Permanently Closed - SUGA

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Chinese

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This restaurant is permanently closed. A culinary pioneer, Susanna Foo helped bring gourmet Chinese food to America. Now she is once again making her mark on the city of Philadelphia with her son, Gabriel Foo.

Susanna has been acknowledged as one of the best Chinese chefs in the country by USA Today and hailed as an innovator by Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire and The New York Times. With two cookbooks and two James Beard Awards, Foo is highly decorated in the food world and knows that altering the ordinary is the key to success.

This is her first restaurant, with her son, Gabriel Foo, a true connoisseur of gourmet food and wine.

Susanna Foo’s influences are derived from her upbringing in Taiwan, and her training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. “Modern Chinese” is the fusion of classical Chinese and fresh Western ingredients with Foo’s signature French style of cooking.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Sunday 12pm - 9pm
Mon -Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-1am
Sat: 12pm-1am
Brunch Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm
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Phone number
(215) 717-8968
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
17th
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Parking details
There is also a public lot 2 doors away.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed for remodeling. How is it that reservations are still made and worse yet confirmed on the app?

c
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed for “renovations” and apparently did not inform Open Table

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

OPEN table failed to say that the restaurant is closed for renovations! Went there and it was closed

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am giving this review because 4 of us drove an hour to eat at this restaurant and were quite excited. When we got there the sign that was posted in Philly said under renovation. I was confirmed through Open Table so I was surprised it was closed. Either the restaurant didn't inform Open Table or Open Table didn't inform me. We were all very disappointed and had to look for something else quickly since we had plans for later in the evening.

BS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table took the reservation but when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed for renovation.
PS it was raining very hard and we got soaking wet!!! July 11

FC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They closed without notifying open table

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed for renovations until August 1. There was a notice on the door, but no update on the website nor did Open table give me notice.

I was supposed to meet a client there and instead we had to go to the Korean bbq place next door...which was great, but embarrassing for me...

JL
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would especially like to commend the young hostess on duty for lunch on June 28. She went out of her way to accommodate us, to find the right table and to insure our pleasure, the first such achiever in my many Suga visits. Food excellent, prices right, always a treat. Please share my views with Mrs. Foo and Gabriel.

W
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Please don't close. I love this restaurant! The food is always consistently good. Great place for lunch. Fast service and quiet enough for a meeting.

VS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We popped in at 9pm on a whim and were so thrilled. The cilantro chicken was just amazing, the frothy cocktails were perfect and the service was friendly. It felt like a romantic date night vs a “rainy Tuesday” The food was so flavorful and everything tasted so fresh and healthy vs heavy...really good spot.

M
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Although it lacks the elegance and imagination of the original Susanna Foo's restaurant, SuGa is definitely a step, probably two steps above the standard Chinese restaurant. The four of us ate dinner early, 6:15, and in the quiet back room of the restaurant, conversation was easy.

We especially enjoyed the dumpling sampler for two, the cumin Mongolian lamb and the honey cashew chicken.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place.

SQ
Philadelphia
543 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, many choices, everything is delicious. Very attentive server. Late lunch, not loud. Enjoyed it a lot and will return and recommend it to friends.

JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependably good and unique Asian-inspired offerings

BG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything at this new Susannah Foo restaurant.

d
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This *was* a vegan-friendly restaurant when it opened. Now it seems as though there are fewer vegan options (mayb 5 options on the entire menu). The only vegan protein was fried tofu. Not very creative. The Spicy Guacamole we ordered was not spicy. The Wild Mushroom Dumplings did not taste good and my husband and I didn't finish them even though we were still hungry. The only dish we really liked was the Lentil, Ferro, Brown Rice Bowl - great flavors. We won't be returning until/unless they make some changes.

TB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu was great and the service was attentive, however the food was not up to par. The dumplings were good but the honey cashew chicken was over diced and difficult to eat with chop sticks. My stomach did not appreciate the food.

N
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUGA never disappoints. The food is always delicious — Heirloom tomato salad, mushroom dumplings, eggplant, lobster rice. Every single dish was perfection! Excellent service, as always.

N
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time there and the food was wonderful as before. We enjoy the opportunity to be able to talk and hear one another as dining should be. (This is unlike many good restaurants now a days that seem to try to have loud background noise/music.) Our server was knowlegeable, very pleasant and helpful. Overall good experience and we will be back.

BR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. My friend and I went for happy hour before seeing a show at the Academy of Music and ordered some small plates from the menu. Food was very good. Service was excellent and courteous, coming up and asking us if we wanted to order anything more before the happy hour was over. Ambiance was excellent and noise level is quiet despite all the activity outside. Highly recommend to anyone.

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to Suga for dinner before going to theater. There were eight of us and they put us in an area just for us, which was really nice. Waitstaff very helpful, making sure we would be finished in time for the theater. The food was good; we ordered a few dishes to share, but as the portions were quite small we had to order more.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful experience which included artistic cocktails and flavorful entrees. Each person chose an entree and then we decided to put each one in the center of the table and share them. That was fun!

SQ
Philadelphia
543 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious as always. I love the duck salad. The service was a bit slow. The restaurant was very loud at lunch time. People talk loudly and there is no fabric to absorb the sound. Still, it's a very good lunch and I will return again.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

There brunch menu was tiny and disappointing. I ordered one of the 5 options and they took 10 minutes or more to figure out they didn’t have bacon so I couldn’t have it. We were literally the only table in the restaurant so the delay made no sense. Got a brunch bento box instead and serving size was tiny. Food was super mediocre.

MT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a variety of dishes and everything was excellent! I love Susanna Foo!

MS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice one on one atmosphere. Great service. Amazing food. Serving portions could be a little larger.

BK
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not my first time ordering the crispy bronzino and certainly not my last. A most amazing dish. It took a long time for the entree to be served on this occasion but that was unusual. They also have a cocktail with dragon in the name that carries quite a heat punch and is also delicious.

b
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My dining partner was the one who suggested eating here. The food is tasty and well prepared. Service was very accommodating.

YB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our experience was an outstanding one and we will return in the near future.

HS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Second time at Suga and I will be back again. The food is fresh and not heavy. Love it.

IR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Off the beaten path of restaurants in center city
Great ambiance/interiors tasty food/ delicate food
Would recommend warmly

LB
Philadelphia
135 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Soup, goats cheese dumplings, cauliflower, whole fish.

S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, delicious food, wonderful ambiance for intimate Mother’s Day brunch.

A
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious and varied vegan options! We really enjoyed our dinner. Nice ambiance as well.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was pretty good. To be honest, I doubt I’ll be back however as I’ve had similar dishes I’ve enjoyed more of other restaurants.

R
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, fresh, tasty food and good service. But if you add on a few drinks, the bill grows rapidly.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous meal and very good scallion pancakes. Great duck and very tasty chicken. All and all a great restaunt experience if you’re looking to just have a nice night out

SA
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The vegan Dan Dan was very good. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The dumplings were okay and the vegan bao bun was not seasoned. Our server was very pleasant, but needed more training. Dessert was okay.

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for a small low noise level so can talk food for sharing. Very tasty

KR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for the Philly Vegan Restaurant week prix-fixe menu, which was disappointing. Some dishes were delicious (like the fried-tofu/avocado amuse-bouche and the Dan Dan noodles), but others were lackluster. We also waited a long time before and in between courses--we were told there was a backup in the kitchen, but other diners around us who arrived later received their food before we did, and our server seemed very distracted by another, larger party.