Mokja

4.5
53 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean
Chef Daniel An is a New Jersey/ Philadelphia native. He has worked his way up as a chef in some of Philadelphia's most notable restaurants. He was the Opening Executive Chef at Newtown's Ko, moved onto working at Michael Schulson's Sampan as well as Double Knot. He also sharpened his fish skills at Royal Sushi and Zama. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Southgate.
Chef An met his fiancé in Ambler which led to his decision to open his restaurant there. He is now an Ambler resident. You can catch him around town walking his two dogs, Henry and Louie. He is excited to share his unique approach to Korean food at Mokja and is knowledge of Asian cuisine all together.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 53 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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okay
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very tasty food, glad we got to try the place. The wait for our entrees was longer than we would have expected as the place did not seem to be very busy.

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Mats
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BYOB and enjoy the excellent food at this little restaurant. Book in advance as they seems to fill up. Tried a few different dishes and the kicker shrimp was my absolute favorite this time.

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vipJenkintown22
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Walk around the corner from Main Street and try one of everything!

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vipLoveBYOs
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just returned from dinner at Mokja and feel compelled to share just how good this place is. We tried and devoured the dumplings, eggplant, Korean fried chicken, brussel sprouts, amazing ramen and bibimbap. We even saved a little room for dessert which I can best describe as a tasty, fresh Korean donut. Every single thing that came out of the Kitchen was absolutely delicious, each dish was better than the next. After dinner, we had a chance to speak with the chef/owner, Dan, who was kind and interesting, a skilled restauranteur who is really easy to root for. We had a fantastic meal and will no doubt be back again and again.

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MaryR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokja is a Ambler’s best kept secret. Unbelievable food for very reasonable prices! The chef came to our table multiple times to explain the specials and to check in. Service was top notch! The meal that my husband and I were especially blown away by was a special - octopus with rice cakes & snap peas. The octopus was cooked for 5 hours and was the best I’ve ever tasted. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough!!! I had high hopes and everything about our experience exceeded expectations!

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vipDisappointed
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything we tried was excellent. Chef Daniel’s octopus special was sensational. Chicken wings were crispy and tasty. Only change we’d make is calling the edamame dish a dumpling. Gentlemen hosting was welcoming and informative. Will be back soon.

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GabrielleK
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokja was amazing. The chef went out of his way to come speak to our table after hearing we had food allergies. He tailored our meal based on our allergies and everything was phenomenal. The chicken wings were so crispy and amazing, that’s all I’ve thought about for the last 24 hours. Can’t wait to go back!! Highly recommend!

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Heidi
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yum yum yummy! Why haven’t I been here before? Definitely coming back soon.

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Seal
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is awesome. The food was delicious, and we’ll definitely be coming back.

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MarkW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

First time I had Korean food. Very delightful. The special of the evening with a Canadian background was fabulous. French fries with Kim chi and spicy beef a true triumph. Will highly recommend this establishment to everyone.

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EnergeticFoodie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal and great service. We had the ramen bowl and fried chicken sandwich. Very good. Will be back.

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StephenE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Waiter was very pleasant and helpful with suggestions from the menu. Food was very good especially the appetizers.

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JenniferH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always fantastic here! Service was great too!

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TracyB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Three female friends and I went to Mokja for the first time. None of us were very familiar with Korean food. We were greeting by our server Jo who was very pleasant and patient with explaining the menu to us. We all really liked our meals and shared most dishes with each other. The food came to our table piecemeal, so we did not actually all eat together. Luckily we had allocated plenty of time to be at the restaurant or this could have been problematic. Jo could have visited our table more frequently to see how we were doing, for example for a refill of drinks and extra napkins while waiting for the food. Overall my company liked Mokja and will return to enjoy Korean food.
Last thought, the menu could be improved by having pictures of the dishes on it.

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vipdining
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed our second visit much more than the first. First visit was marked by a lot of fried food recommended by the waitress. Second visit better advice from the service staff and the food was flavorful, well portioned, and diversified. They could create somewhat better tables outside but otherwise a very good choice for ambler dining. We will return

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Mufasa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic. The wings and fries were hot, crispy, and delicious. The ramen was also tasty.

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vipdiningout
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow. We were one of two parties in the restaurant. Food was good and portion sizes were generous. Prices are reasonable as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Because of a Friday night (combined with additional crowds from Ambler first Friday event) and a very high amount of takeouts our dinner took over 2 hours with very slow service. Restaurant clearly overwhelmed…

We will avoid peak times there in future.

Food was decent.

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vipdopetasticq
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great wings and ramen

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CoryW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokja was wonderful as always! This was our second time eating at the restaurant and the food and service is always excellent. The owner caters to gluten free allergies and is so kind. Highly recommend! Will be back soon!

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Mario
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipCorky
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bulgogi could have had more flavor. Meat was good quality. Overall, very good experience. Crispy tofu delicious.

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vipJrose70
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was the highlight- other areas could be better as far as service and ambiance. Loved the fried tofu, French fries and the wings. Bowls are good too. The brussel sprouts had way too much balsamic. The restaurant is small and busy. They do a huge takeout business and the servers were hustling to serve customers in store, while filling takeout orders too. It took a while to get our order taken, but then the food came quickly once we ordered. One of the cooks had his mask down every time I saw him in the window. Something to note if not vaccinated or Covid conscious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Highly recommend

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vipGreatFood
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Daniel is very accommodating. Food was great!

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vipASGH
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great little neighborhood gem. We had the brussels sprouts, the wings, bimimbop, and the ramen. Everything came out delicious and full of flavor. Will definitely be back.

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KerryW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. I’m a big fan of Korean food and the Chef created a fantastic menu that touched on a little bit of everything. The Korean fried chicken wings were spectacular and the Bibimbap was perfect (I want the bowl that it was served in). The homemade kimchi tasted so good that I wish I had asked for a jar of it. I recommend getting several of the sides along with at least one app and large plate. I can’t wait to go back again.

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ToddC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In for quick lunch and server was attentive without being invasive. Food was good. Would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

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vipOpentableuser
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, friendly staff--Chef and the rest of the staff are careful about allergies, too (always a huge bonus)! We love it here.

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vipcarriem
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time and we loved it!!! Delish food and awesome server :)

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sharonidohair
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Mokja for the first time this past Wednesday Jan 27, 2021. It happened to be Amblers restaurant week as well. Everything was cooked and served to perfection. Kudos to chef Dan and his hardworking crew! We will be back to explore other menu options!

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jacks
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was excellent! Just think the atmosphere could use a touch up when we get out of covid. Has a pizzeria take out vibe, can look better for Main Street ambler to dine in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, attentive staff. I will definitely return. The ramen and wings were both epic.

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vipLindaB
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happened to stumble upon Mokja surfing the internet and am so glad we tried it. We shared the pancake appetizer and enjoyed our ramen and bibimbop entrees. We’ll certainly be back again.

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vipDrSc
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific find in Ambler. Food was outstanding and creative a well as very affordable. We are looking forward to another visit soon. We sat outside and they had heaters placed by each table to keep you warm on a cool night. Service was well-paced, but our server could've been a little more knowledgeable about the menu items. The Brussel Sprouts, Bibimbap and the Philly Cheesesteak Buns were so flavorful. Wish we lived closer to this gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience2

Food was great

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vipJerry
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef Dan and the wait staff were very personable and the food was excellent. We ate outside on a chilly evening with the heaters .This is an excellent addition to the neighborhood.

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StevenS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for a new experience and we loved it. We sat outside and the only thing I can say that wasn’t perfect, the sidewalk is not level. Nothing you can do about it but if you are going to byob, the outdoors can be a little tricky to navigate like that.

Food was great, service was great. Can’t wait to try the indoor seating next time.

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vipDebbie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding here!! We’ve dined outside and have done take-out! Does not disappoint ever. The rice gnocchi with chicken and edamame dumplings are must haves!! Everything is just so good!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mokja using the Order Online button. Mokja also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 220-4411.

Mokja is rated 4.5 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

Mokja does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/mokja-9-n-main-street/giftcards.

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.