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Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine **CLOSED** - 54 Reviews - 1512 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA - Fine Dining Reviews - Phone (215) 545-8800

Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine **CLOSED**

1512 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 545-8800
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I went to Susanna Foo on a Sunday night and had a very romantic experience. The dining room was very elegant and the service was outstanding. We started with a dumpling sampler an...


As a Chinese-American, I had high hopes for my first meal at Susanna Foo. What a disappointment! The cuisine should absolutely not be billed as Chinese food or even Asian food. ...

Not recommended. 2/7/2009

We tried Susanna Foo this past weekend & after hearing the rave reviews, I thought we were in for a treat!... more

Not recommended. 2/7/2009

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We tried Susanna Foo this past weekend & after hearing the rave reviews, I thought we were in for a treat! There was a good-sized group of us, the ... more

Fell in Love 12/1/2008

I went to Susanna Foo on a Sunday night and had a very romantic experience. The dining room was very elegant and the service was outstanding. We started with a dumpling sampler and the tuna tasting for appetizers. For entree I had the scallop dish and it was delicious. My husband had tea smoked duck dish and was very impressed. We shared a btl of red wine our meal and had a nice port with dessert. Over all I had a great experience. more

What a Total Disappointment! 9/19/2008

We were really looking forward to dining at Susanna Foo for restaurant week - but boy, was I disappointed. We had made our reservations several weeks in advance and when we arrived for dinner, instead of being sat in the main dining room on the first floor (which has a lovely ambience) we were taken upstairs to what appeared to be a rarely used back room and sat at a plastic folding table (!!) covered with a tablecloth right near the busboy and waiter station. It was kind of like being sat at the ""kid's table"" while all the adults ate in the other room. The service was fine but couldn't make up for the D-List atmosphere. Pros: ?? Cons: Ambience, Food, Value more

Worst food I had this summer . 8/23/2008

the appetizers were great, the entrees were horrible, the service good, the price too high. Will never eat there again. Pros: service Cons: entrees more

Amazing 3/28/2008

Dumpling sampler is delicious. Worth the $20+. I had the szechuan seafood platter, delicious, my girlfriend had the peaking duck, also delicious. Portion sizes were impressive for a fine dining establishment. I got a Chinese firecracker to drink, probably the only thing i did not like about the entire meal. Price was expensive ($140 for 2) but the meal was well worth it Pros: Delicious Food Cons: Expensive Parking more

Good food/experience but not worth all the hype 3/25/2008

Susanna Foo had been on my list of places to try for quite awhile but I never deemed it pricey enough to make it a good bargain to go for Restaurant Week. Overall, I felt that we had a positive experience with very good food but that it didn't live up to the hype that it gets. I will say that I found it far better than Buddhakan in both food and atmosphere. As far as the food goes, we had the Dumpling Sampler for 2 and Seafood Wonton Soup appetizers, the Szechwan Prawn and Scallops, Mongolian Lamb, and Pheasant entrees, and the Creme Brulee, Raspberry Caramel Tart, and Sorbet desserts. All dishes received positive reviews except for the Seafood Wonton soup which was deemed too salty. The service was friendly and professional but I found it to be fairly slow especially for a Tuesday night. The meal lasted about 1hr 45 minutes for a standard 3 courses. Also, Susanna Foo herself walked through the dining room while we were there but did not stop to greet any of the patrons, which I felt was a little unprofessional. In the end, I enjoyed the food enough that I would return in the future but with so many other good options to choose from in Philadelphia, I more than likely won't. Pros: Food, friendly server, Reasonbly priced entrees for an upscale restaurant Cons: Somewhat slow service, Pricey desserts($9-12) more

excellent appetizer and desert, very disappointing entree 3/7/2008

I went to Susanna Foo with my boyfriend for the first time two days ago. When we walked in, we were very impressed with the classy ambience. We had a lovely waiter who recommended the duck entree but neither of us were in the mood for it. So I ordered the pork pot-stickers for appetizer and the mushu pork with steamed pancakes and hoisin sauce for the entree while my boyfriend ordered the mongolian lamb with eggplant. The pork pot-stickers were amazing although it could do away with some grease. The pork in the dumpling was juicy and had a taste that sets it apart from the dim sum at chinatown. Having had the appetizer, I had very high expectations for the entree. Sad to say though, the entrees were major disappointments. The presentation simply wasn't there; the dishes looked like ordinary stir fried dishes from a chinese restaurant served on extra clean plates. I would not be rating the place 2 stars if the dishes tasted as ordinary as they looked but to our further dismay, both our entrees tasted horrible. My mushu pork was extremely salty that my tongue numbed after 3 mouths full. In addition, my boyfriend's lamb on was smelly and he was very convinced that it must have been in the freezer for months. The eggplant that was stir fried together had an unusually unpleasant spongy texture. To get rid of the unpleasant after taste of these dishes, we ordered the ricotta cheesecake which thankfully was consoling. Overall, I am very disappointed with the restaurant and will never return. Pros: Ambience Cons: Food, Price more

Food Great... Service not so great! 1/31/2008

First experience with Foo's and probably the last. We waited for everything an extremely long time. Food I can understand, but to wait for menus, to order, and the check. I expected more from this establishment than they delivered. Food on the other hand, really astonishing. Beautiful and delicious, although a great restaurant should be able to accommodate a party of 6 in a timely matter! Pros: Food speaks for itself! Cons: Staff miserable and slow! more

I was very disappointed! The meal was ok, but... 11/23/2007

I was very disappointed! The meal was ok, but I was expecting to be blown away and I wasn't. more

Now I understand why people pay $100 or more for a meal! ... 6/29/2007

Now I understand why people pay $100 or more for a meal! And it is worth every penny. more

overrated 4/14/2007

while delicious, it's too expensive & only serves tiny portions...definitely worth going to once...fabulous eggplant more

Best Asian Fusion Ever 3/9/2007

I truly loved my experience here. The scallops were thebest I've ever had. Dessert was as good as the main course. Pros: The Food more

Loud & Waaaay Over-Rated 2/11/2007

The room was very loud (red lantern room) which is fine for a casual restaurant but not for fine dining. The waiter couldn't answer simple questions about the wine list. The samosas were good but the positives really end there. The shrimp had not been deveined (EEK!) and the coconut creme caramel was basically runny flan. We definitely felt like they were pushing us out the door. Will never go back. Lee How Fook in China Town is excellent and so much cheaper. Pros: Samosas were good.... Cons: Shrimp were not deveined! more

Food Lacks focus. Very strong flavour (use of MSG?). Overpriced. Excellent service. 11/16/2006

Went there a while back for their Sunday dim sum brunch. The service was excellent, we must have one waiter per guest. However, the joy ended there. Pros: Excleent service Cons: Not delicious more

A Waste of Money! 9/13/2006

On Wednesday night of Restuarant Week my daughter and I dined here. She had raved about the food, so I wanted to try it. The Crispy Shrimp were soggy, the coconut rice was sticky, and the steamed vegatables were just that, steamed, no seasoning, no flavor. I could have had a better meal with Chinese takeout and saved about $70, Pros: service Cons: not worth the price more

service and food ok. 9/4/2006

The food was just ok. Nothing to rave about. there are other restuarants in the city that have much better food for less money. more

Overpriced, and s l o w service 2/23/2006

Just ate here during restaurant week, and we were unimpressed with the food and service. The squash soup was average, on par with a pre-made from Trader Joe's. The salmon was average, but on the bland side. The coconut creme brule had a strange aftertaste. Also, the table used for our party was twice as wide as normal, making it impossible to carry on any sort of conversation with the person accross from you. What was most atrocious considering the prices, was the service. Our drinks took almost THIRTY minutes to arrive. The staff seemed completely apathetic that a table of 12 was going to drop about $600 I expect a higher standard of service when paying at this level, and the service was worse on average, than a bad night at Dennys. Pros: Decor Cons: Service, Table size, Bland food more

Not what I expected 2/22/2006

The first time we went there we loved it. The food was great and the service was exceptional. We went there a second time and we were very disappointed. The service was not as good. The food was not as good. I had the duck and I had better duck at a Chinese restaurant in my neighborhood for much less money. Pros: food Cons: parking, expensive more

Restaurant week hype 2/19/2006

It was ok. The butternut squash parsnip soup was delicious with little garlic croutons. The chinese side of things were not worth the money. The hot and sour soup was ehhh and so was the kung pow chicken. The noodles were blah. The desserts were good though. Stick to the non-chinese items. more
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  • In Short
    Orchids and a bright painting of Chef Susanna Foo welcome diners. With silk lanterns, long banquettes and balanced service, the space manages to be elegant without being stuffy....

  • 7/17/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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    Center City West, Center City