SUGA

4.4
666 reviews
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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.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was understaffed for Vday weekend. Took us 10
Minutes to be greeted at the bar. Martinis were watered down and tasteless. Felt bad for the bartender because she had no support. We paid our tab and left instead of eating. Won’t be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! We had the Valentines Day Course and it was great. The service was excellent, and the the ambiance was just right. We will be coming back!

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MW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, all was very professional. Super experience.

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h
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the Chinese New Years dinner Tuesday. Because of the inclement weather the restaurant was not busy. There were 4 courses, amuse bouche, multiple appetizers, 6-7 entrees and dessert. As befitting a Suzanna Foo restaurant the dishes were expertly prepared, and one could not fault any of the dishes. The fried Branzino with sweet and sour sauce deserves special mention. We have patronized Suzanna Foo’s restaurants for several decades. She deserves her place in Philadelphia culinary history.

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SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately our evening was a bit of a disappointment. Our server was rarely available and our therefore we spent entirely too much time waiting. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy - but clearly our server was in the weeds. 3 of our entrees arrived cold - while the others were delivered piping hot.

When we expressed our disappointment- they brought Susanna over to our table. She couldn’t have cared less, and I am not sure if she could have appeared any less engaged or invested.

I think Suga might be best at lunch or sitting at the bar? The food was delicious, but the service and attitude really diminished our experience. Susanna should stick to behind the scenes - she does nothing to help the front of the house.

Too bad.

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SQ
Philadelphia
495 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have dined there many times. The food is always delicious. This time we had excellent salads for late lunch - one chicken, one duck. Although there were few diners, the service was much slower than usual. I will still return and recommend it to friends.

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S
Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was The Day of the Pig (2/5/19) and the restaurant was packed, yet we were seated, in the back, within 5 minutes. Then we sat, no water, no server, no nothing. I reached out to the server who was bringing water to a table of 10 behind us and enter "Claire". Claire said that she wasn't our server and didn't know where she had gone, but Claire provided us the most gracious, competent and enjoyable service that we could ever want. Hats off to Claire who turned a, potentially, bad situation into a wonderful evening!!! By the way, the food was real good too!!

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RM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SuGa has the perfect menu to celebrate Chinese New Year! The family style Chinese New year special menu is designed to serve 4 or more people, and our party only has three persons. They were, however, very accommodating and were able to serve us almost all items from the menu. The food quality was great, as usual, and the wine recommended by our server complimented the food nicely. Everyone was happy after finishing the banquet quality Chinese New Year Eve dinner in this nice setting.

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T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was alittle disappointing. Service was good. Tight quarters getting to dining area. Food was okay but not as good as expected.

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AH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. We didn't have the best table and they didn't have availability to move us. We were in bar area which was very tight and drafty. Regardless, would go there again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend!

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GT
Philadelphia
181 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed another great meal at SUGA. We had a great table in the rear. Our server was incredibly accommodating, friendly and really enhanced the experience on a cold night. The crab & Shrimp wanton soup really hit the spot. My partner gobbled up the pot stickers. The Kung Pao chicken and the Sesame Cilantro chicken were both great. Large portions, tasty and well prepared. SUGA is very reasonable given the quality of the food. There are reasonably priced bottles of wine. It is fast becoming a go to restaurant for us. We are never disappointed.

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JY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Highly recommend the dumpling sampler.

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F
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Order the wild mushroom dumplings. Devour them. Order them again. Devour them again. They are superb. The BEST item on the menu. Don't miss them.

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JJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience during restaurant week. Great options on the menu. Very attentive service.

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HS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal during Restaurant Week was absolutely delicious. But, if possible, the service even eclipsed the food as our waiter provided care and kindness as well as timely, efficient service.

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LB
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first visit and it was restaurant week. The rice with lentils was very tasty. Enjoyed the Butternut Squash Soup and the cauliflower carrot tomato dish. My husband had the soup and the crispy shrimp dish and he was happy with all as well. I would go there again to try the standard menu.

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JE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the flavors of the food we ordered. The dishes were bland. The service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Restaurant week

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M
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

To be completely up-front, we went during restaurant week. Our waiter was nice but brought the wrong entree and green tea when I asked for jasmine. I felt like the table next to us was in our conversation. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table with a reservation. We can get better service and ambience elsewhere.

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k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We brought our 3yo for Restaurant Week and had a good meal for a very reasonable cost. Our favorites were the ginger soda, short ribs, salmon and cab poached pears.

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S
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese food you may ever have in your life. The chocolate cake was a perfect ending. The jewel box space creates an intimate space that elevates the dining experience.

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J
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very tasty and dishes beautifully prepared.

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L
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week and this restaurant used the ocasion to show its stuff!
Wow - what a meal - delicious with great service and calming ambiance. Can not wait to go there again.....
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and well worth the trip for Restaurant Week.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful Chinese restaurant with delicate flavor that is exquisite!

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve had an outstanding meal there in the past, so was surprised my meal this time was just good

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BS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The knocked it out of the park

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. Popcorn pork ravioli appetizer had no taste at all. I asked for a sauce to try to make it better and it did not. My wife's butternut squash soup was ridiculously sweet. I like things sweet and it was so sweet that I did not want more than my first taste. We both got the same main course of crispy wild shrimp (I think that is what it was called) and while it was pretty good, it was for all intents and purposes General Tao's Shrimp.

I would have expected the offer of a replacement for my appetizer since I just ate a tiny bit and the server was aware of my opinion, and that did not occur. We asked for a table that was warm, near the back, and half way through our meal a very cold draft made for even less of a positive experience.

Haven eaten at Susannah Foo's on Walnut Street back in the day, with some outstanding dining experiences, we were quite surprised at the severe difference.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails! The scallop ceviche was insane!

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back! Food was incredible. Great for sharing.

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DS
Tampa
106 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but a bit disappointing on the flavor profile given the Jams Beard reference.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

New Years Eve, great food and service, ambiance could be prettier, especially private rooms

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OT
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal at SuGa with a large group for NYE. Enjoyed sharing our entrees - monk fish, Sichuan shrimp, and scallop dinner. All were prepared and presented in a unique way and all tasted amazing. Enjoyed their original cocktails including The Lotus along with an assortment of appetizers - dumplings and popcorn pork ravioli!!! We will come back again and again. Thanks for opening this up Susana it’s really great!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, dumplings are to die for. Service was excellent and fast.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really delicious, well-executed, and not too salty (unlike so many other fancy Chinese restaurants). The mushroom dumplings were amazing and I also really liked the eggplant and Mongolian lamb. The only low point was the tapioca dessert which was a little bland but otherwise I was very impressed!

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent at this upscale Chinese restaurant. Decor is sleek but warm and inviting. Overall ambiance is great. Service is superb. Lunch or dinner equally appealing.

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l
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Holiday dinner.

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DL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time for a holiday meal! We enjoyed the ‘Christmas Story’ vibe...

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BU
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, wonderful Asian takeoff's!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was having s rough night and we waited a while for drinks and desert but everything else was great. Wayyyyy busier than last year though.

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