoming staff. We'll return for sure!

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. We love to come here for the Peking duck. Also had a whole sea bass tonight. Equally delicious. Good wine and cocktail list. Nice selection of saki. Sushi bar upstairs. Have not had the sushi but will try it one day.

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vip12jupiter
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

First time we had a Bad experience. Service was horrible. Drinks were disappointing. We should have really sent them back. The hostess and server made our drinks...
Was looking forward to a nice Chinese NYE dinner. Will never sit upstairs again.

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Kreb
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Did not live up to the hype. The steamed fish, for example, was overcooked and far too blandly seasoned. I can do much better cooking at home. The hot and sour soup, often a good yardstick, was no different from what is widely available at other restaurants. There was also lack of attention detail in several other dishes. My sense is that the quality has declined over the past year or two. Or maybe the chef just had an bad day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor our reservation. We waited in line an hour and left

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BillB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Second Christmas in a row: we arrived with reservations to find the check-in line halfway up the stairs. No movement, so the problem wasn’t slow check-in but rampant overbooking. (Our fellow travelers looked: Open Table was still accepting reservations for the time we arrived.) We were patient for 15 minutes, watching others bail. We eventually did also, and will not be back.

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SUSANT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not sure how the food is because we weren't even able to check in. Maybe it was because of the holiday but they were VERY POORLY prepared for the crowd. People ahead of me in line were waiting 30 minutes after their reservation time just to check in. Unbelievably disorganized place, would not return.

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Spider
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Restaurant was not prepared the number of people who showed up. I waited 30 minutes just to check in. Gentleman handling seating people did not seem to know what he was doing - there was no communication to the people waiting (some with very hungry kids) and it was chaotic overall. Restaurant was still taking Open Table reservations, even though it couldn't deal with people already there...Reservations did not seem to matter as some pushed in front of others who had earlier reservations - as were seated - very frustrating. Appetizer were brought when main meal was almost done and waitress would not take it back or deduct the charge. Food was 'OK'. Overall was a very bad experience...

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MegT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We attempted to have Christmas Dinner here tonight, but arrived to find a crowd of people and no organization. After waiting for 20 minutes to attempt to check in for our reservation, I couldn’t take the rude patrons pushing in front of me anymore. My family left so we could attempt to salvage our Christmas dinner somewhere else. Never again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

They must have overbooked. It took us 20 minutes to get seated with our reservation. And another 20 minutes for a server to stop at our table. Then I took another 20 minutes to get our drink order. Then they brought us a double drink order. And it took 30 minutes when we were done eating to have them clear our plates and even asked for the check. Then they billed us for something that never came to our table. When we walked out there was a line of 15 couples who also had reservations but had not been seated. It was one of the worst restaurant experiences We have ever had.

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ChristineC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

We dine at MK’s a lot. The more we dine in, however, the more I’m not loving the restaurant itself. It’s so dirty; there was crud all over the wall next to where I was sitting, visible cobwebs in corners, peeling wallpaper everywhere. It’s so disappointing because that takes away from the experience. The food was great, per the usual, but the decor definitely takes it down a notch. It also makes me wonder about the cleanliness of the kitchen!

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vipSuburbanFoodie
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Margaret Kuo's is as good as ever. This is such an excellent, reliable place. I gave them 4 stars, but I am a pretty tough grader. You really cannot find a move convenient, reasonably-priced high level Chinese restaurant anywhere in the area that is consistently better than Margaret Kuo's and, as always, the service is polite and attentive. This is still a go-to restaurant after all these years.

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KincaidM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

upscale, professional wait staff. Best wine selection of any Asian restaurant. Could have wider selection of wines by the glass.

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karenc
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and service is good. Tables against the wall are a bit close together.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had my 93 year old mother with a walker with us.
The staff could not have been more accommodating.
The service was prompt. The food was great. The wine list was superb.

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vipAmyt
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margareet Kuo's is always wonderful. Warren is a most gracious host. The food is always consistently outstanding. We love that this restaurant is in our neighborhood.

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abcdef
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The services was really bad - We had two people try to serve us then at the end they just disappeared and never came back... Someone else gave us a desert menu then no check or anything. Once we finally found someone it was too late to order desert and they took the check but did not know how to handle a Credit card plus cash. Food was execellent though - Service was odd to say the least.

Good for someplace for pickup but I would not go to the actual restaurant again.

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vipJudyW
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are never disappointed at Margaret Kuo’s restaurants. The Wayne setting is our favorite, particularly upstairs which is pretty and usually serene.

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ChristineC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per the usual, our meal was amazing. Peter, our server, was attentive and really took good care of us. Thank you!

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RussiD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This the only that restaurant that I can say which is a great place in all the respects. For some one who is hard of hearing it is joy to be in. Especially if you sit upstairs. The food is good,the ambiance wonderful and service great. Very hard to find a gem in the midst of all the noise places I have been to. I will be there again the thanksgiving.

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vipAmyt
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaret Kuos is always outstanding - above everyone else in their field. Warren/Owner greets you personally when there. A family business with exceptional quality and value. My utmost respect.

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vipBloomers
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I had such high expectations because of the excellent reviews. The worst thing was the poor service. We had 3 or 4 people waiting on us at different times during the evening. We had to wait way too long for our second bottle of wine; we were almost done dinner by the time it arrived! The food was good and the prices seemed fair, except for the dessert which was not what the waiter had told us it was ( language barrier), but it was very stale and dried out. So our evening was marred with stress, frustration, and disappointment unfortunately.

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ChristineC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal we've had at Margaret Kuo's. The General Tso's and the Tangerine Three Delicacies were delicious!

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vipLynnE
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and top notch service.

We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of words , everything we ordered was outstanding , specially hot and sour seafood soup too good

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carlee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Chinese food in the greater Delaware Valley; nothing else even close.

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Owner, Warren made us feel like we were home and special! Peter, our waiter was efficient and kind!
Shrimp dumplings were delish!

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Dream
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, the employees personally great you & thank you for coming. The food is great too & such ambiance.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!

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Margaret Kuo's - Wayne does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Margaret Kuo's - Wayne also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 688-7200.

Margaret Kuo's - Wayne is rated 4.1 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.

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