Nom Wah Philadelphia

4.5
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Dim sum, meaning "a touch of heart", is a style of Cantonese cuisine, prepared as bite-sized portions, akin to tapas. Opened in 1920 as New York City Chinatown's first dim sum restaurant, the Philadelphia outpost opened in 2015. In addition to southern Chinese cuisine, a full bar with handcrafted cocktails and beers on tap offer a full dining experience. Also, private party bookings are available with karaoke.
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MS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, numerous vegetarian options, and can accommodate a large group (over 10 people). Nom Wah is no frills on the outside, but exceeded all my expectations. Will be back!

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SM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my work team for lunch. We arrive around 11:30 AM, and we were seated immediately. More people arrived, but it was never too busy that it got crowded or that people were upset waiting for anything. The food was excellent as usual.

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JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best dim sum in Philadelphia, by far. Fresh, delicious and a great value. We've been regulars since it opened and it is still the best.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great and I enjoyed the experience. We will be back, often.

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P
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, service ok. I think more servers would make it better

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WC
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to Nom Wah. We tried five items from the dim sum menu. Our favorite was the open faced shrimp Shu Mai. They were delicious. Our least favorite were the rice noodles with scallion and cilantro, although they were good and the portion was large. We also tried the turnip cakes, steamed pork bun( largest I’ve ever had) and stuffed eggplant. We enjoyed them all. It was fun to watch other diners’ orders go by. We would have liked to have been able to try them all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great dim sum, and fabulously attentive service (biggest % tip I've ever given, I think! - I even wrote a thank-you note on the credit card receipt!). Atmosphere is utterly meh, so this might not be a first-date locale. But with the good food (and it's a BYO !!), we'll be going back!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The shrimp shu mai are my favorite dumplings in the city.

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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Spring rolls came late because they delivered them to another table and that table ate them. Otherwise good meal.

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KC
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dim sum without the carts. Food was generally very good; some dishes better than others. Shumai not as delicate as it could be. Bok choi and eggplant dishes were fabulous.

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E
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best dim sum place
In Philadelphia. No question!! Delicious and fresh, the food is consistent and well prepared. Not fancy, this is your spot for every day dining when you just have to have some dumplings!! Go. You will love it.

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f
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we were disappointed. Has lots of dim sum to choose from but, from our standpoint, the quality was not there. Flavors muted, pastry thick and doughy. Being served was nice and food hot but we think there are better dim sum restaurants to go to.

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R
Naples
41 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good not great! I’ve had better dim sum! Overall the food was greasy and on the heavy side. Not bad but nothing out of the ordinary!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my 25th birthday while visiting in Philadelphia for the weekend with friends who have never experienced dim sum. Great time had by all, loved the staff and quality of food/service. Will return again!

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very yummy food. I loved ordering several small dishes and being able to taste everything. The Chinese broccoli was so fresh and delicious. We also really enjoyed the scallion pancakes. I'd like to go back again to try more of the dishes that I didn't order.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wine choice by the glass just okay and mine tasted like it hadneen open for a while.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took the kids for their 1st dim sum. Was a great experience no pressure food was reasonable and good

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R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! Being a vegetarian, they had so many options than any other Dim Sum place I've been too. Also, they were so polite. My friend was an hour late due to a last minute work commitment and they were not pushy or mean at all. They patiently waited and were not rude. Would definitely go again and would definitely recommend it.

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L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Little atmosphere, appeared somewhat less than clean; table sticky. But, food great! I wouldn’t visit the kitchen or bathroom! Needs some cleaning and more light! But the food was excellent and place very casual! Has full bar too!

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great as usual. Jasmine tea might be a bit stronger. But it's a "go to" dim sum-mery.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dim sum in Philly. The woman who runs this place is amazing—kind, thoughtful, and quick to solve any concerns! One of my favorite places for dinner. Always make a reservation though or you won’t get a table!

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EL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best dim sum experiences I've had in Philly; I prefer the experience of cart-style dim sum, but in terms of food, Nom Wah was great.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went at noon on a weekday so it wasn’t crowded whatsoever. The waitress was terrific. I liked the clear menu with pictures describing verbally and visually each item and the ability to select those on the checklist. The food was fresh and clearly made to order.

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W
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We really enjoyed the food at nom Wah. Dim Sum was delicious. We were there on a Sunday evening at 6:30 and were seated immediately. Servers could be more helpful in suggesting the menu selection. Decor is very simple .

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J
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This rowdy, fast-paced dim sum joint pumps food out of the kitchen quickly, filling bellies as you fill your glasses with wine, beer, or whatever you're drinking! (Don't worry, they've got a full bar if you forgot a bottle.) I went with a large party, and our orders were handled expertly. You can tell they're used to volume and repeat orders. You can view their dishes on one of their laminated, photo-heavy menus, then you write the number of each dish you'd like on a checklist. Easy as that!

Our favorites were the salt and pepper pork, Shanghainese soup dumpling, Shrimp rice rolls, the veggie fried rice (so simple, so savory!), and all the pan-fried dumplings. The ONLY low spot on the menu that we ordered was the steamed spare ribs, but it was a brief dark spot on a menu full of bright, salty dishes! V. affordable, the table of seven left full and happy for less than it would normally cost four of us to dine.

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TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was fairly poor but the food is good, although some of the dim sum was served at room temperature.

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s
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is very good but be prepared to wait. They have two servers but need more staff. The two servers were working very hard, but we had to ask several times for water and utensils. If they get more help this place will be excellent! Don’t go here if you need to get somewhere else in a hurry!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

No instructions were given on how to order. No one asked if we’d like a drink. The service was bad a the female hostess was rude.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great, delicious, prompt, and friendly service every time we've been, and it's quite a few!

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j
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nom Wah continues to serve excellent dim sum with really good service.

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KR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wow the dim sum here is unbelievable AND there’s a full bar... hard to find that combo with authentic dim sum places in Philly. Will definitely come to Nom Wah again (100 times).

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely service, felt like a great neighborhood restaurant and good wine!

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NJ
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent dim sum if you don't mind ordering off a menu rather than seeing the carts roll by. We had a table for 2, and when our dim sum selections started arriving we ran out of table space quickly. But assorted dumplings, siu mei, and sticky rice were all superb. Nom Wah is small, and tables are close together, so not the best choice for intimate conversation.

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MR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Dim Sum is the star here. Place is pleasant, clean and staff are accommodating. Place is pretty live, but the food - wow!

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M
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Every time I go here I enjoy it. The food is excellent, the staff is friendly (but over worked), and it's convenient. I wish they would hire more servers.

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F
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nom Wah is a good find! The menu is packed with reasonably priced dumplings and other dim sum dishes all of which were tasty and arrived at the table hot. The service is friendly and well-paced - not overly attentive, but we didn't need it to be - there are order sheets at the table. The atmosphere is casual (not fancy), but comfortable. We'll definitely go back.

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply, excellent!

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CT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my Valentine’s Day dinner there! Very friendly staff and food was great.

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DC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went in to celebrate Chinese New Year, and the hostess/owner was very nice and accommodating. Our server was also very nice, but was not very good at his job. Luckily, you write down your order on a slip of paper, so at least he could not screw that part up. The food was generally very good -- we ordered many many things, and the standouts were the salt & pepper shrimp, the pork soup dumplings, and pork steamed buns, the beef ho fun, and the Chinese broccoli. The scallion pancakes were inedibly oily, and the ratio of rice wrapper to shrimp in the rice paper wrapped shrimp was way off. All in all, we would go back (ideally on a day that was less crazy), and hope that the efficiency of service improves.

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BS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We went on a weekend where the auto show was going on at the convention center. It was very crowded and they appeared to be short staffed. Even though we had a reservation, there was no order. There were only 3 wait staff for the whole place. The food is good .

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