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DanDan, Philadelphia, PA

DanDan

4.4
4.4
51 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
For an elegant and chic dining experience combining the flavors of southwestern China and Taiwan, visit DanDan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Guests at DanDan can enjoy menu items made to order using fresh ingredients and Szechuan inspired flavors. Some of the guests� favorite options are scallion pancakes, chili dumplings, fried pot stickers, pork belly, baby shrimp, cold sesame noodles and Taiwanese sausage with rice. Lunch specials at DanDan include the long hot pepper dish, cumin stir fry meat, dry hot pot and pickled pork in a wok. A list of vegetarian options is available to accommodate all guests, and all dishes can be made gluten free upon request.

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  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday: 11am-10:30pm Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm Sunday: 11:30am-10pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 800-1165
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
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What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

51 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Very good vegetarian options Try the scallion pancakes

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  2. mushu12

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is so good. I can't wait to come back and try a different dish.

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  3. GaryG

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Since I like spicy food, freinds suggest that we meet at DanDan for dinner. We have been to Han Dynasty (DanDan's owners brother) and found it to be Americanized and spicy because they use chili oil not szechuan peppercorns. Well the family moving to DanDan does the same thing. I ordered the DanDan noodles at a heat level of 5 and found that the bowl of raman noodles with a decent amount of chili oil at the bottom while spicy was no different that the food at a cantoneses restaurant with a container of chily oil. No pepercorns. The main courses were far more tasty, not spicy, more taiwanese. The duck was super. Almost a half of a small duck, some veggies and a sweetish sauce. Our friends ordered a chicken dish and a shrimp dish but because they are reluctant to share and don'r eat spicy I didnt taste them. I ordsered a sweet and sour lamb dish with peppers(peppers had no heat). The lamb was done very nicely and the sauce although was not spicy was excellent. The waiter was extremely attentive and knew the menu very well. Water glasses refill without request. The only drawback was that we were seated directly below the through the wall air conditioner that was blowing on the top of my head. The noice level was not terrible but we were seated back in a cornor of the upstairs under the air conditioner and in front of the wait staff station. Would I go back-probably if the people we were going to dinner with made that choice but I would not make a special trip there for the food. I'll stick to the Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown where we are the only Westerners in the place.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food but beware the MSG! The food is loaded with it. The kitchen will prepare without it but unfortunately I had to suffer a two day migraine before I learned there was MSG in the first place.

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  5. MargaretM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dan Dan's food was great and easy to pick different things to share but the service was poor. The waiter was somewhat rude and had trouble describing the food when asked questions.

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  6. Aapjeet

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiters are so busy to take your order. My wine came after our food was eaten half way. Good food though!

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  7. Rshing

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing dan dan noodles, some great crispy cumin tofu! One downside is - can't come here for dates. It can get very loud here.

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  8. JHP1

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Inventive cuisine, boldly seasomed. Can't eat Chinese at the local place after eating here.

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  9. TheMiniMonogram

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a FANTASTIC dinner at Dan Dan -- great service and amazing food. We wished we were with a bigger group so we could sample more of the menu. Yum! Just writing and remembering our meal is making me hungry! I can't wait for our next visit!!

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  10. MaryH

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Dan Dan multiple times for both lunch and dinner. The service is always 5 star, as well as the food. The servers are very helpful and can always make great recommendations and the food comes out super quick. Whether you're looking for a place to have lunch with co-workers, or a place to have dinner with a significant other, this place is a great choice.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best italian authentic place to have dinner. All was as expected! Simply I felt like in Italy. Waiters very professional. Branzino best fresh fish ever. Enjoy!

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  12. steph

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    food is delicious. spicier than most chinese restaurants in the area. very oily/fatty, though. friendly service. good happy hour discounts and an interesting "year of the monkey" special menu. (feb 10, 2016)

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  13. gemgirl

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Chinese food. Loved everything and I will return again and again.

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  14. happy2eathere

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Funky space. Food smelled so good as we walked in. Spicy, delicious dishes. Nice wait staff. Fun cocktails. I'd love to go back and eat at the bar.

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  15. Techpowercloud1

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This establishment is a terrible place to go. The food is literally served in an oil bath. I have tried this cuisine before and enjoyed but Dan Dan just gets it wrong. Not to mention our server spilled drinks on someone, didn't apologize or offer a replacement, and also basically laughed at one of our friends for asking about a certain dish and how it's prepared. I was in good company so enjoyed the evening but I believe we would have all enjoyed McDonalds more than Dan Dan. Do not go here unless you want to be utterly disappointed.

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  16. foodieForThought

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Every single dish I've had here is always bomb!! You know that feeling when you're really really hungry and you finally take your first bite of food? Doesn't that first bite taste like heaven? That is what taking a bite of Dan Dan's food is like , but with every single bite, not just the first!! Can't get enough of this place!

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  17. SilverQueen

    Philadelphia

    706 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    706 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our group of friends dined here on Christmas and enjoyed every dish. Our server was attentive and courteous. I have only 1 complaint. The noise was so loud we could not comfortably converse and had to shout across the table. This problem could be solved with acoustic materials. The noise level will be a deterrent to my friends and me. If it were not for that problem, we would return often.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't say enough about DanDan! Each dish is unique and flavors are out of this world. Will come again and again.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Their namesake Dan Dan is REALLY good. Food quality overall was great. The restaurant is very small and feels quite crowded. We enjoyed ourselves overall and didn't order a bad dish. The whole , fried fish was delicious but I cant remember which type of fish it was now.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food here! Very modern and fun. It is BYO which can help avoid an 8$ glass of wine. Unfortunately happy hour only exists at the bar so really, Bring your own! Everything car out quickly and the portions are very large. Two people could easily share an entree. Scallion pancakes are delish, crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I haven't had a bad experience yet and will be returning soon!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress made several recommendations and we took her up on almost all of them. DanDan noodles are the best thing to ever happen to my mouth. And I was dreaming about the cumin beef for weeks. Bold, spicy, delicious, beautiful.

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  22. Kaya

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It's a very small place, but it doesn't take away from an awesome dining experience. It's a perfect spot for an intimate conversation with friends or a date, while enjoying a great meal, all while having present a very attentive wait staff.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We didn't get seated until 30 minutes after our reservation

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  24. ZManPhilly

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place has a pretty big menu, fortunately our waiter was really good at explaining and recommending dishes. We had the spicy delicious Dan Dan Noodles (after all it's the name of the place); the peanuty spicy sauce was great! I had the Sichuan Farmer's Dry Pot Lamb that had very different flavors than I expected and was delicious. I love Han Dynasty and would describe the restaurant as similar in style; that is upscale Chinese, but the food is very different and worth trying out.

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  25. GloG

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fun food especially if you like it spicy hot. It fills a niche in Center City. It has a ways to go to equal the food quality of Han Dynasty. If you are noise averse, ask to be seated upstairs. Try the Dan Dan noodles and cucumbers.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end hostess greeting to exit, excellent service. Really good classic chinese food and fun environment.

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  27. StannisBro

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We accepted a really late dinner res after all the hype for this popular new noodle house. We dont normally do dinner at 930 but this place is really hyped up. It was super crowded and loud we could barely hear one another in a group of 6. Drinks took 20 minutes. A 2/5 spice rating on noodles was overkill on the spice level we all agreed it felt like 4/5 (and there's a lot of han dynasty fans in the group which this place liberally borrows from, but IMO is also over hyped). We had at least 5 different staff helping us it seemed chaotic and unorganized, the hostess who sat us was even complaining about how it was a bad night and was in a bad mood; a tone that resonated throughout the meal. our main dishes came out 2 at a time about 10 minutes apart. I had the marinated fried chicken was bland and tough; it was like it was marinated in air, literally no flavor, and definitely over cooked. I sampled my friends platters too and it was across the board "meh" - in conclusion I can chalk up the poor service to being new, but when we're spending $50+ a person and have been anticipating the visit all week, I don't expect to hear that my servers are in a bad mood before we've even ordered drinks or sat down. I don't plan on eating here again.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is absolutely good if you like spicy food. Sichuan spicy and sour glass noodle is my favorite. I've tried it in another restaurant in Chinatown, but dandan definitely is the best one. I highly recommend it if you are a big fan of Sichuan spicy food. I had a reservation for three people, but we got a two-person table which is not enough space for our dishes. This made us kinda disappointed.

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  29. AmandaB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dan Dan is usually very crowded because it is a small place. So I definitely have to make a reservation unless I come in for lunch and sit at the bar.

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  30. JanfromVa

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My sisters and I were staying in central Philadelphia and looking for a restaurant within walking distance of The Westin Hotel. I had done some research early and read about this place which just opened and conveniently less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The reviews were pretty spot on. The food was delicious! At our waiter's recommendation we tried the shrimp dumplings as an appetizer, fermented black bean dish with beef, garlic sauce dish with chicken and the dan dan noodles. The menu is well marked as to spiciness and even then you can customize to your own taste buds. The service was excellent. Even though there was a line of people snaking outside the restaurant, we did not feel rushed at all and our waitstaff ensured our water glasses and teacups were always filled. The place did seem a little cramped (our table was bumped up against the bar) but that seemed to impact the waitstaff more than the customers. Based on the crowd, they could easily double the number of customers as demand for the food was obvious. Delivery orders were flying out the door too! We will definitely be back to this restaurant when we return to Philadelphia!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    DanDan is an amazing restaurant! As a Taiwanese person myself, I can attest to the authenticity and the quality of the food. My teammates loved the three cup chicken so much, we ordered 3 portions at our dinner tonight!

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  32. MoPhilly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My only complaint was that we got seated about a half hour past our reservation time on a Thursday night. Everything else was great.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great addition to the Rittenhouse square!! The food was always good and so did the service. I've been there since they open every time I go there is always something new on the menu. I am surprised the price is so reasonable for where they are in the city. Definitely keep going back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was off-the-charts delicious. The DanDan noodles will change your life.

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  35. SVoros

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Spicy Chinese in Center City is tasty, well-served. Part of entertainment is battling crowds and noise. Hope it lasts!

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  36. Vespaguy

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, food and service. Nice, hip crowd. We split two apps, two main dishes, two beers. Great neighborhood find. Not a bad bill for a quick dinner. And, best of all, no screaming kids!!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AmaZing. Better than Han dynasty and cheaper. I'll be back.

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  38. Moogie

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    2.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were hoping for a neighborhood gem. Instead, we were polished off by the wait staff. In short, they forgot all about us. The food........unremarkable.

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  39. michellebelle23

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the food was also delicious. It's nice to see a variety of Chinese food instead of just the same southern cuisine. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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  40. asset25

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're going on a hot date or planning to propose to your sweetie, don't go to Dan Dan; find a quiet, romantic spot. But if you're looking for amazing food, a lively atmosphere and a fun evening, you'll find it here. The food is phenomenal - the spice levels are toned down slightly with respect to Han Dynasty, so adjust according to your preferences. We had the dan dan noodles, eggplant in garlic sauce, lamb hot pot and twice cooked pork belly. The hot pot is definitely spicy but the other items were all moderate at the level suggested on the menu, and everything came out fresh, hot and in record time considering how busy the restaurant was. The reviews about the noise level are accurate - it's loud, and we had trouble hearing each other at times. But I didn't go there to whisper sweet nothings across the table; I went with hubby and best friend and speaking loudly was just part of the experience.

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DanDan is rated 4.4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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126 S. 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Moravian St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Center City
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday: 11am-10:30pm Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm Sunday: 11:30am-10pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
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