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About Margaret Kuo's - Wayne

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.

175 East Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Afternoon Tea, Asian

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

Cross Street:
Louella Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 688-7200

Website:
http://www.margaretkuos.com/

Entertainment:
Special occasions only. Chinese New Year, New Year's Eve, Karaoke

Catering:
Margaret Kuo's offers catering service for any number of guests. Please call 610-688-7200 for details.

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.

Public Transit:
R5 (Wayne)

Executive Chef:
Margaret Kuo

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: (610) 688-7200

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Margaret Kuo's - Wayne Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.3

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4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Special Occasion (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Peking duck is special; never failed us in over 20 tries;
Other standards like General Tso chicken are above average.
Lion head meatball great comfort food to take home.
Open face steamed dumplings great appetizer;
Wine list is excellent and the mark up is less than in other restaurants.
Service is excellent; helpful, often anticipatory.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is consistently good.
Great ambiance on the 2nd floor.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As always, everything was wonderful. The food was delicious, and we enjoyed every minute of our dinner!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

5 Star dinner in a relaxed atmosphere allowing an unhurried evening with out of town relatives. Food and service over the top. Will recommend and will return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food, especially the Peking Duck. Also had White Tea which was excellent compliment to overall meal.
Great service, greeted and sat immediately. Maitre d and waiter checked on us, but not so much as to interfere with enjoying our meal.
Quiet atmosphere where you can actually have a pleasant conversation with your dinner companions.
Ive been here with family, friends and business associates.
Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

What a lovely and special dinner! We went to celebrate a birthday, and I think every member of the staff must have come to wish me a happy day. I had asked for a quiet table, and we have a perfect corner booth, upstairs, that was perfect for conversation. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed such quiet in a restaurant! We started with rock shrimp tempura, which was fabulous, and my sister had the black sesame tuna with ginger sauce which was gorgeous and delicious! I had the wild salmon teriyaki, which was divine! They even brought us a wonderful gelato, on the house, and sang Happy Birthday! It was a marvelous meal and a genuinely touching effort on their part! Go, you will love Margaret Kuo's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Spicy, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Not your average Asian food! The imperial shrimp was a nice change up from my usual spicy beef and shrimp - great recommendation from the server

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 13, 2017

When Susanna Fu closed I went into a deep depression, but then a friend turned me on to Margaret Kuo, which, amazingly, is just down the road. MK is terrific, two lovely dining rooms (one Chinese, one Japanese), Mr. Kuo presiding over everything. We were almost the only non-Asians in the restaurant (we ate early), which is always a good sign.

Tags: Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food at Margaret Kuo's is fresh, beautifully prepared, and the sauces are simply delicious. My shrimp tempura was the best I have had. My lunch companion reported that her beef stew was amazing. The attention to each and every detail of a fine dining experience is obvious at every turn, and greatly appreciated.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Waiter did not understand some of our questions, made it a bit of a challenge.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Service was terrible, took nearly 40 minutes to order. Food was great as usual.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 3, 2017

As usual food was outstanding. Best Chinese food on the planet.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The dining room was attractive, but there were no Asian diners--and I understood the reason after we tasted the food. The preparations have been modified for unadventurous American tastes. Although the ambiance was rather elegant, the service was surprising inexpert. Portions were small compared to what we have experienced at other Chinese restaurants in our region. We like good Chinese cuisine, and overall we were disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was outstanding and the courteous,attentive service made us feel at home and well-advised. The surroundings are elegant without being stuffy. I look forward to going again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The place had a nice ambiance and the owners are very nice! Quiet graduation lunch for us with a very nice authentic chinese menu. The spicy wasn't so much and I could have used the authentic hotness for the dish I chose but it was delicious! All in all a great restaurant with incredible authentic Chinese menu and quiet comfortable atmosphere!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Congrats Margaret Kui's on 15 years! We went for a quick dinner with our daughter. Great food, great jasmine tea, husband had sea bass fullfilet,I had shrimp and verges, our daughter had shanghai noodles with verges. Overall great quality and delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The food was good. I had the braised duck and it was very good. My wife had a seafood dish that was ok. The service was poor as we did not get water or checked on for 10 min after being seated. Throughout the meal it was as if the server forgot about us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Professional, courteous, delicious, what else is there to say? One of the best restaurants in the area, and one of the most reasonably priced, too. A reputation well earned.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation but were still seated within 5 minutes. Very attentive service from the wait staff. Both of us tried new menu items that were well characterized.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Daughters tenth birthday. They treated her like a queen and even brought out gelato at the end with the candle and sang to her. We had a nice round booth and lots of extra attention

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2017

My first time there and it was delicious! We sat downstairs and our waiter went and grabbed the other menus for us to look at and order from. We took a menu for take out. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Took our granddaughter for her 12th b'day and everyone was exceptionally welcoming, kind and attentive. Decor was lovely and restaurant quiet which we really enjoyed. Food was fabulous! We are lucky that she is always willing to try new foods and she loved the presentation of the Peking Duck, but enjoyed eating even more. Her first try at wonton soup was a success as well. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back.

Thanks to everyone for making here birthday dinner a great success!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I love the food here. It is the best Chinese food on the Mainline. It is authentic and so tasty! The staff is also very kind and friendly. We came with our 10 month old and they were very accommodating.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Fabulous deal with coupon. Neighborhood gem.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Excellent Food!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Glad I made a reservation- when I arrived there were few tables open which is nice to see at such a wonderful restaurant. Jasmine green tea was divine and the tempura ginger ice cream was a unique flavor treat. As usual the service was top notch! I will be back soon for the cucumber plate which I have begun picking it up at their counter in the Lancaster farmers market in Wayne because they are so addicting!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Great service. Food was mediocre. Dessert had clearly been in the frig for at least a week- possibly uncovered. Thursday at 7pm and the place was empty. I'm surprised they are still open.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

They seem to have really stepped up their game. In the past three months we've had two solid meals there. Recommend the lettuce wraps.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Consistently authentic and tasty. Maurer d and waiter were very attentive but did not hover. Their wontonsoup is the best. Jasmine green tea tastes clean and crisp. I love most of the seafood dishes and the green tea ice cream.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Excellent, as usual. We come to Margaret Kuo's every year to enjoy the Chinese New Year's Feast. It never disappoints. The service and the food was excellent. Thank you for making our family feel special. Happy New Year!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Whether it is our annual Chinese New Year Dinner in a private room with friends or a simple night out when we are too tired to cook, it is a privilege to have this extraordinary beautiful restaurant nearby.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

One of the best places - the service was way above other restaurants. They made us feel so welcome from the moment we walked in to the minute we left. The food was excellent - every dish was delicious! A+++! Thank you to the Margaret Kuo team! We will definitely be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Once again, the Chionese New Year's menu was a knockout, the duck and seafood especially. The service is exceptionally gracious, and we appreciated advice for the best wines to order with the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Overall a great evening, would have been 5 stars but took 10
Minutes to get seated and another 10 minutes before staff understood we were there for the Chinese new Year's dinner. Once that was resolved service was great and food was awesome!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We lived in Asia for a long time with stretches in Taiwan and Hong Kong. So we know something about Chinese food. My wife chose the Chinese New Year special menu and I chose General Tsao's chicken (Not a real Chinese Dish since it seems to be served only in the US). The restaurant was full with very few Chinese dining in, usually a bad sign. Because it was full the kitchen was very busy and we were told a bit confused. The special meal came with tiny morsels of food, generally overcooked. The General Tsao's chicken was also over cooked and the dish was poorly garnished with vegetables. I have had better food at a lot less cost in other US Chinese restaurants. I will say that the preparation was in many was more traditional that I have found in other Chinese Restaurants in the US. Maybe if the kitchen wasn't so busy, the food would have been prepared better. Our server was excellent and we have no complaints with him.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Margaret Kuo's Wayne location is really two restaurants in one--and both are outstanding. The Chinese dining room downstairs is large and lushly appointed, while the upstairs Japanese room is more intimate, with two tatami rooms as well as tables, booths, and a small bar area. The good news for families like ours who love both Chinese and Japanese cuisine is that you can order from both menus no matter where you sit. In addition to sumptuous food, Margaret Kuo's is famous for its extensive wine and sake lists. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive glass or a thousand-dollar bottle of wine, you'll be pleased with the selections. I can't say enough about this gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2017

On the first real snow of this winter, we knew where to go to get a delicious, warm and inviting meal. Wonderful presentation and let's face it - 4 inches of snow and bitter cold temperatures call for Saki and Miso soup! The always charming Warren Kuo greeted us at the door and took very good care of us. A wonderful dinner and we even enjoyed the 2-2-2 sushi sampler as an appetizer. Two terrific pieces of Maguro, Smoked Salmon and Yellow Tail - fresh and delicious. If you haven't been go, if you haven't been in a while - it's time to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was NYE so things may run more smoothly during normal days. For example, it took about 10 minutes to get menus to the table - they couldn't find any. Otherwise the service was great and the food was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great time. The energy level took nothing away from the experience. Looking forward to next time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Me and my husband came here on the evening of Christmas. We were seated at a small table next to a table of 4. I kinda felt like we were dining with them because we were sitting so close to them and I found it hard to carry on a conversation with my husband. We loved the cucumbers and peanuts they set out as a little appetizer. We ordered the steamed pork dumplings that were very tasty but unfortunately cold. We got the Peking duck which was amazing!!! Though they forgot our pancakes and scallions and had to wait a few minutes. Everything was super tasty! My only gripe was the cold dumplings and slow service but we knew it was going to be very busy being Christmas night. We are looking forward to coming here again but on a quieter evening.

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