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Emei Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Emei Restaurant

4.5
4.5
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese (Sichuan)
Opening our doors without much advertising, EMei became an instant success, with lines of customers hoping to get a taste of Chef Zhao’s genuine Sichuan cuisine. With almost 40 years of experience exclusively practicing Sichuan cooking, Chef Zhao incorporates heat-packed chili oils, aromatic pepper corns, and expertly-seasoned cuts of fish, meat, and produce into the restaurant’s wide range of dishes. Our menu stands up to the scrutiny of native palettes, making EMei the premiere destination for Chinese locals.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 627-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zhao

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    at the right side of Arch street, between 9th and 10th St

  • Parking details

    There are many street parking at Chinatown, and there are two public parking lot right cross the street. There is also a garage parking lot at 45 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, which is very close and cost friendly.

  • Public transit

    Jefferson station is the stop for SEPTA trains.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Kid Friendly

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  1. KK

    KatelynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there for my birthday and the food was great and the service was great! I would highly recommend going there!
  2. M

    M300

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! My parents said it was the best Chinese food they have had in Philly.
  3. BC

    BucksCoResident

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Singapore mei fun. It was nice to have dinner before the show at Philadelphia City Winery.
  4. CJ

    CJConn

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Wonderful food
  5. TA

    TinaA

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Excellent waitstaff and service. Thought it would be more spicy— was not overloaded with salt though.
  6. JN

    JenN

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed Emei. Next time I would go at this with the family style approach and share.
  7. M

    Marcus

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time here. Very nice experience. Dan Dan noodles were very good, egg roll was dry. Beef with cumin and kung pao chicken were also very good. Service was prompt and friendly. Would definitely return.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emei never fails. Authentic Sichuan food, great service and a delightful experience for our guests.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good, I ordered the frog which was great!!!
  10. C

    Chloe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    such good food its insane. do yourself a favor and eat here
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very nice ambiance, great service, and good food!
  12. GV

    GlennV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner! We were new in town and so happy we came upon your restaurant! DELICIOUS!
  13. D

    Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    The food was outstanding but the service was non-existent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, atmosphere, and hospitality. Had a late lunch/early dinner with my dad and two teenage daughters. Something for everyone on the menu. Loved the tea pot for tea at the table. Highly recommend.
  15. W

    Walnut

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. The service and the food were great?
  16. JT

    JosephineT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    Robust menu with lots of options and nice aesthetic design inside. Special find in Chinatown Philly! They may have been understaffed the night we went, because service was slow and a bit neglectful. but food was delicious with big portions and we came home with leftovers. Will try again
  17. LM

    LeeMac

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time visit. Location is bigger than it looks. Menu has a nice selection, asked server what some of the items were (a description) but was not much help. Went to Google instead. Order some wonton in hot hoil ( was supposed to be in broth, but it's OK they were good) scallion pancakes - delicious, Kung po chicken - flavorful, side of while rice - very nice, dan dan noodles - deliciously spicy, and fried dumplings (pork was good, but we ordered vegetable so we sent them back for replacement. Vegetable was really good too) Over all, food was really delicious, service was good, just make sure you confirm everything.
  18. GC

    GlennC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Good food, good service, but they need to keep the floor clean. The floor was oily or sticky.
  19. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food at Emei is excellent and especially hits the spot if you're into spicy food. I really love the Dan Dan Noodles and their Kung Pao chicken is wonderful. Service is solid although some times it seems it takes them a while to serve you, but regardless, this is my favorite Chinese place in town.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was just boring the place looks nothing like it does on the internet
  21. AH

    AndyH

    Atlantic City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service. Good food. Reasonable prices. Clean restaurant!
  22. TW

    TheWeekender

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    First time coming here was great so I recommended it for another outing with friends a week later— not good at all the second time around. Small plates were fine but the entrees were over-sauced, runny, and bland. Rice didn’t stick together at all.
  23. BW

    BillWasTwp

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We have been to Emei numerous times and this was our last. I’m not sure what was going on with their chef(s) tonight. Every dish was so over-salted, it wasn’t even edible. All we could taste was salt. Our lips were burning. Music was blaring so loud, we had to practically yell to the other side of the table. Hard pass on what used to be our favorite in Chinatown.
  24. H

    Hopeful

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mapo Tofu to dream about
  25. FC

    FannieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Szechuan food in a pretty setting. The Dan Dan Noodles were the best I've ever had - a must-order. It is a small portion and good for sharing.
  26. AS

    AdrienneS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I sat for about 20 minutes before someone brought me a water. They served the table next to me almost immediately. I found a bug in my food - - full bug, in the noodles.
  27. AJ

    AngelJ

    Orlando

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was outstanding. Generous portions.
  28. P

    Peter

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent authentic dishes
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Went for dinner and the place was very busy. The food was good, but service was meh. They need more wait staff. We had a hard time getting the attention of wait staff a couple of times. The place was clean and bright. Overall it was a good dining experience.
  30. G

    Guysnite

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Authentic Chinese with some American Chinese options
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it here, the food is incredible and there are so many options to choose from. Hands down the best wonton soup ive ever had, and you MUST try the cold refreshing black fungi!!!
  32. SJ

    SusanJ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Finally a Sichuan restaurant that lives up to the heat element one expects from this cuisine! A bit noisy. Perfunctory service, but no long waits. The cold sesame noodles were fantastic. I had pork with garlic sauce. Wonderful. My adventurous husband had a kidney dish he loved. We thought it was a BYOB but it’s not. Still we saved about $25 with the wine we brought and the $10 corkage fee. Highly recommend!
  33. JL

    JayLeigh

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food quality and taste. The vegetable fried rice is stellar and there are a wide variety of authentic dishes on the menu.
  34. JZ

    JinmingZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Good and Delicious. So gooooooooooood. highly recommend

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Emei Restaurant using the Order Online button. Emei Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 627-2500.

Emei Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Emei Restaurant

915 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at the right side of Arch street, between 9th and 10th St

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are many street parking at Chinatown, and there are two public parking lot right cross the street. There is also a garage parking lot at 45 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, which is very close and cost friendly.

  • Public transit

    Jefferson station is the stop for SEPTA trains.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zhao

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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