Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas

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Papaya is a modern BYOB Vietnamese restaurant located in North Wales. Our intimate 48-seat dining room features an open kitchen with a chef's counter for customers that would be interested in seeing how their meals are prepared by the chefs. Papaya is about redefining Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary flare. Owner Chef Patrick Le uses recipes learned from his mother to define the core of the menu as well as adds ever changing specials featuring fresh seafood and homemade desserts that he has been inspired by. Fusing Vietnamese with other cuisines allows for bolder, more experimental dishes that aren't at the typical Vietnamese restaurant. Here at Papaya we strive to create a blissful atmosphere where diners can come and enjoy a contemporary style yet traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
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PG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing

NL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the food here! I’ve visited 3 times and I look forward to many more visits.

MB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Dishes each have a unique flavor profile and are made with fresh ingredients. Everything made in-house here. And the service is outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Always great food and great service. Great people there.

b
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always, had a lovely meal at Papaya. We had the pea tips and the shiitake mushrooms to start, and the vermicelli and Pho as entrees. Everything was fabulous, particularly the pea tips.

V
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome, same experience this time. Please make Sea Bass Bites a regular menu item! Love that we can try so many different things on each visit and the family is welcoming and gracious. We drive 45 minutes to get here and always a wonderful experience.

PG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Papaya. This was our second visit, and it was just as good as the first visit. We started our meal by sharing several delicious tapas dishes. Then we moved on to entrees, and everyone ordered something different, and they were all wonderful. Everything is cooked to order, and the Vietnamese and cosmopolitan are equally outstanding. Another benefit is Papaya is a BYOB.

JJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food are excellent.... What incredible flavors the chef imparts in all the dishes! The Tuna ceviche & sea bass bites ... outstanding.

j
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Papaya continues to be a hidden gem. Outstanding small plates and vegetarian friendly. Highlights include spare ribs, calamari salad, exotic mushrooms & tofu, brussels sprouts, duck tacoes...
Service is wonderful and the plates are well sequenced.

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute atmosphere and the food and service are always exceptional. We always order from the tapas menu and between 2 of us split 8-10 of them, we have tried them all and have never been disappointed. You can sit at the bar or at a table, we like the bar so you can watch the food being prepared. Faves are the Crispy shiitake mushrooms and the Mussels - you can drink the broth its so tasty , which i do . BYOB is nice as well

DA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Spicy Ribs, Tuna Ceviche and Pho bowls. All were excellent!

TC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Food was well thought out and well executed. Service was attentive without being invasive. Pricing was more than fair for what they are serving.

SH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love coming to Papaya! We always have a wonderful meal. Everything is so good. The service there is excellent as well. I highly recommend this restaurant .

SK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fresh and flavorful - my whole family really enjoyed it. Service was good, I think they had a newer waiter training, so not as smooth as usual but still pleasant.

JM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here at least 10 times - a phenomenal family-owned restaurant. The cuisine is constantly evolving with only the freshest items. A place where kids (and adults) can explore new things with the small plates. BYOB

OO
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were terrific. I waited too long to try this place and cannot wait to go back!

JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food, cooked very nicely, and served by bright and friendly people. What's not to like?

L
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our third time at Papaya. The food is consistently good. My husband said it was the best Pad Thai he ever had. We also love the summer rolls. And I love the pho!

R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food was outstanding! It's our go to place when meeting with special friends or a quiet night alone. Family is always more than happy to go the extra mile too make the meal special.
Love it!!!

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting selections with staff and owner that are very knowledgeable about the menu and proud of the food. Made for a great experience.

RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu choice and the taste of the food was really outstanding. The servers were lovely! I will recommend this to friends.

NS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was super clean. Staff was super friendly. Food was super good. Keep up the great work!

MC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying this restaurant. We shared 5 tapas dishes and all were delicious. Service was outstanding.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great flavor combinations! Can't wait to go back.

MB
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here quite often and have never been disappointed. The food has so much flavor. Love the family. Always welcome us warmly.

PG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to this neighborhood gem. We both decided to try the Vietnamese cuisine. I had the salmon, which was wonderful, and probably one of the best I have ever tasted. My husbands dinner was also exquisite. We can't wait to go back and dry other dishes. The tables are not too close together, so it is great for conversations. The service was wonderful, and the ambiance was perfect.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courteous staff, outstanding tasty dishes, attentive to detail! I highly recommend Papaya.

L
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I both agree that this was the best Vietnamese food we've ever had. The summer rolls were incredibly fresh and delicious, he loved his chicken curry and the pho was exceptional. Many Vietnamese restaurants use too much salt in their pho; not Papaya! When we commented on it to the host, who turned out to be the owner's father, he said they do not use MSG, another pleasant surprise. We were both full without the normal sluggishness we often experience after eating at many Asian restaurants. Looks like we found our new favorite Vietnamese restaurant!

F
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh fusion food. Great value.

GA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I drive for an hour to have dinner at Papaya. That’s how much we love their food. We usually share 5-6 tapas’ and feel satisfied. I think we have tried just about everything on their menu including their specials. We have never been disappointed and doubtful if we ever will!

DY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, the food is wonderful and so is the family that runs it. The duck tacos are out of this world. Can’t wait to go back.

LB
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were initially disappointed that some of our favorite tapas were unavailable, so ordered the chicken curry (that I’ve always wanted to try) instead and really liked it. Another wonderful dinner!

b
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Papaya is ALWAYS wonderful. The staff is friendly and efficient, especially Patricia. My mom, my mom's caregiver, and I dined on a Sunday night. It was the end of the holiday weekend, so surprisingly quiet, but Patricia and the rest of the staff were welcoming and the food was great. My mom really enjoyed her wonton soup, seafood dumplings and we all enjoyed the shiitake mushrooms. I had the last sea bass and her caregiver had specially-made shrimp and chicken fried rice. I'm a pretty regular, and will definitely return soon.

MC
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

enjoyed a casual dinner on sunday night. service was very friendly and helpful. first time eating vietnamese food so welcomed the help. pricing was fair. portions were large. food taste was very good. will definitely be back. it is BYOB.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! We enjoyed our dinner very much and plan to return.

D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this BYO - whole family loves it too!

AJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and did I say.... food!

Highly recommend. Will definitely be going back.

SH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and experience at Papaya! We come to this restaurant as often as we can and it never disappoints. Bonus that it is a BYOB.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This family owned restaurant has always surpassed expectations. Our go to, the filet mignon on watercress, never disappoints. The specials always entice us to try something new like their softshell crab and duck tacos. Papaya is always a great choice!

JY
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick is a wonderful Chef:)
Sweet and sour soup was the best we had along with soft shell crabs!!! His Dad is a wonderful host! Highly recommend dining at Papaya !:)🍷🦀