About Sakura Mandarin

Sakura Mandarin specializes in authentic Szechuan, Shanghai and Hunan cuisines and dim sum. It also offers Japanese sushi. Always made with fresh ingredients, Sakura Mandarin wants to be your one-stop restaurant for high quality and a wide variety of options of delicious Chinese food! Not only is the Chinese food rich in flavors and spices, the dim sum are also authentic and creative.

“The Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings or Juicy Buns) are the Best of Breed to my taste in Philly.” Sakura Mandarin receives top comments from elite food critics such as Gerald S. and Craig Laban. Come in today and let us serve you! Find out why Sakura Mandarin stands out from the rest of Chinese restaurants!

1038 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Dim Sum, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm


Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
11th street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 873-8338

Website:
http://www.sakuramandarin.com/

Catering:
http://www.sakuramandarin.com/wp/menu/

Parking Details:
Park America, a public parking garage is right next to Sakura Mandarin.

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Private Room, Takeout

Sakura Mandarin Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (29)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Lunch (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (10)
Authentic (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Outstanding Value (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wow where do I start. The service was horrible. We got our appetizers about 20 minutes after our entrees. The food was fair at best. Very disappointing for a 4.4 rated restaurant on here.

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 (London)·Dined on May 15, 2017

All good except for the spicy beef. It was, I think, poorly described on the menu. The beef was nice and spicy but was rather overcooked such that the natural beef flavour had been lost.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Sakura Mandarin is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu is mainly Chinese but there is also sushi which satisfies our family members who prefer sushi to Chinese food. The soup buns are exceptional. The ambience is lovely and the service excellent. It is easy to bring a large group and very good value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Great Chinese & Japanese food! Exceeded our expectations, very reasonably priced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Me and my boyfriend came here after the flower show! We had the scallion pancakes,vegetable dumplings, spicy tuna roll,shrimp tempura roll and pork fried rice! It was all super delicious as always! Everyone here has always been friendly and welcoming to us! Thanks for having the best Asian food ever!!! We will definitely be back❤

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 12, 2017

The crabmeat/pork soup dumplings had a very tasty broth but it was the filling that was outstanding. The Shanghai Street Noodles were delicious with just right amount of heat. The service was friendly and very accommodating. We will return to this Chinatown restaurant in Philly during our next visit.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We love coming to Sakura. The food is always excellent and the service friendly! Pricing is reasonable and it's BYOB!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Casual, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great food but be ready to wait and rushed in an out on a weekend... despite the service it's worth it excellent food and great prices

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was pretty good and fast service once we were seated. We ordered soup dumplings, edamame, crispy salty duck, drunken noodles, beef noodle soup, and sautéed beef and string beans. The restaurant is BYOB, so I will definitely be bringing it next time. We also ordered a strawberry and mango bubble tea which was delightful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Have been wanting to try Sakura for a bit now. Finally when I saw they were on Open Table we decided it was time to go. Made an Open Table reservation, received our confirmation email and all went smooth until we got there and nobody there had a clue what Open Table was and how I even made a reservation, since they never heard of it.
Well besides that the good was good and the pricing was good as well. Biggest issue though was I really dislike when they rush you thru and it was a Tues and not even that crowded. We were served our appetizer and before we started on it her comes out soup. Less than a few spoonfuls later comes out food. So now we have to eat all three at the same time so nothing gets cold. Would have give more stars if not for this. Advise is to only order one item at a time unless you like all courses brought out at almost the same time

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Must order: scallion pancakes (extra crispy at Sakura Mandarin!). Plenty of options from vegetarian to meat-eating to super spicy.

Gluten-free eater's best option is the sushi; we didn't ask what the sauces were made from, though there are plenty of rice/rice-noodle dishes available.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

I've been there a few times over the years and never leave disappointed. I found the staff to be very nice and accommodating - I will say that it wasn't terribly crowded when we went at 5pm on a Saturday, but I've also been there on a Friday night during dinner rush when the place is absolutely packed, and that's when service can start to get a little spotty (and understandably so). The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. With the exception of the soup dumplings, everything came out very quickly - they are worth the wait, though. The menu is incredibly diverse, with something for everyone. I'm sure I'll be back again!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Staff was very unfriendly, but at least food was pretty good for the price and it came out quick. BYOB so make sure to bring your own so you can tune out the rude waiter!

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2016

We went to restaurant on New Year's Day. the service was very poor in that the waitress paid little attention to our table of four and the other staff ignored us by avoiding eye contact with us every time they passed by. The soup was brought out at all different times for our party rather than together. Food had little flavor although we did ask for low spice contents. I would not return as there are many other better choices in Chinatown.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2015

The food was excellent. Everything was fresh and tasted delicious. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We had an excellent dinner and will definitely come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2015

I've eaten here several times and I'm never disappointed. There are several different sources for the duck and they were all wonderful. I will return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2015

The place was fine, nice, clean and standard. Nothing out of the ordinary. It was authentic and the people were nice. It wasn't bad but was not a fancy place, just a typical Chinese restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 14, 2015

Very authentic with amazing choices. Something for everyone but the spicy mini dumplings were to die for. Its my new favorite restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2015

best Asian food I've ever tasted. Nothing like your typical Chinese joint. The food is amazing and the bubble tea! my favorite. such a great place to eat.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Good authentic food, served quickly but attentive staff at reasonable cost. What more could you ask for?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 27, 2014

A very sparsely decorated restaurant with neon lighting but great food. The have a huge many and almost too many choices, but everything we ordered tasted great and authentic. The Wontons had a great texture, General Tso's was the best I've had, and the angry dragon sushi roll was delicious. Service was OK, not bad, but not outstanding. The food is so good, I will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2014

Great soup dumplings. Seems popular with the local crowd

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 7, 2014

This is one of our favorite places in Philly for many years. Very tasty food (particularly XLB- Soup dumplings), nice service, clean and cozy ambiance, and a great value for what you get. Much better then any place in Chinatown Philly. Whatever we'd order we never got disappointed. Don't miss it if in Philly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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