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David's Mai Lai Wah Restaurant

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1001 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1810
+1 215-627-2610
16:00 - 04:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 03:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 04:00
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was finally able to find a restaurant that serves Peking Duck in a smaller portion size (1/2 duck, $20 with soup & egg roll). All four in our party enjoyed their meals (Shrimp Egg Foo Yong, Vegetable Lo Mein, Sweet & Sour Pork and my 1/2 Duck). Portions were large enough for take-home, too.

Thank bklyn31ny
Collingswood, New Jersey
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186 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I visited today after many years and was surprised wonton soup was still one of the best I have had.

Thank John P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Not the best atmosphere. But what it lacks there this place make up for with food. The portions are plentiful Try Hong Kong wonton soup. Salt and pepper chicken/shrimp /pork chops. Best fried rice ever. Enjoy your meal

Thank Joseph S
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I am actually still at the restaurant. The service has been horrible. We were not given menus, I had to flag down the water boy after having waited 10 minutes without menus. It took another 15 minutes to even get a waiter to come over. We ordered after waiting 45 more minutes we walked out

1 Thank dcarroll633
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I would not recommend this place due to the staff (waiters). Since the moment we were seated the female waitress was very unprofessional. We ordered wonton soup, salt & pepper shrimp (a bit spicy) and Szechuan shrimp. As we were waiting for our food, there were several people waiting at counter to order for take out, same waitress started taking... More 

1 Thank nene5811
Nazareth, PA
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Ignore the grumpiness of the waitresses. If you love dumplings, this is the place. Bar none, you will not taste a better dumpling!!!

Thank stumpyjoe
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Salt n Pepper Shrimp, these delectable beauties are taste like heaven. They have jalapenos and the bottom that give them the perfect hit of spicy. Try a order of these and trust me you'll want to thank me later. Now I usually do take out because I don't care for the atmosphere of the restaurant and they open when they... More 

Thank Rashonda H
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had a small snack, shrimp egg rolls with pork dumplings with ginger sauce. Our Uber driver told us about David's famous pork dumplings and we were not disappointed. The shrimp,egg rolls were to die for, so amazing. Service was outstanding. We will return when in this city again.

Thank Lacy1994
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Service was horrible from the moment we arrived. We were ignored the whole time. If we asked for something it was as if we were bothering them. A table of Asians were seated about 10 minutes after us. They had their food before we had our water. We saw this happen two times so Im guessing they do not cater... More 

1 Thank Ericka M
Chestnut Ridge, New York
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

What an unmitigated disaster this place is. By far one of the worst “dining experiences” I have ever had. Staying at a nearby hotel, we asked at the front desk for a recommendation for a nearby Chinese restaurant that served good, authentic Chinese cuisine. Unfortunately, David’s Mai Lai Wah was the suggestion. With Chinatown within easy walking distance of our... More 

Thank Mike C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1810
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-627-2610

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?