Mokja

4.5
62 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 62 people are saying
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Nightowl
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

There was a high pitched sound that kind of reminded you were in the dentist office or something. Very cold inside, had to keep your winter jacket on.
The spicy pork was burnt to charcoal on one side, very unacceptable. Told them about it and they were clueless.
Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible experience. Went on a Saturday night and it was dead in there. One other couple was eating, it was freezing inside, no heat, just a small space heater and dark, not inviting. Service was fine, server was nice. Food was terrible. Yaki Ramen was greasy, fried tofu was over cooked and hard. Tofu came out way before the food and was cold. Portions were smaller than last time on some dishes. Kimchi was pungent, so they served us older kimchi instead fresh. White rice was old and not fresh. Seated near the bathroom and it stank of urinal cakes. Don’t know how they’re still open. Meal was $100 and the biggest waste of money. Really regret going there and will never go back.

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AllisonP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Korean food. Fresh ingredients and very balanced preparation. I’ll definitely be going back.

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Sonalstar
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent as always however we were seated next to a door that had a large draft of cold air coming in, making the dining experience very uncomfortable.

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vipKathy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The cucumber salad was outstanding! Very fresh with loads of garden tomatoes and a very good dressing. The sauce on the brussel sprout appetizer was very, very good. We had the bimibob with Tofu. The tofu was super crispy and the taste was delicious but the rice was not crispy.

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vipRobbM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place!!! Food and service were exceptional.

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JuliaI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Appetizers of kimchi and fried Brussels sprouts were amazing. The meal itself lacked flavor and was a little bland. My husband’s egg on top of the bipimbap bowl was over cooked unfortunately.
We sat outside which was nice but the tables wobbled a lot and the design of chairs and table were not ideal - the wide slots made chopsticks difficult to control and needed very careful placement of cups.

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vipBarry
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dining experience at Mokja! Yummy food, in a cool setting!

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Disappointed
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit a couple weeks ago was excellent. Brought friends and crossed fingers for second visit - outstanding. Warmly welcomed back by George who quickly got us glasses for our wine and beer. Once again tried Chef Daniels special and it did not disappoint. The other entrees were all wonderfully flavorful. Brussels sprouts were a stand out app but also loved the edamame, shrimp and fries. Thought we were too full for dessert but it was so good we cleaned the plate.
100% recommend and looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time we went for dinner, excellent food and evening. Highly recommend…

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okay
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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
6 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
44 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
5 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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Disappointed
Philadelphia
13 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
38 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
144 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
3 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
3 reviews
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
123 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
39 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
4 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.

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 62 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.