Permanently Closed - Sakura Mandarin

4.5
46 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Authentic
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Dim Sum, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


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


Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 873-8338
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
http://www.sakuramandarin.com/wp/menu/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th street
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Parking details
Park America, a public parking garage is right next to Sakura Mandarin.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Private Room, Takeout
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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Consistently great food, always good service, easy parking, quick drop off at front door for easy entry.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing hot n sour soup, kung pao chicken, soup dumplings, fried rice and sushi. We will definitely be back. We were pleasantly surprised! Excellent service also!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We met friends there for lunch, the guests came late,
However, the waitress chatted with us, and very patiently
for our order, she was courteous, considerate, very accommodating !

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Overall it was ok. Don’t think I will come back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food. General Tso’s chicken, orange beef, California roll,buns and wontons were excellent, so was bubble tea. Friendly and helpful staff.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Excellent food! Would definitely go back, just for the food. Service not so good. Harried waitress was trying hard to serve many tables, so we asked two other servers for water after about 15-20 minutes, but they never did anything. Waitress was apologetic, but probably not her fault for having too much to do.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had a great time at this restaurant. Loved the food, reasonable prices, and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was amazing! I will be going by back!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We ate at Sakura after attending an event at the convention center and it served up everything we needed. The food was very tasty and fairly priced. We were served complimentary hot tea when we sat down, which was appreciated. One of our dishes came out about 10 minutes after all of the others, but that was the only real negative, and happens. The waitress was apologetic when we asked for it and got it to us quickly once we alerted her that we hadn’t received it yet. The location was also great for a quick spin around Chinatown to walk off our meal.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, good service but it is BYOB ( they will give you glasses for your drinks).
The soup dumplings and the 麻辣香锅 (stir fry hot pot) are delicious, I would recommend them.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We had a quit round table for 8 so we were able to hear each other. We were able to park on the street (kiosk prices). BYOB saves us a lot on money and they heated the sake for us! We’ll come back!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great soup dumplings, okay sushi. Packed and lively.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

THE GO TO SPOT

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always consistent quality, Sakura is the go-to for any soup dumpling craze that comes about. Cheap, excellent cuisine and of course BYO. My favorite for Asian in the city!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent Chinese food near the Convention Center. It’s a byob, so byob! Great dumplings. Wide array of other Chinese dishes. Great service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is my go-to restaurant in Philly for Asian food. Everyone has something on the menu that they like. Also, the prices are fair which is helpful as a student.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good and friendly service and clean overall. Easily located

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Friend of mine to me to this restaurant several years ago, when we took a day trip to downtown Philly, I would like to go back to this restaurant again since I had great experience before, well it was totally worth it, the food’s quality and service were still stay the same, and they are more busy than before, pls make reservation before you plan to go.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Best Soup Dumplings, Dandan noodles and Scallion pancakes I have ever had in Philly. Can’t wait to return and eat more. It’s also very affordable.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved their soup dumplings and Sushi- many options so hard to make a choice. Very friendly staff. Was looking forward to the pot of hot tea they provided after watching the fireworks on the waterfront on such a cold night. Nice crowd- good vibe. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal which included a variety of Chinese dishes and sushi. Our party of four ordered a variety of dishes to share and some of us were happy to have leftovers to take home. It was not overly crowded for an early dinner on Saturday evening. The service was friendly and efficient and our server was patient in answering our questions about dishes we were unfamiliar with.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Very extensive menu, serving dim sum, noodles, soups and sushi/sashimi. The noodles, fried rice and rolls were delicious.

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2.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Taking my mother for Thanksgiving... the food was terrible!! She ordered Pad Thai that taste of nothing but onions. I ordered Dim Sum dumplings that were filled with broth (I had to come home to N.Y. to have the real stuff). The servers rushed us along, not before checking to ensure that a decent tip was left (I always tip 20% or higher). This place is tacky and tasteless. I wouldn't host my dogs birthday here!

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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❤

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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.

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