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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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4.5

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4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Fun (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Spicy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Vegan (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, but the service was lacking. Our server was perpetually confused and seemed ill at ease. Maybe she's not a regular. But the food was very slow in coming, which is something of an ongoing issue there. As much as we like the food, we rarely get takeout there because it invariably takes far longer to make than at other restaurants, and even longer then their estimates.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

it was Christmas Day and they were not prepared for the number of guests. The wait was very long and the service was fair to poor. Again they were not prepared for the huge crowd

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Best shrimp fried rice in the tri state. Delicious authentic Chinese cuisine.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner. Food was excellent. Very crowded but service was great considering that the restaurant was packed. We were there for a birthday celebration that happened to fall on Christmas. Recommend anytime. Very professional and organized being the busiest day of the year for a Chinese restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always enjoy our meals at Margaret Kuo's. We especially like to sit upstairs in the Wayne restaurant which is pretty and restful. Food is delicious, service always is friendly, and there is a nice wine selection. We often select from both the Japanese and Chinese menus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Margaret Kuo's is top notch Chinese on the mainline. Only complaint is ordering a cocktail there is an adventure. The waiters don't really have a feel for cocktails so it's hard to get them made "just right."

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is a very lovely restaurant, a short walk from the movie theatre. The food was delicious and elegantly presented. The mushroom soup for two may well have been the best tasting soup I ever tried at a Chinese restaurant. I will get it again. The crispy whole fish was also the best I ever had. Although I have been to China four times, another person at our table goes four times every year. He also raced about the food.

Except for SuGa in town, Margaret Kuo is the best Asian restaurant in a region filled with creative and beautiful Asian restaurants. Try it. You’ll like it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Margaret Kuo’s is one of our favorite places to eat. The Peking duck melts in your mouth and is extremely tender. Three out of four of us have Celiac and require a gluten free meal. They have gluten free soy sauce and can pretty much make any entree gluten free. I had The general tso’s chicken and it was AMAZING!! So nice to be able to eat Chinese food again!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambience. I've been a patron of Margaret's restaurants since she first opened Peking, I believe in the 1970s. I've dined at her Lima, Malvern, and Media locations. But I have to say, her Wayne restaurant is the jewel in her crown. The fare is incredible, and the upstairs dining area, done in Japanese decor, is gorgeous. I would recommend this place highly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was my first time at Margaret Kuo's. I set it up so that myself and my two girl friends could meet for dinner. It is nice and quiet so that we were able to have a nice conversation. Staff was very solicitious. Always asking if we needed anything else. Our food was delicious. We started our meal sharing the lobster spring roll- (we ordered two for the three of us)and the shrimp dumplings with soy sauce for dipping. We all had different entrees and everybody was pleased. I ordered the shrimp which came in a brown sauce and it was cooked perfectly.
I will return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Was a disapointing experience.....appetizers were fabulous, but the entrees nnot so much.
Fish was worn out, over cooked and flavorless. The sauce did not complement it.

The tuna was ok. I have been here before and it was great! I don't know what happened...they were'nt busy at all.

I hope they improve, it's such a lovely place.

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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