Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas

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303 reviews
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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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MB
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
61 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, fresh fusion food. Great value.

GA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
54 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this BYO - whole family loves it too!

AJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Highly recommend. Will definitely be going back.

SH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !:)🍷🦀

PK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly amazing and delicious!!!

NT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always wonderful. Have never had a bad experience there

EM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is extremely fresh and authentic flavors! Everything we got was delicious!

LB
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, Patrick had a few new specials that were terrific. The seafood dumplings were so good that we ordered more!

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. Wonderful menu, great service,

CM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is attentive and food is amazing. BYOB only.

AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

one of my favorite places in the area, get the brussel sprouts!

LB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite restaurant! We’ve been here twice this week it was so good. Not to be missed if you go:
Edamame with Himalayan Sea Salt, Sesame Oil, Seaweed and Rice Balls (we had it both nights it was so good)
The Seafood Dumplings were a special this week. My husband liked them so much he had them both nights
Tofu Pad Thai-large serving so gladly brought the rest home for lunch the next day
Exotic Mushrooms and Tofu
Thai Langoustine Fried Rice-also a special this week. If they have it on the menu again go for it. It was so tasty!
I have a gluten allergy. They have a gluten-free menu and are well versed in what ingredients are gluten-free. There were so many gluten-free options.
The servers are very pleasant and attentive. Overall ambiance is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

RR
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!! We dine at this restaurant fairly frequently. The owner and his staff know us well and are always warm and welcoming.

The salmon entrée is fabulous as is the dish with the wild mushrooms and tofu.

This time, they had a special appetizer of shrimp dumplings - the sauce had a slight "bite" to it. They were fabulous! We should have gotten a couple of orders to go!!

VG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Papaya is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff always remembers me and they greet me warmly. The food is delicious and worth the money. My favorites are the tuna ceviche, brussel sprouts and duck tacos. The service is well timed.

RS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a cute unexpectedly great place to go! The staff was really friendly and explained dishes if we had not heard of them or what was in them - I appreciate that LOL We were there for a few hours and tried a lot of different items from the menu...we expected a huge bill! It was not! and that's even more awesome. I recommend, would definitely come here again.

CD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly staff, clean restaurant AND a BYOB!

SL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Love their creative tapas choices! Everything is fantastic. Amazing coffee. BYOB
Exceptional friendly service.

RR
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

We are regular customers. Our favorites for appetizers are the edamame and the broccoli.

The salmon entree , with the grilled vegetables and rice, is lovely.

What's even better is that it's a BYOB.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hidden gem in North Wales, PA

V
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service Good variety definitely going back!

D
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Papaya several times and the food is consistently fresh and the service is friendly. I’m a vegetarian and the vermicelli with tofu and vegetables is delicious. They’ll also have the best edamame I’ve ever eaten.

LB
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s really appreciated that they remember how you like things cooked. Another excellent meal. And the Pho really took the bite out of the frigid temperatures outside!

KL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome local find! I knew it was a good sign when this BYOB had the cleanest wine glasses I've ever seen! The chef, Hung, came out, introduced himself and made some recommendations. They were all very good. I especially liked their Wonton soup (so fresh!), the Brussels sprouts (flash fried with Pork Belly and Sweet Chili Sauce), and the Pad Thai. I can't wait to go back and try new things!

PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Papaya is one of the single best suburban eating establishments Philadelphia has to offer. From the plethora of sharing options and tapas available to the authentic recipes featured on the menu, one can ALWAYS expect a deliciously authentic Vietnamese meal at an extremely reasonable price. The owners & kitchen staff couldn't be friendlier and are always engaged with the clientele. If you're searching for a truly WONDERFUL & unique culinary adventure, Papaya should be at the very top of your list.
Notable must try menu items & tapas:
- Pho
- Pea Tips w/ grilled Shrimp
- Sticky Ribs
- Short Ribs
- Banh Mi Sliders
- Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Duck Tacos
- Exotic Mushrooms & Tofu
- Pad Thai w/ Chicken

S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Family owned and operated restaurant. The seafood paieya is fantastic !
Their wanton soup and the salad with grilled squid taste wonderful .
Papaya is a great byob restaurant
in montgomeryville. Treat yourself, you will love it

S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the tapas and Papaya - everything is full of flavor.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the area and looking for something that wasn’t a “chain”...what an awesome surprise to stumble upon this place!! A tapas Vietnamese restaurant...what a delicious idea. We’ll definitely make the hour drive to go back!!

r
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining experience. Food well prepared and presented. Service excellent. A must visit.

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