Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas

4.9
381 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
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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SusanW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious and fresh. The wontons in the soup has very light dough, the salmon and pork chop done to perfection! The ceviche and street corn also a taste treat. We are very glad they made it through the pandemic without closing. It is one of our very favorite places to go! The wait staff are attentive and very pleasant. We always have a good experience when we go there. It is quiet so a table off 4 can talk in normal conversation without any difficulty.

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MarcieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing especially the oysters. The staff were very nice and attentive. The atmosphere was relaxing and enjoyable. We will definitely be back again.

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GarL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience, food was delicious, great service and will definitely come back.

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Meri
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise find! Don't let the strip mall location fool you- Papaya is a cute little restaurant tucked into a larger complex. The waitress was friendly, attentive, and informative. The restaurant itself is extremely clean and cute, to the point that I thought it was brand new as opposed to six years old.

The food itself was spectacular. We had three of the seasonal specials- duck tacos, Vietnamese fried chicken, and the street corn. We also had the banh mi sliders and the dan dan noodles off of the regular menu.

4/5 of the dishes were phenomenal. The banh mi was my favorite, but my husband and mom loved the street corn. The dan dan noodles had the misfortune of coming out last. If they'd come out first, they wouldn't have been as disappointing, I think. They're good, but they weren't on the same level as everything else. It was like being the speaker that follows the funny speech. It might be great, but you can't top it.

Will be going back ASAP now because thinking about it is making me crave their food again.

On a COVID note: everyone wore their masks properly, and they had sanitation stations.

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vipAmbler
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great local spot with excellent food, tapas or entre, and great service.

JD
vipJohnD
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here, but definitely won’t be our last! Our server was absolutely wonderful and was well versed on all of the menu items as well as the specials, and the off-menu dishes. How many places have you been that you thought that they had the best wonton soup? This is definitely the place...we even ordered some to take home with us! Our oysters were so perfectly flavored, as was the fried chicken. Yes, their version of fried chicken was spectacular! It was more like breaded chicken cutlets, but were so thin, with a perfectly crunchy coating. And the sauce...a pick up the plate and lick it clean kind of sauce, with just a mild kick to it. Their street corn was good, but will absolutely be over the top when fresh corn on the cob is in season!
This restaurant would do so much better in a bigger and better location. Hopefully the owners will consider moving, local, of course! This is a must visit restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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vipBarbaraB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Papaya never disappoints! Great food.

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vipVictoriaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining here is always for us a "feel really good" experience - from the warm welcome upon entry to the exquisite food, presentation and service. The flavors in every dish shine through. Real talent. The restaurant is a true gem.

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vipkarenp
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to return to one of our local favorites. Everything was delicious and fresh. We are anxious to see the new menu they are developing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

JM
vipJimMarybeth
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. We love doing Tapas here.

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Sherideez
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and concept here! My favorite thing when eating out is being able to sample many things, so any kind of tapas-style restaurant is right up my alley. Their rotating menu means there is always something new to try, but some of the fan favorites stick around. When I went recently, we had one item that wasn't really to our liking, but everything else was fantastic (especially the duck fried rice!) and the waitress took the item off of our bill without us asking! Honestly, we wouldn't have asked, because it might just have been our tastes, not that the restaurant did anything wrong, but we still found that to be wonderful service and made me want to go back even more. It's a cute little place, BYOB, perfect date night or getting dinner with friends. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here quite a few times. The food is always excellent and the staff is fantastic. We will be returning again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best places in the area.

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vipRicman466
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, BYOB, they had a couple of items not available on the menu, but had a few specials that were great as well. Will definitely be returning.

MB
vipMaryB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Papaya is a gem of a restaurant - delicious food made with high-quality ingredients, and offers impeccable service. And it’s BYOB, so bring your favorite wine to enjoy with an excellent meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful!
Highly recommend!

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vipRobertLawrenceJr
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven’t been to Papaya yet, go. If you haven’t been there in awhile, go back. Excellent preparation of delicious and creative dishes, all served with a friendly smile. Plenty of great selections on the menu, but make sure you try the pea tips and the seafood paella. Enjoy!

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vipMaria
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slight disappointment because there were vegetables missing from our Pho. But it was delicious anyway! Our waitress was incredibly sweet and attentive. We will definitely be back!!

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vipErinM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is always excellent. Servers are friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Polite staff. Cute date spot. Authentic food, great quality food. A must for the foodie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS, and the service was amazing. This is a hidden gem in north wales.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful discovery this place is! I took my fiancé here for his birthday. The hostess/waitress was both cheerful and courteous. She accommodated my request for a more private area of the restaurant graciously. We started off with Brussels sprouts, a favorite of ours and Papaya’s version did not disappoint. We also had the corn appetizer (street corn?). Which was wonderful! For the main meal I had the pad Thai, and my fiancé had he paella (!), both were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Papaya on multiple occasions, and we always have an amazing dining experience. The food is outstanding and expertly prepared, with the perfect amount of flavor and spices. The menu is constantly evolving, so there is always something new to try. During our most recent visit, we had the beef short rib appetizer, brussels sprouts, and calamari and crabmeat appetizer. All amazing. We also had seafood paella and filet mignon pho as entrées. Everything was phenomenal. The service is excellent, and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. Papaya is like a 5-star Center City Philadelphia restaurant conveniently tucked away in the suburbs. We also like the fact that it is BYOB, so we are able to bring our own wines for pairing with the delicious food.

LB
vipLindaB
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great flavorful food. We were sorry they ran out of a dish we were looking forward to eating. Fortunately they have numerous options to choose. It was so good to see the family, albeit at a distance.

MB
vipMyBoo
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! The food is always great. We tend to order a number of tapas so we can taste a bit of everything that is packed with flavor. The pork Bahn Mi's, & sticky ribs are 2 of our favorites. We loved the soft-shelled shrimp, corn with sausage & chicken lettuce wraps. The family is warm & welcoming.

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Davek
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so glad that we have a place like Papaya to enjoy outstanding food in a pleasant atmosphere. We hope that all of the are people that feel the same support them however possible as they work to survive this difficult time.

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Tricia
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Papaya and have never had anything that was off-putting. The wonton soup is delicate and delicious. The tapas selections are varied and tasty. We enjoy sharing little bites of lots of things. Best mussels ever.

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vipAAg08
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always fresh and prepared perfectly. Michelle, our waitress, is always pleasant and very attentive.

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viplove2dine
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and authentic - absolutely delicious and fresh selections! All staff members are attentive and friendly; shared dishes are the best way to enjoy the interesting variety offered. We especially enjoyed the short ribs and crispy shitakes, as well as the Pho which was not only traditionally made but totally wonderful and comforting. We could not be more thrilled that Papaya is so close to us and definitely intend to make it one of our local "go to" restaurants. Thank goodness for a local vietnamese that satifies thoroughly.

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place! Food is unique and cooked to order. It is a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there and everything was delicious! Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The edamame are amazing. This place never disappoints

MM
MargieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly service. One of our favorites!

LB
vipLindaB
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The place was packed and service was slow, but the food, served with a smile, was delicious.

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vipmichaelf
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing! From the ownership to the waiter to the young chef, simply awesome! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone I know and have already.

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vipLuv2eatout
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had the Pho which I usually really enjoy. This visit, the soup was very salty and did not have the same rich flavor it has had on previous visits. I could have overlooked this but must add that I also have had a negative experience in ordering my favorite dish. An older gentleman who works there has made comments about the fact that I usually order Pho, and has tried to get me to order something else. As a result of this, we may not be returning. Suggestion: let diners order what they want. I own a business and always honor my customers’ wishes.

Our waiter, by the way, was excellent.

JC
vipJCKP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks so much for your wonderful service at dinner 1/25/20 6pm.

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Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas is rated 4.9 stars by 381 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.